In the fast-paced lifestyle of the modern world, everything is mobile, portable and on the go. Laptops and cellular phones are racing to go small, and almost anything imaginable has become so compact that there is no excuse to forget anything at home. It is in this light that even portable cooking appliances have been invented. Although still in its premature stages, most portable cooking appliances are targeted to the heavy travelers who can't otherwise stop at anywhere to buy food--places like mountains, rainforests and islands.
- Ensure that the appliance can easily be carried around. Some portable cooking ranges have wheels so they can easily be moved around when needed. Some cooking appliances, on the other hand, are small and handy enough to be brought anywhere. In choosing a portable cooking stove or cooking oven, make sure that it can easily be carried around, because that's the main point of being a "portable" appliance. The best ones are those that are very handy yet still maintain the cooking quality.
- Check for energy consumption. The idea of having portable cooking appliances is to be able to bring them anywhere--even in remote areas that don't provide for electricity for appliances to be plugged in. Most professional cooking burners can be powered using gas or other burning fluids. While this is permissible, it is highly dangerous given the flammability of petroleum. Today, there are some cooking appliances that are battery-operated. See if you can find these types for maximum portability, even in areas without electricity.
- Cooking method. The conventional cooking method uses a metal coil that is heated through electricity. Other cooking ranges use liquefied petroleum gas to be able to produce flame. This is all right, but again, the heat produced may be too dangerous for portable use. Check to see if you can find cooking appliances that use conduction as the cooking method, because this uses magnetic fields to generate heat instead of flames or gas.
- Accessories. Wouldn't it be nice if you can put your portable stove in a cool bag that you can carry around? Check to see if the product includes accessories such as bags, utensils, covers, cleaners and the like. This may not be a major consideration to some, but the littlest of accessories can go a long way in cooking.
- Price. Of course, one of the considerations in buying portable cooking appliances is the price. By adding the portability capital to the equation, there is a possibility that manufacturers and distributors will up the price point a bit, so you'd have to scour a lot of stores to find the best appliance at the cheapest possible price.
If you're still struggling about deciding which appliance to buy, try and read some reviews of cooking appliances in magazines and online stores to gauge how users are receiving a particular product. You not only get recommendations from those who have already been there, it is possible that you may gain additional insight in choosing as well.