We Tested Amazon's Best-Selling Electric Griddle

Nicole McLaughlin, aka NicoleMcmom, tested the popular Presto Tilt-n-Fold electric griddle to see if it lives up to the hype. Here's what she found.

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When a kitchen appliance is the number one best-seller on Amazon, there's only one thing to do and that's to take it for a test drive. Our own Nicol McLaughlin put the Presto 19-inch Tilt-n-Fold electric through its paces to see if it's a must-have or a total flop.

The Claims

  • Versatility. Good for making breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Easy storage. The legs fold under to make it more compact and easier to store.
  • Tilt function. This allows grease to drain into a removable tray.

The Breakfast Test

What else would you make on a griddle but pancakes? And with all that cooking surface available, you might as well fry up some bacon at the same time. And eggs after that.

Nicole's conclusion: This griddle passes the breakfast test. She loves the time-saving aspect of it because she can make multiple dishes at the same time instead of in batches. And clean-up was a breeze thanks to the griddle's non-stick surface.

Tip: The non-stick surface is great for cooking eggs, even after draining away the grease. But just as with any non-stick surface, you don't want to use a non-stick spray on it because it makes the surface gummy.

The Lunch Test

To see how the griddle handles lunch, Nicole made burgers, specifically smash burgers. She also used the griddle to toast the buns at the same time.

Nicole's conclusion: Given the size of this griddle, Nicole says it could have easily fit eight burgers instead of four. She also liked that using the tilt function helped the burger grease drain off while cooking. Nicole did find there were some hot and cold spots which led to uneven browning, but she says you'd find the same thing with almost any pan.

Tip: If you're going to make something a little greasy, you might want to protect your countertops with a sheet of aluminum foil.

The Dinner Test

For its final test, Nicole decided to make a hibachi-style dinner cooking shrimp, vegetables, and fried rice all on one surface.

Nicole's conclusion: There's room enough to easily cook everything all at once on the griddle. She also likes the notion of taking the griddle outside, plugging it in, and cooking dinner without worrying about messing up the kitchen.

Tip: Protect your non-stick surface by using a silicone or bamboo spatula instead of a metal spatula.

The Clean-Up Test

Nicole says it's very easy to clean the griddle for everyday use simply by giving it a good wipe, but she decided to see how it cleans up in the sink — especially after all the cooking she just did.

Nicole's conclusion: The griddle cleans up easily with just warm soapy water. No need to use harsh scrubbers.

Tip: Be sure to unplug it, and do not immerse the griddle in water. Wipe off the underside, too.

Is It Worth It?

To answer the original question: Is the Presto Tilt-n-Fold electric griddle a must-have or a total flop? Nicole gives it a definite two thumbs up!

  • Easy cooking and cleaning
  • Easy storage
  • Can cook a lot of food at one time
  • Griddles aren't just for breakfast anymore
  • It's fun to use

To buy: $50 at Amazon.

You can connect with Nicole as NicoleMcmom on Allrecipes and on Instagram @nicolemcmom.

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