Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler Review

If you are a fan of high-end kitchen appliances, it is likely that you have at least one with the brand name Cuisinart laying around. They make everything with such quality that it is hard to not trust the brand, and their griddler is much of the same. However, don’t be fooled by the name, the 5-in-1 Griddler is a Panini press, but it comes with so many other features to make it a true multi-tool. The true benefit of its 5-in-1 functionality is that because it is supposed to do some many different things, it has a number of great features to cook with precision while still being easy to use.

Cuisinart GR-4NP1 5-in-1 Griddler Stainless, Gridder, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE: Cuisinart’s 5-1 griddler is a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle and half grill/half griddle
  • EASY TO USE: The griddler plates (11-inch x 9-inch) are removable, reversible and are dishwasher safe nonstick cooking plates, the plates also act as...
  • ALSO INCLUDED: Red/green indicator lights for easy operation, dishwasher-safe scraping tool for easy clean up and an instruction manual with gourmet...
  • CUSTOM CONTROL: Sturdy panini-style handle with hinged floating cover adjusts to thickness of food, selector knob choose grill or griddle function and...
  • LIMITED 3-YEAR WARRANTY: Refer to user manual for troubleshooting steps and questions surrounding warranty policies – this product is BPA free

Featuring 11.5 x 13.5 x 7.1 inches dimensions, there is plenty of room to grill large sandwiches. However, the biggest feature of the Cuisinart Griddler is how versatile it is. It is not only a Panini press, but a contact grill, full grill, full griddle, and half griddle as well. As it can turn into so many different things, it comes with removable non-stick plates that make cleaning an absolute breeze.

Not only will the plates require minimal scrubbing, but they are dishwasher safe as well. While not a worry if you are just cooking Panini’s, the griddler also comes with a built-in grease trap so you don’t need to worry about particularly oily foods dripping their grease over the sides.

Not only are the removable plates easy to switch around, but that ease of use expands to the rest of the Panini press as well. The heat dials allow for precise control over temperature for all the various grill settings. Added to that, it still cooks quite fast. After a 5-minute pre-heat time, it only takes a few minutes to properly grill a Panini perfectly.

While the model comes with that coveted floating hinge lid, unlike other models, there are no adjustable height settings, and the default height isn’t particularly tall. This leads to the major downside of choosing the 5-in-1 griddler, the lid can occasionally cause food to heat unevenly. As the low floating hinge is so close to a traditional one, food in the back can get warmer than the food pressed closer to the front.

Yet, for that one major flaw, the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler is a powerful multi-tool to have in the kitchen. Like all other Panini presses that have a problem unevenly heating food, the issue can be solved with a little rotation. Thankfully, the uneven heat problem mostly exists if you are cooking other food, like burgers. Sandwiches come out perfectly with those beautiful grill marks.

Regardless of the occasional heat problem, this press still has all those features that you would want in a perfect Panini press. You can remove the plates to clean them, it has the floating hinge, and you can adjust the temperature to your liking, all of which are key if you want to make the perfect Panini’s easily in your home.

Other Panini Makers to Consider:

Cuisinart GR-4NP1 5-in-1 Griddler Stainless, Gridder, Brushed Stainless Steel
  • SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE: Cuisinart’s 5-1 griddler is a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle and half grill/half griddle
  • EASY TO USE: The griddler plates (11-inch x 9-inch) are removable, reversible and are dishwasher safe nonstick cooking plates, the plates also act as...
  • ALSO INCLUDED: Red/green indicator lights for easy operation, dishwasher-safe scraping tool for easy clean up and an instruction manual with gourmet...
  • CUSTOM CONTROL: Sturdy panini-style handle with hinged floating cover adjusts to thickness of food, selector knob choose grill or griddle function and...
  • LIMITED 3-YEAR WARRANTY: Refer to user manual for troubleshooting steps and questions surrounding warranty policies – this product is BPA free
Cuisinart GR-11 Griddler 3-in-1 Grill and Panini Press, Silver
  • Opens flat to double the cooking surface
  • Preset temperature is perfect for grilling burgers, steaks and sandwiches
  • Power On/Ready to Cook indicator lights
  • Adjustable front feet for better grease drainage
  • Brushed stainless steel housing; Dishwasher-safe plates
Cuisinart GR-150P1 Deluxe Electric Griddler, Stainless Steel
  • ENDLESS FUNCTIONS: With 1800-watts and 6 cooking options your Griddler can be used as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, half...
  • EASY TO USE: Red/green LED indicator lights, Dual zone temperature control and adjustable top cover and lock for storage with handlebar for easy use
  • MUST-HAVE FEATURES: Large grilling surface of 240-square-inches and sear function at 500-degree Fahrenheit for up to 2 minutes at a time with...
  • INCLUDED: Removable and reversible dishwasher-safe nonstick cooking plates that store easily, dishwasher-safe accessories, scraping tool for easy...
  • LIMITED 3-YEAR WARRANTY: Refer to user manual for troubleshooting steps and questions surrounding warranty policies – this product is BPA free
Cuisinart GR-300WSP1 Elite Griddler, Stainless Steel
  • ENDLESS FUNCTIONS: 6 cooking options in one machine including a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, half grill/half griddle, and...
  • EASY TO USE: Electronic LCD display and blue LED indicator lights, Dual zone temperature control and 60-minute countdown timer with user-friendly...
  • MUST-HAVE FEATURES: Large grilling surface of 240-square-inches and sear function at 500-degree Fahrenheit for up to 2 minutes at a time with...
  • INCLUDED: Removable and reversible dishwasher-safe nonstick cooking plates that store easily, dishwasher-safe accessories, scraping tool for easy...
  • LIMITED 3-YEAR WARRANTY: Refer to user manual for troubleshooting steps and questions surrounding warranty policies – this product is BPA free