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Best Electric Grill

There is nothing better than having a nice steak or cut of chicken cooked on the grill outside during the summer months. You spend a few hours outside cooking, setting up, dressing up your meat, maybe having a beer or a cigar, the whole thing is just wonderful.  However, around the time that the temperature drops a couple dozen degrees, grilling outside becomes a hassle, and grilling indoor is a bit difficult due to all the smoke that it creates.

Or is it? There are electric grills which you can use to cook from your very own kitchen, indoors, with no charcoal required. Sounds like a great idea, and one that can help you get the taste you love even when the days are long and cold, right?

Best Electric Grill – Comparison Table

Before we review the individual grills, though, let’s first take a look at a quick comparison chart. Here are the best electric grills 2018.

Electric GrillCooking Space (square inches)CoatingPlates
George Foreman GR136B36Non-Stick CoatingStationary
George Foreman GR144133Non-Stick CoatingStationary
Hamilton Beach 2536081, With 27 Plate Surface AreaNon-Stick CoatingRemovable
Hamilton Beach 38546180Non-Stick CoatingRemovable and Reversible
Livart LV-98277No CoatingRemovable
Cuisinart GR-4N100 When Closed, 200 When OpenNon-Stick CoatingRemovable and Reversible
T-Fal GC702 OptiGrill100Non-Stick CoatingRemovable
NutriChef PKFG-14100Non-Stick CoatingRemovable
Presto 0902048Non-Stick CoatingRemovable
Weber 55020001 Q2400280Non-Stick CoatingRemovable Grate

An indoor grill is a fairly simple device. It consists of a heating element and either a plate placed atop that element (or elements) or a grate that sits above the heating element, allowing the grease to drip through. They’re great for grilling food, but you may not get that same smoky flavor that you get from cooking with coal. However, as Hank Hill famously said, with an indoor electric grill you will ‘taste the meat, not the heat’. Now, let’s take a look at the contenders for the title “best electric grill on the market”.

1

George Foreman GR136B – The Bachelor Indoor Grill

George Foreman is well known for being a boxer, and for the creepy fact that he decided to name his kids various derivatives of the name ‘George’. He’s also known for coming up with a very easy to use and shockingly good grill that ‘drains the fat’ out of your food as it cooks, and collects it in a little plastic ‘drippings’ try, either for easy use in making gravy or for easy disposal.

If you’re a single person who is just moving out on your own the first time, or if you’re in a college that will allow you to have an electric grill, then the George Foreman 2-Serving Grill is a fantastic first grill for you. Not only can it help you to consume less fat and grease, but it can make even a boring meal a bit more exciting. 

If you’re living in college, or you’re just out and you only have a bit of money, you’re likely to be eating a lot of the cheaper meals. Hotdogs, sandwiches, things like that. But take a decent bit of bread or a good bun and put it in the electric grill, and you have a pressed sandwich (or a Cubano, if you use Bolo ham, swiss cheese, and some pork). Put the hotdog in the grill instead of in your microwave, and you now have a grilled hotdog that hasn’t been sitting in its own greases as it cooked in your microwave, or that hasn’t lost a lot of its flavor as you boiled it.

One of the worst parts about cooking, especially when you’re young, is the cleanup. The best indoor electric grill would be a grill that is easy to clean, even without having access to something like a washing machine. Luckily, the George Foreman 2-Serving Grill is very easy to clean; simply wipe down the inside with a wet towel or sponge, rinse out the ‘drip pan’, and you’re good to go again. If there’s leftover water, heat the grill back up until it dissolves.

The only real downside to this grill is that it does have very limited space for grilling. You’ve got about enough space to cook two chicken breasts or one steak at a time, so if you’re cooking for friends at a get-together or something like that, you are not going to be doing so quickly with this grill.

PROS
  • Very simple to use and to clean
  • ‘Dripping pan’ removes fat and grease
  • Doesn’t take up much space
CONS
  • Only makes 2 servings at most
  • Takes a while to heat up once plugged in
2

George Foreman GR144 – The Foreman Cookout Master

It was once joked about by the people who make George Foreman grills that they wanted to have a ‘grill for every person’ designed. They’ve done a pretty good job of designing a grill with almost any end user in mind, and this is a good grill for if you’re the kind of person who wants to use their George Foreman Grill to cook enough food to feed a squad of people. 

Up above, it was lamented that the 2-serving grill, while a great grill for those who are cooking for one or two, it was a bad choice for you if you were throwing a party, or if you were doing anything similar to that, or if you were even doing something like trying to feed a family. This is the grill that solves that problem, and it does so admirably.

Everything good about the 2-serving is brought around here, too. It has the little grease tray, so you not only see how very unhealthy the food you’re cooking is (cook three ribeye steaks on here, and you’ll have almost enough grease to fill the tray, for example), but you don’t have your food being cooked in grease and oil that you don’t really need to be consuming. Cleaning and using the grill is just as simple as it was before, and the best part of all is that you now have a more powerful heating element and a lot more area for cooking. Truly, it’s a good step up, and if you can afford it and need to cook for more than two people, this is a good choice for you as far as electric grills go.

PROS
  • Allows you to cook up to 9 servings at once
  • Easy to clean
  • Easy to use
CONS
  • Nothing to complain about except that you can’t remove plates for a deeper clean
3

Hamilton Beach 25360 Indoor Grill – The Fancy Edition

This is essentially the same concept as the Foreman grill, except with some slight changes. To begin with, there’s no heating element on top; the Foreman grill has heating elements on the top and the bottom, so you don’t ever need to turn your food. Of course, if you’re cooking something that you want to cook only on one side, or that you want to cook more on one side than the other, then that can become something of a problem. On the other hand, cooking with the Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill, you will have to cook on each side separately.

Now, this can be a blessing or a curse. It means that you will have to flip your meat or your vegetables while cooking, but it can make doing something like toasting only one side of a piece of bread or a bun a breeze.  It also means that if you use it to do something like toast your bread, you are not as likely to end up with issues concerning having crushed the bread.

This is a great option for someone who needs about double the space that the George Foreman 2-Serving Grill has to offer, but someone who does not want to have a heating element on both sides of their indoor electric grill. As far as indoor electric grills go, it is fairly simple, and extremely easy to use.

The only way that the Foreman grill lines manages to beat the Hamilton Beach 25360 is that the George Foreman has the drip tray for fat. This one just has a solid plate, and the grease will just sit there. It’s questionable if this has any health benefit or detriment, but what is not questionable is that grease does not really make the food taste any better to the tongue.

Still, it’s a great grill if you’re just looking for a quick and easy grill to use and don’t want to crush whatever you’re cooking.

PROS
  • Easy to use
  • Designed to be easy to clean, with a removable plate that is dishwasher-safe
  • Won’t crush your bread.
CONS
  • Only has a heating element on the bottom, not on the top
4

Hamilton Beach 38546 - The Three For One Choice

A grill generally has striations in it that will allow you to keep the meat half on and half off of the heating element/surface. By doing this, you get those characteristic scorch marks, the areas where the meat or vegetable obviously made contact with the grill, which gives it a very ‘cooked outside over coal’ feel to it. On the other hand, a griddle is basically a flat surface that you can cook meat, cheese, whatever on. It has a similar heating element, but there are no uneven sections to give it that look. If you want to cook waffles, quesadillas, or eggs, you’re going to definitely want to have a griddle.

The Hamilton Beach 3-in-1 38546 indoor electric grill can give you the best of both worlds. If you need a flat surface, or if you need a striated surface, you can use this grill to get the food done just the way that you like. It’s kind of the swiss army knife of surfaces. It has two independent heating elements, and you can use either one on its own, or both at the same time, and you can use them either as grills or as griddles. Do you want to grill a steak while also cooking some fried or scrambled eggs, so you can have a breakfast steak and eggs or an artery clogging sandwich? This is the grill/griddle combination that can make that dream a reality.

Basically, this is great for you if you have a bit of time, and you like to make meals that would normally require a pan and a grill. It’s a great cooking surface for fans of steaks and hash browns, and pretty much any food that can be cooked on a flat surface or on a grill. 

What’s the downside? Well, the grill does not handle cooking as grills that put heat on both sides of your food will. It also cannot be used to make sandwiches that need pressure. Other than that, if you’re looking for an easy to use grill that has two cooking surfaces, then this is the grill for you.

PROS
  • 2 separate cooking surfaces
  • Easy to use and easy to clean
  • Each plate has one side that is a flat griddle and another that is a grill, so you can choose what you need to cook with
CONS
  • Does not allow you to put heat on both sides of a foodstuff simultaneously
5

Livart LV-982 Electric Grill – The BBQ Solution

To make good barbecue, you have to expose meat to heat for a long time until it basically falls apart. However, when people are talking about having a barbecue, they’re not just talking about slow roasted ribs and pulled pork; they can be talking about burgers, corn on the cob, a nice juicy steak, chicken, and many more things. In fact, some cook outs even include things like lobster pots!

This is definitely geared more toward those who are looking to cook meat instead of things like corn on the cob, but you can cook both with relative ease on this grill. It has 77 square inches of space for you to cook on, which makes it about the size of the Hamilton Beach 25360 grill when you don’t add the warming plate in. This will let you cook probably four decent sized chicken breasts or two reasonably sized steaks.

Where most of the grills that we’ve taken a look at thus far have a heating element that is fully covered (the above grills all have a plate between you and the actual element that is providing the heat), this one has a completely uncovered heating element. This means that you’re not getting direct heat, so much as heat circulated via the air. This makes slow cooking a bit easier, but there is a downside. If you get grease or fat directly on the heating element, in some cases in can cause flame, which can not only undermine your attempt to slow cook, but also scorch your meat. 

The fat that doesn’t fall on the element will all fall into a tray below that can be removed in order to be cleaned. The grate on top, which has about 1 sq inch holes in it, can also be removed for easy cleaning. 

All told, if you’re into making meats or meals that require indirect heat, this may be a better solution for you as far as indoor grills are concerned. So long as you don’t let the grease get on the heating element and keep the whole thing clean, it can even be the best smokeless indoor grill you ever had.

PROS
  • Indirect heat is a game-changer
  • Easy to use and easy to clean
  • Can also be used to warm up in an emergency
CONS
  • Exposed heating element
6

Cuisinart GR-4N – The Swiss Army Grill

This is not to imply that this grill is used or issued by the swiss army, mind you, but rather to say that the grill is something that you can use in a variety of ways. And to be honest, paying this little for a name-brand grill from Cuisinart is great, especially when you’re getting one that can do so very much for you!

How is it five in one? Easily. There are two plates to this grill. Each plate has two sides; on one side, as with the Hamilton Beach 38546, you have the grill, and on the other side you have the flat griddle. That makes for four options of combinations between grill/griddle on each side. Then, there’s the fact that if you want to, you can open it entirely and use both cooking surfaces independently (again, with whatever side you want.

One great thing about this model is that it is a ready-made panini/Cubano machine, and it knows it. Heck, the dials even have a setting that says ‘Grill – Panini’, so that you can use it to heat up your element to the right temperature. 

This grill boasts 100 square inches of cooking surface when closed, and when open, that doubles to 200 square inches. That’s plenty of space for you to do anything. As you can see in this picture, there’s plenty of space to make four burgers. Or, for example, on one side you could have a griddle that is cooking up two pounds of shredded steak plus some mushrooms, some onions, and some green peppers, while on the other side you could use the griddle to toast some buttered sub bread, and there you have all the space, and all the food you will need to make two amazing Philly cheesesteaks.

Even better, when you’re done, the plates are easily removed and are dishwasher safe, or you can just wash them off in the sink, dry them, and put them back in place.

All things considered, this is an easy to use design that will be great for almost everyone, and if you need a lot of space and you enjoy making a lot of flattened sandwiches, then this is a great grill for you. You can easily prepare entirely meals on this thing without needing to have the assistance of any other grill space.

PROS
  • Easy to use
  • Easy to clean
  • Reversible and capable of being opened into an open-topped griddle or grill
CONS
  • There is no downside to this grill/griddle/whatever combination
7

T-Fal GC702 OptiGrill – The Smart Grill

This grill combines so many things that the other grills do right into one grill that it is hard to see how anyone can compete with it. 

To begin with, it has multiple settings for the various things that you may want to cook. It has a setting for fish, for example, and a setting for chicken, and one for steak, and the list goes on and on. It has a colorful dial on the end, too, that you can use to get the temperature just right on the inside for your steak (or your chicken, if you’re not afraid of salmonella). This is not a necessity, but one must admit that it makes the process of cooking your meat just right a much simpler one.

The cooking surface is 100 square inches, and that means that you are going to have plenty of room for up to 6 chicken breasts, or six servings of a similarly sized food. That means you can cook three decent sized steaks at the same time. If you’re a married person, that means you can cook for your husband/wife, yourself, and even give both your kids a half portion of ribeye steak, all without having to dirty more than one dish in the cooking process, which is good when you consider that you’d need two or three pans to do that on your stove top. 

As with so many of the other grills that we looked at, the plates for the T-Fal OptiGrill are removable and treated with non-stick finish, so it’s going to be easy to remove them and easy to clean them. The T-Fal Gc702d OptiGrill Stainless Steel indoor electric grill is a great product, and one that will provide you with great food for a small family, and it even has a grease pan so you don’t end up cooking your food in more grease than it needs.

PROS
  • Designed to be easy to use
  • Removable plates
  • Grease tray
CONS
  • Literally no con to be found
8

NutriChef PKFGH14 – The High-End Behemoth

NutriChef had a lot of popularity a few years back in Hollywood as a high-end series of appliances for making fooda t home. They remain a high end group of products, and one that you should definitely consider for your own use.

This offering differes a bit from most that we have reviewed. There are no heating plates here. Instead, you have indirect heat from the heating elements that will cook your food when you close the lid. Unlike the Livart LV-982, this grill has a heating element on each side, too, which means that you are not going to have to worry about turning your food as it cooks. 

When you place the food inside, it sits on a grate that has been coated with a non-stick finish. Close the top, set the dial, and wait until your food smells like it’s done, and you will be ready to enjoy a delicious meal. The grate lifts out for easy cleaning, and the rest of the pan can be cleaned easily once it cools.

PROS
  • Easy to use
  • Indirect heat is great for things like barbeque or pulled pork or anything else that needs to be slow-cooked
  • Removable for easy cleaning
CONS
  • No direct heat means you can’t use it to, say, toast bread the same way you would a toaster or a pan
9

Presto 09020 – The Simple And Small Solution

A lot of the options that we looked at thus far have had two heating elements, one on the bottom, and one that could be applied to the top of whatever you were cooking. On the other hand, this is more of a simple grill, kind of like a hotplate, which you can cook on. It even comes with its own little spatula!

It’s an easy to use grill. What you see in that image is what you get. You have one 48 square inch surface to cook on, which means that you can cook two servings and maybe some vegetables on the side, but if you’re not making too much food and if you’re only cooking for yourself or for yourself and someone else, this is really all that you need. The plate has a very nice non-stick coating, which means that you can get even the most fragile of cooked fish off of it without having to worry about it coming apart, and if you’re looking for an easy to clean surface, a non-stick one is about as easy as it gets. Even still, the plate is easily removable, and that means that you are going to be able to stick it in the dishwasher if you would like to. 

It’s simple, it’s easy to use, and the fact is that you’re going to be happy with this if you are just looking for a kind of minimalistic grill for use in your house.

PROS
  • Easy to use and very simple. As close to plug and play as a grill gets
  • Non-stick coating makes for easy cleaning and easy cooking
  • Easily removable plate
CONS
  • Very small surface for cooking, only has elements on the bottom, no top element like in the George Foreman grills
10

Weber 55020001 Q2400 – The High-End Model

Are you looking for a grill that has the feel of a real outdoor grill, but one that you can use indoors without having to worry? Do you want a name that you can trust outdoors, a name that stands for sturdy grills that work for years on end? Do you want a quality grill that has a lot of surface area for you to grill on? If you’re looking for all of those things, then this is the grill for you.

Weber electric grills are just as good as their outdoor propane grills and even their charcoal grills. Weber is one of the titans of the grilling industry (yes, they have a whole industry) , and they have a lot of history in making great grills that will last for a long time and that will withstand the tests of new technology.

Their indoor electric Q2400 grill is a monster grill, with 280 square inches of cooking space. It uses indirect heat to make sure that your food cooks just the way that you like it without the harshness of contact with the meat, and that means your meat stays juicy and uncrisped. If you’re looking to make sure that cleanup is easy, have no fear; the grate comes out and is machine-safe (if you can fit it in a washing machine, anyway), and once the grill cools down a bit, you can disassemble various parts and clean out the grease and make sure that the element stays clean. 

All things considered, this is just a great grill for using if you’re looking to cook for a lot of people, or if you’re making a large meal for your family for a special occasion. It has a lot of power, it has a lot of heat, it has removable grates for easy cleaning, and it has a name that you can trust.

PROS
  • Removable grate for easy cleaning
  • Easy to use
  • Uses indirect heat to make sure that your meat cooks all the way through
CONS
  • Kind of big and a bit harder to clean than most of the other grills reviewed

Best Electric Grill - Buyer's Guide

Picking the right indoor electric grill for you is the kind of thing that can take a lot of thought. To be fair, some houses with very nice kitchens even come with them basic, but if you don’t have one built into your kitchen counter, you’re going to need to buy one. If you have questions about the grills that are on the market, fear not; we have answers.

How Much Surface Area Do I Need?

This is one of those questions that you will have to understand what you’re cooking and how many people you’re cooking for to know. If you’re living alone or in college, believe me that the George Foreman 2-serving grill will be all that you need and more. You can fit a sub sandwich on that thing, after all. 

In general, you can fit a chicken breast easily in 18 square inches (3 inches by 6) or a steak in about 30 inches or so. Now, if you’re getting giant cuts of chicken from somewhere, that may be a bit different, but generally, you’re going to find that the biggest singular cut of chicken that you can find without butchering your own is the chicken breast.

If you have a big family, therefore, then getting 100 or 200 square inches of surface area may be something you need. Plus, if you have 200 square inches of surface area across 2 plates, you can have one be the grill while the other is the griddle, allowing you to make both bacon and hashbrowns and eggs at the same time! Sounds great, right?

How Long Does It Take To Heat Up?

This depends on the grill and on how the heating element is situated. If the heating element is basically right under the plate, for example, it’s going to heat up almost instantly. The minute it is plugged in and running, the heat begins circulating, and modern heating elements in electric grills are able to heat up almost instantaneously. 

On the other hand, if you’re using indirect heat, somewhat like an oven, then it will take a bit of time. You have to put the food in, and then you have to give it the appropriate time to generate heat in the enclosed area of the grill. While this is happening, much like when you’re using a real grill, you cannot open the grill for a lot of time, or open it the whole way, because if you do so you are just letting the hot air out and you’re making sure that the grill will need to heat up again when you close it before it reaches its peak or proper temperature.

Either way, it’s not likely to take as much time as something like getting a pot boil or waiting for an electric stovetop to get warm. Electric heating elements in indoor grills heat up much more swiftly than that.

And yes, they are capable of cooking almost anything that you can reasonably think of. If you can think of a way to put it on these grills, the grill can generate the heat needed to cook it.

Conclusion


We’ve looked at quite a few great grills today, trying to find the best grill for you to cook your food on during those cold months when you can’t be outside with a propane grill (or with a charcoal grill, if that’s what you’re into). There are many great grills out on the market, and this list by no means is an exhaustive one that contains them all. What it definitely is is a list of great grills that you can utilize to make sure that you will be able to enjoy a hassle-free meal without having to dirty a bunch of pots and pans, and maybe even while making sure that you’re not drenching your food in additional grease.

So, which one of these many fantastic grills is the best one for making sure that you are going to be getting your dollars’ worth and also ensuring that you are going to be able to cook food the way you like? The answer is that it is the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Grill that walks away with the title ‘best electric grill’. Not just because it comes from a big name brand, but mostly because it has so many uses. You can use it as a panini press, as a grill, as a griddle, the ways that you can use it are myriad, and it allows you a lot of control when cooking.

But no matter which of these grills you feel best fits your needs, you are going to be happy with the product that you buy so long as you consider what you need and go for the grill that provides just that.