Since we stopped manufacturing the Arctic Griddle earlier this year, we still have people contacting us for recommendations as to alternatives. While we are generally hesitant to make any recommendations given that all the Chinese machines are cheaply made, certain brands are clearly better than others.
Stay away from the $500-$700 units. These will almost certainly show up not working and you will have no way of getting your money back. The more expensive units are generally worth it. Of the more expensive units, Kolice is clearly the best brand we have worked with. Not that they don't ever have problems, but they are the only other brand of machine we have seen that have lasted longer than about 6 months.
We still recommend that you purchase your machines through a vendor that has some degree of customer protections, such as Amazon. If your machine shows up with issues you have some way to get your money back. If you purchase your machine through one of the many reseller sites and something happens you have absolutely no recourse. Therefore, we recommend purchasing the Kolice machines below from Amazon.