Rating: 4.6 Reviewed by: Eddie
At first glance, I was not doing a DeLonghi America CGH1020D Livenza all Day review when I looked at the price and the fact I could not find too much information, but I changed my mind after reading some of the features and ways to use this Delonghi indoor electric grill.
I have spend a lot of time doing this DeLonghi America CGH1020D Livenza all-day grill review and tried to find all the pros and cons and write about all the features so you can decide if this, a little higher priced grill and all its features and ways to cook healthy food on it, is the one you would like to use in your kitchen.
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The first thing you would like to know when you think about any grill is the available space to cook on. That is after all that you will use it for.
The Delonghi Livenza has a 15 X 9-inch cooking space that however can be doubled if you use it open and use both sides as a flat grill and not as a contact grill.
The total space of folded open is 260 square inches and this makes it easy to grill for 4 people if you use the rule of thumb that you need about 70 square inches per person.
Used as a contact grill or Panini press this is of course cut in half and it can be used for 2 people at a time.
This grill is fairly new so it was not easy to find a lot of information about the easiness of cleaning, but looking at similar Delonghi products and this one I came to the conclusion that cleaning is pretty easy.
The two plates can be removed and are dishwasher safe. The manual, however, tells us that the detergent in combination with the force of the water can damage the non-stick layer.
This means that my recommendation is to clean them by hand and maybe once in a while in the dishwasher. I found that it is sometimes a little hard to remove the plates and you have to jiggle them a little.
The open sizes of this Delonghi America Livenza are:
18 x 14 x 7.5 inches.
The two cooking areas are both:
15 x 9 inches.
For the techies under us, there is an app available that is regularly updated with new recipes according to the manufacturer website. How often and how this works for users I could not find too much information for because, as I mentioned, this grill is fairly new.
The self-adjusting hinges were mentioned as very well constructed and easy to use compared to other indoor electric grills from other brands. The weight and pressure are not so high that it will smash your sandwich but still high enough to help your meat from both sides.
Included are 1 set of the grill plates and is set off the griddle plates. It also comes with an oil drip cup and a cleaning tool.
The plates have two points for the drippings to leak into the oil drip cup. This is a nice feature in my opinion compared to other ones that sometimes leak all over the place.
The embedded heating elements heat up the plates very even and I could not find any complaints about hot or cold spots.
The Indicator lights tell you when the heating element cycles on and off.
For preheating it is a good idea to let it cycle a few times. The control is on the heating element and not on the grill plates. This means that it takes a few cycles before the plates are at the right temperature.
The length of the cord is something I could not find. I have contacted the manufacturer and will add this information as soon as I received it from them. I read on a site that someone who uses this grill mentioned the cord was not being very long, but again I could not find the length.
1800 Watts is about the same as many other brands and model tabletop grills use. This is enough power to keep the grill on the set temperature.
For people who like to set the temperature settings to Celsius, there is an option to do so. More and more recipes mention Celsius and this is a nice feature.
There is a little learning curve to use this grill and the right temperature to cook your food. I read that sometimes the recommended temperature in the recipe book is a little too high and made the meat a little dry.
The 7 cooking functions that are mentioned are a little more than I could find. I think a Panini grill and a contact grill are the same things. But that is just my opinion.
This leaves the options to contact grill, open full griddle, half grill, and half griddle, waffle mode, and an oven broiler.
Waffle plates are not included and that it about how every contact grill comes. Most of them have an option to order them separately and the Delonghi America Livenza has this option also. Problem is that even after looking for over half an hour online I could not find them. Maybe this model is too new and it is not added to the store yet.
This is a pretty large indoor grill and will take up some space on your countertop when you use it opened up. Storing it is not too hard since folded up the height is only 7.5 inches. Not any higher than an average storage container.
Pros and cons of the DeLonghi America CGH1020D Livenza All Day
- Very versatile to use
- Easy to clean
- Well made
- 2 grease collectors per plate
- Plates are very heavy
- Rather large
- No waffle plates included
- Plates not so easy to remove
- Cord is a little short
- Price is high
Customer ratings for the DeLonghi America CGH1020D Livenza All Day
After reading as much information I could find I think the ratings are a little bit on the high side.
There are some great features however like the dual temperature control and the perfect working hinges that would justify the high price and good ratings.
Price of the Delonghi CGH1030D Livenza All-Day
The price of the Delonghi Livenza is pretty steep and I can imagine that this is the point that you will start looking for a more affordable model like the Delonghi BGR-50 model that is a little better priced.
This Livenza all day is, however, in my opinion, a good buy if you are willing to spend a little more on a quality product that will last a long time and comes with a lot of options to use and can be used to cook a variety of foods.
More Delonghi indoor grill reviews
If you think this is not the Delonghi you are looking for or the features are not what you need, you can have a look at and read all our Delonghi Indoor grill reviews.
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.