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Panini Press Opens Flat To Become a Grill Also - Consider Your Wants and the Price
on January 16, 2015
We purchased this 21 months ago and it works great and has never had a problem. This is a dual function item: both a panini press (sandwich griller) and it opens flat to be a two surface griddle with the press of a button. Each surface is 7 inches by 10.5 inches at its widest point (it is bowed out slightly rounded). The use is simple, plug it in, wait for the green light to indicate it is ready and use it. You watch it to determine when your food is cooked (no automatic timer or auto shut off).
The hinge is at the back surface. The construction seems solid. It works just fine and we have had no problem.
When considering which to buy you need to figure out if you want it to be a sandwich press only or if you also want it to be able to open up to be a flat griddle also known as a griddler (with two separate grill piece surfaces). The cooking surface size is something else to consider. Some of the ones that are a panini press only have larger cooking surfaces and lower prices. If you plan to cook for a family or want larger sandwiches for two consider the size carefully. The ones that are only a panini press are lower cost, sometimes about half the MRSP price. If you plan to do more cooking of meat and for sandwich grilling than you should consider the George Foreman grill (but that does not open flat).
Since the GR-1 works fine for us for 21 months (did not break and is not flimsy), it does what it claims, is both a griddler and a sandwich press (we mainly wanted a panini press only), I rate this 5 stars. I could quibble over whether this should be 4 stars due to the higher price or the size but...