George Foreman Grill and Panini Press

Last updated date: February 10, 2020

DWYM Score
9.0


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Overall Take

Like other George Foreman grills, the George Foreman Grill and Panini Press stands out for its grease management. You'll find excess liquids end up in the drip tray, making cleanup a breeze and keeping your foods delicious and healthy. The nonstick coating means cleanup will be quick and painless. In our analysis of 24 expert reviews, the George Foreman George Foreman Grill and Panini Press placed 2nd 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
0.0
2 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
6,798 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The design is compact, sleek and highly innovative and effectively reduces the excess 40% fats from your food and make it, even more, yummier, crispier and healthier without alternating the true nutrients of the food.
- BBQ Grill
The George Foreman 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill and Panini Press comes with an advanced nonstick coating that makes grilling and cleaning a hassle-free experience
- Indoor Grill Source
What experts didn't like
The grill may have durability issues after some time.
- BBQ Grill

From The Manufacturer

This is how real fast food is made. The George Foreman serving removable plate electric grill and panini press heats up 35% faster* to deliver hot, tasty food that's made your way. Cleanup is just as fast thanks to the dishwasher-safe removable plates. They come with the George tough nonstick coating that holds up through cooking and cleaning, alike. This is the must-have grill for couples or small families who want easy, delicious meals.*compared to current removable plate grill, grp0004**from 1/4lb. Uncooked 80/20 Ground chuck¹compared to standard George tough non-stick coating. Not digital

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.