Each cooking component is made with highly durable, hard-anodized aluminum with non-stick coatings and can be shifted to and from your stove with a detachable handle that can be used with each pot and pan individually. While it would have been nice if GSI had thrown in some utensils and a spork or two, it’s hard to begrudge them this minor oversight given the overall quality, performance, and value for money this set provides otherwise.
While a little too heavy for backcountry camping and a touch on the pricey side, for foodies who like to do their cooking with only the best equipment available and plan on establishing their campsite kitchen within the vicinity of their vehicle, the Outdoor Gourmet Cast Iron Cookware Set is a great choice. The kit comprises a total of ten pieces that include a 2-quart pot and lid, a 1-quart frying pan, a 1-quart tea kettle, a serving ladle, 2 bowls, a serving spoon-cum-spatula, a cleaning sponge, a plate-cum-cutting board, and a handy carry bag, all of which makes it an ideal starter kit and suitable for cooking for groups of up to six people.
All the components in this set are made of lightweight aluminum oxide and have a non-stick Teflon coating that makes the cooking surfaces non-stick and post-dinner cleanups a cinch. While not quite as robust as other models in our review, the materials used in this set are more than capable of dealing with a little rough treatment and also boast surprisingly impressive scratch-resistance.
All components made with lightweight aluminum oxide with a non-stick Teflon coating Complete set measures 3.5 × 7.75 inches This all-inclusive set boasts a total of 19 pieces, including a 3.7-quart pot, a large, three-layer frying pan, four plates, four sporks, a serving spoon, and a spatula, four place mats, and even an after-wash drying rack.
This cookware set’s strengths are, without question, its peerless durability, ruggedness, and the convenience that derives from it including everything you could possibly need (except ingredients, that is) for a group of four campers. 19 pieces 3.7-quart pot, frying pan, four plates, four sporks, a serving spoon and spatula, four place mats, drying rack Weighs 4.8 lbs.
Gold Armour Camping Cookware Mess Kit This 17-piece set is made with tough, anti-stick anodized aluminum, weighs just 14 ounces, and offers simply outstanding value for money. If practicality, convenience, and great value for money are high on your list of priorities, there are few more suitable options out there than the Gold Armour Camping Cookware Mess Kit.
It’s made with hard-wearing, scratch-resistant anodized aluminum materials that are non-stick, easy to clean, and robust enough to deal with the odd bump or bang inside your pack or around the campsite. In addition to a 5.70 × 3.14-inch pot and a 6-inch-diameter frying pan, this set also includes a folding stainless steel spork, a spoon, fork, and knife, a pan cover, 2 BPA-free bowls, a BPA-free soup spoon, a rice ladle, a loofah sponge, a carabiner, a fire starter, and a nylon carry bag.
And, as if that wasn’t enough, makers Gold Armour throw in a bonus mini-stove with Piero ignition, saving you not only the hassle of hunting down a stove for yourself but also a healthy handful of $. Weighing in at just 14.4 ounces and with a pack size of only 6 × 5.7 inches, this set is also very portable, making it the ideal pick for solo campers or couples who plan on doing most of their camping in the backcountry as opposed to at established campsites.
17 pieces Mini-stove with Piero ignition Anodized aluminum frying pan and pot 2 bowls Spork, knife, spoon, fork, and ladle included 10-year warranty If you’re headed into the backcountry or even to an established campsite with facilities, bringing along a camping cookware set is likely to be the only way of avoiding a dinner of sandwiches, jerky, trail mix, or any other uncooked eats you may be able to squeeze into Tupperware boxes for the trip.
At the end of a long day on the trail, cold foodstuffs such as those mentioned above are unlikely to “fill a hole” in a way that’s anything even approaching satisfying and, most likely, will only leave you cursing your decision not to invest in the cookware that would have allowed you to enjoy a hearty, cooked meal to reward your day’s efforts. Additionally, a cooking kit will allow you to eat freshly prepared food even several days into longer-duration trips and help cut down on pack weight by allowing you to pack dried foods like pasta, soups, or freeze-dried meals that can be transformed into just-like-home eats by simply adding water sourced from a stream or creek and then boiled on your stove.
While highly portable, convenient, and ideal for solo-campers or couples, however, most models have a lower cooking capacity and aren’t the best bet for larger groups. The materials most commonly used in the construction of camping cookware are aluminum, stainless steel, and titanium, all of which have their own advantages and disadvantages.
On the downside, it’s not the most durable material out there and is unlikely to get through too many backcountry outings without accumulating multiple dings, dents, and scratches unless you take extra care when handling and packing your kits. Stainless Steel sets strike a great balance between durability and affordability but, on the downside, this material doesn’t distribute heat quite so well (which can lead to hot spots and burning) and weighs significantly more than both aluminum and titanium.
Teflon or ceramic coatings are used in many cookware kits to provide a nonstick cooking surface and are highly recommended if you’re averse to lengthy post-cook cleanups. As with most camping gear, getting the best option for your needs often comes down to finding a balance between a lightweight design and a number of other features.
The drawbacks to both of these options, however, might make you willing to opt for a more robust and cheaper stainless steel alternative, even if it means carrying an extra few ounces: while incredibly light and durable, titanium kits typically cost a small fortune; aluminum kits, on the other hand, are usually light and very affordable, but are far less durable are very easily dented and scratched. Whether your car camping or loading up a backpack with everything you’ll need for an overnight or multi-day trip in the backcountry, the amount of space your cookware takes up is a critical consideration.
Generally speaking, the best cookware sets in terms of space-saving capacity are those that use a Russian-doll-style design in which all components fit inside one another and leave adequate space in the center of the last item to squeeze in your fuel canister. Though mess kits can vary widely in format, they are, generally speaking, self-contained units that include a skillet, a kettle or pot, a plate, a cup, and a spork or standard cutlery.
As a general rule, stainless steel and titanium pots and pans are the most durable and scratch-resistant cookware materials out there. This 15-piece, lightweight, anodized aluminum set contains a 1.15-liter pot, a small kettle, a 7-inch frying pan, 3 bowls, as well as all the cutlery and utensils needed for up to three people.
This 12-piece set would be well worth the money for its practical design, lightweight and small dimensions alone but, to make it even more of a bargain, makers Bis gear throw in a bonus mini stove with Piero ignition to seal the deal. Made with tough, non-stick, anodized aluminum, weighing just 1.1 pounds, and costing less than 2 dollars per piece, this highly practical little cookware set for one or two campers takes value for money to a whole new level.
This wonderfully practical, lightweight, and packable little 10-piece mess kit is made with tough anodized aluminum, weighs just 1.2 pounds, and is absolutely ideal for solo campers or couples. 10-piece set 1-liter pot, frying pan, two bowls, ladle, spatula, and carry bag included Weighs 1.2 lbs.
This simple, three-piece set includes an anodized aluminum pot and frying pan and a mini stove with Piero ignition. It weighs in at less than a pound and has a tiny pack size but boasts a large enough capacity to make a meal for two campers in a single cook.
As with all things old-school, it’s a fraction on the heavy side and a little bulky, but makes up for these shortcomings with outstanding durability, a practical design, and is also one of the most reasonably priced stainless steel kits out there. This very elegant and remarkably well-made set of pots and pans might be a touch on the heavy and pricey side but offers a huge upgrade in terms of quality and durability compared to the vast majority of aluminum competitors.
4-piece set Tote transportation bag Compact (pots stack vertically inside one another) Weighs 7 lbs. This superbly sleek, well-designed pot is made with durable stainless steel, boasts a hinged, easy-lift handle that flips over the fitted lid to lock it in place, and leaves plenty of storage space inside for fuel canisters or mini stoves.
1.6-liter capacity Weighs 19.6 ounces Locking lid makes it ideal for storing other cookware safely This 8-piece cookware set includes 2 pots, 1 frying pan, 2 plates, 2 lids, 2 mugs, and a carry bag.
It also weighs in at a reasonably lightweight 1.8 lbs, making it one of the most portable stainless steel sets out there and a great choice for solo campers or couples. This four-person cookware set includes two high-capacity cooking pots, a frying pan, and an assortment of plates, mugs, and bowls.
This 6-piece set is made with superbly robust 18/8 stainless steel with rolled rims and is the ideal choice for backpackers or car campers who place ruggedness and durability higher on their list of priorities than weight savings. This lightweight, all-in-one 17-piece set is made with rugged, durable anodized aluminum and weighs in at a very portable 3.3 pounds, making it ideal for backpacking or overnight trips in the backcountry.
Lightweight, highly packable, and big enough to cook up a feast for 2 or 3 campers, this 15-piece, all-in-one mess kit is one of the most convenient and functional options out there for backcountry adventurers. This incredibly compact, lightweight little kit combines gourmet-like performance with impressive ruggedness to provide the ideal solution for gram-counting backcountry minimalists.
Canadian bowl, a Diamondback Gripper handle, and a mesh stuff sack Weighs 1.2 lbs. Weighing in at just 0.57 pounds and containing everything a solo camper could need to cook up basic backcountry meals, this highly functional, compact little kit is ideal for those who like to keep pack weight and bulk to a minimum.
As with all things GSI, this 10-piece kit is outstandingly well-made and is designed with the backcountry minimalist in mind, using ultralight materials, packing down to a tiny bundle, and providing storage space inside the pot to “nest” a 230g fuel canister for further space savings in your pack. Coated with conduction-enhancing, scratch- and abrasion-resistant, non-stick Teflon Radiance Technology for fast, even cooking and easy cleaning Includes 1.8-liter pot, strainer lid, 2 × 20 fl.
It’s time to add another burner to your home stove top range, but which will you choose? Hot plates come in a variety of shapes and sizes that will either complement and simplify or magnify your cooking woes.
Whether you’re looking for a mini-sized coil stove top, a sleek induction hot plate, or a double burner cast iron stove top, there’s a model waiting for you. We’ve cooked and boiled our way through the top models to find the best hot plate on the market 2021 today.
Despite the old-school design of the eight-inch tubular element in a stainless steel casing, the Cad co Countertop Hi-Power Single 120 Volt hot plate provides consistent heat that’s easy to regulate for a range of kitchen activities. With a variable temperature dial and thermostat that heats and cools at a comparable rate to the stove plate, the modest bodied machine performs at a high level.
Added vents keep the body cool through the cooking process and reduce the risk of overheating. Hot plate cook stoves are made for adding functionality in a portable size to any space.
Uniquely, coil topped and cast-iron hot plates are sought after for their usability in pressure-cooking for canning products. Unlike induction stoves, they are able to maintain a consistent level of heat over extended periods of time.
Beyond canning, this plate is more than capable of taking on tasks like deep-frying, soup making, and searing. More than any other hot plate we tested, the Cad co offers the consistency needed for canning and is the perfect addition to a home with a glass induction stove top or gas unit.
It pairs with any sort of cookware that fits the eight-inch coil and outperforms the more modernly designed Cuisinart cast-iron stoves. Induction hot plates are one of the most energy efficient heating tools you can bring to a kitchen.
Whether it’s cooking in limited space or bringing a hot plate to the table for a hot pot experience, the Rose will 1800 Watt Induction Cooker Cook top is a great option for increasing efficiency on a small budget. For more personalization, the eight power levels from 300 to 1800 watts, and eight temperature settings from 150-450 F help narrow down heat windows.
For everyday users, this won’t be a problem; however, it does make it incompatible with some modes of cooking. The hot plate comes complete with a magnetized stainless steel pot fit for the cooking surface.
Induction pans are also great options for those in small apartments or RVs who need an element that can heat with safety. Due to the induction style, the heat is conducted in the pan to keep the rest of the unit cool.
The induction process is another reason the hot plate can complete the same tasks as a stove top element with less energy. The only real complaint we can find with the Rose will is the flat surface makes the LCD screen a bit challenging reading from.
For an additional cooking surface, the Durable Kitchen Countertop Cast-Iron Double burner provides more capability without adding a lot of weight. It’s a portable option that can be taken camping, or used as a full cooking set up in small spaces.
The sturdy cast-iron burners in stainless steel body look sleek on any countertop. With two temperature dials and power lights indicating On, Hot and Ready to cook, it’s user-friendly and regulates heat according to five settings.
Therefore, if you are trying to boil or fry at a high heat, we recommend starting with one burner. After some use, the power split becomes easy to manage, and complicated dishes with multiple pots can be created.
There’s no need to purchase any extra cookware as this cast-iron option accommodates all types of pans, including cast-iron skillets. With no coils and sealed burners, it’s also easier to clean than Cad co’s hot plate.
All in all, it’s a solid option for substituting a unit for a short period like during a remodel when you require two elements. However, regarding long-term usability as a primary cooking appliance, we’d opt for an induction heater, which is more efficient and quick to heat.
With two complete touch screen temperature LCD's and pre-programmed settings, it’s easy to control and regulate. The attractive low profile design helps it blend into any kitchen without looking overtly like a camping oven or extra appliance.
For true induction heating, you’ll still need magnetized cookware and smaller sized ones at that for this hotplate. That means searing multiple dishes and boiling quickly is off the table, but with practice, efficient timing can be achieved by cooking on one element and reheating on the other.
The Ostriches Double Induction Cook top also has a longer internal timer and can be kept on for four hours at a time. At 12 lb, it’s also considerably heavier than the cast-iron double burner making it less portable for outside the home use.
This modestly shaped hot plate can deliver seared meats, stir-fried veggies, boiling soups, and more. The built-in timer automatically shuts it off after 170 minutes of use, but there is no specific child lock function like the other induction models we tested.
The slanted display screen further distinguishes the Dunlop from the Rose will and is easier to read than the all flat-topped induction plates we reviewed. The minimal design with LCD and five major buttons keeps operation simple and intuitive.
It heats to 350 F in about a minute and makes cooking a range of recipes incredibly quick and easy. Works with a variety of different cookware, including cast iron.
Though the Cuisinart CB-30 Cast-Iron Single Burner looks like an update on the old Cad co model, it doesn’t live up to the functionality of the classic. The sturdy rubber feet offer secure placement, but make sure to place it on a fireproof surface to avoid accidents.
With six heat settings on a simple temperature dial, 1300 watts, and two lights indicating On and Ready, the hot plate offers a clean and professional appearance. There’s no automatic off safety here, so ideally, this sort of plate would work well with pressure cookers and canning, but due to its inability to hold a simmer, that’s off the table.
We also recommend purchasing the 4-year warranty provided by Cuisinart that offers shipping coverage on all returns and extends the life of the appliance. However, with wider temperature ranges, some specificity in control is lost, and cooking options require a bit more guesswork.
Despite this, it is still relatively instinctive to use and tackles cooking assignments like searing steaks, boiling soup, or creating stirrers with ease. If you’re really after a second burner with the same heating capacity, it’s better to purchase two separate hot plates.
It also uses an internal fan to cool the unit as well as featuring a built-in digital timer that runs for 170 minutes. Try out this mini, affordable version for a taste of the capacity of an extra element in the kitchen.
At 9 in by 9 in and a mere 3 lbs, the Axiomatic Elite Cuisine Single easily travels to the office, cabin, or boat, where space is valuable. With handy rubber feet to stabilize the humble element, and four heat settings, the Elite Cuisine single electric flat cast-iron heating plate is well suited for simple kitchen tasks.
With even heating, the 1000 watts of power can handle boiling water and simple recipes at the same speed as a normal electric cook top. Its minimal plastic design heats up quickly, so it needs to be kept in a safe spot.
Any style pots can be used with the cast-iron top but make sure they are under 9-inch and modest to avoid accidents. Surprisingly capable, for its small body and low price, with proper care, this is a useful backup to have on-hand in the case of emergencies.
As with the other models, the Cuisinart Cast-Iron double burner works best for cooking on the primary heating element and warming on the other. It boils water and rises to temperature faster than the Durable burner, but it’s still not as fast as an induction hot plate.
The classic cast-iron burners work seamlessly with existing cookware making it ideal for short term use during a kitchen remodel. No-slip feet, solid metal construction, and sealed cast-iron burners make this a streamlined addition to any kitchen.
The closed off external surfaces make it simple to clean and straightforward to use with two six setting temperature dials and two On and Ready light indicators. Another option for a mini heating element at 1000 watts with a small portable size, the Event Electric Glass Infrared Burner, is an innovative option for small spaces.
Utilizing infrared heating technology, it merges the cast-iron versatility with an easy to clean ceramic cook top. The fool-proof simplicity of the fire-resistant metal housing, single indicator light, and thermostat control makes this an adaptable hot plate option for a variety of users.
Non-slip rubber feet help secure the light three-pound body for basic cooking functions. Boil water for tea or coffee with ease, but make sure the pan is under 7 inches in diameter to avoid hitting the thermostat control.
Both elements notoriously take a good amount of time to cool down and are virtually the same size and weight. It’s an easy-to-use, convenient model that will likely outlive the simple Axiomatic and provide more functional use over time.
Cast-iron hot plates are better at simmering and maintaining heat for long periods of time. They are also conducive to all types of pan pairings and run significantly more expensive than their induction plate counterparts.
Multipurpose cooking can’t really beat the convenience and energy efficiency of an induction hot plate. Select one that’s conducive with a variety of pans, and you have the perfect substitute for a stove top in a small and portable body.
With maximum customizable settings and temperatures, simplistic design, and well-utilized power supply, there’s no better way to add an extra burner to your kitchen.