This is one of the best hot plates out there using a traditional coil burner that is 8 inch in diameter. The burner gets very hot... impressive considering its only a 110v model. They also sized the power right, at 12.5 Amps you have a little margin to run this off of a 15A circuit so you're unlikely to trip a breaker. I bought this mainly as a backup I can run off a generator in the event I'm in the middle of a canning project and the power goes out. I'm sure it will take longer to get a huge pot to boiling compared to a standard 220v stove but that is to be expected. Reviews elsewhere suggest that it has been used for canning by others. It seems well built and is made in USA.