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Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press

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  • Panini press and sandwich maker in brushed stainless-steel housing
  • Upper and lower 11-by-7-inch nonstick, non-removable grill plates
  • Floating hinge adjusts to accommodate any size sandwich; preset temperature
  • Helpful indicator lights; instructions, recipes, and cleaning tool included
  • Measures 14-1/2 by 6-1/2 by 12 inches; 3-year limited warranty
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  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 5 x 10.5 inches ; 9 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Item model number: GR-1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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Creating restaurant-quality paninis--as well as grilled sandwiches, veggies, pork chops, and more--is simple with this convenient panini press and sandwich maker. The unit's upper and lower 11-by-7-inch nonstick, non-removable grill plates provide even grilling and toasting, plus offer a drip spout that makes it easy to drain grease away from food for healthier cooking. Designed like professional units, its floating hinge adjusts to accommodate any thickness for perfectly grilled thin or thick panini and sandwiches. In addition, the panini press and sandwich maker features "power-on" and "ready-to-cook" indicator lights and a preset temperature to ensure crisp, golden-brown results. An instruction book with recipes and a cleaning tool with the Cuisinart logo are included. In brushed stainless-steel housing embossed with a "Griddler" logo, the panini press and sandwich maker measures 14-1/2 by 6-1/2 by 12 inches and carries a three-year limited warranty.

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The Cuisinart Griddler™ Panini & Sandwich Press lets you make authentic panini at home. The secret is the adjustable floating hinge that keeps the upper plate parallel to the lower plate, moving it up or down to press the panini as it cooks. A preset temperature ensures every panini you grill will be crisp, golden brown, and delicious!

The Panini Press

Use your Griddler™ Panini & Sandwich Press to grill sandwiches, breads and quesadillas.

The word “panini” is an Italian term for grilled sandwiches. Panini can include a combination of ingredients such as vegetables, meat and cheese layered between two pieces of freshly baked bread. The sandwich is then pressed between two grill plates to toast the bread and warm the filling.

Experiment with a variety of savory or sweet sandwiches for any meal. We recommend using freshly baked bread to produce the best-tasting panini. Popular breads for panini are focaccia, michette, ciabatta, and thick slices of Italian bread.

The Griddler™ Panini & Sandwich Press was designed with a unique handle and hinge that allows the cover to adjust to the thickness of the sandwich you are preparing. This allows for even toasting and heating. Light pressure can be applied to the handle to press and heat the sandwich to your liking. When cooking two or more panini, it is important that the thickness of all sandwiches is the same so the cover will close evenly on the panini.

Product Features

• Brushed stainless steel housing with embossed “Griddler” logo
• 11” x 7” non-stick, non-removable grill plates
• Preset temperature perfect for grilling sandwiches
• Power On/Ready to Cook indicator lights
• Instruction/Recipe book
• Cleaning tool with Cuisinart logo

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Makes great sandwiches, easy to clean.
Pauline Connole
The panini sandwiches always turn out perfectly browned, heated throughout even with thick filling and the cheese, when included, nicely melted.
Clean up is easy with the non-stick surface.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

344 of 356 people found the following review helpful By Amy Y. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 11, 2006
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I feel like I am back on the streets of Paris every time I plug in my beautiful Cuisinart Panini and Sandwich Press. This press makes the best grilled cheese sandwich you ever ate, I guarantee it. I love how you can stick a whole hoagie roll or chunk of french bread loaf with sandwich makings inside into it and squish it into a hot & yummy hunk of cheese-oozong goodness. Or, you can use regular bread and make toasty club sandwiches or grilled cheese.

This guy hangs out in the cupboard and is easy to pull out, just plug in and wait for the green light to come on. You can have a quick french dip dinner ready in 5 minutes that everyone will love- also perfect for grilled cheese and tomato soup night- or just want to make some garlic bread to go with your spaghetti without heating up the whole oven? I LOVE my panini press.

It is really easy to clean- although I haven't tried grilling meats or anything beyond sandwiches and bread. Gooey cheese comes off easily and the whole thing wipes down quickly with a damp washcloth.

Elvis would have died over the peanut butter and banana sandwiches we make in this baby! The frying pan's got nothin' on our Panini Press.
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193 of 201 people found the following review helpful By Law Dude on January 10, 2007
Normally I'm not one to go crazy over kitchen appliances but I am compelled to sing the praises of this little wonder. This is sad, but my wife and I eat grilled cheese sandwiches a couple of nights a week because we love them so much. It's sort of our dirty little secret. This little miracle has opened up a whole new universe of possibilities. Our old-style Salton grilled-cheese maker would invariable push the top slice of bread out from the rest of the sandwich because of the operation of the hinge, and forget about putting anything in there other than bread and a couple of slices of cheese because it couldn't handle the thickness. With the GR-1 though, you can put a Dagwood-sized sandwich (the floating hinge allows HUGE sandwiches) in and in just a few minutes, the weight of the top plate has compressed the whole thing into a critical mass of concentrated goodness. Anything I can put between two piecs of bread is becoming a panini these days. This will probably take five years off of my life because I have doubled my weekly consumption of molten cheese, but it's worth it.
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106 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Angela Dey on February 20, 2007
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After reading the reviews of similar products and this one and knowing that I'm always disappointed when I go for the cheap stuff, I bought this one. I am SO glad I did. My son has been a big fan of grilled cheese sandwiches for 5 years now and it's not slowing down. I hate getting out the frying pan (and the butter) and making them the old-fashioned way. With the Cuisinart, I don't have to use butter. The taste is still great! My son gives it a thumbs up. Plus in less time than it takes me to make one the old-fashioned way I can make two. And my son can use it too. It's so easy, just put the cheese in the bread, wait for the green light, put the sandwich on the griddler and watch it do all the work. I've experimented with other kinds of sandwiches and they all turn out perfectly. I even use it to do quesadillas and heat up fish sticks. It works and makes them crunchy. Plus it doesn't heat up the whole house like the oven does.
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88 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on November 17, 2011
The GR1 works just fine but it is impossible to clean and there is no temperature control. Those are it's faults.
You can buy the GR35 at Costco for $39, it is the same size and it has an on off switch with temperature control,and the plates are removable and flat on one side.
I did not like sandwiches that were like waffels when you heat them from the grooved side of the plate. I use the smooth side so they look like they were done in a pan. If you think wiping out grooves is easy just try it for it is not.
With the temperature control you can slow heat the sandwich so the whole sandwich gets hot rather then just the outside.
To turn on the GR1 you must pull the plug in and out of the wall each time, this is just wrong, it will arc each time you do it, this is hard on the wall side and will wear it out. A very bad way to control anything electric.
Get the GR35.
My GR1 is going on ebay.
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132 of 150 people found the following review helpful By David Dix on February 3, 2006
I started out using the Griddler for meats and sandwiches, but now I use it nearly every day to heat beans or mashed potatoes, for frying eggs even for quick carmelizing of small batches of sauces. It seems I find a new way to use the thing nearly once a week. I've had it for six months and it is well used.

The only thing I don't like about it is I have to make certain it tilts slightly forward. The griddles are very shallow and juices and liquid eggs tend to run off the edge if you are not there to control them. When liquids run backward over the edge they tend to collect under the plate where they get burned by the heating elements -- and its damned hard to clean.

The stainless steel is difficult to clean. The outside gets very hot and tends to burn on any oil that makes its way to the front edge of the Griddler. Difficult to get off without resorting to harsh cleaners which scratch the surface.

But, as an everyday appliance it suits my bachleor life style very well and the design is typically Cuisinart: slick industrial. Despite its frustarting flaws I love the dmaned thing-- sort of the waya paraent loves a sloppy teen.
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