If you’re looking into a Shabbat hot plate, you’re probably finding so many options, it can be confusing. Here’s a breakdown of the best warming trays for Shabbos for every individual need. You can see my comparison of the best hot water urns for Shabbos here. Disclosure: this post contains commissioned links and images.
Since everyone’s requirements are different, I compared a few options in three different categories so that I can find the best shabbat hot plate for YOUR needs. I read reviews on different websites, ditched those with overly negative feedback, whittled down the list by price as well, and shared my findings below.
While searching for the best Shabbat hot plate, there was one non-negotiable: it must be UL listed for safety. I also ALWAYS use mine with an appliance timer, as even the safe ones aren’t designed to be on for 25+ hours straight. I can’t guarantee safety on anything, or take responsibility for it, but I did try my best to seek out options that I’d use personally. I have my timer set to turn off for 15 minutes every hour so it doesn’t overheat. It’s enough to cook my cholent – you can find my best cholent recipe ever here.
When I’m not making cholent, I simply have it on for the times that I need it on, a few hours at a time.
In addition, always read the instructions that come with your Shabbat hot plate and listen to the safety warnings. Mine can’t be covered with aluminum foil (as many people like to do).
The 3 best Shabbat hot plates in summary:
1. Chefman Electric Warming Tray – This was my personal pick, and the one that I currently use, because of its relatively affordable price, large capacity and sleek looks. It can be hard to clean.
2. Broil King 300-Watt Warming Tray – For a more industrial strength and rugged option, this is the top-reviewed option on multiple websites. This one has a much more cleanable surface. The usable surface size is similar to the Chefman.
3. NutriChef Hot Plate – If you’re looking for a smaller, more space-saving option, that’s also cheaper, the NutriChef is the top option.
Reviews of each of the best Shabbat hot plates:
#1 – The big ‘n pretty Shabbat Hot Plate – Chefman Electric Warming Tray:
When we were looking for a Shabbat hot plate, I chose the Chefman Electric Warming Tray. We had an old version of the same that lasted just a few uses, and got a credit to upgrade to the new. The new one has been touching almost all the right notes for us. It’s got a large capacity, a beautiful design, and has lasted us well over a year already.
As you can see, I can squish about four 9×13 inch pans on it, or three and my dutch oven cholent.
I tend to not need to fill it, unless I have guests, in which case I stack the pans 2-3 high. I place pans that need to be piping hot at the bottom, and those that are good slightly less hot on top. I find that it heats through well. Things that are on the bottom, if left on too long can burn so I save that spot for chicken with gravy, roast potatoes, and other dishes that do well there. If I need to remove things from the base, I simply place them on top of an overturned pan and it works great.
- 21×16 inch surface
- Tempered glass surface
- Stainless steel accents
- Adjustable temperature settings
- Fuse safety feature is designed to keep it from overheating when using it for extended periods of time. Manufacturer warns against keeping it on for longer than 72 hours, which is more than adequate for Shabbos, and most holiday needs.
- It’s so pretty! The glass top and stainless steel detail make it look nice on your countertop all Shabbos.
- The surface is pretty large and can handle food for guests.
- We’ve personally used this for well over a year and it’s been reliable and useful.
- Heats food thoroughly in an hour or two
- I have found that the surface can be hard to clean. Since it can’t be covered, this means that our tempered glass is not quite as pretty and sleek as it once was…
- The heating surface comes all the way to the edge of the warming tray.
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#2 – The Industrial Strength Shabbat Hot Plate – Broil King 300-Watt Warming Tray :
A wider and slightly less deep option, this Shabbat hot plate has a stainless steel surface and sits higher above your counter top. The actual surface is slightly smaller than the Chefman.
- 15-1/4 by 26 inches – with a 21 inch surface
- Stainless steel surface
- Adjustable thermostat
- More rugged and strong than other options
- The stainless steel surface is more cleanable than the tempered glass surface
- Sits higher above your countertop, and can be placed farther in because it’s not as deep. It also has deeper plastic sides – making the edges less accessible than the Chefman.
- The surface isn’t as large as on the Chefman, but it still takes up lots of space because of the width.
- It’s pricier than other options
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# 3 – The Budget and Space Conscious Shabbat Hot Plate – NutriChef Warming Tray:
If you just need a small Shabbat hot plate to heat those one or two dishes, or to keep your Cholent going, the NutriChef Warming Tray is a less expensive, high quality, and more compact option.
- 14.5” x 8.6 inch warming surface
- On/off power switch
- Tempered glass surface
- Stainless steel body
- Takes less space on the counter
- Looks pretty!
- The surface is about the size of a 9×13 inch pan, or a 9 inch pot and a loaf pan. So it’s good for occasional use, or if you cook in smaller quantities.
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In Summary: the best Shabbat hot plate:
At the end of the day, I chose the Chefman Electric Warming Tray for a few reasons. Primarily, I wanted something with as much heating space as possible, and that is listed for Shabbat and Yom Tov type use. I definitely recommend that one, unless you have specific needs for one of the others. I’ve compared some others as well, but most had lower than four star ratings and for good reason. The above three stand out as the most reliable, with consistent positive reviews. The Chefman remains the best bang for your buck and is definitely the most popular option out there.
I purchased it well over a year ago and I’m still loving it. The surface is not quite as pretty as it used to be (as you can see above) but it’s still serving us as well as it did when it was new.GET THE Chefman Shabbat Hot Plate here!
Which do you think are the best Shabbat hot plates? Comment below!