I replaced an older one that had a variable temperature control. After 10 years the wiring between the upper and lower plates deteriorated and shorted out. The old one had a variable temperature control, and I was worried that this new one didn't have one. The GR2144 has two lights, like a waffle maker. A red light signals it is plugged in, and the green light goes on when at the internal thermostat's temperature, approximately 360 degrees F. The thermostat prevents the temperature rising above 360 degrees. When you put cool food on the grill, its temperature drops enough that the green temperature light goes off. It's up to you to decide how long to leave your food on there, so you must experiment and remember how many minutes it has been on. One must not assume that food is ready when the green light comes on again. Doing so will probably burn your food. At 360 degrees, it sears meat nicely, making grill marks on it, but you must keep track of the time. A 3/4 inch steak only took around 3 minutes for medium rare to medium. Clean up is pretty easy. The grill plates are non-stick, but I use oil spray anyway to facilitate cleanup. It is a nice unit for the price and size.
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