Raclette 8-Person Party Grill
Product Description1200-Watts 8 person raclette grill includes 8 raclette dishes and 8 spatulas, Ideal for grilling vegetables, meats or for keeping grilled foods warm, Made of non-stock grill top and granite stone top, Features adjustable temperature control for optimum control, Safe to use in dishwasher; comes with 1 year warranty
- 1200-Watts 8 person raclette grill includes 8 raclette dishes and 8 spatulas
- Ideal for grilling vegetables, meats or for keeping grilled foods warm
- Made of non-stock grill top and granite stone top
- Features adjustable temperature control for optimum control
- Safe to use in dishwasher; comes with 1 year warranty
Top ReviewsAmazing for Beginners
by Emily Elisabeth (5 out of 5 stars)
June 20, 2014
Being new to the Raclette Scene, my husband and I bought this to see what all the fuss was about. Needless to say, we use it at least twice a week now, usually more.
The granite top is the only one we've used as we like the idea of being "cave people" and cooking on a rock. It works great, though it takes a while to pre-heat. Instructions included advise that you rub oil on it before heating so as to ensure non-stickage. For the most part the stone is easily clean-able, though food does get cooked on. Soap and water and a little elbow grease does the trick. We love the stone so much we haven't even touched the grill part as I read some other reviews about it getting warped. Again - use the stone. It's great.
The non-stick pans and spatulas are also really great. They can be easily wiped clean with a paper towel while "raclette-ing" for quick replacement of cheese or veggies.
The heating element is solid, and for the price, I can't imagine why anyone would need to buy a more "high-end" one.
Definitely going to buy one of these as wedding presents for everyone I know and then some.
If you've never used a raclette and are nervous about shelling out $100 bucks or more for a high-end one, try this one first. Worth every penny! Just make sure you give yourself a large chunk of time to enjoy the experience (sometimes dinner lasts three hours for us!)
Very happy find
by Patrick (5 out of 5 stars)
January 7, 2014
It was over 16 years since we first experienced Raclette in Germany. I was very excited to find that I could purchase one that is fitted for 110 (US electric). Raclette is a very communal way to have a meal. Everyone has their own skillet where they grill their ingredients which are mixed with cheese. It takes time and lots of conversation to do it properly, which makes it a great party meal. It's a great way to spend a winter's evening.
This Raclette grill comes with two tops, one is metal and the other stone. We have not used the metal yet because the stone works GREAT for our purposes.
The only problem I have is the length of the cord--it's too short. You will have to use an extension cord, so order a heavy duty one made for heating appliances.
We have found that the stone heats quickly so we precook our potatoes and meat, heat the stone for about 5 minutes and we are good to go.
love it and the bonus granite top!
by anonymous (5 out of 5 stars)
December 6, 2010
Definitely a very cool machine.Great customer service from the manufacturer. Lost a raclette dish and the people at westbend sent us another, at no charge! The granite slab is an added bonus. Can be used to grill food on top, (which is it's purpose but I never do, I'm in it solely for the cheese...) or I use it as a cheese board! Outstanding machine. Just like the ones I had in Europe but it plugs into an American wall socket! Just what I was looking for.
Consider going to a real cheese store and buy some good raclette and have them cut it for you OR be sure to cut good thick enough slices of whatever raclette or other (not recommended) cheese you use. If it doesn't taste like you remember having it, it is probably the quality of your cheese!
And be prepared with an extension cord! Just buy one now if you don't have one. The cord is just like the ones in Europe and will never reach your wall socket AND be able to sit comfortably on the table where you want it.
Great price, does what it needs to, great buy...
by Boogaboo (5 out of 5 stars)
January 6, 2013
Bought for the holiday season this year and have used 3 times.
Works like a charm, the price was right, has stone/marble top which heats up beautifully.
Needs a good 20-25 minutes to heat up before you use it, this will also get the marble top hot hot hot...
I have not used the weak-feeling metal top, but with the beautiful marble/stone top why would you? The stone/marble top at the right temperature will sear any meet easily...
Highly recommend at this price, especially if you plan to use occasionally. If you're doing raclettes every week, then look into the other (swiss) brand, but this product rocks for the occasional users.
Not sure how it could be better, or why you would need to spend more ...
by Suzanne L. Jackson (5 out of 5 stars)
December 31, 2016
Not sure how it could be better, or why you would need to spend more than this. The stone is very nice and heated up very well. We cooked all kinds of meas and cheeses on this with no issues. The plated underneath are non st ik so the cheese just slide right out with out using the scrapers. My family loved this for our Christmas Eve dinner and may become a holiday tradition.
Two Words: Basic and Brilliant
by CAS MARINO (5 out of 5 stars)
May 17, 2014
Raclette is a variety of cheese. It's a very earthy, very intensely flavored Swiss-style cheese from France that is so favored for its depth that it inspired a whole style of food preparation and service, and lent its name to the device used for such. The Raclette Grill.
In a nutshell, raclette (and any other varieties of cheese you favor) is shredded and served with vegetables, meats, fruits, breads, and other dip-able, top-able, bite-sized foods. We also make buttered noodles, seasoned rice, and raw pizza or biscuit dough because that's the way we roll here. And all these things -- raw, and par-cooked alike -- are served as one would serve fondue: in great abundance and ready for customizing.
Thinking "fondue" is a good idea as raclette is rather like deconstructed fondue. The process is simple: guests take the accouterments, grill and sauce and season them atop the griddle, and on personal handled pans, melt their choice or mix of cheeses under the broiler beneath the grilling surface. So what you wind up with is savory tidbits you then top with melted cheese, and enjoy as-is or atop fresh bread or some other starchy staple.
We generally serve three or four cheeses (and if you have dairy-avoidance issues to consider, since the pans and prep are all "every man for himself" you can also offer vegan and lactose-free cheeses that won't be interfered with by other offerings) which we shred for quicker melting. A meat platter is loaded with bite-sized chunks of raw chicken, beef, sausages and fish; another has cubed tofu and vegetarian meat substitutes, and yet another has veggies -- boiled potatoes, multi-colored raw pepper strips, sliced apples and pears, blanched broccoli and cauliflower florets, raw portobello, raw red onion, pink grapefruit, edamame, baby spinach, and anything else that strikes our interest in the produce market. I then prepare intensely flavored, highly seasoned sauces (a little will go a long way, and thus, kept on the thick side, will also keep guests' little grilling areas from seeping into one another's).
So while my beef and garlic butter grill up with some mushroom and onion slices and my raclette bubbles and browns below, you're melting your mozzarella and a hunk of poppin-fresh dough and warming up some sliced pepperoni and onions with spicy marinara up top, and in just a few minutes, you're enjoying your personally prepared slice of rich and gooey pizza awesomeness and I've got a plate of cheesy meaty goodness atop some cous cous and others are having their chicken and herb sauce with bubbly bleu cheese or shrimp scampi on a bed of crispy potatoes with broiled fontina.
Now, it takes a while to hand-craft and enjoy a full dinner's worth -- because in essence you are slowly consuming a wide variety of personalized appetizers as your entree. But the beauty of this is that you place the food and grill (which also, if you prefer, has a marble-esque warming top you can use instead of the griddle top if you're serving all pre-cooked nibblies) right in the center of the table. You and your guests sit around, and as food does its thing, your parlor games and conversation take center stage. You eat at a very civilized pace, make human interaction the star attraction, and spend a lovely evening semi-cooking, eating, playing, and laughing as the hours slip by.
So Raclette is not just a cheese, and not just a grilling unit; it's a modus operandi in itself -- a party defined by its name and made successful by the people and personalities in attendance. We have never had a raclette meal with a single participant not asking, "why the HELL don't we do this for EVERY meal?"
And this particular West Bend model is perhaps the best value around. I researched very carefully and, from the first time out its box this has become an absolute essential in my socializing world.
I promise you: if you plug this in, lay out your spread on the coffee table, and settle in for a night of bad movies and great friends, you will think twice about ever just inviting folks over for mere wine and cheese or take-out Chinese. This will redefine your simplest of "party" expectations, and you too will be happily spoiled by the fun and simplicity. A must.
A fun way to eat
by janeta (5 out of 5 stars)
May 29, 2012
I bought this after getting back from France where we enjoyed a raclette party with a similar grill. We've used it twice in less than a month, and it's been great fun for us and our guests. This is perfect for a small party as there are 8 little pans. Everyone liked making their own combinations of cheese, meats, & vegetables, and then cooking them on the grill. Large eggs take a while to cook, but I couldn't find any small eggs, so I separated most of the white and just cooked the yolk, it was much faster. Kids love it too! Cleanup is very easy.
Possibly go for more expensive version
by Ashley (3 out of 5 stars)
January 2, 2014
For us this works, but one time after I used it, the stone looks permanently stained from some chicken. I hope I can find some cleaning product that will get it off because simply washing it doesn't work. The metal top is like everyone said, thinner than what they expected and doesn't sit right on there and you have to mess with it. If you really will use this more than a few times a year invest in the more expensive versions.
Have had tons of fun!
by Yarrow10 (5 out of 5 stars)
March 20, 2013
We have always loved doing Raclette and this set is great! the food cooks up great and fast when hot, and melting cheese below is the best!
Clean up is pretty easy, and I have thrown the shovels and scrapers in the dishwasher with no problem.
The top has gotten scratched already and is somewhat flimsy, but for the price, I think we will get many good uses out of it before its done.
I like the product overall
by Marco Polo (4 out of 5 stars)
June 29, 2016
I like the product overall. The black grill plate is really thin. I am used to these machines from
Europe and the ones that I used to use where much heavier and grilled warmer. However having said all that, the machine works and is alot of fun to us. Especially with friends and family. So all in all satisfied since it works aND works well.
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