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ELECTRIC GRIDDLE

We've had our electric Black and Decker griddle for some five or six years now. At first it was a pleasure, but now it's old and tired, isn't nearly as nonstick as it once was, and works efficiently when it feels like it. Has some hot spots and some cooler spots... it's time to send it off to the recyclers and buy a new one. But which one?

We use our griddle once or twice a month for pancakes on the weekends... we'd probably use it more often for other things if it was more fun to use. Right now the temperature gauge is fussy and it sparks when we unplug it, so it's just a matter of time.

So tell me, cooking peeps... which griddle do you recommend?

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malnpudl
Oct. 26th, 2012 05:50 am (UTC)
What's your budget?

Cook's Illustrated did an equipment review in 2009 and their winner was the Broilking Professional Griddle for $100 (US). Runners up were the West Bend Cool-Touch Nonstick Electric Griddle (since discontinued) and the Cuisinart Griddler ($129). Pricey.

Of the moderately priced models, the only one that even got "recommended with reservations" was the Rival Non-Stick Electric Griddle ($40).

They did not like the Presto Professional 22-inch Jumbo Electric Griddle ($40), the Cuisinart Electric Nonstick Grill and Griddle ($100), and the Black & Decker Family-Size Electric Nonstick Griddle ($30).

Criteria included accuracy of temperature settings, temperature consistency across the entire cooking surface, ease of use, ease of cleaning, and size of cooking area.
anita_margarita
Oct. 26th, 2012 05:54 am (UTC)
If the griddle works well and will last a long time, I'm willing to spend the money. It's a false economy to buy something that's cheap but doesn't work well after only a few years, so I'll consider whatever gets good reviews for usefulness and longevity.
Thanks!
malnpudl
Oct. 26th, 2012 06:03 am (UTC)
I hear that. :-)

For what it's worth, I trust these people for reliable, comprehensive equipment reviews. They're the folks who make the PBS show "America's Test Kitchen," if that means anything to you.

Good luck!
idgafjkigaf
Oct. 26th, 2012 02:34 pm (UTC)
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