I recently purchased the 18" x 14" x 3/8" baking steel reversible griddle on eBay for $150 otd. On the baking steel website, this choice is $199 but they will soon have the skinny version for what I paid for the bigger one on the manufacturer's website.
The eBay seller still has a couple of the one I bought still available, 4 was the count last I saw. 4 out of an original 20.
I have used it before properly seasoning and still managed to get over easy eggs done okay but then I cooked some turkey bacon (low fat, some sugar) and of course I have a mottled cooktop now. Since then I have seasoned a couple more times. It just gets darker and darker, and is starting to resemble a bronze anodized look. I know that looks, because I used to work at a manufacturing plant that offered skylights and such, in bronze anodized aluminum. I know my griddle is not aluminum, but the seasoning is reminding me of that color.
I have not used the baking side, only the griddle, but I really like it. I like how nonstick it gets with more and more seasoning. It is really heavy, but my silicone oven mitts keep a good grip on it, they have bumps on them. I would make sure to always have a good grip on it, definitely not for everyone - dropping it would do some serious damage, to floor and feet - it is 25#.
The only reason I am reviewing it so soon, is to show people how the 18" x 14" looks on my 30" stove that has grating that covers all the way across my cooktop. It looks to be the perfect size for my stove, at least.
I think the skinny version would not be my choice, because of this and also, to use the baking side for pizza, well, my 12-13 inch pizzas would barely fit on the 14 inch width - and the 11.5 inch width of the skinny version is too small for sure. So, to use for pizza, not a good choice, but people that don't need the width, this skinny version might look/fit better on a stovetop with individual burner grates and a bare middle.
I have not done the math, but since the skinny griddle and the bigger one have the same thickness, it is safe to assume there is more cooking surface on the original due to it being 2# heavier. The skinny griddle is 23#.
There is also a round reversable griddle that looks really nice, the only reason I did not pick it is that I wanted a 2 burner griddle for more cooking space.
Fits great on a Maytag Gemini stove
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