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De'Longhi CGH800 Contact Grill and Panini Press
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- Fast, even grilling and toasting with double-sided contact cooking plates
- Accommodates food of any size with the height adjustable hinge; easily grill meat, fish and panini sandwiches
- Precise, customized grilling and toasting with the adjustable thermostat and easy-view temperature range window
- Healthier and better-tasting food with a slightly tilted grill surface; channels drain away grease and oil into a separate cup
- Easy-to-clean with non-stick grill plates and oil/grease drain cup; simply wipe the grill plates and empty the cup
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|Dimensions||6 inches x 14.8 inches x 14.1 inches||6 inches x 12.8 inches x 10.9 inches||5.25 inches x 13 inches x 11.75 inches||7.13 inches x 13.38 inches x 15.63 inches|
|Item Weight||9 pounds||5.5 pounds||8.16 pounds||10.7 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
Compared to the other panini grills I have seen (Villaware, Krups, Wolfgang Puck), the DeLonghi has fewer, more widely spaced ribs. This design makes it easy to clean with a cloth, and no cleaning "comb" is provided. However, a drawback to the wide spacing is it can allow your panini to squish down into the valleys where all the oily stuff goes. You would be surprised how much oily goo a peperoni and mozzerella panini can make, especially if you brush the outside with olive oil, butter, or mayo before grilling like I do.
A minor annoyance: when it is stored upright on its back, it teeter totters on the lid's power cord. IMO, a high end appliance shouldn't have such a glaring design flaw.
Even though I like the DeLonghi alot, if I were buying another one, I would try the Villaware.
I do not understand the consumer fascination or hype for grill marks on sandwiches just so that you can get that Italian "Panini" look. Grill marks may look cute but they are a functional waste for a toasted sandwich. The problem is that the deep impression made in the bread causes an uneven heating of the bread surface and ingredients underneath. I made a classic Rueben with rye, big eye swiss, corned beef, kraut and thousand island dressing. The ridges pushed deeply enough into the bread to cause the cheese to melt through the bread where the untoasted surface was between the grooves. So the grooves were toasting but not the between where the cheese soaked through. ALso consider that rye is more dense than typical sandwich bread and it still did not withstand this process. The sandwich ended up a soggy mess within about 3-4 minutes and would not come out of the press very easily due to the deep grooves where the softer bread "gave up" and simply started falling apart from being soaked. So I returned the unit, unsatisfied with the results.
I then promptly replaced Delonghi with my second choice for which I should have trusted my initial instincts.Read more ›
I had a bad experience with another Panini Grill, also comparable in price but with handle breakage problems. In the reviews for the one I had purchased prior there was another with the same problem. I was hesitant about getting another, but I loved the concept and was willing to try another brand with high quality standards. In November I purchased this product.
The unit is very heavy and well made, and the handle is strong. I have made many Panini sandwiches and everyone is excellent. The grilling of the sandwich takes about 4-5 minutes and produces wonderful grill marks and the contents inside are very hot. I have used homemade bread, French bread, rye bread, pitas (which I feel are too thin) hoagie rolls and even store bought rolls all proving wonderful.
The combinations of sandwich fillings for Panini's are endless. I serve a large Panini with a bowl of soup for an easy weeknight dinner and a change of pace from the many recipes I make on other nights. We really look forward to each and every one and I am not disappointed in this product.
I want to comment on the non-stick - it is absolutely wonderful! Cheese or anything that may ooze out just comes up with a piece of toweling, nothing ever sticks. I have not grilled meats on it as I have three sizes of another well-known grill, but have grilled zucchini along side the sandwich. With the excellent coating I would not hesitate to cook meats and I like the fact that it has a trough for the grease to drip into the cup that is provided.Read more ›
WHY I LIKE IT:
Using French loafs or Hoagie bread, my sandwiches take about three minutes to make. I turn on the grill while I am preparing the sandwich, and there is an indicator (near the middle of the handle) that lights up when the press has reached your desired temperature (which is controlled by a dial near the handle). Cheese very frequently oozes out, but that's a never a problem with the nonstick surface. A quick wipe afterwards with a damp towel and it is clean.
The ridges on the press are just the right size. Deep enough to make those beautiful grill marks, but not too deep to make cleaning a hassle. The distance between them was just about right too.
The whole press feels very sturdy. I have had no problems with the handle as some other people have. The top part is heavy enough and presses the sandwich firmly. A lot of the other grills (like the famed Foreman) are too light and I worry about their ability to firmly press my food. I haven't used them though so I may be wrong.
It has a "drain" on one corner and comes with a separate cup for catching runoff. I assume this is for grilling meats and catching the oil runoff, but I have not used it for meats. I don't think it is a good idea to use the same surface for raw meat and sandwiches. If you also use it for meat/chicken, make sure you wash it afterwards rather than just wipe it.
It looks great and matches the rest of my stainless steal equipment.
WHAT I WISH IT HAD:
An on-off switch would be so convenient. You have to use the plug. This is the only reason I cannot say this is a perfect machine. I wish I could give 4.5 stars, but four will do.
A smaller price tag
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It cooks great, but the stop to hold it up broke the second use. Just makes it a little dangerous to use, but still cooks.Published 8 days ago by scott davis
I've had this for a while now and I have to say it's the best. It's outlived more than a few of my friends machines. (Mostly cheaper so perhaps that's not a surprise. Read morePublished 8 days ago by G. Wagstaff
Maintains temperature once heated which is so important for a panini grill. Use it for everything!Published 22 days ago by S. Ingram
Received it on Wednesday and could hardly wait to use it. Was preparing tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches for supper Thursday night but after pre-heating the grill for 20... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Peter Damelio
This grille works as advertised and does a fine job on meats - I don't do paninis (too much bread). My biggest complaint which is common to many models, is that the grille plates... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Eric Broviak
I just got mine and I would have to say great quality and I'm very very happy with it.Published 2 months ago by felicia sanmiguel
Works perfectly from sandwich to bacon to steaks! Make sure you use only paper or sponge to clean and never metallic utensils…
It does not press the cheese out as some other... Read more