Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler

Last updated date: February 21, 2020

DWYM Score
9.6


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Overall Take

If you're searching for an indoor grill with added features, the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler is your best bet. This model lets you grill burgers, cook eggs and bacon and make tasty paninis. The non-stick coating is BPA-free and prevents foods from becoming stuck to the grill, even when high heat is used. In our analysis of 21 expert reviews, the Cuisinart Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler placed 1st when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note March 18, 2020:
Checkout The Best Indoor Grill for a detailed review of all the top indoor grills.

Expert Summarized Score
8.0
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.0
11,078 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
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. If you’re using the riveted plates, your meat will come out with black sears marks just like they would on a gas or charcoal grill. All you have to do is plug the griddler in, select the temperature, let the unit heat up, and begin cooking. No propane and no charcoal required, just clean and pure electricity.
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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
Garners praise for it's floating cover, which adjusts to adequately cook food of various thickness and ensures even heat distribution.
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What experts didn't like
One of the greatest pleasures of traditional grills is lighting them up to cook burgers and dogs for a get together of friends and family. If you try to host a party with the Cuisinart as your centerpiece, you’re going to be laughed at. At the end of the day, the Cuisinart is a personal and family grill (as all indoor grills are), and not at all for entertaining. Perhaps you could cook some bacon on the Cuisinart as an addition to burgers, but don’t plan on cooking burgers and bacon on it.
- Grill Rankings
Limited lifespan of nonstick layer because after some time it will start getting removed from the surface and its parts will also start degrading after some time.
- Grills Arena
A handful of consumers warn that excess grease and oil can drip onto the countertop if the lid isn't opened evenly.
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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: 9.6
Expert Reviews: 3
2. George Foreman Grill and Panini Press
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Grill
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Philips Kitchen Appliances Indoor BBQ Grill
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
5. George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
6. MegaChef Reversible Indoor Grill
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 1
7. Ninja 5-in-1 Indoor Electric Grill
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 1
8. Maxi-Matic Nonstick Indoor Electric Grill
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 1
9. Hot Shot Smokeless Grill Indoor Electric Grill
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Indoor Grills

There’s just something about food that’s been cooked on the grill that makes it more flavorful. When the weather turns wet or cold, however, you won’t be able to use your outdoor grill. That’s when having an indoor grill comes in handy. If you’d like to add an indoor grill to your appliance collection, keep the following features in mind:

Determine what serving size is best for your family. Many indoor grills are made to cook for just two people at a time. That’s great for individuals and couples but isn’t ideal for families. The George Foreman Grill and Panini Press can cook four servings at a time. There are even models out there that are capable of grilling enough for six people.

Check how well the indoor grill heats the grilling plates. For example, the Philips Kitchen Appliances Indoor BBQ Grill uses advanced infrared technology and special reflectors to keep the grilling plates a consistent 446 degrees Fahrenheit. Some models allow you to set the plates to a specific temperature, as well as grills that reach temperatures as high as 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Look for extra features that make using the indoor grill easier. You may prefer a unit with indicator lights that reveal when the grill is fully preheated, or a model that has an extra-large drip tray to protect your countertops while cooking. The Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Grill even has a viewing window, so you can check on the progress of your dish at any time.

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Think about what you want your indoor grill to be capable of. You don’t have to stick with a model that only grills food. There are also grills, like the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler, that can also bake pie, cook eggs and make paninis.

DYWM Fun Fact

Although the George Foreman grill bears his name, Foreman didn’t actually invent the indoor grill. The highly famous professional boxer and ordained minister merely served as the face of the grill. It was Michael Boehm who created the George Foreman grill in 1994 and he designed it to provide a healthier way of eating.

While indoor grills are mainly used for grilling burgers, steaks, chicken and fish, they can actually be used for so much more. For example, you can bake cookies, cook toast, make a grilled cheese, cook bacon and grill fresh peaches for dessert using an indoor grill.

The Indoor Grill Buying Guide

  • It’s important to note that many indoor grill users report that their grills released a caustic smoke the first time they used it.
  • Always check the length of the grill’s power cord. Some are extremely short, making it so you can’t cook away from the power outlet.
  • Consumers warn that excess grease and oil can drip onto a kitchen countertop if the grill’s lid isn’t opened evenly.
  • Since your indoor grill is electric, you’ll need to take care when you clean it. Most have removable plates and drip pans that can be hand washed or placed in a dishwasher. Make sure you unplug the grill and wait for it to cool before you start the cleaning process. The exterior of the grill and any plates that don’t come off can be wiped down using a soapy dishrag. Wipe the unit down a second time with just a wet rag. You can wait for the grill to air dry or dry it with a lint-free cloth.
  • If you want to make clean up even easier, line the grill plates with aluminum foil. Once you’re done cooking, all you need to do is remove the foil and toss it in the trash.
  • You’ll notice that the price for an indoor grill varies greatly. Some of the factors that cause the price to go up are added features and a larger serving size. The George Foreman Grill and Panini Press is the most basic model, making it one of the more affordable indoor grills on the market. The Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler acts as five machines in one, while the Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Grill can cook six servings at once. For those reasons, the two grills are moderately priced. The Philips Kitchen Appliances Indoor BBQ Grill commands the highest price, as it uses advanced infrared technology to keep food heated evenly.