The Best Cheap Electric Griddles of 2019

Electric griddles have a flat cooking surface with a heating element beneath it.

No kitchen gadget is better suited for cooking breakfast foods like pancakes, bacon and eggs. A griddle is an especially useful appliance for large families. (If you've made one-at-a-time pancakes in a frying pan, you know how thankless it can feel.)

Some electric griddles claim to be dishwasher safe, but take those claims with a grain of salt. The screws that hold the griddle together are rarely made of stainless steel and may rust if they are soaked or submerged. Thankfully, most griddles are easy to wash by hand.

Here are the best-reviewed electric griddles that have sold for $50 or less in the last 12 months:


Good Price: $27 | Great Deal: $20

This compact griddle heats up quickly (and evenly) and is large enough to cook a half-pound of bacon at once, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers complained that the drip-drawer has a loose mount; others wish that this griddle had non-skid feet.


Good Price: $37 | Great Deal: $23

This griddle has a textured non-stick surface, and while some customers don't like the diamond pattern it leaves on pancakes, most agree that it is truly non-stick. Lots of reviews (even positive ones) say that this griddle does not cook evenly (because it runs hot in the center).


Good Price: $30 | Great Deal: $23

Black+Decker's griddle cooks evenly and is easy to clean, according to most customers. Several Amazon reviewers complained that the grease trap is too small, however.


Good Price: $44 | Great Deal: $34

This Presto griddle packs a huge cooking surface into a relatively small size, according to several Amazon customers. Some reviewers complained that the griddle runs hot or cooks unevenly, but a majority of customers like or love this model.


Good Price: $32 | Great Deal: $27

Several Amazon customers say that this griddle cooks more evenly than others they've used and that the non-stick surface works well. However, some reviewers complained that the grease trap falls out of place easily and the griddle's feet slide across the countertop.


Good Price: $26 | Great Deal: $16

This griddle is designed for 1-2 people and has glowing reviews (most Amazon customers like or love it). One reviewer said the grease trap overflowed when he cooked a pound of bacon on the griddle.



 
 
John DeFeo