We go the Breville Panini Maker for Christmas this year. We have used it several time, and have used our inlaw's several times as well. I really like it as a Panini Maker, especially the Basil, Mozzarella and Tomato sandwiches with basalmic vinagrette. Worth it right there. I like that I can make a "grilled cheese sandwich" without all the butter and grease. My in-laws have used it to cook chicken as well and have liked it for that. I have not personally tried it though. We have tried hamburgers and I accidentally over cooked the burgers by quite a bit because I didn't take into consideration the fact that the grill cooks on both sides, cutting cooking time in half. A great feature, don't get me wrong, just not something you want to forget about when you are acutally doing the cooking. Overall we really like our panini maker, it isn't really a necessity, but if you get the chance it is a pretty nice little luxury. It cleans pretty well and the lid can be adjusted for height as well.