Best Shabbat Hot Plate & Kosher Warming Tray Reviews (Shabbos Blech) 2017

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Shabbat Hot Plates

You’re cooking & preparing food for Shabbat.

It all looks delicious…

But how do you make sure it stays that way during the entire Shabbat & Yom Tov?

With a Shabbat hot plate of course.

Whether it’s for your own kitchen, or for one of your children’s new apartment, a blech for Shabbos is one of the most important items every Jewish family needs in their kitchen.

But which Kosher hot plate should you get?

I’m glad you asked… let’s find out what the top Shabbat warming trays are, shall we?

Best Shabbat Hot Plates

There are many Shabbat hot plates out there. Which ones should you choose?

We worked hard to find the best hot plates for Shabbat, and here they are sitting before you.

Let’s dive into each and every one of these warming trays…

       
Top Pick Top Innovation Our Favorite Best Value
Deluxe Glass Buffet Warming Tray for ShabbatDeluxe Glass Buffet Warming Tray for ShabbatHotMat Electric Food Warming TrayHotMat Electric Food Warming TrayKosher Innovations TechYid Co Shabbos Safe Hot PlateKosher Innovations TechYid Co Shabbos Safe Hot PlateChefman Electric Warming TrayChefman Electric Warming TrayDeluxe Shabbat Warming Tray Full Size by Magic MillDeluxe Shabbat Warming Tray Full Size by Magic MillISRAHEAT Shabbat Hot PlateISRAHEAT Shabbat Hot PlateHeis HP151 Extra Large Shabbat Hot PlateHeis HP151 Extra Large Shabbat Hot Plate
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Deluxe Glass Buffet Warming Tray Full by Classic Kitchen

Top Pick

Deluxe Glass Buffet Warming Tray for Shabbat

Pros

  • Sturdy aluminum sides carry handles
  • Red indicator light for increased safety
  • Large surface area
  • Made for Sabbath observers in mind 

Cons

  • Quite big

Why?

Classic Kitchen called their Shabbos warming tray “Deluxe”, and for a good reason.

Not only does it keep your Shabbos food hot and ready to serve, it’s also a very elegant & low profile warming plate.

This impressive blech for Shabbos was made for Sabbath observers in mind:

  • It has a very large surface area, so you’ll pretty much have room for all your delicious prepared meals.
  • The hot plate control is on the back, so it’s not even approachable during Shabbat, therefore avoiding “Shabbat accidents”. Plus, it has a red pilot indicator, to let us know the hot plate is turned on so you won’t forget it.
  • Doesn’t give off a lot of heat, which is good news during the hot summer days 🙂

Who is it For?

It’s a great fit for any Jewish kitchen, whether you have a small kitchen or a jumbo-size kitchen, this Shabbos hot plate will definitely fit the bill.

Tip: This Shabbat hot plate is often purchased with a timer to turn it off automatically.

It’s no surprise that this warming tray has gotten so many great reviews, and why it became such a popular Jewish housewarming gift.

Bottom Line: Simply put – the best Shabbat hot plate on this list. An impressive addition to any Jewish kitchen, and a great Kosher hot plate for Shabbat or Yom Tov.

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HotMat Electric Food Warming Tray

Top Innovation

HotMat Electric Food Warming Tray

Pros

  • Lightweight, portable & folds for convenient storage
  • Huge space-saver: Ideal for small kitchens & traveling
  • Great for parties & holidays
  • Innovative warming solution

Cons

  • A bit hard to clean 

Why?

This innovative, electric, Kosher Shabbat warming tray is definitely one of its kind.

How innovative, you ask? Well, it’s:

  • Completely foldable (!) – you can store it in a drawer, on a shelf or in your travel bag.
  • Lightweight, and a huge space saver
  • Incredible design (patented!)

And don’t let the lightweight design fool you – it heats up your food very quickly, and keeps your Shabbos food warm & delicious.

What can I say, I’m a sucker for innovation, especially when it’s made in Israel.

Who is it For?

An ideal solution if you have a small kitchen like mine, and especially great for traveling, Yom Tov or for camping outside.

Bottom Line: A truly innovative & efficient solution compared to the traditional, bulkier alternatives. A wonder product for a small kitchen or for traveling. 

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Kosher Innovations TechYid Co Shabbos Safe Hot Plate

Our Favorite

Kosher Innovations TechYid Co Shabbos Safe Hot Plate

Pros

  • Extremely safe (ETL certified)
  • Energy efficient
  • Very solid, durable & reliable
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Not hot enough

Why?

If there was an award for the most “famous” Shabbos warming tray, then TechYid’s hot plate would win, hands down.

Ben Tzion Davis, Jewish electronic engineer & designer of the hot plate definitely did a remarkable job bringing this fabulous & safest Shabbos hot plate to life. It even became “famous” on Kickstarter, pledging over $67K to make sure a lot of Jewish families get warm food on Shabbat.

And it definitely lived up to the expectation: TechYid’s innovative hot plate is very safe, efficient & reliable, and should last you for many many years.

You can leave it on for extended use without worrying, and you’ll also save electricity in the process.

Who is it For?

A fantastic hot plate for Jewish families who put safety first, and are used to keeping your hot plate for extended periods.

Great for Shabbos or a 3-day Yom Tov.

Bottom Line: Definitely one of the best Kosher hot plates out there. Heats quickly, safe, durable & easy to clean. Not a lot more you can ask from a Shabbos blech. 

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Chefman Electric Warming Tray

Best Value

Chefman Electric Warming Tray

Pros

  • Very Affordable
  • Large surface – able to hold a lot of food
  • High quality – sleek stainless steel design
  • ETL & SGS certified to fit UL safety standards

Cons

  • Cord is quite short

Why?

And the “Best Value” award goes to…

Chefman’s electric warming tray!

Why?

Because it’s cheap, it’s safe, and most importantly: it does what it’s supposed to do – keep your food warm.

Safety first, right? Chefman certainly believe so. This electric warming tray is both ETL, SGS & UL certified, which basically means: this Shabbos hot plate is definitely safe to use.

Note: This doesn’t mean you should put your hands on it or anything! This hot plate gets pretty HOT, so keep it away from kids.

Besides the obvious, Chefman’s Shabbos warming tray has quite a sleek design. It’s made out of cool touch aluminum handles and a black tempered glass cooking surface, which makes it very easy to clean.

Tip: Chefman also won our “Best Value” Shabbat hot water urn award.

Who is it For?

If you’re on a budget and you’re looking for the value for your money – then this is exactly the electric Shabbat hot plate you’re looking for.

Bottom Line: A very safe, very good-looking and very affordable Kosher hot plate! You’ll definitely get the best value for your money with Chefman’s blech for Shabbos.

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Deluxe Shabbat Electric Blech Warming Tray by Magic Mill

Deluxe Shabbat Warming Tray Full Size by Magic Mill

Pros

  • Warm food quickly
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to clean
  • Thermo-insulated cool-touch ABS handles for easy handling

Cons

  • Emits heat
  • Might make the food too warm
  • Doesn’t have UL listing

Why?

When you first see Magic Mill’s Shabbat warming tray, you cannot help but be impressed. The design is truly something else. It’s extremely attractive to the eye, and will definitely upgrade every Jewish kitchen’s look just by standing there.

But hey, it’s obviously more than just a kitchen prop… Surprise surprise –  it also warms up your food for Shabbos! And it does a fantastic job doing so.

It’s also very convenient to handle, thanks to the thermo-insulated cool-touch ABS handles. That is a huge benefit, and something we haven’t seen in any of the other Shabbat hot plates.

Why Not?

The big downsides in my book is the fact that this blech for Shabbos is not UL certified, and that it can get quite hot (some might say too hot).

Who is it For?

The stylish design makes this blech a great fit for any Shabbat or Yom Tov event… so if you’re planning on having people over for any Jewish occasion, then this is a great option.

Bottom Line: Although it does overheat the food a bit, it’s still a good option if style & convenience matters to you… especially if you’re planning to have people over for Shabbat or Yom Tov, or hosting an event.

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ISRAHEAT Shabbat Hot Plate

ISRAHEAT Shabbat Hot Plate

Pros

  • Heats up very quickly
  • Can be used with a timer (purchased separately)
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Gets extremely hot
  • Power cord poorly constructed
  • No warranty

Why?

ISRAHEAT’s Shabbos hot plate is extremely powerful. You can heat up your food in around an hour, and enjoy a hot meal as if you cooked it just now.

Why Not?

It’s upside is also a downside: it’s a little too powerful.

In fact, so powerful that some people even reported that it burned their food.

But the biggest problem is the lack of warranty. While the blech is made in Israel, and may be reliable, but fact is it doesn’t come with any US warranty, which is a huge bummer.

Who is it For?

If you’re looking for an affordable hot plate that does what it’s supposed to do, and you don’t mind the lack of warranty.

Bottom Line: This plata for Shabbat is pretty cheap, and it does its job pretty well… However, it tends to overheat the food and lacks warranty, which is a bummer.

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Heis HP151 Extra Large Shabbat Hot Plate

Heis HP151 Extra Large Shabbat Hot Plate

Pros

  • Suitable for large family meals
  • Safe handles

Cons

  • Expensive

Why?

Let’s face it, some of us have pretty large families. And therefore, a lot of food to keep warm on Shabbat.

Well, in that case you could use a large Shabbat plata.

Sorry, I mean an EXTRA large hot plate.

This is where HEIS’s huge Shabbat hot plate comes into play.

This hot plate will definitely keep the food for your family during Shabbat & Yom Tov.

Why Not?

It comes with a price, and a pretty high one, so take that into account before purchasing this blech.

Who is it For?

A good option for large families or big events.

Note: If this Shabbat plate warmer is too big for you, then you should probably get the smaller hot plate.

Bottom Line: A great & very big hot plate suitable for large families or events, but very expensive.

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Final Verdict

So, what’s the verdict?

Let’s have a look at our award winning hot plates for Shabbat: 

    
Top Pick Top Innovation Our Favorite Best Value
Deluxe Glass Buffet Warming Tray for ShabbatDeluxe Glass Buffet Warming Tray for ShabbatHotMat Electric Food Warming TrayHotMat Electric Food Warming TrayKosher Innovations TechYid Co Shabbos Safe Hot PlateKosher Innovations TechYid Co Shabbos Safe Hot PlateChefman Electric Warming TrayChefman Electric Warming Tray
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Top Pick: Classic Kitchen’s hot plate proved to be the best performing hot plate, mostly due to it’s sturdiness, performance & space. This is an ideal warming tray for if you’re a medium-large sized family that tend to quick a lot of food for Shabbat. This hot plate is also a very popular gift for young Jewish families who are about to set up their new home.

Top Innovative Hot Plate: Well, HotMat’s hot plate is a clear winner in the innovation category. They managed to solve the biggest problem most other hot plates “suffer” from: bulkiness & space-hogging. HotMat solves both these problems by being a foldable, which makes it the only worthy hot plate for traveling, even if you’re not religious. 

Our Favorite Hot Plate: Our favorite hot plate has to be Kosher Innovation’s Shabbos safe hot plate. This blech was designed for safety first, and it has the ETL certification to show for it. And after all the horror stories we hear in the news the past few years about a hot plates burning down houses, do you still wonder why it’s our favorite? 

Best Value: Chefman have done a remarkable job creating a hot plate that is both high quality and extremely affordable. These days it’s hard to find hot plates that young couples can afford, without replacing their hot plate every few years (or months). Well, Chefman definitely fits the bill, and doesn’t require a lot of bills. Best Value = Chefman’s electric warming tray.

Summary

Choosing a good Kosher hot plate for Shabbat is extremely important.

Shabbat Hamalka is the day of rest… You shouldn’t worry about having warm food.

Thankfully, using a hot plate on Shabbos makes our lives so much easier.

All you need is a great Shabbat warming tray. And if you chose one of the hot plates from this list, then you’ll be off to a great start 🙂

Which of these Shabbat hot plates did you end up choosing, and why?

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