3/11/2010

Review: Cuisinart G4 Griddler

Overview
Cuisinart’s G4 Griddler is a versatile indoor grill/griddle with removable non-stick plates.

 Photo from Cuisinart Website
Features:
  • Brushed Stainless Steel, Cool-Touch exterior 
  • Removable, Non-stick Grill and Griddle Plates - dishwasher safe 
  • Plate design allows grease to drip away from food 
  • Drip tray included to collect grease 
  • Dishwasher safe scraper tool included 
  • Adjustable temperature: 200-425 for Griddle, and Warm-Sear for Grill 
  • Griddle/Grill selector knob 
  • Panini press style handle with floating hinge that adjusts to food thickness 
  • Approx. 200 square inches of cookspace

Pros:
  • Versatile - Can be used as a closed/contact grill, open grill, open griddle, Panini press, or combination - of griddle on one side, grill on the other.
  • Plates are marked Upper/Lower - and easily attach and remove
  • Non-stick plates make clean up easy
  • Good size - can cook multiple foods at once.
  • Adjustable heat - Good temp for grilled sandwiches
  • Separate heat controls - great for grilling & using griddle simultaneously
 Cons:
  • Drip cups a bit small (however, there are 2 included)
  • Grease can tend to run down the sides/back 
My experience:
I had a GF grill previously and was disappointed with the limited capabilities, the size, the non-removable plates that were hard to clean. I found it very messy. I was attracted to the versatility of the removable plates and that the Griddler G4 can be used several different ways.

When used closed as a contact grill, the floating hinge allows the lid to adjust to the thickness of your food.

It has consistently heated quickly and evenly - making grilled sandwiches crispy & brown outside, and hot inside. I like how it sears meat and locks in the juices! 

Closed, you can cook 2 chicken breasts or 2-3 burgers. As an Open grill or griddle you can grill up to 4 burgers per side, or 6-8 small pancakes on the griddle plates. Some large families might find the Griddler a bit small but for average families (less than 5 people) it’s a good sized cooking surface.

I prefer to use it opened flat. I really like the option of being able to grill on one side and use a griddle plate on the other. This is especially nice when cooking two foods that you don’t want touching, such as beef and chicken, or when making steak and eggs or sausages and pancakes.
Clean-up is usually a breeze. Although the non-stick plates are dishwasher safe, I often just wash them with dish soap and a soft brush, because it takes just a few seconds. If there seems to be some tougher stuck-on mess, I simply soak the plates in hot soapy water for an hour or so. Drip cups are a bit small, but if you cook low-fat meats (like 3-7% fat lean ground beef or trim fat off of chicken, beef, etc) there isn’t too much grease flowing. I have had some grease run down the sides and back, which I wasn’t thrilled about, but it washes off with a hot soapy sponge. I do NOT recommend using cooking spray - as I find it leaves such a sticky, nasty build up on my baking pans--I personally don’t want to ruin my Griddler with it. I prefer a mist of olive oil or a just a dab of cooking oil. We don’t always use margarine or oil with our grilled sandwiches and they come out just crisp and perfect.

Overall, I think the Griddler is well made, well designed , safe and easy to use. Retail prices range from about $90-$129 from what I‘ve seen. I shopped around for price and with a discount coupon got mine for right around $100 at a kitchen store. Cuisinart gives a 3 year warranty, which I like, although I’ve never had any issues with mine. I would definitely recommend it over the George Foreman and other similar indoor grills. I feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth, that it was a good investment for my family and makes healthy cooking simple!

*** This review is not a paid or sponsored review. This is based upon my personal purchase and experience with this product. Further information can be obtained from the manufacturer's website.

1 comment:

Tracy said...

We have one too.. I think a different model. We use ours on occasion as I feel it is so big and heavy. Kinda get tired of taking it in and out of the cabinet. I also think it is to heavy for panenies.. it squashes the sandwich flat. I agree it is great for indoor grilling. We have used it for burgers and steaks.

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