Products to Dropship: Portable Stoves
Portable stoves are great for cooking in small spaces (like hotel and dorm rooms) or while camping. But, if you have a fully-equipped kitchen, why would you need a portable cooktop? They provide an extra burner, allow you to cook away from the stove, are portable (like for potluck parties or buffet dinners), can be set at precise temperatures and allow for nearly-unattended cooking. Additionally, they can be used for crafting (like making candles in the garage or a craft room).
The most common types of stoves available are gas, standard electric and induction. Your best bet in determining what kind of cooktop to get is to figure out what kind of cooking you’ll be doing most and whether or not you have a budget to purchase specific cookware.
The Kitchen Guy says that gas stoves were developed in the early 1820s, but wasn’t demonstrated to the public until 1851 at the World Fair in London. Even then, it took 30 more years to be commercialized in England, and they didn’t become widespread in the United States and other European continents until the early 20th century.
There is no worry of power loss with a gas cook top, and they have lower heat emissions and incredibly accurate cooking temperatures. The biggest advantage to gas cooking is that you get instant heat, you don’t have to wait for a heating element to warm up because you’re literally lighting a fire. Temperature control is more precise and responsive because you just turn a knob to adjust the temperature up or down. You also don’t need special cookware to use a gas cooktop; anything will work (cast iron, stainless steel, woks and anything else). These cooktops use burners and portable gas cartridges, so you’ll need a supply of gas available to operate it (and be aware of the greater risk of fire and combustion due to the open flame) and need to be prepared to put a little elbow grease into cleaning it.
Standard electric cooktops connect to an electrical outlet and use a flat plate surface for heating and cooking. Specifically, these are great for low-temperature cooking and simmering, and are typically pretty cheap to buy and/or repair, but they work with every type of cookware–no special equipment needed. They do tend to be slower to warm up and to heat–so temperature control can be tricky–and are fairly inefficient.
“I’m used to using gas or basic electric,” you say. “What in the world is induction?” The Kitchen Guy says that induction cooking was the first to patent during the early 1900s. If you have a science degree, read on…Induction is an electric stove that uses electromagnetic energy (by employing magnetic series to activate the iron atoms in a pan) to generate heat and warm pots and pans directly –as opposed to indirect heat caused by a burner or heating element that heats pots and pans, and consequently, your food, from underneath.
If you lack a science degree, just know, the jist is that induction appliances heat cookware directly–which is more efficient. They also warm up faster, and their temperature controls are more precise, though they can achieve a wide range of temperatures, and take far less time to boil than electric or gas. The cooktop surface itself stays cool, so you don’t have to worry about burning your hand on a cooling or activated burner and since the surface itself doesn’t get hot, you don’t have to worry about baked on food, so it’s very easy to clean. Induction cooking is said to be faster, safer and easier than gas or electric. It does only work with power, so when there is a power interruption, you won’t be able to use it. If you have an induction stove, you may also need to have a propane-powered emergency generator.
A blogger for the New York Times said, “As kitchen revelations go,” my induction cooktop “turned out to be a big one…” His five reasons are:
- It’s the fastest way to boil anything (in an experiment, the blogger was able to boil two cups of water in under three minutes).
- It only heats where you need it. It only heats the pan and remains cool to the touch everywhere else, meaning it is 70-90 percent more efficient.
- The heat is more precise.
- It works with most high-end cookware. Induction cooktops do need specially designated pots and pans, but as long as a magnet will stick to your pan, it should work.
- It keeps you from having to remodel your kitchen just to try the newest trend.
Additional things to consider when purchasing a cooktop include:
- Available space: this will help in determining what size stove you need how portable it needs to be.
- Budget: price on these cooktops range from super cheap to very expensive. The most expensive product isn’t always the best, and the cheapest isn’t always the worst. Plus, the way you power the stove has a financial impact as well if you’re paying for electricity or gas.
- Cleaning: pay attention to how to clean the unit and pick something that falls in line with the amount of work you’re willing to do. Do you want to be able to just wipe it down, or are you willing to take it completely apart?
Below is a list of a few gas and induction cooktops to try.
- GasOne GS 3900 Dual Fuel Portable Stove
This cooktop is lauded as the most powerful portable stove in the world and is compatible with both butane and propane fuel. It has a Piezo-electric ignition that eliminates the need for lighters and matches. It has a built-in pressure sensor cartridge ejection system, and gas flow cut-off mechanism. It also has a wind blocker design that blocks the burner head on four sides so it won’t turn off during heavy wind. This cooktop is incredibly portable, as it comes with its own carrying case. It’s perfect for an outdoor picnic, tailgating or for keeping in a home emergency kit (just be sure you also store the appropriate gas). You should not use this with pans larger than 11 inches in diameter, but it will heat a teapot within a couple of minutes and has been said to have one of the best flame controls seen on a portable stove.
- Coleman Classic Propane Stove
When you think of a portable propane cooktop, it’s hard not to envision a Coleman product. Just light this stove and use the independently adjustable burners to cook what you need. It’s so large, you can use both a 10 inch and 12-inch pan at the same time. Even in extreme conditions (like wind and rain) the temperature holds steady and the design keeps the flame protected. The chrome-plated grates are great for a quick and easy cleanup.
- M.V. Trading Deluxe Portable Butane Stove
This single burner unit comes with stainless steel top and grates and wind guard protection. It’s great for outdoor camping, tailgates, fish frys and hotpots. It has a Piezo ignition with a safety lock and pressure sensor with automatic shut-off. A two-quart pot of water should reach a rolling boil on this unit in about 10 minutes. This stove uses standard 8-ounce butane canisters that are incredibly easy to install (and as an added safety feature can’t be installed if the stove isn’t in the “off” position). It also comes with a carrying case and color box packaging, and, for the fashion minded, you can personalize this cooktop by ordering it in black, blue or green.
- Costway Stainless Steel 2 Burners LPG Gas Stove Cooker
This gas cooktop features two gas burners that allow you to cook on a high heat (for boiling, frying or searing) or a low simmer. This unit only uses LPG Gas but boasts heavy-duty pan supports, a double ring wok burner, and an optional wok holder. It has an easy-to-clean stainless steel top. It’s elegantly designed with control knobs, electronic ignition–meaning that you won’t need a lighter or matches to get it lit. It is portable, but does weight about 11 pounds–so it’s a little heavier than some single-burner models, but that’s to be expected since this has two burners.
- NuWave Precision Induction Cooktop
This unit has six different pre-programed temperature settings but can cook at 52 different temperatures between 100 degrees and 575 degrees. It uses up to 70% less energy than conventional gas and electric ranges. It is great for boiling, simmering, deep- and stir-frying, sauteing, steaming and searing. You can also slow cook, barbecue, melt and grill (so it’s incredibly versatile). Like a crockpot or slow cooker, it can be programmed to turn on automatically, offers a “delay” feature, and ,as an added safety feature, if an induction-ready pan isn’t present on the burner, it shuts off automatically.
- Duxtop Induction Cooktop Countertop Burner
This unit looks like something from the future! With no knobs, it’s digitally controlled. All the buttons are flush to the surface, but highly responsive. It has a built-in timer and Self-adjusting burners that detect the size of the cookware base. It’s great for indoor or outdoor cooking. As an induction unit, you get all the benefits mentioned above (faster, more efficient and easier to use), plus it shuts off on its own after 60 seconds if no cookware is detected. This does require induction compatible cookware–something that is stainless steel with a magnetic bottom, or cast iron.
- Max Burton 6400
This cooktop comes with one-touch simmer and boil buttons that make the most-used settings available with a single touch. Plus it features a “Lock” to hold the settings. The temperature adjusts from 100 to 450 degrees in 25-degree increments, and there are two easy-to-access buttons for boil and simmer. There is an 180-minute programmable timer, and you can set the unit to turn off after a predetermined amount of time. It has been said that this model lets you get the performance and control of a good gas cooktop with the added benefit of temperature control. The unit is large enough to accommodate a 12 inch cast iron skillet with no overhang.
- Gourmia GIC100 Multifunction Portable 1800 Watt Induction Cooker Cooktop Countertop Burner
This cooktop has eight power levels from 200-1800 watts and eight temperature settings that range from 140 degrees to 460 degrees. It has a temperature knob dial and a digital temperature display as well as an 180-minute timer with auto shutoff. It’s easy to clean as spills won’t burn or stick to the cooktop surface, which remains cool to the touch at all times. It is for use with induction cookware only and the unit will only turn on when there is an induction cooking vessel on top.
- Fagor 670041900
This Induction cooktop hails from Europe and has a temperature range from 140-465 degrees and eight quick-launch buttons (warm, simmer, boil, rapid boil, saute, brown, sear and stir-fry). As with other induction cooktops, it is safe to use, and the unit will not generate heat (and will shut off) if cookware is not detected. Also, because of the glass surface, it’s easy to clean, and spills will not stick or burn to the cooktop surface. It has an easy-to-read digital display and shows both cooking temperature and timer (up to 180 minutes) on the display. This unit cooks 50% faster than gas models on the market.
- Rosewill RHAI-13001 1800W Induction Cooker Cooktop (with Stainless Steel Pot)
This unit comes with a stainless steel pot and lid. It has eight temperature settings moving in increments from 150 to 450 degrees. It has a large LED screen display and a three-hour timer setting. You can get it pre-programmed or not. The only major complaint with this unit is that if water boils over and rounds onto the touchpad, the settings could accidentally change, but it’s speedy–it only takes 2-3 minutes to achieve a rolling boil. It is lauded for its portability and size, high power and complex features managed by simple controls.
If you’re totally stuck on buying a standard electric portable cooktop, below are four additional cooktop products–of the electric variety–you could try.
IMUSA Electric Single Burner: This is best used for small side dishes–so leave the entree cooking to the larger appliances. Equipped with a stainless steel drip tray (like your home stove), it is easy to clean with just a little disassembly. This cooktop also has non-slip feet to provide extra traction. This product comes in black or red–and is available in a stainless with double burners too. All you need to fire up this cooker is a work electrical outlet–so it’s great for the office, dorm room or small apartments.
Aroma AHP312 Electric Range Double Burner – Hot Plate: This double burner cooktop allows for individual burner control–since the burners aren’t synced. The temperature control knobs, right on the front, make establishing different cooking temperatures a breeze.
Waring Pro Brushed Stainless Steel Electric Hot Plate: This cooktop has both a large plate and small plate and non-slip rubber feet, so it’s a premium performer. It has a low-silhouette design and individual adjustable thermostats with separate “on” and “ready” lights. It’s made from professional die-cast metal that is easy to wipe clean. It’s small enough to be stored in a cabinet, but looks so good you wouldn’t mind to leave it on the counter.
Kalorik Portable Chrome Double Burner with 2 Cast-Iron Cooking Plates: Not only does this cooktop look good, but it’s easy to clean thanks to the specially designed surface. It features 2 cast-iron solid plates with the individual, adjustable temperature settings with separate power indicator lights. The burners are a little slow to warm but does a good job cooking once they’re hot. As an added safety feature, this unit shuts itself off after a specified period of nonuse.
Where to Find Dropshipping Suppliers for Portable Stoves
You can find dropshipping suppliers on sites such as SaleHoo, Worldwide Brands, and Doba. If you don’t mind a long waiting time, you can also find suppliers from China through AliExpress. Make sure that you check out their reviews first before paying any money in advance.
Dropshipping with SaleHoo & WorldWide Brands
If you’re interested in dropshipping cookwares, make sure that you read up on reviews and product critiques first. If you’re looking for wholesale suppliers, SaleHoo is a great dropshipping company that’s a good starting point for supplier directory. Look at reviews such as this updated review as well as this review by Andalucia Comparison Co that highlights a few of SaleHoo’s pros and cons. Another good drop shipping company is WorldWide Brands from USA. Here you will encounter firsthand experiences of people who have used a particular cooktop and liked or disliked it for several particular reasons.
As mentioned above, and evidenced by this list, there is a host of countertop cooktop units available to you with a bevy of features and benefits. Which one you need all depends on personal preference, cooking styles and areas and frequency of use. Whatever the reason, these (fairly) tiny appliances are great to add an extra cooking eye to your kitchen or to make you feel like you’re cooking in your own kitchen when you aren’t. From bacon and eggs to burgers and dogs, one of the above listed will surely work for you. Happy cooking pbn links!
Is your favorite countertop cooker on the list? If not, what’s yours and why? Do you have a great recipe for use on a countertop unit? Please share it in the comments below!