I recieved the GE Panini Maker as a gift from a friend. Although I could do the same thing in my favorite frying pan, I really do enoy the panini maker. I just plug the device in, let is warmup, and then select my favorite cheeses and meets to put on my bread while it is warming up. Just pop it on the machiene, and presto! I have a delicious panini without having to go to a fancy Italian bakery. There are a few drawbacks to using the machiene. It does require more cleaning time than would my favorite skillet. The cheese chan run on and burn on the hot plates, which makes cleanup tricky at times. The machiene does however deliver that excellent bakery taste that many of us long for, but don't have the time nor energy to go drive and buy it. If you want a way to make delicious paninis in your own home, then the GE Panini Maker would deffinitly be worth the money it costs to go buy the machiene.