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Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, 13.5"(L) x 11.5"(W) x 7.12"(H), Silver with Silver/Black Dials
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- 5-in-1 countertop unit works as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle and half grill/half griddle. Dimensions: 13.50 L x 11.50 W x 7.12 H inches
- Brushed stainless-steel housing; sturdy panini-style handle; floating cover to adjust to thickness of food. BPA Free
- Removable and reversible 11" x 9" dishwasher-safe nonstick cooking plates drain grease for healthy cooking into the integrated drip tray.
- Adjustable temperature controls with indicator lights; gourmet recipes and scraping tool included
- Please refer to the Product Video and the User Manual before use.
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Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler
The 5-in-1 Griddler can handle everything from pancakes to sausages to grilled cheese to steaks, hamburgers and Panini's.
Easy to Use
The Griddler is simple to use and clean up is easy with the nonstick, removable dishwasher safe plates.
The selector knob lets you choose the grill or griddle function and each function features adjustable temperature controls. Red and green indicator lights let you know when your Griddler has reached your desired temperature and is ready to cook.
Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler
Create a Meal with 5 Cooking Options
With 5 different cooking options and reversible grill / griddle plates you can easily cook an entire meal.
Option 1- Contact Grill
Use your grill in the closed position to cook everything from chicken and hamburgers to juicy steaks.
Option 2- Full Grill
Double your grilling surface size by using the grill plates in the open position for a full grill.
Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler
Option 3- Full Griddle
Use the griddle plates in the open position for a full griddle. Perfect for cooking eggs, pancakes bacon and more.
Option 4- Half Grill and Half Griddle
Use one grill plate and one griddle plate to grill and griddle at the same time!
Option 5- Panini Press
The sturdy Panini-style handle with hinged floating cover helps you make the perfect Panini.
|WM-SW2N Sandwich Grill||GR-11 Griddler Grill & Panini Press||GR-4N Griddler||GR-150 Griddler Deluxe||GR-300 Griddler Elite|
|Cooking Surface (Square Inches)||42.75 closed||75 closed / 150 open||100 closed / 200 open||120 closed / 240 open||120 closed / 240 open|
|Half Grill / Half Griddle||No||No||✓||✓||✓|
|Closed Grill / Panini Press||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Dual Temperature Control||No||No||No||✓||✓|
|Adjustable Top Cover||No||No||No||✓||✓|
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|Color||Silver with Silver/Black Dials||Stainless Steel||Silver||Black||Black|
|Item Dimensions||13.50 x 11.50 x 7.12 inches||8.75 x 16.00 x 13.75 inches||14.65 x 16.22 x 8.11 inches||11.50 x 26.25 x 2.50 inches||11.31 x 22.43 x 2.37 inches|
|Item Weight||8.00 lbs||12.00 lbs||16.84 lbs||6.50 lbs||5.01 lbs|
|Material||Stainless Steel||Not Applicable||Stainless Steel||Aluminum||Aluminum|
|Size||13.5"(L) x 11.5"(W) x 7.12"(H)||GR-5BP1||Elite||22-inch||20"|
With five separate cooking options, the Cuisinart Griddler can handle everything from pancakes and sausages to grilled cheese to steaks, hamburgers, and panini. A floating cover and one set of reversible plates turn the Griddler into a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, or half grill/half griddle. Dual temperature controls ensure everything is perfectly cooked every time on the removable dishwasher safe nonstick cooking plates for easy meals and clean up.
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I have bought two of these in less than 6 years. I take really good care of my items; I still have the original box and foam inserts just in case I needed to move it or ship it back for warranty purposes (explanation in a minute).
The side buttons that you push to pop out the grill plates are plastic and one will break after a couple years of frequent use. That means, you have no button to push and the metal underneath is inside the machine-not easy to access. I bought the second panini grill for the same issues as the first one in March 2015, not having kept original receipt to know if it was under warranty, so I was thrilled to see that this one was still within the three year warranty.
I called the Warranty number and was told that I'd have to ship it back and the cost was on me. You're also expected per their warranty paperwork to pay an additional $10 to get a repaired/refurbished/potentially new one back. I did ask to have that second fee waived, as it seemed unfair. So, I go to the U.S. Post Office with the machine in its original pristine box.
It was $38.12 to ship via ground and $42 for priority. I was shocked. The box looks so brand new that the agent assumed it was and she joked to the other postal worker did she want to buy it from me? I explained that it needed repair and her jaw dropped. She too thought it was absurd that they would not send me a postal order as the weight and the fact it has to go cross-country is what makes the shipping so much. I decided that for more than half the price of the item, it didn't make sense to ship. I checked with UPS and they too were over $24. I mean, I can see paying $15, but this is too much money for a $59.99 item (that I paid $91 with tax in 2015 when it was still a higher price as their newer model).
So I called Cuisinart back and explained my case. I was told that if I wanted to use the Warranty, I had to ship it because that is what I agreed to-did I have a choice? They wouldn't even offer me $34 towards a brand new one.
I really loved this product and am disappointed that Cuisinart makes their warranty policy difficult to honor. I even contacted them on Facebook privately to see if they'd look into my case and work with me, but they didn't even bother to respond.
I wonder if the extended warranty offered here on Amazon by the third party would not make me jump through hoops if I wanted to buy another one. Just not sure I am wasting my money or not. I don't like the ethics of a warranty that costs you a fortune in order of fit to be honored.
As for the machine itself:
-makes a great panini;
-great for indoor grilling meat/fish/vegetables ;
-awesome griddle (makes best hash browns);
-can buy waffle plates to make waffles;
-can make eggs, bacon, hash browns at the same time when it's flat
-Buttons that hold the grill plates are plastic and don't last long
-Warranty is three years, but if you contact them, they require you to ship the entire product back and shipping is over $34 through the U.S. Postal Service on ground shipping (not priority). You're expected to pay $10 in addition to get a repaired/refurbished/potentially new one back.
It does not cook well. The handbook says it takes 10 minutes to heat up - try more like 20 minutes. The minute you put food on it, the temperature drops precipitously, so for most of the cooking time, the grill is struggling to get up to temp. The pannini function is sketchy at best because the top griddle is not heavy enough to heat product effectively or to get good grill marks.
As a professional cook, I would not purchase or recommend this product. A good cast iron skillet does a better job and lasts forever. As it is, the griddle does not live up to the Cusinart name, which until I ordered this, has always meant good quality products that cook well and last a long time - not this one.
I have used it at least ten times since I received it. So far I have cooked eggs, bacon, pork chops, toast, a Philly steak sandwich, and waffles (with the waffle plates I purchased separately). Everything has turned out great except the first time I cooked eggs on it because I didn't use cooking spray on it beforehand. So keep in mind that you will need to lightly spray the plates with cooking spray or use butter before placing your items on it that may stick.
I love that I have the option of using either the griddle or the grill plates. When you use the Griddle setting you get to select a temperature between 200 up to 425 degrees. If you use the Grill/Panini setting you select your temperature as either warm, low, medium, high, and sear. There are also marks in between those settings so you are able to get a setting of medium-high for example.
The plates (including the waffle plates) are dishwasher safe but after owning the George Foreman for years I am choosing to hand wash my plates on this Cuisinart. When I would put the George Foreman plates in the dishwasher it would never seem to get them very clean. I guess it is just too difficult to cut through all that grease and stuck on food that was burned on. It is super easy to clean the plates on this Cuisinart though. The non-stick plates make it where I can just wipe the mess right up with little to no effort. Very nice.
I like that the drip tray on this grill is attached underneath the unit. That was a big frustration for me with the other grill. To constantly have to place it under the grill in just the right spot, then find something to do with it until it cooled down. I have furbabies so I didn't want to leave it out because they look at it as "oh look, a meal!" Since this drip tray is attached I can pull it out and clean it when I please and then place it right back into the slot. Easy peasy.
I love that I can fold this unit flat and make bacon, eggs, and toast all at the same time. It is wonderful. It is so nice not to have to dirty up a bunch of pots and pans and tun on my range all the time.
Overall I really am proud of this Griddler. It has been a welcome replacement to our old grill and is definitely one of my best Amazon purchases.
If you find my review useful please let me know and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to post them below and I will answer them as quickly as possible. Thank you for checking out my review. :)
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Works well in panini mode, grilling chicken was quick and the removable plates made cleaning easy, but thats all I'd expect to use it for from now on
UPDATE: Total waste of money. Really cannot hold heat for more than a few seconds in any mode. Very disappointing, better off buying separate appliances that can do what they are supposed to
When I saw the the new griddler I immediately saw that they had changed some of the features that I didn't like on the original.
1. The plates are now reversible from grill to flat so you don't have to store the extra set of plates.
2. The grease catching system is now enclosed rather than positioning 2 cups near the edges to catch the drips, which was awkward as if they weren't positioned perfectly the grease ended up on the counter and they tipped easily if you accidentally hit them. I used to just place some paper towel on the counter at each corner to catch any drips.
3. the space between the grills is wider allowing for easier clean up and the coating seems better than before.
We use it often, mostly as a grill and panini press but occasionally the flat side for pancakes.
All in all it is a great product and am looking forward to using it for at least another 10 years.
The top grill seems to have a lower temperature than the lower grill, so you really have to watch the bottom and not judge if something is done by the top. Also the bottom grill, if using to cook on directly the area towards the front of the plate is hotter than the back. Not sure why it's like that. Maybe I got a dud?
Panini's are great, don't get me wrong, but if you plan on using this for the griddle function or to use the grill to make burgers etc, I'd look elsewhere. I made a bacon and egg meal using the griddle and had the temp on high, and it took forever to cook my food. Not only did it take ages to get back up to temperature, because it wasn't holding temp very well the egg I put on the griddle starting going straight into the drip tray in the back because the surface isn't completely flat to let grease get into the tray. Little disappointing because I was hoping to mainly use it for panini's and pancakes, but even pancakes, it takes too long to bother. It does get very hot, but the distribution and retention is horrible.
I've used it for making steak and chicken, and while it does a decent job, it doesn't really give the meat a nice sear unless you leave it too long and dry it out.
A+ for Panini's F for everything else.
Oh and the paninis.... that’s what I bought this for...lovvvvvve! Great grill.
The major improvement is the reversible cooking plates, saving you the trouble of storing the spare ones. The potential downside is that they are much lighter, we'll see how they hold up.
The second improvement is the integrated drip pan, the last model had a little scoop that you positioned near the lip of the plate to catch the excess fat. That was never a good option.
Finally, the latch to release the plates is much improved and makes it easier to remove the plates to clean them.
Overall, for under $100, a good option for your grilled cheese needs.
As others have said is the top plate doesn't get quite as hot as the bottom, likely due to the whole "hot air rises" thing. They probably should have bumped up the power in the top element to compensate, though that could have caused problems when you open it flat and use both plates. It's not a huge difference, and if it bothers you a simple solution is to flip your food half-way through the cooking.
Another issue is the "hot" part of each plate is more towards the middle, the edges don't get nearly the same heat, just due to where the element is under the plates: The element only starts a few cm from the edge. My guess is this was intentional as otherwise the body of the grill would get dangerously hot (not that it's exactly safe now, but I can imagine it being a lot worse). As such, you really can't get more than about 2 normal-sized hamburgers or sandwiches cooking on there at once unless you don't mind rotating them and moving them around to get them all cooked evenly. The plates are some kind of Teflon-coated metal so they do spread the heat around but again due to the laws of thermodynamics you just can't get it to be the same temperature all the way to the edge. I don't consider it a huge problem as food cooks really fast on this compared to other options, but it's something to keep in mind if you hope to make a lot of food at a time.
A few other issues people should be aware of before buying this:
- The top plate is rather heavy. Great for a panini press, but if you are hoping to make something like a grilled cheese sandwich you may need to stick something between the halves to prevent crushing your bread (unless you like that)
- The top plate unlocks to freely rotate to ensure proper contact with food of various heights. However, this means when you go to open it the top tends to stay horizontal, which can lead to dripping fat/oil behind the unit. Solved by using a spatula or oven mitt to push the top-plate back into the "locked" position as you lift it so it keeps dripping onto the bottom plate and into the drip tray
- The drip tray is not cat-proof.
- The metal body of the grill gets REALLY hot; the handle is fine but you'll need oven mitts to touch any other part.
Overall, great product, would buy again, but there's always room for improvements!
Great little machine. So far I have made all sorts of sandwiches for my 12 year old twin boys, and they love them. I also made a few suppers using the Griller.
My only complaints are that if cleaning by hand, this is not the world’s easiest take, but that’s why dishwashers exist. Also, at times the grilling is not uniform, with the corner areas less intensely grilled.
I will be grilling all sorts of veggies and will give a follow up, from a vegan perspective.
The versatility concept, removable heating plates, dishwasher feature is a great idea, however, the heat element touching the actual plates leaves much to be desired. Takes a v v long time to heat up. If you are using it mostly for griddle, it is ok. I bought this originally due to its versatility, but to my dissapointment, it didnt deliver.
Sent for refund to Amazon, still havent received my funds back.