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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

    Very Nice Grill

    Posted
    Granney
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    This is a very nice grill. Easy to use and even easier to clean. Removable trays are great. Gets plenty hot to do many types of cooking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Great Replacement for an Indoor Grill & Griddle

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    TechGuru
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    We replaced our previous grill with the DeLonghi 5 in 1 Grill, and you should too. If you use a similar type grill in your home often, or a griddle, this is a a must have. It replaces both, is so easy to use, and most importantly: is easy to clean. The DeLonghi 5 in 1 Grill provides a larger grilling (or griddle) surface than your traditional similar type grill, but it has a small form factor, and folds, meaning you can save quite a bit of space, especially if you are replacing a grill and a griddle with this. All I can say it is it easy to use, and the food comes out perfect.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great indoor grill, if you have the need

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    callmeageeth
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    When I look at new kitchen appliances, I ask myself, do I have the counter/storage space (including any additional parts)? Does it replace something (or multiple devices) I already have, or is it just additional? Because this indoor grill is nice, if you can justify the need. Are you in a dorm? Do you live in a small apartment and don't/can't own a grill? Then this grill would be a great option for you. FEATURES i'm not sure about the whole 5 in 1 claim, but I used this grill as both a griddle and indoor "grill." It operates the same, you just use different "plates." It comes with smooth ceramic for a griddle and grooved ceramic for "grilling." There are coils underneath the plates that heat them up. I found the griddle to be awesome and the grilling plates nice to have when cooking for one or two or when it's raining. I found myself using it more as a griddle or using those flat plates to make my kids grilled cheeses. EASE OF USE It's pretty simple if you stare at the knobs. One turn of the middle knob turns it on as either griddle or grill (i'm assuming it uses different energy levels for each) and then for the griddle, you turn the left knob to the appropriate temperature and the right knob adjusts the temperature like you would a grill. It really ease child's play easy to use. PERFORMANCE It's pretty standard here. If you've used a panini press before, or even a flat griddle, expect the same performance. It does a good job of evenly heating the food. I couldn't tell when cooking if one area of the plates got hotter than others. Based on the food, I'd say it cooks evenly. COMPLAINTS Nothing is perfect, even something as simple as a grill/griddle. It's a tad small for me. You can open the hinge to lay flat so you use the top and the bottom for a griddle. But you can't make much food for many people (i'm just talking a family of four, not hosting a party). I had to go through several rounds of making pancakes (in full disclosure though, it beats using a normal pan). But if you're getting this for one or two, I don't think it would ever be an issue. I should say i'm used to a George Foreman grill, where the grease comes off the ceramic plates at an angle into a drip pan. For me, I didn't care about the "low fat" or whatever claims, I liked it because it made it easier to clean. When using the grilling plates, the grease from a burger collects in the somewhat shallow grooves and you can't remove the plates before it gets cold, which makes cleaning it a little bit more of a challenge. @@@@@@@@ Griddle flat plates are a breeze to clean). CONCLUSION This is a quality grill that performs well, but in my opinion it's best use is cooking for one or two people given it's size.

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best as a griddle

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    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

  • 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid, easy-to-use grill

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    FlyingC
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    This is a solid, nice looking grill for making sandwiches and cooking meat. It can also be opened up flat to be used as sort of a replacement for an electric skillet. It was very easy to set up and use the first time, and it's also very easy to clean the removable grill plates. It has a couple of collection cups that are a handy way to collect grease and liquids that run off whatever you're cooking. In the press mode you just use one, but in the open griddle mode you use two (one for each plate). This grease collection can be a good thing, but it might also be a disadvantage if you're used to letting something cook in its own grease, like bacon for example. You won't have to spoon it or pour it out of the skillet anymore, but it won't be there for cooking with this system. One other thing to keep in mind is this grill is rated at 1500 watts. So that means it will use the entire circuit if you have a standard 15 amp circuit in your kitchen. We only had a coffee maker plugged into the circuit (no hot plate, just the clock functions on) and the grill would trip the GFCI. Once I made sure the grill was the only thing plugged in, it ran fine without tripping the breaker again. Overall, I like this grill and would recommend it.

    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: 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Make paninis, grill steaks and burgers & pancakes

    Posted
    JerryZ
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    Make paninis, grill steaks, burgers & pancakes all with the same appliance. First I want to point out the drip cup. They give two (2) as one may fill up quickly depending on what you are grilling. To me its the #1 great idea over most units I've seen. Check out this video on youtube of the cup in action: https://youtu.be/WoE7__qZbrk No mistake, you want to use this griddle on its own circuit. Especially in today's kitchen with GFI breakers protecting us from electrocution near sinks. Why, because you can select either the bottom grill/plate or both the bottom and top. That what makes cooking so simple and fast. The grill plates can be removed and replaced with flat griddle plates with the touch of a button on the right of each element. GREAT FEATURE, they even embossed the TOP and BOTTOM plates with their orientation so you can quickly and reliably install them in their correct positions. The center control knob has three (3) selections, BOTTOM-OFF-BOTH. The Top and bottom heating elements each have their own temperature knobs to the left or right of the OFF knob. Super simple to adjust. My first effort was a simple burger dinner for two, made quickly without having to flip the meat like on the grill. What was really great was the sear marks from the grooved ceramic plates. They clean up easily, like teflon. I look forward to paninis and grilled cheese sandwiches with the grandkids (and me).

    I would recommend this to a friend