The 5 Best Griddles For An Induction Cooktop
There is a lot to love about induction cooktops — they heat up and cool down faster than electric coils, they're energy-efficient, and they're easy to clean. But since induction cooktops rely on a magnetic field to create heat, that means you're somewhat limited in the types of cookware you can use on your stovetop. For instance, when you're shopping for the best griddles for induction cooktops you'll need to buy one that's made with a magnetic material in order to work with induction heat. Of course, finding a griddle made out a magnetic material isn't too hard; you have your pick between cast iron, stainless steel, and anodized aluminum options — there are even ceramic griddles made with stainless steal bases.
But just because all of these materials will work with induction stovetops, doesn't mean they are all the same. Each of these materials has their own pros and cons. For example, cast iron griddles are generally the most affordable of the three choices, and are great entry-level griddles if you're just starting out. But, if you plan to cook foods that can cake on to a pan and stay there, a ceramic griddle is the easiest to clean. Meanwhile, experienced cooks may want to invest in a more high-end and dishwasher-safe stainless-steel griddle.
And beyond just materials, you'll also want to consider size. For example, if you know you'll be cooking pancakes for the whole family on Sunday morning, a double burner griddle will let you cook twice as much food at a time. And if you're looking for the best multipurpose tool to save space in your kitchen, consider a dual-purpose combination griddle and grill.
With all of this in mind, here's an in-depth look at some of the best griddles for induction cooktops that you can buy.
1. The Most Affordable: A Cast Iron Griddle Great For Cooking At High Temperatures
If you're looking for an affordable, entry-level griddle, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better value than this Lodge 10.5-inch cast iron option. While you'll have to hand-wash it in order to avoid rust, cast iron is generally less expensive than stainless steel and is safer than non-stick for cooking foods like meat, pancakes, or pizzas at high temperatures. (Note: while it's possible to cook eggs and more delicate foods like crepes in cast iron, it can require scrubbing with a scouring pad to fully clean.) This particular griddle comes pre-seasoned with vegetable oil, which helps make it non-stick without any synthetic coatings. Another thing to consider about this griddle is that cast iron can be heavy to hold, so keep that in mind if you're the type of cook who enjoys tossing or swirling their pans.
2. The Easiest To Hand Wash: A Ceramic Non-Stick Griddle For Cooking Delicate Foods
While non-stick griddles are similar to skillets, a square-shaped griddle like this 11-inch Ecolution Bliss ceramic one has the advantage of having a larger surface area than a round skillet of a similar size. The stainless steel base allows this pan to function on an induction cooktop, while the non-stick interior ensures than omelettes, flaky fish, and cheesy foods can easily slide out and onto a plate once you're done. Please note that this griddle is best used for cooking things at low temperatures, as heating up non-stick material to high temperatures can cause the coating to deteriorate. Hand-washing the griddle and using non-metal utensils will also ensure that this griddle last as long as possible. And for those worried about the chemicals in non-stick coatings, you'll be happy to know that this product is free of lead as well as Teflon and PFOA.
3. The Best Investment: A Stainless Steel Griddle That’s High-Quality & Dishwasher-Safe
Although it's pricier than the other 11-inch options on this list, this griddle from 360 Cookware may be worth investing in, thanks to the versatile nature and superior thick, three-ply construction. Unlike other induction-friendly materials, you can perfectly prepare nearly anything with a stainless steel griddle, regardless of the temperature needed. It's also better than its cast-iron counterparts for searing foods and preparing acidic vegetables like tomatoes, since it doesn't leave behind a metallic taste. Stainless steel is also naturally non-stick if you heat it up beforehand and coat it with a small swirl of oil. (Although oil is not necessarily needed.) Best of all, it's one of the few griddles on this list that is dishwasher-safe.
4. The Largest: An Massive Griddle That’s Perfect For Big Meals
This extra-wide Cuisinart non-stick griddle is 10 by 18 inches, so it will over two burners, enabling you to prepare twice as much food at a time. (This can come in super-handy when you want to efficiently produce stacks of pancakes or cook an entire meal with one pan.) Its stainless-steel construction with a non-stick interior is also dishwasher-safe and easy to clean once you're done.
5. The Best Multitasker: A Dual Purpose Grill & Griddle Combo
If storage space is an issue in your kitchen, you may want to consider a two-in-one griddle and grill combo like this Lodge reversible cast iron one. It measures 16.75 inch by 9.5 inch, and its versatile design features a griddle on one side and a grill on the other, giving you the choice of a perfectly smooth or textured cooking surface on two burners. Like other pre-seasoned cast iron griddles, this one must be carefully hand-washed in order to avoid rusting.
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