The electric skillet is one of the most useful cooking appliances you can have in your kitchen. They are perfect for cooking small amounts of food or for side dishes when your stove top burners are in use for the main course. They are also much cheaper and easier to clean than using stove top burners.
Sizes range from about 7″ x 7″ pans up to 16″ and larger. We find that anything less than 11″ square will leave you wishing you had one just a bit bigger. The 16″ size models usually are rectangular or oval and measure 16 inches long by about 12 inches wide and up to 3 inches deep.
Prices range from about $20 up to over $150, however we found that models up to $50 performed amazingly well for the price compared to the more expensive brands unless you need to deep-fry foods. We focused on the cheaper models and as a result our picks are not suited towards deep-frying.
Below you can read our reviews for the top 5 best electric skillets.
Our choice for the best electric skillet is the Presto 06857 Electric Foldaway Skillet which sells for $49. It is the highest rated on Amazon for models that have at least 100 reviews and also one of the top sellers. Users seem to overwhelmingly love this unit starting with the evenly heated cooking surface which measures 16 x 12 x 2.75 inches. It also has a deluxe non-stick surface, dishwasher safe pan and lid, spout for pouring liquids, and fold down handles for compact storage.
Available for $50 is the De’Longhi BG45 which is has a 4.8 star average from shoppers on Amazon. This 15 x 11.5 x 3 inch skillet heats very evenly on its nonstick surface and cleans up very easily with dishwasher safe parts. One feature not found on many other models is the adjustable steam vent holes in the glass lid.
The one main negative is that in order to turn the BG45 off completely you need to unplug it, not just turn the temperature dial all the way down.
The Presto 06852 is a slightly older model that is available for around $50, but due to its age you might be able to find on sale cheaper sometimes. Measuring 16 x 12 x 2.5 inches this unit has the common features users are looking for like a non-stick surface, dishwasher safe components, and tempered glass lid. It also works well for a buffet server.
If you are looking for a smaller 11-inch electric skillet then the Presto 06626 is for you. Available for about $24 this unit measures in at 11 x 11 x 2.75 and is the best selling electric skillet on Amazon. It heats up very quickly and cooks pretty evenly, but not quite perfect. It also has a nonstick surface and dishwasher safe parts. Maybe the best part of the Presto 06626 is the price since it is the cheapest on our list.
The Oster CKSTSKFM05 is the cheapest 16-inch model on our list at right around $30. The positives of this unit are the cooking size measuring 16 x 12 x 3 inches, dishwasher safe design, cool-touch handles, and cheap price. As for negatives, however, the temperature control is a bit uneven and only shows marks for every 50 degrees. The surface tends to get food stuck to it more easily than some other non-stick surfaces.