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 […]
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.
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
A 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.
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.
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. ?