While griddles are probably most associated with pancakes and sunny-side-up eggs, they're actually one of the most versatile cooking surfaces imaginable. You can use a griddle to cook hamburgers while heating their buns, crisp up carnitas while warming tortillas, or sear a steak instead of using an outdoor grill. These wider cooktops provide plenty of space, so you can cook for a large household, and can also serve as warming trays for a buffet spread. Electric griddles are excellent options since they can be used on any tabletop with access to an outlet; they provide consistent heat and are generally easier to clean than built-in griddles and griddle pans.
Read on to find our picks for best electric griddles to add to your kitchen.
Zojirushi EA-DCC10XJ Gourmet Sizzler Electric Griddle
Large cooking surface
Wide variable temperature range
Disassembles for easy cleaning
Bulky to store
If cooking with a griddle is going to be an everyday occurrence, investing in a top-quality griddle might be a wise decision. This luxurious model from Zojirushi has a nice-sized 19 x 12.5-inch cooking surface and can heat from 176 to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. The cooking surface has a nonstick ceramic coating enhanced with titanium to make it long-lasting and easy to clean, while it promotes even browning. The griddle disassembles easily for cleaning, so you’ll get all the nooks cleaned every time.
We tested this in our Lab, where it earned excellent ratings across the board. Our tester noted that they could easily cook six pancakes at once, and after the first batch, they cooked a bit quicker thanks to the griddle's solid heat retention. Our tester also fit an entire pack of bacon on the griddle, noting that it cooked beautifully and evenly.
The cooking plate sits inside a body guard, which helps to prevent accidental scalding while cooking. Both the guard and cooking plate are fully immersible for thorough cleaning, though our tester noted that it would rarely need to be submerged since the surface cleans off so easily. This griddle includes a lid for faster cooking, to hold in steam, and to protect against splattering. A stainless steel spatula is also included.
Price at time of publish: $153 for Extra Large Griddle style in Stainless Brown
Material: Aluminum with ceramic nonstick coating | Heat Range: 176 to 425 degrees | Lid Included: Yes | Dishwasher Safe: No | Dimensions: 19 x 12.5-inches | Weight: 12 pounds
BELLA Electric Ceramic Titanium Griddle
Ready to use right out of the box
Very nonstick surface
Easy to clean
Thick cord is a little awkward
Slight staining may occur
This wallet-friendly griddle performs well above its modest price point—featuring a generous 10.5 x 20-inch surface, it heats quickly and evenly thanks to 1500 watts of power. The dial offers great temperature control and allows you to heat the surface from "warm" to 400 degrees, hot enough to turn out pancakes, bacon, and more at an excellent pace. The ceramic nonstick surface is reinforced with titanium for extra durability (though you should still avoid using metal utensils to prolong the life of your griddle).
In our Lab, this griddle performed wonderfully—pancakes and French toast cooked evenly, and the griddle maintained its heat very well throughout the cooking process. Our tester noted that it was incredibly easy to take apart and clean, noting that though it is dishwasher safe, she was able to just wipe it down with a damp paper towel. While there was a hint of staining after cooking eggs, we're confident that this nonstick surface is pretty durable and will work just fine for quite some time.
The handles stay cool for optimum maneuverability and the surface has a ledge that comes in handy to stop hash browns or pancakes from slipping as you flip them. To clean, remove the probe—the surface is fully immersible and the drip tray can go right into the dishwasher.
Price at time of publish: $35
Material: Aluminum with ceramic nonstick coating | Heat Range: Warm to 400 degrees | Lid Included: N/A | Dishwasher Safe: Drip tray only | Dimensions: 10.5 x 20-inches | Weight: 3.88 pounds
Best for Crepes
NutriChef Electric Griddle and Crepe Maker
Heats quickly and evenly
Quick temperature adjustments
Makes an electrical buzzing sound
This electric crepe maker and griddle by NutriChef has an easy-to-adjust temperature dial and a large (12 inches), flat nonstick cooking surface that cooks quickly and evenly, which our tester highlights: "It has an impressively even cooking surface. The crepes cooked evenly from one side to the other," she raves. This surface also has a short lip so that your batter doesn't spill over the edge.
Plus, the NutriChef comes with a wooden pastry spreader and wooden crepe turner with beveled edges, which our tester found extremely helpful in folding over the crepes due to their large diameter. She also likes that the appliance is multipurpose: she can cook other breakfast favorites such as eggs, bacon, and sausage with it.
Price at time of publish: $53
Material: Aluminum with ceramic nonstick coating | Heat Range: Variable | Lid Included: No | Dishwasher Safe: No | Dimensions: 12 x 12.9 x 2.4-inches | Weight: 2.4 pounds
"It’s fairly compact, and its multiple uses help justify the cabinet space." — Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler
Wide cooking temperature range
Removable nonstick plates are easy to clean
On the small side for a large family
Bottom plate heats more than top
If versatility is important to you, the 5-in-1 Griddler from Cuisinart is a great choice. This model has interchangeable plates that allow you to use the machine as a griddle or grill, as well as a traditional panini press (a waffle plate option is also available for purchase). Open the lid all the way to create a flat top griddle, perfect for making pancakes, eggs, and bacon for the family. Use the selector knobs in front to control the temperature, from 175 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit in griddle mode. When in panini/grill mode, you have a variable temperature selection from "low" to "sear," so you can adjust to your heating preferences as needed.
Our tester liked the ease of using the Griddler, as well as the ability to set the temperature for constant, consistent heating for whatever you're cooking. One drawback they noticed is that though the hidden drip tray is convenient, it is also easy to forget about when it's time to clean up, so you'll have to be conscious of cleaning it before storing the grill away.
This easy-to-use griddle/grill combo has a sturdy brushed stainless steel exterior, easy to maintain with a simple wipe down to remove any debris. Cleaning up is simple—our tester loved that the removable nonstick plates are dishwasher safe but can also be easily washed by hand.
Price at time of publish: $100 for Griddler
Material: Aluminum with nonstick coating | Heat Range: 175 to 450 degrees | Lid Included: N/A | Dishwasher Safe: Yes (removable plates) | Dimensions: 11.3 x 14.4 x 16.7-inches | Weight: 13 pounds
"We appreciated the ease of using the Griddler, as well as the simple cleaning of the grill plates in the dishwasher." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle
Perfect for smaller kitchens
Fully submersible for cleaning
Easy to store
Nonstick surface is susceptible to scratches
No drip tray included
A large griddle is great for feeding a crowd, but if you’re cooking for one or two, this compact griddle has plenty of space for four fried eggs, a pair of steaks, or hash browns for breakfast. The cooking surface is 8.5 x 10.5 inches and has a nonstick coating for easy cleanup. The griddle has a built-in channel that catches fat and other drippings, but there is no drip tray, so you’ll need to pour it out after cooking.
We tested this in our Lab and found that while this cooks pancakes evenly, it does run on the hot side so you'll have to pay attention to cooking time. Our pancakes did turn out well, though, and we cooked six slices of bacon at once, the perfect amount for two people. The surface is extremely nonstick, so flipping the pancakes took some getting used to, but overall, it's a pretty solid performance considering its size.
With the temperature control removed, the entire griddle is fully submersible for easy cleaning—the nonstick surface helps everything slide right off. The temperature goes from warm to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can use it for most of your cooking needs, whether at home, at a vacation cottage, or in a dorm room. If you need to store it in a small space when it’s not in use, the leg/handle pieces can be removed to make it even more compact.
Price at time of publish: $70
Material: Aluminum with nonstick coating | Heat Range: Warm to 400 degrees | Lid Included: No | Dishwasher Safe: Yes | Dimensions: 12 x 12.9 x 2.5-inches | Weight: 3.3 pounds
Broil King PCG-10 Professional Portable Nonstick Griddle
Professional quality construction
Large surface area for cooking
Comes with backsplash
Bulky to store
Not submersible for cleaning
This griddle by Broiler King is a super versatile addition to your kitchen, acting almost like a restaurant flat-top grill with a generously sized, 21 x 12-inch surface. This portable griddle has legs that allow the surface to tilt slightly, encouraging grease to drain into the drip tray. The removable backsplash helps to minimize splatter when cooking, an excellent feature if you are using this on an open table or kitchen island.
During our Lab tests, this griddle performed beautifully, turning out golden brown pancakes in under four minutes. It's also large enough to cook an entire pack of bacon to crunchy perfection in about eight minutes, ideal if you're cooking for a family or hosting brunch. Our tester noted it was also very easy to clean thanks to the nonstick surface and easy to store because it was so thin and lightweight.
The temperature control ranges from 150 to 425 degrees Fahrenheit, so you can use the cooktop to keep a batch of pancakes at serving temperature or to grill smashburgers. Cleanup is easy thanks to the nonstick surface—wipe down the griddle and put the drip tray into the dishwasher.
Price at time of publish: $185
Material: Cast aluminum with nonstick coating | Heat Range: 150 to 425 degrees | Lid Included: No | Dishwasher Safe: Drip tray only | Dimensions: 29 x 12.5 x 5.5-inches | Weight: 8.15 pounds
Best Extra Large
BELLA XL Electric Ceramic Titanium Griddle
Easy to use without oil
Great quality for the price
A cinch to clean
Might stain with use
Cord is a bit awkward
When it comes to value, this griddle from Bella—a larger version of our Best Budget pick—delivers it in spades. This durable model offers a 1500-watt heating system underneath a titanium and ceramic-coated nonstick surface. The extra-large surface, measuring 12 x 22 inches, means that you can easily cook for a crowd—incredibly useful if you have a large family or are entertaining guests.
Our Lab tester found the heat retention to be great with this griddle—the second round of pancakes cooked in half the time of the first batch (which initially took about six minutes). Cooking bacon was fairly straightforward, though she did have to move some pieces from the edges into the center for better crisping. We noticed that the surface remained slick throughout cooking—almost too slick, as flipping the pancakes without them slipping took some getting used to.
The griddle has a variable temperature control dial that ranges from "warm" to 400 degrees. The handles stay cool so you can easily move the griddle anytime, and the surface features a built-in ledge with a backstop for better control when flipping flapjacks or hash browns. To clean, simply remove the probe—the surface is fully immersible and the drip tray can go right into the dishwasher.
Price at time of publish: $47
Material: Aluminum with ceramic nonstick coating | Heat Range: Warm to 400 degrees | Lid Included: N/A | Dishwasher Safe: Drip tray only | Dimensions: 22 x 12-inches | Weight: 4 pounds
Presto 7055 Cool-Touch Electric Ceramic Griddle
Generous surface area for cooking
Fully submersible with heat control removed
Slim profile makes it easy to store
Light surface may show signs of wear quickly
Nonstick capabilities diminish over time
If you currently favor ceramic cookware, this griddle by Presto might be right up your alley. The cooking surface is made from heavy cast aluminum with a durable ceramic coating, which is naturally nonstick and less susceptible to damage than traditional nonstick coating. The large 10.5 x 20.5-inch cooktop gives you plenty of room to cook for a crowd, from hotcakes to fajitas.
We tested this in our Lab and were pleased to see we could fit a dozen pancakes on the griddle at once. They cooked in about 90 seconds on each side and were easy to flip thanks to the nonstick surface. We were also able to fit an entire pack of bacon at once but noted that some of the pieces around the edges needed to be moved to the center to really crisp up. You'll also need to manually guide some of the excess grease towards the drip tray—not a dealbreaker at all, but something to note if you're cooking something with a lot of fat.
Our tester found this was pretty easy to clean—you can wipe it down with paper towels, but the cooking surface is fully immersible once you remove the heat control (handwash the cooktop and removable drip tray). Thanks to its low profile, this is also really easy to store until its next use.
Price at time of publish: $47
Material: Cast aluminum with ceramic nonstick coating | Heat Range: Warm to 400 degrees | Lid Included: Yes | Dishwasher Safe: No | Dimensions: 22.5 x 11.5 x 2.38-inches | Weight: 5 pounds
Our best overall pick is the Zojirushi Gourmet Sizzler Electric Griddle, a top-quality model with a wonderfully durable cooking surface that is easy to clean. If you want a griddle with more versatility, we also love the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler, which functions as a griddle as well as a panini press and grill and stores away easily.
What to Look For in an Electric Griddle
When picking out your griddle, you'll want to first consider how much you'll be cooking at once. Larger griddles come in handy for bigger families or on mornings when you invite guests for Sunday brunch, but they will also require more storage space. Smaller griddles might be the best choice for single folks, couples who don't entertain very often, or those who have limited storage capabilities.
Electric griddles are available with a variety of different cooking surfaces, including traditional nonstick and ceramic coatings. Nonstick surfaces are easiest to clean but also need to be handled with caution so they don't get scratched or damaged, particularly by sharp cooking implements. It’s definitely wise to pay close attention to the characteristics of the cooking surface to make sure it fits your cooking style and maintenance preferences.
If you’re going to use your griddle to cook greasy foods like bacon and burgers, a version with a generous, easy-to-clean drip tray will make cooking and cleaning much easier. A fully removable, dishwasher-safe drip tray is ideal, but any drip tray that can be easily cleaned by hand is a great option.
How do you clean an electric griddle?
For many griddles, you can simply wait till the unit cools and wipe away any food debris and grease with a sponge. If your griddle has dishwasher-safe parts, you can slip those right into the dishwasher for easy cleaning. Be sure to always consult your product guide for specific cleaning instructions.
Do you need a hood for an electric griddle?
For home use, you generally won't need one.
Can you use a pan on an electric griddle?
You can, but it's pretty inefficient since the heating element is warming a layer of metal already and that heat will have to work extra hard to transfer to your pan. You're better off using your stovetop instead.
How do you use an electric griddle as a warming tray?
With its flat, broad surface, you can use it as a warming tray by putting it on a low setting and placing your heat-safe casserole dish or aluminum tray right on top of the griddle.
How do you store an electric griddle?
Be sure your griddle has cooled completely, then wrap up the cord and stow it away until the next time you need to use it. Many griddles can also be store on their sides to maximize storage space.
How We Researched & Tested
To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best products on the market in this category, evaluating their key features—like ease of use, material, or price—in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources.
In our Lab, we put these griddles through a few rounds of use in different applications, from making pancakes and frying bacon, to cooking up other items like French toast and eggs. Our team also incorporated their own personal experiences testing products in their own lives. We then used these insights from our research and testing to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.
Other Options We Tested
- Presto 19-inch Electric Tilt-n-Fold Griddle: This griddle excelled in value and ease of cleaning, but was only average in terms of performance. Pancakes cooked unevenly and it took some time to reheat between batches. For a similar price, there are better options out there.
- Dash Deluxe Everyday Electric Griddle: This model proved to be a bit messy when in use, making it difficult to keep clean.
- Toastmaster TM-203GR 10x20 Electric Griddle: Very good, but not outstanding when it comes to performance and construction. While it did well across the board, we felt there were other options that edged this model off the list.
- Oster Diamondforce Electric Griddle: It's easy to clean and simple to use, but didn't retain heat well enough for our liking.
- BELLA Electric Griddle with Warming Tray: Despite the ease of use and fantastic price, issues with uneven heating and difficulty cleaning made us decide to leave this off of our list.
- Brentwood TS-840 Non-Stick Electric Griddle with Drip Pan: This griddle gave mixed results—from uneven heating to difficulties with cleaning, our tester felt this was expensive for what it was.
- Presto 22-inch Electric Griddle (07061): Easy to use with excellent performance, but it fell short when it came to heat retention, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
- BLACK+DECKER Family-Sized Electric Griddle with Warming Tray : This griddle actually performed wonderfully, but it was left off the list because of its less-than-stellar heat retention capabilities and is more difficult to clean than others.
- Secura Smokeless Indoor Grill/Griddle: Despite high marks for performance, our tester didn't love the design that allowed grease to pool, and found it bulky and difficult to store.
- GreenLife Healthy Ceramic Non-Stick Electric Griddle: This griddle was only average in terms of design and ease of use, and scored low when it came to performance, heat retention, ease of cleaning, and overall value.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
The author of this piece, Bernadette Machard de Gramont, specializes in global food and wine content. She researches and tests a variety of cookware, bakeware, and wine tools, and interviews field experts for their insight.