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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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  • The versatility is nice, and having separate temperature control is great for cooking different ingredients.helpfullbuyer
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great product for indoor grilling!

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    Saitzev
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    Pros on this unit: Love the choice of grill plates and the fact they are dishwasher safe. A lot can be cooked at one time on this unit. Does cook well once you figure it out. Cons on this unit: You need to make sure you have the counter space for this unit . Fully opened it takes up a large area. Unless you are keeping it on counter all the time it will need a generous space to store it. Takes a while to study the instructions and you need to . A bit confusing and instructions aren't the clearest. More pages were given to Spanish instructions than English. All in all ,it's a fine unit, well constructed, easy to clean. One thing I would have to liked to see is that there was less plastic. The knobs and buttons are all very cheap feeling and are made of plastic. For the price, and the fact there is stainless steel on the unit, I would have expected that the buttons and knobs be stainless as well as it would give off a better feel of reliability and durability. Other than that really the only real negative is the space as mentioned above.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    All around grill

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    Chadwick
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    First things first...this unit is an absolute beast. By that, I mean it is HEAVY. Definitely not something that feels cheaply made. The styling is great and blends well with my other counter-top appliances. At first I opted to try to use this without downloading the app, but some of the settings can get a bit confusing, so I downloaded the app and things went swimmingly from there. The warm up time is very acceptable and there is a wide range of temperature settings depending on what you're cooking. I've been very impressed with the versatility of this machine as it can go from a griddle for pancakes to a press grill for burgers to a broiler for whatever within a matter of seconds. The dishwasher-safe cooking grates pop in and out easily, making clean up a breeze. The included "cleaning tool" is pretty well a waste and it seems like it would melt if it came close to anything hot, so I've opted against using it. Take some time to read the manual, get the app, and familiarize yourself with the settings and you'll find yourself looking for reasons to cook on this thing. I'm contemplating ordering the waffle plates to round out the potential uses for it. --I knocked a star off for the learning curve, the fact that an app is nearly mandatory to understand all the features and the sheer heft of this unit which makes it less than portable, especially since I plan to keep it in a cabinet when not in use rather than sitting out all the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Kitchen Appliance that's Fun to Use

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    Steve62305
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    I received this DeLonghi Livenza All-Day Grill model# CGH1020D through Best Buy's Tech Insider Network in exchange for an honest review. I've to say that this was one of the most fun product evaluations I've ever done. This grill is very well made and is an absolute pleasure to use. After nearly a month with four different adults using it (one is a bit of a gourmet chef) I'm able to heartily recommend it. It takes some learning at first, but the results are worth your effort. Over the last month, I figured out why DeLonghi named it the "All-Day Grill". It is well suited to making dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and many snacks in-between. It really is an amazingly versatile appliance. NOTE: The CGH1020D model I received doesn't include the waffle plates that are included in the model CGH1030D. The waffle plates are an option that I will be ordering. Keep this difference in mind if you purchase one of these grills. I'm not going to repeat all the features of this grill, when you can read that information in many other places. What I'm going to say is that I've never encountered a better way to cook bacon strips than between its grill plates using the Contact Press grilling mode. The bacon is quickly and evenly cooked on both sides at the same time, all the while keeping the strips flat and allowing the drippings to drain into the drip reservoir underneath the grill. It actually cooks bacon in half the time of a frying pan. Frankly, I think there's no better reason to own one of these grills than for making perfect bacon.especially with BLT season right around the corner. If you buy one, spend some time experimenting with some assorted, cheap, grilled sandwiches while you learn the settings. You'll have some failures like my first grilled cheese sandwich that ended up being overcooked and squeezed out to the size of a dinner plate. After that, I decided I'd better read the manual on how to use this grill. But you'll have many, many successes. In one month, we've mastered pancakes, eggs, steaks, shrimp, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, po-boys, Ruebens, shish-kabobs (OMG were they good! @@@@@@@ , all kinds of grilled sandwiches, lots of grilled vegetables like cherry tomatoes carrots potatoes onions mushrooms and peppers, tuna boats, pizza, reheated pizza (much better than a microwave), and even grilled Spam! Yes, they still make it and yes it's very good grilled in this grill. We especially like grilling cherry tomatoes and then dropping them all warm and squishy into a chilled spinach salad. I do have one negative to report and that's we had one of the little rubber feet come out from under the grill during the first week. Fortunately, I found it quickly and slipped it back in place. The feet just slip in and can easily slip back out of place if the grill is slid across a counter top. A little adhesive holds them nicely, but that's something the DeLonghi engineers need to look at.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't neglect the app!

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    TechEnthusiast
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    This DeLonghi Livenza Grill comes with an app (What doesn't these days?). Not one for using apps with appliances, I opted to wing it without the app. Oops. That proved to be a mistake. This grill has a lot of options and settings, and without the app you may find yourself floundering some. I later downloaded the app off the Google Play Store and installed it on my android phone. I found it a little worrisome that this app needed to know my identity and needed access to my photos. The app itself is useful though. You select the type of item that you're looking to cook, answer a handful of questions about your specific piece (type of cut, size, etc . . .), and it gives you cooking instructions including temperatures and cooking times for that piece. The grill comes with flat skillet plates and grill plates. The plates are well-constructed and remove and install easily. The plates and grease tray are both dishwasher safe, which is a huge bonus, in my mind.However, the plastic cleaning tool that comes with this grill is a joke. It's a thin piece of poorly machined plastic with little plastic filaments coming off of it at the edges. Mine was already warped out of the box. The instructions warn not to use this tool on the grill while the grill is hot as excessive heat may melt the tool. I'd go further and add that this tool probably shouldn't even be near the grill while it's operational lest it melt into a puddle of plastic on your counter. I opted not to use the cleaning tool at all, and I let the grill cool completely and used a soft non-abrasive cloth to clean it instead. It took some vigorous scrubbing, but the grill seems to have cleaned off nicely. The grill doesn't come with any cooking utensils. The instructions clearly state not to use any metal tools with this grill (always a good rule of thumb with non-stick surfaces), so I opted to use a silicone spatula. I don't like cooking with oil because of the high fat and cholesterol content, and I was surprised that the instructions recommended liberally oiling various meats for best results. One of the big selling points of contact grilling has always been that it's healthier and drains off more fats and oils than other cooking methods. This instruction seemed to fly in the face of that. I used a modest amount of olive oil spray while cooking, and my food turned out okay. I'm relieved to report that the olive oil spray did not seem to have any negative impact on the grill plate. I'd had some concern about it burning in and leaving a permanent gunk stain on the plate the way some cooking sprays do. I was surprised by the amount of moisture coming out of the front of this grill. I'd assumed that all of the drippings and the like would exhaust out of the back. That being said, I experienced a significant amount of condensation on the front of the grill. Given how cleanly it cleaned up, I suspect that this was just water vapor; but I thought it worth mentioning as it did catch me by surprise. I'm fairly happy with this grill and the app that comes with it. I'd recommend this grill to a friend.

    I would recommend this to a friend