Three best electric griddles

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Don’ t use metal utensils on a nonstick electric griddle plate.

An electric griddle is a fast and easy way to cook breakfast or burgers without dirtying a bunch of pots and pans. There are dozens of models to choose from, but finding the right one isn't always easy. Some are simple to clean and use, while others cook unevenly and harbor stuck-on food. In order to select the best electric griddle for your needs, it helps to understand which features are the most important. Here is a brief overview of what to look for while shopping, as well as a few specific recommendations.

Considerations when choosing electric griddles

Cooking plate

The first thing you need to decide is whether a griddle will suffice or you'd like the option to grill foods as well. Basic electric griddles have a single-sided cooking plate that is usually removable for easy cleaning. These griddles are most commonly used for breakfast foods like pancakes, eggs, and sausage.

Electric griddle/grill combos have reversible cooking plates, so you can choose between a traditional griddle and a grill. A few models have two plates, so you can use one as a griddle and one as a grill at the same time. Think about what foods you plan to cook most often and which type of unit will suit you best.

Electric griddle features

Size: Large electric griddles enable you to cook more food at once, but they're also more difficult to store. Consider how much room you have for storage and choose your griddle accordingly.

Material: Electric griddles are made of aluminum, stainless steel, or cast iron. Aluminum heats quickly and evenly and is a great choice for sautéing and searing foods. Stainless steel is durable and cleans up easily, but foods may stick to it if the cooking surface doesn't have a nonstick coating. Cast iron is great for meats, but it takes a long time to heat up.

Ease of cleanup: The best electric griddles have removable cooking surfaces that you can wash either by hand or in the dishwasher. They also have a drip tray that catches the grease so it doesn't leak all over the countertop.

Controls: Some electric griddles only offer low, medium, and high settings while others have precise degree controls. If you're purchasing a unit with two separate cooking plates, you might want to choose one with dual heat controls so you can set the temperature for each one separately.

Electric griddle prices: You can find a small, basic griddle for less than $25, but the controls are pretty basic and these units don't hold up well over time. If you plan to use your griddle often, consider investing in one that costs between $25 and $50. Grill/griddle combos usually start at around $50, with some of the most expensive models going for over $100.

FAQ

Q. Can I wash electric griddle components in the dishwasher?

A. You might be able to, but you should consult the owner's manual first. If the plates have a nonstick coating, it's usually best to wash them by hand even if the manufacturer says they can be washed in the dishwasher.

Q. What types of food can I cook on an electric griddle?

A. You can cook all kinds of foods, from pancakes and eggs to burgers and sausages. Some electric griddles include grilling plates as well, so you can cook food just as you would on an outdoor grill.

Electric griddles we recommend

Best of the best: Oster DuraCeramic Reversible Electric Grill/Griddle

Our take: The perfect choice if you enjoy cooking on the grill or griddle but hate the cleanup afterward.

What we like: Nonstick, reversible grill and griddle pan, plus removable drip tray so cleanup is a breeze. The cooking plate and tray are dishwasher safe.

What we dislike: Large griddle isn't ideal if you're short on storage space.

Best bang for your buck: BLACK+DECKER Electric Griddle

Our take: This griddle has a few quirks, but it's still a solid pick for those on a budget.

What we like: Surprisingly large griddle for the price. Cooks up to eight servings at a time. Nonstick surface and built-in warming tray.

What we dislike: A few complaints about uneven heating. Drip cup is smaller than expected for a unit of this size.

Choice 3: Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 Electric Griddle

Our take: Versatile unit that enables you to use the grill and griddle side by side.

What we like: Two reversible grids, so you can choose between griddle, grill, or both. The plates and center drip tray are dishwasher safe.

What we dislike: Reversible plates aren't nonstick.

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