I had my doubts, having been so dissatisfied with other electric grills (like George Foreman's), but when I read the enthusiastic raves about the DeLonghi grill in the June GOURMET, I decided to give one a try. A good friend bought me one for my birthday, but I know they cost about $80 from Williams Sonoma.
It's a very good size--the grilling surface is 14" x 10", and it's completely non-stick. IThe surface consists of rows of electrically heated grilling rods that have three heat settings (low, medium, and high). The surface can be removed from the grill base (it has handles that stay cool) and it's totally immersible for cleaning! And there's an "AromaScenter," which is a little metal cup with a vented lid that fastens it to the bottom of the grilling surface. You put in 1/4 cup of water and whatever flavoring you want.
Last night I tried a flank steak recipe that was in the (little) instruction manual. I marinated the steak in mustard, white wine vinegar, white vermouth, minced rosemary, pepper, and corn oil--overnight. I put (very) wet hickory chips in the "FlavorScenter." Then I dabbed the steak nearly dry, reserving the marinade, heated the grill for 10 minutes, and, with a wince--expecting STREAMS of smoke--I put the steak on the hot grill for 3 minutes per side, basting with the marinade. Almost NO smoke at ALL!! I was really overjoyed! One of the very few things I miss because I live in Manhattan is being able to grill well. Now I can! I can't wait to try vegetables, fish, chicken, pork, burgers. . . .
Just wanted the hounds to know about this.