This great-looking panini or sandwich press has a flat cast iron grill surface and is constructed of stainless steel. The hinged top late automatically adjust to the height of the Item you are grilling and the grill slowly, but evenly heats up. Cleanup is very easy because the base has a removable crumb and grease tray. There are power and ready lights to show when it is on and ready to grill. The thermostat helps to indicate when your temperature is right to accommodate the various food items being heated.