We spent 57 hours testing over 20 different brands and models of electric skillets to come up with this top 5 list of the best electric skillet. We factored in non-stick, features, dimensions, multi-functionality and dishwasher safe as the main guiding criteria for our tests and subsequent review. The number one spot goes to Presto 06857 16-inch Electric Foldaway Skillet because it satisfied every single checklist item.
Electric Skillet Reviews
One of the biggest selling points for electric skillets is they are able to control temperature or ensure a consistent temperature better than you would be able to on a traditional stove. We took it upon ourselves first to find the best selling and most popular skillets. We picked 25 that we were satisfied with on surface value and put them to the test. We prepared a variety of meals including frying doughnuts and took notes for the purpose of ranking the top 5 best skillets.
We paid attention to non-stick surfaces or precisely whether the food stuck on the skillet or not. Closely related to this checklist item is how easy it is to wash the appliance, preferably dishwasher safe. We also checked for multi-functionality, or how many different types of foods we could cook on each skillet. We considered useful features as well as extras that you can do without but are still convenient. Finally, we also factored in dimensions because the size of the skillet determines how much counter space it occupies and the number of servings you can make per meal.
Top 5 Electric Skillets
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Electric Skillet Buying Guide
What is an Electric Skillet?
An electric skillet is just like your traditional frying pan except that it connects directly to an electric outlet rather than sitting over a fire on a stove. Most have temperature control panel that you adjust depending on the meal you are making.
You can use the skillet to roast, fry, stew, steam and more. The main advantage of an electric skillet over a traditional frying pan is it maintains even and consistent temperature while cooking which raises the quality of the food.
What to Look For in an Electric Skillet?
Apart from the criteria we used in ranking the top 5 best electric skillets, there are a few areas you should factor in when choosing one.
Electric skillets come in a variety of sizes including some larger than a stovetop. The size you choose is a matter of personal preference but you may want to consider the size of your family and the size of your kitchen or storage area. A large sized-skillet doesn’t make sense if you are living alone or for a couple. Some smaller sizes such as the Nesco ES-08 Electric Skillet, 8-inch is good for a couple or single living but still big enough for when you have guests over.
High sides or the depth of the skillet determines what you can cook in it. You definitely need good depth if you plan to fry or cook a whole chicken.
Again, this depends on your personal use but you may want a skillet you can deep fry in. Anything more than 400 degrees is a good choice. Multiple or higher temperature levels give you more options on what you can cook in the appliance. The Presto 06857 Electric Foldaway Skillet offers a good variety in this case.
A drainage spout is also extremely useful when draining broth or soup. You don’t have to struggle to keep the food out of the sink while draining. This feature is also convenient while serving gravy and the like.
Steam helps to cook your food faster but it creates a lot of pressure that can easily dislodge the lid. The seam can also be dangerous when uncovering food. A steam vent is a good safety feature to have on an electric skillet. You may want to get a model with an adjustable vent depending on the type or amount of food you are cooking. The De’ Longhi BG45 Electric Skillet stands out as a good choice in this case.
Heat Resistant Handles
Finally, you want a skillet that is safe to hold while serving hot food or while cooking. All the options we reviewed have heat resistant handles. The handles may get warm but not hot enough to cause injury.
We took our time to test, review and rank the best electric skillets so you don’t have to bear the confusion of choosing one yourself. You may find the Buyer’s Guide section useful should you decide to choose a skillet that is not on this list.
A good way to ensure you choose the right electric skillet is to make a checklist of your cooking needs. Consider what kind of cooking you expect to do, the size of your kitchen or storage area and the number of servings you expect to make per meal.