If you love food and cooking, a griddler is probably one of the stuff that you want to have in your kitchen. Two of the most popular griddlers in the market now are Cuisinart GR 4N vs GR 150. The following discussion will help you choose between these two by highlighting the key differences as well as their unique benefits.
What we will discuss in this article include:
- The size, weight, and available cooking surface on each model
- Which model that is generally more versatile and able to do a wide variety of cooking tasks
- The controls and additional features on Cuisinart GR 4N vs GR 150
- Which model that is more energy-friendly
- Whether you should choose Cuisinart GR 4N or Cuisinart GR 150
Size and Weight
When choosing a kitchen appliance, size is often taken into account as an afterthought. This becomes a major problem when you actually have a very strict space availability. Without enough space for your griddle, you won’t be able to use it properly. And you don’t want the heat that the griddle emits to reach your plastic cabinets and tools continuously for a long time. So, let’s just start by checking their physical dimensions.
Cuisinart GR 4N is more compact and more lightweight. It measures 13.50 inches x 11.50 inches x 7.12 inches, and weighs about 5.07 lbs. So, this model would be a better choice if your kitchen is quite small and crowded.
You can even lift it up and carry it around without much effort, so it is a great choice when portability is needed, for example for a cooking party in your backyard. However, make sure that you give some free space around it so that you will be able to work comfortably when cooking.
Cuisinart GR 150 is a little bit bigger, but it is also significantly heavier. This griddle measures 15.7 inches x 14.6 inches x 7.6 inches and weighs about 13.3 pounds. This griddle is not really the best choice for a small kitchen, but it is great if you have the room for it.
Portability is also not its greatest strength, although you can still lift it up fairly easily. Setting up a cooking station in your backyard with this griddle won’t be a problem. Just make sure that you use both of your hands when moving it around.
Next, still somewhat related to the physical dimensions, is the available cooking surface. Since Cuisinart GR 4N vs GR 150 have different overall dimensions, it is only natural that we expect one of them to have a larger cooking surface than the other. This is important to consider if you are planning to cook for multiple people.
As the smaller griddle, Cuisinart GR 4N indeed has less cooking surface. When closed, the available cooking surface is only 100 square inches. You probably can fit two burritos inside the area.
When the floating cover is opened, you can use it as another cooking plate, and the total cooking surface will become 200 square inches, which should be sufficient for cooking an entire meal for one person at a time.
On the other hand, the bigger Cuisinart GR 150 can provide a slightly larger cooking surface. When closed, the cooking surface area is about 120 square inches. Meanwhile, when you open the floating cover to use it as another cooking plate, the total cooking surface area will become 240 square inches.
There is enough space for four tortilla pieces, one on each corner. This griddle is a better choice if you are planning to cook for multiple people.
Both of these two griddles are equipped with non-stick cooking surfaces. So, you don’t need to worry about getting your food stuck and hard to lift up. This also means that the cooking surfaces are easy to clean. You can remove fat and grease from them without much effort. While the cooking surfaces are quite durable, avoid using sharp utensils that may scratch or damage them.
Functions & Versatility
One of the most defining differences that set Cuisinart GR 4N vs Cuisinart GR 150 apart is the number of built-in functions. Well, it is true that they both are multi-function griddles that can tackle a wide range of cooking tasks, but Cuisinart GR 4N only has five functions while Cuisinart GR 150 has six.
Cuisinart GR 4N can function as a contact grill, full grill, half grill and half griddle, full griddle, or panini press. It even has a panini-style handle which will allow you to press the cover down when cooking a panini. The cover is connected to the handle by hinges.
When using Cuisinart GR 4N as a contact grill or panini press, you need the cover in a closed position. However, when you need more cooking surface, you can open and flip the cover. It is possible to use a grill plate on one part and a griddle plate on the other part, hence turning the unit into a half grill and half griddle.
Cuisinart GR 150 comes with the same functions: contact grill, full grill, half grill and half griddle, full griddle, and panini press. And it also has a panini-style handle which looks nice and is easy to use. However, there is one more function that is unique to this model, which is the top-melt mode.
The top-melt mode is very useful when you want to make some melt cheese or melt tuna sandwich. You can control the temperature of the top plate to achieve the perfect melt easily.
Cuisinart GR 4N has less power. Its power is rated at 1500 Watts. The maximum cooking temperature is 425 degrees, although the sear function probably has a higher temperature than that. However, that also means that Cuisinart GR 4N consumes less energy.
Cuisinart GR 150 is more powerful, and the power is rated at 1800 Watts. It can reach a cooking temperature of 450 degrees, and the sear function can reach 500 degrees. So, Cuisinart GR 150 is a better choice for high-temperature cooking, though it does need to consume more energy.
You may have noticed that the control panels of Cuisinart GR 4N vs 150 are different. On Cuisinart GR 4N, there are three selector knobs. Meanwhile, on Cuisinart GR 150, there are two selector knobs and two buttons. In any case, though, both of them are very simple and easy to use. Even people with minimal technical skills and cooking knowledge can operate these griddles easily.
The three selector knobs on Cuisinart GR 4N are for adjusting the cooking temperature, cooking mode, and grill/panini setting. You can set the cooking temperature to a maximum of 425 degrees. Meanwhile, the grill/panini settings have options for low, medium, high, and sear.
People may find the controls on Cuisinart GR 150 to be a little bit more intuitive and straightforward. The two selector knobs are for adjusting the temperature levels of the top plate and bottom plate independently of each other. There is a “warm” setting if you just want to heat your leftover food, while the lowest cooking temperature is 250 degrees and the highest cooking temperature is 450 degrees.
The two buttons on Cuisinart GR 150 are for “upper sear” and “lower sear”. They are clearly labeled and self-explanatory. The upper sear button will allow you to sear your food from the upper side, while the lower sear from the bottom side. According to the specs, the sear temperature is 500 degrees.
Each model here is equipped with a drip tray to prevent the spills from your food from creating a mess. That said, the drip tray’s wall is not very tall, so you still need to put some care and attention when putting down and lifting up your food to avoid spilling fat all over your griddle and countertop.
People who own a grill or griddle may say that cleaning is an extremely annoying process, but you don’t need to worry. Each model here also comes with a scraping tool which will make cleaning as straightforward as possible. The included scraping tool will fit the crevices of the cooking plate perfectly, so you’ll get the job done in no time.
On either model, the cover can be locked when not in use. This will allow neat and safe storage. Once locked, the cover won’t fling open, and the cooking surface will be protected from the elements.
As mentioned above, Cuisinart GR 4N only has one temperature control, while Cuisinart GR 150 can control the temperature levels of the top and bottom plates independently. Cuisinart GR 4N does have a sear setting, but on Cuisinart GR 150, the sear function is specifically called “SearBlast” and it can sear your food at 500 degrees for up to two minutes. You can choose to sear from the top or bottom.
Cuisinart GR 4N vs GR 150
In general, Cuisinart GR 150 is more recommended for you. This unit has a larger cooking surface, so cooking for multiple people won’t be an issue. It is also more versatile, it can control the temperature levels of the top and bottom plates separately, and it is more powerful.