This is a guide of the best electrical and stainless cookware that presents three hotpots and two skillets that stand out from the rest. Hot Pots are essentially slow cooking pots; some come with variable settings, so you can create amazing dishes very simply.
A hot pot is something you fill with food and turn on, leave it and come back later when is ready. Thick soups, goulash, all those veg, and meat combos come to delicious life in a hot pot. Hot pots do not reach the same heat levels of a skillet, so don’t expect to fry food in one.
A skillet, or frying pan (yes, it’s a frying pan) is for a hands-on cooking experience, and an electric skillet provides a smaller volume and hotter environment for cooking or frying your food, than a hot pot, and should not be confused with a hot pot.
Now let’s take a look at five amazing products.
Aroma Housewares 3-in-1 Super Pot
Some confuse this with a skillet, but in fact its neither a skillet or a hot pot, it’s a hybrid between the two, and that is why it’s on our list. This is actually designed for Mongolian hotpot recipes and as such will deliver a punch of flavor when used appropriately.
The Aroma houseware super pot is 10 inches in diameter and can hold up to 3 quarts of content, it also comes with a grill plate and can double for some exceptional large crowd cooking.
This electric cookware appliance is used for simmering, cooking noodles, grilling meats and vegetables and for slow cooking such as “hot-pot” classics, fondue and stir-fried Asian cuisine.
This model is designed to clean up quickly and easily, and all the non-electric parts can be placed in a dishwasher or washed by hand.
You operate this through the handset dial that can cook up to 425oF, it comes with a tempered glass lid, and the pot is made of cast aluminum coated with a nonstick coating. The set includes a spout that is used for pouring liquids, and it comes with a temperature probe.
Elite Cuisine Maxi-Matic Electric Hot Pot
This is the Elite Cuisine hotpot, that is budget friendly and looks more like a wide kettle than a hot pot.
The unique design makes this lovely item an exceptional and versatile addition to any kitchen. This model comes with a variety of features, and this includes a fast boil for water, to a long slow cook for hot pot classics such as goulash.
The design is intentional, this hot pot is great for fast food products such as noodles and soups, and the handle is cool to touch even when the contents are boiling. You lift and pour the contents with its built-in spout feature.
There are seven cooking settings for different heat levels, and the set comes with an egg-rack that holds six eggs and a steamer rack for cooking your favorite steamed foods.
Cleaning is easy, as this model comes with a non-stick coating and the lid is removable, you can place this into a washing machine. This is a perfect traveling companion, and great for students use in dorms.
SPT SS-301 Multi-Cooker
When it comes to versatile, nothing beats the SPT SS-301 Multi-Cooker which has a volume capacity of 3 quarts and a 1.5-quart grilling pan. This model comes with a tempered glass lid and is accompanied by a mesh strainer and steam rack.
The dial has multiple settings, and you know when the pot is on and heating by the red light display next to the dial. This model is a standard hot pot design, which means you pour and place in your ingredients, and turn up the dial to your desired heating level. The rest is just patience, let your food cook.
This is a stainless steel pot, easy to clean, although if you do burn the contents, you will need to scrub a bit more effectively than a ceramic or Teflon coated version.
Now let’s move onto the electric skillet, and check out which are the two leading options that we found to be exceptional value for money.
Precise Heat 16-Inch Rectangular Surgical Non-Stick Stainless Steel Skillet
This shiny stainless-steel skillet looks like a restaurant quality skillet and is a restaurant quality skillet. It is 16” x 11” x 2 ¼” in size. This lid is stainless steel and is perfect for retaining heat within the body while food is set on the table, and since this is an electric skillet, it can be set to low heat for constant warmth.
The handles are insulated, and you can lift this unit even when the contents are boiling, and it has four legs, so you can place it on any surface without fear of burning or cracking. Although it is advisable to place a heat resistant mat for extra safety.
This model comes with great temperature control, and you can set the temperature for any number of uses. The skillet is a stainless-steel surface, and as such you sometimes need to hand scrub it clean. Having said this, it will brown food much better than any non-stick surface.
The bottom line is that this is a durable, affordable and energy saving, multi-functional portable skillet well worth the cost, and will provide you with a lot of exceptionally well-treated meals.
Cuisinart CSK-250WS GreenGourmet 14-Inch Electric Skillet
This Cuisinart skillet is a more conventional skillet, it is 14” in diameter and has a tempered glass lid with steel handles. It might be mistaken for a hot pot, but this is a skillet in all functionality.
This model comes with the Cuisinart Ceramica® nonstick coating, which is PTFE/PFOA/petroleum free and BPA free. The finish is professionally polished steel. This model works from a 1,800w power supply, and the handles are a die-cast stainless steel, so be careful when the device is hot, the handles are hot too.
The temperature control is adjustable and can range from warm to 450°F; you have an indicator light that turns off when your preferred temperature is reached.
The bottom line of this application is that it is exceptionally affordable, easy to clean, beautiful design and professional. Its only con is that the handles are not insulated.
There are many models and wares to choose from; these were the best we tested for a variety of applications and a number of environments. Just make sure, when you buy a hot pot or skillet, that it is easy to clean and simple to work.