Presto 07046 Tilt 'n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle
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- The heavy cast aluminum base with premium nonstick surface assures stick-free cooking and easy cleaning
- Built-in backstop ledge for convenient food handling
- Control Master heat control maintains the desired cooking temperature automatically; Griddle is fully immersible with the heat control removed
- Special Tilt'nDrain feature allows the griddle to easily adjust from a level grilling surface for eggs to a tilted draining surface for meats
- Griddle tilts by simply pulling the handles outward; Push the handles back in and the griddle returns to a level cooking surface
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This super-sized griddle is great for any meal. It can cook up to 50% more food than other jumbo griddles. Premium nonstick surface for stick-free cooking and easy cleaning. Slide-out drip tray empties easily. Fully submersible with the heat control removed. Control Master® heat control maintains proper cooking temperature automatically. Huge cooking surface! Cooks as many as 12 slices of french toast at one time. 120 volts, 60 Hz only
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There are 6 of us for Sunday morning breakfast and I am not a huge fan of spending my time washing pots and pans, and with 6 there are a lot of those required to make a big breakfast. Now I can finally make 2 batches of hashbrowns, or an entire batch of pancakes, or a lb of bacon, on one pan; on some days, I make all of these on the same pan and only wind up with the griddle and the pan for eggs to clean.
Heats up quickly, cooks evenly, and when doing burgers, the meat does not slide with the tilted surface draining the fat.
Absolutely love this pan, and the price makes it even easier to adore!
Overall: This is a simple and mostly well designed griddle. It does what it's supposed to do, which is get hot and cook stuff. It has a nice big surface, heats up quickly enough, and can clean up easily (more on that below). I don't think it's a good choice for especially greasy or splatter-prone foods, so make sure you know what kind of stuff you want to make before committing to this.
Mostly I use this for cooking pancakes, and it does a pretty good job there. I use a small amount of cooking spray, and nothing ever sticks, even slightly. Cooking pancakes is all about temperature control, and this griddle definitely delivers there. It's easy to adjust and hold at exactly the right temperature, and the surface "recovers" (i.e. comes back to temp) quickly, batch after batch. You never have to pause and wait. That's a big pro in my book.
On the con side, evenness. This is an inexpensive griddle, and sometimes you get what you pay for. The edges get MUCH hotter than the middle, so if you're cooking pancakes around the sides it's common to see a coloration gradient, where the pancake is lighter on one side than the other. The solution, if this bothers you, is to turn the pancakes before flipping -- but I don't usually bother. The bigger issue is the cool spot in the center, which is fairly large and significantly different than the edges, to where it starts impacting timing. That's certainly an annoyance and the main cause of my taking a star off for this review.
Now for the "tilt 'n drain" feature. This is a feature that is presumably supposed to help with cooking greasy stuff that kicks off a lot of oil. But here's the thing: Just don't do that. I cooked bacon on this griddle exactly once, and I won't do it again because I like the surfaces in my kitchen to not be coated with a layer of grease. This griddle has no raised edges, so the grease flies right off of the surface and onto every surrounding area. I tried tilting and draining, but not much of the grease actually stayed on the griddle to be drained.
Another minus of the tilt 'n drain feature is cleanup. When you tilt, the grease (or whatever) goes down a channel and into a little drawer, and you're supposed to pull that drawer out and dispose of its contents. That's a good idea, except that the channel in question is narrow, goes slightly under the cooking surface, and can't be removed. This means that cleanup is a total pain if any of your unwanted material gets congealed or otherwise stuck in there -- you'll have to figure out some way to wedge a brush or some paper towels into the various nooks and crannies, and that's no fun. Another cleanup issue with the tilt 'n drain is the handles. Same problem as the channel. Splattering grease (or even cooking spray) gets into those cracks, and there's no good way to get it out.
Assuming that you don't have a grease issue -- for example, if you're just cooking pancakes and maybe some eggs -- cleanup is really quick and easy. I like to leave the griddle on for a few moments when I'm done cooking and start the cleanup process with a small handful of wet paper towel. When it hits the hot griddle it steams off any food or oil residue. Then I shut down the griddle, give it a few swipes with some dry towel, and it's good to go. Usually I don't need to bother with putting it into the sink, as the steam effect takes care of things for me.
All in all I'm happy with this tool, despite its flaws, and if you need to cook a lot of pancakes or similar items for a group I would certainly recommend it.
Now the problems:
1. It is designed to tilt and drain grease into a nice little collection tray. However the tilt mechanism is loose and no matter how much I tighten it (I've done so a few times) it still always slips. I've now taken to wrapping a big rubber band around the front legs to keep it from slipping. Really annoying.
2. I wish the heating element was larger because, as you cook on this thing, you definitely notice "hot spots" on the surface right above the elements and "colder spots" elsewhere, e.g. the very center of the griddle is not as hot as the edges because of where the elements sit.
All in all I can't recommend it strongly. I think it's close but no cigar. I really wish the tilt thing was fixed.
Overall, this is a great griddle. I would buy it again!