The warmer seasons bring with so many fun activities for everyone. Whether you want to ride your Vespa in the sunny streets, enjoy a large scoop of ice cream at the park or grill scrumptious meat poolside whilst you enjoy a cold beverage – warmer seasons offer the right environment.
Sometimes, we want to take these activities with us well into the colder seasons when staying out long in the outdoors may not be the best idea. The majority of us enjoy that nice smoky taste on our grilled meat and veggies.
Sure, you can’t take the warm sun and scenic views with you, however, you can still indulge in the juicy and mouthwatering flavors of grilled food.
This is thanks to indoor grills. One might even say these bad boys bring about a revolutionary addition to our lives. You get to enjoy the same quality charred flavors of your grilled food whilst maintaining the safe smoke and heat drenched free comfort of your living space.
Plus, some really good indoor grill models even boast cost-cutting multifunctional designs to help elevate your dishes.
Best Indoor Grills for 2020 – Quick Look
(Click on the name of any grill to read its’s in-depth review)
|Cuisinart Indoor Grill|
|42.75 sq. "||4 Servings|
|George Foreman GRP1060B|
|60 sq. "||4 Servings|
|Hamilton Beach 25361||118 sq. "||6 Servings|
|George Foreman GGR50B||250 sq. "||15+ Servings|
|PowerXL Smokeless Grill||108 sq. "||6 Servings|
|Cuisinart CGG059||146 sq. "||8 Servings|
|T-fal GC70||94 sq."||4 Servings|
|Delonghi BG24||140 sq. "||4 Servings|
|Aroma Housewares||120 sq. "||4 Servings|
|Zojirushi EB-CC15||N/A||6 Servings|
1. Cuisinart GR-4N – Best Overall Indoor Grill
The Cuisinart 5-In-1 GR-4N series makes it first on the list and there’s reason to that.
Fabricated by renowned and a household name in the culinary industry, this Cuisinart grill offers style, compactness, versatility and cost value.
From its durable stainless steel construction to its five function design, the GR-4N series has become a household essential. And it’s incredibly low price tag makes it worth the investment.
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Featuring five different cooking options, the Cuisinart GR-4N offers a well-rounded, portable and compact cooking solution for the household. Its durable and corrosion-free stainless steel housing offers a proper protective finish to allow you to use the grill – as long as you have access to a power outlet.
Furthermore, the GR-4N series lets you prepare anything from pancakes and eggs to sausages and burgers. So for your next family picnic, get together or even a lazy Sunday morning inside the house with your family, you can’t go wrong with the Cuisinart grill.
The multifunctional grill measures 13.50 inches long, 11.50 inches wide and 7.12 inches high to seal off its compact build. Its low weight at only 8 lbs. accounts for its lightweight, compact and easy to carry built. The countertop grill unit works as a contact grill, Panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle.
The control knobs allow you to set the grill or griddle option. Each set function features an adjustable temperature control so you can set the perfect temperature for whatever you are preparing. The indicators even set you up to get ready thanks to the red and green indicator lights that let you know when the desired temperature is achieved and grill is ready for use.
And even at its highly functional capacity, the indoor grill offers a reasonable power consumption of 1500watts. In a closed position, the GR-4N series performs impressively as a contact grill cooking anything from steaks to burgers.
As you double your grill surface are by fully opening the grill on both sides, it transforms into a full grill. In the same position, with griddle plates, the Cuisinart indoor grill functions as a full griddle. Thus, in the same position, by carefully arranging the plates, you can sue the indoor grill as a half grill and half griddle.
If you are in the mood for a good Panini, simply return it into a closed position, set the right temperature and let the hinge floating handles assist you with making a flavorful pressed Panini.
- Multifunctional build.
- Affordably priced.
- Removable and easy to clean plates.
- Dual temperature controls.
- Grease management is somewhat not enough.
When it comes to versatility in cooking appliances – the Cuisinart 5-In-1 GR-4N indoor grill rakes the prize. The high performance and versatility the grill offers are noted to be out of this world. The grill’s well thought out and creative design also incorporates the perks of a durable stainless steel housing, proper heat dissipation on the plates, and flavorful meals. And all this at an extremely cost-cutting price. Plus, the brand itself is enough testament to its functions before you even get to them.
2. George Foreman GRP1060B – With Faster Heating
The George Foreman GRP1060B indoor grill delivers the functionality of a 21st-century cooking appliance.
Skillfully designed to enhance flavor whilst significantly reducing fat content in your foods, the George Foreman grill is the pinnacle of masterful creations.
Like the retired boxer George Foreman itself, the indoor grill embodies the effective, reliable, unique and lean mean and fat reducing results.
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The George Foreman grill is designed with the practicality of human behavior. Fats and grease in your average food enhance flavor and we tend to believe that without it, the flavor is compromised.
The George Foreman brands use this very same concept to innovate its grill unit design. The indoor grill is built that it reduces significant fat without affecting the flavor.
The GRP1060B features a fat removing slope. The patented George Foreman fat removing slope helps to effectively and reliably remove up to 42% fat from meats for that perfect lean meat taste. The 60 square inches surface area of the grill on the other end offers just enough space to allow you to prepare 4 servings concurrently.
As you begin to grill your meals, the indoor grill impresses you with its accelerated heating up and heat dissipation rate. So you can live by the “less time cooking and more time eating” slogan. Once plugged into the power outlet, the grill heats up 35% faster than other standard indoor grills. The heating process incorporates a clamshell design allows heat to dissipate simultaneously on all surfaces of the grill plate.
The non-stick coating eliminates the need for butter or oil as you cooks whilst ensuring even the most delicate of food such as fish doesn’t stick to it. The nonstick coating also helps to accelerate the speed of cooing and make cleaning a smooth process.
In fact, the nonstick coating cooking plate is termed to be three times more durable, easy to clean and effective than other standard grill cooking plates. The PTFE free ceramic cooking plates also feature a removable design to allow you to easily toss than into the dishwasher for a full clean.
The George Foreman GRP1060B series also features a durable and protective plastic housing. This should leave you worried about the durability of the grill or even the possibility of heat dissipation. In fact, it works the other way round, with the thick plastic housing enhancing the grill’s durability and quality.
The plastic housing fabrication also accounts for its overall extremely lightweight built at less than a pound. This makes storage and movement simplified and easy.
- Extremely lightweight and portable.
- Makes up to 4 servings in a single cook.
- Extremely affordable.
- Efficient grease removing design.
- The power cord is short.
The intrinsic and advanced grease removing design of the George Foreman GRP1060B series improves your overall dining experience. As simple as it may appear, the design’s multifunctional purpose even includes enhancing the quality tee grill. With effective grease management, less residue and blockages occur, thus making it more effective. The non-stick cooking plate coating also complements the grease management design. The high heating rate on the other end is made possible by the effectiveness of the latter designs and helps to deliver that unforgettable meal taste to your palate.
3. Hamilton Beach 25361 – Electric Indoor Grill
The Hamilton Beach 25361 Electric Indoor Grill is ideally designed to deliver searing and flavorful meal sophistication.
The adjustable and full sealing design of the grill is what makes it great at locking in flavors and meat juice for that long-lasting and palate-pleasing satisfaction.
If you want to bring out the Thomas Keller in you in the comfort of your home – the Hamilton Beach grill takes you a step closer to producing professional chef standard meals.
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The Hamilton Beach indoor grill is designed to fit the hustles and bustles of a contemporary 21st century home. Cooking and grill shouldn’t be hardened labor with sweaty and greasy skin in today’s world. And that is exactly what the 25361 series grill offers.
The smoke and condensation free grill allow you to cook even all day long without a stain on your clothing. Yet, the flavor of your meals is elevated to a whole new level. The indoor grill boasts the secrets to giving your meat a perfect sear giving you the juiciest and leanest meats.
Simply plug the grill into a power outlet, and gauge the temperature control to the desired temperature. At the maximum temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit, the LED light indicator brightens up in green, allowing you to toss in.
When you toss even the leanest cut of meat into a highly heated greased skillet, you may end up with a thick, rubbery and not so tender meat. However, this is not the case with the Hamilton Beach 25361 series, this searing grill is specifically designed for its function and accommodates even the worst of cooks.
The high searing temperature has been well researched, tested and designed to enhance the tenderness and lock in juices. And as you keep grilling your meats, the grill carefully regulates and cooldowns till you get that perfect finished sear. On the removable lid, the grill integrates a drip tray to carefully and efficiently manage greasy and meat remnants.
A convenient window is attached to the lid as well to allow you to visually track your cooking. As they say, a good cook can determine the cooking consistency of the meat by a simple look and touch. And after your grilling session, the experience doesn’t have to end there.
The indoor grill boasts a smart and easy to clean design so you can have a clean and efficient grill for your next cooking session. The Hamilton Beach 25361 series is equipped with a removable lid, drip tray and non-sticking cooking plate to make cleaning a breeze. This design also helps to maintain and preserve the grill’s quality and durability.
- Ideally designed to grill meats.
- Generous surface area is enough for up to 8 simultaneous servings.
- Hood, drip tray and cooking plates are removable for easy cleaning.
- The window helps you track your cooking.
- Takes some time to heat up.
The Hamilton Beach 25361 series is the searing contender among indoor grills. The Hamilton Beach brand puts in focus and well-thought-out inventiveness to enhance this function for the grill. Yet, it doesn’t mean that the grill’s capacity is limited to this function. At lower temperatures, the grill still allows you to perfectly grill your meats and vegetables. The conveniently placed lid window on the other end enhances precision and accuracy on your cooking by allowing you to constantly track the progress.
4. George Foreman GGR50B – Perfect for Large Serving
At a standing position and generous surface area, the George Foreman GGR50B series is the ultimate family solution for both indoor and outdoor use.
The electric grill comes with an environmentally friendly design involving no charcoal, no gas, and no flare-ups.
And after your grilling session, it easily disassembles into smaller components for easy moving and storage. The top half on the other end easily transforms into serving ware.
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Whether you want to flip burgers, grill steaks, roast vegetables or even make some heat dependent desserts – the George Foreman GGR50B series is an excellent choice. If you choose to use it on your patio or even the backyard, the attached removable stand allows this option.
Remove the stand and it rests comfortably on your kitchen countertop, allowing you the comfort to grill anywhere. The low profile countertop stand is fitted to the bottom of the rill to offer some elevation for safe grilling. Simply make sure you are in proximity to a power outlet. Additionally, the same low profile countertop stand can be used to support the top half of the grill to act as a serving dish.
The grill’s removable ceramic cooking plates on the other end complements the patented fat removing slope design for effective grease discarding to maintain the grill’s high functionality, performance, and food quality. Plus, with the generous 15+ serving, you can entertain family and friends – even during the festive sessions.
The grill is further fitted with a temperature probe that allows you to choose up to five heat settings to create ideal cooking conditions. The tip lid design of the grill also controls the moisture and tenderness of your meats and vegetables.
This is done by simply gauging and opening or closing the lid vent. Simply turn the lid handle clockwise to open the vent. Opening the vent allows air into a degree and lets vapor escape thus, allowing your cooking to be drier. Otherwise, turn the lid handle anticlockwise to close the lid vent and trapping moisture to retain your meat juices.
The full electrical design and fabrication of the grill eliminate the potential use of charcoal or gas. This, in turn, means that there will be no flare-ups or smoke generated making it apartment approved.
At a controlled power consumption of only 1600 wattage, the indoor and outdoor grill performs to its full capacity. So with a small investment, you can enjoy weekday grilling for a quick dinner inside your apartment and grilling poolside on a leisurely weekend afternoon.
- Makes a generous 15+ serving with a single cook.
- It can be used indoors or outdoors.
- Moisture trapping dome lid.
- Effective grease management.
- The stand is a little too light.
The George Foreman GGR50B series brings with revolutionary and next-level craftsmanship to enjoy grilling. The ingenious design on the grill comfortably allows you to use it in the comfort of your kitchen countertop with ease. And the very same design allows you to spread your wings in the outdoors during a typical weekend grilling session with family and friends as you gulp down a cold crisp beverage. The environmentally safe, no charcoal, no gas, and no flare-up design of the other end is one to reckon with.
5. PowerXL Smokeless Indoor Grill – With LED
If you are a fanatic of sleek design and clean operating technologies on household appliances – the PowerXL Smokeless series indoor grill is your new pal.
The interchangeable griddle plate and a turbo speed smoke extractor technology deliver charred outdoor grilled like meats and vegetables – smoke-free!
The tempered and highly protective glass lid on the other end helps to retain moisture to elevate the flavors of whatever meal you are preparing.
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The PowerXL Smokeless series features a deeply thought out conceptualization of an indoor grill. Not all of us are healthy or boast strong enough respiratory systems to withstand the smoke of standard grills. However, after the launch of a smokeless indoor grill, even those that suffer from asthma and other breathing problems can still enjoy grill with the same results as those you get from standard outdoor grills.
The PowerXL Smokeless series is masterfully designed to eliminate harmful smoke when you are grilling indoors. So your kitchen, living space or patio will never be the victim of dark soot stains or unpleasant and irritating smoke in the air. The indoor grill does this efficiently thanks to its patented Turbo Speed Smoke Extractor Technology.
This innovative smoke extractor technology features a built-in smoke extracting fan which helps to fully remove all the hot and smoky air generated during grilling. The Turbo speed fan draws up the smoke and odor back into the grill whilst the water tray in the grill absorbs the smoke.
This is how the PowerXL Smokeless series proves to be an outstanding contender in this area. The Smokeless grill heats up to an even and constant temperature depending on your desired temperature settings when plugging into the power outlet. Additionally, the grill heat dissipates evenly throughout the grill and griddle surface without leaving even the tiniest of blind spots.
So when using the grill, you don’t have to worry about overcooked steaks or under the grilled chicken. The LED smart temperature controls on the grill also allow you to digitally set your desired grilling temperature up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit with clarity.
The PowerXL smokeless indoor grill series boasts a compact tabletop design that delivers portability, space-saving, and high performing results. The grill also comes with an interchangeable non-stick grill and griddle ceramic plate combo.
Together, these surfaces offer the ultimate versatility whether you want to make eggs, pancakes, Paninis or steaks. The grill also features a drip tray that effectively drains out excess grease and oils. The super strong and weather-resistant aluminum housing on the other end fortifies the grill to make it of high quality and durability.
- Effective smoke and odor removing technology.
- The heating element comes with a detachable power cord for easy cleaning.
- Reliable temperature regulation.
- Interchangeable grill and griddle plates.
- A little difficult to clean the heating element.
The PowerXL Smokeless indoor grill series offers next-generation cutting edge performance in indoor grilling. Delivering the same or even more char results to your meat and vegetables, the PowerXL Smokeless offers clean and safe operation inside your home. One might even say that this is one of the green solutions we need in our homes to play our part to combat the environmental doom the global is currently facing. Its sleek design and elements housed in the subtle yet attractive aluminum housing significantly add to the overall look of your modern kitchen.
6. Cuisinart CGG059 – With Enamel Cooking Gate
With portability stamped construction, the Cuisinart CGG059 offers a well-rounded solution for both indoor and outdoor needs.
At the beach, at the campsite, on your patio or kitchen countertop, the indoor grill works exceptionally well. Its ease of set up and ease of use makes the 8000 BTU gas grill worth the purchase.
And its limited gas use saves you quite a buck in daily operation compared to the four-digit wattage electric grills.
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For a small investment, the Cuisinart CGG059 series gives you a well-rounded alternative to your regular electric grill. And it’s gas consumption design, allows you to use it anywhere as long as you can carry and transport it there.
The portable option from the renowned household name, the CGG059 attests to the brand’s diversification in appliance design. Yet, the one thing it’s appliances hold common is the guaranteed quality, performance and practicality that each of their indoor grills holds. It is no wonder why the Cuisinart CGG059, make it on the list of the top portable grills.
This means that whether you are thinking of grilling a soft-skinned fish like Salmon or a thick sirloin steak cut, the Cuisinart CGG059 series has this capacity. However, if you are looking for a high capacity grill to feed you and your friends, the CGG059, may not be the best option.
Thus, the portable gas grill works best for couples or a small family. Fitted with enamel steel cooking grates, the grill offers a grilling surface area of up to 146 square inches. The design and choice of cooking grate material provide an even heat distribution throughout to help maintain precision cooking.
The sturdy sharp and weather-resistant finish on the cooking grate ensures durability and efficiency in cooking. However, due to its sharp and pointed design, if not carefully observed, it risks puncturing your meats or vegetables, especially softer and tender meat. This may also be an issue during cleaning as lots of remnants and greasy remains will stick to the cooking grates pointed areas.
To make the setup process as easy as possible, simply connect a 1-pound propane gas tank or 20- pound tank with an adapter. Push the ignition and twist the knob to the desired temperature and begin grilling. And as you grill, the hood can be easily lifted out up to allow for cook tracking and easy accessibility to the food.
And once you are done, simply collapse the supporting legs at the bottom of the grill. Lockdown the lid and use the handles at the top of the lid to transport, move and store the grill.
- Weather-resistant enamel steel grates.
- Portable and easy to move around design.
- Cheaper operating cost.
- Ideal for a couple or smaller family.
- The sharp and pointy design of the grate may affect cooking or injure the cook.
When you think portability in grilling – the Cuisinart CGG059 series should also be part of your thinking. Just because you are in the wilderness camping or don’t want to spend money on a cheeseburger at the beach, it doesn’t mean you can’t grill good quality meat on your own. And the Cuisinart CGG059 ensures that you do. And with its gas consumption design, you don’t have to worry about searching for a power outlet. Nothing can come between you and a grilling experience with a view wherever you are.
7. T-fal GC70 Indoor Grill – With 6 Presets
The T-fal GC70 Indoor Grill eludes many of us with its simple exterior design. Yet, it offers outstanding and advanced functionality.
With over six automatic cooking programming, the indoor grill lets you put out a display of mastery in the culinary arts in the comfort of your kitchen.
And don’t worry about the high price tag; its investment will prove to be worth every penny you spent on it.
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With the T-fal GC70 indoor grill, you have your meal prepping solution in the kitchen. And the excitement and ambiguity never end. Just because you choose to depend on one cooking appliance, it doesn’t mean your kitchen life will be boring and predictable.
Built with six automatic cooking programming, the grill lets you cover more than a thousand different recipes, all in one grill. The automatic cooking programs offer desired settings and temperature to cook six key food categories.
The categories include burgers, poultry, sandwiches, sausages, red meat, and fish. Furthermore, the T-fal GC70 series also features two cooking modes to further customize your cooking for even better results and food quality. The first mode allows you to cook frozen foods without risking quality. The second mode on the other end is a manual design. It allows you to cook the food in the way that you want.
The removable cooking plates are built with die-cast aluminum. This gives them a durable and heat-dissipating quality whilst its non-stick coating allows for a clean cook. Plus, after you remove the plates and drain tray, you can thoroughly clean them in the dishwasher.
The indoor grill also supports proper cleaning and easy monitoring with indicator lights and audible beeps to gauge the cooking consistency of your meats. This process is powered by an automatic sensor cooking technology. The sensor technology functions by detecting the number of food items on the grilling surface.
This, in turn, allows for the articulately set monitoring which communicates with the indicator lights and beeping notification for when the meat is cooked to your preset consistency, i.e. rare, medium or well done. Furthermore, the sensor system also capacitates the grill to automatically detect the thickness of your meat cut.
The detection, in turn, makes the grill to automatically adjust the grilling temperature according to the size and thickness of the meat. And to help you to easily transition into using the indoor grill more consistently with easy, the T-fal GC&0 series comes packaged with a free recipe book for some practice cooking.
- Automatic cooking programs allow for precision cooking.
- Thickness measurement technology ensures your meat is properly cooked.
- Easy to move cover allows you to accommodate different meat sizes.
- The heat sensor helps to adjust the cooking time.
- The programming system may require recalibration.
The T-fal GC70 series combines complex and advanced technology to make your life easier. Each technology design incorporated with the indoor grill complements the other. The six food programming design allows you to pick the right settings for the food category you are grilling. The two-mode cooking design allows you to focus on the condition of the food, frozen or room temperature. The heat sensor system and thickness adjustment on the other end seal the final cook perfecting deal.
8. Delonghi BG24 – With Heat Resistant Handle
The Delonghi BG24 Perfecto series ooze class, portability and high grilling function. And the grill offers all this at a fraction of the average price.
The grill also features generous surface to make a meal from – so for those quick weekday single pot grilled steak and veggie dinners, the Delonghi BG24 Perfecto has you covered.
The built-in thermostat that comes with the grill also enhances your chances of perfecting the grilling of the juiciest meats and scrumptious vegetables.
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If both flavor and appearance are important to you then the Delonghi BG24 Perfecto may just be the ideal option to go for. If you are creative enough you can even use it interchangeably as a standard indoor grill or to impress company as you imitate a hibachi on your dining room table.
The indoor grill offers generous grilling surface, smoke-free operation and subtle black aluminum finish with a classy tempered glass lid. The heating element on the grill is embedded thus, delivering heat evenly to the non-stick cooking plates. And as you grill, the articulate drip tray beneath the plates effectively taps all the excess grease and oils from the meat.
On the sides, the Perfecto grill is also fitted with non-splatter shields so no grease or debris splatters to the sides of your grill. This ensures that your kitchen is always a clean and neat sight. The fitted temperature controls help to customize your cooking to the desired heat level.
In fact, the surface is ideally designed to provide up to three or four single servings of meat. Thus, for a small family, it offers more than enough space to whip up a quick midweek dinner. The Delonghi Perfecto also works to a temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning that even the thickest meat cuts will be fully cooked with no incident.
The indicator light for the grill, however, may not be as elaborative as with other indoor grills. The indicator light only shows the basics i.e., when the grill is on and when it is warming. The non-clam shell straightforward design of the rectangular Delonghi indoor grill also makes it easy to clean.
The indoor grill allows you to easily detach and remove elements that can be tossed into a dishwasher or hand washed. These elements include the plates and the drip tray. The detachable thermostat can simply be removed and safely stored away until ready for use later. The heating element on the other end can be delicately wiped to remove any debris after it has fully cooled down.
- The built-in thermostat makes cook tracking easier.
- Rugged tempered glass lid effectively retains moisture and juices.
- Affordably priced.
- Generous grilling surface.
- The power cord is very short.
The functionality and design of the Delonghi BG24 Perfecto indoor grill match its name – Perfect! The combined design and performance of the grill make it just the right appliance to have for indoor use. And as its exterior design showcases its appropriateness for presentation every chance you get, so does its function. As it is built with utmost efficacy, minimal manual labor, and smoke-free grilling experience, it does it’s well thought out design concept justice.
9. Aroma Housewares Grillet – With Auto Shut Off
The Aroma Housewares Grillet series combines its utter compactness, and 3-in-1 multifunctional abilities to make it a worthy contender on the top ten list.
In actuality, for a small and contemporary family, the Grillet series might just be the convenient solution for those typically busy schedules.
The grill offers functionality as both a hotpot, grill, and slow cooker so you can cook, grill and store your meals in one place.
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Whether you want to simmer, steam, slow cook or grill, the Aroma Houseware ASP-218Grillet series gives you a single pot option for this. Plus, the single pot grill also comes with perks, no long setups, no fumbling with the stove and a lot of cost-saving.
The 3-in-1 grill also proves to be just enough for a small family or a small group of friends. Its generous 4-quart capacity allows you to prepare a 5 serving dish at a go. And even if it doesn’t fit the confinements of your small family home, the grill is also ideal for dorms and other small living spaces.
And a weight of less than 6 lbs., the grill offers just the right amount of portability and convenience sought after. To accommodate the slow cooker and hot tub functions, the 3-in-1 grill is designed to be a little deeper than your standard indoor grill, hence, the 4-quart deep capacity. Its 14-inch wide surface on the other end offers ample room to accommodate as much grub.
Inside your small living space, ample cooling and ventilation is already a delicate issue. Thus, you don’t want to add more strain to your air quality. The air quality regulating design of the Aroma 3-in-1 is what also contributes to its being an ideal option for smaller spaces.
The indoor grill features a built-in fan technology to help suck in smoke and smoke odor during grilling, thus, leaving your indoor air crispy clean and clear. The portability that the grill comes with means constant moving and transporting.
Thus, the bottom exterior base of the grill is designed to completely heat repelling. Thus, even if your grill is in operation at temperatures high up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, touching the base of the grill will not burn your skin. The only setback to the otherwise perfect grill is its surface material, as to tend to peel after the usage for a long period.
- 3-in-1 versatile design.
- Extremely small and convenient to transport and carry.
- The automatic shut off prevents overcooking.
- Cool-touch exterior prevents injuries.
- Surface material peels over time.
For a small family or small living space, the Aroma Housewares Grillet indoor grill offers just what you need. Imagine a 3-in-1 grill, slow cooker, and hot pot, without the need for the stove as it powers itself. The design and function of the grille open you up to a myriad of dishes you can prepare in the comfort of your home. Furthermore, the grille also offers a cost-effective option for your rather smaller household because it eliminates the need to separately invest in a steamer, slow cooker or hot tub.
10. Zojirushi EB-CC15 – With Low Power Consumption
The perfect dimensions of the Zojirushi EB-CC15 make it compact and portable enough to fit into your travel bag.
Quality and excellent char grilling abilities of the grill, however, are not downplayed or diminished by its smaller frame design.
Its open surface and solid base support design allow it to even function as a tabletop grilling station when you are entertaining in your home or apartment.
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As much as you are a sucker for the juicy buttermilk fried chicken, try a healthier grilled option and you will see the change. Try making a healthier grilled chicken using the Zojirushi EB-CC15 indoor grill and notice the changes in your health and eating trends. The indoor grill guarantees bursting flavors from whatever type of dish you make with it – be it red meats, sandwiches and Paninis or fish.
Plus, if you are one for convenience, the EB-CC15 is also an ideal choice all thanks for its fast heating mechanism. The grill boasts an open style design that features a 1,300-watt heating element that helps to evenly and quickly heat your cooking plate.
Or you can even choose to cook larger portions – for example, the grill will comfortably accommodate and grill a whole fish. The grill temperature gauging allows you to set the cooking temperature as low as 176 degrees Fahrenheit and as searing high as 415 degrees Fahrenheit.
The grill’s engineered design allows you to grill different meats to perfection thanks to its non-stick cooking plates. The drip pan and grease slopes also help to effectively collect greasy remnants and oils for proper discarding. This also helps to maintain your grill’s efficient performance and smoke-free operation. The drip pan is also microwave safe.
As much as perfecting the cook on your meat and vegetable is it also important to maintain safety. The Zojirushi indoor grill excels in this area. The grill is built with cool-touch side handles and a base to always protect you from the heat. The power cord is also detachable so during serving time o, cleaning or storage, you can simply detach it and store it separately in a safe place.
But the grill’s safety doesn’t end there. To protect you from power surges and malfunctioning, the indoor grill will not work if not properly and articulately assembled. And during cleaning, the process is simplified thanks to its easy disassembling steps and dishwasher friendly components.
- Easy to carry portable construction design.
- Lightweight build at only 1 lb.
- Easy disassembling process.
- Will not heat up if not correctly assembled.
- Not designed with a cover.
The Zojirushi EB-CC15 indoor grill is perhaps favored for its smooth presentation qualities and excellent grilling performance. In fact, the indoor grill boasts a not –so sophisticated design but with utter practicality. This gives it that must-have essential kitchen tool vibes. And it is with reason, if you are looking for a simple indoor grill for all year round “outdoor grill” results then you can’t go wrong with the Zojirushi EB-CC15 series. And the perks are that it will generously service 2 to 4 people at a time.
Indoor Grills – Buyer’s Guide
An indoor grill is a unit used to prepare food by grilling. It generally makes use of electric power supply and is an effective counterpart to the conventional outdoor grilling.
They come with an open grill where the food can be placed and grilled.
Indoor Grills vs Outdoor Grills
The chief distinction between an indoor grill and an outdoor grill is its place of use. Suggestive to its name, the former essentially marks its presence indoors while the latter is to be used outdoors.
Although both of them are evenly fashionable, it’s only worthwhile to compare their pros and cons.
In terms of flavor, the outdoor grills win by a large margin. The grilled fares of the outdoor grills have no comparison. They are known for their luscious and appetizing flavors. Although indoor grills do not fail to provide you with a laudable flavor, it is safe to say that it pales in comparison to the taste rendered by the former.
But take no prisoners when it comes to judging the taste- there are indoor grills that have been so cautiously and carefully designed, that it strives to deliver flavors as close to the traditional outdoor treat.
However, indoor grills have to be credited for their ease of use. You do not have to break into a sweat trying to put together all the necessities in one place. Rather, you can effortlessly prepare and savor the experience, all within the comfort of your home.
Winner: Outdoor Grills
Expectantly, when it comes to utility, the indoor grills win by an avalanche. They are so much easier to use and handle. Oftentimes, they come with components that are easily portable from one place to another. This makes it trouble-free to carry around, place it anywhere of your choice and conveniently prepare your favorite dishes.
Furthermore, you can use it effortlessly anytime, at the press of a button. On the other hand, outdoor grills are more difficult to use. One has to assume a number of precautions/ preparations prior to its usage. This takes away the probability of it serving as an everyday appliance.
Winner: Indoor Grills
Unlike the outdoor grill, you do not have to constantly flip the food in the indoor grill. This is because the foodstuff gets grilled at both sides simultaneously. Therefore, the cooking time is less in comparison to the former.
Winner: Indoor Grills
When we compare the size of an indoor grill to that of an outdoor grill, we find that the former is a more compact option. One will require a balcony or garden for placing the heftier outdoor grills.
The small size and the portability of the indoor grills certainly give it an edge in the run.
Winner: Indoor Grills
Undoubtedly, the functionality of the indoor grills is more pronounced than that of the gas grills. While an outdoor grill runs on propane or natural gas, it is competent to deliver the best flavors. An indoor grill, on the other hand, comes decked with numerous functions that effectively deliver superior flavors. With its unique set of options that the user can choose from, one can modify the temperature, cooking options, etc.
Winner: Indoor Grills
The maintenance can get a bit tacky with grilling. This is because of the fat and oil getting accumulated over the cooking process, making it really difficult to get them off of the appliance. However, both indoor and outdoor grills come with removable components, lessening the complexity in cleaning and maintaining them after use.
Indoor Grill Structure Types
As you venture on to purchase an indoor grill, you might just wonder about the various aspects to consider before placing an order. Here are some things you can mull over.
When it comes to this version of an indoor grill, you can be assured of even distribution of heat throughout the foodstuff. That is a single most favored feature of pressed grills. One can also regulate the various levels of cooking and the amount of heat by pressing down with diverse pressure patterns.
A preponderance of grill presses is fashioned with temperature dials, a noteworthy enhancement over the previous models. Hands down, the press edition of a grill or griddle is the most popular option available in the marketplace.
With the help of flat-tops, one can observe their food getting cooked and make sure that they come out without burning. You are also provided with the flexibility to flip the food without burning them. One downside to using these is how it loses some distribution to the open air
Although they are not at all popular if you manage to get your hands on them, be assured to get the complete cooking experience of food, thanks to the even circulation of warmth.
How to use an indoor grill
When compared to their outdoor counterparts, indoor grills are outlined for its ease of use. This allocates easy means to achieve great flavors from the comfort of one’s home. That too, without having to be troubled about fuel, smokes or fire.
The first step in the preparation is to plug in your indoor grill. If you have resorted to a non-stick option there would not be a great deal of preparation to do. However, if you are using an option that is not non-stick, do consider rubbing a little bit of oil into the cooking surface.
After this, all that is left for you to do is to switch in the grill and increase the temperature to maximum. This is especially necessary if you are cooking meat- you’d have to wait until the grill reaches its maximum temperature in order to get a good sear.
Leave your grill intact for brief minutes (preferably 5-10 minutes, but more if you are using a grill made from cast iron) Once you feel like the grill has warmed up satisfactorily, be ready to start grilling. All you have to do is place your foodstuff onto the grill and wait till it’s cooked perfectly. There are several things that are worth noting at this stage.
Firstly, it’s imperative to add only a small portion of the food at one time. This is because placing outsized portions of cold food onto the grill will take away the heat, causing a slow cooking process and decreased searing.
Secondly, bear in mind that it takes a longer duration to get your food cooked perfectly on an indoor grill. So don’t put your knickers in a knot and rush the process. Go in slow and steady, for blameless cooking. And finally, always double-check that your food has been completely cooked before you start eating.
How to clean an indoor grill
Indoor grills oftentimes come layered with non-stick surfaces that cannot be cleaned and cleaned with the identical wire grill brushes as outdoor grills that are uncoated. Opportunely, scores of indoor electric grills are trouble-free to clean than their heavyweight outdoor grill correspondents, simplify the efforts required considerably.
The majority of indoor grills trail similar simple steps as far as cleaning is concerned. As the foremost step, swab all morsels and wobbly units from the grill surface and into the drip tray, prior to baring the drip tray and returning it to its position.
After that, wipe up the grill with the help of a yielding cloth or nylon brush and tepid soapy water. Follow with scrubbing with a supple brush to get rid of obstinate remains. Swab down all water and soap into the drip tray. Then drain the drip tray and sanitize it, either by hand or in the dishwasher depending on the listed stipulations by the manufacturer.
Lastly, bear in mind that a number of electric grills have detachable grates. In those situations, you can bathe the grate additionally in the sink or in the dishwasher, if the model of the grill in inquiry is dishwasher protected.
Types of Indoor grills
The exquisiteness of a stovetop grill lies in its ability to provide you with complete charge over the cooking temperatures by the means of your stove’s knobs/controls. The frame is positioned atop the heat font and food to be cooked on the rack. Straightforward and unproblematic!
One of the flipsides to using these, include the lack of means to prevent the liquid from dripping onto the stove. This way, the grease, drippings, water, and sauces are likely to spill on to the adjacent areas, soiling your kitchen space.
This is an electric indoor grill intended to be assembled on your countertop, competent in producing its own power to warm up the grill. In short, these are in essence, a warm platter or a compact electric burner with a grill or girdle attached to the design. It is different from the stovetop grill in the point that it does not require a stove.
The exquisiteness of these open countertop grills is that they typically present additional cooking space when compared to closed countertop grills. Complete control over the heat produced is ensured with the knobs or buttons it comes decked with. This enables you to grill the food at the temperature you want. (Low/high)
Nevertheless, this option lacks a lid which prompts the grease, liquids, and oils from your fares to splatter and squirt around the kitchen space. They tend to get a lot messier than closed countertop grills. Additionally, you can only cook one side of the food at a time with the help of these making the cooking time longer.
Ingeniously designed to sit on your countertop, a closed countertop grill is an electric indoor grill that uses its self-generated power to heat up the grill. They do not have an open design but rather, a lid that locks on your food.
While using these, be assured of decreased cooking time as both sides of the food get cooked simultaneously. One can also use it for cooking meat, grilling vegetables, sandwiches, paninis, and even fruits.
One of the shortcomings of these includes being less versatile than other grills-the foods have to be thin enough to allow for the lid to close suitably. It also suffers from a decreased surface area.
Features to look out for
When considering a prospective grill, you will need to contemplate on appropriate food capacity. The size of the group you are cooking for plays an integral role in the selection. You may want to look into the size of the group you are cooking for. This will assist you in assessing your alternatives by getting rid of those that are too tiny or gigantic for the number of servings you require.
In nearly all cases, open countertop grills offer up to 140 sq. inches of surface area. This can fit at most four servings. Conversely, closed countertop grills have a comparatively bigger surface area of up to 200 sq. inches. This is excellent for about six servings. Also, their utility is increased further by its dual-surface provision. This means that both the lid and grill can be made use of for the cooking, subsequently decreasing the cooking time.
When deciding on the size of the grill, bear in mind the number of people you need to cook for. If you want a grill that is longer and larger inbuilt, opt for the open type grills. Its single surface area is a real winner. Then again the closed grills possibly will be less fittingly but it gives faster yield since food is cooked on both sides.
If you are someone with huge spaces to accommodate your grill, go forward with open grills, If you have a huge space to place your grill, you can opt for open grills. For smaller kitchen spaces, countertop grills with closed lids are the best pick as it takes very little room and gives you more area to work.
Most indoor grill’s material composition boasts of metal. The latter’s ability to withstand high temperatures without undergoing damage makes it an ideal fit for the picking. Nonetheless, there are some grills constructed from plastic or hard silicone.
They offer great protection to your hands from potential burns. Although they pale in comparison to metals, you need not shy away from using grills constructed from them. Metal components are occasionally integrated into these.
The heating element of the appliance is an integral component that we simply cannot do away with. It provides warmth by adjusting to an elevated temperature. Nearly all grills make use of the electric-powered heating element. Competent of reaching up to a temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit, this feature is excellent for food such as chunky meat that requires high temperature to cook.
In spite of its substantiation, it is still not a requisite. All you have to be concerned about is the even distribution of heat throughout the grill area ensuring proper cooking and heat division at the same rate.
This feature allows light to turn on in order to alert the user should the grill reach the desired temperature. For amateurs, it is an admirable way to determine if the grill is ready to be used for cooking. This is a significant characteristic of food that entails a specific temperature setting to cook.
The closed indoor grills come with a lid that helps trap the smoke and heat within the grill. This ensures the meat is moist and does away with the smell. Nevertheless, there are open grills that come with a lid. Nowadays, most grills hot the market with a metal lid. Although the heat-trapping capacity is greater, the majority of users favor a glass lid that assists them in monitoring the food while cooking.
The time-honored way of grilling is to use that generally does not come with a power switch. The user will require plugging in and out of the equipment. However, it is preferable to opt for a grill that offers a power switch. The latter allows you to turn off the grill without completely plugging it out. This does away with the danger of forgetting to unplug after use.
This feature serves as a notification and glows up when the grill reaches the preferred temperature. For amateurs, it could be an exceptional means to establish if the grill is ready to be used. This feature is greatly significant for food that necessitates a definite temperature setting to be cooked.
If you are cautious of your meat constantly slipping and sliding when grilling, you might want to consider the non-slip or non-skid feet in a grill. Although not many people are appreciative of this, it is gaining ground fast.
With the newest advancements, there are grills that hit the market which allows users to disassemble the components. This helps significantly in cleaning and dumping out any remnants after coking.
When it comes to grilling, the surfaces that you are cook on plays a very important role. Nearly every indoor grill has a flat surface or griddle. Nonetheless, there are grills that tender reversible or two-in-one griddle and grill surfaces. Whatever the feature is, it is imperative to make note of your cooking necessities.
You will certainly require a drip pan, also known as a grease tray, which collects all the juices and grease from the meat during the cooking process. If you do not use a drip pan, there is an increased risk for the grease to catch fire. The drip pans also come in handy when you are cleaning up. All you will need to do is that the juices or grease will cause a fire. Moreover, it is also a great help when cleaning up. The cleaning process becomes easier as you just need to dump it out and wash it according to instructions.
Advantages of indoor grilling
Easy to Use
Using an indoor grill is incredibly straightforward. One does not need to be an experienced cook to use it. It is an easy and sustainable option because it is not straightforwardly linked to any flame. To ensure your safety, do closely follow the instructions. You also have to maintain the grilling rules. The probability of hurting yourself is reduced to nil if you maintain the rules.
In the unprecedented life, we lead, it is difficult to resort to an option that takes away too much of your time. Cooking with an indoor grill is not at all time-consuming. It prepares the meat to be cooked really tenderly. The flavors are almost the same as that of the outdoor grill.
Fits in small space
Indoor grills are renowned for their compactness. They require only a small space owing to their size. A majority of indoor grills are countertop. One can be assured to evade the hassles of installation.
When compared to an outdoor grilling system, indoor grilling systems are extremely inexpensive in comparison. Therefore, they are capable of producing almost the same result as the outdoor grills, but at a lower price.
As mentioned beforehand, cleaning the components of an outdoor grill can be quite problematic. It often creates a mess and requires a ton lot of preparation to set up. Therefore, cleansing them can get time-consuming and difficult on a lot of levels. However, cleaning an indoor grill is not that hard. It requires no additional preparations. Additionally, the components including which require manual cleaning are dishwasher free making it all the more easy to clean up.
Faqs related to the Indoor Grills
Do indoor grills smoke?
Contrary to a common misconception about indoor grills turning to a fire alarm drill, they are rather not at all smoky. However, they do produce some smoke. But this is nowhere near to the smoke outdoor grills create. Unsurprisingly, when food gets cooked on an extremely searing surface, it will create smoke. This shouldn’t come across as a problem as long as you are not burning your food or catering on an unclean surface. To prevent excess smoke, be careful to clean the surface thoroughly. Get rid of any leftover food and keep in a dirt free. This will ensure that your meat gets prepared perfectly. You might also want to avoid turning up the temperature to the maximum. It is a common mistake and causes the foodstuffs to burn up. Lastly, do pour in some oil to the surface of the pan before heating up the grill. This will prevent the food from getting stuck to the surface.
Are indoor grills safe?
Yes. There are definitely safer options when compared to outdoor smoker grills. The risk of smoke is reduced considerably. That, along with added precautionary measures reduced the risk factor to practically zero.
Is indoor grilling healthy?
Speaking generally, grilling is a great way to prepare food compared to other alternatives. It is also healthier. They are safer substitutes when compared to gas or charcoal grills. They are less prone to pick up disease-causing compounds into your food. For maximizing health benefits, you can always use foods that are low in fat and calories.
How long does an electric grill take to heat up?
It will take practically 5-15 minutes or more, according to the electric grill you are using. For preparing food, it is always advisable to preheat up to ten minutes. This will help you cook food at lower temperatures, to perfection.
What is the wattage of an indoor grill?
1500 watts. Commonly, the higher the wattage, the greater would be its hotness. That means grills with 1500 watts or more, will heat up faster and hotter than a 1000watts. The power requirements should be centered on your needs. If you are intending to use the grill for sandwiches or preparing burgers, you will only need the 1000 watts indoor grills. On the other hand, if you want to prepare demanding servings, you should go in for an indoor grill with higher power wattage.
What type of utensils should I use to cook on the grill?
You can make use of a wide array of utensils for your grill. This may include spatulas, forks, tongs, and basting brush.