Aesthetically speaking, the EPL 2 Delicia griddle is sober. Less flashy than the Tefal Colormania XL (with its lemon yellow tray) and more formal than the Severin KG2397, it remains neutral but elegant. The base is made of plastic, but the brushed aluminum-like coating gives an impression of solidity.

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On this structure – which is very light and therefore easy to move – is the grease trap, which also has the advantage of being very light (385 g). It can be installed and removed without any problem.

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Above this large grease tray is the cooking surface whose dimensions (40 x 24 cm) should allow it to prepare a meal for up to 4 people. The special feature of this tray is that it is reversible. The smooth side (plancha style) is dedicated to cooking fish, shellfish and vegetables; the grill side is for grilling meat or sausages.

A non-stick coating prevents the food from sticking and a small rim holds the food and the cooking juices. The non-stick coating does, however, require the use of wooden or plastic utensils to avoid damaging the cooking surface. The cast aluminium hob weighs in at 2.7 kg, but fortunately, two large handles on the sides make it easy to lift. More rudimentary than the Riviera & Bar QPL665, the EPL 2 Delicia does not have a grease guard, which is restrictive in case of grease spillage.

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On this appliance, the cooking temperature is adjustable with a power variator between 1 and 5. We would have preferred a thermostat, like the one on the Lagrange Plancha Pro, which offers a temperature setting. The system on board the plancha EPL 2 Delicia requires a good reading of the instructions to know what level to rely on to cook such or such food.

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The power cable, removable by the way, does not even measure a meter. This could complicate the installation of the plancha outdoors.

It takes just under 3 minutes for this griddle to reach 230°C when set to maximum power. This is quite fast compared to the other models in our comparison, but this is hardly surprising as the cooking surface is quite narrow.

After stabilizing the temperature at 230°C, we noticed that this griddle uses the same scenario as the other models in our comparison: it alternates heating and standby phases to lower the temperature. Thus it rises to 235 ° C and then stops to fall to 186 ° C. This oscillation shows a fairly good temperature stability.

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Maximum temperatures reached for a target temperature of 230 °C.

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Minimum temperatures reached for a target temperature of 230 °C.

It’s getting a bit worse on the homogeneity. Here the resistor is rectangular, which often leads to problems with homogeneity. In particular, we found differences of up to 70°C between the hottest and coldest point for a target temperature of 230°C. However, this remains moderate, as we found deviations of up to 100 °C on the Severin KG2397 and the Tefal Colormania XL.

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Temperature differences on the cooking surface for a target temperature of 230 °C.