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10 Flippin’ Griddle Reviews – Fry up a Feast in 2018

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Hosting a crowd? Don’t want to turn on the stove? Then try a griddle–a large, flat, heated rectangular surface with its own heat source. This versatile cooking appliance can make as much or as little food as you want, including pancakes, bacon, eggs, steak, grilled cheese sandwiches, and much more.

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10 Flippin’ Griddle Reviews – Fry up a Feast in 2018

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Best of the best
Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle
5 / 5

Pros

Petite yet powerful

Light and portable

Heats up quickly and evenly

Durable

Cons

Too small for groups above three

No heat indicator light (besides preheating light)

Short cord

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Pros

Lightweight yet heavy duty

Rugged for outdoor use

Heats up quickly and evenly

Cons

Sometimes difficult to ignite

Subject to wind challenges

Uses up propane quickly

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Pros

Large cooking surface

Cool tilting feature for draining grease

Cons

Tilting mechanism can slip

A bit cumbersome for cleaning and storing

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Pros

Expansive cooking surface

Heats up quickly and evenly (with sufficient preheating)

Legs and handles detach for storage

Cons

Cooking surface seems thin to some

Cooking surface not smooth

Drip tray flimsy

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Runners up

Also good products

4 / 5

Multifunctional, but doesn’t always hold a constant temperature.

4 / 5

Versatile (very!) and pricey 💰, but worth it.

3.5 / 5

Large cooking surface and economical but with a small drip tray.

3 / 5

Healthy nonstick alternative but not dishwasher safe.

3 / 5

Ample in size and pricey, but worth it.

2.5 / 5

Versatile, but center channel design has issues.

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A writer, standardized patient, and former high school teacher, Helen loves learning and telling others about ideas, news, and everyday items and their uses. Helen also enjoys reading, knitting, seeing movies and theater, acting, dancing, and spending time outdoors.

Author Comment

As my family’s main cook, I’ve used all kinds of kitchen appliances…except a griddle. I’ve seen people use them but never thought of purchasing one myself. While researching this handy gadget and discovering the many mouthwatering dishes it can make, I think I might try an electric griddle!

General shopping guide

Whipping up breakfast for friends? Feeding a crowd? Have no fear–learn about the best griddle here.

Imagine...

giphy 2 - 10 Flippin’ Griddle  - Fry up a Feast in 2018Think of a big, sideless pan with its own heating element. That’s a griddle–a cooking appliance with a large, flat, rectangular surface powered by electricity, gas, or solar energy. Griddles are versatile and can be used to make various dishes like pancakes 🥞, bacon 🥓, eggs 🍳, French toast, sausages, steak🥩, grilled cheese sandwiches 🥪, and much more.

Like an electric skillet, a griddle can be handy for making hot meals without a working stove or outside of the house (e.g., frying bacon on the porch to avoid excess grease and aroma inside).

Even better

A griddle provides another expansive heated surface for cooking mass quantities or different foods simultaneously. Learn more about griddles below.

Research You Can Trust

After researching 🔎over 30 of the most popular griddles, we narrowed the list down to these top picks. We consulted industry leaders and customers to choose the ten best griddles. Professional and amateur chefs, family cooks, couples, and singletons all weighed in about their experiences with their griddles.

Too many cooks in the kitchen?

We don’t think so. We’ve heard countless culinary adventures and believe the more feedback on a specific model, the better.

Information directly from the hungry mouths of griddle owners helps clarify details and highlight concerns.

Rest assured

We double-check these models’ specifications with their manufacturers’ websites for accuracy. Ultimately, we strive to present objective reviews useful to you.

Considerations

The 30-Second Review

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You want to purchase a griddle but where to start?

First:

How many people will you cook for? How much counter and storage space do you have? Large griddles accommodate family feasts while smaller models suit couples or individuals.

Second:

Consider other features like the cooking surface (e.g., materials, regular vs. non-stick, style), heating performance, temperature control, and body style (open or with lid).

Don’t forget…

…about ease of use and clean-up! Some griddle models are immersible or have dishwasher-safe parts, while others need to be hand washed. Check what accessories (e.g., warming rack, etc.) are included in the price.

Finally,

In order to make your investment worthwhile, read consumer feedback about each griddle’s durability and longevity.

Buyer’s Guide to Griddles

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A griddle provides many benefits, like

  1. offering more cooking surface area than average-to-large frying pans do.
  2. being more energy-efficient and cost-effective to operate than your stove.
  3. not heating up the kitchen like a fired-up stove.
  4. cooking a variety of foods quickly and simultaneously. For example, imagine breakfast items (e.g., bacon 🥓, eggs🍳, and pancakes 🥞) done and ready to serve at the same time.
  5. heating up evenly across the entire cooking surface (theoretically) to prevent dishes like striped pancakes or half-golden, half-white hash browns.
  6. controlling temperature more easily and precisely than a stove does.
  7. keeping food warm.
  8. eliminating the need to wash pots and pans.

👁Eye-grabbing Griddle Features

When choosing among different models, consider

  • Size: Models with much cooking surface area (e.g., 12” x 22” and larger) are well-suited for catering and cooking for big groups. Large models accommodate a higher volume of food, heating either vast quantities of one dish (e.g., 12 pancakes🥞) or several different recipes all at the same time…thus shortening overall cooking time.The downside: bigger griddles require more time to heat up 🔥, energy to maintain a steady temperature, counter space for use, space for storage. They also may be more expensive and cumbersome to clean. Medium (e.g. 10” x 18”) and smaller (e.g., 8.5” x 10.5”) ones may be easier to clean, store, and transport. Nonetheless, don’t choose a model too small for your needs (e.g., fits only one pancake at a time).
  • Materials:  Griddles are usually constructed of aluminum, stainless steel, or ceramic. Aluminum is lightweight, economical, and warms up quickly with fair heat distribution. Most griddles use aluminum that’s been anodized (“an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a decorative, durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish aluminum”) in order to prevent the metal from reacting with highly acidic (e.g., tomato sauce 🍅) and salty (e.g., sauerkraut) ingredients and leaching into the food. Stainless steel is durable, non-reactive, and rust-resistant–but has weaker heat distribution. Ceramic is naturally nonstick, hard, durable, and retains heat well.
  • Regular or Nonstick: Although surfaces are easy to clean, coatings may also contain PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene, a man-made chemical branded as Teflon) or PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid–also known as C8–another man-made chemical used in making Teflon). Although these chemicals aren’t proven carcinogens, studies have shown possible links between them and cancer. Look for a griddle that doesn’t contain PTFE and/or PFOA. Health-conscious consumers like ceramic for its natural nonstick surface.

Expert Tip: Utensils to Use with Cookware

When stirring, flipping, and scooping ingredients in cookware, utilize implements made from a material that won’t scratch the surface. Try utensils like a wooden spoon, a nylon or silicone spatula, or a rubber scraper.

  • Surface style: Does the griddle have one large smooth cooking surface? Or does it use two removable plates: one flat for griddling and one ridged for grilling?
  • Body style: Is the griddle one open surface or does have a lid?
  • Accessories: Most griddles have a drip tray to catch grease. Some also include a warming tray.
  • Ease of cleaning: After shedding electric components🔌, is the cooking surface dishwasher safe? Or does it need to be hand washed/wiped👋?
  • Temperature range and control: Many griddles keep food warm (around 200°F) and also heat up quite hot (at least 400°F) when needed. Some have temperature controls that indicate levels (e.g. low, high) while others are more precise and show actual degrees 🌡.

Are you fired up? 🔥

Reviews of the Best Griddles

01

Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle

Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle

A compact “mighty powerhouse,” the Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle is the perfect size for individuals (and couples) and takes up little counter- and storage space. This small electric griddle may too petite for families of four or larger. This portable griddle is light and convenient to tote along when traveling and camping.

Does size matter?

91apU 7MAPL. SL1500  300x300 - Presto 07211 Liddle GriddleMaybe not. It’s still effective for cooking a variety of foods like hash browns, sausages, grilled cheese, quesadillas, burgers 🍔, pork chops, steaks 🥩, and chicken breasts. This model’s 8½” x 10½” cooking surface accommodates a couple of servings (e.g., two eggs 🍳 🍳 and two slices of French toast) simultaneously. Four silver dollar–not regular, medium–pancakes 🥞 can fit on it.

The Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle heats up quickly and evenly. Its heat control automatically maintains a constant temperature across the cooking surface. Some cooks notice variations in temperatures, but the differences aren't drastic (e.g. 390ºF in one corner, 400ºF in another).

Be careful

One concern is this electric griddle actually gets too hot ♨. A red light turns off when the griddle reaches the desired temperature. However, no other light comes on indicating when the griddle is hot (except during preheating) when it’s on or off.

Also

Users describe the handles as “a bit flimsy” and “loose” and the cord 🔌 as too short.

Owners love the built-in grease tray that catches drippings and crumbs. Although this tray helps keep the cooking area clean, it’s not removable for washing separately.

Speaking of washing…

Although the Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle is fully immersible and dishwasher-safe with the heat control removed, many owners prefer hand washing or wiping it. After being run through the dishwasher, the griddle’s bottom can discolor and turn users’ hands 👐gray upon touch. Overall, clean-up is easy and quick.

The Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle is reliable, durable, and resistant to peeling or chipping. We read reports of this model being used (sometimes daily) up to nine years! In fact, numerous people bought a second one for themselves as a backup griddle or for others as a gift 🎁.

Features

  • Cooking surface: 8 ½” x 10 ½”
  • Dimensions: 15 1/2” x 10” x 2 ½”
  • Weight: 2.90 pounds
  • Temperature range: Warm to 400ºF
  • Heavy cast-aluminum base
  • Manual
  • One-year limited warranty

Pros

Petite yet powerful

Light and portable

Heats up quickly and evenly

Durable

Cons

Too small for groups above three

No heat indicator light (besides preheating light)

Short cord


02

Blackstone Table Top Grill – 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle

Blackstone Table Top Grill – 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle

A great “gizmo” at a low price, the Blackstone Table Top Grill - 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle is rugged enough for outdoor use–camping 🏕, tailgating, hiking through the wilderness, and BBQing on the beach 🏖. Lightweight yet heavy duty, this gas ⛽grill/griddle combo is easy to use for making steaks 🥩, bacon 🥓, French toast, shrimp fried rice 🍤🍚, fried potatoes, corned beef hash, and more. A restaurant veteran and caterer who serves between 20 and 100 people at a time says this “beast performs!” Other satisfied customers report cooking volumes of foods like 24 sausage patties,16 burgers 🍔, 32 hot dogs 🌭, or at least one pound of bacon 🥓.

How about that?

71ybIvvg0CL. SL1440  300x221 - Blackstone Table  Grill - 17 Inch Portable Gas GriddleWarmed by an “H”-shaped burner that distributes heat 🔥evenly under the cooking surface/plate, Blackstone Table Top Grill - 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle heats up quickly to a maximum of 510ºF according to the manufacturer. In fact, this model is too hot for a few cooks yet, not hot enough for a few others.

The Blackstone Table Top Grill - 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle is sometimes difficult to ignite. Also, this outdoor grill/griddle is subject to the wind 💨, which can create challenges in igniting the fire and evenly heating the cooking surface/plate.

Speaking of cooking surface…

The steel plate isn’t non-stick, so season it as instructed. Assembly is easy. Simply screw four feet onto the body, put the steel plate on top, attach the propane tank, and start cooking.

Power up!

The Blackstone Table Top Grill - 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle is fueled by propane. Many people use a one-pound propane bottle (not included) although one reviewer notes that he burns through a one-pound propane bottle per day (about two meals). If you plan to use a larger tank to avoid running out of fuel quickly, purchase a bulk tank hose adapter accessory.

Although not nonstick, this model is “a snap” to clean. It’s grease trap is simple to dump and clean. The griddle top comes off for scraping, wiping, and oiling for next time–no special griddle cleaner needed. Then flip the griddle top upside down until the next use for easy storage.

But wait, there’s more

Many owners recommend storing and transporting the grill/griddle in this carrying bag/case.

The Blackstone Table Top Grill - 17 Inch Portable Gas Griddle is durable, holds up under hostile conditions, and “takes it like a champ.” Adjustable-height rubber feet make it stable and level on uneven surfaces, like grassy hills, rocky mountains ⛰, muddy terrain, etc. Several cooks complain that the plate rusts after a few months.

Features

  • Cooking surface: 268 square inches (almost 17” x 16”)
  • Temperature range: 320°F to 510°F
  • Manual
  • One-year warranty

Pros

Lightweight yet heavy duty

Rugged for outdoor use

Heats up quickly and evenly

Cons

Sometimes difficult to ignite

Subject to wind challenges

Uses up propane quickly


03

Presto 07046 Tilt ‘n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle

Presto 07046 Tilt ‘n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle

With its 18 ½” x 15” cooking surface, the Presto 07046 Tilt 'n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle can serve up a spread to large groups. It can cook at one time “huge” amounts like two batches of hash browns, nine to twelve pancakes 🥞, at least one pound of bacon 🥓, four quesadillas, twelve slices of bread 🍞for French toast, homemade potato chips, and eggs 🍳for a family of six.

Get this

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True to its name, the Presto 07046 Tilt 'n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle has an adjustable surface that moves to level (for eggs and pancakes) to tilted (for draining meat grease into a drip tray). Simply pull the two side handles away from the griddle to tilt it.

Uh-oh

While most pours into the tray, a bit of grease can spill onto the griddle’s feet 👣. Also, the drip tray may be too small to contain all of the grease, depending on what’s being cooked. Although handy, the tilt mechanism doesn’t have a lock 🔒and can slip, causing the legs to pivot and the surface to tilt unexpectedly.

The good news is…

…the drip tray is dishwasher safe. Although the Presto electric griddle is fully immersible with the heat control removed, many owners prefer hand washing or wiping it easily.

The long and short of it

The Presto 07046 Tilt 'n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle’s large size is great for cooking…but somewhat inconvenient for cleaning and storing. Also, several customers wish the cord 🔌were longer.

Features

  • Dimensions: 3.5” x 23” x 17.25”
  • Cooking surface: 18 ½” x 15”
  • Manual
  • One-year limited warranty

Pros

Large cooking surface

Cool tilting feature for draining grease

Cons

Tilting mechanism can slip

A bit cumbersome for cleaning and storing


04

Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle

Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle

81Zs1ELr66L. SL1500  300x300 - Presto 07061 22-inch Electric GriddleA “great value,” the Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle has an expansive cooking surface large enough for making at least eight medium pancakes 🥞at once. This model also cooks eggs 🍳, bacon 🥓, chicken breasts, seared meats, patty melts, quesadillas, grilled cheese sandwiches 🥪, and more.

Smooth operator?

The nonstick surface is slightly textured with little diamond shapes, which most users don’t mind. A great cooking utensil to use on the nonstick plate is the OXO Good Grips Silicone Flexible Pancake Turner/Spatula. Some cooks who notice patterns on pancakes don’t like the surface’s texture. A few people also find the griddle to be “thin” and prone to bowing in the middle.

Feel the heat

For the most users, the Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle heats up quickly and evenly. The automatic heat control maintains a consistent temperature 🌡. The griddle sometimes can be a bit uneven in cooking (e.g., hotter over the heating element), resulting in striped pancakes 🥞, etc.

But listen

To minimize “unevenness” of heat, allow the Presto electric griddle time⏲ (five to ten minutes) to preheat to the target temperature. One cook advises starting off at a low setting, then gradually increasing the heat to the target temperature.

The Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle comes with a convenient slide-out drip tray for catching grease. Several customers report the griddle is too level and flat (i.e., not angled), preventing the grease from draining well into the “cheap plastic” tray.

Actually,

Although the Presto griddle is fully immersible with the heat control removed, many owners opt to hand wash or wipe it–its nonstick textured surface is easy to clean. The drip tray and removable handles are dishwasher safe. The detachable legs and handles make this model easier to put in the dishwasher and store.

Features

  • Cooking surface: 22” x 11.5”
  • Heavy cast-aluminum base
  • One-year limited warranty
  • Manual

Pros

Expansive cooking surface

Heats up quickly and evenly (with sufficient preheating)

Legs and handles detach for storage

Cons

Cooking surface seems thin to some

Cooking surface not smooth

Drip tray flimsy


05

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler

The “awesome” Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler is a shape-shifting, versatile culinary tool. This countertop griddle includes a floating cover (which automatically adjusts to the thickness the food being cooked) and two removable nonstick griddle plates. These plates are reversible (grill on one side, griddle on the other); one fits inside the base and the other inside the cover.

Here’s where the magic happens

81KgmxO0uL. SL1500  300x176 - Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 GriddlerWhen folded over to cook food on both sides between the bottom plate and lid plate, this model works as a contact grill or panini press. Open it up, adjust the plates as needed, and voilà–it becomes a full grill, full flat griddle, or half grill/half griddle.

Use the grill side of the plates to grill steaks or panini sandwiches. Use the smooth griddle side for pancakes. Unfolded to full size, the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler can also cook at one time a lot of eggs, bacon, pork chops, shrimp, fish, toast, chicken, filet mignon, grilled cheese sandwiches, quesadillas, bratwurst, and more.

Something extra

You can make waffles using the Cuisinart Griddler Waffle Plates (not included).

Generally, customers feel this grill griddle combo “works well.” Some people say it heats and cooks evenly while others disagree. Several users find it doesn’t maintain a constant temperature well. When heating up the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, be sure to close it; preheating is slow in the open position.

Temperature control is easy; two knobs control the temperature and one selects the function. We read reports of the knob caps coming off easily.

Warning:

Don’t touch the anything but the handle when the unit is in operation–it gets very hot (even the lid).

The Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler’s plates snap in and out for quick switches. Plastic buttons that hold the grill plates are not strong; a few cooks report plates popping out during use. This grill griddle also has a convenient removable drip tray that collects grease. Several people wish the tray were larger to hold more.

Good news

The griddle plates and the drip tray are removable and dishwasher safe. Just let the grill griddle cool down before detaching the plates.

To learn more about the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, watch 👀this video review and demonstration.

Features

  • Dimensions: 13 ½” x 11 ½” x 7”
  • Cooking surface: two 11” x 9” plates (up to 200 square inches)
  • Weight: 13.20 pounds
  • BPA Free
  • Manual
  • Limited 3-year warranty

Pros

Highly versatile in functionality

Easy operation

Cons

Doesn’t hold a constant temperature for some

A bit pricey 💰


06

Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe

Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe

The multifunctional Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe works in six different ways: as a contact grill, panini press, and top melt (when folded with its floating cover) and a full griddle, full grill, half grill/half griddle (when open). This countertop griddle grill includes two removable nonstick griddle plates. These plates are reversible (grill on one side, griddle on the other); one fits inside the base and the other inside the cover.

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When open, this model accommodates up to 12 pancakes on the full griddle; when folded in the contact grill position, it fits up to six burgers. This griddle grill can also cook pork chops, chicken, fish, pancakes, sandwiches, veggies, quesadillas, steaks, and more.

The Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler is small enough for some, yet expands to two griddle plates when needed. Several users feel it’s a bit large for storage.

Get this

The cover’s height is adjustable to sit on top of the food without squishing it–just cooking it evenly. Overall, this unit heats up quickly and uniformly. It has separate temperature controls for the top and bottom plates. Therefore, combination cooking (e.g., warming tortillas on one plate while sautéing chicken and veggies on the other) is possible!

Wait, there’s more

Users like the SearBlast feature that sears steaks at 500˚F for two minutes. They warn that grill gets very hot and can smoke a lot.

Although The Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler has a drip tray, its design doesn’t make this griddle grill mess-free. The griddle plates aren’t tilted to drain the grease to the tray. Also, the top plate is open, grease and food drip down onto the countertop, not into the drip tray.

But the good news is…

…both grill griddle plates are dishwasher safe (in case you don’t want to hand wash them). Cleaning the base is easy–simply wipe it down.

To protect the nonstick plates, be sure to use utensils like those in the Wilton Easy Flex 3-Piece Silicone Spatula Set.

In terms of durability, we read reports of it going strong at up to five years. On the other hand, for its price, consumers want it to last longer than then several months some experienced.

Features

  • Cooking area: 240 square inches
  • Dimensions: 14.6 x 15.7 x 7.6 inches
  • Weight: 13.3 pounds
  • Manual
  • Limited 3-year warranty

Pros

Incredible versatility

Separate temperature controls for separate griddle plates

Floating cover doesn’t squish but cooks food

Cons

Pricey 💰but worth it


07

BLACK+DECKER Family-Sized Electric Griddle with Drip Tray, GD2011B

BLACK+DECKER Family-Sized Electric Griddle with Drip Tray, GD2011B

The expansive, nonstick BLACK+DECKER Family-Sized Electric Griddle with Drip Tray is economical and perfect for big families and groups. A “lifesaver” in feeding multiple hungry mouths, this griddle can cook up 15 small pancakes 🥞, a whole pack of bacon 🥓, or “lots” of eggs 🍳, bacon, and sausage “all at once.” This model also makes toasted croissants 🥐, indoor barbecue/grilled ribeyes 🥩, shrimp 🍤, chicken, veggies, frozen French fries 🍟, and more.

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Generally, this large electric griddle heats up quickly and evenly. As expected with most electric griddles, it has hot spots (closer to the edges). The griddle plate is a little thin for some.

This model has many handy parts, including a warming tray, a small grease drip tray/catcher (that could be larger for many), a “short” power cord 🔌, and a “bulky” thermostat/control. For several users, the numbers on the thermostat knob wore off within four or five gentle cleanings.

Luckily

The drip tray is dishwasher safe, as is the unit with all electronic parts removed. Because it’s non-stick, however, many owners prefer hand washing or wiping it clean.

The BLACK+DECKER Family-Sized Electric Griddle with Drip Tray earns fair marks in durability. One cook used it weekly for more than one year while others report it lasting only several months.

Just a hint

To get the most out of the BLACK+DECKER Family-Sized Electric Griddle with Drip Tray, we suggest purchasing this pack of Blackstone Signature Griddle Accessories, which includes two spatulas, one chopper/scraper, two bottles, and a free recipe book.

Features

  • Cooking surface: 10” x 20”
  • Weight: five pounds
  • Two-year limited warranty

Pros

Large cooking surface

Economical

Handy warming tray

Cons

Grease drip tray small

Cord short


08

Oster Titanium Infused DuraCeramic Griddle with Warming Tray

Oster Titanium Infused DuraCeramic Griddle with Warming Tray

A healthy alternative to traditional surfaces, the Oster Titanium Infused DuraCeramic Griddle with Warming Tray allows cooks to use little oil and not worry about chemicals like Telfon. This electric griddle’s tough ceramic surface lets grease “roll right off” and into the drip tray “like beads of rain 💦.”

But that’s not all

Owners think ceramic seems to heat up and cook faster and more evenly than metal griddles do (sometimes too fast–watch 👀for overcooking). They use this griddle to make sausages, pancakes 🥞, eggs 🍳, quesadillas, grilled cheese, bacon 🥓, chipped steak 🥩, and more.

Although most are happy with the Oster Titanium Infused DuraCeramic Griddle with Warming Tray, numerous users state it has hot spots and uneven heating, resulting in striped pancakes. Its naturally nonstick griddle plate can become sticky after months of use. It also scratches easily, so use plastic or silicone utensils.

Some extras

The electric ceramic griddle’s plastic warming tray is an added bonus for keeping food warm while cooking other dishes. Some feel the tray is small and flimsy. The convenient drip pan could be larger. Both pieces are removable.

Although not dishwasher safe, the Oster Titanium Infused DuraCeramic Griddle with Warming Tray is easy to clean and wipe for some, more difficult for others (especially with stains and sticky food). We read reports of the Oster ceramic griddle lasting anywhere from a few months/one year with daily use to two and a half years.

Features

  • Cooking surface: 10" x 18"
  • Dimensions: 22.63" x 12.20" x 2.87"
  • Weight: about six pounds
  • Cord length: 29.92"
  • PFOA and PTFE free
  • Manual
  • One-year limited warranty

Pros

Healthy nonstick alternative

Effective in heating

Has warming tray

Cons

Not dishwasher safe

Warming tray and drip pan small for some


09

Broil King PCG-10 Professional Portable Griddle

Broil King PCG-10 Professional Portable Griddle

The Broil King PCG-10 Professional Portable Griddle rules 👑! Users rave about this electric griddle and say it’s worth the price. Although not a commercial griddle, its ample in size for big families and crowds. This tabletop griddle can cook eight pancakes 🥞at once (“churn out pancakes like an IHop”) as well as “massive” amounts of eggs 🍳, hash browns, sausages, bacon 🥓, grilled cheese sandwiches 🥪, steak 🥩, hamburgers 🍔, chicken, and even steamed veggies with this melting dome.

And

51uwlBvhkgL 300x300 - Broil King PCG-10 Professional Portable GriddleAnother cool accessory that fits the Broil King PCG-10 Professional Portable Griddle is the four-piece set of Norpro Egg/Pancake Rings. It keeps pancakes, eggs, or any ingredients from running into each other.

The Broil King PCG-10 Professional Portable Griddle heats quickly and evenly. One owner didn’t find hot and cold spots until after using it five years. The Broil King griddle is a bit warmer on the left side due to a bend in the heating element on that end. The griddle plate’s surface is textured.

Meh…

What many consumers dislike it the removable stainless steel backsplash. While good in theory, the “flimsy” and “poorly fitting” backsplash in practice is difficult to attach and detach without scratching the cooking surface. People also wish the adjustable rear legs (which raise the griddle’s back for draining grease into the front drip tray) were stronger and less likely to break.

Even though the Broil King griddle is immersible and dishwasher safe (with the temperature probe removed), many owners prefer wiping it clean. They find clean-up easy, want to protect the nonstick griddle’s surface, and find it a bit large to fit into the dishwasher. For heavy grease, rinse off the griddle.

Four seems to the magic number for the Broil King griddle’s lifespan in years. One customer said surface wore out around two years, but the appliance itself kept working.

So

If you don’t want (or need) to spring for a commercial griddle, get the Broil King PCG-10 Professional Portable Griddle. In fact, it’s UL Listed, meaning Underwriters Laboratories (UL) has tested it and determined it meets specific, defined requirements “based on UL's published and nationally recognized Standards for Safety.

Features

  • Cooking surface: 21” x 12”
  • Dimensions: 29” x 5 ½” x 12 ½”
  • Weight: 8.15 pounds
  • Manual
  • Limited two-year warranty
  • Made in USA 🇺🇸

Pros

Ample size

Heats quickly and evenly

One step below a commercial griddle

Cons

Pricey but worth it

A bit warmer on the left side

Flimsy backsplash


10

Hamilton Beach (38546) 3 in 1 Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill & Griddle Combo with Removable Plates

Hamilton Beach (38546) 3 in 1 Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill & Griddle Combo with Removable Plates

Loved by a food service professional and a highly trained chef, the Hamilton Beach (38546) 3 in 1 Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill & Griddle Combo is impressive. This reasonably priced grill griddle combo comes with two reversible griddle plates that snap in and out for versatile functionality:

  • as a full grill with both plates, ridged sides facing up for grilling steak 🥩, burgers 🍔, boneless chicken, fish, and vegetables.
  • as a full griddle with both plates, flat sides facing up for pancakes 🥞, eggs 🍳, French toast, risotto cakes, sandwiches 🥪, quesadillas, seared scallops, etc.
  • as a half grill/half griddle combo with one plate grill-side up, one plate griddle-side up for grilling one dish (e.g., hamburgers) on one side and heating a second, different dish (e.g., toasting buns) on the other.

81NHNlRVBL. SL1500  300x240 - Hamilton Beach (38546) 3 in 1 Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill & Griddle Combo with Removable PlatesThis large electric griddle easily fits five eggs plus five whites (or eight regular eggs). Users love that this indoor griddle allows them to grill indoors. They also love the dual control knobs for each plate.

Feel the heat?

The Hamilton Beach (38546) 3 in 1 Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill & Griddle Combo heats up well, although some customers say it doesn’t get hot enough to cook a burger on the inside without burning the exterior. Others find the griddle grill great for searing steaks and cooking chicken. The plates’ surfaces are okay until they become sticky.

A center channel with a drip tray underneath catches grease but makes the overall cooking surface smaller than expected. Some people complained about the oil running into and burning on the coils under the plates.

Speaking of grease

If you have greasy fingers, don't touch the temperature dials because the numbers wipe right off.

Nevertheless

All this grease can be cleaned off easily. First, remove the drip tray from underneath the base and pop it in the dishwasher’s top rack. Then snap out the griddle plates and put them in the dishwasher too. Finally, wipe the base with a damp, soapy cloth and dry thoroughly.

Features

  • Cooking surface: 180 square inches
  • Dimensions: 3.74” x 20.11” x 11.02”
  • PFOA free
  • Manual
  • One-year limited warranty

Pros

Versatile with three different cooking options

Allows people to grill indoors

Cons

Oil can miss drip tray and run into heating elements


Griddle Safety

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Sure, a griddle doesn’t pose as many dangers as a power drill, belt sander or a MIG welder.

Nonetheless

Follow these few tips for safe use:

  • Sit the griddle on a level, sturdy surface with room around it to dissipate heat ♨ and prevent contact burns.
  • Plug it 🔌 into a nearby outlet. Most griddle cords are short.
  • Get into the habit of wearing oven mitts 🧤 to handle and move the unit.
  • 🚫Don’t leave food unattended on a hot griddle.
  • When finished cooking, remember to turn the griddle off and unplug it 🔌 from the wall to avoid any fire hazards 🔥.

♻️Go Green with Your Griddle

Conserve energy ⚡ when using your griddle–shut it off when not in use.

In fact

According to the Federal Energy Management Program, “Idle or standby energy consumption is a significant portion (up to 40%) of griddle energy use. Griddles should be turned off when not in use, as most take less than 15 minutes to preheat.

Here’s another tip:

For griddles with multiple sections, turn off unused sections...”

If you decide on a commercial griddle (much larger than those reviewed), look at Energy Star Program Requirements for Commercial Griddles.

Griddle Graveyard?

When this convenient culinary tool finally outlives its usefulness, dispose of it responsibly. Most griddles have recyclable metal.

♻️Earth911 suggests:

  1. Look for a curbside program near you (try Earth911’s Recycling directory) to see if “your local program accepts nonferrous scrap metal (which includes aluminum, copper, and stainless steel). If so, give your recycler a call and ask about whether pans are allowed in the bin.
  2. If not, look for a scrap yard that accepts old griddles for recycling with other metals. To find a scrap yard in your area, visit iScrap App or Earth911’s Recycling Directory.

It All Boils Down to This

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When searching for the best griddle, think about the size, features, and style of the model best for you. Do you want large or small, open or with a lid, nonstick or regular, dishwasher-safe or only hand washable?

Read customer feedback about how well different models heat up and cook foods.

Don’t worry

No matter what you choose, you’ll make culinary masterpieces that’ll satisfy hungry stomachs.

 

 

 

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The winners

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Best of the best

Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle

User rave about this small but mighty portable powerhouse. It heats up quickly and evenly and maintains a constant temperature. It’s immersible and dishwasher safe with the heat control removed. Lasting several years, this griddle also makes a great gift for others.

Best for the money

Presto 07046 Tilt ‘n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle

Put out a spread with this large griddle which can serve crowds. It maintains not only uniform heat, but also adjusts between level (for cooking) and tilted (for draining grease) positions. The drip tray is dishwasher safe and the griddle (with heat control removed) is fully immersible for easy cleaning.

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FAQ
Faq

Frequently asked questions

Q:

What's the difference between an electric griddle and an electric skillet?

While both appliances have their own heating source, they differ in design. An electric griddle is a flat surface without sides that may or may not have a lid. Conversely, an electric skillet has sides for containing ingredients and a lid.

Q:

Are indoor griddle grill combos as good as outdoor grills?

No. Indoor grills can’t reproduce the smoky flavor of real outdoor grills, but they provide a decent substitute during the winter months or when you can’t get outside.


The team
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Tiffany Mueller
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Kate Kalanchuk
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Helen Mao
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