Cuisinart GR-1 Panini/Sandwich Press Review Posted in: Grills, Reviews – Tags: , , , , ,

Features and specifications

Panini press and sandwich maker in brushed stainless-steel housing
Upper and lower 11-by-7-inch nonstick, non-removable grill plates
Floating hinge adjusts to accommodate any size sandwich; preset temperature
Helpful indicator lights; instructions, recipes, and cleaning tool included
Measures 14-1/2 by 6-1/2 by 12 inches; 3-year limited warranty

Being one of the more compact sandwich makers the Cuisinart GR-1 may be one of the smaller Panini presses around however they do say big things come in small packages. With removable plates that are dishwasher safe, cleanup is fairly simple with this sandwich maker.

In all honesty when receiving the Cuisinart GR-1 to review I immediately thought “this thing looks a little small for a family.” In all fairness however I was wrong, with its ergonomic design the handle doubles up as a leg and the Panini press can be opened up like a book, when I saw the surface area double in front of my very eyes I change my opinion.

Ergonomic design

With feet that twist the GR-1 can be put out an angle so when you’re grilling with fatty foods the juice automatically goes into the drip tray. The drip tray is completely integrated within the unit and is essentially a drawer that can be easily removed and slid back in when cleaned.

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When the GR-1 is switched on the red light comes on to let you know of this, it then begins to heat up and soon the red light will turn to green to let you know it’s ready for cooking. With only one temperature it may seem a little frustrating the you can’t customise the heat applied to food however it doesn’t actually matter. It’s hard to gauge the quality of the Panini or a toasted sandwich however they were delectable and made us joke about how we could see how Elvis got addicted to these!


With all the removable parts of the Cuisinart GR-1 being completely dishwasher safe cleaning is fairly simple, just wipe the sides down, remove the drip tray and clean the fat out. Once fat is cleaned out slide the drawer back in. Both the top and bottom press are removable so cleaning is made even easier.

Amazon ratings and reviews

With 492 reviews the Cuisinart GR-1 is a very popular product among the Amazon community, with users sharing their ideas and pictures it’s one of the best available with 4.6 out of 5.0 stars. Reviewers compliment the clever design in regards to making great Panini’s and agree that cleaning up is surprisingly easy considering the mess melted cheese can make! One negative I did not notice however I do agree with, is there is no switch on the GR-1 so you have to do plug it in and out instead of switch it off at the side.

Overall however the Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press is one of the best sandwich/Panini makers available currently, designed with space in mind and creating fantastic food in next to no time it’s highly recommended, I think my friends would agree!

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