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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Versatile and Stylish Grill/Griddle

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great alternative to conventional BBQ

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    MacUser
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    DeLonghi has always been my go-to brand in terms of small home appliances. We own quite a few appliances from them and are pretty much satisfied with them all. This product is no different. We live in the apartment, hence have a very limited space and absolutely no backyard where we can put a conventional BBQ grill. I do own a small flat top grill which I use quite often but the problem with that is it's outdoor. So with winters coming up, it's hard to use outside in the balcony. This DeLonghi grill has absolutely saved my life. I can use it indoor without any need of propane gas cylinder. It being an electric grill, has given us a lot of advantage. I was reluctant to get this initially but the wife insisted, so we got this and honestly, I am so happy that we did. It comes with two flat griddle plates and two grill plates (with grooves). You just push a button on the side and lift them out up and at an angle. It's great that they come off so easily for cleaning. A plastic cleaning tool is also provided with it and is very useful. Both plates are non-stick which is a huge plus because it allows you to use less oil. You can even use non-stick spray. I recently started my health journey and have been eating mostly chicken and fish. So this griddle has helped a lot. Chicken comes out well done and juicy. With the outdoor grill, I used to cook chicken at once for at least 3-4 days just because I didn't want to clean it everyday but with this DeLonghi, I cook everyday. It's so much easy to clean. There are three knobs. The middle knob lets you choose between open grill or the closed position. Then one dial is for controlling the panini function and the other dial is if you are using the grill plate. When you turn it on, you have to wait for few minutes for it to warm up, and then the green light will come on signaling that it's time to cook. It goes up to 450F/230C. It also comes with a couple of drip cups that you can use when grilling something greasy. I marinate my chicken with a lot of marinade, specially the tandoori marinade which tends to ooze out a lot while grilling. So these drip cups help in collecting all that waste along with the grease if any. I love that the plates are removable and washable. This is great, so much better than cleaning my other grill. The plate on that grill is so big and our sinks are very small in comparison, so it becomes very hard to wash it but the DeLonghi plates are so small, making cleaning easy. It's great for making paninis as well which my wife likes quite a bit as she is a panini fanatic. According to her, it's the best so far. Both top and bottom sides heat evenly which is a problem with some other grills where one side heats slower than the other. This helps cook food evenly in this DeLonghi grill. We haven't tried making pancakes on this yet but I'm sure they will come out just as perfect. We might give them a try next time. I must mention here that the grill is lightweight and so are the plates, which are super light. My other grill's plate is heavy duty which makes it hard to clean. The size is perfect for our family (2 adults + 1 kid) and we can cook our one meal at the same time. For a bigger family, size might be an issue. The only drawback that I found is that the temperature setting are very hard to read, especially if you are using it in not well lit area. The fonts are marked with kind of light beige color which makes it very difficult to read. Overall, I am very much satisfied with this product and will definitely recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Performing Grill/Griddle Combo

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    DaveW
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    I have made it a point to cook with the DeLonghi Livenza for the last 3 nights, and I am pretty happy with it. It has helped churn out some pretty tasty meals so far. Overall I think it is 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 is 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

    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

    love this grill

    Posted
    cad8099
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    ok so I have not used a George forman grill in a while so not sure what has changed with those. this is basically one of those but can lay flat so you can just grill on both sides if want or you can use it closed. the top also adjust so it flattens out a bit more so your not closing it at an angle but instead you can adjust the top so that as you close it, it will lay flat on top as well. I like this. the only complaints I have, lack of direction for the most part. like, the top was a bit tricky at first to get to lay flat when closed. there is no button to release it freely so if you use in closed position, you have to press hard to allow the top part to come down so that it can lay flat on top of what you are cooking instead of closing it at an angle. and most things like grills and all, have a few ingredients and things to cook. just to have, this did not. not a big deal as most of us probably cook things anyways and know what we are doing lol. but still. but overall, it cooks great. I like that it does have either grill plates or griddle plates and I assume you can use 1 of each flat so you can maybe griddle eggs and what not while maybe grilling burger, or steak to go with the eggs etc. easy to take apart and nice that you can put in dishwasher. comes with 2 grease cups. one for each side if you use in the open position. nice but would also have been nice if some how attached so you don't forget. perfect for those who live an apartment especially if cant have a grill. or even those times when burn bans are in place that don't allow you to grill. it heats up fast and when cooking, it does not take time at all to cook food. you are grilling from both sides if closed so it is heating on both sides. a few things though that I want to mention that I don't like. as far as I see, there is only 1 knob for when using it in the open position. this knob sets both sides. so you cant cook 2 separate things with there own settings on each side. its all set to the same. also a BIG CAUTION, the top does get hot. it states in the directions kinda at the end and not bold which is something that should be well noticed, but the top does get hot so it says and I say as well, use oven mits or something if you do have to adjust the cover in the closed position for instance. and again some way to at least attach the grease cups. like even just a little clip or a way to slide it in. just so that you don't accidently bump either the grease cup or even the unit and cause it to not line up. overall, nice to have. has a few options that you can do which is great. and a good size as well.

    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Looks Great. Cooks Even Better

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    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Well-performing indoor grill & griddle

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    taureantiger
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    If you're looking for a indoor grill (and griddle) good enough for a smaller household, this one may just do the job. As you know, though, with any indoor grilling and griddling there is a good accumulation of smoke, and as such, if you have a chance to operate the DeLonghi - Livenza Grill right under your hood/vent, that would be perfect. We used this small appliance as a grill, because I wanted to able to grill my steaks during the colder fall and winter months as well, and it's doing that really, really well (see pictures). Using the "Contact Grill" option (turning the key to the right), and selecting 450F/230C, after just about 8 minutes, the steaks were done "medium", and after 10 minutes, they were "medium-well". Totally awesome! - Don't forget to use the supplied drip cup(s) to fetch the "juice". Also used the same setup (grill) for shrimps. Same settings, et voila, after just 5 minutes of grilling, they were delicious and ready for consumption. The DeLonghi - Livenza Grill is beautifully designed, well-built, and the use of stainless steel makes it look quite nice on countertops. I feel you get a lot of value from this grill as it is competitively priced and really does a great job with respect to grilling and griddling. Wished it came with a recipe booklet, but it doesn't. You basically need to figure out yourself how many minutes of grilling it takes for meat, fish, or vegetables. Of course, the more you use the grill, the more familiar you become with the grill, and as such, know what settings to use. From that perspective, I would give this grill 4.5 stars, rounded up, 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Little Grill for a Well Lit Kitchen

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    TimothyTrimble
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    The DeLonghi - Livenza electric grill is the first indoor grill that I’ve ever owned and I have discovered that I’ve been missing out. I’ve always been a big fan of grilling food outdoors, especially steaks, chicken, brats, and hamburgers. There’s no left over grease to deal with and the food just tastes better. But, when it’s wintertime, the outdoor grill does not get much use. With the electric grill, we get to stay indoors, and still have the grilled foods. This grill heats up quickly and the coated steel cooking plates distribute the heat evenly. The cooking plates are interchangeable can easily be inserted or removed via a side mounted release button. Each plate has corner drip spouts for allowing grease and juices to flow into the supplied catch cups. They are also dishwasher safe which makes for an easy cleanup. The ribbed plates are perfect for steaks, burgers, hotdogs, chicken, brats, or panini sandwiches due to the floating top, which provides for a flat and even pressure on the items being cooked. The flat plates are great for meats, flat grilled sandwiches, vegetables, and even pancakes. My only gripe with this grill are the plastic control knobs. With the bulk of this device being metal, I would have expected the knobs to be metal, which would have provided a higher quality feel. And the control knobs are poorly marked with a dark paint, making them hard to read even in a well lit kitchen. Overall, I’m very pleased with the DeLonghi - Livenza grill. It makes a nice addition to our kitchen. I just have to squint a little when adjusting the controls.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Little grill tasting meals

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    DSPARKA
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    I like the taste of grilled food so finding a small appliance that gives me that luxury was ideal. What’s included in the box: 5 in 1 grill, drip cups, cleaning tool, griddle, grill plates and manual. After I cleaned the plates and read the manual I was ready to start using my DeLonghi mini grill. Pros: * The griddle and grill plates are easily removed to make this a quick clean up after each cooking. * My favorite is having the Livenza open allowing me to cook more at once. Eggs on one side bacon on the other or 2 types of meats grilled 2 different ways. * This is durable and does not feel like it will fall apart. Cons: * Nothing bothered me using it. Final thoughts: In my opinion I think DeLonghi should include basic recipes to help new customers learn the cook times and temperatures. I was learning from trial and error but I would of like to have a few go to recipes that I can feel comfortable making without guessing. I like using an outdoor grill and sometimes this can be easier for a quick meal. You can grill a few burgers and hotdogs in few minutes without going outside anytime of the year. The knobs add the touch of an outdoor grill. This Livenza 5 in 1 grill will be used for 2 and small gatherings in my household. I compared this to some other similar indoor grills and I think I get more with the DeLonghi Livenza for the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Make paninis, grill steaks and burgers & pancakes

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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    DeLonghi Knocks Out Foreman!

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    Cueball2000
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    It's a knockout for sure. I've had a few George Foreman grills over the past 20 years and they were OK. To make a hamburger or veggie burger they did the job but I could never make much more with them. They were always set to just one temperature and couldn't be adjusted. I tried making various other sandwiches using them but they always seemed overcooked in some areas and undercooked in others. This DeLonghi - Livenza 5 in 1 Grill let's me adjust the temperature to my liking and let's me use it to make more than just hamburgers. The grilling plates which can be used to make burgers, chicken, steaks, fish or paninis come off (for easy cleaning) and can be swapped out for griddle plates so I can make eggs or pancakes. The unit can be used in 5 different configurations such as a contact grill for paninis, full grill, full griddle, half griddle or combination half grill and half griddle. The 3 knobs are clearly marked so you know exactly the temperature for the method of cooking you desire. The handle is rubber coated so I never feel the heat of the grill. They included 2 drip cups to catch the grease and fat that drains off the food and a small spatula for flipping the food. When open, the grill takes up about 18 inches of space so in a small kitchen like mine, I have to move around the pots and pans to give me counter space but with the DeLonghi grill, I can finally ditch my frying pan and skillets. So far, I have grilled chicken breasts, hamburgers and made a panini and as soon as I finish writing this review, I think I'll make a grilled mac and cheese sandwich. Yum!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely multipurpose

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    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 have 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice

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    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

    Sandwich Magic

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    MGoose
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    I like this thing. It reliably makes a great sandwich. I really didn't know how easy it was to make great hot sandwiches at home. Pros - Great results. Sandwiches come out golden brown with perfect lines. - Easy to clean with removable non-stick plates that just wipe clean. You can put them in the dishwasher, but I haven't seen a need to. - Separate heat settings for top and bottom plate. - Big enough to makes more than one Sandwich at once. Neutral - Use a dedicated outlet. It tripped the GFCI in my kitchen when we turned on the microwave on the same circuit. - Make sure the top plate is not locked in open grill mode before pressing a sandwich or it will be smashed flat. Cons - Instructions are thin and not that helpful. - No recommended cooking times or settings. - Bottom grill dial has low to high (sear) heating settings, top press dial has temperatures 175-450F. It is not clear how they relate, but I just set them both to max for golden brown sandwiches.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Who needs a stove?

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    DaveG
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    I've always been impressed with the quality of the products that DeLonghi builds. Everything has a great look and solid feel. There's a bit of a premium associated with that, but in certain cases is worth the price of admission. We needed a panini press to assist with cooking duties during a kitchen remodel. The best part of the DeLonghi 5-in-1 is the easy to swap cooking surfaces. You have the grill grates for your paninis, steak or any foods you want with grill marks (it also works perfectly for cooking bacon). Or you can swap the smooth cook top to make pancakes, scrambled eggs, etc. Everything swaps with ease - but be careful if the grates are still hot. The temp control dials are wonderful. There's a dial in the middle to switch between open and closed - I'm not exactly sure why. You also have two dials to control temperature depending if you're cooking with the grill open or closed. The dials operate very smoothly and allow very fine control of the temperature. The heating surfaces cooked very evenly. No real difference in temperature between the inside and outside - which made for a lovely sandwich with even color overall. Clean up is easy. The ceramic surface is durable, but no sticking. I'd recommend using the same utensils as you would for conventional non-stick. I'm not sure if it's a requirement, but I would.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Gets the job done

    Posted
    glspark2007
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    I got this grill primarily to replace my old panini press. I have an outdoor grill, so not sure how much use it will get for traditional grill items. For the most part, I was pretty happy with the product and results. Before getting to the good points, there were two things I was a little disappointed by. The first was the apparent packaging of the the item. It seemed to be wrapped up tight but after pulling it out of the box I saw that the plug was bent out of shape. I had to carefully push it back before I could even plug it in. I was also disappointed by the lack of instructions. There was a very basic manual on how to set it up but not much more. This grill has 5 settings but it doesn’t tell you what temperature to cook anything at. I made paninis yesterday with it and had to completely guess what the best temp to cook it at was. There was no guidance on that. That does lead into the things I liked though. The grill heats up very quickly. There was hardly any preheating time and it left nice grill marks on my paninis. I also LOVE that the grill plates are removable and dishwasher safe. That’s a huge step up from my last one that was a pain to clean. I also like that this can be laid flat. I’m going to try using it as a griddle for pancakes! All in all, a few minor drawbacks but a solid product with a lot of possible uses.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Solid, easy-to-use grill

    Posted
    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

    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