Cook Better: Splatter Screens to Keep Your Stovetop Cleaner

Keep the oil in the pan, not all over your stovetop.

byEdmund Torr| PUBLISHED Aug 31, 2020 7:14 PM
Cook Better: Splatter Screens to Keep Your Stovetop Cleaner
Some models even let you continue cooking with the splatter screen on. Frywall

Splatter screens are important both for safety and cleanliness, because hot oil can easily burn you (or catch fire, or leave those greasy dots on your countertop). Here are the ones we’re shopping for.

This unit comes with a heat-resistant handle so you can grab it without fear.

There are lots of foods that splatter when cooked, and many of them can’t be topped with a solid lid. When you cover something that’s frying, you’re trapping steam that’s released by the cooking process. We don’t want steam while frying; the whole point is for the frying to dry the food and make it crispy. A splatter screen allows that steam to pass through, but blocks spitting oil.

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The end of this product flattens underneath, allowing it to take up much less cabinet space.

You may have noticed the last time you fried bacon, but splattering oil somehow gets everywhere, and is truly infuriating to clean. When there, it dries, leaving telltale little bumps, like chicken pox for your kitchen. Yikes! A splatter screen can reduce that.

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Blocking the sides but not the top of a pan, this product allows you to tend to food even while attached.

Splatter screens can be tricky to clean. By their nature, they’re made of, typically, fine metal mesh, which is designed to capture tiny bits of oil. Scrubbing with a sponge may not fully clean them. If you have a dishwasher, congratulations, toss them in. If not? Soak in hot, soapy water for a few minutes before scrubbing; the oil will come right off.