Never purchased a commercial griddle before? Well, to help you make the best possible choice for your business, we’ve created this commercial griddle buying guide.
Within, we cover how to buy a griddle, whether a gas or electric griddle is the best option, and the advantages and disadvantages of countertop and freestanding griddles.
What is a griddle?
Commercial griddles (often known as planchas) are the perfect addition to any commercial kitchen. This is because they’re great for cooking a wide variety of foods, such as eggs, bacon, steaks, fish and vegetables.
Although some people use the terms interchangeably, griddles are different to grills. This is because griddles have smooth and flat surfaces. That said, some griddles like our Modular Half-Ribbed Griddle can still create attractive grill marks.
Griddles are great because they’re easy to clean, offer great thermostatic control and will keep your kitchen running smoothly even in the busiest service periods.
Gas or electric?
Griddles are versatile appliances. As a result, you have the choice between electric griddles and gas griddles.
Whether a gas griddle or an electric griddle is best for your needs will depend on a number of factors. However, in most instances, electric griddles are more convenient than gas griddles. This is especially true in food vans and small-scale food outlets where food is prepared to order.
Freestanding or countertop?
Likewise, the availability of freestanding and countertop griddles means that there’s an option to suit a broad spectrum of catering requirements.
Generally, countertop griddles such as our Modular Electric Griddle are a great space-saving solution. However, they do take up countertop space. As a result, if you’re short on prep space already but do have floor space, then a freestanding griddle like the JLA Freestanding Griddle 800 is likely to be the better choice.
No matter whether you choose an electric griddle, a gas griddle, a freestanding griddle or a countertop griddle, a range of sizes are available. Unsure which griddle is right for your needs? Contact our experts today to discuss your requirements. We’d love to help you.