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Small Kitchen Appliances

Best Electric Griddle

One of the handiest appliances to have in your the kitchen is an electric griddle. These flat appliances are versatile enough to make a full range of breakfast food, including pancakes, eggs, and sausage. They’re also great for heating grilled cheese sandwiches for lunch, and they are capable of cooking burgers, steak, or tempura vegetables for dinner.

Griddles are made to heat evenly on top of the entire face, so such food items as French toast, scrambled eggs, pork chops and hash browns always come out golden brown on all sides. If you are cooking two completely different types of food, look for griddles with separate temperature controls which control both the right and left side of the grill. You'll be able to fry eggs on one side while keeping your breakfast sausage warm on the other side.

Each of these best electric griddles we’ve chosen for this list will have a drain that conveniently allows grease or oil to drain off into a drip tray, they’ll all have a non-stick cooking surface to simplify cooking and cleanup, and they’ll all be light enough so that you can move them around freely around your countertop or into storage without much hassle; light weight also contributes to the ease in which you can clean them as well.

Oster 16" by 10" Electric Griddle

Oster 16" by 10" Electric Griddle

Good things come in smaller packages, but when it comes to griddles, the Oster 16" by 10" Electric Griddle comes out on top. One of the lighter units here, it’s easy to maneuver around the kitchen, RV or dorm room. Although more compact than most, it's perfect for use by a small family or couple.  The cool touch edges let you pick it up and move it around even when the surface is hot, and the easy empty drip tray makes getting rid of grease and oil a snap. Additionally, the entire griddle is submersible for easy cleaning. The smaller size even uses less electricity, so it is more economical to cook on it instead of a stove top. What you have here is a griddle which can perform an array of cooking functions for a decent price, in a size that will fit virtually anywhere.

Brentwood TS-840 Electric Griddle

This may be the best griddle you've never heard of, but if you need a griddle to deliver big time meals, you won't find any better than the Brentwood TS-840 Electric Griddle. This is a single temperature unit with a 20x10 inch cooking surface. The best part about this unit is that is comes with a lower warming tray that keeps your cooked food warm, as you continue cooking more on top.

You can cook full meals for a larger family on this smaller sized griddle, and then keep the food warm until you are ready to serve. It’s made of lightweight aluminum, so this griddle is easy to move around, but you'll need to manually wipe down the cooking surface because it can't be fully immersed in water. If you have limited space but still want to make some family sized meals, the Brentwood TS-840 Electric Griddle lets you cook on top while keeping the food warm and ready to serve in the warming tray.

Bethany Housewares 730 Heritage Grill

Overall, this is the most versatile griddle on the list, and if you want capabilities that are second to none, the Bethany Housewares 730 Heritage Grill is what you want. While you'll pay some big bucks for the versatility that you'll have with this griddle, it has the capabilities to help you create a variety of food items for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This grill can be used to prepare pancakes, steak, scrambles, frozen pizzas and it even works as an Asian stir fry griddle too.

The swirled aluminum top is a naturally non-stick surface, and there’s a slight spout on the side that allows excess oil or grease to drain off. The appliances real wooden handles not only look nice, they stay cool to the touch as well. The nearly 18-inch diameter gives you a big cooking surface to work with, so your family never needs to worry about leftovers. If you’re willing to pay the cost for a top of the line, do-it-all griddle, this is what your kitchen needs.

Presto 07046 Tilt 'n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle

For big appetites you want a big griddle, and the Presto 07046 TiltnDrain Big Griddle 23" will satisfy everyone’s hunger. Capable of making a generous 12 pieces of French toast at a time, this big griddle can accommodate the needs of a large family. This pick provides a large, versatile cooking surface measuring 23x17 inches and the single temp control heats the griddle evenly for better cooking results. Fully immersible in water so cleaning is easy, this griddle also has additional features such as the cool touch handles and a removable drip tray. Granted, there’s nothing really fancy about this griddle, but it does give you a largest surface area of any griddle we’ve picked for this list.

All Clad All-Clad Electrics 20 x 13" Stainless Steel Electric Griddle

If you want griddle bragging rights in your neighborhood, then you want the All-Clad 99014 GT Electric Griddle. With a 20x13-Inch hard anodized cooking surface, this dual-temperature grill keep items warm on one side while cooking on the other side. If you need to dial in specific temps for different foods, you'll have that capability as well. The anodized surface is better and potentially healthier than a chemically coated non-stick, but be careful not to scratch it or food will begin to stick.

The All-Clad 99014 GT Electric Griddle is the heaviest unit here, so it’s not as portable our other picks. It comes with a easily removable, stainless-steel splash guard on the back which is dishwasher safe. For the price, you will be getting a seriously deluxe griddle that will rival commercially made units in quality and cooking efficiency. However, you will only get a 90 day manufacturer's warranty on this griddle.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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