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Going to be purchasing a countertop griddle for my restaurant. Not sure whether to get a gas griddle or an electric powered one.

Any advice? I have easy access to gas piping near the area we're planning on putting the griddle.


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Mark Glielmi from Scalia & Co.

Buy the best quality THERMOSTATICALLY controlled gas fired griddle that you can afford. Gas provides faster recovery time, thermostat provides temp control. Quality/Thickness of steel griddle is important as well. You will also need to specify Natural or LP Gas. Bottom line; quality equals performance, performance equals profit.

Apr 27, 2014

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Kinnek Knowledge Team

The choice of whether to get a gas griddle or an electric griddle depends on how cost-conscious you have to be.  

Gas griddles are more effective than electric griddles, as gas fills the space underneath the griddle plate completely and thus heats the griddle plate faster and more evenly.

This effectiveness comes at a cost.  Gas griddles also tend to be more expensive, both in terms of initial cost of the unit and in terms of continuing costs (higher natural gas price vs. lower electric price, lower effective kitchen heat load, etc.).  Further, electric griddles are less complex systems than gas griddles, so they usually have longer effective life expectancies.

To summarize: electric griddles are more cost effective overall, but gas griddles are better, more productive griddles.  Your choice will ultimately come down to cost vs. quality.

Apr 2, 2014

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