12 Best Hot Pot Cookers (Review) In 2021
- The Best Hot Pot Cooker
- 1. Yzakka Stainless Steel Shabu Hot Pot with Divider for Induction Cooktop
- 2. Food Party 2-in-1 Electric Smokeless Grill and Hot Pot
- 3. Sonya Shabu Shabu Electric Mongolian Hot Pot
- 4. Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Hot Pot and Pressure Cooker
- 5. DASH Express Electric Cooker Hot Pot with Temperature Control
- 6. Carote Double-Flavor Hot Pot with Divider and Glass Lid
- 7. Aroma Stainless Steel Hot Pot
- 8. SEAAN Multifunctional Electric Grill Hot Pot
- 9. LIVEN Electric Hot Pot with Grill and Non-Stick Coating
- 10. Maple Electric Hot Pot with BBQ Grill
- 11. LIVEN 5L Electric Shabu Shabu Hot Pot with Divider
- 12. Proctor Silex Adjustable Temperature Electric Hot Pot
There's not much more comforting than a hotly prepared delicious meal while sitting around the dinner table with your friends and family. Using a hot pot gives you the chance to reunite with family at dinner time, reunions, or perhaps a garden event. You might have all the pots and pans that you could need but want to buy something different to use in the kitchen. Typically a hot pot (or fire pot) is of Asian influence, the popularity of Asian cooking is rising in the West, and in fact, hot pots can be used for any food if you have the right ingredients - and the right hot pot!
Maybe you want the choice to make some of the best one-pot meals where you can present a hot dinner with grilled sides to the table for all to enjoy. There is nothing better to have in the kitchen than a hot pot that you can use to make Japanese shabu shabu, teppanyaki, stews, and soups. If you find one with two divided sections or one that has an additional grill function, you might feel lost for choice! For all the reasons mentioned above, we thought you may like to discover more about what to look for when buying a hot pot.
The Best Hot Pot Cooker
11.8″ x 13.4″
Stainless steel pot
Dual flavor cooking
Our best choice is first on our list, the Yzakka Stainless Steel Shabu Hot Pot with Divider for Induction Cooktop is a great option for use with an induction cooker and for use in gas ovens. While we have seen less expensive and similar Shabu hot pot choices, this one is constructed using stainless steel yet still does have a lightweight feel and the handles are cool to the touch. It can be used at the table so that a meal along with sides can be produced, or two different flavors as per your guest requirements – that’s if you have a portable induction cooker. It does allow you to cook and serve hot, freshly cooked, and delicious home meals and party food. This is a new and durable option while being low cost.
Use on electric induction hob
Make two different flavored meals
Don’t overfill one side
16.5″ x 16.5″
Stainless steel pot
The Food Party 2-in-1 Electric Smokeless Grill and Hot Pot you can use as an electric hot pot and also as a smokeless barbeque. You’ll get recipes, a silicone cleaning brush, tongs plus a shaped parchment paper, and of course an instruction manual when you buy this. We think that you may like that you don’t need a separate heating element so it’s entirely portable, allowing you to use in the home additional to your oven, hob or barbeque and you can use outdoors to product great meals like Teppanyaki, Curry, and other dishes which can be served hot and fresh. The two dials are easy to control and the size is perfect for families and dining events.
30-day money back guarantee
Easy to use
A great gift option
Cleaning required after each use
14.4″ x 14.7″
The Sonya Shabu Shabu Electric Mongolian Hot Pot is a mid-range model that could be a fantastic wedding gift or something that is used at home events. It has a good-sized capacity of five liters and the divider allows you to cook and present two different flavored meals in one setting. The heat control is simple and easy to use dial and the internal heating element heats and cooks to high temperatures for Asian style meals and more. As far as electric hot pots go, at this price, it makes a wonderful gift and a good novelty to use at that next family meeting.
Excellent % good reviews for instant pots
Easy to use
Good sized food capacity
No need for hob
Need to work out how to control noise levels
Ensure equal measures each side to avoid pot leakage
13.4″ x 12.2″ x 12.48″
The Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 Hot Pot and Pressure Cooker is more impressive hot pot options on our review list and it’s as easy to use as it is for cooking and cleaning. The Unclutterer team reviewed the 6 quart capacity, but there are 3 quart and 8 quart instant pots available from this manufacturer.
As 7 uses in 1 pot, you might like that it’s good to use as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, and more. The touchpads at the front make it easily used for whichever you choose as its 14 in-built programs are simple to control. It works quickly although of course, you can only use it to do one thing at a time so we’d recommend it is a good addition to your home oven or range. You will be able to use the delayed start setting too so you can pre-prepare in advance.
Dishwasher safe accessories
Delay start setting
Safety lock + other secure features
Deep & large capacity
May not prefer a one-does-all option
6.5″ x 6.5″ x 6″
1.2 liter capacity
The DASH Express Electric Cooker Hot Pot with Temperature Control is a quite small and versatile electric hot pot that is both easy to clean and easy to control. We think you might like the three colors it is available in – red, white, and aqua – and the outer casing is matte and easily wiped clean. It has a spout so emptying out hot or greasy liquids means little to no-spill, so soups can be poured out and old liquid can be emptied before cleaning. It isn’t so easy to clean but if you are okay to spend time on a little maintenance after a good meal then this model is a good budget buy.
Ideal for up to 2 small meals
Available in three colorways
Easy to control temperature
Fiddly to clean
17″ x 13.5″ x 3″
5.8 quart capacity
At the latest price, the Carote Double-Flavor Hot Pot with Divider and Glass Lid is a great budget buy constructed from natural stone including a divider so that two different flavored meals can make cooking a little easier. It does cook evenly and safely at a high temperature and has a deep dish so more can be cooked than others retailing at a similar price. It has a non-stick interior which is easy to clean. It’s a great casserole dish, wonderful for pastas, curries, and other dishes. Try this Carote hot pot for cooking on a mobile induction hob or on your usual electric or gas stove instead of pulling out all your old worn-out pans. There is a smaller version available if you prefer to cook smaller meals. We think you may like the wooden handle design.
Natural stone construction
Wonderful choice of matching hot pots
16.3″ x 12.6″ x 8.3″
5 quart capacity
The Aroma Stainless Steel Hot Pot is easy to use with a Shabu Shabu design and easy to control temperature dial. It’s a great home gadget that has simple stainless steel construction which ensures it heats up quickly. For the budding cook wanting an easy way to a one-pot meaty meal, meat-free, seafood, or other types it also makes a good gift. It comes with a dual bowl so you can cook a meal and a side dish at the same time.
Not great % of 5* reviews
Ensure usage instructions are followed
28″ x 3″ x 10″
1.6 liter capacity
Our premium pick for the 2020 review list on electric hot pots is the SEAAN Multifunctional Electric Grill Hot Pot which is great for grilling, creating teppanyaki and a casserole dish and you can use the shabu shabu pot for different types of food. The dual heat controls are easy to work and you are able to cook food using the divider for different flavors. It has been designed thoughtfully with a safety glass lid and a non-stick interior griddle surface which is easy to wipe clean too. With a separate electric grill section, this is one of the larger multi-function electric hot pots we reviewed and both sections each have individual controls. We recommend this for indoor food preparation and it looks great on the countertop if you don’t have space to store it away after each use. It has an oil collector too which means it is easier to collect excess grease before a final clean after it has been used.
Great size for large family events
Easy to remove grease/excess
24 month guarantee
Best to separate grill from hot pot
16.5″ x 14.9″ x 6.5″
1.6 liter capacity
The LIVEN Electric Hot Pot with Grill and Non-Stick Coating is easily heated using dual electric elements and while this one isn’t the most powerful at 1300 watts, it’s surprisingly clever and heats quickly. It’s a multi-use hot pot and grill and the manufacturer does promise that the lack of a lid will not prevent liquids from simmering and boiling. With two sections you can grill and cook broths and other foods at the same time. The non-stick interior coating works great but it could easily be marked or damaged if you use metal either while cooking or a metal coating for cleaning after it has been used to produce delicious meals. This is the Unclutterer best value choice which will make cooking a real pleasure.
Easy to use
Poor % of good reviews
Doesn’t have a lid
Instructions difficult to follow
Divider not removable
16″ x 9″ x 16″
4.5 liter capacity
The Maple Electric Hot Pot with BBQ Grill is a great shabu shabu hot pot for cooking delicious meals with the family because of its well-sized design. The footprint on a counter worktop or table is fairly small as this hot pot is deep so it will fit neatly in most spaces. As long as you don’t overfill the grill pan which is approximately a diameter of 8 inches, you can cook with the lid on. Great for cooking a meal with sides for around four to five diners and a fab choice for party food. We were unclear on the wattage but it doesn’t heat to a high temperature so early preparation is recommended.
Easy to clean
Nice bright color
Good % 5* reviews
Slow food cooking time
Grill design could be improved
18.8″ x 14″ x 7.3″
5 liter capacity
The LIVEN 5L Electric Shabu Shabu Hot Pot with Divider is the second on our list and the same price as the first (no. 9 above) which we had chosen as the best value electric hot pot. This model looks completely different however; it’s styled in a modern sleek way and has a large capacity of 5 liters which is great for a party or feeding the family. Like the best value choice it has an ‘s’ shaped divider so different tasting food can be cooked. You might like that the handles are anti-hot so won’t get overheated. The fire adjustment has five settings for different foods and cooking styles and with 1600 watts it is powerful enough to heat up quickly, reaching the desired temperature.
Five heat settings
Easy to clean
Can’t remove divider
6.5″ x 9″ x 6.7″
32 oz capacity
Our budget pick, the Proctor Silex Adjustable Temperature Electric Hot Pot is a good kitchen gadget and can be used a little like a kettle for boiling water and to make noodles, pasta, and more. This is a cheap hot pot option with adjustable heating which is easily controlled using a dial. It is more a cooker for liquid-based meals that takes out the need to boil a kettle or boil water on your stove or even the microwave. We think the recommendation for use in a dorm or student apartment is ideal where there are no facilities to heat using a pot. Can also make a one-pot soup and make flavored hot drinks that are water or milk-based. Our main issue would be that you need to remember to switch off at the wall and/or unplug it. You may also need to battle with the lid that only comes off by pulling up, anyone with limited capability in hands or arm strength may struggle with this and be easily scalded by steam.
Quick heat up
Good for small spaces
Questionable lid safety
No on/off switch
Only boils doesn’t simmer
Features To Consider With Hot Pot Cookers
A yin and yang pot, you will find most restaurants serving a hot pot dish will serve at the table in a pot with a divider so there are two or more sections, therefore two different food flavors. This is because they know that you don't want to have to choose between a plain broth or a spiced one, and why choosing one for your home with a divider can be a perfect decision.
Soup, vegetables, meat, or fish - anything goes while you and your guests get the best of both.
The majority of hot pots available are electric and heated from the bottom so that they can be sat in the center of the dining table. This avoids the need for a portable induction cooker or to use the stove.
Both electric and stand alone hot pots have their different benefits but each can provide you with the chance to make a delicious flavorful meal. The decision is yours and it's best to look into what will suit you best.
You will find stainless steel, iron and even stone varieties of hot pot out there and material is an important factor. They need to be robust enough to withstand high temperatures and light enough to be portable to carry to the table. A lid, if it has one, will usually be made of tempered glass so this adds to the weight - though does have other obvious benefits.
We would recommend simply taking into account the weight, what temperature the hot pot can reach, and how it looks too - if you are a style perfectionist the outer material is going to be as important as that inside!
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There are a number of hot pots available. An original type, and the simplest, is a non-electrical hot pot that you would use on your stove or quite often another heating element at the table such as an induction cooker. This would usually have one, two, or more sections for cooking different flavored meals.
Some hot pots are multi-purpose and may include a grill, bbq function, steamer - they basically are one pot with a number of functions but the price will be reflected in what they can do. So if you do want to both cook and grill you will be looking at a larger model. The one we liked was the high-end SEAAN with a large grill area and a divided cooking pot.
It perhaps goes without saying that a non-stick cooking surface will make producing tasty meals easier, and cleaning up afterward should be easy too.
Always avoid using metal or sharp accessories that will scratch as this will damage the hot pot and eventually you'll have to return to using your cooker again.
You might have found the right hot pot but you might want to buy an induction cooker to sit your pot on. Electric pots usually are best if you just want to buy one thing but quite often induction heating is rapid and when not in use with your hot pot, they're quite handy as an extra kitchen cooking zone.
Indeed it's worth thinking that if you already have an induction hob then you will need to make sure that the pot you buy (non-electric) will work with it. Many times have we purchased new pots and pans and forgotten that they weren't compatible with our induction hob.
Size is everything depending on what you will use it for. Typically around a 1 liter hot pot (about 1 quart) is okay for a student or someone with a small need to cook oats, soups, noodles. 8 quart instant pots are large enough for 6-8 meals but that depends on how much other food you intend to prepare - we never want to let anyone go hungry!
For large parties or get-togethers, you might consider more than one pot so everyone can taste many of your different flavors. There's no point buying a huge machine if you only plan on making meals for two people. Think of where you intend to keep it or if it will be stored away after it's been used.