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Presto Electric Skillet 06852 In-depth Reivew

The Presto Electric Skillet 06852 is the basic model without detachable and foldable handles. What matters more, however, is how well it cooks. See our test results and how it compares to the fancier Presto 06857.

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Searing a piece of steak with the Presto Electric Skillet 06852.

Overall Verdict

The 16-inch Presto Electric Skillet 06852 could have made the list if not for our top two contenders taking up the spots for large skillets. Priced $63 (at the time of writing), it doesn’t have fancy design features but that didn’t affect its user-friendliness.

It had equally good maximum temperature retention as our runner up—the Presto Foldaway 06857. Overall, the temperature stability was better while the heat distribution was only marginally less even. This translated to a faster steak searing time but slightly less even coloration on the pancakes.

While we would have preferred a ceramic coating, the PFOA-free Teflon non-stick surface reduced the need for oil or grease and was super-easy to clean. However, the main usability issue for this pan was the lack of anti-slip pads—something quite unusual. We found the pan moved around too much when cooking.

Things We Like

  • Great heat distribution
  • Stable temperatures
  • Sizzling hot searing
  • High build quality

Things We Don’t Like

  • Teflon non-stick coating
  • Lid not the best fit
  • No anti-slip pads

National Presto Industries, Inc. has been a manufacturer of small kitchen appliances in the United States since 1905. They also make vacuum sealers, knife sharpeners, pizza ovens, air fryers, pressure cookers, and waffle makers.

We put the PrestoNon-Stick Electric Skillet 06852 through its paces alongside the Foldaway 06857. Our standard test run of frying eggs and boiling water yielded similar results. Therefore, we were eager for a faceoff in terms of performance, design, and ease of use.

Key Specs

Dimensions
L22.44 x W12.05 x H8.07 inches
Cooking Capacity
8.9 quarts
Material
Cast aluminum
Coating
Teflon
Dishwasher-Safe
Yes
Detachable
No

Compared to Other Electric Skillets

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Analysis and Test Results

8.8 Performance

The Presto Non-Stick Electric Skillet 06852 stands out for its stable temperature , relatively good heat distribution, and high maximum temperature. In our test sessions, these all resulted in delicious pancakes and succulent steaks—comparable to the Presto 06857 with a folding base.

8.8 Analyzing Heat Distribution

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
Temperature Differences
5.8%

The Presto 06852 skillet showcased exceptional heat distribution, surpassing the majority of other skillets in our test-lineup. This superior performance is largely due to its thicker-than-average cast aluminum pan and sizable rectangular heating element.

In our testing process, we used oil absorbent sheets saturated with sugar water to detect temperature variances across the skillet's surface. After heating the pan to 400°F, we measured key temperature points using an infrared thermometer.

Across five designated points spanning from the pan's center to its edges, we observed a mere 5.8% temperature variance on average. This was only one decimal point lower than the Presto 06857 (5.7%)—a remarkable consistency and worthy of a commendable rating of 8.8/10.

8.9 Making Pancakes

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 44 sec
Temperature
Medium heat / 350°

The Presto skillet preheated to 350°F in just 3 min 44 sec, or 6 sec faster than the foldable Presto 06857. This was quite fast for its large size scoring 8.3/10.

Using our original electric skillet pancake batter, it cooked a 3.17 oz pancake to perfection in a mere 4 min and 30 sec—exactly the same as the Presto 06857. The result was a delightfully steamy and fluffy interior. The golden brown hue, however, was not as good as its rival which had a competitively better rating of 9/10.

This skillet achieved a perfect cooking time with 1 min 30 sec on the first side and double that on the flip side. Both Prestos have a 16-inch-, pan that can make 3 to 4 pancakes at a time. Depending on your recipe, you may need to adjust cooking times.

Thanks to its non-stick coating, no butter or oil was needed but adding a little can prolong the coating's lifespan.

8.8 Cooking Steaks

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
5 min 20 sec
Temperature
High heat / 400°F

To make sure our 8 oz, 1.38-inch top blade steak had the best crust possible, we first preheated the Presto to 400°F. This took 5 min 20 sec which, although a full 40 sec faster than its faceoff partner, was slow for a large skillet and scored only 6.7/10.

After seasoning the steak and inserting a meat thermometer, we seared both sides for 4 min. We then gave the long edge with the fat cap 2 min, the other long edge for 1 min 30 sec, and the shorter edge for 1 min. Finally, we added some fresh rosemary and butter and seared the first side for 30 sec and the flip side 1 min more.

The cooking process raised the steak’s internal temperature to 133°F which increased to 140°F after a standard 3 minute resting time. This hit the sweet spot for an excellent medium-rare steak that was both tender and juicy.

Interestingly, the entire process took around 17 minutes which was 2 minutes shorter than the Presto 06857—but their results were similar. Therefore, our chef gave the steak the same high score of 9/10.

We assumed a more stable heat resulted in a shorter cooking time due to this basic Presto having a 1‒mm thicker pan. Nonetheless, this skillet wasn’t as hot as the Hamilton Beach 38529K for that crispier crust.

7.0 Design

The Presto Non-Stick Electric Skillet 06852 has an extra-thick, durable pan with a cast iron patterning. However, we felt even such a heavy pan should have anti-slip pads on the bottom. It also shared the same problem of an ill-fitting lid as the fancier 06857 model.

In the Box

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.
  • One electric skillet
  • One pan lid
  • One thermostat
  • One instruction manual
  • Warranty: US 2-year limited

The Presto box contains one electric skillet, one pan lid, two screw-on handles, and one thermostat, all held securely in place by a large styrofoam pad. The included manual features safeguards, assembly and operating instructions, care and cleaning, as well as recommended cooking times and temperatures for various foods.

Dimensions

The Presto Electric Skillet 06852 is 22.44 inches in length, 12.05 inches in width, and 8.07 inches in height.
Length
22.4" (57.0 cm)
Width
12.1" (30.6 cm)
Height
8.1" (20.5 cm)
Weight
7.8 lbs (3.6 kg)

Our hand measurements matched well to the manufacturer’s 23" x 13" x 9" and 9 pounds in weight.

9.0 Pan

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
8.9 qt.
Dimensions
L15.71 x W11.73 x H2.79 inches
Material
Cast aluminum
Coating
Teflon
Handle
Thermosetting plastic
Spout
No
Dishwasher-Safe
Yes

The Presto 06852 skillet boasts a 0.16-inch (4 mm) thick cast aluminum pan which is 1 mm thicker than the average 3 mm of the Presto 06857 (+4). The added thickness of the pan promotes more even heat distribution and reduces the likelihood of deformation under heat.

Our hand-measured capacity of the pan is 8.9 quarts, with an estimated usable volume of around 8 quarts (+1). The handles are fixed to the pan as part of the base bracket and there is no pouring spout (+1). The complete unit, except for the thermostat, can go into the dishwasher (+2). 

The surface of the pan is textured similarly to a cast iron skillet, enhancing its visual appeal. However, its impact on cooking performance remains uncertain to us.

Similar to the foldable Presco we reviewed, the non-stick coating of the pan is Teflon which is typically more budget-friendly than ceramic coating (+1). However, some people may have health concerns around Teflon, despite the modern formulation being free of PFOA.

8.0 Lid

The tempered glass lid of the Presto Electric Skillet 06852 has a steam vent.
Material
Tempered glass
Handle
Steel
Steam Vent
Yes
Dishwasher-Safe
Yes

The tempered glass lid is dishwasher-safe (+4). It has a steel handle but no steam vent to relieve pressure build-up during cooking (+2).

Moreover, the metal edging (+1), while common, does not fit the pan as tightly as observed in some other skillets. This may unintentionally relieve said pressure but we thought it should still count as a manufacturing flaw.

4.0 Base

The base of the Presto Electric Skillet 06852 has four stands.
Material
Thermosetting plastic
Detachable
No
Anti-Slip Pads
No
Dishwasher-Safe
Yes

The Presto 06852 has two screw-on thermosetting plastic handles that form part of the base bracket and similar to most other skillets (+2). The entire unit can go in the dishwasher (+2). As mentioned, there are no anti-slip pads on the base stands for an extra-tight grip to the surface (+0).

7.0 Thermostat

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
Detachable
Yes
Indicator Light
Yes
Dishwasher-Safe
No

The detachable thermostat features a standard temperature range of 200 to 400°F (+3). Meanwhile, the warm setting, which is approximately 150°F, does not maintain the set temperature like some other skillets. This is the same as the Presto 06857.

The thermostat fits the socket nicely and is easy to remove (+2). Similar to most other skillets, the thermostat has an indicator light and is not dishwasher-safe (+2).

Power Cord

The flat two-prong power cord of the Presto Electric Skillet 06852 is 31.1 inches long.
Type
Two-prong
Length
31.1" (79.0 cm)
Power
1500 W
Rated Output
120 V ~ 60 Hz

The power cord is exactly the same as the Presto 06857 with a flat design and measures 31.1 inches in length. While slightly shorter than preferred, this is adequate for cooking on a kitchen counter. It has a two-prong plug, which is generally perceived as less safe than a grounded three-prong plug.

6.2 Usability

The Presto Non-Stick Electric Skillet 06852 doesn’t have ultra-convenient detachable and foldable handles like the Presto 06857 but it’s just as easy to use, clean, and store away. The main usability issue was no anti-slip pads so the pan was prone to moving around.

5.0 Ease of Use

The Presto Electric Skillet 06852 with its thermostat inserted.

We found that the thermostat was a nice fit and the temperatures stabilized well (+2). Also, the skillet's exterior maintained a safe temperature, so there’s no risk of accidental burning (+3). 

However, both Prestos were similar in that their indicator light is sunken and somewhat difficult to see under bright lighting. Also, this basic Presto has no anti-slip pads on the base and we had some incidences of the skillet moving around while cooking.

9.0 Cleaning and Storing

Burnt caramel on the surface of the Presto Electric Skillet 06852.

Similar to the foldable Presto 06857, food was effortlessly released from the high-quality non-stick pan. It only needed a quick, mild-soapy hand wash (+4). Likewise, grease in nooks and crannies along the textured surface cleaned out easily (+1).

Although the base doesn’t clip off like the Presto 06857, the screw-on handles are easy to take off if you have a screwdriver handy. In this way, you can separate the base if needs be for storage or if your dishwasher is not big enough to fit the entire unit (+4).

Behind the review

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Alan Nguyen is a writer and product reviewer at HealthyKitchen101. His major in English language teaching taught him to present concise information. In addition to his cooking hobby, he values the practical aspects of household appliances.

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