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In the recent years, more and more manufacturers of electric grills are adding a new functionality to their units – the ability to remove the cooking plates for easier cleaning. The GRP99 design is no exception in this matter – it has removable grilling plates that can be detached from the unit and either be manually washed with warm soapy water or be placed in the dishwasher since the grilling plates are also dishwasher safe.
If you ever owned a contact grill with cooking plates that are permanently attached (like the older George Foreman grills) you would appreciate the removable grilling plates of the GRP99 model. Although removing and attaching the plates can be somewhat tricky, it’s just so much easier when you can put the plates in the sink or in the dishwasher.
For safety reasons, each time you attach the plates you have to make sure that they are attached properly. Once you gain some experience with these plates you will have no problem to attach these properly in mere seconds.
The grilling plates are probably the best improvement of this GRP99 unit over the older Foreman grills that were quite hard to clean. However, it seems that the new design has lost some of the good old superior heating mechanism. The heat distribution is not as good as the previous grills of this brand – there are some hot spots that you’ll need to get familiar with, and the appliance just can’t get as hot as the older models.
Although the temperature controls of this appliance can be set up to 425 degrees, it really isn’t recommended to use the highest possible temperatures because of a certain flaw in the heating mechanism. Apparently, this new grilling machine cannot maintain the high temperatures for extended periods. It seems that when this George Foreman product gets too hot, the unit just shut off for a couple of minutes, and it can be quite annoying if it happens repeatedly.
It’s true that this kitchen item offers a large and nonstick cooking surface. However, it is not advised to overload the cooking surface with food, since the grill can’t cook well a lot of food simultaneously. In addition, the unit doesn’t seem to deal well with thick steaks or other thick pieces of food.
A spatula and two drip trays also come with the Foreman GRP99 model. The specially designed spatula should help the user scrape and clean the nonstick surface without damaging it, and the drip tray can be used to catch the excess grease. It’s recommended to let the hot grease and liquids cool before removing the drip tray from the front part of the countertop grill.
In short, it seems that the great cooking performance of the older George Foreman grills was exchanged for the easily cleaned grilling plates of the GRP99 product. The older models were hard to clean, but cooked the food exactly how we like it. While the new design is easy to clean, it doesn’t cook the food as good as the older Foreman grills that could reach much higher temperatures and distributed the heat evenly across the surface.