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Many sites, such as InfomercialRatings.com, Epinions.com, MrBreakfast.com, and AsSeenOnTVCritic.com contain a wealth of professional and consumer feedback, both positive and negative. Testers also weigh in at Cook's Illustrated magazine and KOMO, a Seattle TV station.
Editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine (a publication known for rigorous and balanced testing) tries out the Perfect Pancake with a healthy dose of skepticism in this brief review. The results are less than perfect, with editors complaining primarily about the amount of time it takes to cook a single flapjack with the Perfect Pancake. The editors suggest using a high-quality nonstick skillet instead of the Perfect Pancake.
Connie Thompson follows a Perfect Pancake owner as he tries the product for the first time. The consumer complains that flipping the pan results in batter spilling. With some practice, he is able to produce the ideal pancake, but he adds that he's not sure the Perfect Pancake is worth the price. Thompson notes that viewers who have tried the Perfect Pancake say they too have trouble flipping the pancake without the batter spilling.
This user-review site, which features ratings for many infomercial products, contains about a dozen reviews for the Perfect Pancake. The majority of owners give the Perfect Pancake a negative rating of just one or two stars out of a possible five. Many users complain that when you flip the Perfect Pancake, the batter splatters out the sides between the lid and the pan. They also note that only one side of the pan heats up at a time, so the pancakes take a long time to cook. Another common complaint is that the product is poorly made. On the positive side, some reviewers say the heart-shaped batter ring and the batter dispenser are great additions to the Perfect Pancake.
More than 35 Perfect Pancake owners at Epinions review the product, giving it an overall rating of just two stars (five stars is a perfect rating). Negative reviews focus on the poor quality of the product and the amount of time it takes to cook one pancake. Others say the Perfect Pancake doesn't flip and the pan easily scratches. Some users say the product is easy for children to use and the Perfect Pancake works better when cooking eggs than pancakes.
MrBreakfast.com reviews all things breakfast and gives "golden eggs" as a rating. The user reviews are both positive and negative, with more than half of owner complaints claiming the batter sticks to the pan and the product is poorly made. The positive comments include the size and heartiness of the pancakes and that the Perfect Pancake also makes great sandwiches, such as tuna melts and grilled cheese.
AsSeenOnTVCritic.com editors test the Perfect Pancake by making pancakes, a process that results in their calling the device "perfectly useless" and "a major disappointment." The unnamed reviewer notes that the instructions caution users to cook only on medium heat or lower, so each pancake takes seven minutes to cook and the pancake batter sticks to the pan. On the positive side, the reviewer does say the included batter dispenser is "OK." A few user reviews are also available on the site, all of them critical.