(A) My first "Evolve" came with lightweight hinges that were loose and wobbly and wouldn't allow the top to sit squarely on the base. However, I was sent a replacement that had improved, much stronger hinges. Wonderful!! P.S. I baked some brownies in the deep dish pan @ 350degrees for 20 minutes â€" they were super!! (B) Instructions say the plates are dishwasher safe. The plates themselves, yes, but the coating a definite no. NEVER put non-stick coated cookware in a dishwasher (sorry, George!!). Dishwasher heat and detergent are too strong for non-stick coating. Over a period of time, the heat and soap will dry the coating and cause it to wear off prematurely. Anytime you need to wash the plates, use only warm water and light dish soap. Soak if need be. Rinse, then pat dry with a soft absorbent cloth or paper towel. Then take a drizzle of vegetable oil and rub it in. This will keep your plates seasoned, the way they should be, and ready for the next use. (C) Please replace the cross-hatch plate, or offer a substitution. It is the ONLY reason I didn't give the grill 5 stars. The cross-hatch plate is difficult, tedious, and frustrating to clean - too many tiny corners that need attention. (Again, the dishwasher is not the way to clean plates with non-stick coating.) After I wash it, I have to use a basting brush coated with vegetable oil to get into the corners, which takes quite a bit of time. Including a regular grill plate for the top instead of the cross-hatch would be a much better choice for the grill/plates package.
The "manual" says that the Ready light will come on when the selected temperature is reached. The is no ready light, there is no way to select the temperature. Other than than is seems a good machine. We had another more expensive removable plate unit with time and temp settings that was excellent, except that the grease builds up on it and unless you clean it every time is quite a pain.
I was happy to receive this grill as a Christmas gift this year. I have noted an obvious error in the 'Care and Use' guide that should be modified. The illustrated guide for item 3 lists the green light as a 'preheat indicator light'. However, the section titled 'Preheating the Grill' refers to the green light as the 'ready indicator light' and states that this light will illuminate when the desired temperature is reached after preheating. It seems the green light is truly a preheat indicator light and illuminates when the grill is plugged-in and turns off when the it has reached the desired temperature.
I bought this model today to replace a GRP0004B model. It served us very well for over 5 yrs.. The coating on the plates started to peel off and we were no longer comfortable using it. I have a couple of questions. We have a standard 110V/60cycle power source. Since the GRO2481 has a variable temp selector and there is no explanation in the documentation sheet about what temperatures are represented by the MIN/MAX settings, 1) What is the temp the unit reaches when it is set at the MIN setting? 2) What is the temp the unit reaches when it is set at the MAX setting? 3) What in the temp the unit reaches when it is set in the middle of the slide? Also, what temp did the GRO0004B reach when the ready light went out? We are trying to determine where we should set the variable temp selector to match what the temp of our old GRO0004B unit so that we don't under or over cook the food we have routinely cooked on the Foreman Grill. It would be a 5 star if there was adequate documentation.
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