Works wonderfully but is too low-powered for some dishes.
After two years of using the Quisinart Griddler a few times each week, I'm happy with it for everything except that it can't brown steak without over-cooking the meat. It just can't get hot enough. It can use only 1600W; spread over two rather large surface-area plates that would be better if they used 50% more power (1200W not 800W) each.
The design wastes energy by its two old-style flat metal-tube type elements radiating in a reflective cavity under each of two removable metal plates which then get hot for supplying heat to the food...slowl...
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Great for bacon & eggs, fish/chicken fillets, perfect steaks/sausages, sandwiches
You must use both heat & reversible plate options to achieve correct heat settings. Accompanying instructions not very clear, but I've successfully cooked juicy steaks as griddle-set to sear-lid closed. Elevate more to drain fat for bacon/sausages (wooden spoon under legs works fine). Too moist to cook most meat with veges, but perfect with chicken/fish fillets. Washes easily, place plates into warm soapy water or into dishwasher. If bulky it's lightweight to move around.
it's ok for some things
bought this primarily for the waffle making feature, we purchased the waffle plates for it. I've never had another waffle maker so I can't be sure if this is good or bad, but it works well for waffles. i would never consider doing a steak on it, I can't imagine it would get hot enough. I don't see the point of doing bacon and eggs on it, when a frypan will do, but this might be the perfect machine to take on a road trip, or to have in an apartment for singles to use.
+ detachable plates are excellent for cleaning.
- it doesn't clip shut, so it won't store vertically. quite annoying.
I thought this would be the perfect replacement and was excited by removable plates but I'm asking for a refund. Takes far too long to heat, seems to not get hot enough to even do a sandwich efficiently, bread is so dry by time cheese is melted. Pity as it looked and sounded great.
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