Call over a few friends and crack open some cold beverages because it’s time to start grilling. But before you can do that, you need to lay your hands on a high-quality griddle first.
In this article, we’ll go over the different types of griddles, find out which components make for a good griddle and then review some of the best electric griddles on the market.
Check out the quick list for links to customer reviews and prices to the best electric griddle picks, or read on for the full review:
Types of Griddles
There are two types of griddles on the market, gas griddles and electric griddles. Both types have their strengths and weaknesses. Picking the right one for you will require a lot of consideration.
Gas griddles have the ability to heat up way faster than electric griddles, and their temperatures cool down rather quickly as well. The burners are placed beneath the plate, these burners warm the flat surface of the griddle as soon as they’re heated.
On the other hand, the heat distribution on a gas griddle is rarely even, especially in the presence of a cool breeze or a slightly windy day. That leads to the uneven heating of the cooking surface, which as a result might lead to some food not being cooked properly.
Whether your gas griddle is positioned indoor or outdoor, you’ll need to run regular maintenance checks on the grill and also check the propane tank for leaks. Further, you need to keep the gas tank stored far from the grill itself for safety purposes.
Commercial gas griddles are the ideal choice in a restaurant situation because they heat up and cook food very quickly. However, you’ll need an exhaust fan since it will be running all day. Also, make sure that you hire a professional to install and connect your gas line to your girder.
Electric griddles use heaters that are implanted into the plate to heat the cooking surface. They heat it rather slowly, though. The heat distribution is even and the temperature changes are precise, ensuring an evenly well-cooked meal. Also, the presence of wind won’t affect the intensity of the heat.
Energy efficiency is a major pro when it comes to using electric griddles. If you use your griddle on a daily basis, you’ll be saving a whole lot of money by not spending any on gas, which makes electric griddles an ideal choice for a house or an apartment setup. Just plug it in and start grilling.
Another major pro is that electric griddles are a lot cheaper than gas griddles. Moreover, they’re portable and extremely easy to use. Some of them require a lot of space but still, you can always move them around to your liking.
That doesn’t mean that commercial electric griddles are a bad choice for restaurants, on the contrary, they are great for saving you the expenses that a gas griddle might present. Bear in mind, electric griddles also require an exhaust fan as well.
Both types are capable of getting the job done, it all depends on your personal preference. Overall, electric griddles have shown to be a more convenient option because they’re portable, easy to use and energy efficient. If high temperature is your primary concern, you’re probably better off having a gas griddle.
What to Look for In Your Electric Griddle
There are a few factors you should put into account before purchasing an electric griddle. These factors include:
The size of a griddle correlates to the amount of food that can be served. Bigger models like a commercial griddle can serve an entire family, while smaller ones don’t have the capacity to serve a large number of people.
Most electric griddles are equipped with non-stick surfaces like copper, cast-aluminum and stainless steel. Other griddles might have a non-stick coating like Teflon. The thing is, you need to pick the surface that is easy to clean and isn’t susceptible to cracking.
Being able to manage the heat accurately is one of the pros of having an electric griddle. Simpler models use temperature regulating dials, while recent griddles use complex digital means of adjusting the temperature.
Some electric griddles come with dual thermostats that allow you to heat each surface independently. That helps users cook different types of food at different temperatures.
A good electric griddle should have complementary accessories like grill inserts that allow the griddle to function as a grill or a skillet. Also, a drip tray is preferred to help you drain out grease. Make sure that the accessories are dishwasher safe to ensure an easier cleaning process.
Top Rated Electric Griddles
Zojirushi EA DCC10 Gourmet Sizzler Electric Griddle
This high quality big sized electric griddle has a 19.0″ x 12.5″ cooking surface and the overall unit’s dimensions are 23.6″ x 15.0″ x 4.4″. This griddle weighs 12 lbs which is pretty reasonable for its size.
The preheating time of this griddle is around 8 minutes and the maximum temperature it could reach is 425 °F. The handles are heat isolated so you don’t have to worry about them getting hotter.
This griddle comes with a ceramic cooking surface that’s enhanced with a non-stick titanium coating, whereas the outer body of the unit is made of aluminum. There’s also a covering lid that will speed up the cooking process.
- High heating temperature
- Comes with lid for faster cooking
- Durable cooking surface
- Long preheating time
- No drip tray
Broil King PCG-10 Professional Portable Nonstick Griddle
The PCG-10 is also another big sized griddle that will grant you plenty of cooking space. The unit’s dimensions are 29.0″ x 12.5″ x 5.5″ and it weighs 8.2 lbs which is pretty light for its size. Further, The cooking surface is a non-stick ceramic coating that is PTOA and PTFE free.
The maximum temperature this griddle can reach is 425 °F. High temperatures won’t affect the handling because of the stainless steel handles. Also, the featured backsplash is removable and easy to clean.
This griddle also features a removable drip tray for easier cleaning. Also, removing the temperature probe will allow for the base to be immersed in water for cleaning.
- Spacious cooking surface
- Removable backsplash
- Great for family meals
- Ceramic coating
- A bit bulky
- Takes storage space
Tilt 'n' Drain Big Griddle
This griddle offers a spacious cooking surface of 18.0″ x 14.0″ that can cook around 12 eggs or pancakes all at once. It weighs 8 lbs so it’s relatively light and easy to move around. The griddle is enclosed by a base that will keep it cool at high temperatures.
As you might have figured from its name, this griddle has a tilting feature that allows you to drain the grease right into the drip tray by pulling the handles outwards.
This unit isn’t suitable for cleaning in a dishwasher, but you can simply remove the temperature probe and submerge the unit into water for cleaning.
- Large cooking surface
- Large drip tray
- Tilt feature
- Not dishwasher safe
Oster Titanium Infused DuraCeramic Griddle
This griddle has a non-stick cooking surface of 10″ x 18″ coated with duraceramic that stays intact and ensures prolonged use without cracking or peeling. The unit’s dimensions are 4.0″ x 24.0″ x 13.4″ and it weighs 6.45 lbs which is super light for its size.
This unit is designed to cook 20% faster than most griddles, which means that it consumes less energy. Also, it comes with an additional warming tray warming tray that slips underneath the regular one, that helps keep your food warm after cooking it.
The non-stick surface makes this griddle easy to clean and the removable temperature probe also ensures safe and easy cleaning. The downside of this griddle is that it’s hard to store due to its large size.
- Decent sized cooking surface
- Fast cooking
- DuraCeramic coating
- Comes with handy warming tray
- Grease drain is small
Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle
This small griddle has a cast aluminum structure of 14.44″ x 2.88″ x 11.12″ dimensions and it weighs only 4 lbs making it the lightest griddle on this list. Due to its small size, this griddle heats up rather quickly, which makes it extremely energy efficient.
The maximum temperature this griddle can achieve is 400 °F. Also, the temperature is controlled automatically to the appropriate level required to cook your food. It also features a draining channel to help get rid of grease.
The small and compact size of this griddle makes it dishwasher safe and completely immersible in water for easy cleaning. Not only that, it’s easy to store and can very well fit anywhere if you plan to take it out for a trip or a picnic.
- Compact design
- Draining channel
- Automatic heat control
- Small cooking surface not suitable for large families
Each one of these griddles has something to offer with its own unique features. However, the two units that stole the spotlight have to be the Oster Titanium Infused DuraCeramic Griddle (CKSTGRFM18W-TECO) and the Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle.
Both of them are very close as far as performance goes, the only distinguishment that will determine which one you should choose is the size. The CKSTGRFM18W-TECO being the larger griddle makes it ideal for a family situation, while the Presto 07211 is more suitable for smaller numbers.
Fred is the Ready Zeal owner and editor. He has been passionately pursuing all things emergency preparation since working alongside his grandfather as a boy growing up in the Midwest. When not working on the family homestead he can be found brewing coffee and reading a good book or backpacking in the wilderness. Contact Fred at [email protected]