Skip to main content

The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site.

The 9 Best Electric Skillets and Frying Pans for Fall 2022

Stainless electric skillet on a kitchen countertop.

Electric skillets are nothing like we’ve ever seen before. However, they have actually been around since the Sunbeam corporation decided to amp up cast-iron skillets in 1953. Our cooking and eating habits have dramatically changed in those 68 years as a result of that one innovation.

Electric skillets are ideal as an essential kitchen appliance to have in your home-chef toolkit. They provide an extra cooking source when you’re cooking for large gatherings. And since it’s fall now, they’re just the perfect kitchen tool since people are cooking inside a lot more. They can also be your go-to cooking device if you don’t have the luxury of a kitchen or of some nice nonstick frying pans. They’re very versatile. They provide enough space to act as a griddle for searing and frying and can be used for slow-cooking one-pot meals.

Related Videos

Speaking of griddles, a common mistake is to get an electric skillet confused with an electric griddle or grill. Although they can do the same things, like making delicious pancakes, they’re technically not the same device. Electric griddles are flat and have more surface area than an electric skillet. But, since they don’t have the raised sides and lids, they can’t braise the way an electric skillet can.

If you don’t have the luxury of electric skillets, frying pans are always there to save the day. But if you’re unsure whether to get an electric skillet or a frying pan, we’ve rounded the best of both worlds just for you.

So if you’re ready to plug in and get sizzling, check out some of these amazing electric skillets and frying pans that are perfect for the fall season.

Best Overall Electric Skillet: Presto 16-inch Electric Foldaway Skillet

Presto 16-inch Electric Foldaway Skillet on a white background.

The electric skillet and Presto go all the way back to 1958, so they’ve had more than 60 years to perfect one of their top-selling products. This 16-inch Electric Foldaway Skillet is among the top-rated on Amazon and is also our #1 pick. Its lightweight, foldaway design makes it easy to store and set up. The nonstick cast-aluminum surface is durable and makes for easy clean-up. In fact, the whole skillet is fully immersible, so you don’t have to worry about ruining the wiring. This can go in your dishwasher, but you should still hand-wash any cookware that holds value to you, as we always suggest. The size, price, and power all add up to make this an excellent electric skillet.

Best Budget Electric Skillet: Elite Gourmet 8.5-Inch Personal Nonstick Electric Skillet

Elite Gourmet 8.5-Inch Personal Nonstick Electric Skillet on a white background.

This Elite Gourmet 8.5-inch Personal Electric Skillet borders on being a griddle due to the cooking surface’s shallowness. However, at $17, we’ll cut Elite Gourmet some slack. This little guy is super lightweight and portable. It can quickly cook up delicious meals for one to two people, making it a great option for dorms, the office, or camping trips.

Best Splurge Electric Skillet: Cuisinart Electric Skillet

Cuisinart Electric Skillet on a white background.

The sleek, brushed stainless steel design that Cuisinart has become synonymous with can also be found in its electric skillet. With 15 inches of cooking area, this beast will definitely require a substantial amount of cooking space. The inside of the skillet is nonstick, and the heat can be cranked up to 450 degrees. Like most of their products, you’re going to pay a premium for the Cuisinart name, but you also get brand reliability.

Most Versatile Electric Skillet: CalmDo Electric Foldaway Skillet/Grill Combo

CalmDo Electric Foldaway Skillet/Grill Combo on a white background.

If you’re looking for a more dynamic electric skillet, this CalmDo Electric Foldaway Skillet/Grill Combo is an excellent option. The stay-cool handles allow you to easily convert your skillet to a grill to give you a wider range of cooking options.


Best Stainless Steel Electric Skillet: Precise Heat Stainless Steel 16-Inch Rectangular Surgical Electric Skillet

Precise Heat Stainless Steel 16-Inch Rectangular Surgical Electric Skillet with food inside.

If you’re one to worry about the safety of nonstick coating, this stainless steel electric skillet from Precise Heat is perfect. As you know, no coating means more fat needed in cooking and more clean-up, but that doesn’t take away from the skillet itself. This skillet performs amazing, and its elegant design (similar to that of a Schaefer) makes it a great serving vessel at parties.

Best Ceramic Electric Skillet: Presto Electric Skillet, 16-Inch Ceramic

Presto Electric Skillet, 16-Inch Ceramic on a white background.

In the world of non-stick, ceramic is king. This electric skillet from Presto is almost the exact same as the foldaway model. The main differences are the absence of the foldaway feature and the added ceramic nonstick coating. They come in at around the same price as well. So the question is: “Ceramic coating or easy storage?”

Other Electric Skillets We Love

Dash 14-Inch Rapid Skillet in Black

Dash 14-Inch Rapid Skillet in Black on a white background.

If you’re a fan of round foods, then this electric skillet from Dash is worth looking into. The circular design is perfect for cooking things like pancakes, quesadillas, pizzas, and omelets. The tight-fitting silicone seal traps in heat and moisture for faster, more flavorful cooking.

Nesco 8-Inch Electric Skillet

Nesco 8-Inch Electric Skillet on a white background.

This compact yet powerful electric skillet from Nesco is very affordable and super easy to use. This is an excellent starter skillet if you’re just testing the electric cookware waters.

Bella Electric Ceramic Titanium Skillet

Bella Electric Ceramic Titanium Skillet with food inside.

According to the manufacturer, this twelve-inch skillet from Bella boasts a copper titanium ceramic coating, which is eight times more durable than regular nonstick. Since we’re not about hacking away at nonstick pans with metal utensils, we don’t have the science to back up those claims. Still, the nonstick capability is impressive.

Editors' Recommendations

The 9 best rums for Mojitos that you can get behind
Making a Mojito? You're going to need a nice light rum, like one of these standout selections
A hand serving a glass of Mojito on a table.

In the vast land of rum cocktails, the Mojito is an elite player. This classic cocktail, born in Cuba, is both a cinch to make and extremely rewarding to drink. Made of rum, lime, mint, sugar, and soda water, the beverage is basically the liquid definition of refreshing.

While often pegged as a summer drink, the Mojito is really accessible year-round. In fact, like a good tiki drink, the cocktail can be even more desirable during the colder months as it can deposit you somewhere sun-kissed and tropical. Yet, because the drink is so dependent on its spirit base, it can only be as good as the rum that goes into it.

Read more
Why you should sous vide your baby back ribs this summer
Once you make your baby back ribs this way, you'll never go back
why you should sous vide baby back ribs

Summertime is coming, and that means ribs. Sweet and spicy, fall-off-the-bone, savory, meaty, delicious ribs. And while you may already have your grilled or baked ribs mastered, we bet you haven't yet tried sous vide ribs.
Before you roll your eyes at the idea of something as primitive and macho as ribs being prepared in something as modern and geeky as a sous vide machine (how dare you), hear us out. You're going to want to try this the next time you get that delivery from .

Sous vide ribs are more tender (and customizable)
We're sure your grilled or baked ribs are tender. But not like this. Really.

Read more
Need to reduce your daily sugar intake? Eliminate these 10 surprising foods
Sugar is sneaky, hiding itself in many surprising places (like these foods)
bacon peregrino Ibrico de bellota

It's no surprise that we as a society are eating far too much sugar. On average, American adults consume around 77 grams of sugar per day. That's more than three times the recommended amount by the USDA.
Sure, it's easy to point our fingers at the conveniently located candy bars in the checkout lane, or the super-sized sodas everywhere you turn. Easy-to-munchsugary snacks like cookies are far too easy to take advantage of. And those pretty little pastries with our morning coffee are obvious culprits, too.
What might not be so obvious, though, are the sneaky ways sugar makes itself at home in such a vast amount of the food we consume. Ice cream and candy, sure. But milk? Marinara sauce? What about those "healthy" foods with labels that read low-fat or low-sodium? We'll let you in on a little secret - if they're cutting one ingredient, they're probably making up for it with sugar.
Sugar is sneaky, creeping into surprising foods and then disguising itself with an exotic name tag on the nutrition label. Common aliases include: cane crystals, corn sweetener, corn syrup, crystalline, evaporated cane juice, fructose, fruit juice concentrates, and syrup, to name only a few!
So if you're trying to watch your sugar intake, the smartest thing you can do is read the label of everything you're bringing home from the grocery store, because that sugar will creep up out of nowhere if you aren't careful. To help you be better prepared, though, here is a list of foods sugar loves to hide in.


Read more