Are you used to spending your days in the car? Are you looking for a dish to enjoy freshly heated meals while you drive in peace and quiet? Let's demystify the process of selecting the right food warmer for your vehicle.
Working on the road sometimes involves sacrifices during lunch breaks. Very often, the truck driver is obliged to go down to a snack bar or to settle for a fast food restaurant. However, fast food is not always healthy for the health and remains a rather expensive investment. On the other hand, you may be on the move or in a hurry to get to the office. If you're carrying your meal, it's important to be able to heat it up in your car while you're driving to your destination.
So how do you choose the best warming bowl for your car? You'll need to consider the following criteria: model type, storage capacity, cable type, material quality, burn time and cleaning.
Without further ado, let's get to know the top 3 best car heaters as well as the selection criteria that you should not overlook.
The three best car flat heaters
Here we take a look at three models from our store carefully chosen by the editorial team.
Blue Heated Lunch Box (Car/Home)
This heated car lunch box is a top choice, as it comes with all the features you need. Specifically, the jar comes with two different charge cables. These include a 110v cable for home use and a 12v cable to plug into the car's cigarette lighter. It is perfect if you are a long distance driver and helps you to heat up your meals at any time.
On the other side, there is its removable inner container designed in stainless steel. You'll definitely love it, as it comes in three separate compartments. Better yet, its size and 1 liter capacity give you a wide range of food choices.
Moreover, the stainless steel of this cigar lighter warmer is food certified and BPA free. It's a high-quality material that withstands high temperatures and remains toxic-free. Overall, the Blue Heated Lunch Box is a great choice if you are looking for extra compartments to vary your lunches in the car.
Red Electric Lunch Box (Car/Home)
This Healthy Lunch model is a great looking hot lunch box. It looks exactly like an ordinary lunch box, but it has a pretty remarkable burning power. Technically, it has two power sources: a 12v outlet for automotive use and a 110v outlet for home use. Thanks to such a performance, it is one of the few heated lunch box that heats up car meals in only 20 minutes.
As for its interior, you can count on its beautiful waterproofness which offers a capacity of 1.5 liter. Like the majority of the products of the store, the container is made of stainless steel. It is a food certified material that is easy to clean. You just have to remove it from the plastic box and put it in the dishwasher. Finally, its lid is particularly airtight and prevents you from leaking food while driving.
Heated Lunch Box (Truck/Car)
This product is a little different from its predecessors, because its use is only reserved for car drivers. For this purpose, it comes with two cigarette lighter adapters that you can use for heating as you wish.
Specifically, you can connect the cables to 12v and 24v power sources. It all depends on the type of car you drive. Once connected to your cigarette lighter port, this dish warmer has an incredible burn time. In 20 minutes, it warms up your car dish and gives you a tasty lunch.
The electric warming bowl is also one of the largest options on our list with a capacity of 1.5L. Our industry experts designed it from food-safe material. Specifically, the jar is made of BPA-free plastic and comes with an aluminum container. The interior allows for easy dishwasher cleaning and food-safe storage. If you decide to choose it as your companion on the road, we'll deliver it to you for free.
Why use a car heater?
A car heater is above all an investment and it is quite normal to wonder about its usefulness. In this section, we propose you to discover some convincing reasons to invest in the use of the accessory for your car.
The heater is easy and practical
The first advantage of a meal warmer box is that it provides you with a warm meal at your fingertips without any effort. In your car, just plug the device into the cigarette lighter and in less than 30 minutes, your meals are warmed up. You save time and energy. Moreover, the electric boxes use a low voltage which avoids overheating or overvoltage problems in your car. Your food will be at the correct temperature until you are ready to eat it.
The food warmer expands your food menu
Are you tired of always eating cold raclettes, sandwiches or pizzas in the car? It's time to use a plate warmer, especially one of the models in the previous selection. With this tool, you can enjoy a wide range of menus. Most of the warming jars have between two and three compartments. In one sentence, you can take different foods on the road every day.
The warmer is easy to clean
As a truck driver, you may find that your lunch box is stored in the corner of the car for days after use. This makes it important to clean it later, but not all lunch boxes are easy to clean.
Fortunately, this is not the case with electric lunch boxes. Like plates, they are simple to wash and clean. They won't leave any memory of the last meal you stored. However, consider stainless steel jars to better enjoy this advantage.
The warmer is compact
If you're constantly on the go in your car, it's obvious that you're looking for a lunchbox that's easy to hide inside. This is indeed possible with warming trays. Most of them have ergonomic dimensions and a light weight. They are therefore compact, easy to transport and capable of holding a complete meal.
How to choose the right car warmer?
With the exponential growth of the electric car warmer market, you have to admit that there are many options available to you. However, there are some important criteria you should consider before making your choice. We have gathered for you the essentials that you should check before investing.
You like quality, but especially quantity? Then you should think about choosing a bowl with a watertight container. On the market, there are small heated bowls with a capacity of between 250 and 350 ml. If you prefer a medium size, you should ask for bowls with a capacity of 500 ml to 750 ml. And for the large sizes, you have the possibility between 1 liter and much more.
It all depends on your greed and the dishes you plan to take with you and heat up in the car. So be sure to ask your salesperson about the storage capacity. The larger the capacity, the more separate internal compartments you will have.
The type of cable or adapter
A motorist cannot afford to invest in a bowl whose power source does not match that of his car. So be careful when choosing, because some dishonest sellers will not enlighten you on the subject. For automotive use, you need a lunch warmer with an adapter for your cigarette lighter port. More precisely, you can choose a power source between 12v and 24v. However, don't invest in 110v plugs, as they only fit in the wall areas of homes.
The quality of the materials
The quality of the materials you choose at the beginning of the process will essentially influence the quality of the meal you will obtain afterwards. Indeed, some warmers have plastic containers, but it is important to require those with food certification. Otherwise, you can simply fall back on stainless steel. This is one of the best containers that is not only heat resistant, but also rust resistant. At Healthy Lunch, the materials in our items are all BPA-free and food-grade.
The truck driver is looking for a quick solution. It is therefore essential to have a bowl that heats up food in record time. Obviously, the most efficient devices offer a heating time of between 10 and 20 minutes. There are a variety of them available in our online store.
By the end of this article, we hope you are now armed with enough knowledge to choose the best heater you need for your car. Do you have a preference in our top 3. Feel free to let us know in the comments.