Wanted a larger indoor grill in place of a small GF. Wish I had stayed with GF brand. Don't plan on leaving this on your countertop unless you have plenty of space. It is much larger than the photos and has this weird, ugly coil from the top to bottom lid. This grill takes 5-7 minutes to heat up (you have to input a degree temp for the grill to heat up. Tthen, if cooking anything with sear, it takes another 5-7 minutes to heat to the sear degree temp. Here's the issue with sear. You have to first set a temp for the grill to return to after using the sear degree the grill automatically returns to the set temp. You cannot use the sear on its own--have to input a degree temp. I have cooked three steaks so far using the sear and the 1st time followed HB's recommendation and set to 425 degrees. That was a disaster and overall took about 15 minutes from start to finish. I enjoy steak rare to medium-rare. Following HB's recommendation the steak cooked to medium-well. 2nd steak I set the temp to 325 degrees, used sear and steak came out medium. 3rd steak, set temp to 200, used sear and got a bit of pink. My main purpose to buy this was for the sear. My next try will be to set the temp to 200, use sear and then take the steak off when sear goes back to original set temp, if that will work. Clean up is a pure mess. You have to hold the top lid open to clean while using your other hand to clean. This grill slide on the countertop. Cleaning the top grate is a disaster, because the top and bottom lids are not connected. This makes the grease from the top lid slide onto the countertop. There is no where else for the grease to fall. The small, and I mean small, grease cup (cheap plastic) cannot be used if cooking two or more steaks. It's just not large enough to catch the grease, Plus it does not connect to the grill so make sure you have it positioned correctly. Why did I purchase this? The price was okay for a large indoor grill. I had cooked on it 3 times so returning was not an option-I wish it were. I should have noticed the top and bottom were not connected and realized that cleanup would make a mess. In hindsight, I should have stayed with GF, cleaning is easier and cooking is faster than the HB. Food tastes exactly the same on GF without alot of grease. If my next steak does not cook correctly, this is going to be stored away. Most likely I will be purchasing a larger GF. The hassle is not worth it, not to mention the money spent on decent steaks that came out lousy. Do not recommend.
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