Whereas range-top or full-size griddles are typically found as part of a battery of cooking equipment on the line of a large restaurant, countertop griddles are best suited for kitchens that have a limited amount of space. In fact, they can be used to cook anything the full-size units can, including pancakes and eggs or burgers, fajitas and steaks. To pick the best griddle for your establishment, you will first need to decide how much space you have available as well as whether you want a mode that is powered by gas or electricity. Second, you have to determine if the model you have selected will actually fit into your current countertop arrangement. Also, the overall width will determine how many burners or separate heat zones there are. There is usually one burner (or heat zone) for every twelve inches of length. Each burner will have a separate temperature control knob. This is ideal for a menu with lots of items that require different cook times and temperatures.
You will also want to be mindful of your kitchen’s current utility hookup. Electric units almost always require special voltages and their own circuit to function properly, so be sure that you have the correct wiring and enough room in your breaker box or electrical panel. Gas models will need a special couplings and piping to attach to the main gas line.
Features like insulation, heat controls and electric power can make a big difference in how efficiently your griddle performs. Choosing a griddle with energy-saving features can save you a bundle in excessive costs.