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6 Best Electric Indoor Grills: 2017 Reviews and Comparison Guide

Whether it is winter or summer an indoor grill is a great idea, especially for people who do not have a lot of outdoor space for a gas barbecue, or for those who live in an apartment and still want to enjoy barbecue-style food, but with less oil and smoke. It is just like having a mini-barbecue in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Our pick

THE BEST INDOOR GRILL

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Open/Contact Griller/Griddler

As well as offering you five-in-one cooking capabilities from a griddle to a panini press, the Cuisinart can cater for two people or a family of four. The griller/griddle has a lot of handy operator features like the floating lid that can be adjusted to fit thicker pieces of steak, three temperature selector knobs, a hinge release button, a removable drip tray, and the grilling plates detach for easy cleaning.

Two Types of Indoor Grills

Open Grill

An open grill comprises of a single grilling plate that you place the food on, and you cook the food on one side and then flip it over to seal the other side. Some models come with a lid that traps in the heat.

An open grill is ideal for those homesteaders who still want the hands-on outdoor grilling experience of flipping the meat. There are indoor grills available that give you both the open and contact grill option.

Contact Grill

The contact grill has two grilling plates, one plate inside the lid and one at the bottom of the griller. This type of grill cooks faster than an open grill, and it usually comes in a compact size, which is a great choice for smaller kitchens, or if you do not have a lot of storage space in your kitchen.

The best type of indoor grill is the contact grill. A contact grill gives you ample cooking space with the top and bottom grilling plates. The lid is ideal for pressing down and grilling sandwiches and giving burgers that authentic grilled look, but it also traps in the heat and seals in the cooking juices, which gives you perfectly cooked food, while also minimizing any smoke.

Although open grills can accommodate food for three or four people, the contact grill is especially ideal for a family of four, or for when you are entertaining guests.

How to Choose an Indoor Grill

Indoor electric grills can come in all sizes, most are quite compact and can fit on a tabletop or stove. But there are some extra features to look out for when choosing an indoor grill, so here are 12 tips to help you find your perfect grilling partner.

1. Size of the Grill

The size of the grill is determined by the size of the grilling plate. Most indoor grills have a grilling service that ranges from 60 to 200 square inches, which is large enough to grill four one-quarter pound burger patties for a family of four, but if you want to cook larger pieces of meat, you might have to cook them in two batches.

If you are going to be cooking a lot of meat then why not choose a griller like the NutriChef that has a longer cooking grill plate.

2. Power

The ideal power level for most indoor grills is between 1500 to 1800 watts; the higher the wattage the faster the grill will preheat itself and the food will be cooked faster.

Indoor grills that have a power level of 800 watts are ideal for small amounts of cooking, but this level of power may not be ideal for cooking large and thicker pieces of meat like steak and pork. So once again, you might have to cook your food in two batches.

3. Heat Control Options

Indoor grills reach temperatures between 350 to 450 fahrenheit, and some have a fixed heat setting, but others come with an adjustable temperature dial or button that gives you more control over the heat. An adjustable temperature is very useful if you are cooking different kinds of meat or vegetables that require different levels of heat.

Instead of cooking everything at the same temperature and having your food either undercooked or overcooked, the adjustable temperature allows you to control your cooking whether you are cooking a steak or grilling a panini.

If you are going to be cooking bigger and thicker cuts of meat or searing meat - choose a griller that can reach a temperature of 450 degrees.

4. Automatic Shut-off Switch

We all hate food that is overcooked, so some indoor grills come with a very handy automatic shut-off switch that kicks in when the food has finished cooking.

5. On/Off Light and Heating Indicator Light

Many indoor grills come equipped with an on/off indicator light that illuminates to let you know that the grill is on, but there are many grillers that also have a heating light that tells when the ideal temperature has been reached.

6. Timer

A timer is a great “set-and-forget” feature. All you have to do is set the timer to the exact cooking time that you need, sit back and relax, and the timer will alert you when the food has been cooked to perfection.

7. Removable Grill and Plates

Many grillers have a lid that has a grill fitted inside and you can flip it backwards to create extra grilling space, which is great if you have to cook for a lot of people. A removable grill or plate also makes cleaning so much easier as you can detach the plate and either wash it by hand or place it in the dishwasher.

8. Non-stick Grill Plates

These days non-stick grilling plates are available on just about all electric indoor grills, and just like other non-stick cooking utensils or pots and pans, this extra coating helps to stop food from getting stuck on the grill, and makes the griller easier to clean.

But be aware that some non-stick surfaces can degrade over time, especially if the griller is being used a lot. So a good tip for non-stick surfaces is to keep the plate/s thoroughly clean.

9. Floating Hinge

A floating hinge is ideal for contact grills as it allows you to press down on the top of your food to ensure even and consistent cooking. The floating hinge is especially useful for grilling thicker meat or a panini.

10. Grease Tray

Basic grilling models may still have the small cup sized grease catcher which may struggle to contain a large amount of grease, but fortunately most indoor grills come with a sizeable grease catcher that looks like a drawer. This type of grease catcher can hold a lot of grease and some models have a detachable grease catcher or drip tray for easy cleaning.

11. Filter

Even though indoor grillers are much smaller than outdoor barbecues, they can still generate smoke. Although the lid can trap in a lot of the smoke, and most of your cooking may not require a lid, but if you have a poorly ventilated kitchen, then choose a model that has a built-in filter,

12. Safety Features

Safety is always important when you are working with hot surfaces. Many indoor grills have handy safety features like detachable temperature gauges, which is ideal for when you need to wash the grill. A griller might have cool touch handles, which can protect you from getting burned.

6 Best Indoor Grills — Product Reviews

Indoor grilling has become a very popular option for many homesteaders, but there are many high quality indoor grills available that have a lot of innovative features, but here are six of the best indoor electric grills.

1. Hamilton Beach 25360 Open Indoor Flavor/Searing Grill

For an indoor grill that cooks food that tastes just like has come from an outdoor barbecue, the Hamilton Beach Open Searing Grill 25360 is the ideal choice for those rainy days or those homesteaders who live in an apartment but still enjoy that barbecue taste.

It is a compact and simple grill that is easy to use and it has plenty of room, and with 118 square inches of cooking space, you can easily fit three to four small steaks on the grill. The removable lid sears in the food juices and flavors, and the non-stick cooking grid will stop your food from sticking to the grill's surface.

There is an adjustable temperature control with a temperature 450 degrees, so it is ideal for searing meat. The unit has a power button light and a preheat light that lets you know when the grill has reached the perfect cooking temperature, and the removable lid and the drip tray are dishwasher safe. To save the non-stick surface, it is a good ideal to soak the cooking grid first.

What we like:

  • Compact
  • High searing capability
  • Adjustable temperature control
  • Cooks evenly
  • Grills great tasting food

What we don't like:

  • Lid hard to close on thick steak
  • Smokes a lot
  • Lid feels flimsy
  • Hard to clean

2. Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Open/Contact Griller/Griddler

The super Cuisinart Griddler has five in one cooking capacities. Its new and improved design and 1500 watts of power and a very generous cooking space of 200 square inches to grill with it allows you to cook a wide range of food from bacon and egg, steak, chicken and your favorite panini as you can use it as a half griddle or full griddle, a full grill for all your meat, a contact grill, and even a panini press.

The grilling/griddle is a high quality cooking machine as it is made from brushed stainless steel and the panini-style handle is very sturdy, and a hinge release to flip back the plates for more cooking space.

Cuisinart has designed this grill/griddle with a lot of handy features like integrated drip tray that looks like a drawer that catches all the grease as you cook, and there is one set of removable and reversible cooking plates. One side of each plate is flat so you can use as a grilling plate and other ones acts as a griddle. When you use the contact grill the floating lid can be adjusted to fit to the thickness of meat, but you have to be careful when cooking meat with a lot of fat as the grease can overflow.

The griller is easy to use with power and ready to cook indicator lights, three selector knobs: a griddle temperature control up to 200°F to 425°F degrees , a panini/griller selector where you can Adjust the temperature from “warm” to “sear” and an adjustable temperature control for the grill/ panini selector, all of which have indicator lights. Another handy feature the easy to detach cooking plates as they are identical and they have a quick release button.

Although the cooking plates can be cleaned in the dishwasher, it is recommended that you wash them by hand for a better result, and to save the non-stick coating.

The griller comes with a handy cleaning and scraping tool, and a recipe booklet

What we like:

  • Ideal for 4 people
  • Good price
  • 5-in-1 functionality
  • Cooks a wide range of food
  • Integrated grease catcher
  • Reversible grilling/griddle plates
  • Floating lid
  • Adjustable temperature
  • Limited three year warranty

What we don't like:

  • Has trouble cooking thick steak
  • Non stick surface can come off with long term use
  • The unit turns on and off several times during the cooking process

3. NutriChef PKFG14 Contact Electric Grill

The NutriChef is a versatile and sturdy electric grill that has grilling plate that is wide with plenty of room to grill a wide range of food, from salmon steaks to burgers and if you add water in the pan, you can even steam fish or roast chicken on the roasting rack. Although it has less wattage than other models at 800 watts, it is a very good griller for cooking fish and hamburger patties.

You do not have to worry about flipping your food over, as the top and bottom panels heat and cook the food on both sides so that you be sure that your food is evenly cooked.

The griller is attractive with a red and black design and is very easy to use, you just arrange your meat on the grill, turn the machine on, set the desired temperature, and the timer will keep an eye on your food, and will alert you when your food has been cooked to perfection.

The NutriChef is especially ideal for indoor grilling as it has a built-in filter that reduces the amount of smoke that can building up.

There is also an automatic power button for extra safety and a grease and oil try. The cover can be removed for washing. The grill also comes with a control center that is located on the right-hand side of the griller with a standard cooking guide that gives you the standard cooking times for different types of meat.

What we like:

  • Very good griller
  • Large cooking area for three to four people
  • Dual cooking panels
  • Steaming function
  • Built-in filter
  • Standard cooking time guide
  • Timer

What we don't like:

  • Product instructions not very clear
  • Not very fast

4. T-fal GC702 OptiGrill Indoor Contact Electric Grill

The super smart T-fal has new innovative technology that can make your cooking and grilling so much easier.

Once you choose the type of food that you want to cook on the funky Touch panel interface program control panel, and the automatic sensor adapts to the thickness of the food on the grill to make sure that the food is cooked evenly.

The multi-coloured dial on lid gives you a range of operating functions where you can choose from preheating, start of cooking, and you can even choose how you want your steak cooked: rare, medium and well-done. You do not have to keep checking the progress of the food as there is an indicator light and the griller beeps when the food is ready.

The T-fal griller has 1800 watts of power and six cooking programs to choose from steak, sausage, fish and burns, and a defrost function and with 100 square inches of grilling plate, there is enough cooking space for two to three people. This ultra-modern grill is a fast worker and it excels at cooking frozen food.

The angled plates are designed for the easy release of any fat, the griller's housing is made from high quality brushed stainless steel. The machine is easy to wash as the drip tray and plates can be removed and can also go into the dishwasher

What we like:

  • Ideal for two to three people
  • Stylish stainless steel construction
  • Easy to use
  • Cooks fast
  • Touch panel cooking program functions
  • Built-in cooking sensors

What we don't like:

  • Expensive
  • Not ideal for large servings
  • Bukly
  • Removable plates can be hard to remove
  • Timer not very accurate with thick steak

5. DeLonghi BG24 Perfecto Open Indoor Grill

The compact smart looking indoor grill from DeLonghi is the ideal choice for cooking all of your favorite barbecues foods when it is too cold outside. During the winter months, the DeLonghi Perfecto will be your new barbecuing buddy as the grill excels at cooking food evenly due to the fully embedded grill plate heating element. The tempered glass lid seals in the juices for perfectly cooked food, while the fat runs down the rivulets of the grill. And it is smoke-free.

One of the highlights of The DeLonghi grill is that it can reach temperatures of up to 450 degrees, which is the highest setting for an indoor grill. The lower setting is to be used for slower cooking, or for searing or keep already cooked meat warm.

The non-stick cooking surface is large enough to grill beef patties or vegetables for 4 people, but if you are going to be cooking larger pieces of meat, you will have to do cook the meat in two batches.

As well as having a temperature that you can adjust depending on the kind of food you choose to grill, the temperature gauge can be removed for cleaning and storage, and there is a cool touch handle to protect you when you have to move the grill once you have finished grilling your food.

The griller is very easy to clean with a non-stick plate and a removable non-stick drip tray.

What we like:

  • Ideal for 4 people
  • Glass tempered lid
  • Cool touch handles
  • Provides good and even cooking results
  • High temperature: 450 degrees
  • Easy to clean

What we don't like:

  • Plug can come loose
  • Slow to preheat

6. George Foreman GRP1060B Indoor Contact Grill

This well known classic indoor grill from George Foreman grill is very versatile and gives you a good cooking space at 60 square inches, so it can fit four one-quarter pound burger patties. But if you want to cook larger pieces of meat, you may have to cook them in batches.

The griller can reach the maximum temperature of 400 degrees in about 4 minutes, and can cook a full meal in 10 minutes. It can accommodate thicker pieces of meat due to the 1 inch adjustable hinge, and it cooks evenly, while sealing in the juices for perfectly cooked food.

The grilling surfaces have a durable advanced coating that stops your food from sticking to the grill, while also protecting the grill from scratches and other types of wear and tear that occur over time.

For those barbecue enthusiasts who are also health conscious, the sloping grilling surface can drain away up to 42% fat.

Besides its overall even cooking ability, the unit is easy to clean as the plates can be removed. To maintain the durability of the product it is best to handwash the grilling plates.

What we like:

  • Ideal for 4 people (small servings)
  • Very good cooking results
  • Durable
  • 42% less fat
  • Reaches 400 degrees in about 4 minutes
  • Removable grilling plates
  • Easy to clean

What we don't like:

  • Not ideal for cooking large amounts of food
  • Short power cord
  • Lacks on/off button
  • No temperature control

Our Top Pick

Our top pick for the best indoor griller is the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddle/Griller. This high quality versatile and affordable product is the perfect choice for indoor grilling.

Our pick

THE BEST INDOOR GRILL

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Open/Contact Griller/Griddler

As well as offering you five-in-one cooking capabilities from a griddle to a panini press, the Cuisinart can cater for two people or a family of four. The griller/griddle has a lot of handy operator features like the floating lid that can be adjusted to fit thicker pieces of steak, three temperature selector knobs, a hinge release button, a removable drip tray, and the grilling plates detach for easy cleaning.

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