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      24.08.2013 22:39
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      A brilliant grill for cooking quick and healthy meat and vegetables

      I had heard about the joys of George Foreman grills a long time before I purchased mine. It was when I found an exceedingly cheap grill online, I could not help but buy it. It is a great grill and cooks all meats and vegetables too very quickly by cooking both sides simultaenously. It is a healthier way to cook too as the oil from meats runs down the grill into the fat tray that comes with the machine.

      *Design*

      The grill is silver in colour with the George Foreman logo on top of the lid. The lid has a large handle at the front. On the sides are two clips, which hold the lid in place once it is down. This certain locking position ensures that food gets cooked evenly as the top grill comes down to the same level on both sides. A fat tray, which is gray comes with the machine. This is completely detached, so you place it under the grill at the front whilst you are cooking to catch the fat.

      The grills themselves are of great quality and a decent size enough to cook four pieces of meat. There is also a light on top of the machine, which indicates when the grill has heated up sufficiently.

      *Cooking*

      You can cook all sorts of meats and vegetables too on the grill. I have done a lot of chicken as well as burgers, sausages and more on the grill. The best thing is that things cook in a fraction of the time that they would usually take using an oven or doing a shallow fry. The food is cooked evenly on both sides thanks to the double-sided heat. Chicken will cook in around 6-7 minutes and a burger will take 5-7 minutes depending on the thickness. The grill gets extremely hot, which helps with the cooking speed. The only downside is that if your food is too thick, it may start to burn on the outside before cooking on the inside, which is not great! Also I have tried adding sauces to things whilst cooking but depending on the sauce, these may burn too.

      When cooking, the lid gets quite hot too, which is something to be aware of.

      *Maintenance*

      The grill is reasonably easy to clean, although this is one of the difficulties as it takes a bit of time and effort. You have to leave the grill to cool down before attending to it for cleaning. It can take 30 minutes to cool down a little bit and in excess of an hour to be completely cool. I use a sponge with some washing up liquid to scrub the grill. I then rinse it under the sink, being careful not to get water into the back of the grill where the wire comes out. This takes a bit of effort and it is quite heavy to handle by hand over a sink. However, nothing sticks to the grills too badly so things come off relatively easily.

      *Price & Availability*

      The retail price for this grill is £54.99, but you can almost certainly find it cheaper. On Amazon it is currently priced at £32.95, which isn't too bad. I did get lucky when I bought mine from the PC World Business store for around £15. You can also find it in stores such as Currys and on eBay too.

      *Summary*

      This grill is a great thing to have in the kitchen for quickly and evenly cooking meat for the whole family. The fat is drained from the grill into the tray, which is easy to clean after. It is a healthier way to cook and takes no time at all. The only drawback is that you need to spend some effort cleaning the grill after every use.

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      04.02.2012 17:31

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      Good grill, just might not stand the test of time with extensive use

      Had this grill for about a year now as a replacement for another George foreman that bit the dust.

      <<< Cooking >>>>

      Plates get really hot, giving a good platform for cooking steaks. The plates themselves move around a little bit on the clips, that attach them to the machine, but not that much of an issue. The timer
      feature is handy, but doesn't turn the grill off when it does, and also if you miss it going off the first time, that's your chance gone, because it wont do it again.

      Looks>>>>> The grill is one of the smarter looking foreman grills out there with the stainless steel top, would be fine to leave out if you couldn't put it away. If you are planning on storing it on it's side like i am, you'll find that the clips that hold it together have a design fault, in that they don't do their job. They just fall out there catches...

      Features>>>>> The grill function is okay and can be used for cheese on toast, but never really used it for this as its allot of effort to set it all up just for that.

      Makes a nice toasted sandwich and steaks. <The main use of ours

      Drains fat and water very well for bacon, and comes with two curved drip receivers.

      The plates are also dishwasher safe which is extremely handy, as it used to be such a pain cleaning it before.

      Comment on improvements: The old grill, was hard to clean, with food getting into little crevices, this seems too not have any and is much easier to maintain, The last grill heated and melted of parts of the top, this grill has better insulation and has not damaged any of the top.

      Overall>>> A nice looking grill, cooks well, just a shame about the poorly designed aspects...

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      18.10.2011 08:26
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      This is a great piece of cooking equipment that allows for quick and easy cooking with value too

      George Foreman and his world famous health grills have been one of the biggest success stoties of the culinary world over the past few years and the continued developments and improvements have continued with the 14181 grill and melt but is it worth having in your kitchen?

      Pros:
      Double sided cooking means that you can cook your food evenly and quickly so saving you time and hassle as you needn't worry about having to keep going and turning food to make sure it is cooked through evenly as it is all done for you in a simple and efficient way.
      The large handle on this grill means that you can open and close this in a much safer way as you are less likely to burn your hand even with the grill on and hot. The handle also allows for you to put extra pressure down if you want to push foods flatter with ease.
      This grill offers a good size cooking area with a 4 portion size so you can easily cook a family meal in a much quicker and easier way than before.
      The floating hinge design allows for your foods to fit in with ease as it will automatically adjust so that you can grill a cheese sandwich or even a chicken breast in the same great machine without needing to muck about with loads of different settings.
      The grill is designed with channels for the grease and fat to run off into and down into the dip tray which you simply place at the bottom of the grill.
      This grill is a great looking piece of kit that has had work done to ensure it saves space too and can be stored vertically when not in use.
      The grill contains side locks so that you can lock the lid shut which not only allows for easy vertical storage but also ensures that you can keep it safe if you have people who you may not want to open it (in case of them hurting themselves).
      The new melt feature allows for you to lock your top plate open at a set hight so that you can easily cook cheese on toast or even finish off your chicken breast quickly and easily by topping it with cheese and bacon (when the chicken and bacon are both cooked on their own). This is a useful feature and great additional to the George Foreman health grilling range.
      Non stick plates ensure that food can be cooked easily without it sticking to the plates so that your food will still look great on your dinner plate and not be mostly wasted thanks to it being stuck there with the fats and grease. The plates are also easy to clean as the non stick allows for you to simply wipe them down to remove the fat and grease in a quick and easy cleaning process.
      Great value for money with an RRP of just £54.99 but normally available for about £35 - £40 which is an excellent price for something you will use regularly.
      This is a reliable piece of kit from a name which is worldwide known and respected and thankfully this is another one of the grills in the range that allows for you to cook in a quick, easy and convenient way and know that the machine will last.

      Negatives:
      None

      This grill is a very nice piece of kit that cooks food quickly and easily and ensures food is cooked through thoroughly so that you needn't be the greatest of cooks ever to be able to create a great meal. The easy to clean, non stick surfaces of the grill make it both cook with and then clean up so making it more likely to be used and so your food will be healthier than what you may have otherwise eaten. The grill looks great and thanks to being able to be stored vertically it takes up less space than previous versions of the health grill. A good size cooking surface allows you to cook plenty of food quickly and easily. All this with value for money too makes it something which is well worth having in your kitchen.

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      16.05.2011 13:34
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      Amazig!!

      This is a George Foreman Family Grill and Melt. The main feature for this is the 'Grill and Melt'. I use it all the time for melting cheese on top of my food. Basically you can choose between grill and melt. Grill for obviously cooking the food and melting for melting things on to your food... like I do. Its made for 4 portions. Hense in the title 'Family'. Its comes with a drip tray for all the fat that comes out of it and a spactula to help clean it.

      Whats good about this item is firstly it cooks food a lot quicker. And personally I think it tastes nicer. Secondly it drains away all the fat from the food so if you like healthy food like me then this item is for you. Quick and Healthy... you cant go wrong. Its not very heavy, so you can move it around and store it away. It can be stored on its side because its been created to do so, for example in cupboards and that. Its really quick heating up, it barely takes minutes. It has a light on it to indicate when its ready to have food placed on it. I think personally you can fit more than 4 portions on it, but that obviously depends what your cooking and how big it is. The quality of the food is very tasty, I'd much rather cook on this than in the oven and its much quicker and healthier.

      The bad things about most of the George Foreman grills is cleaning the item. Its not too hard or anything but its a bit of a hassle to clean it out all the time.

      The price of this is very reasonable! I paid £50 but you can get it cheaper. Its well worth it!!

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        20.03.2011 22:03
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        Very useful melting and grill device.

        This grill and melt was bought for me when i moved into my student house and is probably the most used device within the kitchen.

        Very easy to use and has a wide range of uses, the George Foreman grill and melt would be an excellent addition to any kitchen, for people who want an healthy was to grill and melt sandwiches.
        The slanted bottom plate makes cooking food this way healthier than normal grilling. As the food is cooked, fat which is produced from the food drips down the plate, into a plastic collector at the bottom of the grill.

        The dual use of this device is the grill and the melt. The top section of the device has two options, to press down on the food in order to melt, or to hang above the food in order to gill.
        In the the melt options, sandwiches, panninis and wraps can be melted. This is, in my opinion, particularly good for cheese melts. When grilling cheese melts in a normal grill, the cheese would drip on the grill plate and stick there due to the heat. However with the George Foreman, cheese which is melted drips down the plate and is collected, making cleaning a lot simplier.

        In the grill option, the top plate is held above the food, due to a dual hinge at the back of the device. In the option i have grilled bacon, chicken and steaks. The options are endless. The grill becomes hot very quickly so cooking meat in this way is very easy. As with the melting option, the fat produced simply drips away, making it very healthy.

        The design of the device is very sleek and looks attractive placed on my kitchen top. The LCD placed on top of the grill turns off when the grill is up to temperature which is a very handy tool.

        However, no matter how sleek the device, the grey plastic collecting tray looks very ugly sat underneath the grill. Another fault i would suggest is that the grill is very hard to clean if the plate is allowed to cool. Some fat can stay on the plate and if allowed to cool, is very difficult to remove.

        The device retails for around £35 nowadays and in my opinion is worth every penny. If you want a way to grill which is quick and healthy than this is the grill for you.

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          20.10.2010 16:21
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          Does exactly what it should

          I asked for the grill and melt for a birthday present as I LOVE paninis and I only had an old sandwich toaster previously. Initially I did use if for mainly paninis and sandwiches but over time I now use it more for grilling meats and fish. It is a sleek looking piece of equipment; shiny and silver so it does look quite nice on the worktop. The problem is that the drip tray provided to collect the fat that comes off the food is in a grey plastic and is the only unattractive part of the item. However, this is a vital part of the product as you will be surprised how much fat comes out of food. If using it for something like sausages then the tray will be nearly full after cooking. So be careful that you don't lose this.
          Otherwise, the product does really do what it says on the tin! It heats up quickly and has a good length of cable which I find that many kitchen appliances do not. I tend to only put the lid down when cooking paninis as it is easier to leave the lid off and turn meat or fish when cooking as that way you can better control how well done things are. I would definately recommend this product.

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          12.09.2010 19:20
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          I would buy it again as it changed my diet.

          I am extremely enthusiastic about this item because I think it has changed the way I can cook and what i cook. This grill not only makes for a healthy way to cook food but the tastes it naturally creates are great.

          This kitchen gadget looks good but does take up a permanent space on your kitchen workspace and it has become as indespensible as toaster or kettle in my house. I use it frequently so it deserves its space well.

          I have cooked most meats and fish on this machine and it literally grills quickly and thoroughly leaving food succulent and fresh. Because the grill has nonstick heated plates on the top and bottom the food is grilled from the top and bottom so compared to a normal grillhfood is cooked quicker. Fat naturally drips out of the machine and down the angled bottom plate into the fat collection tray. Easy to cleanfand scary to see how much fat can come out.

          I cook a lot of veg on this too and it makes for a great whole meal if you want to grill it all. I would say it has enough space for a couplegand a familes food at a squeeze.

          The unit heats up quickly and cools down quickly too, cleaning is easygas the plates are a good non-stick material and then it is reafy for next time!!

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          06.08.2010 21:57
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          We purchased this George Foreman Grill and Melt last summer from very.co.uk and it was in the sale reduced from £69.99 to £30.00 which we both thought was a bargain for such a popular item. It is now available from Argos for £49.99.

          I really like this George Foreman Grill. It is big enough to cook 3 chicken breasts or burgers at a time, easy to store and looks nice and modern for the kitchen. It is nice and solid and easy to store. It has the following specifications:

          *Cooks up to 3 burgers or chicken breasts.
          *Grill and melt feature.
          *Thermostatically controlled.
          *Floating hinge.
          *Grill channels.
          *Removable drip tray.
          *Coolwall body.
          *Neon power indicator.
          *Includes spatula

          The grill is in a brushed silver colour with the words George Foreman Grill in black writing and in the George Foreman font. It has handle on the front so that you can lift the lid up from the grill. The lid is connected to the top half of the grill. The lid of the grill has two positions: you can either let it rest on top of the meat or whatever it is you are cooking in the grill or you can click it in to place so that it hovers above the grill, a bit like the grill in a conventional oven. The grill itself is black and it also comes was a fat tray which catches the fat from whatever you're cooking.

          The grill isn't huge. Alot of people say it is a family grill but it should be marketed as a small family grill. It is fine for my family of 3 but you would find it a bit of stuggle to cook for a family bigger without having to cook one batch of food and then another.

          The grill has two sets of plates which are ridged in straight lines. As I said earlier, you can lift the lid/top half of the grill and either click it into place to make it hover above the food for when you are melthing cheese for a cheeseburger for instance or you can let it close down on the food for a more chargrilled effect. The grill really does heat up quickly so don't touch anything other than the handle and always keep it pushed back on the work surface if you have kids. I have received a pretty nasty burn off of this before now and would hate to see the damage it could do to a child if they put their hand on it. It cookes foot nice and quickly, much quicker than a conventional grill and it cooks thoroughly.

          The grill, as with all George Foreman grills, is sloped downwards to drain the fat. Don't do what I did and forget to put the fat drip tray underneath.

          This grill does not just cook meats. I have also made toasted sandwiches, paninis and pitta in this and they have all come out gorgeous. Meat wise, I have cooked pork, beef burgers, sausages, bacon. You name it, I have probably cooked it in this grill. The food always comes out tasting lovely and if I am honest, it tastes better than a conventional oven. The meat is always cooked just right.

          It is very easy to clean and comes with a grey coloured spatula to assist in getting all the little bits of stuck meat off of the grill. I always use a damp cloth to clean it with a bit of warm soapy water. Do not go at it with a scourer as it will take the black off of the grill.

          My only complaint about this grill is the length of the cord for the plug. It is very short and could do with being a big longer. The cord is however, easy to store as there is a little bit underneath which you can wind it around and just leave the plug sticking out.

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            04.08.2010 11:07
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            Excellent grill - but probably more suited to 2/3 people rather than 4

            After seeing that many friends had a George Foreman grill I decided to try it for my family although I was dubious that it would become another unused appliance taking up space on my limited worksurface.

            I chose the 14181 model as it can be stored upright and therefore take up less space. This works really well although unfortunately there is not enough space to store the cord on the back so this does look a bit of a mess.

            This grill is called a family grill and is meant for 4 portions. Be aware that this means small portions. It would fit 4 small burgers or 4 small pork loins but not large ones. Basically it is the size of 2 pieces of toast. THis is probably more suited to a couple or 2/3 people rather than a family

            The grill consists of two ridged hot plates which close to press onto the depth of food in the grill. THe hot plates heat up very quickly and it takes much less time than a standard grill to cook the food. THe grill is on a slight slope and you need to remember to put the drip tray underneath to catch the fat that comes out during cooking.

            I have cooked steaks, burgers, fish (salmon and tuna) pork etc all really well. I have also made toasted sandwiches which are really yummy.

            One of the features with this model is that you can lock the top plate open above your food to melt toppings - ie cheese on burger or make cheese on toast. The floeating hinges also mean that you can cook a variety of different thicknesses of food.

            My only criticism is that as the top plate rests on top of the food, each item really needs to be the same depth as otherwise it will rest on the highest piece but above the lowest. THis isnt a big problem but the food will take different lengths of time to cook.

            The George Foreman is really easy to clean. It comes with a plastic spatula to scrape off any bits of stuck food. I just use a damp cloth whilst it is still slightly warm to wipe off the rest.

            This is a good gadget if you have storage space and want to cook food quickly

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            15.06.2010 23:34
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            No flames, no mess, No fat!... Beat that!

            In 1994 the Lean mean fate reducing grilling machine hit the commercial markets and entered the homes of young kitchen time savers and the digs of students the world over. The small efficient and compact cooking appliance comes in a variety of colours and now shapes. There is a whole range of variations on the original, different sizes and attachments for use - one even has a hot plate and family size grill for the family that just can't or wont spend time at the hob cooking.

            The remarkable achievement of it's name sake George Foreman, who reclaimed the title of world heavy weight champion at the age of 45 has happily leapt onto our screens endorsing and promoting the grill. Foreman claims his success came from his healthy lifestyle and healthy eating habits so it made sense for the marketing team at electrical giants Russell and Hobbs inc to get the mighty man mountain on board - and it worked selling over 100 million units world wide.

            The practical capability of the grill in a home is fantastic, it is incredibly easy to use with all manner of foods with the exception of eggs on this particular model but I am told you can use eggs on others. It is quick to heat which mean barely any waiting time, likewise quite quick to cool which is great as you wouldn't want to burn those delicate hands - speaking of hands "hands that do dishes"... bla bla (fairy Ad)

            The grill is easily cleaned often with quick wipes of your dish cloth, the reason for this is the whole cooking surface is Teflon coated, genius!... (I wonder if you can review Teflon?!) It's light weight and easy to store in a cupboard or on a shelf.

            We don't use it everyday but we use it more than our kitchen grill, who wouldn't, it's fat reducing!?!...It does this by having raised ridges on both top and bottom grill, this reduces direct contact to the food and enables almost all the fat to drain cleanly away from what you're about to eat. There is a detached plastic drip tray that collects all the
            grease and fat, which again is easily cleaned and storable.

            I'd recommend this product to anyone, no matter what your culinary skill level or time frame for cooking - with this piece of kit there really is no excuse for unhealthy eating...

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              24.11.2009 17:12
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              A useful kitchen gadget but I'd recommend a different model.

              George Foreman Grill and Melt

              We recieved this as a wedding gift from my husband's parents earlier this year. I have to admit I was rather dubious about whether it would get used, until we discovered how useless the grill is on our cooker. Due to that, we actually use this for all grilling at home so I think I am familiar enough with this product to give it a thorough review.

              ~~~The George Foreman Grill and Melt - In Theory~~~
              This is a "grilling machine", basically two hotplates, one above the other, that sandwich your food between them and cook it by contact heat. The plates are griddled and slope down towards the front so any fat from the food runs off and into a plastic tray. This makes it a heathy way of cooking your food and this is a major selling point of all George Foreman Grills.
              On this model you also have to option of "Raclette Grilling" which means you can have the top plate set above your food, rather than touching it and have it cooked on top by radial heat. This is useful when cooking foods you don't want squashed or for cheese on toast type things.
              This model does not have variable heat settings, just an on/off switch and a light that goes out when it has heated up to the right temperature so it is very simple to use.

              ~~~The George Foreman Grill - In Practice~~~
              -To use this kitchen gadget you must first plug it in and switch on (duh!), you will know it has turned on because the large orange indicator light on the top will illuminate.
              -Position the plastic drip tray under the front of the machine, to catch any fat that runs off (don't forget this bit, or you will have a lot of mess to clear up!)
              - When cooking certain foods that do not have a high fat content you may wish to grease the hot plates slightly, so your food does not stick, by brushing a little oil over them. I use an oil spray as this works really well.
              - When the indicator light goes out, the grill is ready to cook with. Place food carefully on the hot plate (it will sizzle, make sure your fingers don't) and replace the lid, making sure you only touch the handle as most parts of the machine get very hot when in use.
              - Food cooks a lot quicker than when using a conventional grill and certain foods may need turning (such as sausages) so it's best not to go and sit down with a cuppa - stay in the kitchen and keep an eye on it!
              - When food is cooked, remove it carefully from the grill plate using a plastic or wooden utensil (not metal as this will scratch the plates.)
              - Turn off the appliance, minding your fingers as the switch is small and quite near hot parts of the grill. Do remember to turn it off as the light is only on when heating up so it's easy to forget that it's on. To be safe also switch off at the plug.

              ~~~Cleaning your George Foreman Grill~~~
              When the grill has cooled down (though I do it when it's still slightly warm as it makes it easier) scrape off any bits of food with a plastic tool (this is included). Then wipe off oil and other bits with a piece of kitchen towel. Often, depending on what you've been cooking, this is all the cleaning required. However, when it really needs a good clean, wipe over with a damp soapy cloth. Never put the machine in water!

              ~~~The George Forman Grill - My Opinion~~~
              The good bit -
              I have owned this now for about 8 months and although I do not use it as much as I did when I first got it, I still use it at least once a week and it's an indispensible appliance in my kitchen. Even if I did use our normal grill, this would still get a lot of use. It's a good size, cooks the food quickly and is easy to use. It's amazing how much fat runs out of the food when cooking, this is a very healthy way to grill as the fat gets squeezed out more than when you grill normally.
              This George Foreman is great for cooking -
              Potato waffles, toasted cheese sandwiches, pork chops, burgers, bacon, fish fingers, small chicken breasts, thin sausages.

              The bad bit -
              There is no variable temperature control, so you can't turn it down and some things may get burned on the outside before they are cooked in the middle (especially fat sausages). The 'Raclette' grilling function is, in my opinion, useless. I tried making cheese on toast and the cheese barely melted at all, I think this is because the top plate is set very high when using this funtion, I suppose it may work if you were using VERY fat bread! But for me the Melt function doesn't work so you may as well buy one without this feature.
              This George Foreman is not so good for cooking -
              Cheese on toast, fat sausages, eggs of any kind (!), fat chops or chicken portions.

              I would give this 5/5 for the grill function as it is a really useful little machine and especially good for when you need to cook healthily and/or quickly. However, there's no point, in my opinion, buying this model for the 'Melt' function as it doesn't seem to work so you may as well buy a different one, perhaps with a variable temperature control.
              Overall score - 3/5

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              Short name: George Foreman 14181