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A Zoijurushi Griddle review (not sponsored)

Could you possibly put a link to the pan you used for the French toast? I have been looking for a new griddle, and I like that yours has sides and isn’t just flat. Do you have any pros/cons about this particular one? Thanks for any information!


Sure! The one I used to have did not have sides; I used it for many years, but it developed a fatal problem where the plug/temperature control thingy goes in, and it could not be fixed.

French toast

So after that one died, I did some reading and found that people really seem to like this Zoijurushi griddle.

zoijurushi griddle.

(This is not sponsored; I’ve owned this griddle for a little while now, and it was an Amazon purchase.)

French toast.

It is not a cheap griddle by any stretch of the imagination (around $130 at the time of this post), but I don’t mind paying more for good kitchen equipment.

Zoijurishi griddle.

Here’s my thought process when it comes to kitchen equipment:

1. Paying more upfront can be cheaper in the long run

I’ve said this a million times, but here we are again: I do not mind paying more upfront for a piece of kitchen equipment if I think it’s going to last a long time.  That’s why I bought a Vitamix instead of continuing to buy cheap blenders that break every couple of years.

A vitamix blender filled with yogurt and fruit.

Yes, it’s more upfront, but over time, the more expensive item ends up being cheaper.

Of course, sometimes I’ve paid more for something and it still hasn’t lasted.

But overall, this method has served me well.

2. If you keep a minimalist kitchen, you can afford to spend more on what you DO buy

I have been cooking in a pretty small kitchen since 2005, so I’ve erred on the side of having fewer kitchen items.

(Funny enough, my current little 1950s rancher rental actually has more cabinet space than my split foyer did! I feel rich in cabinets at the moment.)

Angel food cake cooling.

Also, I own very few unitaskers; most of what I have can be used to cook tons of different foods (unlike that angel food cake pan above!)

A minimalist kitchen is perfect if you lack space, but there’s another benefit: if you operate this way, then you can afford to buy the really good versions of whatever cookware/appliances you purchase.

Buy less, and you can spend more on what you buy.

3. Almost any kitchen item that helps you cook at home will save you money

Laura Vanderkam has a grocery rule that goes something like, “I can buy anything I want at the grocery store.” Her thought is that almost anything at the grocery store is going to be cheaper than eating out (and that is true!)

By the same token, if a piece of kitchen equipment is going to make it easier to cook at home (and thus increase the chances of you doing so!), it’s worth the money.

If you spent just $35 on a takeout meal, it would only take four of those occasions to surpass the cost of the griddle. For some odd reason, though, we tend to look at the takeout as normal, and the $130 griddle as abnormally expensive.

Obviously, there are limits to this rule; you can’t just keep buying kitchen equipment forever while justifying it as a money-saving purchase.

But a wise purchase of a multi-tasker can definitely be a thrifty choice if you use it to cook at home.

Zoijurushi logo.

All that said, if you really do not want to spend $130 on a griddle and you don’t mind a sideless grill, I have seen a lot of good reviews of this Presto griddle too, and it’s about half the price.

What I cook on my griddle

Someone asked in the comments what the point of a griddle is vs. a stovetop pan, so I’m adding this section in! If you are feeding more than a few people, and you’re cooking things that need a lot of surface area, then a griddle is super useful.

For instance, making pancakes for 5 or more people is much more efficient with a big cooking surface.

I used my griddle a lot more when I had six people at my table, but even with three of us, it still makes sense sometimes. You can’t fit even three grilled cheese sandwiches in a round skillet.

So, things I cook on my griddle when I’m feeding multiple people:

Pros and Cons of the Zoijurushi Griddle


  • heating is even
  • the nonstick surface is very effective
  • the nonstick surface makes cleanup very easy
  • the pieces of the griddle come apart for easy cleaning
  • the cooking surface section has no electrical components, so you can thoroughly wash it
three parts of zoijurushi griddle.

These are the three layers of the griddle


  • there’s no grease drainage hole*
  • the texture of the pan does leave an impression on the food (not a big deal to me, but maybe it would be to someone else)
  • it comes with a metal spatula, which is kind of dumb. Why would you use that on a nonstick surface?? I just use it for other purposes.

*no drainage hole is an advantage when it comes to making Swedish pancakes. I had to plug the hole with a wooden spoon on my old griddle. Remember?

swedish pancakes

Obviously, I hope my Zoijurushi griddle will last for many years, but I’ve only had it for a few years and so I can’t comment on its longevity.

Do you have an electric griddle? Love it? Hate it? Tell us!

P.S. If you have a question you’d like me to answer (or a product you want me to review), you can always leave a comment, or you can email me.

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Jaimee Drew

Friday 4th of November 2022

I just bought this griddle on your recommendation! After making pancakes for 7 teenagers after a sleepover, it seems like a wonderful purchase! I am excited to take it for a spin this weekend!


Friday 4th of November 2022

There is another issue at play here. Many commenters have remembered our mothers' electric skillets. I think it was an early convenience appliance that saved heating up the stove top, or provided another cooking option if four burners were already in use. Every few years there are fads for appliances, especially in the U.S., heavily advertised and promoted. I have a dreadful cookbook that tried to adapt every imaginable recipe to use the food processor, for example. The only way to stay sane in this environment--I am attracted to kitchen stuff like a fool to gold--is to wait a while, and consider how often or how much I really need this new option. Is there room on the counter? Is it bulky to store? Hard to clean? Does it save time and/or money? Is its strength a kind of food I shouldn't be eating anyway (cakes, desserts, candies)? Is it worth the cost of long term storage if I would only use it occasionally? The same generation that bought electric skillets bought blenders. My old blender is smaller and easier to set up and put away and clean than my food processor, so I have been using the blender more often lately.

If you like to read cookbooks as I do, the advice of great cooks is hardly ever involved with accessories. It is involved with knife skills, and basic equipment like heavy bottom pots and pans, and techniques for different kinds of foods. Also, time and attentiveness in the kitchen, garden, and market. Good quality ingredients help you make better quality dishes! When I was a poor student I thought the cooking shows used gorgeous pans for show purposes, until I was able to replace one of my old thin aluminum pans. It made all the difference in improving my cooking results, and was easier to clean. Turns out many of the best cooking tools are also beautiful, and worth the investment they require. The only really good pans I ever found cheap were rusty cast iron ones, that could be refinished. For decent knives and most pans, saving up to buy new is more sensible in the long run.

Sorry to go on so long. I agree with Kristen, careful investment pays off, and the "unitaskers" (my favorite new word) hardly ever do. However, I am trying to decide whether to buy a pressure canner. It would save me time and expand the range of what I can preserve at home, for quality rather than strictly to save pennies. We like good chutney, for example, which is expensive to buy but not hard to make, and can. We also love jams, which are also expensive, and many of the commercial ones are not very good. Any other foodies here who do canning?


Saturday 5th of November 2022

@Kristina, don’t buy new! Estate sales or online, or thrift shops!


Friday 4th of November 2022

I agree completely with you, Kristen. Good kitchen tools are not cheap and save in the long run, financially and also in terms of time. A good tool makes a task easier, often quicker, and often is easier to clean. I use a heavy cast aluminum grill that fits over two burners on my range. It is wonderful for pancakes, french toast, quesadillas, naan, tortillas, crepes, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fried rice--and there are only two of us most of the time. I plan leftovers that are delicious reheated, or frozen. The nonstick surface is easy to clean; I do not use sprayed oil, but a little vegetable oil and a brush. The weight keeps it from sliding around, and the aluminum seems to spread the heat well so it is uniformly hot. When not in use it lives with my cookie sheets.


Friday 4th of November 2022

Thank you so much for the answers to my questions. I'm still on the fence about what I'll do, but this is helpful!

Gunn from Northern Norway

Friday 4th of November 2022

Aha, I didn’t connect the dots before now but we actually use electrical griddles quite a bit here in Norway too. But here they are round to make the traditional “lefse”, soft flatbread that are served with brown goat cheese or a mix made of butter, sugar and cinnamon.

We use ours mostly for pancakes, both thin and thick but I’m planning to try to make tortillas when I get a hold of corn flour.


Friday 4th of November 2022

Ohh, my mom has made lefse multiple times!

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