When it comes to preparing food, there is a plethora of different contraptions you can use to make the process quicker and safer. (Also, the food typically tastes better when made using a kitchen appliance specifically designed for this purpose.)
Whether it’s a blender, chopper, juicer, or some other apparatus we’re talking about, the aim of any kitchen appliance is to help the person preparing the food do so without having to use knives to cut fruits, vegetables, and meat, or without having to use some sort of old technology to heat it up to a certain temperature.
So, these tools make the food preparation efficient, which means that you don’t have to wait around for too long to be able to eat your favorite food whenever you feel like it.
While these types of kitchen appliances are often seen as tools to help inexperienced cooks or amateurs who are not at all interested in cooking make food easier, it’s also true that many professional chefs use them, too – because they make the cooking process quicker.
In this article, we’re going to talk about an electrical cooking contraption you can use whether you’re a professional cook, or someone who needs a tool that can help them make food quickly and efficiently without having to know the intricate ins and outs of cooking.
Electric griddles are simple appliances that give you a flat working area that you can heat up to a certain temperature. Using one of these contraptions, you can prepare hamburgers, sausages, as well as grill vegetables and whatever else is ‘grill-able’, so to speak.
They represent a handy substitution for common grills, as they use electricity instead of having to burn charcoal to get the right temperature. This also means you can use them indoors, which represents quite an advantage if you want to prepare food and the weather conditions outside are not suitable for a conventional grill.
In the passages below, we’ll list ten different electric griddles, so you have some variety to choose from. Also, we’ve prepared a brief buyer’s guide, as well as a short instruction part where we’ll explain how to clean one of these appliances. Last but not least, at the very end we’ve ventured to answer some of the most frequently asked questions in this category, so you don’t have to look these up elsewhere online.
Right then, without further ado, here’s the deal.
Best Electric Griddle – A List of Products
1) Cuisinart – 5-in-1 Griddler
As the name of this Cuisinart model suggest, what you have going on with this product is a 5-in-1 deal where you can use this contraption for not only conventional grilling, but also for some other uses, too.
To be precise, the folks at Cuisinart made sure that this appropriately-named Griddler can be used as a contact grill, a full grill, half grill and half griddle, a panini press, as well as a standard full griddle. This variety of options allows you to prepare a range of different foods using this thing, which means you won’t have to buy an additional grilling contraption just to prepare food for this thing.
As far as the settings on this thing are concerned, you get adjustable temperature controls, an indicator light so you can see when this thing’s reached a certain temperature, as well as a scraping tool to remove any pieces of food that get stuck to the surface.
As an additional touch, there is also a recipe book with a bunch of different gourmet recipes, so you can learn to prepare some new dishes in addition to the standard meat ‘n’ veggie deal, so to speak.
- 5-in-1 functionality (full grill, full griddle, half grill half griddle, panini press, and a contact grill)
- Housing made out of high-quality brushed stainless steel
- BPA-free design
- Dishwasher-safe non-stick cooking plates
- Integrated drip tray for easy grease removal
- Gourmet recipe book
- The buttons that hold the grill made out of plastic
- Some users have reported that the heat-up time tends to take longer than suggested in the cook book
2) BELLA – Copper Titanium-Coated Non-Stick Electric Griddle
Boasting a mighty 1,500-Watt heater, this contraption from BELLA can be a great solution for someone looking for a low-range-priced and yet powerful electric griddle.
Thanks to this generous power output, you can get to the right temperature for preparing your food fairly quickly, and the inbuilt temperature controller will also be able to maintenance the same temperature intensity throughout the cooking process.
Unlike most electric griddles which use Teflon as their non-stick layer solution for covering the cooking surface, the folks at BELLA opted for a less-trodden path in using ceramics as their material of choice for this purpose.
Thanks to this feature, this BELLA electric griddle has both greater longevity of this non-stick layer AND an increased heat-up rate, so you can prepare your food up to 30% faster than with conventional griddles.
For those grease-heavy cooking tasks, so to speak, there is a drip tray underneath the cooking surface. This shallow container is removable and dishwasher-safe, so you can easily clean it up after you’re done preparing your favorite meal.
- Does not contain harmful chemicals such as lead or cadmium
- Ceramic non-stick coating reinforced with titanium
- Fast heat-up time
- A mighty, 1,500-Watt heater
- Removable temperature probe with a precise temperature control dial
- Removable drip tray
- Relatively inexpensive (compared to other electric griddles on the market)
- Some users reported discoloration of the cooking surface after some time
- Some users complained about the cooking surface losing its non-stick properties after a while
3) Presto – Tilt ‘n’ Drain Cool Touch Electric Griddle
Made out of special sort of aluminum that is both lightweight and sturdy enough to help you use this thing easily without having to worry about warping, this Presto model is a griddle that can help you prepare your favorite meals whenever you feel like it at a flick of a switch. (And you’d have to set up the temperature controls, of course, but you get the idea.)
Another great thing about this particular model would be the non-stick surface, which means that you don’t have to use too much, if any, cooking oil to prepare delicious foods with this contraption.
As far as temperature control is in question, this model has a thing called ‘Control Master’, which is a feature that automatically maintains the same cooking temperature throughout the cooking process. This means that the food you’re preparing using this model will be cooked evenly, no matter how long it takes for the food to be ready.
One of the useful features the folks at Presto installed in this model would certainly be the tilt property, which allows you to tilt the cooking surface. Thanks to this clever design feature, you can set up the surface to be level when preparing eggs, for example, (because they are mostly in a liquid state once you crack them open), or to tilt the surface when preparing meats.
This can be useful because the gravity will drain the grease from the surface downwards, so the meat will stay clean and grease-free for the entirety of the cooking process.
- The base is made out of heavy-cast aluminum
- Inbuilt backstop edge
- Large cooking surface
- ‘Control Master’ automatic temperature control
- Special tilting feature for easy grease drainage
- 1,500 Watts of power
- Non-stick cooking surface
- Some folks may not like the design of this model
- Maintenance can be tricky due to its size
4) Presto – Liddle Griddle
As our entry number four, we’ve got another Presto product that sports a sleek design and some quite interesting features. Compared to the model from above, this contraption represents an excellent choice for folks who need a more compact griddle, as this model is much smaller than the 5-in-1 appliance from above.
Thanks to the size of this unit, this thing can be a perfect solution for camping trips or for those people who like to be able to take their grill on the road. Since this thing is electric, all you need is a source of electricity (such as a generator or even a car batter if it’s strong enough) and you can prepare delicious dishes in the middle of nowhere with this thing.
Similarly from the product from above, the base of this thing is made out of cast aluminum, which scores highly in the warping resistance department, so to speak. Also, this design allows this griddle to distribute heat evenly, so you can rest assured that your food will be cooked well no matter where you place it on the cooking surface.
Once you’ve set the temperature using the temperature control knob, the great thing with this model is that it will keep that value constant throughout the cooking process thanks to the automatic temperature control which is inbuilt in this unit.
Also, there is a convenient channel installed to the sides of the cooking surface, so you don’t have to worry about grease falling off of it in case the meat you’ve placed on it happens to be extra-greasy, so to speak.
- Compact size
- Non-stick cooking surface
- The base is made out of cast aluminum (resists warping + provides even heat distribution)
- Automatic temperature control
- Built-in channel for catching grease drippings (as well as other drippings)
- The temperature range goes up to 400° Fahrenheit
- Not suitable for preparing larger quantities of food due to its small cooking surface
- No light indicator for when the temperature reaches a certain value
5) Cuisinart – GR-150 Griddle Deluxe
Packing a powerful heating punch thanks to its 1,800-Watt heater, this Cuisinart Griddle Deluxe represents an excellent solution for folks in need of a powerful and reliable griddle they can use for a variety of cooking tasks.
That said, the great functionality of this model doesn’t simply end with the high-power output. To allow you to cook a wide variety of different recipes with only this single contraption, the folks at Cuisinart made sure that you can choose between five different cooking modes – contact grill, full grill, full griddle, panini press, top melt, as well as two options for half griddle and half grill.
This means that whatever grill or griddle-related recipe you decide to make, you can easily make that dish using one of the modes that this griddle comes with.
The cooking surface itself features a non-stick coating, so you can rest assured that no mater the texture and the grease-levels of a food you’re trying to grill using this thing – it won’t stick to this surface that easily. (Even if it does, you can easily get rid of it using the scraping tool, which is also included in this deal.)
- Features a dual-zone temperature control
- The accessories are dishwasher-safe
- Comes with a scraping tool
- A powerful, 1,800-Watt heater
- The temperature range on this model goes up to 500° Fahrenheit
- There is an integrated drip tray
- Fairly pricey
- Some users complained that the power cord can get fairly hot during use
6) BLACK+DECKER – Family-Sized Electric Griddle
Featuring an extra-large cooking capacity of 200 square inches, this model from the world-renown BLACK+DECKER company can be a great solution for folks looking for a griddle that they can use to prepare a meal for an entire middle to large-sized family at once. To be precise, the folks at BLACK+DECKER claim that you can prepare eight servings in a single go, which is more than enough space to work with for most families.
Another important feature of this model would be the non-stick surface. What tends to happen quite often with grills and similar contraption is that the food can stick to the surface if it’s not properly lubricated, which can then both spoil the food and make the cleanup afterwards a nightmare.
With this model, you won’t experience either of these problems, as the non-stick surface on this model will prevent the foods you’re preparing from even sticking to the surface for too long.
- 200 square inches of cooking capacity
- Non-stick surface
- Adjustable thermostat knob
- Comes with a built-in warming tray
- Features a removable drip tray
- Cool-to-touch handles
- 2-year limited warranty
- Some folks complained about fried eggs getting stuck to the surface
- The drip indentation takes away some of the cooking surface (but it’s otherwise useful)
7) Presto – Electric Tilt-n-Fold Griddle
Featuring a sleek appearance and a fairly large cooking surface, this Presto model can be a great option for folks looking for a simple-to-use, well-built griddle they can use for a wide variety of cooking tasks.
To make sure that this contraption will stay flat on a wide variety of different surfaces, the folks at Presto built in foldable legs, so you can always whip them out whenever the surface you’re placing the griddle on isn’t perfectly flat. Also, you may want to use them even if the surface below is sufficiently flat because the legs will give this griddle extra height, which will prevent the heat from the griddle itself affecting the area below. (Especially, if you have an easily-flammable tablet cloth, for example.)
When it comes to the cooking process itself, this Presto model comes with the aforementioned Control Master automatic temperature controller, which will keep the heat at the same value throughout the grilling or cooking process.
Also, the non-stick surface is there to prevent the foods you’re preparing from sticking to it too badly, so you can rest assured that using this device will not only make the food you’re preparing with it delicious, but it will also make the maintenance afterwards a piece of cake.
- The base made out of heavy-duty cast aluminum
- Large cooking surface (184 square inches, in particular)
- Foldable legs
- Removable drip tray
- Non-stick surface for easy maintenance
- The entire surface can be tilted for grease drainage
- Automatic temperature control
- Some users complained that the temperature control knob is not precise enough
- The drip tray can slide out on its own if you’re not careful while moving this griddle
8) Broil King – Professional Portable Non-Stick Griddle
Rocking a solid build with some stainless steel parts, this Broil King portable non-stick griddle is a cooking contraption that will last you for years, provided you take good care of it.
As far as the stainless-steel parts are concerned, we’re talking about the backsplash, which is removable, as well as handles, which are cool-to-touch even if the griddle itself is scorching-hot.
One thing that will inevitably happen when you’re using this contraption is that the food you prepare on it will some grease behind it. This is why the folks at Broil King installed a special removable grease tray, so that you can get rid of this extra fat quickly and easily once you’re done cooking.
- Cool-to-touch stainless steel handles + a stainless-steel backsplash
- Environmentally-friendly non-stick coating
- The adjustable heat controller goes up to 400° Fahrenheit
- PTOA & PTFE-free
- Some users reported problems with the electric controller
- Some users reported uneven heating (there are some hotter and some colder spots)
9) Presto – Cool-Touch Electric Ceramic Griddle
As our entry number 9, we’ve got another product from Presto, and this time around, the folks from this company are bringing to us a contraption that can cook your food fast and efficiently and without burning your fingers when you pick it up by its edges, which are cool-to-touch, as the title suggests.
When maintenance of this thing is in question, the folks at Presto made sure it’s as easy as possible because they made the entire surface of this cooker fully-submersible. This means you can add some cleaning solution into a container with warm water inside and then simply dip this thing into it, so that the grease and other tiny pieces of food that perhaps got stuck to its surface can simply slip off.
Of course, the important thing to remember before you do this would be to remove the electric control. If you don’t, you will likely destroy the controller in the process, because, as you know, water and electric circuits don’t mix together too well.
- Ceramic non-stick surface
- Fully-submersible (with the electric controller removed)
- Heavy cast aluminum base
- Comes with a drip tray (slide out)
- Automatic heat control thanks to Presto’s Control Master feature
- Contains PTFE
- Some users reported that the non-stick coating wears off after a while
10) Dash – Everyday Electric Non-Stick Griddle
Last but not least, we’ve got an electric griddle on this list that can be a perfect solution for folks who have large families. While using this griddle to cook for 10 or more people at once won’t be possible, as long as the number of people you’re cooking for is no greater than 5 or 6, this thing can be a lifesaver.
Thanks to its large surface, you can prepare several different meals at the same time. For example, you can use one end of the surface for eggs, the other for bacon, and then arrange some veggies, too, on some other empty patch of the cooking surface, for a full lunch.
In case you’re planning on preparing greasy foods with this thing, which is generally the case with the folks who are using griddles, of course, you can rest assured that the resulting grease won’t create too much trouble for you thanks to the drip tray that the folks at Dash installed beneath the cooking surface.
To get rid of all the excess fat that drips down during the cooking process, simply grab the handle of the drip tray and slide the ‘drawer’ out carefully. The tray itself is fairly easy to clean, as well.
- PFOA-free design
- Removable drip tray
- Anti-slip feet for increased stability
- Non-stick cooking surface
- Comes with a recipe book
- Fairly inexpensive
- Fast heat-up time
- A powerful, 1,500-Watt heater
- Features four different color options (black, red, aqua, and white)
- Some users may not like the design of this unit
- Getting the grease out of the slim ‘gutters’ that run around the main cooking surface can be a tad tough
How to Clean an Electric Griddle
Heat It Up – … so that any remaining grease and food particles that may have stuck around from the last cooking session can become unstuck and let you get rid of them in one of the following steps.
Unplug It – Once the griddle has generated some heat, turn it off and remove the electric temperature controller (if it can be removed), so you can fully submerge the griddle in water with detergent. If the electric controller cannot be removed, you won’t be able to submerge the entire thing in water, so you have to be more careful about how you clean it.
Use a Sponge to Clean Off Grease and Food Particles – … and have some warm water ready to use for this purpose, too. What’s more, adding some special sort of anti-grease cleaning detergent can help a lot with the cleaning process.
Let it Sit – … for about half an hour, so that the detergent in combination with warm water can slowly remove the grease that got stuck.
Wipe off Any Remaining Particles and Let Dry – After the half an hour have elapsed, you can gently remove and remaining grease and other particles of food, rinse with clean water a couple of times, and then let dry.
Buyer’s Guide: How to Choose
Adjustable Temperature Control
One of the most important parts of an electric griddle would certainly be the temperature controller.
The thing is, while a powerful heater will ensure that the griddle’s cooking surface heats up fast, it’s the temperature controller that will dictate how well your food is cooked and at what rate.
(It wouldn’t make much sense to buy a griddle with a powerful heater if the thing scorches your bacon and eggs every time, so that they look more like charcoal than your breakfast.)
When it comes to the quality of different temperature controls, the important thing to keep in mind would be to look for models that have as many different heat settings as possible.
The more different temperature values you can choose from, the easier it will be for you to set just the right amount of heat for the food you’re preparing.
To prevent the food you’re preparing from sticking to the cooking surface, a vast majority of the manufacturers of today’s electric griddles build in a special non-stick layer on top of the heater metal plate itself.
The reason behind this is that, without proper lubrication, organic matter will inevitably end up sticking to the surface it’s being cooked on, but since using plenty of lard or oil on an electric griddle can be messy, the goal that these manufacturers have is to allow you to prepare your food with as little cooking oil as possible. (Using lard is fairly uncommon with electric griddles and it isn’t recommended because it can get messy.)
Typically, non-stick surfaces are made either out of Teflon, or out of some special sort of non-stick ceramics. While both tend to do the job fairly well, the models that have a ceramic non-stick coating over the heating plate are generally held in higher regard than their Teflon counterparts.
No matter how careful you are when it comes to preparing food with an electric griddle, one thing is sure – things are going to get pretty ‘greasy’ sooner or later.
The thing is, the fact that meats let out grease when they’re cooking is a natural process, so the makers of these griddles go out of their way to ensure that getting rid of this excess grease is as easy as possible for the user.
This is where drip trays come into play. Drip trays represent a simple flat container that’s placed underneath the cooking surface and that serves the purpose of ‘catching’ the grease that falls from above. Once this thing fills up, you simply remove the tray, dump the extra grease, and pop the tray back in.
Removable Temperature Controller
When it comes to cleaning up an electric griddle, it helps if the entire thing can be simply plopped into a bucket of warm water and detergent, so that all the extra grease and food scraps can simply fall off of it.
Now, for this to be possible, you have to be able to remove the electronic controller, because submerging it in water can lead to a short circuit.
So, what you want to do is try and find a model that has a removable temperature controller, so you can detach the thing whenever you want to clean up the rest of the contraption, so to speak.
While electric griddles aren’t the clunkiest objects around and they are pretty stable as they are, it’s also true that they do get quite hot and quite full of grease (meaning the tray), so even a slight tilt can cause a spillage, or even hurt you if the hot grease spills on your hands, for example.
This is why you may want to get a model that has anti-slip feet inbuilt.
In case the countertop surface you want to place this thing on is particularly slippery (because it’s made out of porcelain tiles, for example), these anti-slip feet will stabilize the griddle, so you won’t have to worry about it sliding around or tilting while your food is being cooked.
So, if you want to have some extra stability in terms of the position of your electric griddle, get a model with a set of these anti-skid feet.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1) What is the best non-stick electric griddle?
This depends on what sort of features you are looking for in an electric griddle.
If you’re looking for functionality and low price, then the last model from Dash can be an interesting solution.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for advanced features such as ceramic heating surfaces or powerful heaters, there are multiple models from Cuisinart or Presto that would probably answer to your needs in a better way.
2) Are ceramic griddles better?
If we compare griddles with a ceramic non-stick coating to those coated with Teflon, the ceramic ones would certainly be a better solution because they contain no harmful chemicals that can slowly creep into the air as the surface gets heated up.
So, if you’re looking for an eco-friendly solution in terms of the coating of your electric griddle, certainly go for a model with a ceramic non-stick coating.
3) Are electric griddles worth it?
If you want to be able to prepare different breakfast foods such as hot-dogs, eggs, bacon, pancakes, and various roasted vegetables quickly and easily – then the answer is a yes.
Electric griddles combine the ease-of-use of an electric appliance, with the special way of food preparation that is typically possible only if you’re using a grill. (Of course, the taste of food made with a griddle is never the same as that of grilled food, but it does come pretty close and using a griddle is way more convenient.)
4) What temperature should my electric griddle be for pancakes?
Most professional chefs agree that the optimal temperature for making pancakes with a griddle is at about 375° Fahrenheit.
Since most griddles can go up to 400° or more, reaching this temperature will not be a problem, even if you’re using one of the lower-end griddle models.
5) Is a griddle better than a grill?
The answer to this depends on what your cooking-related needs are.
If you like cooking outdoors and using special charcoal to give your food that special taste, then a grill may be a perfect option for you.
If, on the other hand, you like the convenience of cooking indoors and using electricity instead of charcoal, then you may like griddle a lot better than a grill.
6) Can you spray Pam on a griddle?
Yes, you can.
Of course, you shouldn’t go crazy with the amount of it, but generally speaking – using a cooking spray on a griddle is perfectly fine, as long as you keep the griddle clean and de-grease it after every use.
All in all, electric griddles represent a special breed of cooking contraption that you can use indoors and that gives you similar cooking capabilities and results as a grill. These can be useful for the folks who still want to make delicious breakfast foods without having to use a ton of cooking oils and a bunch of pots and pans. We hope this article helped you learn more about these useful contraptions and we wish you a merry and hassle-free purchase.