I now know why Cooks Illustrated recommended this griddle! This thing is GREAT! It cooks rapidly and cleanly. The control has clearly marked temperature setting although I have not confirmed the accuracy of these.
I have used this for sausage links and patties, bacon, pancakes, fried eggs, chicken breasts, grilled cheese sandwiches, paninis, and burgers.
The non-stick surface cleans up in a flash. Most non-stick cookware seems to need some help by adding some oil but this thing handled bonless, skinless chicken breasts with no additional oil and no sticking. I am impressed. The cleanup afterwords was basically wiping it off with a damp cloth. We could ahve stopped there but soap is a good idea! ;) Thus, we chucked the whole thing and the sink and washed it. No muss no fuss.
The ability to raise the rear legs to drain the grease is a plus but don't try this with eggs. Run like you had thrown them at a wall. Artistic but not easy to flip. The greas drain hole could be a little bigger and I think the front edge should slope towrads the center to channel the grease better but a spatula/turner can do that manually.
I am amazed by the lack of grease splatter with this griddle. I have to use this on my counter near our breakfst bar and was worried we would greas all over the place after cooking with the griddle. That has not happened. There is some but much less that you would ahve in a skillet on the stove. I have no idea why other than the grease draining off better and not sitting on the cooking surface.
There are only three drawbacks to this griddle and ithey are minor ones. First, it takes a LONG time to heat up. This is due to the heavy gauge aluminum. The heavy aluminum retains heat and heats evenly but takes a ling time to get to temperature, The second is the power cord. It is probably only about 16-18 inches long. I would prefer a longer cord. I understand the concern about a longer cord maybe getting caught and pulling the griddle onto the floor but I also have a two kids under 5 and am not the least bit worried about this happening. The last drawback is cooking bacon. I did not have great luck with this on the griddle and will probably go back to using a skillet or the oven. I am sure this problem is more a reflection on my technique, my impatience, or the temp setting than it is of the griddle.
I cannot recommend this griddle strongly enough. It is awesome. I would not even think of buying a different one.
I recommend this product.