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How We Decided
  • 51 Models Considered
  • 35 Hours Spent
  • 2 Experts Interviewed
  • 231 Consumers Consulted
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    Best Electric Griddles

    During our selection process we first eliminate those machines that don't meet our quality standards, then we rate each by our chosen criteria to arrive at our top five.

    It's a system that works well, but narrowing down the electric griddles available was surprisingly difficult.

    There are a lot of very good appliances that didn't make our final selection by the narrowest of margins - and each of the manufacturers offers other models which are worth a look if the following don't quite fulfill your requirements.

    After a lot of research into the pros and cons of various models found in the market today, we picked our final five. They are:

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    Products we Considered

    • Oster
      DuraCeramic Reversible
    • Presto
      Liddle Griddle
    • Presto
      22-Inch w/Removable Handles
    • Hamilton Beach
      3-in-1
    • Cuisinart
      5-in-1 Griddler

    Considerations

    Size & Construction

    Electric griddles come in many different sizes and configurations - from simple lightweight hotplates to complex folding models. Its also important to consider how well they are put together and whether they will stand up to the rigors of daily life.

    Cooking Options

    Some models provide the simplicity of grilling on a flat plate, while others offer ribbed surfaces for charing - or even a combination of both. Whatever you like to eat, and however you like to cook it, there's a griddle on our shorlist that will do it.

    Cleaning & Storage

    After you've done preparing your tasty meal, you don't want to be left with hours of cleaning up. Storage is also something to think about - will it slot easily into a kitchen cabinet, or does it fold and take up even less space?

    Price

    What you need to spend isn't necessarily the single most important thing - but it is a big part of your decision. Are you looking for a budget model for plain and simple cooking or are you happy to invest a bit more for an electric griddle that gives you a wide range of options?

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    Size & Construction

    Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle

    As the play on words in the name suggests, Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle isn't very big - but then that's just what many people are looking for. The cooking surface is 8.5 x 10.5 inches, and it weighs under 2 pounds, so the Presto 07211 is ideal for an apartment or small home - or for those who only use an appliance like this occasionally. It will handle a steak, or a couple of eggs and a few rashers of bacon - which is as much as many need it for. The body of the griddle is cast aluminum, which is light, quite rigid, and good for heating evenly. The top surface has a non-stick coating that reduces the amount of oil needed. Care needs to be taken not to scratch this surface and metal instruments should not be used - but that goes for all non-stick coatings. In general, owners find the quality to be quite fine, although several did think the plastic handles are a bit flimsy, and one or two had cracked them.

    Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles

    At first glance, the Presto 07061 Electric Griddle seems like just a larger version of the Liddle Griddle. However, although there are some things in common, there are a few notable differences. First, of course, is the size. This model has a cooking surface of a fraction under 22 x 11 inches - which is nearly three times the usable area of its smaller sibling. Second is that the handles have clever latch clips so you can quickly remove them for easier storage. Construction is the same stiff and durable cast aluminum, with the same non-stick coating.

    Hamilton Beach 38546 3-in-1 Grill/Griddle

    At 12.5 x 23 inches, the Hamilton Beach 38546 Griddle provides a very similar cooking area as the Presto 07061. At over 6.5 inches deep, it does look more bulky (and weighs 9 pounds), but the depth is there to accommodate the two individual heating elements. The actual grilling surfaces themselves are quick-detach items, and as with most electric griddles, they are aluminum with a non-stick (PFOA-free) coating. There have been a few complaints from owners about quality - mostly related to the numbers rubbing off the temperature dials. A few owners also found that the reversible plates, though useful, weren't non-stick.

    Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler

    The construction of the Cuisinart GR-4N Griddler offers great flexibility: you can use it closed as a sandwich/panini press, or open as a flat griddle. In the former mode, it's 11.5 x 13.5 inches (although actually around 10 x 12 inches in cooking area). In the latter, it gives up to 200 square inches of space. Like the Hamilton Beach, there are reversible, non-stick coated aluminum plates, this time released by a simple button system. There's also a hinge catch for the lid so that it doesn't fall back accidentally. It's reasonable to say that there were manufacturing issues with these appliances in the past, as owners experienced a variety of problems. However, more recent purchasers don't seem to be having the same trouble and the vast majority of owners have complimented Cuisinart on its improved quality.

    Oster CKSTGR3007-ECO DuraCeramic

    There's no denying that the Oster CKSTGR3007-ECO Griddle is a well-designed piece of equipment, and while it's quite large - around 5.5 x 15 x 22 inches with a cooking surface of 10 x 18 - it certainly doesn't look cumbersome. There are two points of particular note about the construction. First is that there's a clever warming tray within the body of the machine and second is the ceramic non-stick coating for the reversible cooking tray that the ECO part of the name is derived from. This is a natural material, bonded to the aluminum surface (which is both PTFE and PFOA-free), and which is much more durable than the alternatives.

    The Oster features a clever warming tray within the body of the machine.
    Considerations

    Cooking Options

    Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle

    The Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle is an uncomplicated piece of equipment, and that is a good thing. It's a basic flat surface electric griddle. It is rated at 1000 watts and is regulated by a temperature knob that goes from an undefined "warm" up to 400°F - there's also a channel on one side of the tray for any fat that runs off. Although it is perhaps not big enough to feed a family, owners have been pleasantly surprised at how controllable the heat is, and many have cooked thicker products like pork chops and burgers on it without any problems.

    One or two people report uneven heat distribution - and in particular, stripes on their pancakes - from the Presto 07061 Electric Griddle, but we can only assume this was a problem with very few because the vast majority of owners were very complimentary about how quickly it heated up and how well it cooked. Not surprisingly, it's much like a big version of the Liddle Griddle (except that the Presto 07061 has a rating of 1500 watts) and offers the same "warm" to 400°F temperature range. This larger model does have the advantage of a removable drip tray and is considered a nice, big, sturdy surface to work on, while the smaller 07211 is quite light.

    The Hamilton Beach 38546 Griddle introduces more versatility to your cooking with a choice of how you use the plates: you can have either full griddle (flat plates), full grill (ridged plates), or one of each. This means that you could potentially be doing eggs on one half and a steak on the other, or burgers one side and buns on the other, etc. The down-side is that if you do mix things up, you only have half the usable area for each, which partially negates the benefits. It's great for two people, but if you are cooking for an entire family, you'll probably stick to grilling or griddling - not both together. Each half has independent temperature control (maximum of 425°F), although if you attempt to use one side only, some heat will transfer into the other. This did surprise some owners, as did the suggestion that although the surfaces are supposed to be non-stick, a cooking spray was recommended. On the up-side, a lot of people are very happy with the performance, particularly couples who benefit most from using the different plates.

    Much of what is said about the Hamilton Beach can also apply to the Cuisinart GR-4N Griddler because it, too, uses reversible plates so you can have a griddle, grill, or both. The big advantage of the Cuisinart is that you can either use it flat - like the other griddles here, or panini-style - grilling both sides of burgers, steaks, etc., at the same time. Temperature control is a little more complex than the other appliances as you have different ways of adjusting the heat depending on how you're cooking. The griddle runs from 200 to 400°F and the grill/panini press runs from "warm" to "sear" in five steps. It therefore offers lots of potential variations - even more than the Hamilton Beach - but its flexibility can be compromised if you have to prepare food for more than a couple of people. Nevertheless, it's a tremendously popular machine, and very few owners are critical of its cooking ability - although some would prefer it heated up more quickly. Waffle plates are also available for the Cuisinart, but they are sold separately.

    With the Oster CKSTGR3007-ECO Griddle, we're back to single plate cooking. However, it is reversible, and a number of owners were delighted with the way the grill side performed on steaks and the like - especially the dark marks that some prefer for added flavor. The griddle side comes in for similar praise in terms of the way it worked; "cooks to perfection," is one of many positive comments from owners of this appliance. The temperature gauge runs from 300 to 450°F, and according to Oster, it reaches the required heat up to 20% quicker than rivals because of its ceramic non-stick coating. We guess that depends on which rival they're talking about, but users do tell us that it heats precisely and evenly - if a little slowly.

    The big advantage of the Cuisinart is that you can either use it flat or panini-style.
    Susan T.
    Expert Consultant

    Susan Sano Tuveson has been cooking for people for five decades. Educated in music, law, and languages, she left her legal practice to establish Cacao Chocolates in Kittery, Maine. A three-time Best of Seacoast New England winner, the shop was popular for its high-quality artisanal truffles flavored with unusual local ingredients.


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    Considerations

    Cleaning & Storage

    Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle

    If you're short on space, the Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle is ideal. It's neat, light, and easy to find a home for in your cupboards. If you detach the temperature gauge (it simply unplugs), the whole thing can be immersed in warm, soapy water - making it easy to clean. Actually, doing it that way is Presto's suggestion, but several owners have put theirs in the dishwasher - apparently without ill effects. The only critical comments associated with this part of our ratings was that the grease channel is part of the machine - rather than a separate tray - so you have to tip the whole thing up to empty it. That's not something you really want to do when it's warm, but if you wait, some of the fats will set.

    Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles

    We've already pointed out a few similarities between the baby model and the full-sized Presto 07061 Electric Griddle, and cleaning is another: unplug the temperature gauge and the whole thing can be immersed in water (or put in the dishwasher if you feel so inclined - though that's not recommended). The big advantage the large Presto has is the separate grease tray, making cleaning up easier in spite of its larger cooking area. Storage might be more of an issue, but with its handles and legs detached, it should fit in most standard kitchen cabinets.

    Hamilton Beach 38546 3-in-1 Grill/Griddle

    The removable cooking plates on the Hamilton Beach 38546 Griddle are completely dishwasher safe, as is the central drip tray, leading many owners to comment about how easy it is to clean. However, it's not quite so easy to find somewhere to put it: it's a considerable size, and given the fact that it is one entire unit (apart from the plates), there's no way to reduce those overall dimensions. Unless you have space to leave it out on a countertop, it is a bit inconvenient to store.

    Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler

    The Cuisinart GR-4N Griddler is another model that benefits from dishwasher-safe plates and a drip tray and also comes with a handy cleaning tool for removing anything that gets a bit stuck on - although you should wait at least 30 minutes before handling any of these parts in order to allow them to cool down. Some owners would rather not wait and instead prefer to wipe the plates down with something damp, but everyone seems to find them easy to clean - no matter what method you choose. In terms of storage, the unit weighs a relatively heavy 8 pounds, but thanks to its folding design, it is just as easy to find room for.

    Oster CKSTGR3007-ECO DuraCeramic

    As with several of the other appliances we reviewed, cleaning the Oster CKSTGR3007-ECO Griddle should be just a question of putting the cooking plate and drip tray in the dishwasher - and most owners find this to be very simple and effective. However, some users were critical of the design and said that the holes that should allow grease to flow into the tray actually caused it to run around the inside of the machine. This problem is not widely reported - so it could be a problem with a small batch - and is quickly remedied with a damp cloth, although it can be a nuisance for those that are affected. In terms of storage, its useful size is in some ways its downfall. It is big - very big - and there's nothing you can really do about that, although we think it is attractive enough to keep on display anyway.

    Owners of the Oster are delighted with the way the grill side performs on steaks.
    Considerations

    Price

    Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle

    Right now you should be able to pick up the Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle for just $24 (its original price is $50). That's an excellent price for something that's just right for people living on their own, for couples, or for those who want a handy additional appliance for occasional use when their ordinary cooker and grill are overloaded. It does exactly what you would expect of it. It's easy to clean and everyone should be able to find space for it - even those in a camper or boat. Very few owners had any complaints. Although some found the handles to be a bit fragile, most said that it is simply "a great little griddle."

    Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles

    The Presto 07061 Electric Griddle deserves its place in these ratings because, like the Liddle Griddle, it's a very good, basic machine at a terrific price - down from $50 to around $31. At that price, it's no surprise that it's extremely popular. It does everything the smaller model does, but it feeds more people! Presto offers quite a range of different griddles and is extremely well-respected in this market, but these two models stand out: either one or the other delivers a solution to just about every need, and both are extremely affordable. "You'll be happy," said one owner - and hundreds of others agree.

    Hamilton Beach 38546 3-in-1 Grill/Griddle

    You should be able to get the Hamilton Beach 38546 Griddle for around $37, which puts it in the middle of the price range. It's another highly-rated appliance for not a lot of money, and it has the advantage over the basic Prestos in that it offers grilling as well as griddling, in addition to a split surface so that you can use both cooking methods at once. Customer opinions as to how effective that is for a family are divided, and there are some issues with ease of storage and build quality, but very few owners had anything bad to say about the way it actually cooks.

    Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler

    If versatility is what you're looking for, then the Cuisinart GR-4N Griddler could well be what you need. What's more, if you're looking for a bargain you'll be even happier because it's currently reduced from $185 to just $84 online. The Cuisinart doesn't just offer grill and griddle alternatives - it offers the panini option as well, adding a whole new dimension. That has made it one of the most popular models available, with literally thousands of satisfied owners. Anything that has sold this many is bound to have detractors, most complaining about how long it takes to heat up, but they are massively out numbered by those who say things like "great product," "great buy," and "worth that little bit more."

    Oster CKSTGR3007-ECO DuraCeramic

    Normally $100, the Oster CKSTGR3007-ECO Griddle is on sale for $80 at the moment. It's a quality piece of kitchen equipment from a well-known brand, scoring very highly in customer reviews. It is a substantial piece, so storage might be a consideration, but the flip side of that is that there's plenty of cooking space. While it doesn't offer the two-styles-at-once that are possible with the Hamilton Beach and Cuisinart, the plate is reversible so you can griddle or grill. User complaints are few and far between, and it's frequently praised for its design, how easy it is to clean, and for its exemplary cooking performance.

    If versatility is what you're looking for, then the Cuisinart GR-4N Griddler could well be what you need.

    Best of the Best

    There are five machines here that will each provide excellent service in someone's kitchen, but the best electric griddle is the Oster CKSTGR3007-ECO. It's not that the others have faults - there's little to criticize on any of them - it's just that the Oster is that bit better in just about every part of our ratings.

    Good design doesn't necessarily mean good build quality, but it does in this case, and a number of people have commented about how well put together this griddle is. Those competitors that offer a similar cooking area either don't offer the versatility of a griddle or grill or have to split the plates to achieve that, thereby reducing the usable surface. While other units might be as easy to clean, none provide a warming tray so that you can cook more than one batch - or even griddle then grill - and still be able to serve everyone at the same time.

    It's not the easiest thing to store, there were a few minor niggles about the drip tray, and some hoped it would heat up more quickly, but we love this electric griddle - and in particular the even way it cooks. There are indoor barbecues on the market that are around the same size and cost in the region of $300. The Oster can do pretty much the same job on your steaks but will also cook your eggs for a little over $70. It's a quality machine, comes highly recommended by owners, and is without question the top electric griddle on the market right now.
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    Good design doesn't necessarily mean good build quality, but it does in this case.

    Best Bang for your Buck

    If you've already selected five great alternatives - none of which is expensive - it's obviously going to be tough to choose just one that offers best value for money. Nevertheless a decision has to be made, and in this case we've gone with the Cuisinart GR-4N Griddler.

    The Presto Liddle Griddle is a great machine: small, basic, but pretty much faultless. Its bigger sibling, the Presto 07061, is equally good. We included both in this review because they have so much to offer. The Hamilton Beach is inexpensive and provides considerable flexibility and our top pick, the Oster, delivers quality at a higher price point.

    However, none of these models have the versatility of the Cuisinart, and right now the price is exceptional. While this griddle would normally be the most expensive of all the models on our shortlist, it's currently on sale for $84. For that, you get the option of a fairly substantial flat griddle or grill area, or half and half, or - and here's the big bonus - a panini press function that you could use on sandwiches, burgers, steaks, or just about whatever you'd like. The manufacturer says you shouldn't try to cook boned chicken in this way, but some owners have even done that with good results. When you're finished, its a breeze to clean and easy to stow.

    There have been production problems in the past, but these seem to have been overcome. A number of people would prefer if it was bigger, and there's a slight learning curve for some of the features, but this hasn't stopped thousands of people choosing this machine over its rivals. Owners consistently praise it and one called it "the best kitchen appliance I own." Enough said.
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