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Old 07-27-2012, 02:27 PM
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Difference between an electric griddle and an electric skillet?

I want a large, flat surface to make pancakes, etc. Our electric stove’s burners are differently sized, so I want something with its own heat source.

Looking on Amazon I see they have separate categories for electric griddles and electric skillets. At first glance, all I can see is that the latter has a lid. Are the cooking surfaces the same? Also, any thoughts on features to look for?
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:34 PM
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IMO, an electric griddle is flat and usually rectangular with no sides (or very short sides). An electric skillet has higher sides, is square, and has a lid. For the griddle, I'd say non-stick. For the skillet, I don't really know because mine is so old my mom used to make grilled cheeses in it when I was a kid and I'm in my forties now.

Sorry I can't be of more help.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:54 PM
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If specifically for pancakes and nothing else, I vote griddle. I'm anti-non-stick, though it is hard to find stuff that is not non-stick nowadays.
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Old 07-27-2012, 02:57 PM
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I've got an old electric skillet like this that I use for pancakes and bacon,
and I also have an old Foreman grill like this that I use for burgers, chicken, hot dogs, grilled sandwiches, etc.
I think I'm going to ditch both of them to save some space and get a Griddler.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:22 PM
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I think I'm going to ditch both of them to save some space and get a Griddler.
Bet the Bat Man would cook with that.


Pancakes (reg. and potato) are the primary thought behind this. But there have been a number of things over the years that I wished I had a large, flat cooking surface. Of course, none of those things are coming to mind right now.

Assuming for the moment I'm not looking for a press, is there any functional difference save shape? I guess it might be easier to flip the occasional obstinate item if there's something to work against, but anything else?
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:26 PM
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You may want to try The Griddleman!
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:29 PM
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Assuming for the moment I'm not looking for a press, is there any functional difference save shape? I guess it might be easier to flip the occasional obstinate item if there's something to work against, but anything else?
All I can think of is how much food you can do at once - an electric griddle will have more cooking surface than a skillet (at least the ones I've seen). My electric skillet can do four slices of french toast - our griddle pan (not electric - our burners are the same size) does eight.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:33 PM
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The skillet is designed for cooking and using sauces. The griddle is designed for pancakes, bacon, french toast, grilled cheese, etc. You could probably use the skillet as a griddle, but you can't use a griddle as a skillet and make something like Spanish rice. The griddle also has more space, so you can cook more items -- six pancakes instead of just four.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:40 PM
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I have found that the size and difficulty of cleaning of an electridle griddle just are worthwhile. The higher quality non-sticky surface is hard to beat on the stove top versions.

I have this 2-burner griddle that works well. If you buy a quality (>$20) griddle the conduction is such that the two different size burners make very little difference. On my stove I put the little burner at 5.5 and the big one at 4.5. After the second batch of pancakes comes off, I move them both down to 4.0 and cook as long as needed. So not as "simple" as the counter top one, but I think you will be very happy with it.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:45 PM
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We have both. I think I've used the skillet maybe once in 10 years. The wife uses it more often, but the griddle gets used more by maybe a factor of ten.
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