Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N Reviews – Indoor Stainless Steel Grill (Updated October 2018)

By Barbara | July 20, 2018

If you are looking for a grill you can use on your tabletop, you should read my Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N review!

Imagine how cool would it be to cook a juicy chunk of meat in your kitchen when the weather outside is terrible.

Imagine that you can have a homemade meal in 15 or less including the clean-up time.

Actually in a lot less than 15 minutes.

This magic device cooks you 4 perfect hamburgers in 4 minutes. And New York Strip sirloins can be done in 3 1/2 to 4 minutes. All prepared with the grill marks on both sides.

This device cooks meat so fast, you better not walk away. Meet the Cuisinart GR-4N Griddler!

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, Silver, Black DialsCheck Price

Features

Cuisinart GR4N indoor electric barbecue is a truly multifunctional device – this kitchen countertop unit works as:

  • panini press
  • contact grill
  • full grill
  • full griddle
  • half grill/half griddle

Panini-Style Handle

Cuisinart GR4N cooking positionsCuisinart GR4N features a sturdy panini-style handle.

When the device is opened, and you are cooking on both of its sides, the handle becomes a leg that supports the top cooking plate built in the cover.

You can safely grab this handle when the device is on because it does not get hot as it is made from some non-metallic material.

The cover is floating so that you can adjust its height to the thickness of the food.

New and Improved Cooking Plates

The cooking plates are made from easy to clean nonstick material. The old GR4 model has 2 pairs of plates – ridged for grilling and flat griddle plates.

It was not too convenient as they needed extra storage space.

Now there is one reversible set of plates, which are ridged on one side and flat on the other. The cooking plates have the identical shape, so they are interchangeable.

After you have finished cooking, just push the release buttons, and they are popped loose for easy removal.

Draining the Grease

Cuisinart GR4N 5-in-1 Griddler lets you cook healthier food as it removes grease from food to the integrated grease catcher.

The grease catcher drip tray is a drawer-like device in the base of the appliance. It can be pulled out to be washed by a sponge or in the dishwasher.

Easy Cleaning

controlsThe cleanup is quick and easy. There is a scraper tool included to help you to clean the surfaces after cooking.

But there is an easier way to clean it. Just let the cooker cool down a bit. Then put a couple of layers of wet paper towel on the bottom plate and close the lid. Let device sit there while dampness softens anything that is stuck to the surface. Then you can quickly wash them with a sponge or put them in the dishwasher if you are not in the mood to do dishes today.

Controls and Indicator Lights

  • Indicator lights – Power On (red) and Ready to Cook (green)
  • Selector – Choose the Grill/Panini or Griddle function
  • Grill/Panini – Adjust temperature from “warm” to “sear.”
  • Griddle – Adjust temperature from 200°F to 425°F

Elegant Design

The stylishly brushed stainless-steel housing looks sleek and modern in the kitchen.

If you have a few steel or silver-gray design kitchen gadgets and cookers, this unit would perfectly fit in.

It may not be obvious, but Cuisinart Griddler GR 4 is very compact when closed therefore you can always find a way to store it as it takes just a bit of space.

Specifications

  • Dimensions – 13.50 L x 11.50 W x 7.12 H in
  • Cooking plates dimensions – 11 x 9 in
  • Wattage – 1500W
  • Item weight – 11.20lb
  • Shipping weight – 28.50lb
  • Temperature control – adjustable from 200°F to 425°F
  • Dual temperature control – no
  • Timer – no
  • BPA free – yes
  • Dishwasher safe – yes (plates, drip cups, and scraper)

Box Contents

  • Griddle
  • Dishwasher-safe scraping tool
  • Instruction manual with recipes
  • Two reversible plates
  • Two drip cups

User Reviews

The Cuisinart GR4N Griddler is well loved by many, with several reviews citing the versatility of the product as being the cause. The reports about this product are full of people sharing the many different types of meals they’ve made on this cooker, from eggs and toast to 3-inch steaks, all of which has come out tasting great.

Being able to do so much with this one product is what has really sold many people on it, and made them feel like they’ve gotten their money’s worth and then some. A tip some mentioned for people who have just bought this is never to forget to lightly grease the plates with cooking spray or some butter because it can drastically change the results.

Besides being in love with the versatility of the griddler, people love how easy it is to clean up after use. The plates are dishwasher safe, which is something that stops people from hesitating to use the Cuisinart GR-4N. The cleanup is so easy has encouraged people to experiment and have as much fun with this product as they can.

For those who want to make this product last as long as possible, handwashing the plates would be preferable. Even then, people who’ve taken this route say that the non-stick surface of the makes it easy to wipe clean.

The attached drip tray is also something that added to many customers’ positive experiences with this product.

People also are pleased with how they can simultaneously cook so many different foods at the same time when the griddler is pressed flat. The temperature control has also been praised by many.

One small issue some have faced is with the buttons on this griddler falling off after years of heavy use.

Cuisinart GR4N 5-in-1 Stainless Steel Griddler cooking 4 patties

Pros and Cons

Pros

Multifunctional

The griddler can cook anything from your breakfast to lunch and dinner. The griddle and grill plates give you options.

Use the grill plate for cooking steaks, burgers and all kinds of meat. And you can cook pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausages, vegetables on the griddle side.

Easy to wash 

The appliance is super easy to clean. You can remove the plates effortlessly, and the non-stick surface offers you no trouble when cleaning them.

The plates are dishwasher safe. Just put them in the dishwasher if you don’t like cleaning the mess after the cooking is done.

Easy to use

The controls are simple to understand. The green light tells you when your Griddler has reached the desired temperature and is ready to cook.

The front knobs let you choose the desired function. Grill or griddle, with adjustable temperature for each task.

Multiple cooking options

The 5 cooking options enable you to cook an entire meal easily:

  • The contact grilling option brings out the juiciness in your meat. Perfect for hamburgers, steaks and all kind of meat.
  • The second option is the full grill. Just open the entire Griddler for a full surface grill. Like the previous one, perfect for cooking juicy stakes, hamburgers and all kinds of meat.
  • The third option, full griddle, is the one you get up in your morning and look forward to. Open up the cooker. Switch the grill plates with the griddle ones. And cook up some bacon, eggs, sausages and anything you can think for breakfast.
  • The half grill and half griddle option. Grill your meat on the grill side, and you can use the griddle side for cooking up vegetables. Perfect for the best lunch experience.
  • The handle on the griddle is perfect for the Panini press option. The sturdy Panini-style handle with hinged floating cover helps you make the ideal Panini.

Perfect for waffles

Are you interested in making great Belgian waffles? Then getting the extra waffle plates will be an excellent value for money. These plates are just like the grill and griddle plates. Easy to add on the Griddler and all you need is your waffle mix, and you are good to go.

Perfect if you don’t enjoy cooking

We all know someone who doesn’t like to cook. But cooking with the Cuisinart Griddler is super simple. All you need to do is follow a recipe and watch your food cooks itself in less than 10 minutes.

Cons

Limited lifespan

For all the fantastic cooking experiences you are going to have with the Cuisinart Griddler, unfortunately, this model will not last for a long time. According to users’ reviews, regular use degrades the griddler faster.

Low heat when cooking bacon and eggs

For some reason, when cooking bacon and eggs, the heat tends to lower itself down. This might not be a problem for someone who prefers his food slow cooked.

Accessories

The 2 items that people often buy together with this cooker are Cuisinart GR-WAFP Griddler Waffle Plates and OXO Good Grips Electric Grill and Panini Press Brush.

GR-4N vs GR-5N vs GR0150

If you are wondering about the differences between GR4N and GR5N – GR5N is the updated version. Now the griddle has an LCD display. All the crucial features are the same.

Model GR-4N GR-5N GR-150
Cooking Surface (Sq In),
Closed/Open
100/200 100/200 120-240
Wattage 1500 1500 1800
LCD Display No Yes No

Conclusion

The Cuisinart GR-4N Griddler is an excellent addition to your kitchen. It offers you the option to cook almost any meal, and has the feel of a commercial kitchen appliance. The drip tray is handy and easy to clean, just be careful if too much grease is generated. If you want to cook waffles, you will have to buy the additional waffle plate.

The griddler is easy to use and clean. The plates are machine washable, that means putting them into the dishwasher is no problem.

Overall it is an excellent appliance for the price you are paying. Just be careful how you handle the Griddler. You are going to have a great time cooking, although it will not last 10 years.

If you have any questions after reading my Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N review, please leave a comment below, and I will get back to you as soon as possible!