Three best electric skillets
Sometimes you just don't have enough room on the stovetop for everything you need to cook. And other times you might not have a stove to cook on at all. But the good news is that you don't need one if you have an electric skillet. These compact units cook food just like a pan on the stove, and they'll work anywhere as long as you have a nearby electrical outlet. But not all electric skillets work equally well. Here's a quick overview of what you should know to find the electric skillet that's right for your needs.
Considerations when choosing electric skillets
The most important factors to pay attention to when choosing an electric skillet are size and temperature. You want to make sure that the unit you choose is large enough to accommodate the foods you want to cook. If you're only going to use it make the occasional meal for yourself, you can get by with a compact unit, but if you're going to be making meals for the whole family, you'll need something larger. You also have to think about how much room you have for storing the electric skillet when it isn't in use.
Most electric skillets can heat up to at least 400°F, which should be more than adequate for most cooking tasks. If you plan on using your skillet for frying, you'll need one that can reach 450°F.
Here are some other features you should consider when choosing an electric skillet:
Temperature control: Some electric skillets only have a single setting with an on/off switch, while others enable you to choose the temperature setting you want.
Durability: Most electric skillets are made of a durable metal, like stainless steel, but some have plastic components that might not hold up as well over time.
Nonstick coating: A nonstick coating prevents food from sticking to the skillet and can make it easier to clean the skillet after use.
Dishwasher-safe: Some electric skillets can be put in the dishwasher, but others cannot. Read the manufacturer's instructions to determine whether your unit is dishwasher-safe.
Safety features: Look for a unit with handles that stay cool to the touch, a locking mechanism to keep hot foods from spilling out, nonslip feet, and a vent to allow steam to escape.
Q. Is an electric skillet the same as an electric griddle?
A. The two do a similar job, but a griddle has no vertical sides, which makes it easier to use for cooking pancakes, eggs, and other foods that require flipping.
Q. How hot will my electric skillet get?
A. Temperatures vary from one unit to the next. Most can get up to 400°F, while others might reach 450°F. Some units have a simple on/off switch and a single cooking temperature, while others have adjustable temperature controls for more precise cooking.
Q. How do I clean my electric skillet?
A. It's best to wait until the skillet cools down before you begin cleaning it. Don't get any of the electrical components near water, and only put the skillet in the dishwasher if the manufacturer says it is safe to do so. If not, then gently hand-wash the lid and skillet. If the skillet has a nonstick coating, be careful not to use any cleaning products or pads that are too abrasive.
Electric skillets we recommend
Best of the best: De'Longhi BG45 Electric Skillet
Our take: This is a good choice if you're looking for a durable, nonstick electric skillet that can hold a lot of food and is easy to clean.
What we like: This large, rectangular skillet heats evenly, and the nonstick coating won't flake over time. Best of all, both the lid and the skillet are dishwasher-safe.
What we dislike: The nonstick coating scratches easily, so be careful with utensils and when cleaning the skillet.
Best bang for your buck: Presto 11-Inch Electric Skillet
Our take: This is a good alternative to our top pick if money or space is tight.
What we like: This compact skillet heats up quickly and evenly, and it has a nonstick coating for easy cleanup when you're done. It can accommodate enough food for four servings at once.
What we dislike: The cord is very short, so you'll need to use this skillet close to an outlet.
Our take: This is a large, versatile skillet that can handle almost any task, but cleanup could be a challenge.
What we like: This heavy-duty electric skillet holds up well over time and comes with an adjustable temperature control, so you can use it to cook all types of food. It has non-slip feet and durable handles to help prevent accidental burns during use.
What we dislike: This skillet doesn't have a nonstick coating, so cleaning requires a little more effort.
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