Designed with Cyclonic Grilling Technology and a Smart Cook System. Grill plates fit up to 6 steaks and 24 hot dogs. Attached Foodi thermometer lets you check on food temps without breaking out more accessories. Plenty of bells and whistles to justify the price.
Given its functionality, users say it takes some time to learn how to use it.
Comes with a base, non-stick grill plate, glass lid, thermostat control, and grease collector. The removable parts are able to be cleaned conveniently in the dishwasher. Heat can be adjusted all the way up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Surface of the grill plate is 14 inches.
The non-stick surface wears off after a while.
Stands out for its 1800 watt heating element, which promises fast and even cooking for burgers, sandwiches, red meat, fish, and more. Inclined tray design and drip tray catch grease and keep mess to a minimum. Non-stick surface for easy cleanup.
Some users noted they had to recalibrate this model to get it working correctly.
Distances itself from competitors with its tempered glass lid that keeps meats juicy. Entire grilling area heats food evenly, so there's no need to push everything to the center. The integrated drip tray is easily removable. Popular for apartment dwellers.
This grill can take a bit longer to heat up due to its embedded heating element.
Offers a whopping 240 square inches of grilling area. It's incredibly easy to clean and has a superior non-stick coating. Only takes 5 minutes to preheat and medium-rare steaks are done in as little as 12 to 14 minutes. Great for apartment living and parties.
Some consumers say the grilling area doesn't have enough room for 15 burgers.
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No matter how much you enjoy grilling, the weather isn't always on your side. Plus, sometimes you don't have the energy or the inclination to mess around with the charcoal, woodchips, or gas canisters you need for a standard outdoor grill. With an indoor grill, you can just plug in and go, whatever the weather.
There are two main types of grills available — open grills, which are much like a standard outdoor grill but electric, and contact grills, which have plates top and bottom to cook both sides of your food at once. You'll also need to consider factors such as the size of the grill, what controls and preset programs it has, and the temperature range at which you can cook.
Open indoor grills are flat electric grills that give you a fairly similar experience to cooking on an outdoor grill. Since you cook your food on just one bottom plate, you have to flip it, just like you would on a regular grill. Some open grills are slightly sloped to let fat run off, whereas some have gaps between the ridges to let the fat drip into a tray below.
Check the size of any indoor grills you're considering. The main concern for the majority of buyers is the size of the cooking area. This should be large enough to cook for your whole household, otherwise, you'll need to cook in batches, which can be frustrating.
You might also want to check the overall size of the unit to make sure you have room for it in your cupboard. Average indoor grills are sized so that they'll fit in a standard cabinet, but there are some exceptions. Any models that are too large will be awkward to store or take up too much counter space.
Extremely basic indoor grills may only have an on/off switch, with no other kind of control over the cooking process. The most complex models, on the other hand, can feature a range of presets for grilling particular foods. You'll also find models that let you manually adjust the temperature, cooking duration, and other settings. The kind of controls you require will depend on how you like to cook. If you want to be able to press a button and get decent results, a model with preset programs might be for you. Manual controls are better for people who like to fine-tune their cooking experience and have complete control over the outcome.
Some indoor grills have a single maximum temperature, which it will cook at once fully heated. This is generally around 450°F, which is considered the optimal temperature for searing. Other models allow you to control the heat of your grill across a temperature range, for instance between 200°F and 500°F. Indoor grills with a wide temperature range are more versatile, as some foods are better cooked low and slow rather than at the highest temperature possible.
Not all indoor grills feature removable cooking plates, but we'd highly recommend choosing a model that does. Grills with removable plates are far easier to clean, especially if you get any food stuck on them. If they're not removable, you'll only be able to wipe them down, rather than putting them in the dishwasher or giving them a good scrub by hand.
The majority of indoor grills feature heating elements that sit below the bottom grill plate (and above the top grill plate in contact models). However, some high-end models feature embedded heating elements. This means the heating elements are embedded into the grill plate itself, so it can get extremely hot and heat more evenly.
You can find some high-end indoor grills with an LCD display, which shows the temperature or lets you select between preset programs. While it certainly isn't essential to the performance of your indoor grill, it's a nice feature to have.
While we wouldn't recommend leaving your indoor grill completely unattended, you might want to undertake other kitchen tasks while your food is cooking, such as cutting bread or making sauce. Indoor grills with a built-in timer will remind you when your food is ready, so you won't end up with a burned dinner.
Basic indoor grills start at around $20 to $50. These are generally fairly compact in size and may not have a wide range of settings or the ability to control temperature.
In the $50 to $100 price range, you can find some excellent models, though they might not be as large or feature-rich as top-of-the-line grills.
High-end indoor grills are priced from $100 to $300. These are the best indoor grills on the market. They tend to have a range of presets or give you complete control over the cooking parameters.
Find out whether your chosen indoor grill is dishwasher-safe. Obviously, you can't wash the whole grill because of the electrics, but if your model has removable plates, you might be able to put them in the dishwasher.
Avoid using cooking spray on your indoor grill. The propellants and other additives can build up on the plates and leave an unpleasant residue.
Use plastic or silicone tools on nonstick indoor grills. Metal spatulas, tongs, and other grilling tools can scratch nonstick coatings on the grill plate.
A. Although indoor grills are designed for indoor use — as the name suggests — there's no reason you can't use them in an outdoor area, as long as the weather is dry and you have access to a power outlet.
A. Yes, some contact grills let you fold them out completely flat, so they can also be used as open grills, giving you twice the cooking area.
A. Indoor grills are a quick and convenient way to grill food, but they'll never completely replicate the results or the experience of grilling outdoors.