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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on July 5, 2011
I bought this for my husband during the time we were living in an apartment because I knew he would miss using his grill all the time. I bought it at Kohls for over a hundred bucks and was so excited to bring it home and try it out. It was so disappointing to see how things slowly got worse over time with this grill. First things were fine. I have to say that we're absolutely meticulous about how we care for our belongings, in particular "foodware," but even my obsessive amount of OCD couldn't help this grill out. The first problem that happened was that one of the included cups melted from the hot grease and proximity to the grill. I couldn't believe it, the cup literally melted. The next thing that started to happen was that no matter how much we cleaned the grill after we were finished, there would always be a certain amount of grease that got into the base of the grill and would not/could not be cleaned away. This is even after you unscrewed the base, a hassle and unrealistic thing to expect for someone's who's not so anal. Over time this grease began to crack the entire base of the grill and I'm not talking about a long period of time. I'm saying this happened over a matter of months. Overall, I would say that this "grill" isn't meant for heavy duty things. It's meant to melt some cheese on your sandwhich maybe or heat up some tortillas. This is DEFINITELY NOT for grilling a steak, making eggs, or anything remotely messy or with the possibility that there might be some oil splattering. After taking the grill back TWICE to Kohls, we ended up just asking for our money back the third time.... and we got back $69 bucks. Not to mention that Kohl's treated us like we were shady characters because I didn't bring the receipt after six months later. HORRIBLE EXPERIENCE!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 22, 2011
I am extremely disappointed in this grill from food network. I totally expected better quality. It's SS plated, so it's very flimsy. The grill plates are thin. So thin I could see them breaking very easily.

The one I bought wouldn't even match the top/bottom up properly, so I don't imagine it would cook anything on the waffle or griddle very well.

After waiting 10 days for it to get to me via UPS.....It's going back to the store tomorrow. (kohls)

Expected much better quality from TFN. I will be checking out the ones by Wolfgang and George at the store tomorrow.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2013
Bought this Panini maker at Kohl's. After est. 1 yr, The grill tops did not hold up in the dishwasher and look terrible; very worn. Also, for no reason, the bottom of the Panini maker has broken into pieces. The Panini maker sat on top of my kitchen counter and never sustained any damage from external forces (e.g. like being dropped.) I would not recommend this appliance.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on October 13, 2011
I don't neccessarily like kitchen gadgets. Slow cookers take too long, and deep fat friers make too much mess. And of course the health issue is obvious with deep fat friers. Quesadilla makers are just a little ridiculous. And the list of useless kitchen appliances goes on. But there is little more you can do to make a sandwich better, than to press it and grill it. So I hunted down a grill that would do just that.
My first choice was the highly rated Cuisinart GR4N 5 in 1. Some said it was too big, and others said it was too small. As far as I'm concerned, if it's on my counter, it had better be doing something good no matter how big or small it is. It's taking up valuable temporary real estate in my small galley style kitchen. However, I feed a family of four. Two paninis at 6:00 and two paninis at 6:20 doesn't make for the type of dinner gathering we'd hope for, so I wanted something that would fit all four sandwiches at the same time. Seeing the Food Network grill next to the Cuisinart grill made that choice obvious. You CAN fit four paninis on the Food Network grill. Of course, the size of each one makes a difference, but using a standard whole wheat loaf worked for us.
Plastic catches for the removeable plates on the Cuisinart grill bothered me. The Food Network grill has metal catches for the plates. The Food Network grill comes with ribbed grill plates, flat griidle plates, and waffle plates. No need to buy extra plates. As for plate thickness, a side by side didn't show any significant advantage over either one. The few meals I've cooked on this Food Network grill prove to me that they did a good job of balancing the plate thickness with the 1500 watts of power they supplied it with. Yes, 1500 watts. Grilled those sandwiches to absolute perfection by the time I cleaned up the mess putting them together. If there was a dead spot, we didn't find it. Each and every one of those sandwiches came out perfectly grilled from corner to corner.
As for quesadillas, I mentioned how quesadilla makers are ridiculous, sorry if I've offended anyone, but quesadillas have always been made over the stove in our family. So I had to give them a chance on this new toy. The results were fantastic. So easy and so fast! Again, one was done by the time I put the second one together. The second one was done before I had time to clean up the mess from prepping everything, and I didn't even have to flip anything! For the record, they were 8" round whole wheat tortillas with chicken, onion, mango, cilantro, jalepeno, and queso chihuahua. I used olive oil on the outside of each tortilla, slid them on the grill and closed the lid. They continued to gracefully sizzle from the second they hit the grill until they were slid off onto a warm plate. Perfect! I don't think an 8" quesadilla would fit on the Cuisinart grill. Maybe, but they sure did on this grill.
BTW, this grill is made by Sensio. Model #679
As for fit and finish, I could not see any substantial difference between any of the others I looked at side by side. Actually, this one looked a little better than the rest. Stamped stainless steel frame, cast aluminum handle, charcoal plastic trim, control knobs and base cover. It even has adjustable feet to conform to your counter top surface. The non-stick plates were very easy to clean with hot running water and a plastic bristled brush, even though a cleaning tool comes with the grill. You also get two grease catchers, plastic cups with a spout, that don't seem to be any different than any of the others except that they are larger.
Overall, I'm very happy with the product, a great little light duty grill for indoor use, especially for panini's and quesadilla's, so far.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2012
I got this for Christmas last year and I used it probably 1-3 times per month and its falling apart, parts of one side does not heat up right and the locking mechanism on the top part is about to go out, I have to slam the whichever griddle I am using to get it to lock. Very disappointed in it! And I asked for it for Christmas. :(
Would not recommend this brand at all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 7, 2013
I bought this grill at Walmart for approximately $50 and use it regularly. It is great for sandwiches, paninis, quesadilas,grilling sausages, and anything else you can think of. One side of the cooking plates is the flat grill, the other side has a raised cooking area - makes really nice looking grill marks on a panini. One of the best things is the ease in cleaning. The plates come off easily, can be washed in the sink or dishwasher. I haven't used the flat part of the plates yet for cooking bacon or eggs - we keep making paninis - but we camp and will be using it to plug into the outside outlet on the rv and cooking breakfast outside. I don't know why this got the bad reviews, its a wonderful grill. My family loves it and will continue to use if often. Its replaced my George Foreman grill.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 5, 2012
I really like the grill. It has cooked all of my food very well. However we do have a couple of problems. One problem it does have is that the bottom plate release button likes to stick and you have to jam the plate over and over to get it to connect.

Another thing that happens is that after washing the plates, by hand or in the dishwasher, they collect a white powdery substance. No matter what I do, every time, I have to wipe them down before I cook on them. The longer they sit without being used, the more stuff that collects on them. It's almost as if it's being drawn out of the metal itself. I called the Food Network Store only to be told I had to call Kohl's to find out about this because "we have nothing to do with that cookware". What?? It says Food Network on it! "Yes, but we don't manufacture it, sell it, or service it. It's just for Kohl's." So I call the Kohl's Food Network product hotline and the lady tells me that the items go through rigorous testing so she's sure it won't harm my family. And it's probably that I have hard water. I do not, we have softened water and I have no problems with anything else I own. Then she says it's probably the oil I'm using, to try vegetable instead of olive oil. Wait...didn't you just say the products go through rigorous testing? I'm sure you tested with olive oil then right? Then she says to use Bar Keeper's Friend on it. So she wanted me to use a toxic substance on a product that I cook for my family on? Hmmmm...Pretty much a wasted phone call and I still don't know what the stuff is.
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I thought this would be a GREAT addition to my kitchen. The bottom plate is made of a defective plastic. Within a month it started to break. It eventually just fell apart - after only a few uses. FOOD NETWORK should have issued a recall on this and replaced the bottom piece. Every person who bought this has a defective appliance. the plastic should be able to withstand heat. It's a GRILL. It's not from grease dripping. The plates did not fit right and the spring device that holds them stopped working after about a month, too. I truly believe that the manufacturer for FOOD NETWORK just used whatever they wanted. The thermostat/temperature controls are temperamental and don't work right. They work whenever they want to. And I am not hard on my appliances in any way. I will not take the blame for this as this piece is just defective on all counts. This is actually a good idea for an appliance as it is a great size and offers removable plates and interchangable cooking opportunities, but the practical use of it is ridiculous. I want FOOD NETWORK to give me my $150 back that I spent at Kohls. What I liked about it was the size and the design appearance. It is virtually unusable and it sits in my cabinet after 3 years.
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on December 29, 2013
I don't like giving bad reviews, but this disappoint appliance barely deserves that. Like the above reviewer, the bottom of the machine (the plastic part) just crumbled and broke away in pieces for no reason at all. We've used it probably 4-5 times, and it's simply a pain. The plate-release button sticks, and so the plates are almost impossible to swap out. They don't come clean in the dishwasher, so must be hand-washed. For some reason, grease builds up around the exterior and drains under the plates (despite the little collection cups included), and it doesn't heat evenly. I HATE this machine. So very disappointed, and I can't find my receipt to return it. What a waste of money.
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