I Love this item for cooking - Although this is too large and bulky
Janet Stumpf, Amazon
16 January 2013
Summary: I have this sitting on my counter however if your cabinets are low it is hard to open it without sliding it off the counter a little. It cleans up well. I wish it had removable grids to clean. Would like one a little smaller to get around better.
Summary: I love this grill/sandwich press. I use it for everything; delicious toasted wraps, grilling all kinds of meat, veg (my favourite is mushrooms tossed in olive oil, scented salt, pepper and garlic - yummy!), grilled cheese (halloumi esp).. I am not a cook and I don't have the patience for either the cooking or cleaning up after myself so this appliance is perfect for me.
Summary: This grill drips grease EVERYWHERE! Can a contact grill that cost $300.00 be this bad? Did I get a lemon? For starters, the surface temp is VERY uneven! I have a digital infrared thermometer and there is over a 100 degree temperature differential from one side of the grill to the other. What a POS! If the uneven cooking temps aren't bad enough then CONSTANTLY having to clean grease from your countertops is a real deal breaker.
Summary: Bought this grill about 2 years, worked great, even cooking and the stainless steel looked nice in my kitchen. However just last week, the grill will no longer turn on? I can't say I used this grill heavily by any means, maybe a few times a month to cook a steak or some sausages, so I'm a little puzzled as to what the problem is. I took a look at Breville's support site and found that this problem is not uncommon! (Hence my 'think twice' title...
Summary: I have had this grill for at least 3 years and I think that it is well worth the money. Although I do not use it frequently, when I do, it does what it should. I do wish that the plates were removable but a little water and a paper towel while the grill is still hot cleans it very well. If you want grill marks on both sides of you food, you will have to flip it because only the top plate it ridged but that ensures the food cooks a bit faster and evenly.
Summary: I am an avid Amazon shopper and have an array of the outstanding Breville product line. At the price point indicated for the 800GRXL model the grill plates should be "removable for cleaning" and they are not. The 820 model retailing at $299 has removable plates. You will soon tire of cleaning the grill plates on the 800 model. The retail price indicated by Amazon for the 800 model is $299.
Summary: After reading the reviews on this Breville grill I was not sure that I made the correct choice. We love it! I just purchased the smart convection oven and that was a great decision too. In one month we have had more chops, grilled veggies and sandwiches that are made in a fraction of the time it used to take. I immediately wipe the grill with paper towels before I begin a new item. Love It!
Summary: Breville really does make some good stuff but I am mixed on this one. I like it but it is a little bulkier than expected. If that I not an issue, this works pretty well for getting things cooked right from freezer to plate. I have done the basic steaks, chicken, burgers, and eggs with this. In my opinion, I would always choose to go outside and cook on the outdoor grill but this unit is fine if your staying out of the rain.
Summary: We boought it a few months ago. It gives us steaks of the same quality as if you go to a steak house.Unfortunately, after a few montths, around 20 uses, the non stick surface started to get coarse / rough at a few places. We thought it was food / fat left over. But the surface gets more and more damaged after a few more uses.