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Small Kitchen Appliances

Best Electric Skillet

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.

Dash 14" Family Size Rapid Skillet

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.

Presto Presto 11" Electric Skillet 06620

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.

12" Stainless Steel Electric Skillet By Culina

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.

Oster DuraCeramic 12x16” Electric Skillet

Oster DuraCeramic 12x16” Electric Skillet

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.

West Bend Electric Nonstick Skillet - 72215

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.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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