We bought this specifically for making sandwiches, but it can be used for other things such as steak, chicken, etc. It evenly distributes heat to grill both sides at ones. The plates have grooves that will drain fat to a collection plate. They wipe off easily, pop in and out of the machine with ease, and can be thrown in the dishwasher! It makes a quick meal! Ease of Cleaning Wipes off easily and plates can be put in the dishwasher. Ease of Use With some supervision, even the older kids can use this.