Microwave or Stove? How Long to Boil Water for the Best Results



In this in-depth guide, we will explore every aspect that may affect the ultimate boiling time, how to decrease that time, and other considerations you have to make for each technique used.

Does altitude affect the boiling time

Altitude does play a big role! The higher the altitude, the lower the temperature is before the water starts to boil.

Can I boil water in a crockpot

A crockpot will actually work great! It’s an enclosed space where the water can heat evenly and quickly.

Can I boil water in the oven

Personally, I never would, but that doesn’t make it impossible. It takes very long for water to come to a boil in the oven because there isn’t direct heat.

How To Boil Water On The Stove

Place the water in a pot or large pan. Again, a larger surface area will bring the water to a boil much more quickly.

How Long Before Water Boils On The Stove

On the highest heat setting, it can take anywhere between 2-6 minutes to bring 1 cup of water to a boil.

How To Boil Water In A Microwave

To start, place the water in a microwave-safe bowl or mug. DO NOT add a lid over it unless it is perforated.

How Long To Microwave Water To Boil

1 cup of room temperature water will take 1 1/2 to 2 minutes (90-120 seconds) to come to a rolling boil IF you use a microwave at full power at 1200 watts.