Presto 6852 Non Stick Electric Skillet Reviews

Presto 6852 Non Stick Electric Skillet

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Presto Non Stick 16" Electric Skillet

Dec 21, 2009 (Updated Dec 21, 2009)
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Pros:Large cooking surface area.
Versatile in cooking methods
makes a good heated serving tray

Cons:plastic temperature dial broke
non0stick surface wears off in time

The Bottom Line:

The Presto 16" Skillet is quite versatile for cooking being able to bake, fry, cook stews, and casseroles, along with basics like eggs, French toast and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches.


Two years ago my daughter, her husband and two children had to make an unexpected move out of their apartment due to circumstances beyond their control. That was a couple of weeks before Christmas. To make a long story a bit shorter, after that Christmas I made some physical changes to a few upstairs rooms in our home making room for what could be called their home with privacy for all. Due to zone codes I couldn't do everything I wanted upstairs in their new kitchen. They do have a large sink, cabinets, large refrigerator and microwave but do not have a range or oven. For other cooking they have relied on this, the Presto Non-Stick Electric Skillet.

Presto Non-Stick Skillet

We have all been extremely happy with this electric skillet that is used every single day, sometime three times each day. It's made of cast aluminum but still feels solid.

She uses it for breakfast eggs and more plus a broad selection of uses for lunch and dinner. I love it when she brings down the whole skillet, minus the plug, with a lasagna in it. Yup, you can bake with this as well a boil water, fry, grill and do roasts. My daughter regularly makes  stews and casseroles. She also cooks full dinners cooking veggies and meats separately and sometimes together. Also, "Grilled Cheese anyone." The real advantage for doing many meals is the extraordinary surface area of the cooker. It's a big one. It's surface takes up 16" x 12" of space. That's as large as any other such product on the market.

The size could also be a problem but fortunately not in my daughter's case. She keeps the Presto Skillet at hand every day on her kitchen counter. Otherwise this is quite large for under counter or such storage.

When the skillet is detached from the power source it makes for a good looking serving tray that can also be used to keep food hot. The handles are also part of the leg system looking good and is easily installed when first purchased. They provide a good solid grip with the full surface area it affords. The design also helps the handles from getting too hot to handle.

A Slight Disappointment

It's just two years since my daughter and family have moved in. Unfortunately she had to go out and purchase another skillet because this one had two problems. The plastic temperature dial cracked and probably could have been repaired but a bigger problem started a little while back causing her to purchase new. The non-stick feature of the Presto skillet lost its ability to shed everything and anything. When new this was very easily cleaned. I did the chore when it was taken downstairs for dinner and it was truly a snap to clean. As time moved on the shedding qualities of the skillet became a distant memory. In the last weeks spraying Pam or other such product became a necessity. Finally the game was getting too hard to play. I was just outside looking at the "late" skillet as it awaits the trash guys to take it home to the big ...never mind. I digress.

Just to add, this can be cleaned in a dishwasher when the plug is removed. The glass top is also dishwasher safe.

Good News

The good news about this product is that my daughter was so happy with the regular everyday use of it (so was I) that she purchased another one. The same exact grill. Using it for different cooking chores makes it quite valuable in our home. We also made good use of it on Thanksgiving with so many extra people over the house it helped the cooking and heating process. It's quite versatile and it's great for simmering. The temperature, once set, stays perfectly even. Until the non-stick issue started a couple of months ago I could rate this skillet a grade A+ for easy clean-up.

The temperature settings on this one like the last states a higher temperature than what the food surface actually is. Though that could be a problem, my daughter prepares her setting with that in mind.

She loves the high sides and the even temperatures of the surface. The glass top has a large secure knob but because it isn't vented, steam does build on the inside of the glass. When that happens I can't see inside to see what's next for dinner. Lifting the glass will release some moister but defeats the cooking features in some cases.

pops Closing Thoughts

Though  this is our second Presto skillet in two this still gets a good recommendation of four stars. The skillet cooks well and in many different ways making it extremely versatile in our home that doesn't have an upstairs range or oven. It cooks well, isn't overly expensive and is basically safe. 


Recommend this product? Yes


Amount Paid (US$): 534


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