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An electric skillet may not exactly qualify as a true kitchen essential, but it is an extremely useful appliance favored by home cooks everywhere. It can function as an additional cooktop when your other burners are in use, it is great for cooking larger quantities for a crowd, and can hold a dish at a constant temperature for serving. Depending on the style of skillet you've chosen, it can also serve as a steamer, deep-fryer, and casserole dish—the options are endless for this versatile piece of equipment.
Since electric skillets heat up quickly and are usually a breeze to clean, having one in your kitchen arsenal just makes sense. Feeling inspired to pick one up? From rectangular to round, ceramic to nonstick, we've compiled a list to help you select the best electric skillet for your home.
Best Budget: Presto 11-Inch Electric Skillet
Easy to clean
Question of durability in the long rung
This 1200-watt skillet is a fantastic price for its generous 11x11-inch size. It features high sidewalls that provide extra cooking capacity, allowing you to make larger amounts to feed a hungry crowd. The skillet is made of heavy cast aluminum, giving it great heat conduction and making it resistant to warping. The removable heat control goes from "warm" to 400 degrees, making it easy to adjust your temperature as you like while cooking or hold a temperature for deep-frying. The interior of the skillet has a durable nonstick coating that prevents food from sticking. Without the heat control, the pan is fully immersible and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Best Versatile: Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert 1350-Watt Electric Skillet
High quality construction
Allows for a multitude of applications
Wide temperature range
Hand wash only
You might know the Zojirushi name from their impressive bread machines and rice cookers, but they also make other countertop appliances, like this versatile skillet that does just a bit more than its peers. It offers 1350 watts of cooking power and a glass lid with a knob handle so it’s easy to see what’s cooking. The deep inner pan is the perfect skillet for casseroles, soups, and sauces, while the flat plate handles grilling burgers or steaks, or cooking French toast or eggs. For even more versatility, there’s a multi-height steaming plate that fits into the deep skillet for steaming vegetables, dumplings, fish, and more.
If that’s not enough, the pan can be used directly on the stove. This can be set for temperatures from warm (176 degrees) to 480 degrees. The pans and steaming plate must be hand washed.
Best Rectangular: Presto 06852 16-inch Electric Skillet
Fully immersible for easy cleaning
Nonstick coating doesn't last as long as others
A popular choice for home cooks, this 16-inch rectangular skillet gives plenty of space while the fluid handle-and-leg configuration on each side gives the skillet a contemporary look with a slightly retro vibe. The lid is glass with a large top knob that makes it easy to remove. The skillet is fully immersible for washing with the heat probe removed and is also dishwasher safe for easy cleaning when the buffet table is empty and the party’s over. This can be set for temperatures from warm to 400 degrees.
Best Oval: Cuisinart CSK-150 1500-Watt Nonstick Oval Electric Skillet
Great temperature range
Easy to clean
On the pricier side
Inconsistency in performance for some users
Whether you're looking for an appliance that offers you more cooking space or you're looking for a skillet with more even heat distribution, an electric skillet is a great appliance to add to your kitchen. Our top choice is Cuisinart's Nonstick Oval Electric Skillet, which offers 1500 watts of power for fast cooking, and a removable temperature probe that can be set from warm (ideal for keeping food at the perfect temperature for serving or on a buffet) up to 450 degrees, which is great for stir-frying and searing.
The nonstick surface releases food easily, so hand washing is easy. With the probe removed it’s also dishwasher safe, for easy cleaning after the party is over. The lid is glass, so you can see what’s cooking or when it’s time to add more to the buffet. Attractive metal side handles make this easy to carry while short feet keep the pan raised from the surface below, and keep the skillet stable. The brushed stainless exterior will look good in the kitchen, or during serving.
Best Round: DASH DRG214AQ Family Size Rapid Heat Electric Skillet
Great range of cooking temperatures
Large, 20-cup capacity
Nice color selection
Hand wash only
The 14-inch round cooking surface and 2 1/2 inch sides provide a 20-cup capacity for family dinners or your favorite chili for a potluck. When it comes to entertaining, this comes in a retro-looking mint green color, or in red or black, so you can find the right one to fit your décor, or to tell the difference between the mild or hot curry on the buffet.
This model offers 1440 watts of power, and the probe can be set from warm to 450 degrees for all types of cooking. Angled handles on either side offer a safe grip when it’s time to move the skillet, and a round knob on the glass lid makes it easy to grab. The pan does not remove from the base and is not dishwasher safe, but customers agreed that cleaning is easy by hand.
Best Small: Continental Electric Max 6 Inch Electric Skillet
Perfect for small quantities
Easy to store
Variable heat control doesn't give exact temperatures
Hand wash only
Great for singles, small meals, side dishes, and snacks, this 6-inch skillet is lightweight, economical, and easy to use. The long handle offers one-handed lifting, and for storage, the handle is removable to make it easy to store, even in a small kitchen.
This has 600 watts of power, so it won’t heat as hot or fast as larger models, but it’s sufficient for the smaller cooking space. The heat control doesn’t list temperatures but simply goes from Off to Max. This should be hand washed.
Best Oversized: All-Clad 7 Quart Electric Nonstick Skillet
1800 watts offers quick, constant heat
Easy to clean
A little bulky to store
With a capacity larger than many Dutch ovens, there’s plenty of room in this skillet to cook for a large family or for a party. The skillet has tall, straight sides that keep spatter in and make this skillet great for braising or for casseroles. The 14-inch diameter gives plenty of space for burgers or bacon, while the 1800 watts of power ensures fast, hot cooking when needed, and low-and-slow heat when that’s on the menu.
The temperature control goes from warm, past 450, to sear. With the heat probe removed, the skillet is dishwasher safe, but users noted that it was awkward to get the large skillet to fit; they also noted that handwashing was easy thanks to the nonstick surface.
Best Design: Starfrit The Rock Electric Skillet
Durable construction and coating
Handles stay cool while cooking
Even heating and easy release
Hand wash only
This attractive electric skillet makes a statement with a black surface with white specs, reminiscent of graniteware. The interior continues that color scheme with its nonstick coating and patented RocTec technology ensures even heating, easy release, and no warping. The tempered glass lid allows you to visually monitor what you're cooking.
This skillet offers 1200 watts of cooking power, and the temperature control goes from “F” to 400 degrees. For cleaning, this should be hand-washed, and it should not be immersed in water. Both the lid's knob handle and the side handles are made of Bakelite—which stays cool to the touch while cooking—and the handles are generously sized, making it easy to move the skillet, even when it’s hot.
Best for Storage: Presto 06857 Foldaway Electric Skillet
Compact storage profile
Unit gets hot on counter
This 16-inch rectangular skillet by Presto looks substantial, with a solid base and sturdy side handles, but when it’s time to store, magic happens. The side handles fold down, the base fits inside the skillet along with the probe, and the domed lid can be placed upside-down for a much more compact storage profile. This offers 1500 watts of cooking power and heat control that goes to 400 degrees but can be turned just a bit further for a bit more heat.
The skillet, with the heat probe removed, is dishwasher safe but is quick to clean thanks to the nonstick cooking surface. A pouring spout on one corner makes it neat and easy to remove liquids from the pan, and the spout doubles as a convenient place to rest a spoon when this is used on a buffet. The glass lid lets the cook check the food without letting the heat out, while the loop handle on top makes it comfortable to hold when lifting the lid for serving.
For those who want a skillet that can do it all, we like the Zojirushi Gourmet d'Expert Electric Skillet (found here) because of its versatility, temperature range, and high-quality construction. If you are on a budget, try the Presto 11-inch Electric Skillet (available here) for an inexpensive, family-sized skillet that is also easy to clean.
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Dubbed “the gadget queen” by her father-in-law, Donna Currie has spent enough time researching kitchen equipment to qualify for a master’s degree in kitchen gadgets, if such a thing existed. When her kitchen was being remodeled, an electric skillet became her "go-to" appliance.
This piece was edited by Bernadette Machard de Gramont, an LA-based writer who specializes in global food and wine content. She researches and tests a variety of cookware, bakeware, and wine tools, and interviews field experts for their insight.