Cuisinart Griddler--how well does the griddle part work
My best friend has requested a panini press for his b-day and I'm leaning toward the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler because of the additional capabilities. He's not much of a cook, largely limiting himself to things like pork chops on his George Foreman. However, he does like paninis (and has quite enjoyed the ones I've made for him). So, while he's not much of a cook (and isn't all that interested in it), I can see him making not only panini, but also pancakes and bacon on the griddle. I have read the other threads on the Griddler, as well as the Amazon reviews, but most comments refer to the ridged grill part and not the flat griddle. So, anyone out there own one of these? Do you like it? Does the griddle work well? And are there special tools required (i.e. soft-coated spatula)? TIA!
I've had one for about 4 years and wouldn't part with it. I usually use in the closed position with both ridgy and flat plates. I've cooked all kinds of stuff in it, including sandwiches, pork chops, burgers, chicken breasts, fish, even potato pancakes.
Tho I don't use it in the open position too often, it has performed well when I did.
IMO, tho only way they could improve it was to make a set of waffle plates for it. Like any Teflon surface, non-metal tools only, please. Otherwise nothing special. Cuisinart says you can dishwasher the plates, but we don't.
BTW, the Waring Pro grille looks suspiciously similar (albeit with only one temp control) for a few bucks less and has generally good reviews on Amazon.