Are you like me and always on the lookout for another useful kitchen gadget? If you’ve been looking for a versatile and affordable indoor contact grill, you may want to check out the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler.
This attractive and compact countertop grill will allow you to prepare a wide variety of foods ranging from pancakes and eggs to grilled paninis, hamburgers and steaks with ease. It also comes in two colors (knobs only), red and black.
As the name implies, the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler is no one trick pony. It comes with two reversible, non-stick cooking plates that are smooth on one side and ridged like an outdoor grill on the other. Depending on how you position these non-stick cooking plates, you can use it as a half griddle or half grill – or you can take advantage of the floating hinge lid design to open it up for a full griddle, full grill or half griddle/half grill.
For even more versatility, you can pair the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler with the Cuisinart GR-WAFP Griddler Waffle Plates (sold separately) to add delicious homemade Belgian waffles to your Sunday morning breakfast menu without needing to buy a separate appliance.
Regardless of how you choose to use it, the removable dishwasher-safe cooking plates means clean up is always a breeze, but to get the longest use out of your appliance, hand-washing without the use of harsh abrasive scrub pads is recommended.
As noted above, the floating hinge lid design allows you to open the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler all the way to double your cooking surface. This is a nice feature, especially if you have limited counter or cabinet storage space because it keeps the overall footprint small (11.5 x 13.5 x 7.1 inches when closed) while still providing a large overall cooking surface when needed.
You can see just how big the surface is, and how many different cooking jobs this one appliance will do in this short video:
Obviously, nobody likes food that is burnt on the outside and undercooked on the inside. Fortunately, the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler features adjustable temperature settings, ranging from 200 to 425 degree F, so you can make sure your food is perfectly cooked inside and out.
Of course, no kitchen tool is perfect for every use, so there are a few things you should be aware of before spending your money. First, if you cook a lot of really greasy foods like bacon, you already know those items tend to splatter quite a bit. It’s suggested to use the medium setting for fatty meats to avoid grease spatter. It’s also suggested to turn off the heat shortly before your meat is cooked and allow the residual heat to do the work and not overcook your meat. There is a drip tray that comes with the unit, to catch grease. If you’re cooking really greasy foods like bacon you’ll want to keep an eye on it to avoid overflow.
Another feature worth noting is the electrical cord is not very long and is not retractable, which can make storage a bit cumbersome. So consider where you would plug in and store your Griddler before deciding if this the right unit for you.
Currently, the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler retails for under $70 (for the Red model) (and qualifies for free shipping with Prime) on Amazon.com. The Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler enjoys a 4.4 out of 5.0 rating on Amazon.com based on nearly 6,200 customer reviews. With nearly 83% of all reviewers rating this product either 4 or 5 stars, you can rest assured this is a high-quality unit that provides good value for the money. You can check it out here now.