The Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N is the most versatile contact grill on the market. It can be used as an open grill to double its cooking space, and its reversible grill plates allow it to also function as a griddle. Reviewers like its adjustable hinge, which is helpful when grilling thick panini sandwiches. Owners also praise its removable, reversible, dishwasher-safe grill plates, which are easier to remove thanks to recent design improvements. Several owners, however, say the thermostat control isn't accurate, and others say the grease cups are too light and spill easily. While the GR-4N is an improved version of an older model, the Cuisinart Griddler GR-4, there are some owners who complain about the plastic clips that hold the grill plates on; they tend to melt at higher temperatures. For those on a budget, the DeLonghi Indoor Grill and Panini Press CGH800 (*Est. $60) earns favorable user reviews (though it lacks removable plates and cannot double as a griddle).
Cook's Illustrated magazine includes the Cuisinart Griddler GR-4 (an older but almost identical model) in its roundup of electric griddles. Numerous owner reviews at Amazon.com, Cooking.com, Viewpoints.com and Epinions.com are also informative with respect to both the older GR-4 and newer GR-4N. The newer version has reversible plates instead of two separate sets of plates.
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1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
This professional roundup of electric griddles analyzes consistency and accuracy by heating each griddle to 350 degrees and measuring the temperature at five to seven minute intervals in three places on the cooking surface. A variety of foods are prepared and rated for quality. Included in this roundup is the Cuisinart Griddler GR-4, the older but nearly identical version of the Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N.
Review: Electric Griddles, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Jan. 2009
More than 950 owners are mostly satisfied with the newly designed Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N, noting especially its easy-to-clean removable plates. Owners appreciate that the plates are now reversible, eliminating the need for storing an extra set when not in use. About 530 have reviewed the older Cuisinart Griddler GR-4, which is nearly identical.
Review: Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 80 owners contribute to an overall average rating of 4.66 stars out of 5. The majority (96 percent) of owners say they'd recommend the Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N to a friend, and most also say it's a good value. Owners say it cooks evenly and is easy to clean and store. A few say it's expensive.
Review: Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N 5-in-1 Indoor Grill Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
About 55 owners review the Cuisinart Griddler GR-4 (the older, nearly identical model), giving it an overall rating of 4 (out of 5) stars. Many praise the grill for its versatility and report that they use it for panini sandwiches, grilled meats and pancakes. Some users say the temperature is hard to gauge.
Review: Cuisinart GR4 Indoor Grill, Contributors to Epinions.com
About 265 owners give the Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N a 4.7-star rating (out of 5 stars), and more than 165 owners write full reviews. Most reviewers praise the Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N for its cooking ability and versatility, and its easy-to-clean, dishwasher-safe grill plates. Several customers report that the grease cups are easily knocked over. Reviews here tend to be shorter and less detailed than those on sites like Amazon.com.
Review: Electric Griddler, Contributors to Cooking.com