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I am not impressed, wish I had not bought it.
22 February 2017
I am not overly impressed. It cooks/burns food easily. It cooks too quickly and does not even give a cheese toastie time to melt the cheese properly before the outside of bread is burning. And of course, as it has the grill-lines, the bread is not evenly toasted. Nothing like as good as my ancient Breville which is smooth and makes fab toasties but has lost all non-stick. Bacon did not look appetising and my son complained that the bits between the burned stripes were not very nice. I cooked a fillet of chicken breast and surprisingly it did cook the inside - just - as the outside started burning. I have heard that you can cook from frozen but how on earth when it burns thawed food? I would not chance with meat or fish from frozen. I cooked a veggie burger from frozen and the inside was just warmed but not hot, and the outside was starting to burn. It tasted burned and underdone at the same time! A one-centimetre thick piece of fresh tuna cooked very nicely. The Melt bit is the saving grace of this thing and is the reason I bought it. To get a good cheese toastie you have to melt the cheese with the Melt facility and then pop the toast on top otherwise the cheese is not fully melted. It did just manage to cook a pizza well.
Cleaning/nonstick is ok, not fantastic. At first rubbed very hard with kitchen paper for quite some time and even use my nail behind the paper to get it cleanish and then washed with soapy sponge. It came up clean then. I then bought some toasting/grilling bags, cut them open to get flat sheets and use them above and below the food. They are very easy to wash and saves all that scrubbing of the Foreman plates.
Size: it is not big. I would not call this a family size grill. The useable space measures 272mm wide and 160mm deep. The back corners are rounded so minus a bit there. Two slices of bread with (unusable) space around them - Three slices NO. How is that 'family'?
One of the clips to hold the thing closed when not in use stopped clipping in properly within a day and broke off within a few weeks.
I really wish now I had not bought this grill. I should have gone for something else and with smooth plates