This is great. It would be great for anyone. Easy to use and easy to put away. I purchased this panini maker on sale--and to tell the truth because it was the cheapest in price. I did not have grand expectations....I was wrong...I have found the unit to be well made, simple to operate and have used it non stop since we got it. I have not made paninis on it, but I have used it more as a replacement for the outside grill when it is just too cold or too snowy outside. I have only used the grill part of it, not the griddle, so I don't know much about that part of it. I do wish that it were easier to get the plates on and off, they tend to stick. I would have given it more stars in its review, but after the first time I used it, the numbers on the front that show the temperature and heat washed off! I'm guessing that grease got on it and sat a little too long but there is absolutely nothing on the front of it now.