Update: still find this a very useful griddle. Two tips 1. use small silicone tipped tongs to open and close the lid without risking being burned by the heat - see pic 2. put tinfoil and/or paper towel under it to capture splatter. The splatter is very fine but even with the lid down it was about 3 inches all around the griddle 3. gently press down on the lid with the tongs ( no need to press hard and if you do it may tip the griddle forward) to speed up cooking and further reduce the opening size that splatter can come from
This griddle is tiny and cute but it's also useful and does a great job of grilling a small item I cooked a small beef tenderloin on it. I put olive oil on th steak along with salt pepper and fresh minced garlic Nothing sticked! The griddle gets very hot. See bubbles in the pics attached. I cooked one side, flipped it over then put the lid down and it "browned" it beautifully. If you just have a small steak/patty or single egg or anything else in a small size this is a great way to cook it without hauling out frying pans and firing up the stove. Clean up was easy. I just let it cool and wiped the plates with a damp paper towel
I didn't give it 5 stars because there is no on/off switch. That I find very inconvenient. I would also like it if the cooking plates popped off and could go in the dishwasher but as I said clean up was easy despite the plates not being removeable. The price is great I did two videos ( had to do two as iphones don't have stop/start ability) of the steak cooking. If you search for dash mini griddle they should come up so you can see it in action. I find videos very helpful so hope these two are. Highly recommend if this fits your lifestyle and as one reviewer commented you could just skip it in your bag and take to the office or hotel room it's that tiny!