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DeLonghi - Livenza 5 in 1 Grill - Stainless Steel-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 39 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely multipurpose

    Posted
    CoppinFam
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    In the box you will find the main unit, along with the grill spatula, two drip pans, a pure flat grilling surface and a pair of traditional grilling plates. With that being said, yes you get those wonderful grill lines on your meats as well as those perfect burn marks on your panini. The contact group comes with two distinctive modes, one for making things like a panini and then one that's temperature controlled for various types of meats or other foods. There are also different cooking temperatures that will cook different layers or cook to well done. I surely wish I had one of these back when I was in college, surely a foolproof way of making the meals correctly the first time. The contact grill has large rotating knobs with easy to read temperatures and settings. It also includes the surface and ready lights to let you know when the grill surface is at the right temperature as indicated by a green LED located on the left side of the grill. I've used this product for about four days now to make things from eggs to pancakes and for my daughter's event I was able to make grilled fish tacos, and steaks. I've to say I'm very impressed with this product and would highly recommend it to my friends and family because of the overall design and use of the product. From the ergonomic handles and the counter space saving design this small cooking device definitely has it all.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for indoor grilling in all weather.

    Posted
    jhancock
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    The Delonghi 5-in-1 grill uses very slick and versatile ceramic-coated grill plates. It can be used as a contact grill, panini press or full grill when preparing a diverse range of grillable foods. It heats faster and gets hotter than my old grill. The grease drain containers are very functional. The grill is easy to use and to clean after use. I really like the ceramic grill plates and compact external dimensions. It looks great on my counter top. The construction looks, feels and seems almost indestructible.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Looks Great. Cooks Even Better

    Posted
    RBrylawski
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    Our George Foreman Grill broke ages ago and we never replaced it. We never really liked it to be honest. But sometimes, having the ability to press a sandwich comes in really handy, so we had the opportunity to get this DeLonghi 5 in 1 Grill. And we've had a great time using it. So far, we've made the best Cuban Sandwich I've ever had. We've grilled hamburgers and even made a complete breakfast using the Griddle Plates. Everything has cooked perfectly. The design of the grill has a nice professional look that should fit the nicest of kitchens. The Durastone Ceramic coating on the grill and griddle plates makes cleanup simple and I'm thinking the finish will be very long lasting. In addition to the griddle and grilling plates you get two drip cups (though they call them drip plates for some unknown reason) and a cleaning tool. The cleaning tool doesn't really do much and the drip cups seem more like an afterthought. One thing I found completely surprising, at least with the unit I received. There were no instructions in the box. There was a page with a parts list and the box it comes in also provides some information. But for a device from a company like DeLonghi to have no instruction manual at all seems odd. I wound up going to www.delonghi.com and found out I could register the grill there and I was able to print a [sort of] 4 page user guide. Note to DeLonghi: A proper user guide, with maybe some how to suggestions should accompany something like this. Otherwise, this is a welcome addition to our kitchen and now we can make Cuban Sandwiches at home, far better than any served near us and we live where the Cuban Sandwich was invented!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performing Grill/Griddle Combo

    Posted
    DaveW
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    I have made it a point to cook with the DeLonghi Livenza for the last 3 nights, and I'm pretty happy with it. It has helped churn out some pretty tasty meals so far. Overall I think it's a really well designed, and solid performing indoor grill. This grill looks really nice. It has a lot of brushed stainless and has really classy look. I expected this much from DeLonghi based on their catalog of other products. The grill is solidly put together. The top grill section can "break away," and pivot to allow larger food items to be pressed evenly with both sides of the grill. The top section also easily folds out with the push of a switch and creates a larger flat surface to cook on. The cooking surfaces release with a push of a button and easily snap back into place. Each grill/griddle section is imprinted with the word Upper or Lower to let you know where it goes. I also found the controls to be easy to follow. The design of the heating coil in each cook surfaces does a nice job of evenly distributing the heat across the die-cast aluminum grill/griddle plates. The die-cast aluminum has a lot of benefits over the cast iron stovetop grill plates. For one it won't rust, it doesn't require seasoning, and it's easier to clean (dishwasher safe). Since it's aluminum it heats up quickly and evenly, and it cools down quickly when you are all done. The manual says that the grill can take up to 8 minutes to come up to heat - I don't think I had to wait anywhere near that long. There were 2 places though that I felt the design and construction were below expectations. First, when it comes to storage. The grill doesn't have an incorporated method to store itself on its side/edge. It only wants to be stored sitting flat. This is fine if you have a lot of cabinet storage, but it just takes up a lot of cabinet real estate. I found that you can store it on its edge if you wrap the cord around the grill to clamp it shut, but its not ideal. The other area was the finish of the plastic base (see pictures). This plastic was not properly deburred when it came out of the mold and was left with a lot of excess flash. There was flash all around the entire base on my unit. I took a razor blade to it and removed all of the flash in a couple of minutes. Now it looks just fine, but it was still annoying to deal with. These are the reasons I dropped 1 star. So far I have cooked burgers, quesadilla panini hybrid (for the kids), pancakes and country ham, and brats. Everything cooked evenly, and pretty quickly - except for the brats. The brats I bought were pretty thick, so it took a while to cook them through. I ended up adding some water to the grill surface to steam them up, and that sped the process along. The finished product was great though, and the grill captured and drained off so much grease. I'm looking forward to making some real panini's this week, and kabobs on it this weekend. I really like this grill/griddle combo. I can finally ditch my old electric griddle, and leave my cast iron grill plate put away. I think this grill/griddle combo would be great for any kitchen, and with winter coming it will let you keep grilling even as the temps plummet.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good for couples or single person

    Posted
    redderr
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    Look this is a great item for a small family under four, best for couple or single person. But the time it would take to cook a good size meal for four or more is not worth it. The unit comes with the grill, 2 cups for grease collection, a scraper and 2 grill plates and 2 griddle plates. It does a very good job on hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks with a good sear but best to keep thickness to under 1-1/12 inch. Pancakes are a breeze and come out great. Cleanup is easy but nevertheless time consuming with the parts you might use in cooking your meals from the grease cups, the cooking plates, the scrapper and the grill itself... which come on no matter how much grease you collect, some will get on the grill itself so that will need some sort of cleanup as well. For a small number of people (under 3, ideally two or less) 4 stars, above then 3 to 3 1/2 stars. It cooks well, food is succulent, juicy and so on...so a worth while investment but bear in mind that the unit can take up a lot of space when using the the lay flat configuration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good indoor grill

    Posted
    Shail
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    I have mostly used this as a press and here are the things that I have observed. 1) Good design, looks pretty sturdy 2) Setup is a bit complicated 3) Once setup, it is pretty easy to use. The dials are self explanatory. I like the fact that it can be set to a specific temperature (Rather than just hi-med-lo). 4) Warms up pretty quickly. In my test it reached 350F in around 4 minutes. 5) Cooks the food evenly 6) Easy to clean as the plates can be detached easily and are dish-washer safe 7) I don't have much counter top space in my kitchen, so it is a little bit bigger than I would have liked but because of the bigger size it also allows to griddle/grill more items at the same time. So, this can be seen both as a positive or negative depending on your personal situation. 8) They are grease cups provided in the box but they don't attach or slide into a specific area. Thus, they kinda stay loose and you might accidentally knock them over. Overall, I like this grill (I am not sure why is it called 5 in 1 though). It is great for indoor grilling (specially in winters). It makes great grilled sandwiches.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A nice replacement for an old grill

    Posted
    GAHokie
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    My current indoor grill was getting long in the tooth and the coating was starting to peel. I like the design and that both sides open flat. In this day and age of tap this and swipe that, I really like the knobs. Dialing in a temperature is an improvement over my last grill which was a 4-point scale. There's also a green light that flashes on when the temperature is in zone. It has cooked all my foods evenly and leaves nice grill marks. A bonus is you have a knob for grilling and one for griddle. The grease catch seems a bit awkward as it's like a small measuring cup. A cup that seems prone to being knocked over if you're not careful. It's good that the plates are removable, so they can be easily washed. The grilling plates do seem a little light/thin some I'm curious how the coating and the plates hold up over time. I wish the power cord was a little longer, so I could use this closer to under my range hood.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice

    Posted
    mikeheel
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    I really like this little grill by DeLonghi. It is attractive and well-made. The temperature controls are clear and easy to use. The grill plates can be easily removed and are dishwasher safe (tremendous plus). It can open all the way flat to use as a larger griddle surface. It has two sets of plates with it; flat griddle plates and slotted grill plates. They are very easy to swap. If I could do 4.5 stars, I would. It falls just short of a 5-star review for two reasons: 1. Since the back of the grill is an open design, when you lift the top, grease (or oil, or butter, depending on how you're cooking) will trickle down the back onto whatever surface you're cooking on. I think a lip to catch that stuff would have been a fairly easy solution. 2. It would greatly benefit from being about 30% larger. About most you could cook on it at one time in grill mode (not flipped open as a griddle) would be 4 burger patties or 2 paninis. And those take some effort to close the lid because there isn't much room for the angle at the back to allow it to close without trying to push stuff out the front. Those two complaints aside, this is a versatile grill that works very well. I'm glad we tried it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Versatile and Stylish Grill/Griddle

    Posted
    LindaCT
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    Design: This contact/grill is fancy looking and meant to impress. It's not an eyesore appliance in the kitchen (should you choose to leave it out on the counter and have the room for it to be displayed). It's not too heavy, yet it seems very sturdy. What you get: The contact/grill, 2 cups for excess grease, a scraper for the grill (easy clean up so it probably won't get used much, if at all), directions on use. You get 2 grill plates and 2 griddle plates. Directions: It comes with directions, but it is easy enough to figure out. There is a red light to let you know that the appliance is on and a green light to let you know when it is ready. There are three knobs clearly marked on the front of the appliance, the middle button for off/mode selection (leave in middle for off and turn left for the open grill/griddle and to the right for contact grill panini press). The other 2 dials are for temperatures, left dial for Warm, Low, Med, High and Sear for open grill/griddle and the other dial for actual temperatures ranging from 175F - 450F. As I stated, it is clearly displayed and above each dial. This appliance has a little lever on the right hand side of the handle. Just push the lever and it will lay down flat for two surfaces to cook on. The top plate (cover) adjusts for depth of your food just by setting it on top of other. OF NOTE: I couldn't find directions on how to adjust the top half so that it will lay flat with the bottom half to cook evenly. There was a piece of plastic attached to the handle that needed to come off and then it adjusted with no problem. Size of cooking area: I have grilled 4 good sized hamburgers with the top on with room to spare for a couple of hot dogs you could squeeze in. You can grill two extra large size sandwiches with room to spare. There is room for probably 4 medium size chicken breasts or 2 large. . When appliance is opened, both sides are available for cooking, so you could conceivably cook veggies on one and meat on the other or twice as much meat. Get creative. The grill/griddle plates: It comes with a set of sturdy ceramic plates for grilling and another set to use as a flat griddle for pancakes, etc. and they are very easy to change out. You just push a button on the right side and lift them up and at an angle. It's great that they come off so easily for cleaning. Easy clean up: This comes with two drip cups that you use when grilling to catch any grease leaking out. This worked great when I made bacon. If you are cooking with the grill open and using both sides you need to put a cup on both sides. There is one little outlet built into all the plates on one of the corners where you would set the drip cups. I loved that the bacon was less greasy than it normally is in a fry pan. On my first try with the grill I cooked 4 quarter pound hamburgers and very easy clean up on my second try I made a grilled Reuben sandwich and some cheese melted onto the grill plate and it wiped right off for quick clean up. Overall: I really love this griddle/grill. It's very versatile, easy to clean, and works great. This is a wonderful choice if you are looking for an indoor type grill like this. Great in the winter when you don't feel like facing the cold outside to grill your food and it cooks much better than any frying pan. I will use this mostly in the winter months, but also on lazy days when I just don't feel like starting up the grill outside. I highly recommend this. I posted pictures of it opened and closed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best as a griddle

    Posted
    Johnnyboy84
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    The DeLonghi grill is a 5 in 1 that looks great in the kitchen but is it as good as advertised? The grill looks great but there is more to it than looks. It is sturdy and well built. It doesn't weigh much There are three dials and are marked clearly. It comes with two sets of plates for either grilling or for use as a griddle. I tried to use it closed to grill chicken and it was beginning to leak from the rear despite having the grill closed with the drip cups properly put in place. Be sure to use a little bit of oil or butter to keep your meat from sticking to the grill surface. I find that grilling is best done open than closed in my experience. The griddle is good to use and the surface area is sufficient enough for making breakfast. Pancakes and bacon are great to make. I am just not a fan of the mess that is made from splashing everywhere. The removable plates are a plus. it makes it easier to clean up than say the foreman grill. The non stick plates seem solid but time will tell how they hold up. Be sure that your kitchen is well ventilated and that you are not using a lot of devices that uses a lot of electricity. I had to reset the power in my apartment as a result. Overall this grill/griddle is practical and has a lot to offer. It does a lot right but I am not sure why it is a 5 in 1. It can be used as a grill press or a griddle. In short it is great despite the few issues I found with it it is still a solid product. Well designed, can make breakfast lunch or dinner. It isn't difficult to clean.

    I would recommend this to a friend