Summary: We bought this unit and tried it and it never got hot enough to grill a cheese sandwich. Coming from Italy, it may be made for 220 volts. 110 does not cut it. Half an hour and it never got hot enough. We returned ours.
Summary: GREAT Press! We have used this for a number of things such as a variety of Panini and some other tasty things we have found recipes for. There is not a lot fancy about this, but it works like a charm. I have never had any problems with it heating up or maintaining heat, nothing has ever stuck to it. It will easily do two regular sandwiches at once, and upto four regular to small sandwiches if needed. This stores nicely and has always been easy to clean.
Summary: I bought this Delonghi Sandwich maker because I have a Delonghi toaster which is over 12 years old and still works fine. This sandwich maker is well-made and gets hot enough to actually brown foods nicely. Excellent product.
Summary: I wanted to like this, but sadly, just returned it. The unit is a bit cheap, and certainly could never sell for $150 as they say. The heating dial is round and made of smooth plastic and unsuable if your hands are greasy (while making a sandwich). The unit will melt cheese, but not put those cool burn marks on the bread. I thought that was odd. Also, it hinges too flat on the side so you practally smash your items to cook them.
Summary: Can I RMA this thing or exchange it? Not happy. Definitely not worth the $77.99 price tag when I bought it on 9/8/2012.
Pros: It has a nice grilling surface.
Cons: I just unboxed it, and it's been on, set to max temp, for over 20 minutes, and the ready light hasn't come on. I can lay my hand inside it and it's barely warm. Certainly not hot enough to cook anything. It's plugged into the outlet my stove was plugged into, so there's more than enough power. Perhaps the unit is defective? There is no on/off switch. It sparks when I unplug it. Always-on units such as this are known to cause house fires from repeated unplugging while ...
Summary: For the price this unit is superior. The heating element is heavy thus conducts heat evenly. Then it comes time to clean - the unit warns you about submersing, so the only way to clean it is to lay it across the top of the sink and try to balance it as you scrub it. I found the best way to clean after cooking meat (it grills steaks and chicken really well) is to heat it and use a nylon brush followed by a sponge.
Summary: I purchased this indoor grill / sandwich maker because my old George Foreman was not a great sandwich maker and I wanted a more versitle kitchen appliance. The size, ease of cleaning, adjustable heat, STAND UP counter storage, thickness adjustment and PRICE motivated me to purchase. It looks great in a stand up storage position on my small counter space.