National Presto has built quite a reputation in the production and distribution of high quality home appliances. Included in its large array of great appliances is the Presto 06852 16-Inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover.
Featuring an iconic design that utilizes heavy cast aluminum with deluxe nonstick surface, this skillet can be used to prepare any type of food. It is also electric-powered, which means that it is faster than ovens and stovetops. Here is a detailed review of the Presto 06852 16-Inch Electric Skillet with Glass Cover.
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This skillet is fully constructed from heavy cast aluminum base, warp proof and finely polished. The design features a deluxe nonstick surface both inside and outside the skillet.
It also comes with a tempered glass lid that is resistant to extreme temperatures and also allows you to view the food as it cooks, an important necessity for buffet servings. It has a six inch base, which is large enough to prepare food for a good number of people in a party.
The nonstick surface coupled with extra raised edges allow it to prepare any type of meal. This skillet is able to fry, bake, roast, stew and even grill barbecues.
It also includes two ergonomic handles on the sides that are resistant to heat and allow for stress-free lifting. However, due to its large size, it takes a considerable amount of counter space. So, you might want to consider this factor, if you have a small kitchen space.
The best feature of the Presto 06852 is that it is powered by electricity, making it one of the fastest cooking appliances today. It comes with a detachable Control Master Heat Controller that is easily attached or removed by a simply push or pull, respectively.
The heat controller allows you to choose the cooking temperature from low to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and is able to maintain the selected temperature throughout the cooking process.
Compared to electric ovens and ranges, it economizes on energy costs as it heats up relatively faster and has a shorter cooking time.
Furthermore, the fact that it is powered by electricity means that you can use it anywhere provided there is a power source available. You can use it in the kitchen or even in the backyard for outdoor barbequing.
The premium nonstick surface makes the Presto 06852 super easy to clean. The food does not stick and as a result scrubbing is really not necessary when you are cleaning it manually. It is also dishwasher safe, which takes away the need to clean it personally.
It is however very large and you will have to invest in a dishwasher that is big enough to accommodate it. Also, it is recommended to use silicone-based utensils to avoid destroying its nonstick surface.
Lastly, before immersing it in a sink full of water or loading it into a dishwasher, it is required that you remove the Control Master Heat controller to avoid damaging it.
Presto 06852 vs. Presto 06857
The Presto 06857 is very identical to the Presto 06852 and includes the same features from a 16-inch size, heavy cast aluminum construction with a nonstick finish to a see-through tempered glass cover and heat resistant handles.
It is also dishwasher safe and is powered electrically by a detachable heat controller. However, the Presto 06857 takes it a notch higher by including a built-in spout that doubles as an opening for pouring liquids from the skillet and for storing a spoon or a spatula during cooking and serving.
In addition, its skillet assembly is easily detachable for easy storage and cleaning. To disassemble this appliance, simply fold down the two handles.
This allows the skillet to detach from the base, which allows for stress-free storage, if you are running low on kitchen space.
The only letdown of these two appliances is that the glass lids do not feature a steam outlet, which means that you have to lift the lid to release moisture and pressure in both cases.
When it comes to performance, there isn’t much difference between these two, however the Presto 06857 slightly edges the Presto 06852 due to its space saving design.
Presto 06852 vs. NESCO ES-12
One notable difference between these two appliances is that the NESCO ES-12 has a more vertical design with a smaller footprint, while the Presto 06852 is much wider with a large footprint and shallow walls. As a result, the Nesco ES-12 has a lower cooking surface area of only 12 inches compared to Presto’s 16 inches.
However, its highly elevated walls that measure 4 inches high makes it an efficient skillet that can be used to prepare a wide range of dishes. It is fully constructed from die cast with its interior finished with a premium nonstick coating.
It also features a durable glass lid and two heat resistant handles on either sides of the appliance for stress-free handling.
The heat controller is adjustable using a calibrated dial, which allows you to choose the temperature between 275 and 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Included also in its packaging is a stainless steel rack that can be used for either steaming or roasting.
When it comes to cleaning and maintenance, the Nesco ES-12 requires special attention as it is not dishwasher safe. You are required to clean it manually without immersing it in water by wiping it with a soapy cloth, rinsing well and then drying it.
The glass lid is the only part of this skillet that is dishwasher safe. The Presto 06852 is the obvious winner in this case.
Presto 06852 vs. BELLA 14607
The Bella 14607 is a relatively small skillet just measuring 12” x 12”. However, its multi-functionality allows it to be used in any type of cooking, from sautéing, steaming, frying to baking, roasting and preparing savory stews.
On the interior, it features a unique ceramic coating that is reinforced with titanium, which makes its interior impervious to metal utensils and more durable than standard nonstick coating. Its base is constructed from cast aluminum and also features heat proof handles on either side.
It comes with a tempered glass lid that has metal edges for durability and is the only part that is dishwasher safe. The other parts are water-friendly and can be immersed in soapy water for a deep and thorough cleaning.
The Bella 14607 is a great electric-powered skillet, however when pitted against the Presto 06852 it falls short. Apart from low capacity, the 1200 watt heating system of the Bella 14607 is no match for the 1500 watt heating system of the Presto 06852.
The Presto 06852 is a great appliance that can bring vitality to your kitchen. If you love hosting guests, then this skillet has both the capacity and versatility to prepare different delicacies for your guests.
It is energy efficient, dishwasher safe and most importantly very cheap. If you do not own one yet, then you do not know what you are missing out on.