Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Le Creuset Cast-Iron Skinny Griddle at Williams-Sonoma
"Like other Le Creuset cookware, this griddle offers the benefits of cast iron without worrying about seasoning or special cleaning."
Best Cast Iron: Lodge Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle Pan at Amazon
"This reversible cast iron griddle has a smooth side that's perfect for cooking pancakes and a ridged side for grilling."
Best Ceramic: Presto Cool-Touch Electric Ceramic Griddle at Amazon
"With heat settings from warm to 400 degrees, this nonstick griddle can cook your pancakes, then keep them warm on a buffet."
Best for Electric Stoves: OXO Non-Stick Pro Square Griddle at Amazon
"A smooth, flat bottom makes this griddle great for electric stoves, and it offers plenty of space for cooking pancakes and more."
Best for Kids: Pancakes Presto PanGogh Pancake Griddle at Walmart
"This kit includes a reversible template and four batter bottles for mixing colorful pancake batter for artistic designs."
Best Splurge: Swiss Diamond Double Burner Griddle at Williams-Sonoma
"This griddle is coated with a proprietary nonstick material that includes tiny bits of diamonds for easy pancake flipping."
Best Electric: Cuisinart Elite Griddler at Amazon
"The Elite offers more space than the original model, along with more precise controls and two-sided temperature control."
Best for Gas Stoves: Calphalon Signature 12 Inch Griddle at Amazon
"This round griddle pan is made from durable hard-anodized aluminum and is perfect for cooking one or two pancakes at a time."
Best Stainless Steel: Cuisinart Double Griddle at Bed Bath & Beyond
"Tri-ply stainless steel with a nonstick cooking surface means this griddle can be used on gas, electric, or induction cooktops."
01 of 09
Best Overall: Le Creuset Cast-Iron Rectangular Skinny Griddle
Le Creuset is a familiar name when it comes to high-quality enameled cast iron cookware and delivers on its reputation with this griddle pan. Like their other cookware, this griddle offers the benefit of cast iron without worrying about seasoning or special cleaning. It’s also attractive, with a porcelain-enameled exterior that’s available in several different colors, all with a black cooking surface.
This skillet can be used on any cooktop, including induction cooktops and your outdoor grill, and you can also use it in the oven. It’s not a huge grill, measuring just 8.5 x 13 inches, so it can fit on a single burner, leaving you plenty of space for frying eggs or cooking sausages on other burners. When cooking is done, it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. For big families of pancake lovers, Le Creuset also makes a larger pan in a similar style that fits over two burners.
02 of 09
Best Cast Iron: Lodge LPGI3 Pro-Grid Cast Iron Reversible Grill/Griddle Pan
Lodge is an incredibly popular name for cast iron cookware—for good reason. Their pre-seasoned items are made in the USA and are ready to use when they arrive, although they get better and better with extra seasoning and more use. This 10 x 20-inch griddle gives you plenty of space for cooking everything from pancakes to bacon, and it’s reversible, with a grill surface on the other side for burgers and steaks.
This griddle fits over two burners, and the heavy cast iron does a great job distributing the heat across the entire surface for even cooking, while the slight slope allows fats and juices to drain away to one side.
The griddle can be used on any cooktop or outdoor grill, but it may not work well on induction because not enough of the bottom surface with be in contact with the stovetop. Some users noted that it worked well on their induction cooktop, while others reported that the stove didn’t recognize the griddle very well.
If you're intrigued by the grilling side of this griddle, you may want to check out our list of the best grill pans as well.
03 of 09
Best Ceramic: Presto 07055 Cool-Touch Electric Ceramic Griddle
Ceramic has become increasingly popular as a nonstick surface since it doesn’t use Teflon and it tends to be harder than many other types of nonstick coatings. This handy electric griddle offers that ceramic coating on a large, low-profile griddle that measures 10.5 x 20 inches. You’ll have plenty of room to cook pancakes, bacon, and eggs all at the same time.
With heat settings from warm all the way up to 400 degrees, this electric griddle gives plenty of options for cooking a wide variety of foods or just keeping them warm for serving on the buffet. For easy cleaning, there’s a slide-out drip tray, and the griddle itself can be fully immersed in water with the heat control removed.
04 of 09
Best for Electric Stoves: OXO Good Grips Non-Stick Pro Square Griddle
A smooth, flat bottom makes this griddle great for electric stoves, while the roomy cooking surface offers plenty of space for cooking pancakes, bacon, burgers, and more. It’s even oven-safe to 430 degrees, so you can use it for roasting vegetables or finishing a stove-seared steak in the oven. The griddle is 11 inches square with rolled edges that keep fats and food juices from getting onto your stove during cooking.
The griddle is nonstick, so your pancakes will flip easily and won't leave a mess for you to clean up after breakfast. For even easier cleaning, the whole thing is dishwasher safe, so you’ll be done with breakfast cleanup in no time.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Best for Kids: Pancakes Presto PanGogh Art Batter Pancake Griddle
Pancake art is a lot of fun for both kids and adults, but not all parents can draw well on paper, much less with batter on a hot pan. This set makes artwork easy. It includes a reversible template and four batter bottles for mixing different colors of pancake batter for your masterpieces.
The griddle itself is designed to look like a canvas in a frame, making it even more fun. The included, reversible template gives you the outline of an ice cream cone and a lion; more templates are available for purchase. When you're not using it for colorful and creative cooking, this 11 x 9-inch griddle can be used for hash browns, burgers, and all your other favorite griddled foods.
06 of 09
Best Splurge: Swiss Diamond XD Double Burner Griddle
Made in Switzerland, this pan is manufactured from cast aluminum and is coated with a proprietary nonstick material that includes tiny bits of diamonds. The aluminum core reacts quickly to heat changes and spreads the heat evenly across the surface for even cooking.
This 11 x 17-inch griddle straddles two burners and gives you plenty of space to cook fluffy pancakes or crispy bacon. It can be used on either gas or electric stoves but is not induction compatible. For easy cleaning, the griddle is dishwasher safe, but it's simple to clean by hand if it’s a bit too large for your dishwasher.
07 of 09
Best Electric: Cuisinart GR-300WS Elite Griddler
The Elite Griddler offers more space than the original model, along with more precise controls and a few extra features to make cooking easier. For cooking pancakes, this griddle opens flat for a total of 240 square inches of cooking space. The heat on each half can be controlled separately, so you can cook pancakes at one temperature while browning breakfast sausages on the other side at a different one.
The griddle plates can be reversed for grilling, and the grill can be closed for use as a contact griddle or sandwich press. It can also be set to stay open at a variety of heights for heating the top of foods without making contact, which works well when you're reheating pizza or pancakes, or for cooking delicate foods that you don’t want to crush.
Want more options you can plug into the wall? Check out our list of the best electric griddles.
08 of 09
Best for Gas Stoves: Calphalon Signature 12 Inch Griddle
This 12-inch, round griddle pan is perfect for cooking one or two pancakes at a time. The low sides let you get a spatula easily under the pancakes, but there is a slight edge that means you can cook meat without the juice or fat dripping off of the edge.
The pan is made from durable, nonstick-coated hard-anodized aluminum that heats foods quickly and evenly. Metal utensils can be used in this pan, and it’s even dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. It's not compatible with induction ranges, but it can be used on a gas or electric stovetop.
Whip up a different kind of pancake with a pick from our list of the best crepe makers available online.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Best Stainless Steel: Cuisinart® Tri-Ply Nonstick Stainless Steel Double Griddle
This two-burner griddle is made with tri-ply stainless steel with a dishwasher-safe nonstick layer, which means it can be used on gas, electric, or induction cooktops. Its generous 10.75 x 21-inch size gives you plenty of room to cook your pancakes—and whatever else you're eating for breakfast.
The griddle's oven-safe to 500 degrees, so you can also use it to finish steaks in the oven or for roasting vegetables, and if your favorite cookie sheet disappears, you can even use it for baking cookies or a loaf of artisan bread. The large loop handles make it easy to move when it’s time to serve or when you're transferring it to and from the oven.
Our writers spent 4 hours researching the most popular pancake griddles on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 16 different pancake griddles overall, screened options from 11 different brands and manufacturers, read over 50 user reviews (both positive and negative and tried 3 of the pancake griddles themselves). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.