Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill vs. Cuisinart GR-300WS Griddler Elite Grill – Full Comparison

Features of Breville Smart Grill:

  • Three heat settings: Low, Panini and Sear (310 to 450F)
  • Element IQ auto-adjustment detects the drop in temperature when you introduce cold ingredients to the pre-heated surface and automatically injects more heat to bring the Smart Grill back up to temperature and compensate for heat-loss.
  • Adjustable timer.
  • LCD display with light color indicator to show you which stage the grill is on (preheating or hot).
  • Display also displays temperature and timer.
  • 6 adjustable height. – lower settings reduce the weight on more delicate foods and also prevent toppings from being pressed out of sandwiches.
  • Can be opened flat for BBQ mode.
  • Removable plates for easy cleaning.
  • Integrated removable drip tray.
  • PFOA free non stick coating on the cast-aluminum plates.
  • Brushed stainless steel housing.
  • Includes one flat plate and one ribbed plate.
  • Dimensions: 14″ x 14″ x 5 3/4″

Features of the Cuisinart GR300-WS Elite Grill:

  • Cooking functions: contact grill, Panini press, full griddle, full grill, half grill/half griddle, top melt
  • Removable and reversible plates for grill/griddle functions.
  • Dual zone temperature: each side of the grill can operate at different temperatures.
  • 6 adjustable height settings.
  • Sear function heats up to 500F for 2 minutes at a time.
  • LCD display shows you timer, temperature, function.
  • Can be opened flat.
  • Plates are dishwasher safe.
  • Stainless steel housing.
  • Dimensions: 14.7 x 16.2 x 8.1 inches

What Is The Difference Between Breville Smart Grill vs. Cuisinart Elite Grill?


  • Cuisinart Elite includes a set of reversible plates. One side is grill side, and the other side is a flat griddle.
  • Breville Smart Grill includes a set of plate, but each plate is different. One is flat and another grill plate. Additional plates can be purchased separately.
  • Neither the Breville or Cuisinart Grill have a compatible waffle plate.


  • One of the best features on the Cuisinart Elite Grill is the dual zone temperature control. This means you can operate each side of the grill on a different temperature setting. Also, the highest temperature is 500F for searing.
  • The Breville does not have dual temperature control. The highest setting is 450F. But it has Element IQ, which is a feature that detects cold ingredients and automatically adjusts the temperature to heat it up quickly after pre-heating.

Height Control:

  • Height control is important in a contact grill. In this case, both the Breville and Cuisinart have 6 different height adjustments.


  • The Cuisinart Elite is a bit larger than the Breville Smart Grill, so it gives you more space to work with.

Drip Tray:

  • Cuisinart’s drip tray is located at the back and it is exposed, so it might cause some spilling.
  • Breville’s drip tray design is more like a drawer and it’s fully covered, so it contains fats and drips in a better way.

Which Is Best To Buy?

Between the Breville Smart Grill and Cuisinart Grill Elite, we are leaning towards the Cuisinart for these reasons:

  • The Dual Zone Temperature allows you to do more at the same time. Different food cooks at different temperatures, so having each side operate at a different temperature will allow you to cook a variety of food at the same time.
  • Reversible plates are a great way to get more out of your grill without the need to have more plates.
  • Larger size means more space to cook more food.
  • Price wise, it is more affordable than the Breville.

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