We recently purchased a DeLonghi Panini Press. It was a little pricey than what I was expecting to pay for the panini press. But, when we got to the store, I look at the other model out on the shelf. This panini press just seemed more sturdy. The other panini preesses that were cheaper, seemed wobbly and unsturdy. Plus this panini press was pretty. It is very sleek in appearance. It goes well with out other stainless steel appliances. It heats up quickly and is ready to use. It is great for left overs. Example: made meatlof the night before then use the panini press the next night o make meatlof paninis! It is easy to make the kids grilled cheese sandwiches on a busy night. I love my panini press!