Presto 06852 16-Inch Electric Skillet Review

An electric skillet such as the Presto 06852 16-Inch Electric Skillet can be a nice addition to any kitchen when you want to cook food in larger amounts and a skillet on the stove simply isn’t large enough.  The large capacity of this skillet makes it ideal for making meals for families where the entire meal can be cooked in one skillet.  Whether you’re cooking for a large family or for guests for a party, this skillet gets high marks for its ease of use and versatility.

Product Features and Specifications

  • Deluxe nonstick surface, inside and out, for stick-free cooking and easy cleaning
  • Doubles as a handy buffet server when entertaining
  • Saves energy more efficient than using a range burner or oven
  • Fully dishwasher safe with the heat control removed
  • Control Master heat control maintains the desired cooking temperature automatically
  • Heavy cast aluminum base is virtually warp-proof


Presto gets rave reviews for this skillet with most indicating its large capacity is a huge plus. Even with its large size, the cooking surface maintains an even temperature throughout which means food is cooked evenly.  Cooking foods such as pancakes or bacon often take a large amount of space in the pan.  Cooking dishes such as these for large numbers means that multiple batches must be prepared.  This is what many reviewers loved about the Presto 06852 16-Inch Electric Skillet.  They are often able to get the main course cooked in one batch, which frees up a lot of time.  The cook no longer has to hurry from the table to the stove because the food is done all at once.

During the summer the heat can make cooking in an oven not so appealing and many consumers who purchased this skillet love it for that reason. They can still cook a large meal without heating the entire house.  Some have indicated that they are considering purchasing an additional skillet so that they have more options when not wanting to use the stove to cook. The quick heat up times was a plus for many who felt that this helped them to conserve time when cooking meals. Also, the electric skillet is very energy efficient, costing very little.

Many also liked the cook and serve feature of this skillet.  The handsome design makes it ideal and you don’t need a serving dish once the food is done. Simply unplug and move to a central location where the food is to be served.


The only minor complaints were that there were no rubber feet on the legs, which could cause the skillet to easily slide on the counter.  Additionally, many reviewers would like to see a lid vent to allow the steam to dissipate while cooking. The steam buildup on the inside of the skillet makes it difficult to see the food without lifting the lid. Also, in some cases the lid has exploded due to the pressure buildup.

There were some complaints with the non-stick surface not lasting very long, however this seems to be a small percentage of the overall number of reviews. There was some question as to whether the care and treatment of the skillet could have contributed to the surface not lasting as long as expected.


Overall, if you need a large capacity skillet, the Presto 06852 16-Inch Electric Skillet seems to fit the bill.  With a largely positive number of customer reviews, the skillet appears to be top notch with satisfied customers who would recommend it to friends and family.