Breville Panini Grill; take your sandwiches up a notch and get your kids eating better
Stephen Smith, Amazon
6 July 2014
Summary: When you think of making a sandwich you will likely either go for peanut butter and jam or will have cheese, lunch meat and perhaps some lettuce with some mustard. With this Panini Grill things change. Think of a grilled sandwich with pesto, apple cheddar cheese, spinach (which reduces in the grill) onion and lean meats. Now you have a sandwich that can become an evening meal. It is quick and it is much healthier than frozen pizza.
This has NOT been an easy clean after grilling meat
L. Dickson ""dog mom"", Amazon
22 May 2014
Summary: When we were in the Williams Sonoma shop, this exact unit was marketed as perfect for grilling meat, fish, etc. My husband and I discussed with the clerks, who assured me this would be an easy, useful alternative to firing up the outside grill for just one item for my husband. I'm posting here so others know my experience. Once again, I have spent a ridiculous amount of time cleaning this grill tonight.
Solid engineering, great consistent performance. FAR better than any Cusinart Griddler.
7 May 2014
Summary: Hot, solid, reliable, easy to clean and to stow. Highly recommended. Pro: - High but tunable heat sears food quickly, perfectly, and invitingly. - Surfaces cook evenly, top and bottom. Neither cool spots nor cheap restraining clips as with the Griddler. - High quality nonstick surface. Far better than most on market, and makes a big difference in cooking. - Adjust height and hinge to fine-tune pressure on the food.
Summary: I received this as a gift and absolutely loved it for 15 months. However, the nonstick coating on the top part of the grill is now blistering and flaking off, which means I cannot use it anymore. I would have expected the bottom surface to flake first, not the top, even though I never use metal spatulas on it. We used this to grill scallops, asparagus, sandwiches, etc., and usually used the lowest "panini" temperature setting.
Summary: If you're like me, your days of whore mongering, destroying things, getting drunk and belligerent and gorging at all-you-can-eat buffets are long behind you. That's why I love the the Breville BGR200XL panini press. Let's face it, old ex-presidents with hardly any testosterone left who nap a lot just don't eat giant burgers like they used to. My new millennium stove that can't burn food takes at least 45 minutes to an hour to cook practically anything.
Summary: Received this as a Christmas present, and it has turned out to be a very useful grill -- the variable heat settings (which include a 'sear' setting) allow you to cook all types of food. The lid can be set and locked above the food (i.e., not to 'press' down), which serves to create radiant heat over the food, with direct heat below. We've cooked steaks, pizzas and quesadillas, in addition to different types of Panini.
Summary: I bought this as a new product, as a gift to my wife. Upon opening it recently (my wife's grandmother died on Christmas Eve, so we were delayed in "celebrating" the holiday), we discovered the top was dented in several places. The item was in the original box, but the box had clearly been opened and the packaging removed. When I tried to return the item for a refund, the seller refused to accept the return and provide a refund.
Summary: I got a big-daddy gift certificate from my sweet brother for my wedding gift from Williams Sonoma so I had my choice of any kitchen gadget I didn't currently have. I have owned a panini press in the past and wound up giving it away. It was bulky and just didn't cook like a professional panini press offering perfectly crisped edges and a flawlessly hot inside. I had heard rave reviews of this press and I could not agree more.