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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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  • 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.crash3r
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great electric grill

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    tyeske
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    I have previously used other smaller table top electric grills and they work ok. This brings table top grills to a new level. This unit allows you to individually set the temperature of the top and bottom grills. It also has a digital readout for both, so you know what temperature they are set at. Also, I have never seen a table top grill that can open up and be used flat. the top can be opened and then you have twice the cooking area. What an awesome feature. The next thing that blew me away was the broil feature. You can actually set the top grill at a couple different heights and use it to broil. It comes with two sets of inserts. Both the smooth/flat grill and the raised grill for meats etc.. . They pop out easily for cleaning as well. I would highly recommend this grill to anyone looking for an electric table top grill.

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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

    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: 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.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Grill for all your favorite cooking

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    Santy41
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    I wanted to upgrade from that popular electric grill and I found this all day electric grill. So far I cooked burgers,chicken, paninis and some vegetables and it's been great. The plates are easy to clean since they are removable. I like th way that you can open up the top and make it double space to grill a lot of food and you can adjusted at different tempetures. This grill is made heavy duty so it's kind of heavy and hard to storage in your kitchen, so you have to find a space in your kitchen counter. The only problem I have was that the grease tray didn't captured most of the liquid on the back when I grilled meat but nothing major, most of it when inside the tray. The only thing this grill needs is a stand so you can use it outside like in the porch or patio to have an outdoor cook out.

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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.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This Grill Does It All

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    mstanleynh
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    Got my DeLonghi Livenza All-Day Electric Grill just in time as my griddle was on its last legs and the weather has been so awful for grilling outside. We put the grill to work right out of the box. Speaking of which, it's really well packaged and needs very little assembly to get it ready for use. My wife and I are huge fans of pancakes and this grill couldn't have been any easier to use. Set the digital temp and you're off an cooking. The controls are simple and easy to read and offer temperature select, timer, etc. The temperature was perfectly dispersed across the cooking plate and did a fantastic job on our pancakes. With the removable cooking plates, cleanup is a snap. Simply wait for it to cool down and then take the griddle plate off and wash, no fuss. . unlike trying to clean a griddle. There is plenty of space for cooking by folding the unit open and using both the top and bottom as cooking surfaces. Next, we used it for grilling burgers inside as it's been rainy and windy outside. Set it up under our stove hood and put the grilling plate in place. We were really surprised as how evenly it cooked our burgers and pretty quickly as well. Again, cleanup was a breeze since the grill plate can be removed and washed separately. Haven't had a chance to make paninis or try the cookbook app as of yet, but based on our initial experience with this grill I'm sure we'll be using it again this week! Pros: Easy to read and use controls Multiple cooking tops for different foods Removable cook plates for easy cleanup Top-of-the-line construction and finishings Cons: Haven't found any as of yet! If you're looking for a very versatile and compact electric cooker, look no further than the DeLonghi Livenza All-Day Electric Grill!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Top of the Line Electric Grill/Panini Press

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    TechGuy
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    Highly recommend this product. Premium grill/press. Really easy to use. It is about the size of a toaster. Nice alternative/replacement to using/maintaining an outdoor grill, especially in cold weather places. Well built and built to last. Oil drip cup slides under the grill in the back, so it is not visible. Can use for a variety of foods and food types. Easy to clean Pros: - Large LED/LCD display panel - Removable grill plates - Large cooking surface (130 sq in) - Variable temperature - Plates are dishwasher safe - 5 cooking functions: contact grill & panini press, open full grill, open full griddle, half grill half griddle - Floating hinge grills thick sandwiches without crushing them - Digital Cookbook App - Modern design Cons: - Waffle plates sold separately - Premium price point (but you get what you pay for!)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Bit Pricey, But Delivers On Features

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    Jturn
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    For years, I've had a Foreman grill, which, for what it is, works well and is priced friendly. This DeLonghi is significantly more expensive than that particular grill, but it provides a number of features and a vast amount of flexibility to make the increased cost worth it. My favorite feature of this grill is the adjustable hinge. This allows for two awesome grilling modes beyond the normal press mode: one where you can have the grill completely open so you have two separate grill surfaces (which makes the independently adjustable temperature settings for each grate a key feature) and one where you can have the top plate elevated. This gives you the ability to make grilled sandwiches, grill your meat on one side and grill your toppings/buns on the other, etc. Also, the removable grates allow you to switch between a flat surface and a grill surface, which provides a great deal of flexibility (especially awesome in the open position). Finally, build quality seems top notch. The hinge system is rock solid and I don't foresee having any issues long term using the elevation feature. Overall, the only negative to me is the price. If you're willing to spend the money, this is a great grill. It's definitely worth a premium over cheaper models because of the wealth of grilling options and features.

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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

    Nice product with some very useful features.

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    Andy
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    Grill is very easy to use and this model comes with two sets of grill plates (missing the waffle plates that come with the next model up) so there are many options for cooking. The two plates each have their own temperature settings, so you can cook two completely different foods at the same time with it in the open position. There are really many different positions since the plates can be set to cook in the closed position or can be set to several levels of thickness for sandwiches and other foods or they can be completely open and used as a large cook surface. Very flexible and is what makes this truly an all day grill. The grease trap is large and does a great job catching overflow whether the grill is used open or closed since both plates empty right into it. The included scraper does an excelent job getting stuck on food loose so the rest can be wiped clean. The plates (obviously) remove and can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning. There is also a latch to keep the lid closed while transporting and the top has a handle that works well for carrying. I expected the app to be a gimick, but was really surprised by how useful it was. It has an almost over-simple start screen that hides all the features included. It will definitely not be too difficult for even younger cooks to get the basics down for their favorite foods. My only disappointment here was the terminology that some cuts of meat are called is nothing like I have ever heard in my life! I have to look some of them up, which I guess could be called a plus since I am expanding my vocabulary while I make my food! I am looking forward to cooking many more things with this than we can with our flat griddle, we are finding more and more uses for it all the time. I would recommend this for anyone looking to get a grill or griddle since it has so many uses in such a small footprint. As I write this, we are camping and brought our All-day grill with us since it folds up much smaller than out griddle we normally bring to cook bacon and pancakes.

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  • 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

  • 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: 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    By George Simply Fantastic

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    dharr18
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    We have had other brands of electric grills that performed well for the price, size, low expectations. While they cooked the food the cleanup was a pain and the food was usually a little on the dry side. It seemed like it took too long to cook the food to the desired doneness. (New word created for this review, TM pending) My first recommendation, download the app from your favorite app store, unless you have a Windows phone, there isn't a app listed for it. There are a few different apps available for iOS and Android, I recommend at a minimum to get the Livenza Grill app. It will let you know what temp to set the grill at and how to configure it. Search for DeLonghi and quite a list will be available. The Grill app is the must have though. The recipe app is OK but very limited. Still some decent ideas in it. The food turns out perfect and quickly. The first thing we made were pancakes. Usually my wife will make 2-3 pancakes at a time, so one person eats every few minutes and she slaves over the stovetop the whole time. With the grill open flat, she was able to use both sides and pumped out a dozen medium sized pancakes all at one time. As for my part, beyond eating, cleanup was a simple process. I popped the removable griddle plates out, wiped them off and put them in the dish washer. The plates, spatula and grease catcher are all dishwasher safe. Possibly the most impressive thing, the pancakes that were not taken from the stack were still hot after I ate my first batch. Simply put, our first go round with the grill was outstanding. This would be fantastic for a college dorm room, a small efficiency apartment, mobile home/camper to the largest kitchen on the block. If you find one stove top isn't enough, this is cheaper than a kitchen remodel. A few neat features that I have not seen in other grills: This has a oven mode. You can bake a frozen pizza (or home made pizza) in the oven mode. Basically the two plates can be configured so there is about a 3-4 inch gap between them. You set the lower plate to 450 F and the upper to 350 F. I am looking forward to trying this out. The other modes are the Closed and Open. Closed allows cooking both sides at once and Open is the griddle mode I spoke of earlier. Open allows cooking more stuff at once, closed cooks less but quicker. Oven is just cool...or hot in this case. There are interchangeable plates as well. You receive two griddle plates (top and bottom) and two grill plates (grooves to allow grease to drain and make the cool sear marks in the food). Also there are spatulas designed for the griddle or grill and a grease/drainage catcher. In conclusion, this is a great grill that is very versatile and easy to clean. Probably the best addition to the kitchen since the dishwasher. The build quality is top notch, and I think it looks pretty cool on the counter. Wife likes it put in the cabinet when not in use. Maybe after it becomes a daily use item she will like how it looks in the open too. :D Recommended +100

    I would recommend this to a friend