4.2 Reviewed by SusanRating:
The George Foreman GRP4EP Platinum Evolve Grill is one of the most versatile models made by this manufacturer. This top selling indoor grill has a large 84 square inch grilling surface, and it comes with 2 grill plates, a deep dish bake pan, and a mini burger insert. Other plates available (sold separately) include the waffle set, omelet & snack plate set, shallow griddle pan, and cupcake/muffin insert.
If you loved the GRP90WGR model, this is the most similar grill by George Foreman. Several online consumers gave it only 1 Star (bad), but I was surprised at what they complained about. Really? However, this counter top grill does have have some legitimate drawbacks that you should consider before you buy. This review covers both the good points and the bad.
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UPDATE March 31, 2016: The GRP4EP reviewed on this page is a much older model in the Evolve series. It is still available on Amazon but no longer sold by the manufacturer. Before you buy, be sure to check out our George Foreman Evolve Grill Reviews page – it includes complete information on all the newer models plus a very detailed features comparison chart.
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- 84 square inch cooking surface
- 4 Removable Grill Plates, all dishwasher safe
- Digital variable temperature control and timer
- Adjustable Tilt Angle (for cooking on either flat or sloped surface)
- Additional grill plates available
(sold separately) for more versatility
- 3 Year Limited Warranty
The adjustable slope design of the GRP4EP Platinum Evolve Grill allows grease to drain from foods, and its plates have the “George Tough” nonstick coating that lets you cook without added fat from oils or butter.
Unlike older George Foreman models that cooked everything at the same temperature, the GRP4EP model has an adjustable temperature control. This can give you better results with more delicate foods and help avoid overcooking.
As well, the Signature Foreman embedded heating elements are designed to produce more even heat on the entire surface of the plates, and to recover the cooking temperature faster after food is put on the grill.
Be sure you understand the adjustable angle feature. There is a lever that allows you to manually adjust the slope of the lower grill plate. For fatty foods, the plate can be set at an angle so that grease will drain off. When you don’t want drainage, such as when using the waffle plates, you can adjust the lower plate so that it’s level.
There is some confusion about the “flat cooking surface”. To clarify:
Several people have asked if you can open this grill completely so that the top lays all the way back to rest on the countertop. The answer is no. What you can do is adjust the lower plate to create a flat grilling surface. However, the hinges do not allow you to open the entire grill to lay flat on the counter. While you are grilling on the flat, level, lower plate, the top of the grill remains in the open, upright position.
If you’re looking for a grill that will open so that both top and bottom lay flat on the countertop, see our review of this Cuisinart model. Another option you may want to check out is the high end Breville Smart Grill.
This GRP4EP model also includes a timer, though some consumers say it is not loud enough to be heard over the average level of background noise. Also note that the timer does not shut off the machine. It simply serves as an alert for you to check the food and unplug the machine.(Back to Top)
The GRP4EP Grill includes:
- 2 grill plates – The lower plate is ribbed, and the upper plate has a cross-hatch pattern.
- 1 Deep-Dish Bake Pan
- 1 Mini Burger Insert
Note that the waffle plates and other grill plates that are not in the above list are all sold separately.(Back to Top)
The other grill plates that are sold separately are:
- Waffle Plate Set
- Omelet & Snack Plate Set
- Shallow Griddle Pan
- Cupcake/Muffin Pan Insert
At times, these additional grill plates are only available from the manufacturer. Quite often though, you can find them on Amazon and they will cost less.
…the good is that these extra plates make this one of the most versatile grills on the market.
The bad side is that these extra plates are sold separately and are rather pricey.
The additional grill plates available for this grill are both a good point and a bad point. First, the good is that these extra plates make this one of the most versatile grills on the market. The waffle plates save you some cabinet space because you don’t need yet another appliance for this one breakfast food (um…well, not that I only ever eat waffles for breakfast!). The Omelet and Snack Plate Set works great for all sorts of brunch and snack foods. With the shallow griddle pan you can cook eggs, pancakes, or anything that normally requires a griddle. And the cupcake pan insert lets you make sweet treats or cornbread muffins.
The bad side is that these extra plates are sold separately and are rather pricey. By the time you purchase the grill plus all its additional plates, you’ve invested quite a lot of money. I have to agree with several online reviewers who felt that this model is overpriced compared to what you can get from other manufacturers.
Another drawback is that at this writing (April 2014) I was unable to find the waffle plates anywhere online. Even the manufacturer is sold out. So if waffles are a must-have at your house, be sure you can locate the plates before you invest in the grill.(Back to Top)
After reading online reviews, I discounted most of the bad ones because their complaints were unreasonable. For example, most of the worst reviews (1 star) reported that the grill either malfunctioned or didn’t work at all when it was brand new or within a few months of purchase. Many of these people didn’t even attempt to return the unit or contact the manufacturer. In this case it hardly seems fair to give a poor rating if you don’t even pursue a refund.
Others who had problems did return the grill for a refund and were satisfied with customer service. Again, to me their poor ratings seem unjustified. As long as a manufacturer honors their warranty, that seems fair enough to me.
Realistically, quality control is never perfect with any product. My recommendation is to always deal with a reputable seller, make sure you understand the warranty before you buy, and if something goes wrong then take action to rectify the situation.
Another reviewer called the grill a complete waste of money because it does not have an On/Off switch, so to turn it off you have to unplug it. Well, nowhere in any description did I find anything misleading on this point, so I can’t figure out why this person would have thought that the grill had an On/Off switch. Regardless, maybe it’s just me, but I also can’t understand why the lack of one is any big deal.
Further research reveals that there are two concerns of genuine significance. One is the design of the upper grill plate, and the other is the overall cost of this grill.
Cross-Hatch Upper Grill Plate:
Instead of being ribbed like the lower plate, it has a cross-hatch design. Many people complain about this. Even some of those who rate the product with 5 stars say that this upper plate is extremely difficult to clean.
Be aware that there is no upper plate for this grill that is ribbed (like the lower plate). For standard cooking, you have no choice but to use the upper hatch plate that comes with the unit.
All the plates are dishwasher safe, but a number of owners report that this doesn’t help much because food particles tend to get stuck between all the little crevices in the hatch design.
The second big concern is cost. As mentioned before, if you purchase this grill and all its optional plates you’ve made quite an investment (well over $200.00). For that amount of money, you can likely find another grill with all the same features and capabilities, and possibly an even larger cooking surface.
There is disagreement among users as to the usefulness of the baking pan. Some who have used the pan are pleased with results. Others report problems such as foods overflowing the container, foods sticking to the top cross-hatch plate and making for difficult clean-up, and uneven cooking that causes baked goods to be overcooked outside and underdone inside.(Back to Top)
- Includes 3 types of plates for grilling, baking, or mini burgers and snacks
- Optional waffle and other plate sets available
- All plates are removable and dishwasher safe
- Lower plate can be adjusted for flat surface cooking or tilted to allow grease to drain off foods
- Adjustable temperature gives you more control when cooking different types of foods
- Waffle plates may be very hard to find or unavailable
- Cost of additional plates is somewhat excessive
- Upper plate with cross-hatch pattern difficult to clean
- Overall value seems to fall short when compared to other brands
George Foreman GRP4EP Grill Review: Summary
While overall consumer satisfaction is good, in my book this grill just doesn’t seem like the best value. The extra grill plates make it very versatile, but the cost is excessive, and you may not even be able to find the waffle plates. In fact, there is a Cuisinart model that costs a lot less and has very similar features, plus it will open completely flat to give you a full 200 square inches of cooking surface. One thing this other Cuisinart model does not include is any type of deep-dish baking pan, but if you’d like to learn more before you buy, you can get all the details in our review: Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler