Presto 07045 Family-Size Cool-Touch Tilt'N Drain Electric Griddle
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- 1500-watt nonstick electric griddle with efficient "square" shape
- Tilt'nDrain function for adjusting grilling surface from level to tilted
- Control Master heat control maintains proper cooking temperatures automatically
- Cool-touch base surrounds grilling surface for safety; dishwasher-safe
- Measures 19-2/5 by 15-4/5 by 3-8/9 inches; 1-year limited warranty
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First of all, the aluminum surface of the griddle is not as thick as I was expecting. I haven't measured it, but I'd estimate it's between 1/8" and 3/16" thick across most of the surface. As such, it does warp under high heat. It was set on top of my smooth top range (range was off and cold, of course!) and when I turned it past 450 degrees, I found that one of the 4 legs would be off the surface. There is a raised lip around the outer edge which would prevent liquids (pancake batter, beaten egg, etc) from spilling off. This is useful and well executed.
Previous reviews noted that your pancakes can come out "striped" due to the heating element. I underestimated this. Though made of aluminum, there definitely are vast differences in heat from one area of the griddle to another. I think this griddle would perform much better if the heating element covered more of the surface of the griddle, kind of like the design of an electric oven's broiler element.
For heating tortillas, I've got no complaints. And this griddle can get hot, as I've done chicken stir-fry and fajitas all on the surface of the griddle.
Overall, I think I paid a fair price for it, but I'd look for a more expensive, higher quality model next time around.
Unfortunately, the surface does not heat evenly, nor does the thermostat appear to be accurate. The middle of the griddle is about 15 F warmer than the setting on the thermostat while the sides were 50 F warmer, as measured with an IR thermometer. This is the only design flaw.
The griddle is level! Pancakes, scrambled eggs, and any other items that flow will stay where you put them. Other griddles are permanently tilted to allow grease to drain. This unit will tilt when you need it to drain (when cooking bacon for example), but stay level when you want it level.
The size is great, and I have not found anything that comes close to this. Without a doubt, I would purchase this again.
The grill does not heat evenly. Pancakes do not cook evenly, either individually or as a group. The pancake nearest the heating control overcooks and usually ends up nearly burnt. The other pancakes are cooked over the narrow heating element (look on the bottom and you will see the heating element). The griddle does not transfer the heat from the heating element adequately. The portion of the pancakes over the heating element is nicely brown but the rest of the pancake is white. Someone said striped. That is an accurate description.
I like my pancakes to be evenly cooked and nicely brown. This griddle does neither. I do NOT recommend this griddle for cooking pancakes.
I like the drain feature for bacon, but as other reviewers have indicated it slides into the drain position much too easily. It has never done so during cooking, so our pancakes have always turned out great. But while getting it out of the cupboard and cleaning it, those handles just pop out. Would be nice if they had provide some sort of lock or quick-release mechanism.
Also, as indicated by others, the heat is a little uneven. Pour batter in the top right corner last (next to where the heating element connects).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
We bought this for my grandparents as a Christmas gift, they absolutely love it! My grandfather loves his "hotcakes. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Heather
When we went on vacation to the Outer Banks this year our beach house had this wonderful griddle! We decided we needed it for our camper!! Great size! Love the tilt drain! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
We LOVE this thing. This makes cooking pancakes and bacon super easy. The heat is pretty even across the surface, the nonstick works very well and the grease catch can is also... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Matt L.
I've owned this for several at least 6 months now- pushing a year maybe- It started out GREAT! I loved it! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Colleen
love it! It is particularly good for when the kids & grandkids visit. Nice even heat on this one.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
It is light weight yet heats fairly evenly across the surface. It does its job well.Published 10 months ago by Douglas K Latch