The 9 Best Electric Skillets of 2020

Use this versatile appliance to steam, fry, and more

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Cuisinart 1500-Watt Nonstick Electric Skillet at Amazon

"Offers 1500 watts of power for fast cooking, and a removable temperature probe that can be set from warm to 450 degrees."

Best Budget: BELLA 14607 Electric Skillet at Amazon

"This skillet is a great price for its generous 12 x 12-inch size, which is large enough for a family to make a large meal in or even dessert."

Best Rectangular: Presto 06852 16-inch Electric Skillet at Walmart

"A popular choice for home cooks, this rectangular skillet is completely dishwasher safe and gives you plenty of space to cook delicious meals."

Best Round: Dash Rapid Heat Electric Skillet at Amazon

"When it comes to entertaining, this round skillet comes in a handful of delightful colors and it's easy to move around when serving."

Best Small: Continental Electric Max Electric Skillet at Wayfair

"Great for singles, small meals, side dishes, and snacks, this 6-inch skillet is lightweight, economical, and easy to use."

Best Oversized: All-Clad Electric Nonstick Skillet at Williams-Sonoma

"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."

Best Design: The ROCK by Starfrit Electric Skillet at Bed Bath & Beyond

"A glass lid lets you easily check in on your food, while a knob handles and generous side handles make for easy moving."

Best Versatile: Zojirushi Gourmet d'Expert Electric Skillet at Amazon

"Comes with flat plate handles and a multi-height steaming plate, which lets you make a variety of different dishes."

Best for Storage: Presto 06857 Foldaway Electric Skillet at Amazon

"The side handles fold down and the domed lid can be placed upside-down for more compact storage."

  • 01 of 09

    Best Overall: Cuisinart CSK-150 1500-Watt Nonstick Oval Electric Skillet

    Cuisinart

     Courtesy of Amazon

    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.

  • 02 of 09

    Best Budget: BELLA 14607 Electric Skillet

    While there are less expensive skillets, this one is a great price for its generous 12 x 12-inch size, which is large enough for a family to cook a casserole or dessert. The copper-colored nonstick interior looks good while making cleanup a snap. At 1200 watts, it provides plenty of heat, and the temperature probe can be set from keep warm to 450 degrees for high heat cooking. On each side, legs and handles are formed from a single piece for a modern look and a comfortable grip when it’s time to move the skillet. The glass lid makes it easy to check on the food and is dishwasher safe. The skillet should be hand washed but is fully immersible with the heating probe removed.

  • 03 of 09

    Best Rectangular: Presto 06852 16-inch Electric Skillet

    Presto 16-inch Electric Skillet

    Courtesy of Walmart

    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.

  • 04 of 09

    Best Round: Dash DRG214AQ Family Size Rapid Heat Electric Skillet

    Dash Electric Skillet

     Courtesy of Amazon

    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 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.

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  • 05 of 09

    Best Small: Continental Electric Max 6 Inch Electric Skillet

    Continental Electric Max Electric Skillet 6

     Courtesy of Wayfair

    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.

  • 06 of 09

    Best Oversized: All-Clad 7 Quart Electric Nonstick Skillet

    All-Clad 7-Quart Skillet

     Courtesy of Williams-Sonoma

    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.

  • 07 of 09

    Best Design: The ROCK by Starfrit Electric Skillet

    The ROCK by Starfrit 15-Inch Electric Skillet in Black

     Courtesy of Bed Bath & Beyond

    This skillet makes a statement with a black surface with white specs, reminiscent of graniteware. The interior continues that color scheme with its nonstick coating. 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. The lid is glass with a knob handle, and the side handles are generous, making it easy to move the skillet, even when it’s hot.

  • 08 of 09

    Best Versatile: Zojirushi EP-RAC50 Gourmet d'Expert Electric Skillet

    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 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.

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  • 09 of 09

    Best for Storage: Presto 06857 Foldaway Electric Skillet

    This skillet 16-inch rectangular skillet 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.

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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.