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

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  • 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

    Posted
    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: 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Little Grill for a Well Lit Kitchen

    Posted
    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: 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

    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: 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

    quick and easy grill for steaks, sandwiches, more

    Posted
    TechNerd
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    I got the DeLonghi - Livenza 5 in 1 Grill and I'm really happy with it. I'm a single dude :( and have to cook for myself so when I want to make something simple and easy the DeLonghi grill is my go-to cooking tool. I've done steaks, grilled cheese sandwiches, tuna melts, warmed up food almost anything on this grill. SUPER easy and quick since it's cooking on both sides . For steaks it only takes 8 mins after it's been warmed up. For sandwiches it doesn't take that long. And for thick sandwiches or steaks you can unlock the top to contour the thickness of the steak or sandwiches.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • 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

    Bought grill as gift

    Posted
    Desiree
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    So far so good. I bought this as a gift for my brother. He loves it so much that he won't let anyone touch it. So I guess you could say that this was a great purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend