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Welcome to our big electric pan test 2021. Here we present all the electric pans we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best electric frying pan for you. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy an electric frying pan.




Summary

    • With an electric pan you can bake, fry and cook. You only need a power socket to operate the pan and no external heat source such as a cooker. The multi-pan is ideal for parties and camping.
    • An electric pan can be made of aluminium, stainless steel or cast iron. Stainless steel electric pans are more suitable for professional use, whereas aluminium electric pans are much cheaper and easy to transport.
    • The coating of an electric pan is an essential purchase criterion. A ceramic coating is very scratch-resistant. Teflon has an excellent non-stick character. Furthermore, robust feet and cool-touch handles are very important.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying an electric skillet

What is an electric skillet and how does it work?

The electric pan is a self-heating cookware. An electric pan has heating coils built into the bottom of the pan that are manually regulated by a thermostat. Therefore, you only need a power socket to operate the pan and no external heat source such as a cooker. The thermostat can have several heat settings or can regulate the temperature continuously. The performance of different multi-pans varies greatly. Especially at low temperatures, the electric pan may not heat up the same everywhere. With a conscious decision, you can avoid such performance problems. Since the heating coils are located directly under the frying surface, they also radiate heat downwards. You should make sure that the electric pan stands firmly on a heat-resistant surface. To ensure safety during use, an electric pan should have sturdy feet. Heat-resistant handles are essential for large models.

For which applications is an electric pan suitable?

You can use an electric pan in many different ways. That is why electric pans are also called multi-pans, party pans or pizza pans.
With an electric pan, you can bake, fry, cook and serve food directly.

An electric frying pan is more than just an ordinary frying pan with an electrical connection. It can also be used for cooking and baking. That's why a multi-pan is especially popular where there is no space for a cooker, for example at parties, camping and in a mobile home. With a deep enough multi-pan, you can also cook pasta. Electric pans are suitable for all kinds of pancake, scrambled egg and potato recipes. Large and narrow electric pans are especially good for roasts. Cleaning is very easy. The electric pan is a mobile all-rounder. Party pans are deep and some models are up to 60 centimetres tall. You can keep food warm in such models and serve it directly from the pan.

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An electric pan is a mobile all-rounder.
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What are the alternatives to an electric pan?

Electric pans do various jobs of a pan, a saucepan, a serving dish and even an oven. That's why it's difficult to find an alternative that can replace a party pan. However, if you are looking for the electric pan for a specific purpose, you can find other electric kitchen appliances that can help you. For grilling and roasting, electric grills are a good alternative. Electric grills use electricity instead of coal and are quite practical for those who don't have a large space for grilling or want less effort. However, you cannot avoid the smoke from the grill. Whereas the electric pans are allowed with a glass lid and are also suitable for indoor use.
You can cook several dishes at once in a large electric pan.

If you ever want to try delicious pancake or griddle recipes, you can use a waffle iron instead of an electric pan. A waffle iron ensures a good shape for your potato pancakes. However, with a standard waffle iron, the number of griddle cakes you can make in the same amount of time is often limited to one or two. With a large electric pan, you can also cook for large groups.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate electric pans

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide which of the many possible electric pans is right for you. The criteria you can use to compare the party pans with each other include:

In the following paragraphs, we will explain what the individual criteria are.

Material

An important aspect when choosing an electric pan is the material. An electric pan is made of aluminium, stainless steel or cast iron. The material has a considerable influence on the taste, the frying properties and the energy consumption.

Material Properties
Aluminium Electric pans made of aluminium are the cheapest version of multi-pans. Aluminium is a very good conductor of heat, which means that even results can be expected when frying. Party pans made of aluminium heat up quickly but take a long time to cool down again. This property can be advantageous for keeping food warm.
Stainless steel Stainless steel is very heat resistant and easy to clean. This is why stainless steel electric pans are among the most expensive party pans. Stainless steel can be coated with aluminium or ceramic. Aluminium gives an even result and ceramic is non-stick. If you are allergic to nickel, you should avoid uncoated stainless steel pans.
Cast iron electric pans made of cast iron can be heated up to high temperatures very well and safely. They give off heat evenly but take a long time to reach the desired temperature. Cast iron party pans are very heat resistant and scratch resistant.

If you want to use the electric pan more often, especially for cooking, we recommend an electric pan made of cast iron or stainless steel, as these materials are more durable than aluminium. However, aluminium party pans are lighter and therefore easier to transport.

Coating

A coating primarily ensures that the food does not stick to the electric pan. The coating of the electric pan can be either ceramic or Teflon. A ceramic coating is very scratch-resistant and heat-resistant. It is very non-stick and contains no toxins. One disadvantage of ceramic is that it can stain if food waits in the pan for a long time. Teflon or polytetrafluorethene (PTFE) is a coating with very good non-stick properties. With a pan made of Teflon, you can cook with low fat and then clean the electric pan very easily, as food residues do not stick to Teflon. However, Teflon is not scratch-resistant. This is a major disadvantage, as small pieces can come off a scratched coating and be swallowed. Therefore, only wooden or plastic dishes should be used in pans with a Teflon coating.

At temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius, the Teflon coating can form vapours that are harmful to birds, for example. However, the vapours are only dangerous to human health above 360 degrees Celsius. An electric pan with a Teflon coating should not be heated empty for more than three minutes because it heats up very quickly.

Uncoated pans are another option. This is especially the case with electric pans made of cast iron. By baking the pan with oil, it acquires a natural patina that has non-stick properties. The patina gives the food a very special aroma.

Performance

Good performance is important for an electric pan so that you can quickly prepare the food in the desired quantity. As a rule, electric pans have 1500 watts of power. 1500 watts means that the electric pan consumes 1.5 kWh of energy in one hour. There are also powerful electric pans with 2000 watts of power. They are especially suitable for large parties where you cook for many people at the same time.

Size, depth and shape

The right size, depth and shape of the electric pan depends very much on your individual needs. If you want to take the electric pan camping, you should choose a smaller, round version; whereas you would need an XXL electric pan if you are organising a large party. For frying or preparing several dishes at the same time, narrow, square party pans are more suitable. Electric pans usually average 42 centimetres and are significantly larger than conventional pans. Smaller models are usually 30 or 35 centimetres. Square pans can be up to 60 centimetres long. The larger the party pan, the more difficult it is to transport. Electric pans are deeper than standard pans. Most models are 9 - 10 centimetres deep. When buying from online shops, you should note whether the depth is given as the actual depth of the electric pan or as the distance between the lid and the base. You can often find a clear answer to this in the comments of customers.

Removable insert

When you want to buy an electric pan, it's easy to think of a removable insert so that you can safely rinse the frying surface far away from the power outlet. However, an electric pan with a removable insert is hard to find on the market because of heating elements integrated into the base. However, this does not pose a problem for cleaning and maintaining the electric pan. You can find out how to clean it in the trivia section of our guide.

Accessories

Besides material and coating, there are many other factors that determine the quality of an electric pan. Below you will find an overview of these elements and why they are important.

Accessories Features
Lid As a rule, an electric pan is equipped with a glass lid. The glass lid allows you to see the cooking status at any time. High-quality versions are shatterproof and fireproof. The glass lid is usually equipped with a steam vent. The lid keeps the heat in the pan.
Handle An electric pan can be equipped with one or more handles. Handles help to move the pan even when it is hot. Cool-touch handles made of stainless steel are particularly popular.
Feet With the help of the feet, the electric pan stands firmly on a surface. To reduce the risk of fire, the feet should be as stable as possible.
Thermostat The thermostat controls the temperature of your electric pan. The thermostat can have several heat settings or be infinitely variable. Infinitely variable versions have the advantage that you can set the temperature exactly according to your needs.

Facts worth knowing about electric pans

How do I clean an electric pan?

Since electric pans are electronic appliances, you cannot immerse them in water. Nevertheless, cleaning an electric skillet is quite easy. Here are our tips for cleaning a party pan:

  • Let the electric pan cool down before you start cleaning it.
  • Coated electric pans can be easily cleaned with warm water by adding a mild detergent and wiping the pan with a soft dishcloth.
  • Uncoated party pans should be cleaned without detergent, simply with warm water, so that the patina on the bottom of the pan is not damaged.
  • Do not use aggressive cleaning agents such as pot scrapers.
  • If food residue has stuck to the frying surface, you can boil some water in the electric pan and the residue can be easily wiped away.

Where can I find spare parts for my electric skillet?

For spare parts for your electric pan, you should ask the manufacturer. Not every manufacturer offers spare parts or not every electric pan is suitable for a replacement cable, for example. It is important to know whether the cable is permanently connected to the electric pan or whether it can be detached. Some manufacturers also offer spare parts for handles, feet or lids.

How do I make a pizza in the electric pan?

You can bring many different recipes to life with this mobile all-rounder. Pizza in the pan is only one of many possibilities. You can prepare a frozen pizza in the electric pan or knead the dough yourself. With the mobile all-rounder, you can bring many different recipes to life. Pizza in the pan is just one of the many possibilities. Here is a pizza recipe for 2 people:

  1. Crumble half a block (about 10 grams) of baker's yeast and dissolve it in 125 millilitres of lukewarm water.
  2. Combine 250 grams of flour, about 4 grams of salt, the yeast-water mixture and 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil in a bowl and knead for at least 10 minutes.
  3. Cover the bowl with a tea towel and place in a warm place. In 45 to 60 minutes the dough will double in volume.
  4. Shape the dough into a pizza base. You can cut the dough in half if you want thin pizzas.
  5. Place the dough in the pan and fry for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness and desired crispiness. Close the electric pan with the lid while you do this.
  6. During this time, prepare the tomato sauce and other desired ingredients for the topping. If you want salami or ham on the pizza, you can fry it first.
  7. Use the dough. Add the tomato sauce and toppings. Bake the pizza for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Now is the time to enjoy your pizza from the electric pan. Enjoy your meal! (Source: tippscout.de)

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