Warming Tray Food Safety GuidelinesYou’re probably looking for the best top-rated warming trays for the obvious reason — you want to keep your food warm. After all, you spent a good amount of time preparing your meal and it just tastes better, the way you intended it, when warm or hot.


There are some critical health reasons that make your decision to buy a warming tray a really smart one in addition to the fact that nobody really cares to eat cold food!

Before getting into just one option (in our best rated cookware category) of what we think are 3 of the best in class consumer rated warming trays, we would like to share what we found that makes a warming tray — unless you’re faster eaters — almost a must-have.

According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, food should never be left out of a refrigerator for more than 2 hours — this make you think twice about that potato salad you take to those summer picnics!

Leaving food, even cooked food, unrefrigerated for any longer (it drops to one hour if over 90 degrees in room or outdoor temps) and you run the risk of food borne bacteria and illness. If anyone has ever had a touch of food poisoning, you know what we mean.

The great thing about having a quality warming tray is that you have the benefit of control when it comes to maintaining your meal at a safe temperature.

This allows you to spend more quality time chatting with friends and family over meals without having to “wolf” everything down or jump up from the table to start putting leftovers away.

So with that said and not wanting to be on our soapbox about food safety, here are our Top 3 choices for the best warming tray for food. These are in no particular order and do include options suiting anyone’s budget.

Toastess TWT-40 Silhouette Cordless Warming Trays Review

Toastess Cordless Warming TraysThis Toastess Model TWT-40 cordless warming tray is ideal for entertaining as well as for everyday use.

The fact that it’s cordless makes it convenient to place just about anywhere.

It stays hot for 60 minutes after unplugging and features automatic temperature control which protects against overheating. You’ll want to keep your meal warm but you don’t want to dry it out either.

The cord is detachable when you need to and it comes with stay cool handles are all designed for your convenience and ease of use. It measures an impressive 28.4 x 14.4 x 4.4 inches accommodating 4 plates.

You will find it perfect for keeping plates warm, especially if you have started to plate a meal but are waiting on a side dish not quite ready. It’s also great for keeping small, low casseroles warm without “recooking” them while they sit.

While this unit is made in China it does come with a 2-year warranty which is 1-year longer than most small appliances. The surface of this unit is can be susceptible to scratching so care should be exercised when adding and removing casseroles, pots, pans or dishes.

Broil King NWT-1S Professional Stainless Warming Tray Features

Broil King Stainless Warming TraysThis made in the USA commercial-quality, sharp looking stainless version of available warming trays provides a first class appearance when used for entertaining.

Because the surface is stainless steel it is easy to wipe clean. They offer a unique warranty in that the purchaser receives a 1-year warranty against manufacturers defects HOWEVER, the recipient of this as a GIFT is offered an 18-month warranty.

What’s nice about this warming tray is the adjustable thermostat that gives you options between 155 degrees and 205 degrees for temperature adjustment.

This comes in handy when you place heavier gauge dutch ovens or deeper casserole dishes on the tray to keep the ingredients warmed all the way through.

Stay cool handles are a must for any choice of warming tray as are non-skid feet so the tray doesn’t slide — both of which are found on this Broil King Model NWT-1S.

This Broil King warming tray has a 3-pronged plug and does not have a detachable cord so you will need to use it near an outlet.

A handy indicator light lets you know the tray is on and working and also reminds you when you need to shut it off.  This unit measures  15.2 x 26 x 2.9 inches and weighs around 8 pounds making it pretty easy to handle and store.

Waring Pro Stainless Steel Warming Tray Model WT90B

The best way to clean this stainless Waring Pro Warming Tray is with a mild detergent and a soft damp cloth. No warming tray is submersible in water because that would damage the internal wiring that makes the tray work.

This is a 400-watt tray in comparison to others which are typically 300-watts. It measures 16-4/5 by 26-1/2 by 3-4/5 inches which gives you plenty of surface area to keep foods warm as you noted in the video above.

As a side note, a warming tray should only be used with oven-safe glassware, pots, pans and dishes. Using plastic containers or other unsuitable materials may cause them to melt, soften or become damaged when exposed to heat.

This is a professional grade tray that comes with a 1-year Waring Pro warranty against manufacturing defects and is currently, as of this writing, being offered at a 53% SAVINGS — an exceptional deal for a Waring Pro appliance.

Cuisinart CWT-240 19-by-12-Inch Warming Tray

We looked at the Cuisinart Model CWT-240 warming tray which is extremely popular with a lot of customers and Cuisinart brand loyalists, however, Cuisinart has DISCONTINUED offering this warming tray.

Because this is no longer offered or supported by the manufacturer, even though it is still available from retailers with stock, we chose not to detail its features in this review.

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