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DeLonghi - Livenza All-Day Electric Grill - Black/Polished Chrome-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 58 reviews

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  • Pros Plenty of grilling space Includes flat and griddle cooking surfaces Can make waffles with optional accessory Versatile Easy to read digital screen Includes timer function Easy dishwasher cleanup Top and bottom cook surfaces are controlled separately Includes companion app Premium appearance Cons Actual temperature does not match set temperature Heating is very uneven Dials didn't feel smooth for such an expensive product Steep slope on for drippings causes items such as eggs to run Drip tray removal is in back Massive size limits kitchen placement in normal kitchens Only includes temperature settings and no Low/Medium/High High amp draw might require using a separate circuit The Delonghi Livenza is a very large multipurpose grill.CraigB
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfectly even heat and efficient

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    gonzaloejimenez
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    I was undecided whether to buy a gas or electrical grill, since I love steaks but I usually cook just for my self, so I was looking for a small grill. But I found this Delonghi Electrical grill, and I love it. The size is perfect for the steaks I want to cook, it is very easy to operate, it is almost intuitive, you can control de temperature individually of each side, and there is a reason for that, and is that you can widely open both sides and use both of them as a flat grill and not as a contact grill, which is an awesome idea!! The unit is well constructed, with self-adjusting hinges. It includes 2 types of plates. Included are 1 set of the grill plates and is set of the griddle plates. It also comes with the oil drip cup and a cleaning tool. Another feature I have found really eficient is that the heating element is embedded in the plates, so it heat up the plates very even and I could not find any issues about hot or cold spots. The heat distribute better and that also means energy saver. The plates can be removed and clean individually, another brilliant idea, and the clean is pretty easy. The digital display makes it look really cool, and easy to understand the operation. There is a setting that allows you to change the temperature from farenheit to celsius. These are the dimensions: 18 x 14 x 7.5 inches. The two cooking areas are both: 15 x 9 inches. Finally, another very important detail, is the appearance, the stainless steel finish make it looks wonderful on my kitchen counter.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best grill/griddle

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    Rudy
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    I've used a panini grill several years, really liked it. Decided to get better control and options, and this one beats all my expectations. Works better than I hoped. Having control of top and bottom individually makes all difference and imbedded heat elements are amazing.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent grill

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    charliehustle77
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    This grill is really well made. It heats up very fast. It got to 400 degrees in about 4 or so minutes. The app that you use with it came in handy when we used it and cooked our steaks pretty much the way we wanted. The sear function is neat, it brings the heat way up to sear whatever you put on it. You can control the heat on the top as well as the bottom so if you are unable to get a crispy crust on your pizza, this might work for you. You can put the plates in the dishwasher making for an easy cleanup. A couple things I didn't like. The drip tray is in the rear of the grill, kind of a silly thing to do right? The cord is kind of short. The cost of this grill is on the high end for sure even though it is well made and a quality piece. This doesn't come with the waffle plates and for what it costs, shouldn't it? It's also big, so it takes up a large amount of counter space so take that into consideration. Other than those things I can recommend this to others. If you live in a small spot with no grill or if your a traveler and stay in places where a full size grill is not available, this is for you.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Looks Great, Cooks Even Better

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    Kelby
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    Design: De'Longhi did a fantastic job designing this Livenza grill. It looks great in our kitchen! Although it is relatively large, I do not mind leaving it out on the kitchen counter because of the sleek and modern design. I appreciate that the oil drip cup slides under the grill in the back, so it is not visible. In addition, the buttons and heat control knobs are easy to use, and the illuminated display is easy to read. Versatility: The De'Longhi Livenza is the most versatile grill I have used. Many of my favorite meals can be cooked on the Livenza thanks to the swappable grill plates. For example, I like how I can make pancakes in the morning then grill burgers for dinner. Cleaning the grill plates is a breeze because of the non-stick surfaces, and they are dishwasher safe. Effectiveness: The cooking surface seems to evenly distribute heat, so food gets cooked the same no matter where it is placed. Once I learned about the features and became comfortable using the Livenza grill, I was able to cook my desired meals efficiently and effectively. The dedicated mobile app has been very helpful since it recommends what grill plate to use, what temperature setting is best, and how long to cook the food. I suggest downloading it! Verdict: Because of the design, versatility, and effectiveness, I now prefer the De'Longhi Livenza grill over any other cooking appliance in my kitchen. I can say with confidence that I would recommend this Livenza to anyone looking for an indoor grill!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The best appliance of its kind on the market toda!

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    Boris
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    I am in the state of exuberance. After going through several indoor grills, finally, I've discovered the one which can fulfill my needs for the gourmet cooking to the fullest potential. It has separate heating elements integrated into the plates. Temperatures can be controlled by separate dials before or during the grilling. Digital display of every aspect of operation. Easily disassembled for cleaning. And, aesthetically speaking, a visual masterpiece.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best cooking appliance I've ever bought!

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    Larrymc
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    Unlike any other appliance that I've ever bought, I use this daily, many days twice a day. Works great a a grill, as a griddle, makes great toast in a minute or less! Expect some smoke when grilling steaks, etc. But well worth dealing with the smoke! Heats up quickly, easy to clean. Comes with 2 grill plates and 2 griddle plates. Waffle plates also available. More expensive than many other similar items, but well worth it!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wife Love's It!

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    JCChiefsfan
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    I have to say that this is one of the best well thought out design wise indoor grill that I have ever seen, let alone use. You can make so many different dishes on this perfectly sized heating surface that we have started trying new things that we wouldn't have ever tried with just our stove and gas grill. This Delonghi electric grill is pretty heavy and made very durable and I expect we will be handing it down to our daughter when that time comes because I truly believe believe it will last several decades, it's just that well built. The dual cooking surfaces are great for cooking on one side while using the griddle side at the same time at 2 different temps which are extremely useful. You can also use it as a broiler with 3 different temps to choose from depending on what you are cooking of course. Last but not least is just how easy it's to use and the best part to me is how simple it's to clean! It's freaking fantastic and takes very little effort to clean which is obviously my favorite thing about it. As far as cons go, this is pretty rare for me but the only downside I can see is it might be a little heavy for some and it's a little pricey but it's definitely worth every penny!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice look and food delivery

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    Luis
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    Over the last weeks I've been using the product quite consistently for sandwich, meats or roasted vegetable, my impression is that is able to deliver an over-average quality in all the products. When I received the product, my first reaction was more than positive, is clearly well fabricated with attention to the details and with a level of quality that intend to fit in a well-equipped kitchen: color, lights screens are there to make its look more attractive and this is going to dress your space. The size, over the average grill, could scare the owners of a small size kitchen (as mine) but when you realize the alternative uses that you could give to your new equipment, you realize that it deserves the space that is taken saving space for a couple of previous appliances. One additional positive outcome is that is so easy to clean and to prepare the food that I am observing that in the last times our food preparations are more often grilled when used to be fried (in in a pan with some oil), so I would like to believe that we improved our dietary habits by using this (this comment is not tested by any serious medical study). Couple of warnings for the new buyers, if you are planning to buy something that is plug and use this could not be your first choice. The product allows you to determine the heat and the time of each of the heat surfaces and require a certain understanding of cooking and elaboration times. If elaborated cooking bothers you or you are not into following cooking times/temperatures go for something less sophisticate. Also, this grill brings a certain level of technology into your kitchen so to follow instructions provided by the manufacturer could be more than needed: I never read my previous foreman grill but this one I felt that I needed, and I think pays-out.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works great

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    Iluvgadgets
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    Great grill. Heats evenly, great product. I found it a little heavier than I thought it would be. I thought the cord could have been longer. I'm not a big cooker, so I only tired it a few times so far. Cleaning was easy. This is a very nice looking appliance, and looks great in the kitchen. I will use it more this summer. I love grilling over frying any day.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Grill

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    DoubleJ
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    Great Grill This is a great grill overall. It heats up very fast and cooks evenly. I really like the removable grill plates which can be washed in the dishwasher. The grill can be used several different ways, from fully flat for pancakes, etc, or you can use it like a sandwich press for paninis, or you can set it so that the top grill doesn't actually touch the food, if you want to use it similar to a broiler and not crush your food items. I really wish the waffle plates were included as this would make it even more versatile. They can be purchased separately, but at an additional cost of $60 from the manufacturer. Pros Grill plates are very easy to use/attach/swap, otherwise no assembly required Heavy/sturdy construction, seems very durable Even temperatures Separate temperature controls for top and bottom plates Built in timer Multi function Has an app... based on reading other reviews, I think I need to actually check this out. It seems more useful than I originally imagined. Cons Waffle plates not included, so we can't ditch our waffle iron. At this price point, I would expect that to be included. Not so much a con but the temperature control has only predefined different settings like 140, 175, 215, ... 300, 355, ... 450, so you can't set it to something like 350 or 349.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Large, sturdy multipurpose grill

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    CraigB
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    Pros Plenty of grilling space Includes flat and griddle cooking surfaces Can make waffles with optional accessory Versatile Easy to read digital screen Includes timer function Easy dishwasher cleanup Top and bottom cook surfaces are controlled separately Includes companion app Premium appearance Cons Actual temperature does not match set temperature Heating is very uneven Dials didn't feel smooth for such an expensive product Steep slope on for drippings causes items such as eggs to run Drip tray removal is in back Massive size limits kitchen placement in normal kitchens Only includes temperature settings and no Low/Medium/High High amp draw might require using a separate circuit The Delonghi Livenza is a very large multipurpose grill. The grill surfaces have an integrated heating element. The claim is by offering direct heating of the cooking surface you get even distribution of heat. With the included flat grill and griddle and optional waffle plates you have the option to cook nearly anything without the need of a stove or oven. In fact, the Livenza can even serve as an open broiler. A timer and sear function are also included to round out the package. There are only temperature settings and no options for Low, Medium, and High so some knowledge of cooking temperatures or using the companion app are recommended. Cleanup should be easy since the plates are dishwasher safe and the drip tray catches everything else. The front display has a slight angle meaning food will likely need to be cleaned off the front but the task is not difficult. Strangely, the drip tray must be removed via a back slot. With such a large grill, a side or front removal of the tray would be preferred. If you intend to purchase the Livenza, keep in mind this is a very large grill. You could be forgiven for mistaking this for a commercial grade restaurant grill it is that large. It looks and feels the part in every way. It feels very sturdy as if it was intended for frequent use. Digging deeper into the grill, the commercial type nature continues where each heating surface is controlled separately and a bright, easy to read display shows the set temperature of each heating surface. Unfortunately, the temperature set cannot be trusted but more on that later. The knobs feel sturdy except that turning them feels rough, almost as if there is sand stuck behind the knob. This takes away from the premium feel a bit. After continued use the rough feeling lessoned. One can only hope this is because they are tight from the factory for extended use and require a breaking in period. Carrying on with the more commercial theme, with this grill open you have as much surface area as most residential cooktops except nearly all is useable. When cooking large amounts of greasy food, such as bacon, enough bacon grease is vaporized where you may want to consider using it under your vent hoot if you don't have tall ceilings. Because of the size of the grill, if you intend to use both surfaces at the same time while having another appliance running, such as a small toaster oven, you will need more than a 15-amp circuit. Probably the boldest claim is that the Livenza solves the largest problem every cooking surface or grill and that's uneven heat. Unfortunately, during testing it could not live up to this claim. Temperatures were verified with a thermal gun to very as much as 80 degrees Fahrenheit from one area of the plate to another. This can the difference between overly runny eggs and dry eggs. Not only are surface temperatures inconsistent, they are regularly higher than set. When the temperature was set to 400 degrees, a check with a thermal fun verified temps of 436-448. A setting of 350 yielded 398 degrees. This does not prevent the Livenza from being a competent cooking tool, only less than accurate or consistent. If you are in the market for a very large multipurpose grill for larger meals and value a sturdy build quality and commercial look this grill may be for you. Just be ready for temperature inconsistencies.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    well built and designed grill

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    Bappy
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    DeLonghi - Livenza All-Day Electric Grill - Black/Polished chrome This grill is pretty cool, I used the famous boxer grills in the past and never really liked them, seemed they were clunky and the grease drip pan was awkward and problematic. Plus they were not easily cleanable as the units really didn't come apart. As for the DeLonghi - Livenza All-Day Electric Grill, we have an integrated center grease drip pan, removable cooking plates which are easily cleanable and interchangeable with other pairs of cooking plates for flat grilling purposed, standard ridged plates and a waffle plate (not included with my model). In any case I put this unit to use for the first time with two New York strip steaks, they cooked perfectly and the grill marks were picturesque, like they came from a fancy restaurant. The steaks cooked quickly and evenly in a mode where the top grill plate sits on top of the food, this setting is also adjustable for other types of food either where you want to put some pressure (like a Panini) or an option to sit above the food without the top plate making contact (think something like shrimp or tender fish where you don't want to necessarily want to put pressure on food or make contact). Very interested on how this grill handles boneless chicken breasts, thick cut pork chops and kabobs. The temperature controls are pretty straightforward (one each for the top and bottom grill plates) with digital readouts and a sear mode which intensely grills your food. Should also do an excellent job cooking brats, Italian sausage or Polish Kielbasa. You can probably get innovative and grill some veggies on the non stick surfaces of the unit. Overall this unit is well built, the heat from the grill plates is well insulated from the rest of the unit, so you don't have to worry about other exterior surfaces of the unit heating up. I used the unit outside on my deck and quickly cleaned up after, that process is simple and painless. Only thing that I could really complain about was the waffle grills were not included in this model. Also the cord is a little short, so you better be close to an outlet.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Packs nice heat and Super Easily Controlled

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    Txstatesal
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    My biggest fear was eased when I figured that I was going to get a tabletop grill that was going to heat my food unevenly or worst not heat correctly. Meaning, that if I wanted to sear my steaks it would more than sear or undercook which could cause problems. Rest assured, that accomplished my goals and more. The grill comes with three different plates and I can't wait to play with he panini plate. This time I made sirloin medallions and some golden potatoes. The steak was awesome but that might be because of my great seasoning and brining technique also! Props to me! I love that it also has an application you can download on your phone so that if you need recipes or help you can access them there quickly. Overall an amazing gift and if mom or dad are in the market for something new, this would be a great addition to any house hold. Don't be intimidated, just cook like you would normally! Next on my list of things to try is to cook all of a breakfast one the flat plate. That looks so cool on the recipe book it comes with.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    perfect press and griller

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    Crasher
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    The Livenza all day grill is truly an awesome grill capable of just about anything. To talk about all the functions and abilities that are possible with this grill would take too much time. Instead I just want to focus on some of its key features to help decide if this is right for you. Out of the box you will receive two flat plates, two grill plates, an oil drip catch, scrapper, and griddle plates. Very little assembly is required and no tools are needed. This is my first true grill/press. In the past i've own other basic grills that you may have seen on t.v. but nothing truly compares to this grill. Lets talk about some of the features. First off you have a LCD digital display which gives you temperature readings and timer countdowns. Off to the right are your temperature controls for your plates. Once nice feature I like is the individual settings of each plate. Depending on your cooking style and type of food your making you can set the top plate temperature different from the bottom plate in order to insure thorough cooking. Another nice feature is the three cooking modes that are offered. You have Contact grill mode, broil grill mode and BBQ mode. Contact grill mode is just as the title suggest, the two plates make contact with both the top and bottom food that you are cooking. This makes quick work of simple snacks or foods such as grilled cheese sandwiches, Quesadillas, pancakes and much more. Broil grill mode allows you to lock the top plate into a hover position and allows the griller to be used much like an oven. Im not a fancy cook but I did find this feature was very nice when it came to making mini pizzas. Since the top plate never touches the food in this position you can easily set the temperature higher for more thorough and faster cooking. BBQ mode is a really nice feature, it allows you to lay the top plate completely on its back providing you with two cooking surfaces. This is great for when you need double the cooking space. Built in to the grill is a grease catch which drains into a oil catch allowing for healthier eating habits. One thing I did forget to mention about this grill that I did notice was the fact that it had an integrated heating element built in to the plates. The reason I bring this up is since there is no open flame and since the heating element isn't built directly in to the grill this helps to eliminate any hotspots and give you a more thorough and evenly cooked meal. Also Livenza provides you with an online app for iOS and Android in which they give you lots of cooking recipes and ideas for meal planning. If you like to cook without making a big mess or breaking out the BBQ grill the Livenza is definitely the way to go. Right out of the box you are going to see the quality and care that was put behind this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Grill, Sturdy, Large, Rem. griddles, tricky

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    hokie00
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    This grill is very nice. It has a large cook space(s) with flat pan or grill pan option. It has a single open grill, closed panini, closed broil, or open double grill options (doubling the space). It seems very versatile and the heating seems even. You can also individually control the temperature of each plate. This unit comes with the 4 plates (2 grill, 2 flat), main grill unit, drip tray, and cleaning tool (flat/slotted edges) Optional units have the waffle plate. It cooks well and can take the place of stove top, oven/broiler, grill. The cook space is about 12"x18" each side. The heating element is in the pans so they heat more evenly but must be clipped into the base. This requires you to line up the contacts on the bottom side of the pan (not too difficult but may take more than one try). Some cool features: The grill plates have independent temp control. You can turn the top off or a lower temp. The top can be open 90deg for non use, closed over bottom for panini style cooking (with a lower or same temp), closed over but not touching for oven/broil style cooking (with lower or off temp to keep heat in) Full open to use two grills at same or different temps (i,e veggies on one side, chicken on the other). I am still figuring out the knobs and releases on the side that allow all these functions (just read the manual and it's easy to figure out) Plates are removable to wash separately in sink (so you don't have to handwash the entire unit all together). I don't believe they are dishwasher safe though. Some of my issues are the following: Drip slots at back of grill don't always direct liquid into tray. There is dripping and condensation that occur along the entire back of the pan (most makes it to the tray). So prepare to do a little wipe up. On/Off Controls are unusual. When you turn the unit on, it does not stay on unless you hold down the power button to 'confirm' use. Otherwise it shuts off in a minute or so. There is also a timer you can set. Once the timer goes off so does the unit shortly after, you will have to turn it back on again. Basically, don't leave the unit unattended for long when you first start using it. It may take a while to figure out it's on/off nuances. If you don't use the timer it shuts off in 90 minutes. It's large which is good, but tough to store anywhere unless you want to leave out on you high-demand counter.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Grill for Small Enclosures

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    Trobadour
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    The DeLonghi - Livenza All-Day Electric Grill is mpressive, both visually and functionally. After using it to cook multiple meals, I can see how this can quickly replace many of my pans and even my stove top. To begin with, the electric grill feels like it's worth its cost. Every thing about it's construction feels sturdy. It comes with the flat pan-like panels installed which is ideal for eggs, tortillas, and other things you'd normally make in pans. I swapped those out to test the grill panels, which are included. There is a third option of panels to make waffles, but those do not come with this unit and are sold separately. There is a recommended free phone app that is a companion to the unit. It's not necessary but in an effort to test everything touted about the unit, I downloaded it. It's mainly suggestions to set a timer for the various foods you can cook with the grill. I followed those suggestion and made the following: 2 sirloin 3 inch thick hamburger patties and 1 sausage link (5 inches); 1 frozen chicken breast and 1 sausage link (5 inches). The first time I made the burgers, the meat was done as expected. I set the timer exactly as it was suggested in the app, 6 minutes for two patties. The meals cook quicker because both, the top and bottom panels heat up independently. The instructions on the app said: Set temperature on both panels to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Push the seat button and wait for a beep. Temperature will remain at 450 for the duration of the timer. Because I added a sausage link, my meat needed an extra minute and a half, but it was well done all around and inside. The chicken breast was also thoroughly cooked and from a frozen state. If you plan on using this daily (perfect for college students), then cleaning can easily be done with the included grease scraping tool and a napkin. Eventually, however, the panels will need cleaning. A simple press of a button makes the panels removable and you can hand wash them over a sink. A great feature of this grill is that the top panel can lie completely horizontal to the table, doubling up your cooking space and simulating a stove top. My reason for deducting one star is as follows: the top of the grill has an option to make paninis. A gentle push from the bottom of the top panel unlocks part of the top lid so that it swings and doesn't press down on sandwiches so as to not make them super flat. That feature is a little to sensitive and in my use, the lid turned into the panini mode without me wanting to. I tried finding something on the unit to make it more secure, but I couldn't find anything. It's not a big issue for what is otherwise a great product, as it fixes itself upon closing of the panels to cook.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Does it all

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    Phjilek36
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    I have had this grill now for a couple weeks, and I have not seen anything that made me regret the purchase. Overall, this unit seems VERY durable, versatile and high quality. I was hoping it would be slightly larger cooking surface, based on the overall size of the unit, but with a 14"x18" unit, it is only able to fit 4 burgers on there. The only thing missing on this grill is the outdoorsy flavor of a propane/charcoal grill. Positives: - Since the grill plates can be placed in the dishwasher, the cleanup is quite nice. I had a different one prior, and it was a pain to clean, and was not dishwasher safe. Although this says it can be put in the dishwasher, it does say that after time, it could take off the slick finish. - The provided tooth-like spatula used to clean it is amazing, when it comes to cleaning. I cooked burgers, and it had the grease and burned brown stuff inside the grooves of the grill plates, and a single swipe with that spatula it wiped it away, like I was recording a commercial. - The App tells me exactly how long to cook things. Yes, an APP. The app shows different types of meat, bread, pancakes and eggs, and yes, even dessert and cheeses. - Timer shut off is pretty cool. Granted, the grills will still stay hot for a while, and you can't leave the food on there, but the peace of mind knowing it will shut off is nice. - Alarm countdown timer lets you know how much time is left. - Heats up pretty fast. In about 4 minutes you are ready to throw your food on there. It lets you know when it is pre-heated - I can cook things EVENLY. Yes, that is an issue with most outdoor grills, but the ability to get the top and bottom to cook at the same time, the same temperature is not possible on an outdoor grill. It cuts the cooking time in half. - Panini-style grilling and Open-faced style BBQ grilling in the same unit. - I would bring this camping with us vs a propane camping stove. Sure, the propane gas stove may feel more outdoorsy, but this one definitely cooks better. I can cook breakfast, lunch and dinner on this grill. - Can cook a pizza. Yeah, I thought it was going to turn out terribly, but it actually cooks it just fine. The top and bottom plates are set to different temperatures, and are locked in so that there is only a little gap. Negatives: - Large size for storage (but much smaller than an outdoor grill) - Does not come with the Waffle maker grates. I was really hoping it did. Guess I have to pay more for those. - No way to store the grill plates & flat plates when not using the other set. I am not sure how to store them without setting them on top of one another and risking scratching them. I don't know how they would do that, but having interchangeable parts that are larger, it makes it difficult to account for storage. - The buttons/knobs don't have any words on them, only pictures. To some, this may not seem like a negative, but in reality, the picture that is next to the grill temperature dials, is a side view of the grill, where either the top or the bottom half is filled in with white. It is very confusing as to which is which. Is the dark filled in portion what the dial is for, or is it the white portion. Turns out, it is the white filled in portion (opposite of what I would think). I can see myself forgetting each time I grill, and having to look it up in the manual, which knob controls which grill plate. - The Cord is very short (only about 2 feet long). - Broil is only allowed 1 time, in 30 minutes. That seems kind of strange, because what if I want to broil several different things, or food that was not able to fit on the grill for the 1st round? - The top plate has a small ball/spring-like device to keep it in parallel to the handle, and when enough pressure is put on the top plate, it disengages and snaps into free pivot mode. That way the top plate is no longer angled away from the bottom plate, and drops to be parallel. I get that it is meant to pop out when I close it on a thick burger, but there is not enough tension in it so it doesn't continually disengage when lifting it up/down or moving the whole grill around.

    I would recommend this to a friend