4 Best Low Wattage Electric Griddles
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AT A GLANCE
Electric griddles can be the perfect solution to your cooking needs, especially if you live in an apartment, travel often in RVs, or spend time off the grid. They’re portable, affordable, and easy to use.
With one of these handy appliances, you can forego a stove altogether, saving you not only kitchen space but money, too. Electric grills, on average, are cheaper to run than other kitchen appliances like grills, fryers and ovens.
Electric griddle wattage: how many watts and how much electricity does it use?
The average electric griddle uses 1500 watts, with most models running north of that amount, sometimes going as high as 2000 watts (2 kWh).
This means that, if you were to use a regular griddle (1.5 kWh) for an hour a day, and assuming your electricity costs $0.20 per kWh, you’d pay around $9 extra per month on your bill.
Not terribly expensive, but you could still save money by choosing a low watt electric griddle that’s just as powerful as its higher watt counterparts.
Buying a low watt electric griddle
Because we love ya, we’ve compiled a list of 4 awesome low wattage electric griddles, all of which come in at 1000W or under. Just by opting for one of these bad boys over a less electricity-friendly one, you’ll be saving yourself a few bucks each month.
The Top 4 Electric Griddles 1000W and Under
Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 200ºF – 400ºF
SIZE: 8.5 x 10.5 inches
WEIGHT: 3.3 lbs
Don't have the space for a full stove top but still need to cook breakfast, lunch or dinner? The Presto 07211 Liddle Griddle is the perfect solution.
This handy little appliance will automatically maintain temperatures once you set them, and can cook anything from eggs to bacon.
It's compact, so won't take up much room on your counter, and can be stored away easily. It's also made of cast aluminum that resists warping and distributes heat evenly.
The nonstick surface means almost no scrubbing is required to clean up after use, while the built-in drip tray catches grease so it doesn't spill onto your counter top.
What's more, the Presto 07211 can be fully submerged in water for speedy cleaning (you just need to remove the heat control).
Pro: Powerful and lightweight.
Con: The temperature isn't as consistent across the whole device as some other griddles on the list. May become discolored when placed in the dishwasher.
iCucina Electric Griddle
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 240ºF – 450ºF
SIZE: 13 inches
WEIGHT: 5.61 lbs
The iCucina Electric Griddle is the ideal device for whipping up everything from grilled cheese sandwiches and pancakes, to bacon and eggs.
The heating element heats evenly across the entire plate and retains heat nicely, meaning food cooks evenly with no cold spots. And thanks to the 5 heat level temperature knob, you get greater control over the cooking process.
There's a removable drip pan that catches oil and fats, allowing you to easily wash it when you're done.
The non-stick coating on the heating surface makes for easy cleaning of burnt on food. And thanks to the detachable temperature control and fully immersible griddle, you can leave the appliance to soak in soapy water without damaging it.
The cool-touch handles and base ensure that you won't burn yourself when handling the device, while the indicator light lets you know when your griddle is hot.
Pro: Heats up quickly, and the heat distribution is very good.
Con: Smaller than it looks. Temperature knob isn't intuitive and doesn't have temperatures printed.
Dash DMS001AQ Mini Electric Griddle
***Lowest watt electric griddle on our list***
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 350ºF
SIZE: 4 inches
WEIGHT: 0.64 lbs
The Dash DMS001AQ Mini Electric Griddle is lightweight, portable, and easy to set up.
With dual non-stick coated surfaces (one on top, one on the bottom) that easily wipe clean with a sponge or cloth, this mini griddle is the perfect device for making pancakes, bacon and eggs at home or on-the-go.
The indicator light lets you know when the device is hot and ready to use, and the non-slip feet ensure the griddle stays firmly in place on any table.
Dash DMS001AQ heats evenly, eliminating cold spots so your food comes out perfectly cooked every time.
If that wasn't enough, you also get a free recipe book with guides on making some of the most popular dishes.
Pro: Will cook small meals for a single person quickly. Makes a great little food warmer for things like pizza slices. Food doesn't stick.
Con: Due to the design, the top plate won't heat food as effectively as the bottom plate. Very small and only suitable for one person.
Chefman Electric Crepe Maker Griddle
TEMPERATURE RANGE: 200ºF – 450ºF
SIZE: 12 inches
WEIGHT: 3.31 lbs
The Chefman Electric Crepe Maker Griddle is a product that does double duty. It can cook not only crepes but pretty much anything else, from eggs to bacon. And thanks to the accurate temperature control knob, it does so evenly and consistently.
You will know when the device is ready because the green indicator light illuminates once the griddle reaches the desired cooking temperature.
The large cooking plate is non-stick, so you can cook without the fear of your food getting stuck on and burnt. Plus, it makes cleaning the griddle after use a breeze.
Designed with advanced technology with a focus on durability, the Chefman Electric Crepe Maker Griddle was built to last.
As a bonus, you get a free batter spreader for distributing crepe or pancake batter evenly across the plate, and a free spatula for removing them from the griddle.
Pro: Super easy to clean by simply wiping. Can cook without oil.
Con: Not as powerful as others on this list, so making anything other than crepes or pancakes might take longer.
What can you cook on an electric griddle?
Electric griddles are perfect for breakfast, especially if you’re hosting a large group of friends or family members.
You can cook bacon and eggs on one side of the grill while cooking pancakes on the other. Since there’s no shortage of space on an electric griddle, you can cover nearly all of it with your breakfast goodies.
Can you cook chicken on a low watt griddle?
Absolutely. The only real important thing to consider is the thickness of your meat. If you’re cooking something super thick, like a steak, it will take longer to cook through since there’s less surface area to make contact with the griddle. You can solve this issue by simply rotating or flipping your food halfway through cooking it.
Are electric griddles dishwasher safe?
Some models are, some aren’t. Some, though the manufacturer insists they are, might become impaired aesthetically (i.e. discolored) when placed in a dishwasher.
It’s important to read the product manual thoroughly before putting any griddle into your dishwasher.
The good news is, almost all griddles are designed with non-stick coating on their cooking plates, meaning manual washing is extremely quick and easy.