Rated a Somewhat Helpful Review by the Epinions community
User Rating: Excellent
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Pros:Relatively high sides (2.5") so holds lots of food, simmers great, easy to clean.
Cons:Glass lid is only slightly domed, so cooking taller roasts isn't possible.
The Bottom Line: So far, I like this skillet, especially the heating element that allows simmering. If the non-stick wears well over the years, it's a good buy.
I grew up with my mother using an electric skillet (no non-stick back then -- yes I'm dating myself), so having one has always been "essential" in my kitchen and I know the value having a good one. Nowadays, manufacturers seems to think that "throw away" technology is better than producing something that lasts, so good ones sure are hard to find. Like many of the other reviewers, I've gone thru a lot of skillets that don't work well and don't hold up.
After extensively searching the web and reading consumer reviews, I decided upon the Cusinart CSK-150. It's a little pricey but I decided to trust the reviews and try it out. I've had it for several weeks now and have used it about a dozen times. I love it -- holds a lot of food and cleans easily, but the best part is that it truly simmers. The other cheaper skillets that I've purchased over the years have simply turned on the heat, boiling the dickens out of the food, then turned off for a while, then on with boiling again, etc and the non-stick covering never lasted longer than a year or two -- drove me nuts.
I haven't experienced the hot handles yet that other reviewers have mentioned but I haven't cooked for long periods of time -- I'm sure that the metal handles will get hot eventually, so treating it like a pan on the stove should work fine.
I'm hoping this one will last for a long time -- we'll see.