T his was the second Swissmar granite top grill that we looked at. So, as you can imagine we were a bit more picky with the Swissmar KF-77081 Stelvio grill. We hope that in the end, it doesn’t hurt our review process. We don’t want to be caught playing favorites otherwise these reviews would not be too useful, would they! If you were going to buy one of these grills what would you be looking to get out of the grill mainly? If you can answer this question you are halfway home!
Like many of the other Swissmar Raclette grills this grill is electrically powered. It usually needs around 1000 to 1500 watts to be able to work properly. It comes with the standard 8 raclette spatulas that can be used to cook different types of cheese underneath the grill. For the most part, this feature in all of the grills gives off a very decent performance. It is really on the grill top that we truly find a lot of the differences. As we have mentioned this grill comes equipped with a granite grill top and we have plenty of thoughts for and against the grill top on this grill!
Cooking anything that includes cheese with these grills just comes out amazing! We cooked some omelets that had plenty of veggies eggs and cheese and we can tell you that they were one of the best that we have ever had. Imagine making a veggie omelette on top and warming cheese below! The cooking experience, for the most part, was good overall. One of the problems we had was that we realized that the grill was at times like a printer that is going to fail when you need it most! It takes a while to heat up at times. This can really get on people’s nerves. As we have said though overall it cooks great and works as it should.
We found that a lot of people had that problem of having to wait a bit too long to have the grill heat up. As with the countertop grill, we really were not a fan of it so much if we wanted to cook meat quickly. Sorry, we are getting a bit ahead of ourselves its not our turn to criticize yet! There was also a guy who said they tricked him into buying the U.S. version when he wanted a U.K. plug. Overall People are impressed with this raclette grill.
This raclette grill has some of the best looks when comparing to others out there, it seems solidly constructed. We absolutely loved the granite top for veggies and the entire bottom portion for cheese. It is fairly easy to clean so that is something that you may not want to think about right away. In the long run, though, we think that this asset really contributes to you, using the grill a lot more. That is also something that we like overall, the grill works well for parties. In reality, though, we would say it actually has a very practical day to day use. We also think of that as a plus, because we hate to see these grills only being used once or twice a year!
The heating issues really stand out. The thing is since it takes a lot of time to heat up people will tend to get restless and want to start cooking. If you put ingredients on the grill top that is not hot enough they may not cook evenly and you are going to end with a bad taste in your mouth both figuratively and literally. One option would be to pre-cook a lot of the ingredients, or plan ahead, cook meats first, then quicker items last, like vegetables. We don't like the idea of having the grill as a way only to keep your meal warm. So it is kind of disappointing in a way, but you can find ways to make it work.
There are a couple of things that you have to keep in mind when you are looking to buy this grill. You are probably not going to be wowed by the performance of this grill. That does not mean that the grill is not usable, and to be honest for the occasional raclette party this grill looks really nice for your guests. So, really evaluating what you, in particular, are going to be able to get out of this grill can be a great way to make sure that you don’t end up making a very disappointing buy!
Who are you buying from? There are many different sellers online that are offering this particular product. Many of these sellers will have a different price tag on the same exact grill. It really comes down to who can you trust. You could take a dive into the reviews and things like that to try and find the one that you believe is the most trustworthy. Make sure that you are getting a decent warranty and that overall you feel comfortable doing business with that particular seller! We always recommend buying this grill on amazon.com, and adding the 4-year Protection Policy.
We were really back and forth with this one. It truly has a lot more performance concerns than other products from the same manufacturer. To be honest we would have a little trouble pulling the trigger on this one. Especially since there are different versions of the same product that could work just as well or better. If you feel though that this grill is what you are looking for. As someone who is more into veggies and cheese than you are to meat then take a chance why not!