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You're probably cooking meals at home more often than you're used to, and after several months there might be a lack of inspiration left in the kitchen. Fear not, we found a versatile kitchen gadget that will expand your recipe repertoire.

Amassing over 12,000 perfect reviews from Amazon shoppers, the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler has earned a permanent spot in many kitchens for many reasons. It can be used in five different ways: a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and a half-grill and half-griddle combo, thanks to its reversible plates. There's also a tray underneath the unit that collects grease and runoff. Best of all, the cooking plates and drip tray are nonstick removable, and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

Constructed of sturdy stainless steel, the workhorse appliance will help you tackle everything from weekend brunches to game-day appetizers to speedy school-night dinners. And since colder days lie ahead, it's a great alternative to outdoor grilling. While it's not on sale right now, there's no way of knowing if this multipurpose appliance will still be in stock come the holiday rush.

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To buy: $79;

The griddler features simple controls to adjust the temperature and choose between the griddle and grill function. "It heats quickly and evenly and the knobs light up when the temperature you've set is reached. You can even sear meats with this appliance," one shopper wrote.

"This is absolutely my favorite kitchen gadget right now," another five-star reviewer said. "The big win for me is how easy it is to cook boneless skinless chicken breasts...I always check the temp with a thermometer, and they're done in no time with nice grill masks. Since it cooks both sides at once, you save so much time."

With outdoor grilling season coming to an end and indoor cooking becoming essential, adding the Cuisinart griddler to your kitchen allows you to indulge in restaurant-worthy dishes at home. For less than $80, the multifunctional appliance is well worth the investment.

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