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Great indoor grillPosted
The DeLonghi Livenza Grill is a great choice if you are looking for an indoor grill. The grill plates are interchangeable and it includes searing plates and a set of griddle plates. The plates are non-stick and clean fairly easily. I have cooked chicken breasts and some burgers and have been very pleased with the performance. The dials rotate to adjust the temperature in Fahrenheit. For me, the plastic dials don't turn smoothly and feel slightly cheap on what otherwise looks to be a high end appliance. The grill displays on screen what temperature each side is set to and if the plates have reached optimal operating temperature. I like how the hinge opens up allowing you to cook on two independently temperature controlled surfaces. You can even have different plates on each side to further expand the cooking versatility. The plates are heavy duty and maintain temperature during cooking. A trade off is the plates take much longer to cool relative to other electric grills I have owned. There is a timer feature as well, though I tend to use Alexa or a timer on my phone to keep track of cooking time. DeLonghi also offers a companion app that can be referenced to determine temperature, plates, and cook time; though it isn't required to operate. The size of the grill is a strength and a negative in the same stroke. I like having the surface area to cook multiple chicken breasts, but the large size also makes the unit bulky and heavy. Aesthetically, it is nice enough to be left out from time to time, but I would prefer to have an item like this stored in the cabinet which is difficult to do due to size. Overall, I am happy with the unit and recommend the Livenza to someone who wants a versatile, high performing indoor grill.
I would recommend this to a friend
Nice look and food deliveryPosted
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.
I would recommend this to a friend
Does it allPosted
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
Solid Kitchen grill - year round use!Posted
You could say I'm sort of a meat guy, which is why I was excited to have an opportunity to try out the new DeLonghi - Livenza All-Day Electric Grill! Not just because I live in Minnesota where the winter nights are so cold your nose freezes together, but because I can continue my grilling year round! In short, I was impressed the ease of use, quickness of grilling and ultimately the taste of my food after cookig on this grill - but there are some shortcomings. Read on for more. The grill arrived in a sturdy box, well packed and HEAVY. It should be heavy - it's a solid kitchen appliance with multiple grilling plates - mine came with flat plates for things like pancakes and grill plates for meat. Yum. Interchanging the plates is relatively easy - just have to figure it out once and your good to go. I was hoping to receive some waffle plates too - but that wasn't in my unit bundle. There really wasn't much setup. I removed and washed the grill surfaces, placed them back in and fired it up! I didn't know if the grill would smoke a lot, so I placed it right on the stove top underneath my woefully inadequate microwave/exhaust hood system. My exhaust system vents directly outside - so that's a plus if your using an electric grill inside the kitchen. You can see from the pictures, it does produce some BBQ smoke when you're grilling for sure. It wasn't bad in the house though - but I'll be sure to place it there again when I use it. See picture. Each plate has its own temperature setting. For grilling most meat (steak, hamburger, pork, chicken) the guide tells you to set each plate at 450 degrees F - the max setting. Let the plates warm up (it tells you when they are ready) and put your food on allowing both the upper and lower plates to contact the food. BONUS - your food is done in roughly ? the time since you're cooking both surfaces at once - no need to flip! You set the temperature by adjusting the two large control knobs on the front and reference the LED readout for the setting. The unit features an adjustable hinge on the upper plate so you don't squish your panini's bread, etc. There are a few down sides to the grill though - let's go through those: Size - it's both a blessing and a curse. You can open the grill up and lay it flat - using both side like a normal outside grill - so you get more cooking area. You could set one side as a grill and the other as a griddle. Clever indeed! The problem is storing it. The grill itself it large, and when you have extra cooking plates with it - they need to be stored too. Keep this in mind when purchasing it. See picture. The power cord is pretty short. I could see another 3-4 feet needed for many applications. The note in the box is a bit disturbing: "California Proposition 65 - This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other reproductive harm." Really? The coating on the plates? I don't like it. Overall - this is a solid, heavy, well-built and full-featured kitchen grill that will see occasional use around the home. I would suggest checking out the competition and sales before purchasing but if you do select this model I don't think you'll be disappointed!
I would recommend this to a friend