This Cuisinart Panini Grill has turned family sandwich night into a gourmet experience! The countop grill replaces almost any pan in my cupboard and pushed our culinary standards for a simple sandwich to new heights!
My mother had a Sunbeam multi-griddle sandwich maker in the 1950s and at least once a week our family had “sandwich night”. Back then that usually mean grilled cheese (the standard white bread with processed American cheese in between). But thankfully we’ve jazzed up the grilled sandwich with vegetables, a var
iety of breads and grilling methods (anyone heard of the inside out sandwich?) and now every well-equipped kitchen needs a panini grill or a multi-function sandwich press.
This is a great sandwich press for less than $100.00. But price aside, the best grills are flexible with interchangeable plates, easy clean up (some can even go in the dishwasher) and have the right weight to grill a great sandwich without smashing it. This meets all those criteria and more.
The Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler gets our Best Panini Sandwich Maker approval because it meets these criteria:
- Ability to do multiple jobs inthe kitchen (not just a sandwich maker but a panini grill or waffle iron, too.)
- On board controls for top and bottom grills
- Easy clean
- Adjusts for thin or thick fillings
- compact and easy to store
- Economical — less than $100.00
Multiple Function Grilling
The 5-in-1 grill is a multitasker in the kitchen easily stepping in as a frying pan, grill pan and griddle. The Cuisinart Panini Press comes with 2 sets of plates. The first has grill bars and the other is a flat griddle area. They are easily switched from grilling hamburgers to making pancakes. Like some of its competitors, the Cuisinart Griddler has a Press Down top that will easily grill a sandwich without having to flip to the other side, so both top and bottom grill simultaneously. Unlike many of the competition, the Cuisinart’s top is adjustable to accommodate thicker breads and more fillings. You can use that same feature with the grill plates to cook steaks, hamburgers, even fish without pushing all the juices out of your foods.
Flexible Temperature Control
The Cuisinart GR-4N has on board controls for heating both elements separately. This allows the cook to use the bottom part of the pan as a cooking surface and the top as a warming element or cook the eggs gently on the top half the griddle and cook bacon on the bottom. Again, flexibility is key. The reversable griddle plates can be replaced with an optional set of waffle plates to make the Cuisinart GR-4N even more functional.
The panini grill plates (as well as the griddle and waffle plates) are made of hard anodized non-stick aluminum for even heat distribution. They are BPA-free and non-toxic.
Anyone looking to buy a griddle considers the cleaning features. The removable grill plates on the Cuisinart GR-4N are completely removable and can be washed in warm soapy water OR put directly into the lower rack of the dishwasher. The unit is aluminum with an easy-to-clean stainless surface. Just wipe off any overages or grease spatters.
Warranty and Service
The Cuisinart GR-4N comes with a healthy 3-year warranty provided by the manufacturer.
Get the optional Cuisinart GR-WAFP Griddler Waffle Plates Waffle plates as an additional purchase,
or purchase the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler and Waffle Plates Bundle
and save $10.00 off the cost of buying these items separately!
Amazon Rating: 4.3
Plus now available — belgian waffle griddle plates!
Pros & Cons
- On board controls for lower AND upper grill element
- Easily removable grill, griddle and optional waffle plates
- All grill plates are dishwasher safe, made of hard anondized aluminum and free from BPA toxins
- Unique hinge design for accommodating thick breads or opening flat for full griddle use
- Small compact footprint when closed for easy storage
- Manufacturers 3-year warranty
- Grease catching cups can over flow when grilling greasier meat products.
- Splattering issues when cooking hamburgers, bacon and sausages.
- High end of the price category for Panini Sandwich Maker.
Cuisinart Panini Grill Press and Griddler Pricing
The Cuisinart GR-4N is sold at many kitchen supply stores and generally the price is $99.95 everywhere. Amazon’s free shipping policy tends to make it the leader on final price.
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