There’s nothing more comforting on a cold winter night than sitting around a table with your friends and family eating food that you all cooked together. And there’s no better way to do that than hot pot! From broths filled with mouth-numbing Chinese Szechuan peppers to mild Japanese shabu shabu, hot pot is fun, instant, and easy to do at home—if you have the right materials.
When looking for the 10 best hot pot cookers, we made our choices based on the following points:
The end result is a list of electric hot pot cookers and a separate one for non-electric options. See which one fits your lifestyle, and read our buying guide below to find out more about our criteria!
Gourmet d’Expert Electric Skillet
Stainless Steel Hot Pot
Electric Hot Pot
Hot Pot With Divider
2-in-1 Electric Smokeless Grill and Hot Pot
Best Electric Hot Pot That Can Also Be Used on a Stove
Best for Cooking 2 Types of Broth That Everyone Can Reach
Best Hot Pot for 1 Person
Best Hot Pot Tool That Does a Variety of Cooking Tasks
Best for Making 2 Broths in Equal Amounts
Best for Grilling and Hot Potting at the Same Time
|Electric||Yes; 1,300W||Yes; 1,500W||Yes; 200-600W||Yes; 1,200 watts||Yes; 1,500W||Yes; 1,900W|
|Material||Ceramic-coated titanium, tempered glass lid||Stainless steel, glass lid||Stainless steel, glass lid||Non-stick aluminum pot, glass lid||Stainless steel, glass lid||Not provided; nonstick coating|
|Shape||Shallow||2 compartments||Deep||Shallow, ridged bottom||2 compartments||2-compartment hot pot and grill|
|Extra features||Adjustable temperature, keep-warm function, stay cool side handles, safe-release cord||Adjustable temperature, removable dishwasher-safe pot||Two power modes, keep-warm setting, overheating and boil dry protection||Adjustable temperature, dishwasher safe||Adjustable temperature, heat-resistant handles, anti-skid feet||Control grill and hot pot separately, recipe book, oil brush, tongs, barbecue paper|
|Compatible with||Gas or electric stovetop||-||-||-||-||-|
For all you hot pot fiends and shabu shabu addicts, start your search with our 10 best picks. Here are some handy electric versions. We made our choices based on the points listed in the buying guide below, as well as reviewer comments when available.
|Material||Ceramic-coated titanium, tempered glass lid|
|Extra features||Adjustable temperature, keep-warm function, stay cool side handles, safe-release cord|
|Compatible with||Gas or electric stovetop|
|Material||Stainless steel, glass lid|
|Extra features||Adjustable temperature, removable dishwasher-safe pot|
|Material||Stainless steel, glass lid|
|Extra features||Two power modes, keep-warm setting, overheating and boil dry protection|
|Electric||Yes; 1,200 watts|
|Material||Non-stick aluminum pot, glass lid|
|Shape||Shallow, ridged bottom|
|Extra features||Adjustable temperature, dishwasher safe|
|Material||Stainless steel, glass lid|
|Extra features||Adjustable temperature, heat-resistant handles, anti-skid feet|
|Material||Not provided; nonstick coating|
|Shape||2-compartment hot pot and grill|
|Extra features||Control grill and hot pot separately, recipe book, oil brush, tongs, barbecue paper|
Shabu Shabu Pot With Divider
Mishima Donabe No. 9 Size
Induction Cooker and Pot
Premium Korean Dolsot Stone Bowl
Best for 2 Broths at Once on Any Stovetop
Best Ceramic Hot Pot for 4 to 5 People
Best Complete Set to Serve Hot Pot
Best for Individual Hot Pot and Bibimbap
|Electric||No||No||Comes with hotplate; 300-1,800W||No|
|Material||Non-stick ceramic-coated aluminum, glass lid with Bakelite knob||Ceramic||Stainless steel pot||Ceramic|
|Shape||2 compartments||Shallow||Shallow||Small, medium and large sizes available|
|Extra features||Removable silicone handle covers||-||8 power settings, 3-hour timer, overheating protection, LED display, touch panel, non-slip feet||Plastic trivet, dishwasher-safe|
|Compatible with||Induction, gas, ceramic, electric, halogen, solid fuel cookers||Gas, microwave, oven; IH-compatible if insert is used||Induction||Electric or gas stovetop, oven, broiler, microwave|
|Material||Non-stick ceramic-coated aluminum, glass lid with Bakelite knob|
|Extra features||Removable silicone handle covers|
|Compatible with||Induction, gas, ceramic, electric, halogen, solid fuel cookers|
|Compatible with||Gas, microwave, oven; IH-compatible if insert is used|
|Electric||Comes with hotplate; 300-1,800W|
|Material||Stainless steel pot|
|Extra features||8 power settings, 3-hour timer, overheating protection, LED display, touch panel, non-slip feet|
|Shape||Small, medium and large sizes available|
|Extra features||Plastic trivet, dishwasher-safe|
|Compatible with||Electric or gas stovetop, oven, broiler, microwave|
Here, we'll be introducing the important points to check when you choose a hot pot cooker. You'll want to consider the different types and materials, as well as pot shapes. And don't forget to think about safety and maintenance.
If you decide to get an electric pot, make sure the pot portion is removable for easy washing. And of course, to use this kind, you need to be near an outlet or have an extension cord that can handle the right wattage.
Other safety features to look for are cords that release easily, in case someone trips over it, anti-skid feet, and fire-prevention features like overheating protection and auto shutoff.
However, that takes a lot of the fun out of it! Instead, look for pots that come as a set with a small induction heater or gas canister stove, like a camping stove. That way, you can cook right at the table in batches, making it a warm and laid-back meal.
You can also find non-electric ones that are ceramic. These are great for a traditional experience, and depending on their shape, they can be used to cook other foods like rice.
Ceramic pots can be used on the stove top or even in the oven, and some can be used on induction heat if you get a special insert. However, they are more fragile and require care in how you heat and wash them.
The shape also means that everything will heat up more quickly. If you have a family of four or expect a small house party, we’d say you should reach for a pot that can hold at least five liters.
Split pots are the same size as a normal hot pot dish, but usually have two sections that are completely sealed off from one another. This allows you to cater to different tastes by having two different types of broths in one pot.
These are good if there are vegetarians or those with special diets in your group, or if you want to have both mild broth and spicy broth available.
Smaller volume, deeper pots are best used by those dining alone. These types of pots are usually multi-functional and can be used to make almost anything you’d make in a saucepan or soup pot. Electric ones are good for those without a stove, and ceramic ones can even double as rice cookers.
Being based in Japan, mybest knows a thing or two about hot pot. Here are some of our favorite recipes! Keep in mind that these are mostly Japanese, so we'd encourage you to look at other resources for Chinese hot pot and more.
The standard nabe hot pot recipes in Japan are fairly healthy since you just need three main components: soup, a ton of vegetables, and meat (optional). This recipe by Kikkoman (original recipe is in Japanese only) is a fairly standard yet highly customizable nabe recipe you can easily make at home.
Ingredients (serves 3 people):
Sukiyaki beef hot pot is another classic Japanese hot pot recipe, and this one is also provided by Kikkoman. Like the tofu nabe recipe above, you're free to mix and match ingredients, but you'll at least need the beef and the soup base for an authentic experience.
Ingredients (serves 3 to 4 people):
10.5 ounces thinly-sliced beef
1 block of grilled tofu
2 stalks of green onions
7 ounces of shirataki rice noodles
1 pack of enoki mushrooms (optional, if this is difficult to find)
4 shiitake mushrooms
1 handful of crowndaisy (optional; any mild-tasting greens will work)
4 eggs (optional)
(for soup base)
2/5 cup soy sauce
2/5 cup mirin cooking wine
4 tablespoons white sugar
2/5 cup water
Let's say you've already finished your delicious hot pot recipe, but you still have soup leftover. It's actually pretty easy to turn this into another meal! In Japan, this is sometimes referred to as shime (SHEE-meh), or closing out the meal.
Some ways you can make your leftover soup into a shime meal is to add uncooked ramen noodles (adding heat to cook the noodles in the soup, of course), buckwheat soba noodles, chewy udon noodles, or even cooked rice.
It's also common to add in a few extra ingredients like green onions or eggs to give it even more flavor, and you can give it another flavor boost by adding a dash of your favorite condiments like soy sauce, hot sauce, and more. Go crazy with it!
While hot pot cookers are versatile, they're not the only piece of equipment you'll need to make a wide variety of meals. Here are some of our favorite gadgets!
Besides hot pots, other tools are also great for keeping your dishes warm. Take this pressure cooker, recommended by Life Well Lived's Kara Swanson, for instance. Check it out if you're looking for more options!
Not sure you've found quite the right hot pot for you? Here are what Amazon customers like for electric hot pots!
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