But overall, if you regularly cook for a crowd and want to use a large and reliable nonstick cooking surface, the Zojirushi electric griddle is the best model for you. And will it make evenly browned pancakes, crisp stovetop bacon, and perfect fried eggs every time? For electric models, I considered the shape of the cooking surface as compared to the whole appliance: How much extra bulk does the heating implement provide? Heat source and retentionA griddle's cooking surface should heat evenly and quickly. I timed the stovetop models as well, but I relied on personal feel rather than an internal mechanism to gauge whether they were done heating.