Electric frying pans are in, thanks to non-stick surfaces that last practically forever and user-friendly designs that make them easier to operate. Many models have removable handles and other ergonomic approaches to keep them compact for easier storage, and their quick heating time and ability to push them away from the countertop edges makes them a huge hit with families with young kids. And they’re a lifesaver for anyone in an apartment or with a smaller kitchen. Here are three things to think about when choosing an electric frying pan.

For the Whole Family

Monitor cooking without taking off the top. Elite Gourmet

Size matters, and not only because of how much food an electric skillet can cook at one time. Cool spots in the bottom of a skillet are to be expected—heating elements can’t warm the entire bottom surface evenly. If you choose a larger electric skillet, test it out before cooking for guests so you’ll know how to fine-tune your cooking to the skillet’s hot and cool spots.


This product goes right into the dishwasher once you remove the heating controls. Presto

Most electric skillets are used for pan-sautéeing, cooking casseroles, and even baking. But choose a skillet with tall sides, a deeper well, and a cooking element that goes to at least 450 degrees, and you’ll be able to deep-fry with ease.

Ideal for Small Spaces

This product features detachable handles for compact storage. Presto

One major knock against electric skillets is how difficult some models can be to store. If cupboard or cabinet space is limited in your kitchen, look for a skillet with integrated or removable handles and a smaller thermoregulating dial that doesn’t stick out clumsily.