The Cuisinart 360 Cooking Center sports a sleek, modern design that is both visually appealing and highly functional. The stainless steel construction gives it a professional and polished look, making it an attractive addition to any outdoor cooking space. The grill features a 22-inch diameter, 360-degree cooking surface, which provides ample space for preparing a variety of dishes simultaneously.
The 360 Cooking Center is equipped with two independent burners that offer dual heat zones, allowing you to cook different dishes at varying temperatures. The control knobs are conveniently located on the front panel, making it easy to adjust the heat settings while cooking.
Adding to its versatility, the grill also includes foldable side tables that can be used for extra prep space or to hold your cooking utensils and condiments. When not in use, the side tables can be easily folded down, saving space and making storage a breeze.
Build Quality and Durability
In terms of build quality, we were more than pleasantly surprised, you can tell that this baby is made to last. The main body of the grill is made from sturdy stainless steel, which not only provides excellent heat retention and distribution but also ensures resistance to rust and corrosion.
The cooking surface is crafted from high-quality stainless steel, which means you won’t have to worry about uneven heating or poor heat retention. Plus, it’s easy to clean, so you can spend more time enjoying a perfectly grilled steaks and less time scrubbing away.
The grill’s frame and legs are also made from stainless steel, providing a strong and stable base for the griddle cooking center. Large caster wheels are attached to the legs, making it easy to move the grill around your outdoor space when needed.
As much as I appreciate the overall design and build quality, I must admit that I’m not a big fan of its finish. After a few uses, I expect it to show some wear and tear, and I would not recommend using steel tools. This is not a deal-breaker by any means, but it’s worth considering if you’re someone who values a pristine-looking grill even after multiple uses.
Portability and Storage
While the Cuisinart CGG-888 round grill isn’t a small portable grill like some other models designed specifically for camping or tailgating, it does strike a nice balance between being a robust, full-sized griddle grill and offering a degree of portability and easy storage for those who appreciate the convenience.
With its reasonably compact dimensions of 44.5″ x 34.5″ x 45.5″ and a weight of 60 lbs, it’s relatively easy to maneuver this grill around your outdoor space, thanks to the large caster wheels attached to the legs. These wheels make it a breeze to roll the grill to your desired location, whether it’s on your patio, deck, or any other outdoor area.
The foldable side tables are a great feature that adds to the grill’s portability and storage convenience. When not in use, the side tables can be easily folded down, reducing the overall footprint of the grill and making it more compact for storage. This is particularly useful if you have limited space in your garage or storage shed.
The CGG-888’s performance is quite impressive, as the two heat zones allow for precise grilling and temperature control. The cast iron grates ensure an even heat distribution and give your food those mouth-watering grill marks. The integrated thermometer takes the guesswork out of grilling, making sure your food is cooked to perfection every time. Additionally, the 30,000 BTUs of cooking power provide enough heat to sear steaks, grill burgers, and roast vegetables with ease.
We tested the Cuisinart Cooking Center on a variety of dishes, and as expected, it heated up quickly and evenly. The high-quality stainless steel cooking surface provided excellent heat retention and distribution, ensuring that my food cooked perfectly every time. The dual heat zones allowed me to multitask like a pro, and the easy-to-use grease management system made cleaning up a breeze.
- Easy to clean with the 360-degree grease pan
- Two heat zones for versatile cooking options
- Durable stainless-steel construction
- Integrated thermometer for precise temperature control
- Foldaway side tables for added convenience
- Comes with a lid
We didn’t like:
- Assembly can be time-consuming
- Could be too large for those with limited outdoor space
- Some users may prefer a higher BTU output for faster cooking
When compared to other griddle grills like the Blackstone 28-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill and the Royal Gourmet PD1300 Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle, the Cuisinart CGG-888 holds its own in terms of quality and features.
The CGG-888’s stainless steel construction and excellent heat distribution surpass the Blackstone 28-inch grill, which uses cold-rolled steel. However, the Blackstone grill does provide more cooking space and is priced slightly lower at around $200.
The Royal Gourmet PD1300 offers portability with its compact design and is more affordable at around $100. However, it lacks the cooking surface and the dual heat zones provided by the CGG-888, making it a better option for those prioritizing portability over performance.
||Blackstone 28-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill
||Royal Gourmet PD1300 Portable 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill Griddle
||28-inch x 16-inch
||23.6-inch x 13.4-inch
||Integrated grease channel
||Rear grease management system
||Removable grease cup
||Piezo ignition system
||44.5″ x 34.5″ x 45.5″
||44.5″ x 19.5″ x 33.5″
||25″ x 18″ x 9.5″
Value for Money
Priced at just under $250, the Cuisinart CGG-888 is a solid investment for any grill enthusiast. Considering its durable construction, impressive performance, and the convenience it provides, I’d say it’s worth every penny. Plus, with the option to use it as a flat top or a traditional grill, you’re getting a 2-in-1 deal. Talk about bang for your buck!
Who it’s for
The Cuisinart CGG-888 is ideal for those who value a high-quality, versatile griddle grill with ample cooking space and excellent performance. It’s well-suited for both beginners and experienced grillers who are willing to invest in a premium product that’s built to last.