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Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Grill/Griddle Review

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Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Grill/Griddle Review

Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Grill/Griddle 38546

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A griddle is very convenient especially for breakfast items and a grill is perfect for dinner fare. If your counter is already space-challenged, deciding between a grill or griddle can be tough. This Hamilton Beach 3-in-One seems like the perfect solution.

Product Despcription

    Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Grill/Griddle 38546
  • Double sided grids offer 3 ways to cook - as a griddle, grill or grill/griddle combo
  • 180-square-inch cooking surface - two separate areas
  • 2 Temperature controls
  • Center grease channel with drip tray
  • PFOA-free, durable nonstick grids allow effortless release
  • Double-sided grids and drip tray remove for easy cleanup in the dishwasher
  • Learn more from the manufacturer
  • MSRP: $59.99

How the Grill/Griddle Performed

November 25, 2012
This is an extremely versatile appliance that does not overwhelm the counter. It seems very well designed for ease of use, quick switching of grid plates and easy clean-up with a slide-out-front drip tray. Grids also remove in a snap and can be immersed in the sink or washed in the dishwasher. Changing the cooking plates in some multifunction appliances can be tedious and that usually results in underused functions. Not so with this grill/griddle, because changing grids is as simple as it can get - just pull the clips away and they pop up.

As for performance, the unit heats up well (though slow initially) and we had no hot spots during testing - everything cooked evenly. There's a handy cooking temperature chart in the manual. Each side of this unit has its own control, so you can use one or both for family cooking/grilling, making this unit ideal for singles, couples or families. I find it reasonably compact at about 10" x 20", for what you can cook on it.

We cooked/grilled a variety of foods on this appliance, using minimum oil spray and found it very convenient for different foods. We love the grill lines and how easy it was to cook on these nonstick grids. The fact that the grids can be removed for cleaning is a big plus. And there's a good range of temperatures with each side having its own ready-to-use light when the selected temperature has been reached. This appliance has no main on/off switch; controls should be returned to minimum and the unit unplugged when not in use. Nonstick care applies, so use only silicone or heat-resistant tools on these cooking surfaces.

Overall Impression and Related Resources

We both loved cooking/grilling on this appliance. It's so versatile with easy-to-switch grid plates to suit whatever you want to cook, quick clean-up and an ample 180 sq inches of cooking surface. Ease of use and dual cooking grids are definitely best features. Overall performance was very good, as expected, but ease of clean-up was certainly a nice surprise. For the price, it's a great buy.

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