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Buying an Electric Skillet
I need an electric skillet since the vintage Farberware that my friend gave me finally pooped out. I went to Wal-Mart and got a cheap one. I will return it as it is unstable, and when I first turned it on to season, the prong turned brown. I want to get another for making pancakes, sandwiches, and eggs. There is a GE appliance in Wal-Mart with heavier construction, and it has plates for grilling and a griddle. It costs about $50.
Does anyone have a recommendation as to a good electric skillet? I am willing to pay more for an appliance that is safe and well constructed and will not give out after a few years. I am hyper-vigilant about fire. I'd like one with a top.
Try to Fix Original Electric Skillet
First of all, you may be able to get a new electric plug for the Farberware electric skillet if that is the part that is no longer working. I have been using a "new" plug on mine for more than 20 years. Try a local repair shop, Freecycle or Craigslist to locate one.
If that does not work, I advise buying a stainless steel or heavy-duty aluminum skillet of relatively heavy construction since you will probably be browning meat in it. I advise against an enameled or painted skillet as the paint may chip and become unsightly.
I suspect that almost any well-known national brand will be fine, depending on your personal preferences for shape and volume. However, you might consider checking Consumer Reports for recent reviews and/or a consumer review website where various users post their opinions.
Barbara in CT
Look for Online Reviews
When I want to buy anything, I go to the online stores and check the ratings of the various brands of the item I want. Even if I don't buy from them, it helps to check them. I make sure I read what the people say. Some people rate the product low because they didn't like the service they received, so I don't just look at how many stars it got. I check Amazon, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, HH Gregg and any others that come up on a search.
Consider Getting Another Used Electric Skillet
You can find more of these than you can use at estate and garage sales and thrift stores. I've been given a couple that I never used. They wound up at a thrift store.
You might put a wanted ad on Freecycle or Craigslist or just do a search for an electric skillet on Craigslist. I just did that and locally there are four available, ranging in price from $10 to $38.
Love My Presto!
I have a Presto16-inch electric skillet with a glass cover. I have owned and used this product for several years and love it. The only caveat about using the skillet is that on occasion, you will need to tighten up the screws on the base and lid. Otherwise, the skillet cooks everything well and is easy to clean.
See if You Can Find Another Farberware
I bought a Farberware electric coffeepot on eBay for $18 including postage when my old faithful died. It's run perfectly for the past two years. I had to watch and wait until one came up in my price range. This is an auction site. People get carried away and may keep bidding until prices go crazy. Wait, watch, and buy from a reliable dealer (98% rating or better).
When my son needed an electric fry pan for work, I asked everyone I knew. I even made an announcement at church coffee hour, and someone gave me a nice Farberware that they hadn't used in years. Some "under $100" free classifieds have places you can put a "wanted" ad for free. It's worth asking.
Just be careful with older electric appliances and be sure the cord is intact, heats evenly, etc. I agree that these old dinosaurs are better than the flimsy new ones.
Enjoys Her Breville Product
I purchased a Breville electric fry pan about five or six years ago, and it had a non-stick coating. I was told quite cynically that the non-stick coating would not last and would go bad. To this day, it is still in most excellent condition. It did cost me AU $100, but it was worth every cent I paid for it. It can be completely dismantled from the frame and put into the dishwasher (something I really like) and it is reliable. I am very happy with it. It has a very sturdy glass lid as well. Consequently I bought my brother and his wife a Breville skillet (non-stick electric with a glass lid) for a wedding present, and it was about AU $70, and they quite like it too. I am not sure if you can buy Breville in the US, but I am very happy with mine.
Rival Cooks Well
I have always had good luck with my Rival Electric Skillet. It has a glass top. I have had mine around 4 or 5 years and it is still cooking well, and it is non-stick.
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