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One of the first things that may tempt you to buy the Black & Decker family size model is its relatively low price. The description of this appliance also mentions some interesting features, including a family sized cooking surface that measures at 21 by 10 inches, a built in warming tray, dishwasher safe parts and more. However, all of these features won’t be of much use if this design can’t perform well.
Another claimed feature of the GR100 model is its nonstick cooking surface. It’s basically an industry standard today for an electric griddle to have a nonstick surface that prevents food (such as pancakes) from sticking to it. The popular Presto griddles, the Rival griddles as well as those of the BroilKing brand – all have a cooking surface that keeps its nonstick feature as long as you treat it well (if you aren’t careful you can easily damage the nonstick surface of any unit, the Black & Decker GR100 product being no exception).
On the other hand, some people just won’t mind damaging the nonstick coating of this appliance since it’s quite hard feel its presence. Pancakes, bacon eggs and more – all of these foods just stick to the unit’s surface and make the cooking and cleaning so much harder than what it should be.
The GR100 design is advertised as a unit that has accurate temperature controls that can heat the surface up to 400 degrees. It may sound good on theory but it seems that this electrical machine just can’t get the even heat that is required in order to provide the user with decent cooking results. Some of the food gets literally burned (usually the food that is placed above the heating element) while the food that is placed in the center or a bit far from the heating element gets barely cooked.
It’s true that most of the electric griddles out there don’t have a surface that heats up perfectly even, but the Black and Decker griddle is far from being included as another griddle that doesn’t have a perfect heat distribution. It would be more accurate to say that the Black & Decker GR100 model has a pretty bad heat distribution, and the uneven heat make the cooking so difficult that no cheap price or unique features can compensate for this failure.
Other than the hot and cold spots, it’s not rare for this appliance to emit some smoke when activated, and the unit is not so easy for cleaning, especially with the nonstick surface that doesn’t seem to be nonstick. The only two positive things about this product are its cheap price and the fact that its surface is very large.
However, there are enough electric griddles in the market that have these advantages and can actually be used for cooking great food and generally work better than the Black & Decker machine . Most of the Presto electric griddles are quite cheap and offer a big cooking surface with a much better nonstick coating (and one of the best griddles of Presto is actually the Presto Little model that cooks the food pretty good, but unfortunately the surface of this unit is very small, so it can be a great option only if you are willing to compromise on its size).
Furthermore, both the Rival folding design and the Broil King PCG-10 professional unit offer a large nonstick cooking surface that distributes the heat much better than the Black & Decker family size unit. Basically, almost any unit that you may choose will probably be better than the GR100 model – it can’t really compete with other good (or even average) countertop griddles.
In addition, some people claim that the Black and Decker waffle maker can be a good alternative to the poor results of the GR100 appliance. It’s true that the waffle maker of the Black & Decker Company is much more popular than the product reviewed here, but it’s far from being perfect and others claim that it’s just as poor as the GR100 family-sized machine.
Another alternative to this product can be a stovetop griddle like the very popular Lodge Logic LPG13 Pro 20-by-10-7/16-inch cast-iron grill. Obviously, this product isn’t an electrical unit but it’s a quality cast iron griddle that can last for years and still provide you with good heating performance.