The Pitch: "A deep-dish pizza oven, quesadilla press, omelet maker or pancake griddle all in one stylish package."
April 2009. The George Foreman 360 Grill is different from earlier George Foreman grill models in several ways. Most noticeably, the grill is circular and comes with removable, dishwasher-safe cooking plates for easier cleaning. A tilt function helps to drain grease away from food, and a floating hinge allows for thicker cuts of meat.
Advertisements make much of the fact that the George Foreman 360 can cook a wide variety of round foods (pizza, quesadillas, omelets, pancakes), but reviews don't find any advantage to the round cooking surface. In fact, some users say it just cuts down on the total amount of cooking space. Reviewers find both pros and cons for the removable plates.
The George Foreman 360 Grill's plates are indeed easy to clean, according to reviews, but some users say they had a hard time getting the plates attached. Some reviewers, including Roger Hibbert at Wired.com, say the hot plates popped off during cooking, which is dangerous.
However, Hibbert notes that the George Foreman 360 Grill works perfectly, at least when cooking panini as he does. Other reviews say the 360 grill does a great job with quesadillas, burgers, pork chops, fish, vegetables and eggs. One blogger even gets good results baking desserts in the deep-dish plate, although another blogger finds the 360 compresses his deep-dish pizza too much.
According to reviews, the George Foreman 360 Grill works quickly because it cooks on both sides at the same time. However, that design can also make steaks cook too much, writes Erik Sherman on his blog Flash in the Pan: "If you like rare or medium-rare meat, then this can get tricky. The grill will cook far faster than you're used to because both sides are getting heat simultaneously. Because of the speed, you won't get the same degree of grilling char marks on the surfaces, and if you look for those, a steak or burger will have already sailed into well-done territory."
Reviews say the George Foreman 360 Grill has a sliding heat-adjustment switch that lowers heat enough to cook delicate foods like eggs. However, some users say the 360 doesn't seem to get as hot as other George Foreman grills, even when it's on high. Some users find the switch itself flimsy or inaccurate.
Wired.com provides an extensive review of the George Foreman 360 Grill. A review on Erik Sherman's Flash in the Pan blog is shorter, but still informative. User reviews for the 360 at Amazon.com are generally positive, but several flaws are reported: dislodging grill plates and a gluey residue from the top sticker. The Blackberry Rambles blogger lists several ambitious foods she has cooked successfully in her 360 Grill. DailySpark.com recommends the 360 Grill as part of its healthy-cook gift guide.
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Roger Hibbert say he loves the original George Foreman grill, but finds problems when he tests the George Foreman 360 Grill version. It cooks nicely, but Hibbert finds it flimsy and dangerous. He has difficulty securing the cooking plates to the heating elements. While he is using the grill, one of the hot plates pops off and hits his foot.
Review: George Foreman's Latest Grill Leaves You Feeling Burned, Roger Hibbert, Nov. 14, 2008
The George Foreman 360 Grill earns an average of four stars (out of five) from more than 100 consumers who post reviews at Amazon.com. Most reviews are positive, although some owners also complain that the sticker on top is messy and the cooking plates won't stay attached.
Review: George Foreman 360 Removable 5 Plate Grills, Contributors to Amazon.com
3. Flash in the Pan
Sherman, a blogger who has written for Saveur, shares some short but insightful comments on his blog after testing the George Foreman 360 Grill. Its big surface area cooks several items nicely, but Sherman finds it tends to cook steaks too quickly and makes dense pizza.
Review: Product Review: George Foreman 360 Grilling Machine, Erik Sherman, Dec. 19, 2008
4. Blackberry Rambles
Stoodley writes a blog about her everyday life on an island in the Canadian Pacific. She gushes over her new George Foreman 360 Grill, and describes how various foods (from chocolate chip cookies to chicken breasts) turn out well when she cooks them on the 360.
Review: 360 Reasons to Love George, Linda Vandewark Stoodley, March 16, 2009
The George Foreman 360 Grill is the most expensive item on the holiday gift list of this health blog. Romine includes only a one-paragraph write-up for each gift idea, but she notes that the 360 is bigger and better than the George Foreman grill she used in college to cook everything.
Review: Holiday Gifts for the Healthy Cook from $8 to $150, Stepfanie Romine, Dec. 10, 2008