Growing up we used our griddle every Sunday morning for family breakfast. At one point we had two to handle all the pancakes, eggs and bacon. As an adult I went a few years without one, so when I received it as a Christmas gift I was elated! The big size is great, definitely an improvement over the original. Doing 7 pancakes at a time instead of 4 saves a lot of time, and stops the whining faster ;) Super easy to use, plug it in and go, plus it cooks very evenly. Not the safest for using around children, with no guard over the hot parts, and the plastic gets a bit warm- however that is where common sense would hopefully come into play... Not just for breakfast anymore though, we cook hamburgers, chicken, grilled sandwiches and quesadillas on it. Not to mention I can lightly toast my bagel or English muffin on one part while I cook up the egg and sausage to make a quick breakfast on the go. Just let it cool, wipe off and it is ready for the next meal! Performance heats up and cools down quickly. Durability a few minor scratches, but the coating holds up well. Most common thing I see break is the drip pan.