I bought this griddle last year as a replacement for our 15 year old Presto non-stick model. While our Presto was still working fine, the cord had starting getting really hot so I was concerned about continuing to use it for safety reasons. Target had this Oster model on sale for $50 so I snapped it up.
The first few times that I used it, I was completely satisfied. The heat appeared to be adequately dispersed throughout the cooking area and the non-stick surface was functioning well. However, after those first few uses, the non-stick surface began to be less effective. It wasn't that I saw any of the surface flaking off...the food just began to start sticking more and more. I mostly used it for big breakfasts 1-2 times a week; and after 2-3 months, it offered little remaining non-stick capabilities. Even using a fair amount of butter or canola oil still left eggs, pancakes, and french toast sticking. I really don't think it could have been anything I did to wear off the surface. I always used the appropriate silicone or nylon utensils and I carefully hand washed the removable griddle surface rather than sticking it in the dishwasher (as it states you can).
I could maybe have lived with this problem for awhile; but the griddle has other major problems too. While its heat does seem to be adequately distributed over the surface, the griddle can't maintain a constant temperature over time...not even close. So, it's fine if I'm only fixing a small breakfast for 2-3 people and only need the temperature to remain for 10-12 minutes. However, with college kids coming home with extra friends, I often have to fill the surface multiple times with pancake batter or french toast. After the first batch, the griddle has started to lose heat and I have to turn it off, unplug it, and wait a few minutes...before turning it back on, allowing it time to reheat, and doing the next batch. A MAJOR pain in the patootie. I bought a new Cuisinart non-stick griddle that is working great so far.
While I normally donate any of our no-longer-used home items, I actually tossed this griddle into the trash...I can't bring myself to wish this piece of junk on anyone.