Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler

Last updated date: February 10, 2020

DWYM Score
9.3


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Overall Take

The Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler provides an impressive 200 square inches of cooking space. While that doesn't mean you can cook for dozens of people at once, it does hold more food items than a typical indoor grill. With this unit, you can not only grill delicious paninis, but also hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks and vegetables. In our analysis of 26 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler placed 1st when we looked at the top 8 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 10, 2020:
Checkout The Best Panini Press for a detailed review of all the top panini presses.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
10,748 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Gives a full 200 square inches of cooking surface.
- Foodal
Grills Quickly, Leaves Grill Marks, and Handles Red Meats. Plenty of indoor grills out there don’t heat to high enough temperatures to safely cook red meats. That is not at all a problem for the Cuisinart. After letting your unit buildup heat, you can grill steaks in under five minutes, frozen burger patties in eight, and hot dogs in four.
- Grill Rankings
5 cooking options, reversible/removable nonstick plates. Streamlined press handle. Versatile; can be used in the open position for numerous grilled creations.
- BestReviews
Easy to handle and cook because it’s not as big as a full-size grill but gives you the benefits somewhat similar to what an outdoor grill can give on a small scale for home use for a nuclear family.
- Grills Arena
What experts didn't like
Grease management could be improved with a larger drain spout. In the meantime, place a couple of pot holders under the front legs to help drain grease away from food.
- Foodal
To be brutally honest, this grill is not going to last for more than five years. Even worse, you would be fortunate to get more than three years out of the Cuisinart.
- Grill Rankings
Pricey. A few reports of quality concerns, including uneven heat, poor hinges, inadequate grease drainage.
- BestReviews
Not meant for big parties because it’s a small size electric grill which will not be able to serve a large number of guest at same time, so if you have a large number of people in house or you are hosting a big house party then you need to have a bigger one but not this small Griddler in your party area for cooking .
- Grills Arena

From The Manufacturer

With five separate cooking options, the Cuisinart; Griddler; can handle everything from pancakes and sausages to grilled cheese to steaks, hamburgers, and panini. A floating cover and one set of reversible plates turn the Griddler; into a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, or half grill/half griddle. Dual temperature controls ensure everything is perfectly cooked every time on the removable dishwasher safe nonstick cooking plates for easy meals and clean up.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 4
2. George Foreman Grill and Panini Press
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Hamilton Beach Electric Panini Press Grill
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
4. Breville Duo 1500-Watt Nonstick Panini Press
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
5. iSiLER Panini Press Grill
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 3
6. DASH Mini Portable Panini Press and Grill
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 2
7. OVENTE Electric Panini Press Grill
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 1
8. IMUSA Electric Panini Press
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Panini Presses

Paninis may just be the perfect food. More than a sandwich, they combine the taste of the grill with the ease of stacking items between two slices of bread. They may have first become popular in Italy, but Americans have embraced paninis as a quick meal option for breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack.

For a good panini, though, you’ll need a grill that can tackle the job competently. Panini presses bring the grill experience indoors, letting you get those char marks that you’d normally only have on a commercial cooktop or an outdoor grill. Today’s panini presses go beyond making sandwiches, though. With some, you can also cook eggs, pancakes, quesadillas and more.

One important feature to keep in mind, though, is the size of your chosen grill. If you’re in a dorm room or studio apartment, you may need a smaller press that you can tuck away in a drawer or cabinet when you aren’t using it. Smaller presses also are easier to transport.

But some larger presses have expanded grill surfaces, which means you can make multiple sandwiches at once. You can also use some presses for cooking items like eggs and pancakes, making them handy for feeding houseguests. However, you’ll need to make sure you have a place to store something that large in between uses.

DYWM Fun Fact

Paninis traditionally have been loaded with cured meats like ham, along with cheese. But don’t feel limited by classic recipes. In recent years, chicken spinach and mozzarella and tomato paninis have become increasingly popular, both requiring their own extra ingredients and a little extra preparation. To make a proper panini, though, you’ll need the right kind of bread. Flavored bread can add a little something extra to your panini. In fact, ciabatta bread is the most popular, but you can also use focaccia bread for delicious results. If you’re health-conscious, a whole grain baguette can make a great panini. The key is to use a weightier, hearty bread that retains its moisture during the grilling process.

The Panini Press Buying Guide

  • One factor missing in many small grills like panini presses is an on/off switch. This may not matter to you, as it simply means you’ll have to unplug the unit when you’re finished with it. However, it’s worth considering as you’re looking at features.
  • Temperature control is another missing feature with many panini presses. That means you won’t have control over how hot the surface gets, limiting what you can cook on the surface.
  • If your panini press comes with a lid, look to see if it has a latch that holds it in place when it’s lifted. Otherwise, you’ll have to keep a hand on it unless it’s in the closed position.
  • Some grill surfaces take longer to preheat than others. You may be looking at a preheat time of five minutes or more with some panini presses, making those that advertise a quick heat-up time much more attractive.
  • Paninis can be messy, especially if you include ingredients like cheese. To ease the cleanup process, look for a panini press that has removable plates. Bonus points if those plates are dishwasher safe.
  • Another factor in cleanup is that drippings can slip from the grill surface while cooking. There are grills that are designed specifically to drain fats and oils away from items that are cooking, which makes your food a little healthier. But whether your panini press drains off oils or not, look for one with a drip tray that can catch all these liquids to prevent a mess on your counter.