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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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paninis
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good grill

    Posted
    Lovetech0507
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    I have used other counter top grills in the past. I usually end going back to a pan for my burgers and panini. I like this one, great size, easy clean up. My kids favorite is grilled cheese and it's a breeze on this grill. I also in the past I hated to grill fish it would always stick. I grilled fish on this and it didn't stick. I like this grill. Don't believe I will go back to a pan.

    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