An electric skillet refers to a pan that, instead of being placed of a stove, is plugged into an electric socket so as to heat. Most skillets have a non-stick surface that is coated to prevent burning of food and to ensure precise heating.
The electric skillet may feature a temperature control feature to enable one to set and change the temperature according to the required heating level for the specific food. Some skillets also have a “keep warm” feature to keep the food warm for a period of time. Most of them are made of aluminum but there are stainless steel ones as well.
A stovetop refers to the heating element that is placed on the top of kitchen appliance. The kitchen stove involves direct application of heat, via the stove top, for cooking. Some kitchen stoves may contain an oven underneath for baking purposes.
These stoves use gas or electricity, with some using wood or coal as the source of fuel, though, electricity is used when using the oven option of the stove. Stoves come in different sizes and are not usually a space-saver because they can take up considerable space in a modern sized kitchen. They have the option of the number of heating elements, and basically stove tops that have direct heating application for cooking food.
They usually have a timer and temperature control for the reading of time and temperature gauge for setting heating levels when using the oven option. The temperature read out is only applied when baking but the timer may apply to both.
Some of the factors to consider when buying a stove, either electric skillet or stove top, are the methods of cleaning for a particular stove and, the ease of use of the appliance. A kitchen stove may be easy to use while some people may prefer an electric kettle.
One must consider his/her budget when shopping for one. People have cooking preferences and this may influence their choice between the two. The electric skillet has features, such as temperature control, dishwasher safe and the “keep warm” option while the stove top has an oven underneath for baking purposes and a timer and temperature gauge.
Electric skillets have benefits and also short comings. Skillets are less expensive compared to other stoves and are easy to install. They have even distribution of heat across their surface. There is the option of a temperature control for settings of the heating level.
There are distinct features such as the “keep warm” option to keep the food warm for a specific period of time. The skillet may be disadvantageous in that it may take a larger space as per its size. They are high consumers of electricity.
On the other hand, the stove top may be preferred by buyers due to its advantages, though it also has undermining factors. The stove top facilitates faster heating of food because it has a direct application of heat. A pan is paced on the stove top for cooking purposes and this ensures that there is no damage caused by food spills.
However, this may also be a disadvantage to it, in that the distribution of heat may not be even as a result of “hot spots.” The stove top may come with an oven underneath to allow baking. The stove top may handle cooking of larger amounts of food depending on the size of the pan. It has an option of different sources of fuel i.e. gas, electricity and coal. However, it takes more space depending on its size.
The electric skillet has major feature differences with the stove top. The electric skillet has the providence of an even heating surface, something that the stovetop cooking does not have. The skillet may have larger pans than the pans one can put on the stove top hence one is able to cook more food while using a skillet than a stove top.
The electric skillet has a temperature control feature to enable the setting of temperature for your cooking while that option is not available in stove tops. The skillet has a non-stick and coated surface for even heating during cooking. This allows for precise heating and even faster cooking.
However, the stove top does not have provided heating pans thus a cooking pan is placed on it to facilitate heating, something that makes the heating slower and uneven. Some skillets are dishwasher.
They may only have a baking oven underneath but the skillet may come with baking specializations. Some skillets have the “keep warm” option for keeping food warm but the stove top lacks any form of food storage. Most skillets are made of aluminum and coatings which are non-stick hence it is not advised to cook with serving dishes or use metal spoons for stirring purposes.
With the stove top, one can use any material of pans for cooking. In both heating options, they may take up large spaces according to their sizes and cost more according to their specializations and features.
Both the electric skillet and the stove top have distinct features and benefits to the users. As their differences are outlined above, the choice of the better heating option lies with the buyer, who should keep in mind, their cooking habits, sources of fuel and available storage space for kitchen appliances.