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Waffles and panini?

Probably a long shot, but I am hoping there is a gadget with reversible plates that would make both panini AND waffles that I haven't been able to find. I hate having single-function gadgets, and don't make waffles or panini frequently enough to justify the storage space for a waffle iron or a panini press, but if there was something that did both (and wasn't a hunk of junk), I'm pretty sure I could find some space in my cupboards. Help?

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  1. Black and Decker makes one- I don't remember the model name/#, but it works pretty good for waffles. I haven't tried making panini with it yet, though I have cooked bacon on it, which was good- actually better then in a pan, since I didn't have grease splattering all over. It has pretty good temperature control, which is so important to making good waffles...and using any panini/George Forman type grill unit to, though most GF grills don't have temp adjustment. I've only had mine a few weeks, so I can't say anything about longevity, but I have made over 200 waffles on it with no problems, other then having to slightly adjust the temp.

    1. I saw a George Foreman grill advertised that has interchangable plates including ones to make waffles. The model # is GRP90WGR.

      1. Reversible grid waffle irons have been around for a long time, even back in the days when we ate grilled cheese sandwiches instead of panini.

        paulj

        1. They're out there, but dig around for reviews, America's Test Kitchen found they didn't heat as evenly as single task appliances. Could make for frustrating waffles.

          1. How about the Cuisinart Griddler. I don’t have one, but they have certainly advertised them enough on TV. Maybe someone who has one could chime in a let us know how versatile they are and how well they work.

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            1. re: TomDel

              I don't think the Griddler does waffles.

              1. re: mdepsmom

                you're right. as much as i love my griddler, that's the one drawback - no waffles.