You know how we did ALL that intensive research to find the very safest cookware available the world over? Well, we learned a lot and found some amazing brands who are making waves in the marketplace with their truly non-toxic cookware. But there were a couple of things we couldn't nail down though, so we didn't include them in the guide.
But how to find the safest waffle irons and griddles?
Since we first created the guide, we've heard from a lot of you asking for help finding the safest griddles and waffle makers so we've been quietly searching for the best options.
Top 10 Safest Griddles and Waffle Makers
I'm afraid it hasn't been the best of news. But we've made you wait long enough, so we're going to go ahead and share our recommendations even though there's really not a perfect solution for those of you who really wanted electric griddles and waffle makers…
The Safest Griddles
Now as for electric griddles, it's way more difficult to find one that has a safe non-stick surface. These griddles are PFOA and PTFE free – which is great – but whenever that surface layer begins to wear off, the aluminum underneath may leach into your food. If you decide to go with these, just be aware that you'll need to replace it once it begins flaking away.
- Bialetti Copper Titanium Ceramic Nonstick Electric Griddle
- Bella 2-in-1 Reversible Grill Griddle Combo
- Oster DuraCeramic Griddle
- Bella Copper Titanium Coated Electric Non-Stick Griddle
If you're serious about having an electric griddle with a solid, no non-stick cooking surface (is un-non-stick a word??), you might need to spend a little more to get it. The commercial grade Waring griddle is where it's at!
And lastly, there's this stainless steel electric skillet that would get the job done without teflon or any non-stick coating at all too.
The Safest Waffle Makers
The best option is still the old fashioned ones our Grandmother's used like Rome's old cast iron waffle maker and Lehman's pre-seasoned no-drip waffle maker. Just make sure you don't grab one made from cast aluminum by accident. These are awesome for making waffles over a campfire, just in case you're so inclined, which we often are 🙂
It's the same story as with the PFOA and PTFE free griddles: the safest non-stick waffle irons like this one are made from an aluminum base and still run the risk of the coating flaking off eventual leaching. So be careful to treat it well and watch for damage.
UPDATE: Bella recently added a copper titanium waffle maker, so be sure to check it out too!