Decent Hot Plate with Magnetic Stirrer

Hello everyone!

I have been looking around on the internet to see if I could find myself a relatively cheap hot plate with a magnetic stirrer. I only plan to use it for my hobbies so it does not need to be up to lab standards.

My ideal price point is around $100CAD (cheaper would not be much of a problem). 

Just wondering if anyone knows of any good ones. As of now, I am leaning towards this one here that I found on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/YaeTek-Magnetic-Stirrer-Stirring-Capacity/dp/B079DJT8TD/ref=pd_sim_328_3?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B079DJT8TD&pd_rd_r=32037fbd-da32-11e8-943e-3f50e486d3b4&pd_rd_w=ep2pq&pd_rd_wg=3Yk1s&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_m=A3DWYIK6Y9EEQB&pf_rd_p=f2db799a-cb6a-4ff5-b84b-b317891b94a8&pf_rd_r=9YHNDYJXKYJN5CC5B7TP&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&psc=1&refRID=9YHNDYJXKYJN5CC5B7TP

I was actually hoping to spend around $80CAD but I don't think that that will be possible if I want to have something which won't fall apart after three days.

Any input is appreciated.

Thanks 

Comments

  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    If you're making cosmetic products, a magnetic stirrer isn't really necessary.
  • MicroformulationMicroformulation Member, Professional Chemist
    edited October 2018
    If I were looking for any bells or whistles in a hot plate, it would be digital temperature control. You would find that a magnetic stirring bead would simply bind-up in the thicker viscosities of creams and lotions. You will likely be using an overhead lab stirrer instead.
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  • Thanks for the helpful responses @Perry @Microformulation

    I might end up a oidi g the magnetic stick then although I was planning on having digital temperature control.
  • I find stir bars helpful when pre-making slurries and small amounts of solutions (dyes, pH adjusters, etc) but we have a LOT of hot plates around, if you're only buying one then you should probably focus on other features.
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