The cooking surface is made of hard anodized non-stick. On the box it says BPA Free,(non-toxic) and it's also in the description on the Cuisinart website. That was a big concern for me also. They really should have included BPA Free in the product description on Amazon.
By Shelley on April 29, 2013
My product has metal locking clamps, and the release buttons appears to be metal. The top part is brushed stainless steel or aluminum. The plates float on spring loaded pegs. I have used this product over 50 times, and nothing has melted as of yet.
By GdHoss on December 12, 2013
It expands pretty wide. I have not tried a steak, we like ours on the outside grill. Makes great burgers though. I think the thickness shown in the picture attached is pretty accurate for the distance between the plates. I think you could get a 2-3 inch steak.
By Ruby S. on March 13, 2014
8, 4 on each side. Pour the four on the top side first as they seem to cook a little slower than the ones on the bottom side ! I/we LOVE this appliance, we use it every day for something ! Grilled Cheeze, WOW ! !
By William E Hester on July 11, 2014