To the test; Table-top food warmers.
Brabantia food warmer classic, pounds 22.75 (www.amazon.co.uk)
ATTRACTIVE chrome-plated grill looks pretty on the table. Uses two tealights and gives out decent heat, but doesn't feel totally solid. Simple mechanism for snuffing out tealights makes it very safe.
Tabletop food warmer, pounds 17.80 (www.
londonwok.com, 01797 321488)
STURDY with non-slip feet. Has two tealights and easily fits two plates. Candles can be snuffed out without removing top. Gives off good amount of heat.
Hostess cordless hot tray, pounds 35.95
(www.johnlewis.com, 0845 604 9049)
SOLID stainless steel hotplate with room for two plates. Reaches full temperature in eight minutes and holds it for 60 minutes after being unplugged. Gives off a lot of heat, so is good if you need to keep your food warm for longer periods.
Food warmer with three candles, pounds 17.50 (www.johnlewis.com, 0845 604 9049)
BIGGER with three tealights, so the hottest of the tealight options here. But it does get hot to the touch. Understated black matt design. Simple and safe to snuff out lights.
Lighthouse heater, pounds 29.95 (www.divertimenti.co.uk, 0870 129 5026)
ONLY big enough to warm one plate at a time (one tealight) but works well and looks stylish. Ideal for use at a meal for two. Made from porcelain and steel and also works well as an attractive light for yourtable. too.
Large warming tray, pounds 69.99 (www.lakeland.co.uk, 01539 488100)
YOU can easily fit three large bowls on this tray, although this means it's not ideal if you're short on space. Stainless steel finish and sits securely on the surface. Heats up in eight minutes and holds it for an hour.
Tested by SANDY CADIZ-SMITH