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We have had these food warmers for years. We usually get them out sole for Christmas, when family come round, to hold the vegetables so that everyone can held themselves and the food can still stay warm. In order to handle peas, carrots, potatoes and anything else we have, we use two on the table as each food warmer can hold about two large dishes or three smaller ones at a push.
Although these were quite expensive when they were bought at around £25 each and therefore £50 fro the two, the investment was worth it as they come with a very long manufacturer guarantee so that if they decide to break within the next 10 years they will get replaced for free! This sin't something I can say for other brands of food warmer and this is one of the reasons we bought them - we don't want to be let down one Christmas day when we find the food warmers have broken in the cupboard - we want quality that the manufacturer can guarantee.
The build quality of the food warmers are excellent. They feel extremely well made and I have no fear of them buckling under the weight of peas when on the table. They are made of a strong metal and therefore even if for some reason they were to even be dropped, I would trust them to still be function afterwards.
The feet of the food warmers appear to have good grip on most surfaces and therefore it never slips when on the table. This is very important when people are essentially pushing dishes which are on top of them. You don't want them to fall off the table and onto somebody's lap. If anything, the only reason they would move is if they took the table cloth with them.
In the last year, myself and a group of friends have been hosting 'Come Dine With Me' parties. Every 6 weeks or so we would all head over to whoevers turn it was, have a party (and lots and lots of wine) and we were meant to score each other, but to be honest this didn't really happen. We didn't set a budget for food which we should have done, as I went a tad over the top for mine as mine was the first and I ending up buying new La Creuset mini dishes to serve on the plates (I did individual pies in each dish), and I invested in two food warmers for the centre of the table to keep the veggies warm.
I figured when I bought them (I bought two) that they were slightly extravagant purchases but they would look fab on the table and keep the food warm too. Little did I know how much use I would inevitably get out of them! Coming in at around £30 each (this is the price now, although I managed to get mine for £24 each by complete fluke as they were on a promotional offer at the time), they aren't the cheapest item, and perhaps had I not been having a dinner party for 6 with all kinds of various dishes to keep warm, that I may have actually only bought the one. As a family of four, when I have used these since I have only used one at a time, however when I have family over for Sunday lunch, etc, the one on its own isn't quite big enough.
When I had previously seen these on sale before I bought them, I couldn't think of why you would want the expense of this type of thing (and I love my kitchen and the gadgets that go in it!), however since owning them, it really is so versatile and I have had so many uses out of it! I used it only at the weekend when my girls had friends to sleep over. They are so slow at eating that I put their pizza's, garlic bread etc on the warmers. Their friends thought it was fab and of course the food stayed perfectly warm so they enjoyed it more and I didn't have to worry too much about them nattering away and the food getting cold (even though to be fair it was only pizza!). Other times they come in handy are for buffets. We were on holiday for a week over Christmas so we didn't really entertain but in the past for birthdays etc, I have got these out and put any hot food for the buffet on the plates. Not only do people comment on them, but they keep food warmer for longer so people can pick and nibble as they wish. It's surprising how much heat the aluminium plate holds from the tea lights and they definitely work!
Being made by Brabantia, you have a certain expectation of quality and design and they don't disappoint. Brabantia, in my opinion are high quality and usually a premium price. For what you get for the price of £24 or even £30 I think the price is just right. The quality is excellent and they are very well made. Design wise, they are the best they could be, you can't really talk about design for a food warmer, but they still do it well! The aluminium grill is easily removed and you simply place tea lights into the two set holders under the grill. The candles heat the grill which in turn keeps your food warm. Rather than having to faff around to blow out the tea lights once you have finished, you can flick two levers at the sides of the food warmer and they work to snuff out the wick of the candle. Oooo errrr! Also at the edges are cooling handles with grips, allowing you to move and transport the warmers once the plate has become hot, without worrying about burning your hands.
At just over a kg, they are light enough that once they have plates and food on top they aren't too heavy that they are unmanageable.
Coming with a ten year guarantee you really can't go wrong.
I moved into a new house last spring, and as such received several house warming gifts from various friends and family. Without a doubt the most useful of those gifts was a Brabantia Food warmer.
The Brabantia Food Warmer is a handy little object that is used primarily for keeping food warm at the table. It is almost like a little heater that your food can sit on, to help keep it warm.
The Brabantia food warmer that I received is a single burner, but double burner models are also available, which basically are twice the size of the one that I now own, meaning that more food can be kept warm.
The design is simple and works well. It is basically a black, square shaped metal grill constructed from 'heat spreading Aluminium', which sits on a framework with a candle positioned under the grill to supply the heat. At the sides there are handles which stay cool, and allow you to move the food warmer around if required. The candle sits inside a little pot area, and has a 'snuffer attached to it. The snuffer is used to put out the candle when the heat is no longer required, and basically just covers the candles pot up, staving it of air and thus putting out the flame. This is operated from outside the burner, so no need to remove the grill to put out the candle.
It really amazed me how much heat this heater can generate. I thought a little tea-light candle would not really produce much heat, but I was wrong. The surface of the aluminium grill gets really hot, and in the past we have had foil takeaway containers on there and the contents have been almost bubbling due to the heat.
I have used this food warmer dozens of times since receiving it as a gift, mainly for keeping Chinese or Indian takeaway containers warm during a meal, but also recently at a party at our house on boxing day we had plates of warm Indian starters out on the buffet table on the warmer.
The dimensions are roughly:
Height 8 cm
Width 21 cm
Depth 19 cm
This gives me just enough room to put a plate onto, or two foil takeaway containers. I do intend to purchase another one in the future, but will probably go for the double burner to enable me to fit a bit more onto it.
Cleaning is very simple, just a simple wipe down with a damp cloth, once the grill has cooled.
Overall this is highly recommended by me. It is simple to use, and very effective. It sits nice and sturdily on the table, and the handles are safe to use to move it around. As mentioned above I have used it a lot already, and my only slight quibble would be that I could do with a bigger one, especially for when we have guests at our house.
A quick internet search has just shown me that the Brabantia food warmer single burner can be purchased for around £15, and the double burner is around £25, and they are available in white, grey or black. Mine came with 1 tea-light candle supplied
Thanks for reading.
© L500589 2013
I own two of these brabantia food warmers, which I got from Tescos for around £25 each a few years ago. I wanted them for when we have friends round and we are making a meal for lots of people, to keep food warm in bowls on the table. These are also great for when we have take aways, we put the rice, etc in bowls on these for people to help themselves, and it keeps them warm whilst we are eating. They use these a lot in Indian restaurants I have been to aswell, they are a great simple way to keep your food from going cold whilst enjoying your meal.
These to do not warm your food up from cold, as they only have 2 small tea lights in the bottom of them, they don't heat your food up, they only keep already warm food warm enough to eat. The good thing about these food warmers is that they don't need plugging in, so there are no wires on your table, you simply light two candles in the holders, in the bottom underneath the grill and this is what keeps your food warm. I use tealight candles as they are so cheap. I didn't think two small candles would really produce much heat, but if you put your hand right above them, it is very hot, enough to burn your hands so you do need to be careful not to touch the plates. You need to pick the food warmer up by the sides, which aren't hot, they don't get hot even when the food warmer is hot. These are easy to grip, and hold easily. It also comes with built in snuffers, so you don't have to blow the candles out yourself.
This brabantia food warmer is stainless steel, and so easy to clean. You just simply wipe it with a damp cloth, once it has cooled down. The actual plate you put your food on, is a black grill, with dark grey sides and handles. It looks really nice, and stylish. They don't look ugly when out on the table when you have guests round. They are such good quality, very well made as mine are in perfect condition after using them for around two years. There are no scratches on them, they look just like new still. They feel so solid and sturdy, and I am sure these will last for years, there isn't really anything to go wrong with them!
They are not too heavy either, easy to carry about in the kitchen. You can't fit much food on them, only really two small bowls, or one plate of food, as they are only around 30cm long, which is why we have two, although when we have lots of people round like at Christmas, we really could do with a few more! However these are adequate for most of the time we use them, I don't have anything bad to say about them! I would definitely recommend these brabantia food warmers, although don't be fooled by the name, they do not warm your food up! I have tried it! They just keep it warm, and are a great little extra to have in your kitchen for dinner parties or take away nights! They don't take up too much room in your cupboards, they just lie flat, and they are reasonably priced too. Just make sure you stock up on candles, as they don't come with any!
We are hardly massive dinner party hosters but we do have a small group of friends who regularly rotate the responsibility for hosting a dinner party and this is when this food warmer comes into its own. I actually have two of them which I bought second hand from a friend, she sold them to me for £20 the pair even though they had hardly been used, normally they retail around the £30 mark each however she was emigrating and was disposing of lots of posessions.
They are not the most stylish of products, more functional than stylish, they are a stainless steel construction with an aluminium grill, they weigh just over a kilogram each and are 36x19cm in diameter. The handles on either side are designed to stay cool to the touch so these are easy to move even when hot. They house two tea light candles which provide the warmth to the grill, at first I was sceptical that these would provide sufficient heat but I failed to consider the conducting qualities of the aluminium grill. This is very good at keeping food nice and hot and the two combined give a decent enough surface size to meet my needs both at dinner parties and this xmas where we had a full house of guests.
This product does get hot when in use, there is a lever to operate when you want to extinguish the candles so you do not have to try and blow them out through the grill or wait for the candles to burn down which would not be practical.
While these are not cheap they are sturdly made and very simple to both operate and clean if any food does get dropped on to them, a damp cloth is usually all you need to remove any marks although it is a good idea to try and remove any food spills straight away before it burns into the grill.
I struggle to find anything to really complain about with these, useful to have esopecially when entertaining.
When we purchased our house, an all in one oven/grill came with the house, which at the time I was happy about, but over the year, I have actually found it to be a bit of a bother if I want to grill something and cook something in the oven at the same time. I have also found it hassle, if I want to heat dinner plates but something is already in the oven cooking. So, one Christmas I was given this Brabantia Food Warmer, which was to enable me to heat out dinner plates whether the oven was being used or not.
Brabantia is a recognised make, so I was pleased to get this item. There appears to be a slight variation on the colours available for this food warmer, but I received the Matt Black and Grey Grille version, which cane be purchased on amazon for just under £20.
As well as serving its purpose of warming our dinner plates when I can't heat them in the oven/grill, this is an ideal piece of equipment for a dinner party of when you have a large gathering or guests, as you can keep food warm using this warmer as well as simply plates.
This grill comes with two burners, unlike some other Brabantia grills which can be got with only one burner. These burners involve tealights, so are easily replaced when they are finished with. Although you use two candles, these will not burn any surface underneath, due to the framework of the warmer. There are also cool grips to protect you from getting burnt when you touch the sides of the warmer. The aluminium grill works to spread the heat to keep the food or dishes warm.
Apart from using this food warmer to heat dinner plates when I initially got it, I kind of got out of the way of doing it, and it ended up in the cupboard. THat was until we had a family gathering for my daughter's christening, and I needed somehow to keep food warm, as we simply don't have the oven space to do so. THis food warmer worked a treat, and was able to keep the warm food staying warm until guests were ready to eat or come back for seconds. This food warmer works just as well as the grill and is simply a great way of keeping food or plates warm when you have a lot of people around. Unfortunately it now only gets used on special occasions when I have more guests, but it is still a very useful piece of equipment to have in your kitchen, unless you are fortunate enough to have a huge oven or grill to keep food or dishes warm.
Last year as Christmas was approaching very fast, I was in the middle of changing jobs and having to shadow someone in the mornings and go to my afternoon job till late evening. So time was something I didn't have a lot off. So I decided that for this Christmas I would do a buffett type lunch with 4 different meats for everyone to help themselves to. As I'm usually moaned at about the size of my huge dinners anyway, I thought that everyone could choose exactly what they wanted.
Well what I needed was something to keep all the veggies, yorkies, stuffing, sauces ect.. hot. I had quite a few Tesco vouchers and at the time they where doing their double up in store offer. So I trotted off to the large Tesco's where they had a very large display of household goods. They had cheap food warmers, which I didn't think would be much good. So I plumped for these Brabantia Food Warmers with double burners, they didn't come cheap at £30.00 each, but I purchased 4 with my Tesco Vouchers, so really I didn't pay anything.
What a good buy these were, as they really keep the food very hot indeed. Being made from stainless steel, these food warmers have an aluminium grill top to spread the heat. The heat is produced only by 2 tea light candles which are placed into the two holders, what I loved about these is that when you have finished using the food warmer at the side there are 2 levers that you can flick across and this makes the snuffers under the grill put out the candles, so you don't have to muck about fiddling with a hot grill top.
The handles at each end of the warmer are cool grips so these remain cool throughout the time that the warmer is in use.
We used these at Christmas and they worked superbly keeping all the food very hot indeed, even after several hours people were still picking at the cocktail sausages, stuffing and roasties!
We have gone on to use these again and again and they have been borrowed out to different members of the family throughout the year for different occassions. I'm looking forward this year to getting these out just before Christmas so I can make my usual Mulled Wine and keep it warm in a large jug for when I get visitors.
This food warmer also comes with a 10 year guarantee, whats to go wrong on it I can't possibly imagine. So I would recommend these to anyone looking for something to keep there food warm!!
Product Height; 8.2 CM
Product Width; 36.4 CM
Product Depth; 19.0 CM
Product Weight; 1.1 KG