The Best Cheap Griddles (Under $50) For Sale on Amazon in 2018

A griddle is a flat cooking surface with a heating source underneath.

Simple griddles use a stovetop for heat. An electric griddle is a standalone-appliance with a heating element inside: It's like an indoor grill that's flat and without ridges.

An electric griddle might be worth it for anyone who doesn’t have enough burners, but has counter space to spare. Griddles are made for cooking large amounts of breakfast foods like pancakes, bacon and eggs.

(If you've ever made one-at-a-time pancakes in a frying pan, especially for a large family, you know how thankless it can feel.)

Some electric griddles claim to be dishwasher safe, but there are parts (like screws) that aren't stainless steel that can still rust. Be prepared to wash any griddle by hand. Thankfully, most are easy to clean.

Here are the best-reviewed electric griddles selling for less than $50 on Amazon:

Presto 07061 22-inch Electric Griddle With Removable Handles

Avg. Price: $36 | Bargain Price: $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).

BLACK+DECKER Family-Sized Electric Griddle with Warming Tray & Drip Tray, GD2051B

Avg. Price: $30 | Bargain Price: $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.

Presto 07071 Electric Tilt-N-fold Griddle, 15", Black

Avg. Price: $44 | Bargain Price: $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 more than 90% of customers like or love this model.

Presto 07055 Cool-Touch Electric Ceramic Griddle, 20", Black

Avg. Price: $33 | Bargain Price: $29

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.

Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle

Avg. Price: $26 | Bargain Price: $16

This griddle is designed for 1-2 people and has glowing reviews (more than 91% of 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