Summary: This is a nice product. The lid swivels/pivots which allows the heating surface to remain in contact with the food and create an even cooking. The unit has a light on the top that indicates when the unit is on although is pretty tough to read and tell if it is actually hot enough and pre-heated to start cooking on. The unit is a nice heavy unit, meaning that its not cheap and flimsy, but not too heavy to create a hassle to move and use.
Pros: Swivel/pivoting top allows for even heat, nice and heavy (not light weight/cheaply made)
Cons: Unable to remove the cooking surfaces, no drip pan for juices etc
Summary: I bought this as a gift for my mother, as she's been desiring a panini press for some time now. This seemed like a reasonable deal, so I nabbed it. It isn't a bad panini press by any means, and if you're looking for something easy to use, go for it. Unfortunately, for the price I think it could offer a little more.