Very good purchase
It is much more expensive than the "George Foreman" type grills and griddles, which have the controls on the power cable assembly.
I have 2 of these units, a George Foreman and a Sunbeam, and the power cable assembly doesn't engage properly, and you have to check if the plate is heating. I think the assembly must be transmitting heat to the plate, rather than electricity, because otherwise the circuit would be interrupted. Happy to stand corrected on this.
So I looked for a unit with the controls on the body, but it comes at a price.
The only (minor) problem I notice is that the upper left corner, less than 10 % of the total surface, doesn't heat up as much than the rest of the plate, but would have still bought it, had I have known.
Great little grill
I am very happy with this grill it is the best I've used. i'v had it and used it for over 12 months now. I love the simplicity of cleaning and it has a great fat catcher underneath. I would buy another one if this one stopped working. My brother has had the same one for years now and he and his wife use it daily. He uses baking paper on both surfaces and hardly cleans it!!!
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Nearest thing I could find to an indoor electric BBQ
Pros: Has a ribbed grill plate like a bbq. Opens to provide a bbq-like cooking surface. You can set it to be really hot like a real bbq (can set up to 230C and nuke your steak right through and have them burnt on the outside in 6-12 mins, depending on whether you press them with both plates or flip on just one plate). The hot plates clip off very easily, burnt matter slides off into the bin very easily and a soft cloth in dishwashing liquid takes off the remainder (unlike a bbq!) The plates are small enough for the sink. I've cooked fillets o...f beef, lamb, kangaroo, chicken, sausages, vegetable skewers, and tofu and it provides more of a bbq flavour than my fry pan does. Fits on top of my stove under my rangehood so the smoke just goes up the flue. The temperature probe seems to know what it is doing as the meat is cooked when it says it is. And best of all, it's electric, all I have to do is plug it in. Cons: I have to use an extension cord so I can use it under my rangehood. I have to put a tablecloth under it and over the cooking area if I have marinated the meat or used oil because that splatters over the whole unit and around it [instructions say to drain off marinade first and dab the meat with paper towel (grimace) ]. I had to reduce the amount of brown sugar, plum jam, etc in my marinades as sugar content can scorch the cooking plate and from experience it does seem to affect it. It's also very heavy to move around, but the plate lock and lifting handle are quite sturdy for carrying.
love love love
love that it's big enough to do 6 toasted sandwiches. have cooked eggs and sandwiches on it. Have also used it for the meat with the probe thing its' fantastic. I"m a great cook but really bad with meat. This thing makes life so much easier. and great to have one appliance to do the meat and sandwiches.
The size is a huge bonus for families.
The removable plates make it super easy to clean (though just a wipe down is fine after sandwiches)
The height is adjustable (which you won't find on all other grills) which means the top plate is held...
Perfectly cooked steak first time around
We purchased this in late 2015 and ended up only using it for toasted sandwiches until we went to Canada for 10months. Fast forward to now, and we have used it again for toasted sandwiches but finally thought we'd give it a try with a chicken breast and a steak. The chicken breast was the most tender I've ever had and my husband loved his steak. He cooked it for a whole of 4ish minutes and it was perfect. After reading the other reviews I might give the probe a miss and just wing it. The plates were easy to clean just with paper towel too.
This product is not perfect and we can live without it
We had a Breville grill for over 20 years it was perfect in every department until it went off.
Then we bought another briville "the smart grill " .... it should be called the STUPID grill .... one month after using it the grilling on the plate was not uniform left side kept thing under cooked
so we replaced it after a big struggle with David Jones and Breville it took them 40 to get us a replacement ...
NOW the bad news is that the new one behaves like its sister and have a dead left part of the grill plate
so our advice is forget about it.
Looks terrific, perfoms as good as looks suggest; cleverly designed to work easily.
First, I have no experience with other kitchen grilles or or sandwich presses. Nor have I had this for long. No comparison i make with other brands would therefor be of any value excepting maybe discussion of superficial matters.
What is obvious whether it turns out that way or not is that this unit is built to last a reasonable term and it is built for easy use. it is solid and does everything I expect it to do, easily. I hope and expect it will long out...last its 2 year warranty. As the first reviewer said and as some friends have confirmed many low price units don't last the year so the warranty period goes a long way toward justifying higher cost even without any workspace or quality and speed of output advantages. It is large, larger than others I have looked at but as suggested above I am not equiped to comment qualitatively. i can say that others would have to be excellent to improve on this. it does a superb job. Some valuable characteristics: The plates are very easily cleaned with a soft cloth. Dishwasher proof must be advantageous but we will not clean it that way.
Manual Grill 5/5, Sensor Probe 1/5
Let me start by saying that this grill is by far the best quality grill you can buy in its market. It is also the most expensive, but still very reasonably priced for people who want something that will last more than 6 months with regular use. In my experience, anything under $100 will wear out quickly if you actually use it.
I love the easily removable and washable plates - I won't be putting them in the dishwasher even though it says I can. The plates are actually really easy to clean and the coating seems tough enough to last a good whil...e. Hard to imagine what the Breville product team had in mind when they decided to add a sensor probe to a bench-top contact grill.....go figure. The result? After days of experimentation, I can't get consistent results using the probe, and, if the probe touches the edge of the hot plate - which it will - the unit goes into error mode and turns off. Is anyone surprised by that? If you use the good old human senses - sight, sound, smell, touch etc, you get fantastic results in quick time. Nice try Breville - 5/5 for the grill and 1/5 for the probe. I would have been very happy to buy it without the probe and not suffer all the time wasting that goes with finding out the probe is useless.
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Manufacturing Fault? Top plate dislodges while cooking!
I purchased a Smart Grill Pro in January and found it to be faulty within the first few days. The top plate dislodges while cooking/grilling regularly. It it very inconvenient as you cannot click it back in while the grill is heated up. I returned the grill to the Breville Service Center to have it checked out. This took quite a while so was without the grill for about 10 days. Breville agreed to give me a replacement grill after confirming that it was faulty. I then had to go back to the service center and collect the new one. Unfortunately th...e 2nd grill had the same problem!! Am I just unlucky or does this model grill have a manufacturing fault? I returned the 2nd grill again and after it was checked out, I was advised that there is a fault with this model and I would be contacted when the issue was resolved so that I could go ahead and buy another grill..... Still no word from Breville! Has anyone else had this issue with this model grill?? I would welcome a response from Breville.
Questions & Answers
I have the Smart Grill Pro Stainless Steel BGR804bss when I was grilling vegetables - tomatoes (a lot of liquid), the griller shut off. It sounded like a safety switch??? It now does not work at all. Is there any way to reset?
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