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2.0 out of 5 stars Do NOT buy this product!, January 8, 2009
This review is from: Chefmaster KTGR5 13-Inch Smokeless Stovetop Barbecue Grill (Kitchen)
My mother gave me one of these grills a number of years ago. I loved it AT FIRST but, as other reviewers have noted, the finish came off of it very quickly (no matter how gently I treated it) and the food started to stick. Also, if you don't pay close attention, the water will cook out and the grill will smoke. One more thing: the 'mound' shape of it makes putting food onto or removing it from the grill almost impossible without using tongs.
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Initial post: Mar 21, 2011 8:49:40 AM PDT
As noted by me elsewhere, it doesn't matter that the "finish comes off," as you say. Have you ever cleaned an outdoor grill? At the high temperature this item produces, the surface does accumulate debris and/or gets pitted. So what? It's not stainless steel. It's iron well designed for grilling. Mine grills like a charm. A great relief not o have to grill outdoors in Winter or in the rain.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 12, 2011 11:10:43 AM PDT
Elvis says:
To anyone who might be persuaded by the comments 'that the non-stick coating doesn't matter' posted repeatedly by the same person, consider this:

The "Product Features" state:
"High-quality, nonstick surface for mess-free cooking and cleanup"

In the experience of multiple reviewers, the non-stick coating is NOT high quality, because it comes off easily. And like most poor quality non-stick coatings, it does not do this all at once. It comes off a little at a time, during which time it is likely becoming embedded in the food being cooked on this. Most people would prefer not to ingest the coating.

If someone wanted to spend the time to completely remove every bit of the interior finish from this grill pan to avoid eating flakes of non-stick coating, have at it (or they could just buy an uncoated cast iron grill pan). But don't buy it thinking that the non-stick coating will make for easy clean-ups, which is inherently more difficult for a pan with grooves & ridges than it is for a regular flat pan.

As far as "at the high temperature this item produces..." - that is completely incorrect. It is a grill PAN, not a grill. By itself it produces NO heat at all. It is designed to sit on a stove like any other pan, including other pans with truly high-quality non-stick coatings that DO hold up.

Of course, pans with high-quality, durable non-stick coatings cost a lot more that the current price of this pan, which is less than eight bucks. The justifiably poor reviews due to the non-stick coating coming off prematurely are probably why this pan is currently so deeply discounted from its 'retail' price of just under twenty-nine bucks.
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