Well, I finally got the Xpress Redi Set Go a few days ago. I’ll live with it a while and see what I think. So far, I *have* used it several times to cook stuff, even my first day back from CO. In fact, it was part of a group meal for “sliders,” as folks for some reason call those little under-sized hamburgers.
(In the Navy, we called regular hamburgers “sliders,” and hot dogs “rollers.” Now *that* makes sense! 😀 )
So far, it seems quite handy, and I’ll judge upon useful-ness. First thoughts are that it *is* quite handy, though a bit smaller than what I expected, and cleaning out the grease from the “sliders” was a chore that I’m trying to learn how to do better. For that type of thing, the George Foreman Grill (GFG) is clearly superior. The little Xpress is not well-designed (or intended) for multiple large steaks or burgers, and it’s a grease trap that is not the easiest to clean (so far).
For little, one-person-sized meals, it might do. But my focus is on the meats these days, so we’ll see. As far as operation, like the GFG, it almost couldn’t be simpler, and the timer on top is really handy–even when you’re not using the Xpress itself to cook anything. Quality seems just fine–although after testing the timer after first getting it, it failed to go to the end and “ding.” But after that first day, it’s worked right every time.
If I were to suggest anything for this particular model, I would say that it should come default with an open pan insert, like the divided pan insert, but completely open, like the base. That would make everything soooo much easier. I think it may be part of the “pan subscription,” but there’s no way that I’m going to subscribe to something like that. That’s just a problem waiting to happen, for me.
They should perhaps offer a larger model, too. And maybe a “griller” pan that has those raised ridges the GFG has, slightly tilted, that runs into a grease well underneath.
One thing that really aggravated me–after waiting for the “free express shipping” to finally get here, I looked on the receipt and noticed a $26 or so shipping charge. Free? I don’t think so. I didn’t call them up yet, but I’m betting what they’ll say is that, “yes, the Xpress is free, but the extras that come with it have shipping charges.” Considering that the Xpress is only a couple of pounds (weight) and that the supplemental items are all of negligible weight, I’m going to throw the “ripoff” flag on that one! 😦 Booo! Cathy Mitchell, if you don’t know about this–you had better! And if you do–shame on you, that’s freakin’ dishonest. I wouldn’t mind paying the shipping, but you should’ve been upfront about it in the first place!
Xpress Redi Set Go–item: thumbs up (so far)
Deceptive selling practices: thumbs down!