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Choosing the Best Crepe Maker Guide

Offering the flavor of Paris in your café or bakery can be a challenge, as can finding the right equipment to outfit your kitchen. The wide array of crepe makers, crepe pans, and all of the accessories that come with them can make choosing the right one confusing, so we’re here to make it simple. This guide will take you through some of the essential factors to consider when choosing the best crepe maker for you, plus some helpful tips to keep in mind for after your purchase!

Features to Consider

Gas vs. Electric

The choice is yours. We offer both gas operated and electric versions so that you have all of the options you need. Each has its benefits, so it comes down to a matter of personal preference and the needs of your kitchen. Electric crepe makers may be more energy efficient in the long run, plus they can simply be unplugged for portability. Gas units, on the other hand, require a natural gas line or liquid propane source, so they may not be as portable. At the same time, gas equipment tends to heat up faster, which can increase the productivity and profitability of your kitchen.

Temperature Range

Many commercial crepe makers, like the Waring WSC160, offer a temperature range of approximately 120-575°F. Since some recipes may require higher or lower heat than others, such a wide temperature range means that these crepe makers can be used for a variety of different crepe recipes.

double crepe maker with spreader and spatula

Single vs. Dual

Depending on the volume of crepes that you plan to produce and how much space you have, it’s important to keep in mind whether a single or dual version will work best for your application. If you plan to produce a high volume of crepes and have enough continuous counter space, a double version may be just what you need. If you are only looking to test out crepes on your menu or serve a limited selection, a single unit will do the job. Plus, a single unit saves counter space in a crowded kitchen.

Size

Most of the crepe machines that we offer have a 15 3/4" or 16" griddle plate, a standard size for most commercial units. If you are looking for something smaller to start out, the Krampouz CEBPB2 electric crepe maker features a 13" griddle plate.

Materials

For a commercial business, you will want materials that stand up to the amount of use you will require from your crepe maker. Most of the commercial crepe machines that we offer come with a stainless steel exterior and frame that make the machines easy to clean and durable enough for commercial use. Some, though, have lighter plastic frames and exteriors that are more suitable for light duty use. Most crepe makers have a cast iron griddle plate that will stand up to the test of time; however, non-stick coated griddle plates are available with light duty models.

Cooking Surface

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Nearly every commercial crepe maker has one thing in common—a cast iron griddle or cooking surface. Why cast iron? As opposed to steel or aluminum alloys, cast iron heats evenly and consistently, making it a perfect choice for cooking specialty crepes! Plus, after seasoning, it can be practically non-stick and will last a very long time with proper care. To learn how to season your new crepe machine’s griddle plate and maintain the surface for years to come, check out our short video below.

Though most commercial crepe makers come with cast iron griddle plates, some crepe makers have non-stick griddle plates. These reduce the need for seasoning but still allow you to easily turn and remove crepes. Non-stick is ideal for light duty applications where you do not want to put in the time and effort to season your crepe maker's griddle plate. For high-volume commercial applications, however, a cast iron griddle plate will better stand up to abuse and can last much longer, saving you time and expense in the long run.

How to Season A Crepe Maker

person spooning batter onto carnival king crepe maker with ladle

How to Use a Crepe Maker

  1. Turn on the crepe maker. Set it to low or 230 to 240 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Apply oil or cooking spray to the cooking surface.
  3. Measure and pour batter onto the surface. Batter should measure approximately 4 1/2" to 4 3/4" in diameter.
  4. Position the spreader over the batter with one end in the middle of the cooking surface and the other end at the edge. Keeping the handle low, move the tool in a large circle and smooth out the batter. Spread evenly.
  5. Clean batter from spreader.
  6. Let batter cook for about 30 to 45 seconds.
  7. Carefully slide the spatula under one side of the batter, and then make sure the entire edge of the crepe can lift. Move the spatula under the middle of the crepe. Flip it over.
  8. Cook for another 30 to 45 seconds.
  9. Use the spatula to lift and fold the crepe in half. Add toppings, and serve.

What is the Best Crepe Maker?

The best crepe maker for one business is not necessarily the best for another business. Consider what you need it to do and what you value most. Is space-efficiency imperative, or are you looking for a generous warranty? What are your electrical needs? Here are just a few options available.
carnival king 16

Carnival King 382CM16A

  • 120V, 1750W or 208/240V, 2450/3265W
  • 16" non-stick coated cooking surface
  • 120-570 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Includes spatula and stainless steel spreader
  • 6 month replacement warranty

round black crepe maker with spreader and spatula

Krampouz CEBPB2

  • 110V, 1300W
  • 13" non-stick coated cooking surface
  • 120-428 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Includes brush, ladle, spatula, spreader, and recipe book
  • 1 year parts and labor warranty

round waring crepe maker with spreader and spatula

Waring WSC160

  • 120V, 1800W
  • 16" cooking surface
  • Up to 570 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Includes spatula and stainless steel spreader
  • NSF listed
  • 1 year limited warranty

electric round waring crepe maker with spreader and spatula

Waring WSC165B

  • 208/240V, 2170/2880W
  • 16" cooking surface
  • Up to 570 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Includes spatula and stainless steel spreader
  • NSF listed
  • 1 year limited warranty

Crepe Making Tools

Crepe Maker Accessories

When purchasing a crepe maker, it is important to consider what crepe maker accessories you may need in order to accomplish the results you want. If you are looking to create authentic crepes, you may need a batter spreader to correctly spread the batter over the griddle plate to make the thinnest possible crepes. Also, a specialized spatula often comes with a crepe maker. The spatula slides under the edge of the crepe to help you more easily turn, fold, and serve the crepe. Many crepe makers come with these accessories, but others may require them to be purchased separately.

Crepe Pans

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If you have a limited budget and wish to test crepes on your menu before purchasing a crepe maker, or if you want to create smaller dessert crepes, we offer a selection of crepe pans ranging in size from 8 5/8" to 11 3/4". These pans are smaller than commercial crepe makers and, the added bonus, they can be used on a regular range without any special equipment. Available in both cast iron and steel, you are sure to find the perfect crepe pan to complement your cookware lineup. For additional considerations when buying pans, be sure to read over our Cookware guide.

Crepe Mix

Carnival King Crepe Mix 5 lb. Bags 6 / Case

If you want that traditional crepe flavor and texture but don’t have the time to perfect your own recipe, our Carnival King bulk crepe mix can save you time and energy. Whether you are making crepes for your café or adding a line of these sweet French pancakes to your bakery selection, this time-saving mix is easy to use and helps make your preparation and service more efficient.

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