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Hamilton Beach Electric Skillet 38529K vs Presto Electric Skillet 06852 Side-by-Side Comparison

Hamilton Beach Electric Skillet 38529K vs Presto Electric Skillet 06852. Discover the different strengths of two similarly large skillets.

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Hamilton Beach Electric Skillet 38529K vs Presto Electric Skillet 06852

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The 16-inch Presto Electric Skillet 06852, priced at $63, could have been a top contender if not for its large size being outclassed by our top picks with the supreme champion being the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K. The Hamilton Beach excels in both design and performance while being slightly cheaper at $61.70. The detachable, lightweight, and reversible pan has a ceramic non-stick coating that is easy to clean and safer than Teflon of the Presto. It delivered excellent cooking results on our tests, perfectly golden pancakes and juicy medium-rare steaks. On the other hand, the Presto boasts excellent maximum temperature retention and temperature stability but its heat distribution is marginally less even, leading to faster steak searing but slightly uneven pancake coloration. Priced at $63, it unfortunately lacks fancy design features like that of the Hamilton Beach. Most detriment is its unusual absence of anti-slip pads, causing the pan to move around too much during cooking.

Pros & Cons

  • Great heat distribution
  • Stable temperatures
  • Sizzling hot pan for searing
  • Durable ceramic non-stick coating
  • High build quality
  • Great heat distribution
  • Stable temperatures
  • Sizzling hot searing
  • High build quality
  • Handles need clip-locks
  • Teflon non-stick coating
  • Lid not the best fit
  • No anti-slip pads

Key Specs

Dimensions
L18.78 x W11.97 x H7.48 inches
L22.44 x W12.05 x H8.07 inches
Cooking Capacity
7.5 quarts
8.9 quarts
Material
Cast aluminum
Cast aluminum
Coating
Durathon ceramic
Teflon
Dishwasher-Safe
Yes
Yes
Detachable
Yes
No

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$61.70
$63

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.2
8.8

Analyzing Heat Distribution

8.8
8.8
The Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K with a white oil-absorbent sheet covering the surface of the pan. The dark rectangle indicates where the heating element is.
The Presto Electric Skillet 06852 with a white oil-absorbent sheet covering the surface of the pan. The dark rectangle indicates where the heating element is.
Temperature
High heat / 400°F
High heat / 400°F
Temperature Differences
5.9%
5.8%

Making Pancakes

9.4
8.9
The top side of a golden brown pancake inside an air fryer basket. In the corner is the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K.
The top side of a golden brown pancake inside an air fryer basket. In the corner is the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K.
The bottom side of a golden brown pancake inside an air fryer basket. In the corner is the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K.
Two hands breaking a pancake apart. In the background is the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K.
The top side of a golden brown pancake inside an air fryer basket. In the corner is the Presto Electric Skillet 06852.
The top side of a golden brown pancake inside an air fryer basket. In the corner is the Presto Electric Skillet 06852.
The bottom side of a golden brown pancake inside an air fryer basket. In the corner is the Presto Electric Skillet 06852.
 Two hands breaking a pancake apart. In the background is the Presto Electric Skillet 06852.
Heating Time
3 min 20 sec
3 min 44 sec
Temperature
Medium heat / 350°F
Medium heat / 350°

Cooking Steaks

9.3
8.8
A piece of deep golden brown steak inside the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K. In front of the skillet is a digital timer and a meat thermometer with its probe inserted into the steak.
A piece of deep golden brown steak inside the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K. In front of the skillet is a digital timer and a meat thermometer with its probe inserted into the steak.
Slices of medium-rare steak on a wooden cutting board. In the background is the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K.
A hand in black glove using a fork to pick up a slice of steak. In the background is the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K.
A piece of golden brown steak inside the Presto Electric Skillet 06852. In front of the skillet is a digital timer and a meat thermometer with its probe inserted into the steak.
A piece of golden brown steak inside the Presto Electric Skillet 06852. In front of the skillet is a digital timer and a meat thermometer with its probe inserted into the steak.
On the cutting board, a tong is holding the steak while a knife is slicing the steak.
A hand in black glove using a fork to pick up a slice of steak.
Heating Time
4 min 30 sec
5 min 20 sec
Temperature
High heat / 400°F
High heat / 400°F

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.6
7.0

In the Box

On the upper right is the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K. On the left is its cardboard box. Below the skillet from right to left is an instruction manual, a thermostat, and a detachable base.
On the upper right is the Presto Electric Skillet 06852. On the left is its cardboard box. Below the skillet from right to left is an instruction manual, a thermostat, and two screw-on handles.

Dimensions

The Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K is 18.78 inches in length, 11.97 inches in width, and 7.48 inches in height.
The Presto Electric Skillet 06852 is 22.44 inches in length, 12.05 inches in width, and 8.07 inches in height.
Length
18.8" (47.7 cm)
22.4" (57.0 cm)
Width
12.0" (30.4 cm)
12.1" (30.6 cm)
Height
7.5" (19.0 cm)
8.1" (20.5 cm)
Weight
8.8 oz (250 g)
7.8 lbs (3.6 kg)

Pan

9.0
9.0
The pan of the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K is 14.96 inches in length, 11.69 inches in width, and 2.48 inches in depth.
The pan of the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K is 14.96 inches in length, 11.69 inches in width, and 2.48 inches in depth.
The bottom of the detached pan of the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K.
The pan of the Presto Electric Skillet 06852 is 15.71 inches in length, 11.73 inches in width, and 2.79 inches in depth.
Cooking Capacity
7.5 quarts
8.9 qt.
Dimensions
L14.96 x W11.69 x H2.48 inches
L15.71 x W11.73 x H2.79 inches
Material
Cast aluminum
Cast aluminum
Coating
Durathon ceramic
Teflon
Handle
Thermosetting plastic
Thermosetting plastic
Spout
No
No
Dishwasher-Safe
Yes
Yes

Lid

10
8.0
The tempered glass lid of the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K has a steam vent.
The tempered glass lid of the Presto Electric Skillet 06852 has a steam vent.
Material
Tempered glass
Tempered glass
Handle
Steel
Steel
Steam Vent
Yes
Yes
Dishwasher-Safe
Yes
Yes

Base

8.0
4.0
The detached base of the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K.
The base of the Presto Electric Skillet 06852 has four stands.
Material
Steel
Thermosetting plastic
Detachable
Yes
No
Anti-Slip Pads
Four
No
Dishwasher-Safe
Yes
Yes

Thermostat

7.0
7.0
The thermostat of the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K has 6 settings including Warm-200–250-300-350-400°F.
The thermostat of the Presto Electric Skillet 06852 has 6 settings including Warm-200–250-300-350-400°F.
Temperature Range
Warm-200–250-300-350-400°F
Warm-200–250-300-350-400°F
Detachable
Yes
Yes
Indicator Light
Yes
Yes
Dishwasher-Safe
No
No

Power Cord

The flat two-prong power cord of the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K is 28.74 inches long.
The flat two-prong power cord of the Presto Electric Skillet 06852 is 31.1 inches long.
Type
Two-prong
Two-prong
Length
28.7" (73.0 cm)
31.1" (79.0 cm)
Power
1500 W
1500 W
Rated Output
120 V ~ 60 Hz
120 V ~ 60 Hz

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.3
6.2

Ease of Use

9.5
5.0
The Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K simply lifts off its base.
The Presto Electric Skillet 06852 with its thermostat inserted.

Cleaning and Storing

9.0
9.0
Burnt caramel on the surface of the Hamilton Beach Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Skillet 38529K.
Burnt caramel on the surface of the Presto Electric Skillet 06852.