Cuisinart GR-300WS Review

The Cuisinart GR-300WS Griddler Elite Grill takes the whole countertop grill/panini press concept to new heights by adding a bevy of features that will bring out the foodie in every panini aficionado.



The Cuisinart Griddler Elite Grill is a standout in its class thanks to its impressive status as a six-in-one product. The Griddler Elite features six settings, allowing you to customize your experience to best suit your needs: Panini press, contact grill, full grill, half grill, full griddle, half griddle, and top melt.

Dual zone temperature control

The dual zone temperature control is a vital component to what makes this offering from Cuisinart so versatile. By allowing you to set entirely different temperatures for each of the grill zones, you can truly make a complete meal on this handy grill—and we’re not just talking paninis here; we’re talking more than one dish, like fish and veg, cooked at the same time; it’s a huge time saver.

Adjustable top cover

The adjustable top cover adds further cooking versatility by adding six presets for the top melt feature. Additionally, the top locks, so you can store it vertically if you’re low on storage space.

Sear function

The sear function is a feature most foodies will appreciate; it allows you to sear your meat at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for up to two minutes at a time. This timeout feature allows experts to have more control and novices to get comfortable with searing while searing.

Premium grill plates

The Cuisinart’s grill plates are reversible, which is a big sought-after feature by most panini connoisseurs. Additionally, they’re removable and nonstick for easy cleaning.

First impression

The Cuisinart Griddler Elite Grill makes a dazzling appearance when you set it on your countertop, and on first inspection, seems well-made, a standard you definitely expect a big brand like Cuisinart to live up to—and they deliver in spades.

As for function, I love the versatility you get from this grill. It’s easier to cook an actual meal with meat and veggies than on my last countertop grill, which I am definitely happy about, because it saves me time after a busy day. The searing feature rocks, too; I love how yummy my steaks come out!