Kitchen appliances that overachieve are always welcome on the countertop. It hasn't quite gotten to the point where one appliance can cook absolutely anything and everything in any type of way (microwaves don't count), but when it comes time to properly prepare a meal, one can only ask for any particular appliance or gadget to do so much. And maybe perhaps a bit more.
The Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe ($159) offers the ability to cook up a batch of practically anything. Building upon the popular Cuisinart Griddler name, the countertop appliance combines an indoor grill with a griddle and boasts a sear function for good measure -- certainly a handy feature for those times when users require getting the most out of their cooking gadget of choice.
Capable of being used as a full grill, a full griddle, or half and half, the clamshell appliance steps up its game by folding up into a contact grill or panini press, complete with top sear. The height of the top cover is then adjustable to six preset settings. The 1,800 watt appliance unfolds to supply 240 square inches of cooking surface. Where it takes you from there however, only depends upon what ingredients you have in the house.