If you’re looking to buy a panini grill with a quality pedigree, then you need to look no further than the Cuisinart brand. Cuisinart has been making quality kitchen appliances for years. If you’re like you me, you’ve probably have memories of your mom showing off her new Cusinart food processor to her friends. Cusinart has been around a long time and besides those food processors, they also make a great line of panini grills.
- Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini
The Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press is the least expensive panini maker that Cusinart sells but just because it’s not high priced, doesn’t mean that you can’t make high quality panini sandwiches with it. It’s got all the features that you’ll need including a great looking brushed stainless-steel body, nonstick 11″x7″ grill plates and a floating hinge that will adjust to fit even really thick panini sandwiches. So if you’re on a budget or need a grill to use in a college dorm, the GR-1 is a good choice.
Moving up in the Cuisinart line will lead you to the Cuisinart GR-2 Griddler. This model is a little more expensive but it’s worth it because not only if the cooking surface larger (12”x9”) but it also has three temperature settings. More control of the temperature means more control of your sandwiches. Another great feature they added is a drip spout in the grill plates. This comes in handy when you’re cooking something really greasy like a patty melt. You can just put a small container or sometimes I use a coffee cup next to the drip spout to catch the greasy runoff.
Next we have, the Cuisinart GR-3 Griddler. This one has removable dishwasher safe grill plates. Easy cleanup is a huge plus, so if you plan on using your panini grill a lot, then it’s probably worth the investment to buy this model. There’s nothing better than finishing your panini sandwich and then just putting the grill plates in the dishwasher. And it can also open up flat to be used as a regular grill. One last bonus is that is comes with a drip cup so you don’t have to fill all of your coffee cups with patty melt grease.
Finally the Cuisinart GR-4 Griddler is the big daddy of the Cusinart Panini Grill line. It’s includes all the features of the above grills and adds even more cooking space.
You really can’t go wrong by picking any one of these models. Cuisinart is a brand name that you can trust and I very highly recommend that you choose a Cusinart panini grill.