Best Ceramic Electric Skillet

I just love cooking with my electric skillet - great temperature control, and the temperature stays just as it should throughout the cooking process. It’s perfect for frying or griddling.

But there’s a lot more it can do than just that - braising, sauteeing, pan-broiling. So versatile.

And you really save energy compared to when you’re using traditional range burners..

Personally, I think the ceramic ones are the best. The surface is non-stick, which makes them a breeze to clean, AND the ceramic also helps to ensure that the heat is distributed perfectly evenly.

The ceramic coatings you find in such skillets are said to be 8 times more durable than their counterparts and cook up to 30% faster. How cool is that?!

Given how much you can cook on a ceramic electric skillet, we would argue that it’s not a niche product. Or at least it shouldn’t be. You can cook something for everybody, whether they’re a meat lover, vegetarian, or simply a carb fiend.

There are some great ceramic electric skillets out on the market today, and we’ve been checking them out.  After much deliberation, we were able to handpick our top 5 favorites, and we can’t wait to share our reviews of them with you.

That’s coming up very shortly. Our favorites all made the bestseller lists with the online retailers.

Following on from that, we then have a nice, little buying guide for you, which walks you through everything you might want to think about before you buy.

And then to be even more helpful, we’re going to tackle a few of your most frequently asked questions.

Let’s waste no more time…

OUR TOP PICK

BELLA Electric Ceramic Titanium Skillet, Roast, Fry and Steam, Healthy-Eco Non-stick Coating, Convenient Easy Clean Up, Glass Lid Included, 12' x 12', Copper/Black

Now, this is a great little electric skillet. It sports a non-stick ceramic coating, which has also been reinforced with titanium. And this gives it exceptional strength and scratch resistance.

It has a square cooking surface, 12 inches by 12 inches, which is very spacious, providing enough space to cook meals for even large families. You can fit 10 large chicken drumsticks in there.

The dial on the side allows you to set your preferred temperature, and then you can often simply leave the skillet to do its thing (depending on what you’re cooking of course).

The lid is made of tempered glass, so is dishwasher safe and entirely see-through. Great for those who like to keep an eye on your food as it cooks. Very handy.

And the lid’s handle is cool to the tough - you don’t have to brace yourself every time you reach for it!

We also love the skillet’s high walls. Not only do they make it easier for the less dextrous amongst us to plate up, but it also means you don’t get cooking oil spitting on you when the lid is off.

And speaking of plating up, this skillet weighs less than 5 pounds, which certainly makes things easier.

It’s also fully immersible, which is great news for when it comes to washing up.

(Also, if you like the sound of strawberries and cream shortcake, you should totally check out the recipe on this skillet’s Amazon page!)

This one is also a best seller with online retailers. And the feedback has been very good.

On the Amazon page for example, after well over 3,400 individual customer ratings, the average rating comes in at 4.6 stars out of a possible 5.

The price is very reasonable. Other brands ask for tens of dollars more.

Pros:

  • Outstanding strength & scratch resistance
  • Large enough to feed the entire family
  • Excellent value for money
  • Fully immersible
  • Lined with high walls

Cons:

  • We recommend that you don’t put it in the dishwasher

EDITORS CHOICE

Hamilton Beach Durathon Ceramic Electric Skillet with Removable 12x15” Pan, Adjustable Temperature, Reversible Design, Tempered Glass Lid (38529K)

If it wasn’t for the high price tag, we’d have hands down made this our number 1 pick!

Of course, coming from such a well-respected brand, it was no surprise to us that it made the bestseller lists with online retailers, despite its somewhat hefty price.

First off, it’s huge - at 12 inches by 15 inches, it’s big enough to prepare a small feast!

With its trademark Durathon ceramic inner surface, it’s a whopping 4 times more durable than traditional non-stick surfaces. You don’t have to worry about any cracking or peeling.

It’s lined with high walls for easier plating up, and it comes with a glass lid, complete with a cool to the touch handle.

It’s effortless to use - you can simply turn the dial to any temperature between 200 and 400 degrees Fahrenheit, and stir your food if necessary, turning your meats over to heat them equally on both sides. The low setting is really handy for keeping food warm once it’s cooked.

But what really sold it for us is how easily the skillet can be removed from the base, and that the skillet, lid, AND the base are all dishwasher safe.

And that’s not all - the skillet is reversible, which means it’s comfortable to use whether you’re right or left-handed.

Pros:

  • Use right or left-handed
  • Durathon ceramic inner surface
  • Large enough to feed the entire family
  • All the parts are dishwasher safe

Cons:

  • Premium product at a premium price
  • Temperature is displayed in Fahrenheit rather than Centigrade

BEST VALUE

Presto, Grey Ceramic 06856' Electric Skillet, 16'

Don’t be fooled by the photo, there’s more cooking surface on this beauty than there looks.

A full 16 square inches to be exact. This is great because it means it’s not just for cooking a stir fry for one but can accommodate meals for the entire family. Even for a large family.

The ceramic inner surface means that you won’t get any nasty sticking food - even with scrambled eggs!

This means your family gets to devour every last morsel of your cooking. And that the skillet is easy to wipe clean too.

We love this skillet’s high walls - it means the skillet is less likely to spit oil at you when the lid is off.

Speaking of the lid, it’s made of tempered glass and is entirely see-through to help you can eye on your food as it cooks. Very handy. And the lid’s handle is cool to the tough - you don’t have to brace yourself every time you reach for it!

It’s very easy to use - you select the required temperature using the dial. It will climb to that temperature and stay there until you decide otherwise.

The skillet is virtually warp-proof, thanks to the heavy cast aluminum on the other side of the inner ceramic.

It’s also fully immersible, which is great news for when it comes to washing up.

It comes from a top brand and is one of the best sellers for the electric skillet category on Amazon.

The customer feedback has been rather good too. After well over 1,400 individual customer ratings, the average Amazon customer rating comes in at almost 5 stars out of 5.

Pros:

  • Large family capacity
  • Top best selling brand
  • Fully immersible
  • Lined with high walls
  • Great customer feedback

Cons:

  • Temperature is displayed in Fahrenheit rather than Centigrade

RUNNER UP

Caynel 12 x 12 Inch Nonstick Ceramic Electric Skillet with Glass Lid, Aluminum Body, 1400-Watts, Adjustable Temperature Controller Goes Up to 460 Degrees for Fry, Bake, Steam or Simmer, Easy to Clean

This is another ceramic electric skillet that made the bestseller list with online retailers.

This stylish number is a very nice size, coming in at 12 inches by 12 inches, complete with 3.15 inch high sidewalls. This means you’ve got plenty of inner capacity to make enough food to feed the entire family, whatever it is you like to enjoy.

It’s also a powerful little device offering 1400 watts of power and can give you temperatures of up to 460 degrees Fahrenheit.

What we like about this particular skillet though, is how you can detach the power cord, when you’ve finished cooking, and place the skillet onto the dining table, so you and your guests can help yourselves buffet style. This is thanks to the cool touch plastic legs with non-slip feet.

There’s a tempered glass lid that allows you to keep an eye on your food as you do your magic, and as hot as your food gets, all the handles remain cool to the touch.

While the inner coating is ceramic, the base is made from durable cast aluminum - and this is a good thing because it means that you don’t have to worry about any warping when you get to the higher temperatures.

It’s available in two different colors, black or copper. We are fans of the black version, very sleek and modern looking.

We also feel the price is very reasonable, especially when compared to the price of our number 2 pick, the Hamilton Beach Durathon.

Pros:

  • Excellent value for money
  • High power & temperatures possible
  • Can be placed on a table for serving

Cons:

  • No ventilation holes in the lid

RUNNER UP

Oster DuraCeramic Electric Skillet CKSTSKFM12W-ECO, 12-Inch, Black/Creme

Now, let me tell you all about Oster’s innovative DuraCeramic coating…

This Oster’s special DuraCeramic coating really has a lot going for it. Not only is it non-stick, but it’s 4 times more durable than traditional non-stick skillet coatings, it’s really scratch resistant, and it can cook your food up to 20% faster than its counterparts.

Plus, it’s also free of any nasty PTFEs and PFOAs.

But that’s not all this beauty has got going for it. The tempered glass lid with it’s cool to touch handle also features a handy vent to allow excess steam to pass through when the lid is in place.

And another stand out feature is that the temperature control, a dial, can be pulled out from underneath the skillet’s side handle, so you can better access it.

Plus you can also remove the temperature control completely when you want to wash it. And moreover, removing the controls can also make serving that bit easier too.

And speaking of easier serving up, we also like that the skillet has high sidewalls.

It also sports a large internal capacity, measuring a square 12 inches by 12 inches. This makes it a great choice for those one-pan dishes, designed to feed the entire family.

Customer feedback has been favorable. On the Amazon page for example, after well over 400 individual customer ratings, the average customer rating comes in at a very nice 4 and a half stars out of 5.

Pros:

  • Glass lid features vents for steam
  • Scratch resistant DuraCeramic coating
  • Cooks your food 20% faster
  • Temperature dial pulls out

Cons:

  • Premium product at a premium price

Best Ceramic Electric Skillet Buying Guide

As promised, here’s our comprehensive yet brief guide on what you might want to look out for in your ceramic electric skillet.

Point to Note

Ceramic electric skillets will always have a ceramic non-stick surface because that’s their selling point.

However, the underside is likely to be alloyed with another material to make it more durable.

Star features of an electric skillet with ceramic coating

As we mentioned in our introduction, which bears repeating here, ceramic coatings in electric skillets are not only very non-stick, which makes them very easy to clean, but they are also far more durable than their counterparts, ensure more even cooking of your food, and even help to cook your food that bit faster.

Better yet, the non-stick surface means you need less oil and butter in your food, which makes all your meals immediately healthier, and better for you and your family.

Capacity

It sounds obvious, but we’ll say it anyway. The more mouths you have to feed, the bigger you need your skillet to be. Especially if you like to do a lot of one-pan meals, or if you like to entertain several party guests.

For a family of four, you will usually need a skillet of about 12 inches.

Sometimes skillets can be rather small, but we were careful to include several large ones in our top 5 picks.

Transparent Lid

Quite often a recipe will require a lid to be put in place, to lock in heat and moisture.

So in these instances, we recommend using a transparent lid. That way you can keep an eye on your food as it cooks. Tempered glass would be a good choice.

Adjustable Temperature

It’s always nice to play your cooking by ear, and make adjustments as you go along.

Or simply turn the skillet to a lower temperature setting to keep your food warm which you finish getting a side dish ready.

Every meal is more enjoyable when all the elements are steaming hot and ready at the same time.

Cool Handles

Handling cookware can be tricky if you’re using oven gloves, which is why we recommend using a skillet that has cool to the touch handles.

It can make a world of difference when you’re plating up.

High Sidewalls

We think high sidewalls are a nice feature on a skillet, because not only does it mean you can cook a greater volume of food, but it also makes plating up that much easier.

We only chose skillets with high sidewalls in our top 5 picks.

Value for Money

We can certainly see the value in going for a top brand. You get quality you can trust, and sometimes even a warranty. But sometimes these top brands can really ask for much more than necessary and really stoke up the price tag.

But we’re going to level with you here, and be honest and say that you don’t need to spend any more than $50, or maybe $60 tops for a good quality ceramic electric skillet.

If you’re on the hunt for a bargain, then we can happily recommend our number 1 pick, the BELLA Electric Ceramic Titanium Skillet.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best ceramic skillet?

We think that our number 2 pick, the Hamilton Beach Durathon Ceramic Electric Skillet is definitely one of the best ceramic electric skillets out there at the moment.

This is partly because of the sheer size of it, measuring a whopping 12 inches by 15 inches, but also because every part of it, including the base (aside from the controls obviously), is completely dishwasher safe.

But we’re going to level with you here and be honest and tell you that it’s actually quite expensive, which is why we decided to make the BELLA Electric Ceramic Titanium Skillet our number 1 pick instead.

Is ceramic better than Teflon?

Ceramic cooking surfaces are way way better than Teflon. 

The main chemical in Teflon is PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), and unfortunately, this PTFE has been known to leak nasty chemicals into your foods, such as PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), especially if the coating is scratched, as often happens in Teflon cookware.

Not only are ceramic coatings free of either of these chemicals, but they also don’t get scratched.

Ceramic coatings also cook your food more quickly than Teflon coatings can manage, and moreover, there’s less need to add any excess oil or butter to prevent food from sticking. And this then in turn means that you’ll be preparing a far more healthy dish for you and your family.

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