Cuisinart Hinged Dishwasher Safe Panini Press

Last updated: February 14, 2023

This panini press 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.

Cuisinart Hinged Dishwasher Safe Panini Press

We looked at the top Panini Presses and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Panini Press you should buy.

Product Details

Key Takeaway: The heat output of this panini press means you can grill steaks in less than five minutes.

In our analysis of 22 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Hinged Dishwasher Safe Panini Press placed 4th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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.

Expert Reviews

What reviewers 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.
5 cooking options, reversible/removable nonstick plates. Streamlined press handle. Versatile; can be used in the open position for numerous grilled creations.
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.

What reviewers 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.
Pricey. A few reports of quality concerns, including uneven heat, poor hinges, inadequate grease drainage.
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 .
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