We don't own a grill so this appliance is a winner for us. I give it an 8 because the quick two-sided cooking has a small area and doesn't make as many foods at one time. It is easy to clean up. I like the grill feature better than the griddle. I made pancakes once and while they cooked they did not brown. Compact size. We've used it inside and outdoors (near power source of course). Practical. If you're short on time and need to make a small batch, this appliance is helpful because it cooks food quickly. Performance See above. Ease of Cleaning The drip tray fills up rather fast when grilling animal protein so keeping an eye on it is key or you'll have juice all over your work space and that is no bueno! The trays are easy to clean. I sometimes use cooking spray so the animal protein doesn't stick when it is cooking on medium heat or higher. Ease of Use We've made kabobs, fish, chicken, turkey burgers, and our favorites - panini and grilled cheese.