The best thing about this Cuisinart griddler is that it combines the functionality of 5 devices so you won't need to buy them separately. Besides, it features removable plates making its clean-up a hassle-free task.
The drip tray is built-in, which means you will need to check on it from time to time, to see if it's not been filled.
This is an ideal multipurpose panini press for a big family. Thanks to a great variety of temperatures provided, it can be used for cooking all sorts of delicious meals. Powerful, easy to use and easy to clean, this is the best deal available on the market right now.
Power / Ready lights to Cook indicator lights, Dishwasher-safe removable cooking plates, Cleaning scraper tool, Integrated movable drip tray, Drain channels, Sturdy panini-style handle, Cord wrap on the back
The sloped grill plates with Advanced George Tough™ nonstick coating can remove up to 42% of fat from meats, delivering you lean, tasty meals. If you wish, you can also set the plates flat.
Temperature dial may be tricky to adjust during first uses.
The George Foreman grill is a fantastic product for big families that lead a healthy lifestyle and try to minimize fat intake. It reduces hard work in the kitchen and provides up to 8 healthy meals.
12" x 10"
Adjustable temperature control
Floating hinge, Opens up to 100°
Power / Preheat indicators, Cord wrap, Drip tray, Fat removing slope, Cord wrap
Plastic housing, Advanced George Tough™ nonstick coating
13.2" x 14" x 4.2"
3-year limited warranty
The Hamilton Beach 25460A panini press with its cafe-style floating lid is designed for making sandwiches of any thickness and with all kinds of fillings.
In terms of quality to price ratio, there aren't many other panini presses that are so good. It has a reasonable price tag, it is powerful, and it fits even very small countertop spaces thanks to its upright storage design. Amazing choice for households that love experimenting with meals, and especially sandwiches.
Power / Preheat lights, Convenient large handle, Storage latch for upright storage, Cord wrap at the bottom
Traditional floating hinge in this panini press has been complemented with the ability to adjust its top panel at 4 height settings. Thanks to this, you can use it for melting cheese, searing steaks as well as warming pizzas. Non-slip feet at the bottom keep it stable on the countertop.
It's a perfect choice for small families. A flat griddle bottom plate ensures even heating and cooking while a ribbed top plate makes hot toasty sandwiches with appetizing crispy grill marks.
Power / Ready lights, Solid die-cast handle, Nonslip feet, Locking storage clip for upright storage, Cord wrap in the base
Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1
Versatility is a Key Factor
Take full advantage of the opportunity to make your hot-off-the-press recipes with the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler. There are grill and griddle removable reversible plates available. Thus, you can make a variety of delectable panini recipes and grill steaks on the grooved grill side or cook pancakes, eggs and other food for sandwiches on the flat griddle surface. Basically, you can place a flat griddle surface on one side and a grooved grill surface on the other, opening press to 180° into a griddle position for grilling meat and frying eggs all at once. Now you can try a great variety of recipes, preparing breakfast, lunch or dinner with Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler at hand. Without any doubt, this handy panini maker will earn its rightful place on your kitchen counter. You can use either grill or griddle temperature selector to your cooking needs. If you'd like to use a panini press as an indoor electric griddle, you can set the needed temperature. When using it as a contact grill for cooking roasted meat or panini, you can adjust the heat level to create a crispy crust or grill marks with different smoking intensity. To sum up, nothing is impossible with the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler. So, make your pick and master the art of cooking!
Let's Sort It Out
When it comes to panini presses, people often confuse the names of grill and griddle cooking surfaces, using them interchangeably. Well, what’s the difference between a grill and griddle? Actually, they are different cooking surfaces with reversible plates, like the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler or interchangeable ones. Each side of the plates is recommended for preparing different food items. The griddle has a smooth flat surface, making it ideal for your breakfast menu. You can prepare eggs, sausages, bacon, pancakes and everything you used to cook in your frying pan. That said, a grill has a ribbed surface, which is perfect for preparing not only breakfast but also lunch and dinner. And you will get beautiful golden-brown grill marks on your steaks, meat, fish, panini or burgers. The difference between the outdoor and the contact grill is quite simple. Actually, an outdoor grill is a hot cooking surface, like a frying pan, while a contact grill uses two metal plates for searing meat or other food items on both sides. Surely, the multi-functional Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler will be a great alternative to many kitchen appliances!
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George Foreman GR2121P
The George Foreman company has been making grills for so long time that now its name is almost synonymous with high-quality grills. And this grill/panini press model is no exception. Like all George Foreman grills, it has a solid construction and wonderful design. With a durable stainless steel exterior, it blends perfectly with any typical kitchen decor. Inside, the grill has classic plates that are coated with a durable non-stick coating, delivering even cooking and a brilliant finish to your food. Overall, this panini press is made to last. So, you're getting a piece of equipment you can rely on.
But it is not only the premium construction that makes the George Foreman GR2121P an excellent product. The major selling point is that the grill is capable of removing up to 42% of fat from your food, which is unbeatable performance right now. That's achieved thanks to a unique slope design, allowing all the excess fat and grease to travel down into a drip tray. This means that every cut of meat you cook will be as lean as possible.
However, if you like your steaks juicy, you can set the plates into the flat position. The proprietary Foreman heating elements will ensure even and consistent heat, as well as fast temperature recovery once the food is placed on the plates. And as we've already touched the topic of heat, it's worth mentioning that the grill has an adjustable temperature dial allowing you to control the heat level. Once the unit reaches the desired setting, the green indicator light will turn on. Green means "go"!
For Big Companies
Whereas most panini presses are too small for family cooking needs, the George Foreman grill stands out from the competition with its ability to prepare around 8 servings per one go. It boasts the generous 120 sq. in. cooking area which lets you grill up to 8 pork chops, 10 slices of bacon, 4 steaks, 4 huge hamburgers, 4 pieces of salmon, or up to 8 burgers (depending on size). And owing to a substantial hinge allowance, the thickness doesn't matter.
After cooking, the plates are easy to clean even though they are non-removable. You can simply wipe them down carefully with a wet paper towel or microfiber cloth.
Overall, boasting patented slope for ultimate fat removal and large cooking surface, the George Foreman grill is a fantastic product for big families that lead a healthy lifestyle and try to minimize fat intake. It reduces hard work in the kitchen and provides up to 8 people with healthy meals.
Hamilton Beach 25460A
Big Sandwich? Not a Problem!
When making panini, quite often it’s challenging not to put the whole store of filling on it, for we all strive for the best taste sensations. As a result of this longing for more, we get a huge burger which cannot be put between the plates without losing some of its ingredients. The sandwich is cooked but only partially and most of the filling has run away. Sounds familiar to you? If so, then the Hamilton Beach 25460A Panini Press is what you need to fix this issue. The press opens wide and has a height-adjustable hinge, which allows accommodating even the biggest sandwich. The café-style floating lid helps evenly press a sandwich of any size. And ultimately, you will get a well-done panini with a crispy crust and traditional, deliciously appealing crosshatch marks on your grilled food. Thus, with the Hamilton Beach 25460A Panini Press, you can prepare mouth-watering gourmet sandwiches with lots of tasty fillings, which will beat all of your previous culinary records!
Not Only Panini
Having this panini press in your home kitchen, you'll be able to make breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is suitable for making not only sandwiches but also all traditional meals as well as steaks. The best thing is it does all that requiring no oil at all, making it a good choice for healthy eaters. Moreover, all excessive fat that will appear in the process of cooking will be removed through the drain channels into the grease cup.
The Hamilton Beach 25460A is also good for cooking vegetables. And it provides unbeatable performance when it comes to cheese meals. Diversify your menu and try different combinations of cheese. Panini presses are also great for preparing desserts. For example, you can make grilled cones and then use them for wrapping your home-made ice cream. As you can see, with the Hamilton Beach 25460A Panini Press your cooking options won't be limited.
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Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo
Ideal for Open-faced and Closed Sandwiches
The Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo Panini Press is a type of contact grill designed for making closed sandwiches. Simply press the sandwich, and you'll get amazing results! However, you may face some problems when preparing open-faced cheese-topped sandwiches as melted cheese may stick to the top plate, which flatters your sandwich. Yet, the Breville BSG520XL can solve this problem owing to the height adjustable hinge. You can easily adjust the height due to the marks on the handle next to the lock latch. By choosing the “melt” option, you can easily cook delicious cheese sandwiches, warmed up at the top and toasted at the bottom. So, the Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo Panini Press will definitely satisfy all your culinary needs, regardless of your purposes, meals and ingredients.
Reversible Plates - Good or Bad?
A distinctive feature of the Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo Panini Press is a combination of a flat griddle bottom plate and a grooved top plate. However, if you'd like to get grill marks on both sides, you only need to turn the sandwich over. The flat griddle bottom plate ensures a quick and even heating while a grooved top plate makes appetizing grilled food that we love so much. Such plate design is ideal if you want to use the device as a griddle for making pancakes or fried eggs for your breakfast or to cook pizza or any other ready meals from defrost. Indeed, the manufacturers of Breville BSG520XL Panini Duo Panini Press did their best to create a really useful and smart home device to fit any household.
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DuraCeramic™ is the Answer to All Questions
The CKSTPM20W-ECO Sandwich and Panini Maker Oster Panini maker features a unique DuraCeramic™ non-stick ceramic coating, which makes it a real pleasure to use. The coating is totally PFOA and PTFE free, containing no harmful chemicals, which is safe for cooking. The non-stick ceramic coating heats very quickly, providing even heat distribution and retaining it for a long time. Thus, you will spend less time on cooking panini or any other dish, therefore, reducing your energy consumption. Another undeniable advantage of this exceptional coating is its high durability. In fact, the DuraCeramic non-stick coating lasts 4 times longer than a standard non-stick coating, yet having useful properties of the latter. It’s also easy to clean with a special cleaning scraper tool included in the package. Also, it requires minimum oil for cooking meat, fish or other dishes you decided to try with the Oster CKSTPM20W-ECO Sandwich and Panini Maker. The press includes two drip cups to catch extra grease from oily food (adjustable feet allow for better grease drainage). This excellent panini press offers numerous health benefits and helps maintain your kitchen in perfect order without grease splatters or stains on your countertops. So, the Oster CKSTPM20W-ECO Sandwich and Panini Maker is a hassle-free way to cook tasty grilled food at home.
A Compact Device for a Large Family
Any average American family owns at least several kitchen appliances for different needs, and buying one more is always a tricky question. Do you really need one? Would you find some proper place for it to store? With that said most kitchen appliances offer several features too and usage of one device is often enough. Yet, this isn’t applicable to Panini press by Oster. Compact and functional as it is, it’s got to be in your kitchen. The whole plethora of kitchen appliances won’t make up for one panini press, for its functionality is amazing and cooking in it is a real pleasure. It’s only panini press that can prepare all sorts of meals, including desserts, and deliver that water-mouthing smoke flavor. Use Oster CKSTPM20W-ECO Sandwich and Panini maker to feed your family and cook a variety of desserts and treats. It won’t take much space but will please your taste buds for sure.
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What Is a Panini Press?
Sliced buttered bread, baguette or ciabatta stuffed with ham, cheese, salami or any other filling of your choice are the type of food we could eat every day, so nice and tasty it is. However, it can be even better if prepared using the right device. Despite being named after sandwiches, a panini press is quite a versatile kitchen appliance with the help of which you can cook not only delicious paninis but also many other fantastic meals including meat, sausages, eggs, and so on. Just like electric griddles, panini press makers are featured with ribbed plates to give your sandwiches appetizing grill marks, and have adjustable temperature control to let you vary the heat for achieving the best results. So, if your family and you are a fan of paninis, in this review you should be able to find the best one for your budget and needs.
And if you're looking for a more compact device for making sandwiches, check out this sandwich makers review.
What Features to Compare
Choosing a panini press is easier than you may think, however, some key features should be taken into account. The first thing you should consider when selecting a panini maker is the plate design. There are panini grills with a grooved surface, which creates appetizing, toasty grill marks on both sides of sandwiches, chicken fillet or any other food. Indeed, panini presses are ideal for cooking panini itself, meat, fish and most vegetables. The griddle plates have a smooth, flat surface that allows conducting heat directly from the griddle surface to the food item. It’s perfect for preparing grilled cheese sandwiches, pancakes, or scrambled eggs.
Cooking Surface Dimensions
It should be noted that the larger the cooking surface is, the more sandwiches or other meals it can accommodate at a time. Actually, an extra-large cooking surface can be of great value for a large family. If you are looking for a versatile device, it’s worth paying attention to the heating options, namely the ability to adjust the temperature and heat levels. Though, if you need a simple device for preparing panini, an adjustable thermostat is not so important. Besides, a height-adjustable hinge or a floating hinge is also essential since it allows you to grill even the thickest sandwiches evenly. There are models, which can be used as an open toaster for making open-faced sandwiches. There are also panini grills that can open flat backwards up to 180°, that gives a double cooking surface and increase the cooking capacity.
And finally, you should take a close look at the usability that also depends on the materials used and the dimensions of the device. The indicator lights allow for better control and simplify the cooking process. A tilted grill surface or drain channels allow draining off excess grease and liquid from fried foods for a healthier meal. The drip trays or other grill drip containers are designed to catch extra grease. Those models that come equipped with dishwasher safe removable plates, greatly facilitate clean-up. Furthermore, some manufacturers provide panini presses with special grill cleaning tools. If your kitchen is small you should pay particular attention to grill dimensions as well as the presence of a locking storage clip for upright storage and a cord wrap. A durable housing material provides long-lasting durability of the device. And, nonstick plates will make cleanup much easier and help cook healthier meals.
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