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7 Sizzling Electric Skillet Reviews – Cook Without a Stove in 2018

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Cook a hot meal without a stove or oven…by using a handy electric skillet. Just find an electrical outlet, plug in the skillet, and enjoy some home-cooked cuisine. Read on and learn about the best electric skillets–their versatility, functionality, and convenience.

Last updateOctober 22, 2018
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7 Sizzling Electric Skillet Reviews – Cook Without a Stove in 2018

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Pros

Heats up quickly

Easy to control temperature and to clean

Spacious

Cons

None that we found

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Pros

M-shaped heating element lines the length of the pan for even heating

Easily controlled and non-fluctuating temperature

Ample size

Convenient spout and well-fitting lid

Cons

Large size requires much room during use to prevent melting nearby objects.

Confusion between online description and manual on whether or not the skillet’s immersible and dishwasher safe

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Pros

Heats up quickly and evenly

Level bottom surface

Easy to clean

Compact storage

Cons

Temperature control knob gets hot

Cord a bit short and thin

Lid shattered for some

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Pros

Very versatile and multifunctional with a deep pan, a flat plate, and a vented steamer

Large and deep

Unique and safe magnetic electrical cord attachment

Cons

Pricey, but worth it

Doesn’t maintain a strong boil

Pan and plate aren’t completely flat

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Also good products

4 / 5

A healthy nonstick alternative to Teflon with even heating, but not low-priced.

3.5 / 5

Great value, versatile, and deep, but skillet not immersible or dishwasher safe.

3 / 5

Made of beautiful stainless steel and heats up quickly, but sometimes too hot, which burns food and affects parts.

How We Decided

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A writer, standardized patient, and former high school teacher, Helen loves learning and telling others about ideas, news, and everyday items and their uses. Helen also enjoys reading, knitting, seeing movies and theater, acting, dancing, and spending time outdoors.

General shopping guide

Want to cook a hot meal without a stove or oven? 🍽How about add variety to a cookout without adding yet another grilled dish? Enter the best electric skillet 🥘 –a tidy, efficient, and convenient solution that’s perfect for cooking almost anything any place electrical outlet ⚡ 🔌.

Food for thought

giphy 4 - 7 Sizzling Electric Skillet  - Cook Without a Stove in 2018Unlike “regular” stovetop cookware, an electric skillet has its own heating source. Therefore, for people with small-to-nonexistent functioning kitchens (e.g., in tiny apartments, during renovations, while traveling), the electric skillet is a life (meal) saver. Countertop/toaster ovens are great but electric skillets are more versatile.

This culinary workhorse does more than fry–it also can boil, grill, steam, brown ingredients, make soup, and sometimes even bake.

Freedom!

Campers can cook fry up a hot meal in the great outdoors 🏕. Have you ever wanted to deep-fry a dish without leaving your house smelling of fried grease? Fire up  🔥the electric skillet in the garage or on the patio.

Research You Can Trust

After researching over 30 of the most popular electric skillets, we narrowed the list down to these top picks.

We consulted industry leaders and cooks–veterans of and novices to electric skillets–to choose the seven best models for your needs. We pored over customers’ comments to learn about real-life experiences and specific opinions on culinary concerns.

Don’t too many cooks spoil the stew?

We don’t think so. In fact, the more feedback on specific models, the more information you have to digest. Descriptions and anecdotes directly from the mouths of users help reaffirm impressions and highlight issues.

But rest assured:

We don’t receive any free samples or kickbacks from manufacturers; we just double-check models’ specifications on the websites of electric skillet manufacturers in order to find and provide the most accurate information. Through honest and detailed reviews, we hope to get you cooking soon.

Considerations

The 30-Second Review

You’re craving a hot, home-cooked meal…but you’re not anywhere near a working stove!  🤷No worries–pull out an electric skillet and you’re on your way to satisfying your hunger. Oh–you don’t have one?

No problem

Think about what and how you plan to cook and for how many people. This information will help you consider what size, shape, and functionalities to seek 🔎 in an electric skillet. Other features to scrutinize include temperature range, construction material (e.g., aluminum, stainless steel, etc.), and the cooking surface (like regular or non-stick).

But wait, there’s more

Don’t forget about ease of use and clean-up! Some electric skillet models have parts that are dishwasher-safe, while others need to be washed by hand. And speaking of parts, see what accessories (e.g., lid, pot, steam rack, etc.) are included in the price. Finally, to make your investment worthwhile, read consumer feedback about each model’s durability and longevity.

Buyer’s Guide to Electric Skillets

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So why purchase an electric skillet when you have (for now) an operational stove and usable skillet? Why add yet another appliance to the house?

Good questions 🤔

Electric skillets present many perks that make them worth investing in.

Benefits of Electric Skillets

Unlike traditional stovetops and regular skillets, electric skillets:

  1. enable you to cook in places without a stove (or oven), like an efficiency with just a kitchenette (often with no stove, just a hotplate or microwave), a dorm room, the garage, the porch, a campground…as long as there’s access to an electrical outlet.
  2. save space by preventing the need to install a stove in a tiny living area.
  3. provide an additional cooking surface for places with very limited kitchen space like RVs and studio apartments.
  4. equip you with an additional cooking surface when all of the stove burners and the oven are already occupied by multiple bubbling dishes (e.g., for a dinner party 🥂 or during Thanksgiving 🦃).
  5. help you save energy and keep the kitchen cool by heating ingredients without you having to turn on the stove or oven.
  6. multi-task as a cooking device as well as a vessel 🍲 for transporting, serving, and (if necessary) keeping the food warm at a potluck or buffet like a chafing dish.
  7. deliver even heating and maintain a steady temperature 🌡, often more effectively than a stovetop.
  8. prevent major clean-up: think of the multiple pots and pans (plus stovetop itself) to be washed after cooking 🙁. With the electric skillet, you have only one pot to wash.

Features of Electric Skillets

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Before browsing through various electric skillet models, ask yourself a few questions❓:

  • How do I plan to use it (i.e., style of cooking)?
  • What dishes do I want to cook in it?
  • How many people am I serving?
  • How much work am I willing to do to clean it?
  • How much am I willing to spend?

When examining and choosing among different models, look for:

  • Versatility in functions: Most electric skillets 🥘 can fry (of course, it’s in the name!), sauté, braise, brown, boil, pan-broil, and even bake ingredients. Some models come with attachments that make steaming and grilling possible and easy.

Fun Fact: Electric Skillet-made Snacks

Electric skillets aren’t just for cooking suppers; use them to make snacks, like popcorn 🍿 or Chex Party Mix. Who needs a stove, oven (regular or microwave), or popcorn machine when you have a handy electric skillet? Watch this demonstration of how to popcorn in the electric skillet.

See the kernels in action!

  • Size: Depending on how much you plan to cook and how many people you need to feed, you’ll want just the right size: Electric skillets generally range in size between 10 inches and 16 inches in width or diameter. Smaller ones (10”-12”) are fine for small groups of a few people while larger ones (16” or larger) provide ample room for entertaining. Don’t forget: the larger the skillet, the heavier it is and the more room it needs for storing.
  • Shape: Electric skillets can be round, square, or rectangular. Round and square models somewhat resemble regular stovetop skillets. Rectangular ones accommodate tasks like browning or searing large pieces of meat.
  • Depth: The height of the skillet’s sides (ranging from 2.5” to 4” or more) and its lid’s clearance (doming) determine overall depth. Boiling soups 🍜, simmering stews, and deep-frying foods require a model with higher sides to contain the ingredients and prevent hot oil splatters.

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Expert Tip: Utensils to Use with Nonstick Cookware

When stirring, flipping, and scooping ingredients in nonstick cookware, utilize implements made from a material that won’t scratch the nonstick surface. Try utensils like a wooden spoon, a nylon or silicone spatula, or a rubber scraper.

  • Ease of cleaning: In our research, we found that whether or not a model is dishwasher safe can be a deal-maker or deal-breaker. Some parts–like the lid and/or pot–of an electric skillet can be removed and tossed into the dishwasher. Some models require hand washing and wiping 👋, which may be quick, easy, and preferable to the owner anyway.
  • Temperature range and control: Many models can keep food warm (around 200°F) and also heat up quite hot (at least 450°F) when needed for deep-frying, etc. Some have temperature controls that indicate levels (e.g. low, high) while others are more precise.
  • Included accessories: Glass lids provide visibility for checking on food. A detachable heating element and temperature control make washing easier. Insulated, cool-touch handles help prevent accidental burns. Non-slip feet and a heavy base help stabilize the skillet in use.

Let’s get cooking!

What’s Cooking? Reviews Of The 7  Best Electric Skillets

01

eFluky 16-inch Electric Skillet

eFluky 16-inch Electric Skillet

The “excellent” and “high quality” eFluky 16-inch Electric Skillet heats up quickly and evenly to prepare everyday meals and dinner party dishes. It’s versatile (able to fry, stew, roast, grill, and bake) and can cook diverse recipes like pancakes, scrambled eggs, stir-fried vegetables, curry recipes, stew, soup, Korean barbecue, hot pot, deep-fried chicken, chicken wing fish, steak, and more.

What’s more

71gNUeaSR2L. SL1500  300x300 - eFluky 16-inch Electric SkilletUsers really like it's “easy-to-control” temperature, which ranges from 200°F to 460°F. It’s warm “simmer” setting is perfect for keeping food hot until mealtime, for a buffet line, and throughout a party.

Party time!

Described as “spacious” and deep, the eFluky 16-inch Electric Skillet can fit enough of one dish to feed at least three to four adults. We read reports of it being used as part of preparations for meals for large families, small company gatherings, and other social events. As an added bonus, its “deep bowl”-like shape with three-inch-high side walls helps reduce splatter.

What more can you ask?

With its nonstick surface, the eFluky 16-inch Electric Skillet requires little oil for healthy cooking. Flipping the food is as easy as cleaning the skillet. Some users simply wipe the nonstick skillet with a soft damp cloth, paper towel, or sponge. After detaching the thermostat control and base, others hand wash to the skillet or put it (and the lid) into the dishwasher. Overall, the skillet is quick and easy to setup, use, and clean.

Features

  • Dimensions: 16” x 12.7” x 3.1” (overall); 15” x 12” x 3'' (cooking space)
  • Includes glass lid and detachable thermostat control
  • Power: 120V, 1400W
  • Material: Aluminum tension
  • Temperature range: 200ºF to 460ºF
  • Dishwasher safe with thermostat control/cord removed
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Three-year warranty
  • Made in China

Pros

Heats up quickly

Easy to control temperature and to clean

Spacious

Cons

None that we found


02

Elite Platinum EG-6203 Electric Skillet

Elite Platinum EG-6203 Electric Skillet

Dubbed the “Cadillac of electric fryers,” the Elite Platinum EG-6203 Electric Skillet is sturdy, well made, and worth the price. Its unique M-shaped heating element embedded into the bottom the whole length of the pan creates an even heating surface with no hot or cold spots. Users love that ingredients cooking on the skillet’s outer portion don’t burn while ingredients in the center of the skillet don’t end up undercooked.

Get this

7199MLvnjmL. SL1500  300x216 - Elite Platinum EG-6203 Electric SkilletThe Elite Platinum EG-6203 Electric Skillet heats up quickly with easily controlled and non-fluctuating temperature. Although the thermostat is accessible, it’s close to the unit and can get hot when the skillet is on. Users report cooking a wide variety of dishes through different methods, including pancakes 🥞, hash browns, eggs (sunny-side up 🍳and scrambled), stir-fry, Polska Kielbasa, steak with grilled onions and peppers, ground steak with cheese 🥩🧀; shrimp and sausage Cajun Jambalaya; Crawfish etouffee, shrimp Creole 🦐, Jamaican pork chops, sloppy joes, and boiled cauliflower.

This deep-dish pan is large with plenty of room to spread ingredients out for rapid heating. With 3.15”-high side walls, the Elite Platinum EG-6203 Electric Skillet is perfect for bubbling soups, handling “several packages of hamburger” 🍔, and frying up to 12 pieces of chicken 🍗. Perhaps too big for two-person meals, this big “bad boy” can accommodate large families (six to eight people) and one-pot 🍲recipes.

So big!

Because the skillet is “huge,” it requires a much counter space for use. One user warns others to keep any objects away from it during use in order to prevent them from touching the metal and melting. Another person reports that his skillet got so hot that it cracked the counter and melted another nearby appliance! Also, since the Elite Platinum EG-6203 Electric Skillet is so large, cooking smaller recipes in it can be tricky. Ironically, this big model has a short cord.

81KWnH3Ux2L. SL1500  300x300 - Elite Platinum EG-6203 Electric SkilletAlthough the pan has a raised honeycomb texture and marble coating nonstick surface, the manufacturer’s manual advises “seasoning” or coating the inside with a thin layer of vegetable oil before the first use. The nonstick surface seems durable, as people report no scratches or flaking after months of regular use. The pan’s spout is convenient for pouring and draining liquid. The lid fits well and covers flying grease during frying.

Doesn’t this sound half-baked?

Users note frustrating contradictions for cleaning methods with the Elite Platinum EG-6203 Electric Skillet. The item’s online description states it’s “fully immersible” and dishwasher-safe with the temperature control removed; however, the manual and the label under the skillet say it’s not “fully immersible.” People describe the pan as easy to clean by hand washing in warm soapy water. Nonetheless, the fact that this model isn’t truly submersible and dishwasher-safe is disappointing to some.

Nevertheless

We read reports of good customer service for the Elite Platinum EG-6203 Electric Skillet.

Features

  • Pan dimensions: 16" x 13" x 3.15"
  • Overall skillet dimensions: 22.5" x 13" x 3.75"
  • Weight: 9.88 pounds
  • Includes glass lid and wire rack
  • Capacity: eight Quarts
  • Cast aluminum base
  • Temperature range: 200°F to 400°F
  • Power: 1500 watts, 120V-60Hz
  • Limited one-year warranty

Pros

M-shaped heating element lines the length of the pan for even heating

Easily controlled and non-fluctuating temperature

Ample size

Convenient spout and well-fitting lid

Cons

Large size requires much room during use to prevent melting nearby objects.

Confusion between online description and manual on whether or not the skillet’s immersible and dishwasher safe


03

Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover

Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover

Users feel the Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover is worth “every cent of its purchase price” and “surpasses expectations.” We read declarations of plans to purchase this model again in the future.

First

This skillet heats up quickly and evenly over its entire cooking surface (important for making pancakes 🥞and crepes as well as browning meat) without any cold or overly hot spots. One owner cooked fried chicken 🍗 “as a test case” and reports that each piece was cooked evenly.

On the other hand

31z6SUQh17L 300x300 - Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass CoverA few users state the Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover does have a hot ring directly over the heating element that’s noticeable when simmering sauces or gravy. But the difference isn’t so extreme and many chalk it up to a normal heat pattern: high heat in a loop on the skillet’s bottom. As expected, the sides don’t cook as well as the middle bottom does.

Second

The Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover maintains an even and constant temperature. However, a couple people noted the skillet doesn’t simmer well because it rises up to the target temperature, shuts off, and then turns back on again “with vigor” to re-attain the target temperature, only to switch off again. Also, the maximum 400°F setting doesn't seem to be hot enough for some users but fine for others. A few say the skillet is too hot for the countertop and the temperature control knob heats up uncomfortably.

Third

Several owners remark that the Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover has a flat bottom and level base; when used on an even surface, it prevents pooling of liquid like oil or batter for efficient cooking. The skillet can be used to cook many different dishes like stovetop lasagna, grilled cheese 🥪, steaks 🥩, bacon 🥓 (all of which benefit from a flat, level surface), macaroni and cheese, caramelized beans, and (with an internal rack sold separately) steamed crab legs 🦀. A few people report uneven cooking after several months.

The Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover has a nonstick surface and requires little oil for cooking. In terms of durability, a few users see chips in the nonstick coating within nine months to a year; others say they’ve “constantly” cooked in it longer (e.g., two years) without any complaints.  One person notes that after almost five years, she notices that ingredients stick in the area above the heating coil where the nonstick coating has worn.

This is interesting…

The Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover has as a side pour spout which also works well as a spoon rest and a vent. The vent prevents the glass lid from fogging up, but also perhaps allows steam to escape too rapidly; sometimes this leads to moisture evaporating too quickly and ingredients burning if not closely monitored. The sturdy lid actually shattered during and after use for several people. Several users wish the cord were longer and thicker; many note there’s black sooty residue on the outside of the base.

Dirt be gone!

In terms of clean-up, the Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover is a “super easy” “breeze” to wash. Simply unsnap the base, detach the temperature control, and put the skillet into the dishwater. If you prefer washing it by hand, just use warm water, a little dish soap, and a soft cloth or sponge and wipe–no need for soaking or scrubbing. The pan (sans base and temperature control, of course), is fully immersible.

A bit of advice

This model’s modest size is suitable for two people or for use in a small space away from home (e.g., on a boat ⛵). It stores easily, with the base folding up and–with the temperature control–fitting inside the skillet. Numerous experienced owners highly recommend placing a towel inside the pan in order to protect the nonstick surface from scratching. Tuck the power cord into the skillet, flip the lid upside down, and it becomes a compact item that doesn’t take up much storage space.

A final note

Many owners praise this electric skillet manufacturer’s customer service. 👍

To learn more about the Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover, watch this informational video.

Features

  • Dimensions: 10.75” x 10.75” x 2.25”
  • Heavy cast aluminum base
  • Includes glass lid and temperature control
  • Dishwasher safe with the thermostat control removed
  • Temperature range: 200°F to 400°F
  • Power: 120 volts AC, 1000 watts
  • One-year limited warranty
  • Manual

 


Pros

Heats up quickly and evenly

Level bottom surface

Easy to clean

Compact storage

Cons

Temperature control knob gets hot

Cord a bit short and thin

Lid shattered for some


04

Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d’Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet

Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d’Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet

Analogized to the “Lexus of Toyota,” the Japanese 🇯🇵 Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet earns rave reviews 👏. Owners enthusiastically praise this “excellent,” “beautiful,” “solidly made,” and “well-designed” model that’s pricey but well worth the cost. In addition to its high quality, this skillet comes with two cooking plates–a deep pan and a flat plate–as well as a vented steamer. Once you learn how to utilize each piece, you’ll realize that this single unit actually serves as a few different appliances.

So what does this mean?

61EtN9mFuIL. SL1156  300x234 - Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric SkilletIncredibly versatile, Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet can be used to prepare hash browns, tortillas, pancakes 🥞, okonomiyaki (savory Japanese pancake), bacon 🥓on the plate; soup 🍜and shabu-shabu (hot pot) in the deep pan; and shrimp 🦐, vegetables, and buns in the steamer. Users also list a myriad of other mouth-watering dishes ranging from hamburgers 🍔, macaroni, pork (chops, belly, pulled) to gyoza (dumplings) 🥟, Korean barbeque short ribs, beef tongue, and more.

And get this

The multiple pieces also are multifunctional in the overall meal preparation process. For example, you can use the plate and pan simultaneously with a little culinary choreography. First cook Recipe #1 (e.g., sweet and sour chicken 🍗in one vessel); when it’s done, remove the piece and place it on the stovetop to stay warm. Then cook Recipe #2 (e.g., beef broccoli 🥦) in the other unused vessel; when this dish is done, remove it and voilà–serve both recipes at the same time in their respective cookware.

Is it hot enough?

With an easily operated and responsive adjustable heat control, the Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet heats up evenly and quickly to maintain a consistent, well-distributed temperature 🌡. When making hot pot, though, several users feel the unit takes “a while” to heat up to higher degrees and boil. They notice that when they add refrigerated or near frozen items to the deep pan (on the hottest setting) filled about ¾ with boiling liquid, it doesn’t heat up enough to return to a “high rolling boil” but simmers at most.

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It’s not cut and dried…

Another quirk of the Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet is that the bottoms of the pan and plate aren’t completely flat; each has a “light curve” or arch in center that allows excess fats to drain away…but also requires using more oil to compensate for oil running from the middle and gathers at the edges. Also, cooking runny foods (e.g., eggs, pancakes) can be tricky because the middle of the pan is slightly higher than the edges of the pan, resulting on runny food pooling at the sides.

Large and deep, the Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet pan is suitable for a “decent size” family of several people. This ample vessel can accommodate cuisines like Shabu-shabu and multiple chicken breasts with vegetables. Some owners feel this unit overall can be a bit large to store easily.

This is interesting

What people do like is the Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet’s unique electrical cord attachment 🔌. Designed for safety, the cord connects to the unit’s base with a magnet. Therefore, if someone trips over the cord, it detaches from the unit (instead of pulling it over), the skillet stays in place, and no scorching food goes flying to burn innocent bystanders and create a big hot mess.

The Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet is durable. We read reports of owners using it 18 months, two years, and more without any problems. Although the nonstick surface is easy to scratch, the appliance operates well for at least a couple of years.

Easy as one, two, three

The removable pan, plate, steamer, and lid are light as well as easy to clean and wipe dry. Clean the outside of the unit as well as the internal heating plate by wiping them down The Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet isn’t dishwasher safe but most owners don’t mind.

To learn about caring for and cleaning the Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet, watch 👀this helpful and informative video.

Features

  • Dimensions (with Deep Pan): 17 5/8” x 15” x 8 1/8”
  • Cooking surface: 12” diameter x 2½” deep
  • Includes glass lid, two cooking plates (deep pan and flat plate), vented steamer, and detachable power cord
  • Temperature range: 176°F (Warm) to 480°F
  • Power: 120 volts, 1,350 watts
  • Manual (downloadable here)
  • Limited one-year warranty

Pros

Very versatile and multifunctional with a deep pan, a flat plate, and a vented steamer

Large and deep

Unique and safe magnetic electrical cord attachment

Cons

Pricey, but worth it

Doesn’t maintain a strong boil

Pan and plate aren’t completely flat


05

Cuisinart CSK-250WS GreenGourmet 14-Inch Nonstick Electric Skillet

Cuisinart CSK-250WS GreenGourmet 14-Inch Nonstick Electric Skillet

Owners “love” ❤using the Cuisinart CSK-250WS GreenGourmet 14-Inch Nonstick Electric Skillet, which isn’t low-priced but well worth the expense. First of all, people seeking healthy nonstick cookware feel some peace of mind 💆with Cuisinart Ceramica nonstick, a petroleum-free, ceramic-based cooking surface free of PTFE or PFOA. This non-Teflon coated workhorse is “excellent” and allows food to “slide around.” This nonstick coating seems fairly durable; we read a couple reports of the coat peeling within six months yet more accounts of it lasting at least one to two years.

What can it do?

618GEQGEujL. SL1500  300x189 - Cuisinart CSK-250WS GreenGourmet 14-Inch Nonstick Electric SkilletThe versatile Cuisinart CSK-250WS GreenGourmet 14-Inch Nonstick Electric Skillet fries, sears, simmers, griddles, and braises with little or no oil or butter. Heating up quickly and evenly (with no hot or cold spots), this model browns meat rapidly and can cook a variety of dishes including hash browns, eggs 🥚, French toast, fried chicken🍗, chuck roast, Southern fried corn 🌽, turnip roots, asparagus, mushroom soup 🍄, and more.

Attractive enough to use as a serving dish, the Cuisinart CSK-250WS GreenGourmet 14-Inch Nonstick Electric Skillet keeps food warm for 20 minutes after being unplugged. A few users feel it takes “long time” to cool down as well as “a while” to heat up.

How about this?

The “roomy” Cuisinart CSK-250WS GreenGourmet 14-Inch Nonstick Electric Skillet has high sides and is deep enough for simmering spaghetti sauce 🍝, chili, and soups as well as stir-frying ingredients. Users find it large enough to cook for a big family or a party as well as doubling recipes, which is great for dividing and freezing for future meals. This large model needs ample storage space.

Its heavy lid has a vent hole that’s too small for many users’ tastes. One person suggests tilting the lid a bit in order to relieve the extra moisture and pressure.

Easy peasy

The manufacturer does not recommend cleaning the Cuisinart CSK-250WS GreenGourmet 14-Inch Nonstick Electric Skillet in the dishwasher, but many users feel it doesn’t need dishwashing anyway. Simply wiping out the pot or washing it with warm soapy water, and a non-abrasive cloth is sufficient.

Features

  • Dimensions: 18.11" x 15.24" x 8.31"
  • Weight: 11 pounds
  • 14” round cooking surface (150+ square inches)
  • Stainless steel exterior
  • Cuisinart Ceramica nonstick coated interior (PTFE/PFOA/petroleum free)
  • Includes glass lid and temperature control
  • 1800 watts
  • Maximum temperature range: 450°F
  • BPA free
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Manual

Pros

A healthy nonstick alternative to Teflon

Even, efficient heating

Roomy

Cons

Not low-priced but well worth the expense

Lid vent too small

Not recommended for dishwasher


06

Nesco ES-12 Extra Deep Electric Skillet

Nesco ES-12 Extra Deep Electric Skillet

The Nesco ES-12 Extra Deep Electric Skillet is a great value and several consumers declare they’ll buy a second one without hesitation.

Really, why?

81ym2UGuY8L. SL1500  300x188 - Nesco ES-12 Extra Deep Electric SkilletThis versatile unit heats evenly and quickly with good temperature control. It cooks sausages, eggs 🍳, grilled cheese 🥪, fried chicken 🍗, chile rellenos, pork chops, sauces, chili, and steamed vegetables (with included rack). In fact, the rack creates a dry cooking area for baking a small batch of cookies 🍪, biscuits, or rolls. Unfortunately, the manual states the skillet isn’t designed for deep frying.

The little engine that could 🚂

The Nesco ES-12 Extra Deep Electric Skillet’s a “little guy” but deep with 4”-high sides that reduce splattering; it can even accommodate and roast a Purdue Oven Stuffer chicken. One reviewer recommends this model as the one “must-have” cooking device for residents with small kitchens.

Easy as pie

The nonstick surface is smooth, “works well,” and makes clean-up “a snap!” Although its lid is immersible and dishwasher safe, the skillet itself isn’t immersible and dishwasher safe. No worries–users suggest wiping out any excess food with a paper towel, washing the skillet with use wet, soapy towels, and wiping the soap off with a wet towel before drying it completely.

 

Features

  • Dimensions: 16.5” x 8” x 9.5”
  • Weight: seven pounds
  • 12" X 12" x 4”-deep cooking surface
  • Includes glass lid and steaming rack
  • Manual
  • One-year limited warranty

Pros

Great value

Versatile

Deep

Easy to clean by hand

Cons

Not designed for deep frying

Skillet not immersible or dishwasher safe


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Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet

Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet

A welcome alternative to nonstick models, the Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet is “efficient,” “reasonably priced,” “beautiful” enough to double as a serving dish, and worth buying again.

Why is that?

This sturdy model is versatile and can pan-fry, stir-fry, braise, simmer, slow cook, griddle, brown, and bake food. Reviewers report making a range of dishes including eggs 🍳, pancakes 🥞, burgers 🍔, refried beans, rice 🍚, biscuits, meatballs, crumbled meat, homemade tortillas, pork chops, chicken 🍗, quiche, and more.

Problem? Solved.

While most users report the Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet heats up fast and evenly, several noted the skillet heats more “in a ring” and not all the way to the edges. A common workaround recommended by many cooks is to position ingredients about an inch away from the edge for sufficient heating.81xZYo7qBKL. SL1500  300x300 - Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet

Turn down the heat!

Sometimes the temperatures seem too high 🔥and burn ingredients or boil away liquid quickly. A couple people feel that temperature control settings (except “off”) are all very hot. Even when turned down low, the skillet stays extremely hot and can scorch food. The heat even affects the temperature control’s plastic housing; four people report smelling burning after using the skillet above 250°F and at 375°F. 😳

And

The see-through, tight-fitting heavy glass lid and its stainless steel handle get very hot; two users warn future owners to use oven mitts for touching the handle as well as not placing the glass lid on a surface unable to withstand. Three people report the lid shattering for no reason during regular use and cooling for washing. 😯

Is it big enough?

Large enough to cook for two to four people, the Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet accommodates about seven medium-sized chicken breasts. A few users feel this model is a little “shallow” and wish it were deeper. Nonetheless, one person successfully boiled spaghetti 🍝with “plenty” of room.

Here’s some good advice:

Despite not having a nonstick surface, the Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet is easy to clean: simply wipe it out with a paper towel, then wipe or wet it with soapy water, rinse, and then dry. When food is stuck on, though, a few users offer these tips:

  • Turn pan off; put water in it (while it’s warm) to soften and loosen the food; let it soak; and then wipe up food OR
  • Sprinkle baking soda into the cooled pan; spray with vinegar to generate foaming action; let the pan sit for several seconds to a minute; scrub the area with a soft dish brush and a little liquid dish soap; and then rinse with hot water OR
  • For "white" stains: spray some lemon 🍋 juice on the sticky spot; rub the area with a dishcloth; and rinse with hot water.

Note:

Since the skillet’s heating element can’t be detached, the skillet isn’t immersible. Also, the unit has vents or holes in the bottom where water enter and reach the heating element.

The Aroma Housewares AFP-1600S Gourmet Series Stainless Steel Electric Skillet seems quite durable. We read reports of owners using this skillet for one year, 18 months, three years, and six years.

Features

  • Dimensions: 11.8" x 15.7" x 6"
  • Weight: 6.6 pounds
  • Constructed of 18/10 stainless steel
  • Includes glass lid and temperature control
  • Temperature range: 225°F to 425°F
  • BPA free
  • Power: 120V/60Hz 1500W
  • Manual
  • Two-year warranty

Pros

Heats up quickly

Beautiful stainless steel

No nonstick surface to worry about

Cons

Gets too hot, which burns food and affects parts

Not immersible


Scintillating Suggestions for Electric Skillet Owners

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You’ve whipped up a delicious meal in your electric skillet, savored every morsel of your culinary creation and…now what? 🤷

How to Clean Your Electric Skillet

As we’ve learned from user feedback, cleaning an electric skillet is actually quick and easy.

Just remember to:

  1. Turn off, unplug 🔌, and let the unit cool down.
  2. Review manufacturer instructions on cleaning. Is the skillet dishwasher safe? Or do you have to wash it by hand? Actually, many owners don’t mind handwashing their skillets and prefer doing so, sometimes for peace of mind 💆and to give their skillets a little TLC 💋.
  3. Detach the temperature 🌡control and any electrical ⚡components from the electric skillet and keep them away from water. Wipe them of any food, grease, etc. if needed.
  4. If hand washing 👋: Pour hot water with liquid dish detergent in the pan. If the pan needs to be soaked, let it sit. If not, be sure to use a nylon scouring pad or sponge–not abrasive cleaners or metal pads that can scratch the cooking surface, especially a nonstick one. Then rinse and dry the skillet.
  5. If hand cleaning 👋: Wipe down the pan with a clean cloth or paper towel moistened with a mixture of water and little liquid soap. Then rinse or wipe the pan again with a clean wet cloth or paper towel to remove the soap. Dry the skillet.
  6. If using the dishwasher: Put it in the dishwasher and wash as directed.
  7. Usually, the lid is dishwasher safe and can be washed on either the top or bottom rack.

Electric Skillet Safety

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Sure, an electric skillet doesn’t pose as many dangers as tools like a power drill, belt sander or a MIG welder.

Nonetheless…

Follow these few safe use tips and enjoy magnificent mishap-free meals:

  • Make sure the electric skillet sits on a flat, sturdy surface with room and “airspace” around it for ventilation and heat dissipation ♨.
  • Plug it 🔌 into a nearby outlet. As we heard from many users, most electric skillet cords are short. The last thing you want is for someone to trip over the cord and pull over a loaded skillet filled with steaming food 😫.
  • Although some models have insulated “cool-touch” handles, get into the habit of wearing oven mitts 🧤 to handle and move the unit.
  • If your electric skillet doesn’t have a vent for steam, turn the lid just a smidgeon to allow steam to escape ♨and prevent pressure from building up inside the vessel.
  • As mentioned earlier:
  • 🚫Don’t use metal utensils in the electric skillet; avoid damaging or scratching the cooking surface by using wood, silicone, nylon, and/or rubber implements.
  • To prevent hot oil splatter or spills (when deep-frying ingredients or boiling soup), use a deep electric skillet.
  • 🚫Don’t leave food unattended in a hot electric skillet–it’s not a slow cooker.
  • When you’re finished cooking, remember to turn the electric skillet off and unplug it 🔌 from the wall to avoid any fire hazard 🔥.
  • Some models come with a locking 🔒handle to assist with transporting hot dishes.

Go Green with Your Electric Skillet

An electric skillet can be more efficient than a stove or oven for cooking some dishes, saving you money 💰 and conserving energy ⚡. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) compared the cost and amount of energy used when cooking the same meatloaf recipe through different methods in the chart below.

Appliance Temperature Time Energy Cost
Electric oven 350°F One hour 2.0 kWh 24 cents
Convection oven 325°F 45 minutes 1.4 kWh 17 cents
Gas oven 350°F One hour .11 therm 12 cents
Electric frying pan/skillet 420°F One hour .9 kWh 11 cents
Toaster oven 425°F 50 minutes .95 kWh 11 cents
Crockpot 200°F Seven hours .7 kWh 8 cents
Microwave oven High 15 minutes .36 kWh 4 cents
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A few tips

You already may follow money-saving and energy-conserving practices in the kitchen, but these hints are particularly helpful when using an electric skillet:

  • use right size skillet for your needs. Remember, larger ones take longer ⏳to heat up and more energy to maintain a constant temperature 🌡.
  • if you do have a large skillet, prepare a double 👯‍batch of the recipe so you can freeze extra. Reheating food requires much less energy and time ⏲than cooking it twice. Dinner is a healthy breeze when you can just pull a homemade (not prepackaged and processed) meal out of the freezer 🙌.
  • take advantage of the lid and cover the skillet during use in order to keep in heat, speed up ⏱cooking, and keep the kitchen cooler (and tidier–who wants to clean up splatters if you can prevent them?).

Electric Skillet Disposal 🗑

When this convenient kitchen tool finally outlives its usefulness, dispose of it responsibly. Most electric skillets have recyclable metal.

Earth911 suggests:

  1. looking for a curbside program near you (try Earth911’s Recycling directory) to see if “your local program accepts nonferrous scrap metal (which includes aluminum, copper, and stainless steel). If so, give your recycler a call and ask about whether nonstick pans are allowed in the bin.
  2. if not, looking for a scrap yard that accepts old nonstick pans for recycling with other metals. To find a scrap yard in your area, visit iScrap App or Earth911’s Recycling Directory.

Electric Skillets: More Than Just a Flash in the Pan

For efficiency, convenience, and multifunctional use, an electric skillet is a handy tool. Utilize one to be a chef anywhere that has an electrical outlet . Think about the variety of recipes you can make and places where you can cook up culinary creations.

It all boils down to this

When deciding among different models to find the best electric skillet for your needs, look for the right size, shape, construction material, cooking surface, washability, accessories, durability, and price for your culinary needs.

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eFluky 16-inch Electric Skillet

Users love this versatile skillet with easily controlled temperatures that can cook diverse recipes. Spacious and deep, this model is great for preparing food for parties, keeping dishes warm for buffets, and preventing splattering. With its nonstick surface, it requires little oil and is a snap at clean-up time.

Best for the money

Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover

This easy-to-use model is a worthwhile purchase. Heating up quickly and evenly, it keeps a constant temperature to cook many different types of dishes. Its nonstick coating is fairly durable and simple to clean. With a fold-up base that nests inside the compact unit, this model is very convenient to store.

Is the Proof in the Pudding? Do you agree or disagree with the information we presented as well as our reviews? Did we miss anything? Do you have anything you’d like to add? Please let us know–we’d love to hear from electric skillet users of different models and expertise.

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FAQ
Faq

Frequently asked questions

Q:

What's the difference between an electric skillet and an electric griddle?

While both appliances have their own heating source, they differ in design. An electric skillet has sides for containing ingredients and a lid for cover. An electric griddle, on the other hand, is a flat surface without sides (perfect for frying and flipping pancakes, crepes, and the like) that uses no lid.

Q:

I plugged in my electric skillet and it won’t start–why?

Barring an electricity outage or a damaged unit, a common situation with a simple fix is that the temperature controller isn’t inserted far enough into the skillet’s socket. Check the temperature controller’s placement and make sure it’s firmly inserted into the skillet’s side. Do this before plugging the other end of the cord into an electrical outlet. Then adjust the temperature control to the heat level you need.


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