Pros: Easy to use, just plug it in and let it warm up.
Cons: Can be hard to clean, cheap construction, it's junk, no-stick is peeling, cheap plastic
I ordered my GT Express 101 over the phone 2 1/2 years ago.
My ordering over the phone experience was ok, but was charged almost as much as the unit itself in shipping! My order was for the buy one get one free appliance, the spatulas, flavor injectors, a tupperware like mix and pour, and the cook books. I was also unknowingly enrolled in the cook books that are sent out monthly for around $14.00 each time. I got the one shipment, and called them to cancel. I did keep the books because they would not refund me the full amount. So beware if you buy over the phone or online. I understand that some stores carry this, so that may be the better way to go. I wish I had known beforehand.
My experience with the machine has been OK and a little disappointing.
I will explain the disappointing parts first, since people may want to know the quality of this appliance. FYI I am not abusive to my appliances. I pride myself in taking good care of what I own.
My first time using this, I did everything the instructions said on how to prepare before use. After making the prepared recipe, and was cleaning it up, according to directions, I noticed the no-stick coating had peeled off in big spots. I do not use metal spatulas, spoons, etc on no-stick items. I use plastic, and I used the included spatula with each use of my GT Express 101.
I did however, continue to use the appliance.
The orange plastic light cover on top broke off. It is so cheaply made, it is flimsy plastic that has narrow plastic on the sides that clip into the unit.
The side handle/plastic casing has cracked completely off recently. I store this upright, like the instructions say, in a cupboard that is used only for my GT Express and my George Foreman.
Being that the no-stick has peeled away, it is very necessary for me to use a no stick spray like pam, or the food I am making will stick.
Otherwise, the food I have prepared has come out good. The cook times are hard to go on, with no temperature setting, and depending on what you are making, I have to keep lifting and checking. It seems like my food is taking a little longer to make nowadays too. I'm not sure if my appliance has about had it and will need to be thrown away. My kids and I mainly use it to bake cinnamon rolls. I also like to make omelets in it. I have baked the cakes and varied the batter with the candies like they say in recipes, etc. I tried the pork and chicken recipes, but the meats are too big or thick for this, so those seem to just be easier to be baked in a oven or grilled.
This is a great idea, but poorly made quality. I paid a lot of money for mine, and am not happy with my purchase. This should have been made a lot better. And don't let the advertisement infomercial trick you that you are making healthier food! Bottom line, you are what you eat. There is nothing to drain the grease if you make a recipe requiring hamburger. Cakes are not healthy, it is a scam with the magic word "HEALTHY". You'd be better off grilling over a fire, or just getting a little toaster oven and using that if you don't want to use a regular oven. I do recommend the George Foreman. I love mine, and it's better quality construction. No-stick is still intact. GT Express 101- no-stick is a sticky situation.
PROS: it's very easy to use, my kids even know how to use it.
CONS: it can be a little difficult to wash with food that has stuck to the wells, it is very cheaply made, and is falling apart on me, the no-stick is peeling after first use, orange light cover has broken off, and plastic casing handle has broken off. Also, if you order online or over the phone, the shipping is as much as the order itself, doubling the price, find it in the store and you'll be much happier. Oh yea, and if you have a houseful of hungry spouse and kids, this is not big enough! You will need more than one.