I saw this panini press at a local department store and thought about purchasing it, but I wondered if I would really use it. The panini press was heavy and it felt well made. I decided to think about it. For the next week I found myself really wanting to purchase the panini maker and I decided to bite the bullet and make the purchase. I chose this particular panini press for two reason. The first reason is that I wanted to be able to make warm sandwiches and the second reason is that I wanted to be able to warm tortilla wraps like Chipotle. Performance The panini press warms up quickly and works very well. I can now make warm sandwiches that do not need to be basted with oil or butter. Durability Very heavy duty and very well made. Ease of Cleaning Very easy to clean, especially if you wipe the grates off with a damp cloth while the panini maker is still warm. Please be extremely careful. Ease of Use Very easy to use, very easy to clean, very easy to store. This is a really great machine.