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Stove with grill question

VAfoodie May 25, 2008 07:19 AM

I'm sure there's a fancy name for these, but can those of you who have these things (stove with an indoor grill panel), please weigh in on pros and cons? I have one friend who says they are a pain to clean and she never uses hers, but they sure look handy on tv, and now that I'm using one of those meal assembly places (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Entree Vous), I need to be able to do some light cooking.
Please tell me about brands, etc.

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    baloo May 28, 2008 11:51 AM

    I have a viking range with the griddle and LOVE the griddle. Get a griddle, you'll love it too! I don't have the grill but everyone I know hates cleaning it and so never uses it.

    1. roxlet May 26, 2008 04:49 AM

      We have one on our Viking, and after 11 years, we've used it maybe 2-3 times. However, we use our griddle all the time. My husband is refurbishing the stove and we are thinking of eliminating the grill and doing a double griddle instead. Maybe a grill would be useful in an apartment (if you had enough exhaust), but unless there has been a blizzard, we grill all winter long & it's much easier to do that than clean that thing.

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        pepperqueen May 26, 2008 01:02 PM

        I would recommend skipping the grill. We had (past tense) a Jenn-Aire and induction down-draft ventilation. The grill took a long time to get hot and then didn't really get hot enough. By the time a steak was brown on the outside, it was overcooked. The grill smoked up the house even with the fancy ventilation system and it was a major pain to clean.

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          bworp May 28, 2008 07:50 PM

          I have a wolf range with a griddle and we use the griddle nearly every day, pancakes, sandwiches, melts etc. I wouldn't trade it for anything. My brother in law as a Jenn-air cook top that came with both the grill and griddle attachment, during the winter he used the grill almost every night to grill fish, chicken and steak - once he started using it he didn't stop and he didn't have any issues with clean up - you do need good ventilation though.

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        chez cherie May 25, 2008 10:35 AM

        i used to work for an appliance manufacturer who had these as an option, and i diplomatically tried to steer people away from them. (granted, we live in southern CA, where you can grill outside all year). they are messy, smoky and a general pain, and they do not do as good a job as an outdoor grill. griddle? yes! grill? i say nay. if you MUST put grill marks on the occasional steak or panino, and it MUST be done inside, a cast iron grill pan set over one or two burners will do that job for a fraction of the price. ymmv

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        1. re: chez cherie
          jayt90 May 26, 2008 04:31 PM

          I have an iron grill/griddle that fits over two burners, and works well. The imported one I have is about $11, the Lodge around $20.

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