Cuisinart GR-5B Stainless Steel Electric Griddle

Last updated date: July 30, 2020

DWYM Score
8.4

Cuisinart GR-5B Stainless Steel Electric Griddle

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Overall Take

With user-friendly digital controls and display, this griddle is easy to use. It is highly versatile with a full grill, full griddle and panini press. It comes with a scraping tool which is dishwasher safe. In our analysis of 146 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Cuisinart Stainless Steel Electric Griddle placed 11th when we looked at the top 12 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.4
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
12,562 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The grill heats up pretty quickly and is now ready to use. Since it's nonstick, you don't need to add any oil or butter (unless it's for additional flavor or crispiness).
- Business Insider
October 6, 2018 | Full review
This model is very user-friendly as it has a clear LCD display to help you gauge the cooking temperature more accurately. The same dial can also be used to adjust the timer, and set the cooking mode.
- Home Addons
April 12, 2019 | Full review
The Cuisinart definitely makes a compelling elevator pitch, performing alternately as a full griddle, full grill, combination half griddle/half grill, contact grill, and panini press.
- Reviewed
July 5, 2019 | Full review
Talk about versatility! You can make delicious Panini’s, pancakes, bacon, and so much more with this one handy appliance. The temperature on this appliance can be adjusted from 175 degrees to 450 degrees via the easy to use temperature control knob.
- Village Bakery
Works well and does exactly what it is supposed to!
- Williams Sonoma
Because the plates are coated with a nonstick material, they’re easy to clean. As one person has observed, it “cleans beautifully with soap and a dishcloth.”
- Grill, Roast And Fry
The Cuisinart GR-5B Series Griddler is portable and compact for one or more people. The unique griddle design and high-quality material used makes this unit an excellent addition to the kitchen.
- Revu World
March 7, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The only issue is it has a single dial for both plates, and the timer has been known to be a little unreliable.
- Home Addons
April 12, 2019 | Full review
And for some reason we still haven’t determined, it shut off partway through our bacon’s cooking time, leaving the rashers flabby and sad.
- Reviewed
July 5, 2019 | Full review
Some customers said that they wished it drained better
- Village Bakery
I bought this a little under one year ago, and it was the Cuisinart Elite Griddler. It worked great for a few months, then the hinge lever stopped working so it can not be used as a griddle because it won't open flat any more. Cuisinart requires you to pay to ship it back and pay a small amount for a replacement. Not a good policy for something that should work in the first place. Would not purchase again. Reviews on Cuisinart site are selected for them through a third party so it is not possible to review the product there.
- Williams Sonoma
Also, there is no auto shut-off function. You’ll have to turn the unit manually. That said, this appliance is not a set-and-forget cooking tool
- Grill, Roast And Fry
The removable tray does not hold much liquid
- Revu World
March 7, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

We've redesigned the iconic Griddler five with sleek, contemporary styling while keeping the widely-praised performance unchanged. In addition to the well-known and loved functions, including its 5-in-1 cooking options, the GR-5B has an LCD display, user-friendly digital controls, a sear function and more. The floating cover and reversible plates are easily removable, transforming the Griddler five from grill to griddle, making it an indispensable partner in the kitchen!

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Cuisinart GR-5B Stainless Steel Electric Griddle
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Overall Score: 8.4
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An Overview On Griddles

Whether you’re an experienced cook or just getting started in the kitchen, an electric griddle is a handy tool you need in your stable. It’s a convenient appliance that cooks a range of food from your countertop. You don’t need to take up room on your stove with a frying pan or pot, because an electric griddle plugs into an outlet and you can set it on a table or kitchen counter.

There are a number of things you can make on an electric griddle, including breakfast foods such as fried eggs, bacon, hashbrowns, pancakes and even toast. You can also make lunch and dinner favorites such as grilled cheese, quesadillas, burgers and lots more. Electric griddles are also perfect for frying up veggies such as onions, mushrooms, peppers and zucchini.

One of the key benefits of an electric griddle is its size. Typically, the surface area of an electric griddle is far larger than your average frying pan. As a result, you can cook a much larger quantity on this appliance than you can on a stovetop. If you’re having friends or family over for a big meal, whipping out your electric griddle can help you get food on the table faster.

Another advantage of the electric griddle is its completely flat surface. Unlike pots and pans that have a slightly raised edge, an electric griddle is flat on all sides. This makes it easy to flip foods with a spatula and is handy for those who are just learning to cook. An electric griddle also ensures completely even heating. Unlike on a stove, which may have some cool spots, especially towards the outer edges of the burners, an electric griddle provides even heating all around. This means that your foods cook more evenly no matter where they are placed on the griddle.

DWYM Fun Fact

It’s always important to keep safety top of mind when you’re in the kitchen. Be sure to set up your griddle on a stable surface that is free from moisture. For example, don’t set it on your kitchen counter near the sink, as that can be dangerous. Keep it away from any water or other liquids. If your griddle has a drip tray, make sure it’s securely attached. You do not want to have to clean up that mess once you’ve completed your cooking. Plus, grease and animal fat can cause some nasty burns, so don’t handle the drip tray when it’s hot.

The Griddle Buying Guide

  • When you’re looking for an electric griddle for your kitchen, one of the most important elements to pay attention to is heat control. Go with an electric griddle that provides you with a large range for heat from low to medium to high. Having a large range ensures that you can cook an assortment of food. For example, caramelizing onions is usually done at a lower heat, while frying eggs is done at a higher heat. Having a range of heat enables you to cook your food properly.
  • Be sure to consider the size of the electric griddle before you buy, and think about how much surface area you will typically use. If you have a large family or if you frequently entertain lots of friends, you may want to go with a larger griddle. If you’re only cooking for a few people at a time, a smaller one may work for you. If you do end up deciding to buy a large electric griddle, make sure you have adequate storage space for it in your kitchen.
  • If you prefer not to add too much oil or fat to your cooking, go with an electric griddle that has a non-stick coating on its surface. This will ensure that the food doesn’t stick to the griddle while cooking. Keep in mind that most electric griddles will come with a non-stick coating on them.
  • When you’re cooking, you also have to do the dishes. Take a look at how easy your electric griddle is to clean. In most cases, you can wipe the surface of the electric griddle with soap and water once cooled. In some cases, you can actually put parts of the griddle in the dishwasher, which makes for easy cleanup.