Product Type: George Foreman Foreman Grill
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OK, but beware undercooking food
George Foreman 14053
Member Name: Boffyboffy
George Foreman 14053
Date: 24/06/10, updated on 06/07/10 (15 review reads)
Advantages: Value for money
Disadvantages: No removeable plates for cleaning, no temperature control
I have to chuckle - I wrote this review without reading previous reviews. I see that I am adding little, just confirming previous comments. At least all readers will know that duplicity of comments by a truly independent review does reflect the reality of the grill.
RELIABILITY - I have owned 4 of these type of kitchen grills. The first was a fine George Foreman that lasted about 8 years and gave sterling service. I foolishly replaced it with a Tesco own brand £20 cheapie that lasted about 6 months. So, 10 out of 10 for George Foreman grills for reliability.
EASE OF CLEANING - I have a removeable plates George Foreman in my holiday home. It is very good and easy to clean, but in the UK one with removeable plates comands a £20+ price premium! That is absurd pricing!
This model does not have removeable plates, so needs a quick clean/wipe quickly after each use.
SIZE - it has a nice large cooking surface meaning that you can grill a breakfast for 2 in one go. Some have smaller plates only suitable for cooking for one.
VERSATILITY - I also use it for making panninis :)
USEFUL FEATURE - It also has 'fingers' on the front leading edge of the bottom plate - not all electric grill have them. They are useful in stopping 'round food' ( like sausages) rolling and falling on the floor when you open the plates.
DOWNFALL - This model is good value for money, however, beware. I have just cooked a 1/4lb burger which was a little over 1/2 inch thick. It came out well cooked on the outside, but underdone in the middle. This could cause serious problems if you are cooking chicken, or food that is not thoroughly thawed, or quite thick (like thick sausage), because the meat will be undercooked and the bugs not killed by cooking.
What this iitem really screams out for is a temperature control so that thicker food items can be cooked more slowly to make sure that they are thoroughly cooked through.
Summary: Value for money, but beware undercooking food.