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Although the West Bend griddles are not as popular as the Presto griddles, the 76220 model is one of the few models that can actually compete with the big size of the average Presto unit. In addition, this West Bend appliance also distributes the heat much more evenly compared to the Presto unit, and the griddle’s surface is perfectly flat.
With a cooking surface that measures at 20.5 by 10.5 inches, the 76220 design is big enough to cook pancakes for a crowd. However, this appliance may not fit every countertop or kitchen cabinet, so it’s advised to make sure that your kitchen can accommodate the large unit before buying it.
Like many other griddles, the heat distribution of this product is not perfect, but it’s certainly enough to cook tasty and properly heated food. While the area next to the heat control is the hottest, the edges of the unit on left side are a bit cooler than the rest of the surface. So placing the food on the corners further away from the heat control first would be a good idea.
Additionally, the 76220 design maintains its cooking temperature pretty well when compared to other kitchen appliances. It also heats up quite fast and the nonstick surface prevents the pancakes or any other food from sticking to it.
Moreover, this item has a grease channel that drains the meat juices and grease into a slide-out tray at the end of the unit. Although it does help draining the unwanted grease, when cooking high fat foods like hamburgers or bacon the situation can get a little messy. Not something that cannot be solved by manual cleaning.
Another feature of this kitchen tool that can help with the cleanup is the fact that this unit is also fully submersible in water and dishwasher safe (when the temperature control is removed). However, not every dishwasher is big enough in order to fit the large size of this product, so the user may not be able to enjoy the dishwasher safe feature of this unit.
In addition the 76220 model is relatively cheap (quite like the price of various other Presto griddles), and the entire unit cost much less than the Broil King appliance or the popular Cuisinart griddler. Other than the cheap price, the 76220 machine also comes with a 90 day warranty.
Overall, this product is indeed an interesting appliance that offers a large cooking surface for a relatively cheap price. While the unit may have problems draining the grease of high fat foods like bacon, it isn’t an issue when cooking pancakes, grilled cheese sandwiches, eggs and more. There aren’t many electrical griddles that can compete with the performance of the said West Bend model for its set price.