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Cuisinart table top CEG-980T
Cuisinart CEG-980T With VersaStand

This Cuisinart CEG-980T electric portable grill comes in 2 models.
The Cuisinart CEG-980T model and the CEG-980 with VersaStand and are basically the same grills that is why we did not make 2 reviews to make it easier on you.

It is merely a personal choice if you go for the tabletop model or the one with the VersaStand.

Updated On June, 2022

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145 square inches cooking area.
Room enough for about:

  • 8 Hamburgers
  • 8 Chicken breast
  • About 4 lbs fish

Material of the grate

The material of the grate is porcelain coated enameled and this is a very good grate.

Features of this grill

ModelsCEG-980T with and without VersaStand
Grill surface145 Sq inches
Weight13 lbs

Customer Reviews of the Cuisinart CEG-980T

“Our beach condo is bound by a law forbidding any but electric grills. Most grills reviewed indicate a lack of heating ability. When we bought our first grill we found it to be worthless. This one, purchased when our true griller son was visiting is EXCELLENT! Even sears steaks! We even have to lower the heat. Although it appears unable to grill much at a time, he did 5 large ribeyes at one time with no problem. Would definitely recommend this grill and it’s not expensive!…”

“Originally we purchased this grill to carry on camping trips on our Motorhome. We wanted to replace one that used propane and would constantly get blown out due to the wind. I thought I’d use it on the patio for a few days to try it out. We found that it worked so well that we didn’t want to part with it on the patio so we bought a 2nd one for the Motorhome. It’s a great smoker and couldn’t be more pleased with it!
…(read more here: Cusinart ceg-980t Review)”

 Better Grills Rating: 3.5

Cuisinart CEG-980T – Pros & Cons


Great grill for the price you pay for it and the tabletop model is perfect for camping trips or in an RV. Simply plug it into a standard outlet, heat it up, and start the grill. The fold-able legs secure it on most surfaces. The possibility to lock the lid while carrying it makes it a nice and easy portable grill.


A few of the cons we found were about the short cord that comes with it.
The height is good for average, but if you are a little taller it is a little low.
Some complained about not getting hot enough, but most users stated that they had to turn it down because it was too hot.

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Summary of what I think about the Cuisinart CEG-980T electric grill

We read a lot of comments on a variety of websites for our reviews and this Cuisinart comes out with a lot of mixed opinions.

Most users love the Cuisinart CEG-980T electric portable grill and would recommend it to friends and family. I read some complaints that the grill does not get hot enough to sear a steak.
We also read comments that it got too hot and had to be turned down.

In my opinion, this grill with its 1500 watts in combination with the 145 sq inch cooking area must be able to get hot enough. If not you should return it because you probably received a faulty product.

This grill comes in 2 models as we mentioned before. The tabletop model is very portable and therefore easy for camping and RVs. The model with the VersaStand is more for home use but can be used on the campground also if there is a standard 110-volt outlet is available.

Recommendations for the Cuisinart CEG-980T grill

I always recommend the use of a quality grill cover for every grill. But this tabletop model can be placed inside of course.

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Eddie van Aken

Eddie van Aken has run his own full-service restaurant for many years. Before that, he worked as a grill and buffet cook in some of the mainstream restaurants. With his experience using professional kitchen equipment, he is able to write expert reviews. You can read more about Eddie van Aken here.

4 thoughts on “Cuisinart CEG-980T outdoor electric tabletop grill review”

  1. CEG-98oT in my experience is not a good grill. I’ve used it twice; one for hot dogs — which after preheating the grill and cooking for 20 minutes were barely warm with no grill marks. Hamburgers were worse: grey warm disks with faint grill marks. I’m very disappointed and will return it if possible.

    1. Virginia,
      I wrote this review back in 2014. I will have a look at it and see how it is performing now and possibly adjust my rating. But at the time of the review, I already gave it a 3.5 stars rating.
      Thank you for your comment.

  2. We used this grill four times before it began tripping our balcony ground fault breaker. We switched to a different outdoor outlet and it still tripped the breaker. It was easier to throw it away than repack it and send it back.

  3. This was a well written review. Thanks for sharing it.

    In my opinion, the Cuisinart shines due to two reasons. First, it’s portable. You can move this grill around because it weighs only 17 lbs. Taking it on the road for a camping trip (electric outlet needed) is super easy. Second, it’s an electric powered machine. Saying goodbye to charcoal and propane is freedom. Electricity saves money and is more efficient.

    Are there downsides to the Cuisinart? Sure there are. It’s only designed to last five years or less given it’s electric parts. Also, I don’t like the grease trap on the thing. Really it’s a good grill though, and my full thoughts can be found at . All products have their ups and downs, and this one is no different.

    To sum up, anyone needing an affordable electric grill should really consider the Cuisinart. I think RVers would be best served by it.

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