Best Electric Griddles Reviews 2022

Today on SparkUP we are reviewing the best electric griddles. Have you ever tried preparing pancakes for your family and serving everyone at once without half the stack getting cold? Or attempted to flip a fried egg, only to struggle to fit the spatula around the curved dome of a pan? Or create crispy sizzling bacon without grease puddling at the bottom, bathing your food in fat? Then chances are you haven’t tried making breakfast using an electric griddle.

These flat appliances free up your stovetop (unlike the cast iron versions, which actually sit on top of a stove’s burners) and can be plugged into any wall socket in your kitchen (or wherever you prefer to cook your meal). More importantly, they can quickly and evenly cook up lots of food all at once.

And while they come in a range of prices, most are great, like our top picks

 

Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Electric Indoor Grill + Griddle
Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Electric Indoor Grill + Griddle
Meeting (and in some cases exceeding) our basic expectations for an electric griddle, this brand has a series of notable special features, which catapulted it right to the top of our list.

It’s equipped with two reversible, easy to snap in, non-stick plates with flat griddles on one side and ridged grills on the other. And while the tradeoff here is usually surface area (you often lose a significant amount of cooking real estate where the plates connect), the transition is nearly seamless. Its 180 square inches allowed us to fit four big pancakes, three pieces of bacon, and two eggs on our griddle without a hitch. Cleanup was also easier since you can remove and wash the plates without having to stick the entire unit in the sink (bonus: the plates—and the grease tray included with the griddle—are also dishwasher safe).

 

Another savvy addition to this griddle is that each side of the unit has its own heating control, so you can adjust the temperature under each plate. That’s highly useful when cooking a variety of items at once. Unsurprisingly, the heating consistency of the griddle was also rated highly in our tests. In addition to uniformly griddling our breakfast items, it executed a perfect grilled cheese—evenly browned outsides and fully melted interiors. And it did it in less time than the other models we tested.

Pros:

  • Removable plates.
  • Easy to wash.
  • Adjustable temperature controls.

Cons:

  • None that we could find.

 


 

BLACK+DECKER Family-Sized Electric Flat Top Griddle

BLACK+DECKER Family-Sized Electric Flat Top Griddle

If you’re really not interested in bells and whistles, this one scored top marks for a standard flat top griddle. This family-sized unit is all about its cooking surface, offering 200 square inches of room to griddle and groove.

Temperature can be easily adjusted with a click and lock thermostat, and all the items we tested cooked through evenly and quickly (it produced wonderfully crispy bacon and a mean grilled cheese). And although you can’t remove and wash the surface separately, the entire unit can be submerged in water, and since it’s so light and streamlined—also a plus for storage—washing it by hand isn’t a pain. It helps that a bare minimum of grease is needed on the ultra-slick, nonstick coating and that it cools down quickly after unplugging. The only real downside is that the cord for the plug is extremely short, which—unless you get an extension cord—will determine where you can use it in your kitchen.

Pros:

  • Family-sized.
  • Click and lock the thermostat.
  • Water safe.

Cons:

  • None that we could find.

 


Presto 07046 Tilt ‘n Drain Big Griddle

Presto 07046 Tilt 'n Drain Big Griddle
Electric griddles are great for their ability to cook with less fat, due to their easy release, nonstick surfaces, and this option further facilitates that.

When its handles are lifted outward, the surface tilts, allowing excess grease to flow into the attached trap. The griddle’s generous capacity and almost-square shape (its dimensions are 23 by 17.25 inches) allow the griddle to potentially hold more pancakes than your average rectangle. The front and sides remain cool to the touch, and (minus the removable heat controller), the griddle can be fully immersed in water. That said, this thing is a beast to clean and store and takes up lots of countertop space. It’s bulky from its size and handles, and difficult to fit and maneuver in your average sink.

Pros:

  • Generous capacity.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Water safe.

Cons:

  • Too large.
  • Hard to store.

 


How We Tested the Electric Griddles

To find the best griddle, we put each to the test. We loaded each electric griddle with three strips of bacon, four average-sized pancakes, and two eggs, to see if all the food would fit without Tetris-style maneuvering or crowding, and how long it took the bacon to get crispy, the pancakes to brown evenly, and the eggs to cook over medium heat. We analyzed the performance of the units by measuring heating consistency, how straightforward it was to use/read the heating controls, how simple it was to remove food from the surfaces, and how easy the griddles were to clean (both the surfaces and fat collectors).

 

We also assessed how much counter space they used, how seamless they were to store if they came with any special features or accessories, and how useful those actually were. After tabulating our first round of scores, we made grilled cheese sandwiches on our three top-testing griddles, seeing how well, quickly, and evenly they melted and browned.

 

Things to Know About Electric Griddles

What exactly is an electric griddle anyway? And why should you consider spending money on and devoting kitchen space to one? As opposed to loading your stovetop with all different kinds of pans, you can hook up a griddle wherever you have an electrical outlet and use it to make your favorite breakfast foods (or other items that benefit from a completely flat cooking surface) at once.

 

Their flat, rectangular surface is warmed from below by a built-in heating element that’s powered and regulated by temperature controls, as opposed to significantly smaller (and awkwardly-shaped) pans, which inevitably have cold and hot spots as they’re heated by a single, round, hard to stabilize flame (or electric coil) on a stove.

 

Electric griddles provide even heating, so no matter where you place your food on it, the food can all cook at optimum temperatures. Plus, griddles offer significantly more square footage than your average pan, so you won’t need to cook in batches (no one needs to wait for their turn at pancakes!) helping you feed a crowd without any of the meal elements sitting around and getting cold. The surfaces are nonstick (or generally are, watch out for options that aren’t), so you can cook with less grease—in fact, many models have features that allow fat to actually leach away from your food. It also makes them easy to clean, especially if the griddle comes with removable plates; with little to no scrubbing required.

 

When it comes to buying an electric griddle, size definitely matters. There are smaller, sometimes collapsible models, which are easier to keep in tiny kitchens, and perfectly adequate if you don’t often invite lots of people over for brunch. But you’ll probably want to go with a larger option for families since these griddles make it easier to cook entire meals at once and allow everyone to eat at the same time.

 

Either way, make sure you have the storage space to accommodate one; griddles tend to be the size of oversized cutting boards, but are much bulkier and heavier. Also, look for units that include heating controls with an extensive temperature range. Some griddles even come with dual thermostats, so you can select different heats on each side (a higher temp for searing burgers, perhaps, and a lower one for eggs). Other electric griddles offer detachable grill plates as well, so you can mix up your cooking methods by making steak or pancakes.

 

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