Prior to the launch of Cuisinart Griddler, nobody ever used griddlers for grilling or Panini press. So it was a pleasant surprise that Cuisinart Griddlers can double as grillers and Panini press. A few models such as Cuisinart GR 4N 5 in 1 can also be used as half Griddle, half grill, and contact grill. You can use your griddler for heating pizzas, and making paninis, sandwiches, grilling steaks, burgers, etc.
Product Description for Cuisinart Griddler
Like all Cuisinart cooking appliances, this also comes with brushed steel exterior which is easy to clean and remains free of finger imprints unlike many other steel surfaces that require more effort to give that clean look. Cooking in all these griddlers is always even, though the lower parts are cooked slightly more than the upper parts. All models of Cuisinart Griddlers come with removable cooking plates. These are nonstick coated so that the food does not stick on them. The quality of these nonstick plates is definitely superior to the non-stick plates found in many other griddlers and grills found in the market.
Nevertheless, this griddler last longer if washed with hands rather than in dishwasher. The mechanism for locking and removing these cooking plates is better than in most other similar products. Cooking speed and 3 years limited warranty are other compelling reasons for purchasing Cuisinart Griddler.
Cuisinart GR 11 3-in-one Griddler
Some of the Cuisinart Griddler models are simple and compact like the Cuisinart GR 11 3 in 1 Grill and Panini Press. This griddler is small in size with less complexity built into it. Therefore, it can be used as a mini grill, as well as griddler. The metal lid of this model, however, does not swivel much. This means making thicker sandwiches would require holding down this lid with handle. But this can result in grease splattering around the appliance.
Therefore, it is better making smaller sandwiches and paninis in this product as well as the GR-4, 4 in 1.The handle of the 3 in 1 model is sturdy, but the metal lid tends to get hot. The food, however, does not stick, in this grill. Another drawback of this model is that on and off switches are missing here, so the only way is to switch off or remove the plug. Temperatures are preset in the 3 in 1 model.
Cuisinart Griddler Gr-4n 5-in-1
The Cuisinart 5 in 1 griddler is slightly larger. It has a sturdy handle on the top that is characteristic of Panini press. The cover is floating type enabling the user to ensure even thickness of the food being prepared in the griddler. Conventional griddlers and grills are difficult to clean because of fat and food that turns into grease and remains in some inaccessible part of it. Effectively cooking food in these griddlers or grills can be rather unhealthy. This problem is also present in many modern day griddlers, whether electric or not.
However, Cuisinart Griddler GR 11 3 in 1, comes with adjustable front part that lets the excess grease drain off into a drip cup, which is not an integral part of the Griddler. A few other models of Cuisinart Griddler such as the 5 in 1 come with drip trays for grease collection and cleaning. Cooking plates in the 5 in 1 model are not only removable, they can also be used on either side, effectively offering reversible feature. In addition to the cooking plates, and drip tray, most models of Cuisinart Griddlers come with a scraper.
All these three can be washed in the dishwasher. The 5-in-1 model of the griddler has control knobs. On one side, is the option of grilling, and on the other side is the griddle option. The knob in the center allows the user to select either one of the two. Choosing griddle option enables the user to select temperatures from 200 to 425 degrees. The grilling option is actually grilling as well as Panini option. From this, the user can select to keep food on low heat, or warm it.
In this Cuisinart griddler, it is also possible to raise the temperature to heat the food to hot level or searing level by choosing the grill/Panini option. A few accessories such as Cuisinart GR-WAFP Griddler Waffle Plates and Panini press brush can be purchased separately if needed. Cuisinart Griddlers vary in prices, according to the model selected. Lower models are available for $60 or so, whereas higher models are priced around $95.
• Cook evenly
• Easy to clean
• Elegant appearance
• Dishwasher friendly parts
• Multi functional
• Effective non stick
• Grease collection facility
• Heating element in lower models creates heat around it where as the upper part remains comparatively cool.
• The lid of the Cuisinart Griddler appliance also gets heated in lower models.
• Grease collection is not efficient in lower models of Cuisinart Griddler.
• The assembly is flimsy, so knobs, and plates may come off more easily.
• These Griddlers are slightly expensive for the price.
The multifunctional Cuisinart Griddler not only saves space in the kitchen, but also saves money that need to be spent on different types of cooking appliances for cooking different varieties of food. So, it is worth buying this product!