Was excited to try this after reading mostly great reviews and being familiar with Cuisinart quality. Sadly, discovered with the first use that the thermostat didn't do the job. When griddling pancakes, I would preheat the griddle to about 375 deg (registered 385 on an infra-red thermometer) I poured pancake batter on and they browned pretty well on the first side as the temp began to plummet. After flipping the cakes the temp would drop all the way to 250 deg. before the thermostat would turn back on and reheat the cooking surface. It took 2-3 times as long to cook the flip-side of the cakes and they barely browned. I pulled them for fear of drying them out. After this regrettable experience, I returned my first unit and purchased a 2nd. Same disappointing results. After returning the 2nd unit, I decided to wait a few months thinking both of the first two units may have been from the same mfg batch using the same faulty thermostat. Several months later, i decided to give it another shot, still optimistic because of Cuisinart reputation/quality. Sadly, the third one is back in the box and headed back as well. Same results. For now, I'm sticking with my old $25 flat top.