A skillet is essentially a shallow frying pan with a lid. Unlike griddles which are open topped, a skillet will cook food more efficiently by keeping the heat contained in addition to containing food splatter inside the cover. They’re also available in different dimensions including round, square, rectangular, and oblong shapes to suit the types of food you cook most. Good for preparing a variety of meals, their electrical power source means not relying on a stovetop burner to get them heated up.
We’ve narrowed down these best electric skillets because they all have variable temperature settings instead of just "hi", "medium", or "low" settings. This makes our picks very versatile in the kitchen since you can to choose the perfect temperature for any meal; none have any "hot spots" which could potentially burn or overcook a meal. Their handles are also manufactured to be heat resistant so you won't need a dish towel or kitchen gloves to pick them up.
Additionally, each skillet will be at least two-inches deep, giving you the option to simmer foods like stews and soups. They will all have non-stick surfaces, but the composition of each may be different, so again, choose which non-stick works for you. Unless mentioned otherwise, each of these selections will be covered by a minimum one year manufacturer’s warranty.
The Dash 14 Inch Family Size Rapid Skillet comes with a glass top to see what you are cooking, and it features a ceramic non-stick surface for potentially healthier cooking. This skillet has deep 2.5-inch sides to allow you to prepare a wider range of foods such as soups, curries, and more. Read Full Review
For a great skillet at a great price, look no further than the Dash Family Size Rapid Skillet. This is the fastest heating skillet here so you'll be able to quickly serve food to friends and family. You get a generous 14-inches of rounded cooking space and the sides of the skillet are 2.5 inches deep, plenty of room for simmering. It also features a non-stick ceramic surface which offers a healthier alternative to surfaces coated with Teflon for example. The skillets cover is made of glass to keep track of food as it cooks while the appliance itself is a blaze red color to stand out on the counter which can help prevent accidents.
The Presto 06620 Electric Skillet has three inch deep sides and tall seven inch capable of roasting items like a whole chicken, pork tenderloin or a small leg of lamb. Manufactured with a coated non-stick surface, it's the least expensive unit on this list. Read Full Review
Our most affordable pick, the Presto 06620 Electric Skillet is the biggest little skillet on this list, capable of accommodating almost anything you could ever want to cook, roast, grill or fry. It’s ideal for smaller families, couples, or college students living in a dorm environment. While this 11 inch square skillet doesn't take up much space, the three inch deep sides make it as versatile as any other option in terms of cooking versatility. Even better, the plasticized cover is seven inches in height so you can roast a chicken or small turkey inside without touching the cover. This unit has a coated non-stick surface with a weight saving cast aluminum base which makes it extremely light weight for ease of handling.
The Culina Electric Skillet is by far the most expensive skillet on this list, but none hold the cooking temperature as precisely, and the non-stick surface is PTFE free for healthy cooking. If you have any question about its durability, it has a stainless steel base and comes covered by a limited lifetime warranty. Read Full Review
If you want the most modern electric skillet available and price is no object, you want to go with the Culina Electric Skillet. This 12-inch round option features two inch tall sides and a PTFE-free non-stick coating so you'll never have to worry about food cooking to the skillet surface. This skillet also has precise temperature control with indicator lights telling you when the desired surface heat has been reached. The base is made of elegant-looking stainless steel which enhances this picks overall durability. Although it costs four times the most affordably priced skillet on the list, this pick does come covered by with a limited lifetime warranty to protect your investment.
The Oster DuraCeramic Electric Skillet comes with a DuraCeramic non-stick coating that is PTFE free. This rectangular skillet features a glass cover, three inch deep sides, and the larger length assures plenty of cooking space for almost any meal. Read Full Review
For a large rectangular skillet that will easily feed the entire family, check out the Oster DuraCeramic Electric Skillet. With three inch deep sides and generous length there’s plenty of room for just about anything you can imagine. This good-looking skillet features a PTFE-free, non-stick ceramic cooking surface which will never flake or peel in addition to being easy to clean. The skillets glass lid allows you to easily monitor food while cooking and the unit comes available in either burnt red or black.
The West Bend 72215 Electric Extra-Deep Oblong Nonstick Skillet comes with three inch deep sides, a steam vent on the top handle, and a design that drains grease away when you are cooking. Although it has a PTFE non-stick cooking surface, the extra features and overall quality make it a best bang for the buck option. Read Full Review
First things first, the West Bend Electric Oblong Nonstick Skillet uses a PTFE non-stick coating on its cooking surface so it may be susceptible to peeling and flaking as the years go by. However, this is the most feature laden skillet on our list. This the only unit that actually drains grease away as you cook, and the handle on the glass cover has a built-in steam vent. The sides are a deep three inches, and the cover is tall enough to accommodate a smaller sized chicken. Additionally, the skillets oblong shape gives it a bit more character than squares or rectangles.