Reviewed
February 2015
by ConsumerSearch
Cuisinart CSK-150 Electric Skillet Review

Best stainless steel electric skillet

Pros
  • High temperature for deep frying
  • Nonstick interior
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Attractive design
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Some complaints of thermostat failing
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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.

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.

Where To Buy
Cuisinart CSK-150 1500-Watt Nonstick Oval Electric Skillet

 
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Cuisinart CSK-150 Reviews

1. Fine Cooking

Editors compare eight electric skillets by searing hamburgers, cooking pancakes, deep-frying and stir-frying chicken, and braising beef. The Cuisinart Electric Skillet CSK-150 is among the three top picks. Testers say it's well constructed, gets hot enough to stir-fry and is truly nonstick.

Review: Test Drive: Electric Skillets, Nicki Pendleton Wood, Not Dated

2. Amazon.com

More than 330 owners give the Cuisinart Electric Skillet CSK-150 an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5. Most agree that it cooks evenly and consistently. Reviewers also praise the shape, size and steam vent in the lid. Some of the lower-than-average ratings are complaints about receiving refurbished models, which has nothing to do with the skillet, but others say the thermostat failed after a few uses, or within a few months.

Review: Cuisinart CSK-150 1500-Watt Nonstick Oval Electric Skillet, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2015

3. Cooking.com

More than 130 owners rate the Cuisinart Electric Skillet CSK-150, giving it a perfect 5-star rating; 98 percent would recommend this skillet. The nearly 80 who leave reviews love its large capacity and say that it heats evenly and is holding up well even when used several times per week.

Review: 15x12-in. Nonstick Electric Skillet by Cuisinart, Contributors to Cooking.com, As of February 2015

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