Review: Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe
The Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe or Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler is on very solidly built indoor grilling machine! I’ve just put this beautiful stainless steel indoor grill from Cuisinart through it’s paces and overall, it’s performed very well. Everything from panini to burgers and even vegetables have turned out well.
The Griddler definitely has some impressive looks but does it have the features to beat it’s competitors like the T-fal or George Foreman grills? Read on to find out what I discovered.
Beautiful Stainless Steel Looks on an Indoor Grill
The Cuisinart Griddler certainly makes for an impressive kitchen counter showpiece. I think that one of the most important things about any indoor grill (or any product in general) is how it looks.
The perception of quality on the Cuisinart Griddler indoor grill certainly is there. Fortunately, the looks aren’t just for show. The Griddler Deluxe is definitely made to last with a stainless steel finish and a great “heavy” feel that exudes quality.
How the Cuisinart Griddler Works
Similar to some of the most popular indoor grills out on the market today, the Cuisinart is more of the “pancake press” style of indoor grill. This means that the two grill plates sandwich the meat that you are grilling indoors.
I really like this kind of grill because you are basically guaranteed some very nice grill marks on both sides of your food. Plus, your food also cooks faster than just the ordinary indoor contact grill where you need to flip your food over to cook it on both sides.
Features of the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe
Well this indoor grill by Cuisinart is definitely full of features. Here are a few of them:
6 Different Grilling Options
You can use the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe in many different ways including as a half grill, full grill, contact grill and more. I like to think of this indoor grill as the “Transformer” of all indoor grills.
Both a Grill and a Griddle in One
The Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe has grill plates that can be flipped over for use as griddle plates. So one side is a grill and the other is a griddle that is perfect for everything from pancakes to eggs.
Dual Zone Temperature Control
This is a great feature I wish more indoor grills had. You can set different temperatures for each grill plate on the Cuisinart.
I personally love this because I can grill steaks on one side and some yummy asparagus on the other. It’s really excellent and makes this indoor grill worth the purchase.
Integrated Drip Tray for Grease
The Griddler Deluxe has a drip tray that is integrated on the back. This is a feature that is different from the regular Griddler model.
More Cooking Space Than Standard Griddler
I’d say the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe has about 50% more cooking space than the original Griddler. This is a very significant feature, especially if you are looking to grill enough food to feed a family vs. just one or two people.
Dishwasher Safe Grilling Plates
Yep, Cuisinart makes this indoor grill very easy to clean. I like to take off my grilling plates and throw them in the dishwasher to clean after use. It takes about 5 minutes to clean them off in the sink if you prefer hand washing.
My Experience So Far with the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe
So far, the deluxe model of the very popular Cuisinart Griddler has lived up to my expectations. It’s a very solidly built indoor grill (more so than the original Griddler) and it also has adequate grilling/cooking space to grill up some food for at least 4 people at a time.
What I really like about this indoor grill is that it’s temperature control is superb. It holds temperature very well and cooks everything from steaks to burgers perfectly as long as I do my part.
Some people ask about the top and bottom plates and if they squish food. I guess the answer to that is no. The top plate is completely height adjustable so the weight of it won’t smash your burgers into dry, tasteless patties.
I genuinely like this grill for it’s simplicity and quality. I just made some panini on it the other day and they turned out perfect and not burned like some other indoor grills do.
Cuisinart claims that this indoor grill will cook steaks to restaurant quality and they weren’t lying! It does a great job of grilling steaks, leaves nice grill marks and even has a feature that will do a high-heat sear on your steaks, similar to putting a steak under a broiler. They come out absolutely delicious.
One thing the Griddler Deluxe doesn’t have are plates for making waffles. I certainly would love to use this machine as a waffle maker since it cooks food so evenly and perfectly but to date, they do not have an option for waffles.
In terms of looks, the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe can certainly be a very attractive addition to anyone’s countertop. This is a huge selling point for many people who have stashed away their old griddles and indoor grills to a cupboard. This indoor grill definitely will match other kitchen appliances with it’s stainless steel appearance.
Overall, I give this indoor grill a 4.6 out of 5. The Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe definitely deserves a look if you’re in the market for a versatile indoor electric grill or griddle.
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