Good, Better, Best..... Candle Warmers (flat hot plate warmers)
Or, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
let’s start with “below good,” we’ll start with the “Useless” category.
Some coffee mug or beverage warmers are sold also as candle warmers.
Most likely the seller is not a candle maker. Or they never really
tried it as a candle warmer but just thought it would work. These are
not even fitting for my cup of java, let alone our wonderful candles!
This particular warmer has only a 9 watt heating element, we deem it
one is useless as well. With only a 15 watt heating element the jar
candle will take forever to melt and will never completely liquify no
matter how long you leave it on. The candle scent will be barely
noticable; 15 watts is not warm enough to allow the candle to release a
decent amount of fragrance. And our last observation, the base is
plastic, not a good conductor of heat. This one is completely useless.
the same reasons listed for the above model, this one is useless as
well. It too has only a 15 watt heating plate, and a plastic base.
move on to the “Good” category. Although I personally wouldn’t use
these, they at least heat up a little more than the useless ones.
style has a 17 watt heating element. Not much above useless, and since
we have actually used this one we can’t say for sure if the base is
plastic or ceramic. But 17 watts is still not warm enough to produce a
good amount of aroma.
style gets the same rank as the one directly above as it too has only a
17 watt heating element. But this one definitely has a plastic base,
not a good heat conductor. Plus we don’t care much for the on/off
switch directly located on the unit, we prefer the switch to be on the
cord. When the candles get liquid they expand and the wax can come very
close to the top. Any movement on the base, like turning it off, could
make the wax spill out and all over the warmer.
This warmer has an 18 watt heating element, slightly more than the above styles but still just “good” not better.
Let’s move on to the “Better” category.
is the jar candle warmer that we sold until around Dec. 2006. This
warmer has a 20 watt heating element and melts an average candle
in about 3-5 hours. Much of the time difference depends on the room
temperature. The candle will liquify more quickly within a room where
the temperature is around 80 degrees versus an air-conditioned room or
a room of a house in the winter at around 70 degrees. And although it
has a plastic base, it is wide and sturdy with a heater that is much
better than any of the styles above.
-- we have seen an identical model that looks just like this one except
it has only a 15 watt heating element. Please look at the bottom
of the warmer before you buy it, the volts (110) and watts are usually
listed on the underside. There is another one on the market that is
almost identical, it is a smaller version of this exact model and it
too has only a 15 watt heater.
And we saved the ours for last........The “Best” category.
new jar candle warmers are the “best” of the best. And to top it off,
we sell them for the same price as the ones we used to carry, and we
sell them for less than most of the other ones on the market.
- 24 watt heating element
- Heavy duty ceramic base
- On/off switch on the cord
new jar candle warmer measures 5 1/2” wide and 1 3/4” tall. The heating
surface more than accomodates a standard 14 oz or 16 oz apothecary jar
candle, the standard size jars on the market. The largest candle we
recommend for a flat style warmer is 16oz. Candle-licious jar
candles melt in about 2-3 hours on the new warmer, and produce aroma
for many weeks before needing to be replaced.
Available in a light sage color and a white/ivory color.
$9.95 Click here now to purchase.e