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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review: The Presto Cool Touch Electric Tilt' N' Drain Big Griddle


Whether you looking for saw blades, modern lighting fixtures, or even a huge electric griddle that can feed your whole fam…CSN Stores has probably got it. They asked me a little while back if I’d like to review a product from one of their 200+ stores. After spending an entire morning cooking pancakes for my ravenous bunch on my trusty round Circulon griddle, I knew exactly what I wanted…a griddle big enough to cook those pancakes fast enough that I might (just might) get to sit down and have a few myself. And here it is:

Cool Touch Electric Tilt' N' Drain Big Griddle

The Presto Cool Touch Electric Tilt ‘n’ Drain Big Griddle. And it is big. Store on top of the fridge big. It doesn’t fit in any of my cabinets. And I love it!

Here’s a real picture of it in action:

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Now, I do love it. But it’s not perfect. You notice the uneven browning? The heating elements makes a loop on the underside so that the outside of the griddle gets up to temp, but the dead center does not get nearly as high (look at that poor lone paleface in the middle). The solution is obvious: I just don’t put a pancake in the center. And I make sure that the griddle heats up completely between batches of pancakes. Fiddling the temp helps, too. We get a nice crisp crust and…here’s the best part…I can make them faster than they can eat them. I went from cooking 3-4 smallish pancakes on my Circulon to 8 medium to large pancakes. Woohoo!

The non-stick surface is simply awesome and clean up is a breeze. The griddle surface will wipe clean after cooking pancakes. After cooking meat (we did pork chops), just let the griddle cool completely and gently scrape off the charred bits with the edge of a plastic spatula. Finish off with dish soap and water. No elbow grease required. The only drawback is that this monster is so big it does not fit into my super deep double sink…makes it a bit messy to rinse. That and I’m a bit of a spaz when it comes to using the sprayer.

The only thing I would change about my new Big Griddle: I wish there were an easier way to store the temp control. It doesn’t fit in the drip tray and has a tendency to get tangled up with other things in my drawer.

Presto Cool Touch Electric Tilt ‘n’ Drain Big Griddle features:

  • 18-1/2” x 15” grilling surface
  • griddle surface can be tilted (the legs swing out) to drain fats from meat
  • griddle surface is level when not tilted for cooking eggs and pancakes
  • removable drip tray
  • fully immersible when the heat controller is removed

Available for $49.99 at CSN Stores.

Disclosure: I received a gift card from CSN Stores to purchase this product for review purposes. This review reflects my honest opinion and personal experiences.


  1. We have this same griddle and love it! I made pancakes on it earlier this week and steaks on it last night. Yum!

  2. My mom used to have one of those. Hmmm . . . wonder what happened to it? I have a new review product coming from CSN stores - somewhat similar to this one - yet different. :)

  3. I have one of these and I LOVE IT! I make pancakes on it and it saves me so much time! And I also make grilled cheese sandwiches, and salmon patties. A most excellent product!

  4. Sooo you aren't GIVING IT away??? LOL..Just teasing you...Enjoy that little jewel! Loven' CSN stores! WOW!!


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