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Well Made But Hard to Clean
on June 10, 2014
I was a long time George Foreman user, but after my third broke, I decided to switch brands and go more upscale. Since that is the standard, I will compare this to a comparable GF griller of the same size.
Pros: It seems like it was built to a much higher quality. There is a lot more metal in the case on the Cuisnart, where the GF used plastic. Also, if you look at the top plate, you will see that it can rotate independently. This allows it to make better contact with the top of the food for more even cooking. (This can handle thicker cuts of meat much easier than a GF)
Cons: Aside from the cost, there is only one major issue I have with it, but it is a big one. This is MUCH harder to clean than the GF grill. The GF grill had the plates angled much more and the fat dripped into the tray much easier. In addition, on the Cuisnart, there is a ridge all the way around the plates that blocks the fat from dripping into the drip tray. (There is a small opening, but the GF has the entire side open.) The Cuisnart trays will have much more fat on them after cooking. This make the Cuisnart much harder to clean.
Overall: This could be a spectacular grill if they just made a couple of design tweaks to make it easier to clean. It costs a bit more than a lot of grillers, but you can see that in the build quality with all the metal used. (It is heavier than a GF.)