Dorm Delish: 8 Best Hot Plates and Small Cookers for Quick Meals

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       * Eight ways to make a meal without a kitchen
* Clever solutions for dorm-room food prep
* Hot plates and pressure cookers sized for small spaces

If there’s one thing the recent grad in your life is about to miss, it’s probably access to a stocked fridge and full-size kitchen courtesy of mom and dad. While you might not be able to take care of the former once they’re on their own, there are a few small-space hacks for the latter, from professional-grade iron burners to multi-tasking mini-food steamers.

Scroll below and discover the eight best hot plates and small cookers for creating quick meals à la dorm room.

1. Microwave Rice Cooker

Prepare grains, oatmeal and steamed vegetables fast and mess-free with Zap Chef’s microwave rice cooker. With the capacity to cook up to four cups of rice in just 20 minutes, simple, healthy meals can be made with just the aid of a microwave. The cool-touch containers go straight from microwave to table, saving even more time on cleaning.

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2. Electric Countertop Burner

Make everything from scrambled eggs to stir-fry with seven heat settings and 1500 watts of power. The simple, straightforward design accommodates all types of cookware, from glass to aluminum pots and pans.

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3. Rice Cooker + Food Steamer

Recreate your favorite grain bowl recipes with one easy-to-use appliance. With the capacity for steaming vegetables, keeping meals warm, and multi-touch digital settings that let you set and go, cooking has never been so easy. The inner pot and accessories are also removable for efficient cleanup.

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4. Double Hot Plate

When one hot plate isn’t enough, there’s Cusimax’s double burner option. The stainless steel body makes for easy cleanup, while an automatic shut off function delivers safety. That’s especially important when used in close quarters. 

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5. Convection Toaster Oven

From heating up frozen meals to baking cookies, this toaster oven can prepare a multitude of food options. The deceptively compact shape actually fits a full casserole dish or 12-inch pizza.

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6. Cast-Iron Burner

This is the stuff of competitive cooking shows. Sturdy cast iron powers up to high heat fast, while six settings allow for precise temperature control. A durable appliance that may wind up in use long after the dorm days are over.

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7. Multifunction Pressure Cooker

This single appliance delivers an incredible seven functions. Use it as a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, sauté pan, yogurt maker, steamer or food warmer. It also comes equipped with nine safety mechanisms, so preparing food in small spaces won’t become a dangerous pursuit.

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8.  Induction Cooktop

This induction cooktop doesn’t take up much space, but still packs powerful output – up to 460 degrees Fahrenheit – for meals that rival your own home-cooked goodness. Best of all, its slim design and light weight means it can be stored pretty much anywhere when not in use.

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