The Cuisinart Electric Skillet CSK-150 is one of the few electric skillets covered in expert testing. At Fine Cooking magazine, it and seven other electric frying pans are run through a battery of cooking tests. Editors pick it as a favorite for its roomy 15-by-12-inch interior that holds up to 5 quarts and "offers a solid overall construction." The Cuisinart electric skillet has a maximum heat setting of 450 degrees Fahrenheit -- high enough for deep frying. Its glass lid has a steam vent (to release pressure build-up), and once you unplug the heating element, it's safe for the dishwasher. The three-year warranty is another plus. On the downside, this electric skillet is expensive. If you don't think you'll need to deep fry, the less costly Presto 16-inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover (*Est. $40) has a 400-degree maximum temperature, which works well for pan frying and sautéing. The Presto electric fry pan doesn't have a vent in its glass lid and doesn't look quite as fancy, but like the Cuisinart electric skillet, it gets very high ratings in user reviews.
We found no shortage of positive owner opinions about the Cuisinart Electric Skillet CSK-150 at Cooking.com and Amazon.com. It receives a high overall rating from more than 100 owners at Cooking.com. More than half have written brief reviews that say this electric frying pan heats evenly, and the nonstick coating is durable. Another 100 or so owner-written reviews at Amazon.com say it doesn't have problems with hot spots over the heating element like other electric skillets they have used.
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, Dec. 2009
At this cookware retailer, more than 100 owners review the Cuisinart Electric Skillet CSK-150, resulting a high average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5. The 65 owners who have written reviews agree that it heats evenly and is holding up through several weekly meals.
Review: Nonstick Electric Skillet by Cuisinart, Contributors to Cooking.com
More than 100 owners give the Cuisinart Electric Skillet CSK-150 an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5 at this retail site. Most agree that it cooks evenly, without hot spots like other electric skillets. Reviewers praise the shape, size and steam vent in the lid.
Review: Cuisinart CSK-150 1500-Watt Nonstick Oval Electric Skillet, Contributors to Amazon.com