If you're seeking a budget griddle, the Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle (Model 07030) is a good option. It has a generously sized cooking surface and an easy-to-store design.
Features of the Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle
This griddle is a good basic griddle, ideal for families of four or more to make enough pancakes or fried eggs for everyone to eat at once. Its cooking surface is 10.5 by 20 inches, with a nonstick coating.
There’s a small drainage hole for excess fat that drains into a slide-out compartment beneath the cooking surface. It has a simple dial control, and the power cord plugs into the unit so that it can be removed to clean the cooking surface.
- Unit measures 22.25 long by 11.5 wide by 2 1/2 inches tall
- Temperature ranges from “keep warm” to 400˚F.
- Nonstick surface measures 10.5 by 20 inches.
- Control dial and cord removes for easy storage
- Fat draining hole with slide-out drip tray
- Limited 1-year warranty
- Can be washed in the sink, as long as you don’t immerse the controls or plug.
- Instruction pamphlet has a handy temperature chart for different types of foods.
- Only 2.5 inches tall, so it can easily be stored on its side in a cabinet without taking up much space.
- Handy “keep warm” setting can keep food at a good temperature until you’re ready to eat
- Good-sized cooking surface.
- Nonstick surface is delicate and easily scratched.
- Fat drainage hole isn’t really that useful: since the griddle is level, excess has to be pushed into the hole to drain, and the fat-catching drawer falls out when the griddle is turned on its side.
- Non-rubberized feet could cause griddle to skid or slide on the counter.
Putting the Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle to the Test
I tested out the griddle on a batch of Pumpkin Stuffed French Toast.
It heated in only a few minutes – a light on the dial turns off when the griddle is heated to the proper temperature. The instructions say to season the cooking surface before use (by rubbing it lightly with cooking spray). I neglected to do this, instead just melting a few pats of butter on the hot griddle in which to cook my French toast. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t followed the seasoning directions – the toast browned nicely and didn’t stick a bit.
I’m used to griddling foods on my Cuisinart Griddler, so I loved the huge cooking surface (folding griddles, even large ones, limit the cooking surface because of the seam where they fold). The fat-draining hole is small and placed towards the edge of the griddle, taking up only an inch or two of the cooking surface. But for cooking runny foods like eggs, I had to make sure to keep my food well away from the hole so it wouldn’t inadvertently drain into it. Other than bacon or particularly fatty burgers, I can’t imagine a food that I’d cook which would give off enough excess fat to drain into the drawer, but if there were indeed excess fat you'd have to scrape it into the hole with a spatula, since the cooking surface has no slope.
The foods I tested cooked evenly, with no apparent hot or cold spots.
I liked the high sides of the griddle, which helped contain my food and act as a buffer as I slid the spatula underneath to flip it.
Some users have complained that the nonstick finish eventually scratches or chips off. In the time I used the griddle, this didn’t happen to me, but the nonstick coating doesn’t seem as slick or durable as that on better-quality nonstick pans, so I can imagine this happening over time. As with any nonstick coating, to prolong the life of the finish, be sure to use wooden or silicone-coated utensils (never metal turners or sharp items like knives), and avoid abrasive cleansers or rough cleaning pads like steel wool. I was able to clean the griddle easily with a sponge and warm, soapy water.
Ultimately, the Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle is a value-priced griddle that does its job reliably and easily.
Looking for another option? Check out the Black and Decker Family Sized Electric Griddle.