Presto 06857 16-inch Electric Foldaway Skillet
Presto 06857 16-inch Electric Foldaway Skillet

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The Presto Electric Foldaway Skillet is one of the most versatile electric skillets you can buy, say reviewers. It performs extremely well in a variety of cooking tasks, including roasting, grilling, braising and frying. Owners say that this 16-inch electric skillet heats very evenly, and its large capacity, built-in spoon holder, and keep warm setting make it an excellent choice for taking to potlucks. Best of all, it folds for storage and the glass lid and removable skillet pan are dishwasher safe. See our full review

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Breaking it down

Performance

Versatile and consistent. Users say the Presto Electric Foldaway Skillet is a great addition to their kitchen -- whether at home, in a vacation home, or in their RV. Many use it instead of their full-size oven, saying it perfectly cooks large items like chicken and roasts, and heats up high enough to put a nice sear on roasts or steaks. It also gets great reviews for evenly heating across the cooking surface. Some note that the spout opening means liquid evaporates more quickly than in a fully sealed skillet, so you need to keep an eye on that when you're roasting or braising. The skillet also responds quickly to changes in temperature settings, reviewers say; for example, going from a rolling boil to a simmer. It excels in making large casseroles and owners note that it's a great choice for taking large quantities of food to a pot luck.

Ease of use

Simple in every aspect. The Presto Electric Foldaway Skillet gets rave reviews for its convenience and easy to use features across the board. The controls are intuitive and easy to read, and the instruction manual has an exhaustive list of the proper temperatures for various foods. It cleans up nicely with just a wipe down on the outside and the glass cover and removable skillet pan are dishwasher safe. It has a nonstick interior. Users also like the pour spout on the side, handy for pouring au jus into another container, or for degreasing before cleanup. The spout doubles as a spoon or spatula holder. However, one of the most popular features of the Presto 06857 is its ability to fold down for storage; which users describe as very simple -- just rotate the handles inward, place the inverted pan in the base, and cover.

Durability/appearance

Big and bulky. In spite of its rave reviews for its ability to store away nicely, the Presto 06857 Electric Foldaway Skillet is a good-sized appliance. Some RV owners and apartment dwellers say they didn't realize how much space it would take up on their counter. However, it is available in a smaller, 12-inch size (Est. $50) as well. It's attractive, reviewers say, with a sleek, high tech look. It comes in black and burgundy. We read very few complaints about this electric skillet failing, but did see some reports of the nonstick coating beginning to flake or scratch after a while. Many users note that, although the manufacturer says the interior components are dishwasher safe, you can extend the life of the coating by hand washing and not using metal utensils.

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Bottom line

Owners love the Presto Electric Foldaway Skillet, saying it's like having a mini-oven that's easy to use and clean. It also heats quickly and evenly, they say, and this 16-inch skillet is ideal for large cuts of meat. However, even though it folds for storage, this Presto skillet has a large footprint when in use, and those who bought it for their RV are surprised at how much space it takes up.

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An electric skillet is a highly versatile appliance; great for adding a food-prep option when you're preparing a big meal, or just to use as a standalone appliance when you don't feel like heating up the kitchen. They're also perfect for preparing and transporting food, and then keeping it warm on a buffet.

Like traditional skillets, electric frying pans can be used for sautéing and pan frying, but some models also work for deep frying. The majority of electric frying pans have a nonstick coating on the interior and most include a glass lid, making it easy to monitor cooking. Most electric skillets are fairly large and deep, allowing cooks to prepare multiple foods at once, or enough servings for a family, although many models come in smaller or larger capacities.

Without a doubt, the Presto Electric Foldaway Skillet is a top pick in this category. Versatile and reliable, this 16-inch skillet gets top reviews for being almost a replacement oven for some users. It roasts, braises, grills and fries as well as a traditional skillet, owners say, but its large capacity makes it ideal for preparing large casseroles, side dishes, and pasta dishes as well. Although it's large, the Presto Foldaway Skillet is also very portable. The built in holder for a spoon or spatula makes it even more convenient for serving food buffet-style.

The Presto electric skillet heats rapidly and evenly, and the nonstick coating is reported as very easy to clean. The skillet can be removed from its base, t and both the skillet and the lid are dishwasher safe. The outside cleans up nicely with just a wipe down, users say. The Foldaway Skillet's most popular feature, though, is in its name: The ability to pack all the pieces together and store it away in a fairly small space is a huge hit with owners. Those who bought the folding skillet to use in an RV or smaller vacation home are particularly pleased. When in use the skillet does have a fairly large footprint, so some who bought the Presto for their RV found that it was too big for the available space.

If you're looking for an electric skillet that's attractive enough to leave out on the counter, we highly recommend the Cuisinart CSK-150. Editors at Fine Cooking magazine pick it as a favorite for its 5-quart capacity and "solid overall construction." Owners praise the Cuisinart's performance, saying it heats evenly and has a durable nonstick coating. Numerous users say they've prepared everything from fried chicken to pancakes to sautéed veggies without sticking. They also like its high temperature range, up to 450 degrees, compared to the Presto's upper limit of 400 degrees -- making the Cuisinart suitable for deep frying. We found a handful of complaints about durability with the CSK-150. Still, the vast majority of users are very pleased with this electric skillet, even if some of them do say it's overpriced. The manufacturer says it's dishwasher-safe and offers a three-year warranty.

The main differences between these two skillets are price, appearance and the fact that the Cuisinart is suitable for deep frying. If appearance isn't a factor and you don't need to deep fry, the Presto Foldaway is a great value for a great performer.

Electric woks are handier than Chinese takeout

While traditional carbon-steel woks are wonderful, not everyone has a stove or cooktop appropriate for the high, sustained heat necessary for optimum performance, and many people simply don't want to deal with the higher learning curve and care factor of using a wok. However, if you love Asian food and would like to save money and create more healthful dishes in your own home, the Breville BEW600XL Hot Wok is going to be your new favorite appliance.

This electric wok gets raves across the board from owners who say its butterfly shaped heating element mimics the way a traditional wok heats up the sides to create a perfect environment for turning out a delicious stir fried meal. However, it isn't just a one trick pony; users also say they use their Breville wok for making hash browns and other fried potatoes, risottos and rice dishes, and pasta and soup. Plenty of happy owners just leave it out on the counter or store it on top of the stove because they use it so often.

The Breville Hot Wok is very easy to use; just click the wok onto its sturdy base and plug it in. The wok bowl can't be removed with food in it, but does remove for cleaning (it has to be turned upside down to disengage). Although the wok has a very large capacity, some say it's as convenient for making small meals as it is for large ones. However, the large capacity translates to a large footprint as well -- be sure you have the space to store it. The glass lid and wok bowl are dishwasher safe, but some say that hand washing the wok will help the nonstick coating last longer.

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There are few expert reviews of electric skillets, but we found one at Fine Cooking magazine, where editors pick three favorites after comparing a line-up of eight electric frying pans. CNET also has a brief write-up of a popular skillet, but seems to be based upon general culinary knowledge, rather than specific testing or use. However, user reviews at sites such as Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Cooking.com, ChefsCatalog.com and WilliamsSonoma.com are invaluable in gauging a skillet or wok's performance and convenience in everyday, real-world use.

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Cuisinart CSK-150 1500-Watt Nonstick Oval Electric Skillet
Cuisinart CSK-150 1500-Watt Nonstick Oval Electric Skillet

Best stainless steel electric skillet

Experts refer to the Cuisinart CSK-150 as a "workhorse," saying it performs as well as a high-quality traditional skillet. It has an attractive and durable brushed stainless-steel housing and cast stainless-steel handles, and the nonstick coating is reported to hold up well. The Cuisinart's high-heat setting of 450 degrees makes it effective to use as a deep fryer. Owners say this skillet heats evenly and effectively cooks a variety of foods. The skillet is dishwasher-safe, and comes with a three-year warranty. See our full review

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Breaking it down

Performance

Great for deep frying. It's unusual for an electric skillet to reach a high enough heat to deep fry, but that's a cooking task that the Cuisinart CSK-150 Electric Skillet excels at, say reviewers. Its upper heat setting of 450 degrees, combined with its high sided bowl and vented cover make it ideal to use for making French fries and fried chicken, say users. Many note its large capacity and even heating, which means they don't have to cook in batches, and that pancakes and grilled sandwiches come out perfectly cooked across their surface. Its nonstick surface is so effective that quite a few cooks say they don't need any oil for cooking eggs and other thin foods. We did find some complaints of inconsistent heating in simmer mode, with some users saying there is no true simmer; rather, the unit merely cycles on and off.

Ease of use

Very straightforward. As with most electric skillets, the Cuisinart CSK-150 Electric Skillet is very simple to use, with a temperature control that you plug into the skillet and turn to the desired setting. It's very easy to clean, too, say reviewers, the cover and removable pan are dishwasher safe on the top rack. The exterior can be wiped down with a damp cloth. It has handles to make it easier to carry around and most users say they stay cool even when the pan is hot, although a few say they heat up enough that they need to use pot holders. At nearly 11 pounds, empty, the Cuisinart CSK-150 is heavier than some other electric skillets, so use caution if you're carrying it with hot foods inside.

Durability/appearance

Sturdy, durable and attractive. The Cuisinart CSK-150 Electric Skillet is praised by both experts and owners for its stainless steel finish and modern design, which many say is attractive enough to leave out on a counter. It also features nice touches like a metal, rather than plastic, grommet in the lid's steam vent, and the die cast handles are sturdy and durable. Many owners say they have used their skillet multiple times a week for years, but we did see some complaints about the thermostat failing after a few uses, or after a few months, although it does come with a three-year warranty. There are also some who say that the nonstick coating eventually peels, chips or scratches, although that's common with any type of nonstick appliance or cookware.

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Bottom line

Experts and owners love the attractive, durable Cuisinart CSK-150 Electric Skillet, saying it's a high performer that's easy to use and clean. It's pretty enough to leave out on the counter, many say, but also doesn't have such a huge footprint that it's tough to store if you need to. The slick, nonstick coating and even heating means you can cook without any oil and still not experience any sticking. The higher-than-average heat setting of 450 degrees is perfect for searing and deep frying.

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An electric skillet is a highly versatile appliance; great for adding a food-prep option when you're preparing a big meal, or just to use as a standalone appliance when you don't feel like heating up the kitchen. They're also perfect for preparing and transporting food, and then keeping it warm on a buffet.

Like traditional skillets, electric frying pans can be used for sautéing and pan frying, but some models also work for deep frying. The majority of electric frying pans have a nonstick coating on the interior and most include a glass lid, making it easy to monitor cooking. Most electric skillets are fairly large and deep, allowing cooks to prepare multiple foods at once, or enough servings for a family, although many models come in smaller or larger capacities.

Without a doubt, the Presto Electric Foldaway Skillet is a top pick in this category. Versatile and reliable, this 16-inch skillet gets top reviews for being almost a replacement oven for some users. It roasts, braises, grills and fries as well as a traditional skillet, owners say, but its large capacity makes it ideal for preparing large casseroles, side dishes, and pasta dishes as well. Although it's large, the Presto Foldaway Skillet is also very portable. The built in holder for a spoon or spatula makes it even more convenient for serving food buffet-style.

The Presto electric skillet heats rapidly and evenly, and the nonstick coating is reported as very easy to clean. The skillet can be removed from its base, t and both the skillet and the lid are dishwasher safe. The outside cleans up nicely with just a wipe down, users say. The Foldaway Skillet's most popular feature, though, is in its name: The ability to pack all the pieces together and store it away in a fairly small space is a huge hit with owners. Those who bought the folding skillet to use in an RV or smaller vacation home are particularly pleased. When in use the skillet does have a fairly large footprint, so some who bought the Presto for their RV found that it was too big for the available space.

If you're looking for an electric skillet that's attractive enough to leave out on the counter, we highly recommend the Cuisinart CSK-150. Editors at Fine Cooking magazine pick it as a favorite for its 5-quart capacity and "solid overall construction." Owners praise the Cuisinart's performance, saying it heats evenly and has a durable nonstick coating. Numerous users say they've prepared everything from fried chicken to pancakes to sautéed veggies without sticking. They also like its high temperature range, up to 450 degrees, compared to the Presto's upper limit of 400 degrees -- making the Cuisinart suitable for deep frying. We found a handful of complaints about durability with the CSK-150. Still, the vast majority of users are very pleased with this electric skillet, even if some of them do say it's overpriced. The manufacturer says it's dishwasher-safe and offers a three-year warranty.

The main differences between these two skillets are price, appearance and the fact that the Cuisinart is suitable for deep frying. If appearance isn't a factor and you don't need to deep fry, the Presto Foldaway is a great value for a great performer.

Electric woks are handier than Chinese takeout

While traditional carbon-steel woks are wonderful, not everyone has a stove or cooktop appropriate for the high, sustained heat necessary for optimum performance, and many people simply don't want to deal with the higher learning curve and care factor of using a wok. However, if you love Asian food and would like to save money and create more healthful dishes in your own home, the Breville BEW600XL Hot Wok is going to be your new favorite appliance.

This electric wok gets raves across the board from owners who say its butterfly shaped heating element mimics the way a traditional wok heats up the sides to create a perfect environment for turning out a delicious stir fried meal. However, it isn't just a one trick pony; users also say they use their Breville wok for making hash browns and other fried potatoes, risottos and rice dishes, and pasta and soup. Plenty of happy owners just leave it out on the counter or store it on top of the stove because they use it so often.

The Breville Hot Wok is very easy to use; just click the wok onto its sturdy base and plug it in. The wok bowl can't be removed with food in it, but does remove for cleaning (it has to be turned upside down to disengage). Although the wok has a very large capacity, some say it's as convenient for making small meals as it is for large ones. However, the large capacity translates to a large footprint as well -- be sure you have the space to store it. The glass lid and wok bowl are dishwasher safe, but some say that hand washing the wok will help the nonstick coating last longer.

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There are few expert reviews of electric skillets, but we found one at Fine Cooking magazine, where editors pick three favorites after comparing a line-up of eight electric frying pans. CNET also has a brief write-up of a popular skillet, but seems to be based upon general culinary knowledge, rather than specific testing or use. However, user reviews at sites such as Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Cooking.com, ChefsCatalog.com and WilliamsSonoma.com are invaluable in gauging a skillet or wok's performance and convenience in everyday, real-world use.

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The Breville BEW600XL Hot Wok gets the best reviews we saw of any model of electric wok. Owners who have used traditional woks say the Breville's unique "butterfly" heating element impressively mimics the heating evenness of a carbon steel wok, resulting in perfect stir fry meals, with nicely seared meats and deliciously caramelized vegetables. It's versatile too, and can be used for frying potatoes, pasta dishes, risottos and soups. The nonstick surface is reported as durable and easy to clean. See our full review

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Breaking it down

Performance

Compares to a traditional wok. The biggest drawback to electric woks, experts say, is that they can't reach the higher temperatures necessary to put the proper sear on meat, or perfectly caramelize vegetables as well as a traditional carbon steel wok can. However, users say the unique "butterfly" design of the heating element of the Breville Hot Wok heats up the sides of the electric wok in a way that closely mimics what happens in traditional wok cooking. In addition, the 15 heat settings, including a 425 degree High Sear means that the Breville wok gets more than hot enough to create Asian-style dishes that are as good as those that you get in a restaurant. It's also very versatile and quite a few owners say they make hash browns, eggs, soups, pasta dishes and even chicken wings in the Breville Hot Wok. It has a 6-quart capacity.

Ease of use

Simple design; easy to clean. The Breville BEW600XL Hot Wok has a fairly basic design -- a large, wok-shaped bowl that clicks onto a stable base. The bowl can't be removed from the base when it has food in it, because to remove it you have to turn it upside down, but it can be removed for cleaning. Both the bowl and the glass lid are dishwasher safe. Breville is known for making appliance with small, user-friendly touches, and the Breville Hot Wok is no exception. The cord has a loop at the plug end to make it easier to pull out of a wall socket, and a small lever at the appliance end that enables you to remove the temperature control and cord from the wok with one hand.

Durability/appearance

Heavy, large footprint. While most owners don't exactly complain about the size of the Breville BEW600XL Hot Wok, many do note that it's fairly large. -- 17.75 inches wide at the handles and more than 9 inches tall, including the base and lid. However, many say they use it every day and just leave it on the counter. Users also say the stainless steel BEW600XL is attractive and durable. The nonstick coating is also reported as holding up very well, although there are the usual complaints of it peeling or scratching over time -- something we see with all nonstick cookware and appliances.

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Bottom line

The Breville BEW600XL Hot Wok gets rave reviews across the board from owners who say it's one of their favorite kitchen appliances. It's super easy to use, cooks foods as well as a traditional wok, and is simple to clean. There are some complaints of the nonstick surface peeling or scratching over time, but that's common with any nonstick appliance or cookware. It's also large, so be sure you have the space to store it.

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An electric skillet is a highly versatile appliance; great for adding a food-prep option when you're preparing a big meal, or just to use as a standalone appliance when you don't feel like heating up the kitchen. They're also perfect for preparing and transporting food, and then keeping it warm on a buffet.

Like traditional skillets, electric frying pans can be used for sautéing and pan frying, but some models also work for deep frying. The majority of electric frying pans have a nonstick coating on the interior and most include a glass lid, making it easy to monitor cooking. Most electric skillets are fairly large and deep, allowing cooks to prepare multiple foods at once, or enough servings for a family, although many models come in smaller or larger capacities.

Without a doubt, the Presto Electric Foldaway Skillet is a top pick in this category. Versatile and reliable, this 16-inch skillet gets top reviews for being almost a replacement oven for some users. It roasts, braises, grills and fries as well as a traditional skillet, owners say, but its large capacity makes it ideal for preparing large casseroles, side dishes, and pasta dishes as well. Although it's large, the Presto Foldaway Skillet is also very portable. The built in holder for a spoon or spatula makes it even more convenient for serving food buffet-style.

The Presto electric skillet heats rapidly and evenly, and the nonstick coating is reported as very easy to clean. The skillet can be removed from its base, t and both the skillet and the lid are dishwasher safe. The outside cleans up nicely with just a wipe down, users say. The Foldaway Skillet's most popular feature, though, is in its name: The ability to pack all the pieces together and store it away in a fairly small space is a huge hit with owners. Those who bought the folding skillet to use in an RV or smaller vacation home are particularly pleased. When in use the skillet does have a fairly large footprint, so some who bought the Presto for their RV found that it was too big for the available space.

If you're looking for an electric skillet that's attractive enough to leave out on the counter, we highly recommend the Cuisinart CSK-150. Editors at Fine Cooking magazine pick it as a favorite for its 5-quart capacity and "solid overall construction." Owners praise the Cuisinart's performance, saying it heats evenly and has a durable nonstick coating. Numerous users say they've prepared everything from fried chicken to pancakes to sautéed veggies without sticking. They also like its high temperature range, up to 450 degrees, compared to the Presto's upper limit of 400 degrees -- making the Cuisinart suitable for deep frying. We found a handful of complaints about durability with the CSK-150. Still, the vast majority of users are very pleased with this electric skillet, even if some of them do say it's overpriced. The manufacturer says it's dishwasher-safe and offers a three-year warranty.

The main differences between these two skillets are price, appearance and the fact that the Cuisinart is suitable for deep frying. If appearance isn't a factor and you don't need to deep fry, the Presto Foldaway is a great value for a great performer.

Electric woks are handier than Chinese takeout

While traditional carbon-steel woks are wonderful, not everyone has a stove or cooktop appropriate for the high, sustained heat necessary for optimum performance, and many people simply don't want to deal with the higher learning curve and care factor of using a wok. However, if you love Asian food and would like to save money and create more healthful dishes in your own home, the Breville BEW600XL Hot Wok is going to be your new favorite appliance.

This electric wok gets raves across the board from owners who say its butterfly shaped heating element mimics the way a traditional wok heats up the sides to create a perfect environment for turning out a delicious stir fried meal. However, it isn't just a one trick pony; users also say they use their Breville wok for making hash browns and other fried potatoes, risottos and rice dishes, and pasta and soup. Plenty of happy owners just leave it out on the counter or store it on top of the stove because they use it so often.

The Breville Hot Wok is very easy to use; just click the wok onto its sturdy base and plug it in. The wok bowl can't be removed with food in it, but does remove for cleaning (it has to be turned upside down to disengage). Although the wok has a very large capacity, some say it's as convenient for making small meals as it is for large ones. However, the large capacity translates to a large footprint as well -- be sure you have the space to store it. The glass lid and wok bowl are dishwasher safe, but some say that hand washing the wok will help the nonstick coating last longer.

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There are few expert reviews of electric skillets, but we found one at Fine Cooking magazine, where editors pick three favorites after comparing a line-up of eight electric frying pans. CNET also has a brief write-up of a popular skillet, but seems to be based upon general culinary knowledge, rather than specific testing or use. However, user reviews at sites such as Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Cooking.com, ChefsCatalog.com and WilliamsSonoma.com are invaluable in gauging a skillet or wok's performance and convenience in everyday, real-world use.

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Electric skillets can be used for cooking, serving

An electric skillet is a highly versatile appliance; great for adding a food-prep option when you're preparing a big meal, or just to use as a standalone appliance when you don't feel like heating up the kitchen. They're also perfect for preparing and transporting food, and then keeping it warm on a buffet.

Like traditional skillets, electric frying pans can be used for sautéing and pan frying, but some models also work for deep frying. The majority of electric frying pans have a nonstick coating on the interior and most include a glass lid, making it easy to monitor cooking. Most electric skillets are fairly large and deep, allowing cooks to prepare multiple foods at once, or enough servings for a family, although many models come in smaller or larger capacities.

What To Look For
  • A max temperature of at least 400 degrees Fahrenheit
  • A smooth bottom.
  • A vented lid.
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Without a doubt, the Presto Electric Foldaway Skillet (Est. $50) is a top pick in this category. Versatile and reliable, this 16-inch skillet gets top reviews for being almost a replacement oven for some users. It roasts, braises, grills and fries as well as a traditional skillet, owners say, but its large capacity makes it ideal for preparing large casseroles, side dishes, and pasta dishes as well. Although it's large, the Presto Foldaway Skillet is also very portable. The built in holder for a spoon or spatula makes it even more convenient for serving food buffet-style.

The Presto electric skillet heats rapidly and evenly, and the nonstick coating is reported as very easy to clean. The skillet can be removed from its base, t and both the skillet and the lid are dishwasher safe. The outside cleans up nicely with just a wipe down, users say. The Foldaway Skillet's most popular feature, though, is in its name: The ability to pack all the pieces together and store it away in a fairly small space is a huge hit with owners. Those who bought the folding skillet to use in an RV or smaller vacation home are particularly pleased. When in use the skillet does have a fairly large footprint, so some who bought the Presto for their RV found that it was too big for the available space.

If you're looking for an electric skillet that's attractive enough to leave out on the counter, we highly recommend the Cuisinart CSK-150 (Est. $130). Editors at Fine Cooking magazine pick it as a favorite for its 5-quart capacity and "solid overall construction." Owners praise the Cuisinart's performance, saying it heats evenly and has a durable nonstick coating. Numerous users say they've prepared everything from fried chicken to pancakes to sautéed veggies without sticking. They also like its high temperature range, up to 450 degrees, compared to the Presto's upper limit of 400 degrees -- making the Cuisinart suitable for deep frying. We found a handful of complaints about durability with the CSK-150. Still, the vast majority of users are very pleased with this electric skillet, even if some of them do say it's overpriced. The manufacturer says it's dishwasher-safe and offers a three-year warranty.

The main differences between these two skillets are price, appearance and the fact that the Cuisinart is suitable for deep frying. If appearance isn't a factor and you don't need to deep fry, the Presto Foldaway is a great value for a great performer.

Electric woks are handier than Chinese takeout

While traditional carbon-steel woks are wonderful, not everyone has a stove or cooktop appropriate for the high, sustained heat necessary for optimum performance, and many people simply don't want to deal with the higher learning curve and care factor of using a wok. However, if you love Asian food and would like to save money and create more healthful dishes in your own home, the Breville BEW600XL Hot Wok (Est. $130) is going to be your new favorite appliance.

This electric wok gets raves across the board from owners who say its butterfly shaped heating element mimics the way a traditional wok heats up the sides to create a perfect environment for turning out a delicious stir fried meal. However, it isn't just a one trick pony; users also say they use their Breville wok for making hash browns and other fried potatoes, risottos and rice dishes, and pasta and soup. Plenty of happy owners just leave it out on the counter or store it on top of the stove because they use it so often.

The Breville Hot Wok is very easy to use; just click the wok onto its sturdy base and plug it in. The wok bowl can't be removed with food in it, but does remove for cleaning (it has to be turned upside down to disengage). Although the wok has a very large capacity, some say it's as convenient for making small meals as it is for large ones. However, the large capacity translates to a large footprint as well -- be sure you have the space to store it. The glass lid and wok bowl are dishwasher safe, but some say that hand washing the wok will help the nonstick coating last longer.

Expert & User Review Sources

There are few expert reviews of electric skillets, but we found one at Fine Cooking magazine, where editors pick three favorites after comparing a line-up of eight electric frying pans. CNET also has a brief write-up of a popular skillet, but seems to be based upon general culinary knowledge, rather than specific testing or use. However, user reviews at sites such as Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Cooking.com, ChefsCatalog.com and WilliamsSonoma.com are invaluable in gauging a skillet or wok's performance and convenience in everyday, real-world use.

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