Cast Iron Griddles: our favorite 5 models compared

BEST CAST IRON GRIDDLE
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LODGE LPGI3PLT 10.5 Inch Griddle
  • Seasoned for a natural and easy-release finish that gets better the more you use it.
  • Huge heat retention capacity.
  • Wide cooking surface.
  • Works in every cooktop.
  • Customers’ favorite because of its durability and versatility.

If you are looking for a versatile workhorse and you like to cook a variety of foods at the same time, or in large quantities, you should go griddle!

Griddles can be used on the hop, in the oven, and even on an outdoor fire. They are ideal for getting a hard sear on things that don’t seem to fit in any other cooking vessel, such as a meaty salmon or a whole skirt steak. Besides meat, it’s great for cooking veggies, toasting tortillas, or to make a bunch of grilled cheese sandwiches or pancakes in one batch.

When choosing a griddle, you should consider the following factors:

  • Size: choose a size that will suit your needs. It’s important to make sure that the griddle is no longer than your kitchen range
  • Easy to clean: Cast iron griddles can be cleaned by hand even without soap. 
  • Material: there is a wide range of griddles, but cast iron ones can absorb and distribute the heat like any other. You won’t be disappointed when seeing for how long it retains the heat.
  • Price: we have compared griddles from all price points and selected those which give the best value for the price.
  • Durability: we have selected griddles that according to customers have performed consistently well after a long period of use.
  • User feedback: The models of our choice have the fewest negative reviews from all users.

Our selection of the best cast iron griddles

Lodge is a cookware brand with over 120 years in the business, no wonder why so many people rely on its products. Their cast iron is well known for its high-quality design, lifetime, and durability.

Things we love:

  • This reversible grill/griddle gives you the best value for the price. We highly recommend it because even though it’s not one of the most expensive griddles, it will give you the most wanted benefits.
  • It provides excellent heat retention and distribution. 
  • Easy to lift because of its two handles.
  • It comes pre-seasoned and ready to use. However, you may upgrade the performance by seasoning it again (optional).
  • Most customers love that it retains heat for a very long time and provides even cooking results.
  • Works well on a glass cooktop. This is a concern some people have because they worry it will scratch the glass, but most users commented that it’s not an issue.
  • It has a capacity of 20.00 x 0.50 x 0.81 inches, large enough to cook 6 pancakes at a time.

What’s not to like:

  • Heavy: even though we have to consider that cast iron equipment won’t be light, there are a few negative reviews about this griddle in specific being too heavy. So if you cannot carry weight for a specific reason or there will be senior handling it, we advise you to opt for another material and not cast iron.
  • Tough cleaning: a common issue that customers have is that it takes some effort to scrub it clean. It’s not that you will take hours to do so but a little effort will be necessary. According to most users, it’s definitely worth it.

Final Remarks

The griddle will last for a lifetime with the proper care and it will give you excellent cooking results. It’s perfect to cook for many people in one batch and it will fit over two stovetop burners. People like that it retains the heat for a longer time than others. Negative critics are mainly about it being too heavy, so it’s probably not the best option for people that are looking for something lighter. Keep in mind that cast iron products are always heavy. 

Our score: 4.6 out of 5

Another Lodge item makes it into our selection of best-cast iron griddles. This model is a great option if you don’t need such a big griddle.

Things we love:

  • Pre-seasoned: the grill/griddle comes already seasoned to prevent food from sticking to it. However, plenty of reviews say that it will work better if you season it again with spray oil.
  • It comes with 2 easy-grip corner handles that ensure a simple lifting or hanging when not in use.
  • Measures (10-1/2 by 10-1/2 inches) are great for one burner, small apartments, etc. But it is still big enough to cook more than one thing, such as pancakes and bacon at once, or even up to 4 slices of bread at a time.
  • It provides fast, even heating for searing, baking, broiling, frying, or grilling. At home in the oven, on the stove, grill; or outdoors over the campfire.
  • Works in all cooktops, induction included.

What’s not to like:

Some users have stated that the item has arrived with extensive rust on all surfaces. This has been a common issue and it can be very annoying to receive a new product with chipped off edges and rust. However, customer service will replace the griddle for a non-defective one as soon as you report the issue.

Final Remarks

The Lodge 10.5-inch Single Burner Reversible Grill/Griddle conveniently fits over a single stovetop burner, offering a smooth side for bacon and eggs and a ribbed side for grilling up some burgers. Pre-seasoning is assured but if you want better results, you can re-season it. On the downside, some customers have received a damaged product, and although it has been replaced, it’s something to take into consideration because it should not happen so often with a brand as solid as Lodge.

Our score: 4.5 out of 5

BEST LARGE GRIDDLE

Camp Chef Reversible Cast Iron Griddle 24"

Maximizing space is important when it comes to outdoor cooking and the reversible cast iron grill pan and griddle do it all.

Things we love:

  • Cooking surface dimensions: the griddle is large enough to cook a pound of bacon at a time. It is perfect for big families and cooking a lot of different things at a time.

  • Holds heat well: once it has been preheated, it maintains the hot temperature, making it easy to cook your food to perfection.

  • Pre-seasoned: As soon as you get it out of the box, it’s ready to use.

  • Double-sided: the grill/griddle combo lets you griddle breakfast, then flip it over and grill dinner.

  • Molded on handles for easy gripping while moving.

What’s not to like:

Cast iron is one of the best materials out there when it comes to durability. It should last a lifetime. However, when it has come to Camp Chef, we found a common issue with the quality of the iron. In some cases, customers have experienced griddle cracking after little use. We cannot assure if this issue was related to only a batch of griddles that came out defective, but it has been a common complaint.

Final remarks

The cooking surface of this model is the largest of all. Most customers are satisfied with cooking results and the easy usage of the product. The fact that they can cook many foods for a big family is very convenient. On the downside, some have been disappointed because the iron hasn’t held it together for long. Being a cast iron griddle, people expect it to last for a very, very long time. However, this has not been usual and the majority of people have had it for long without a crack.

Our score: 4.5 out of 5

The Lodge Cast Iron 10.5-Inch Griddle is a multi-functional cookware that works wonders with all your favorite foods.

Things to love:

  • It can be used on the hob, in the oven, or even on an outdoor fire. 
  • Sears meat and seafood very well. It takes a good while to heat.
  • It comes pre-seasoned and ready to use. However, extra seasoning is recommended to obtain a better nonstick surface.

What’s not to like:

  • The handle gets very hot: since it gets very hot after cooking, people have recommended to always use a potholder to grab the handle.
  • Extra care: Cast iron pans need particular care to avoid rust. Some users don’t like to consider so many things when it comes to extending the life of it. After washing it by hand with mild soap or none at all, you should dry it promptly and thoroughly with a lint-free cloth or paper towel and then, Rub with a very light layer of vegetable oil, preferably while the cookware is still warm. 

Final remarks

This griddle is essential for big breakfasts, tortillas, quesadillas, roasted vegetables, and grilled sandwiches. It retains heat well so you can sear meat at higher temperatures and will keep your delicious meals warm for a long time. The negative reviews about it state that the handle gets hot (but with a potholder you should be fine) and that you may need to follow some extra steps for proper cleaning and care. However, users find that it’s worthwhile since it lasts longer than any other non-stick pan.

Our score: 4.5 out of 5

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