Grilled food is not only delicious but also healthy. The most important health benefits of eating grilled food include less fat, minerals and vitamin retention, and nutrients preservation. But while many people like grilled meat and vegetables not all of them have an outdoor space to put their grill. The simple solution to this matter is using an indoor grill. The market offers us plenty of choices, some of them being quite attractive. The main advantages of having an indoor grill include the lack of dangerous fumes, the compact design, or the possibility to save some money. However, in comparison to outdoor grills, the indoor ones don’t offer the same flavor to your food. But sometimes in life, you need to make small compromises.

We thought it would be much easier for you if you skipped the searching process for your future indoor grill. We took the liberty to choose 5 of the best models but only after a rigorous selection. All of them are electric grills, offering you the possibility to grill food regardless of the weather outside. They are very convenient as they are easy to use and clean and come with some nice features. More about them will be detailed in the reviews, but for a quick comparison, you can first take a look at our comparison table.

Top 5 Indoor Grills Comparison

 

1. Breville BGR820XL 2. Cuisinart GR-4N 3. T-Fal OptiGrill GC702 4. Delonghi BG24 5. Hamilton Beach 25361
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Design

Size&Weight
Dimensions (in.) 14 x 14 x 5.75 13.50 x 11.50 x 7.12 14 x 13 x 6 19.7 x 13.2 x 6.7 12.4 x 16.73 x 6.8 1
Weight (lbs.) 22 13.2 11.6 10.8 8.14
Color&Material
Color Silver&Black Silver&Black Silver&Black Black Silver&Black
Body Material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel N/A Stainless Steel

Specifications

Power&Wattage
Power Source Electric Electric Electric Electric Electric
Wattage 1800 1500 1800 1500 1200
Cooking Area&Programs
Cooking Surface (sq. in.) 130/260 100/200 93 192 118
Programs/Functions/Modes 2 Modes 5 Functions 6 Automatic Programs & 2 Modes
Plate(s)
Number of Plates 2 2 2 1 1
Non-Stick Surface
Removable

Convenience

Drip Tray
Handle
Viewing Window Tempered Glass Lid
Controls Dials Dials Push-Buttons Manual Thermostat Dial
Indicator Light(s)
Audible Beeps
Dishwasher-Safe Accesories Plates Plates, Drip Tray, and Scraping Tool Plates and Drip Tray Drip Tray Plates and Drip Tray
Recipe Book

Features

Element IQ Technology Reversible Plates Cooking Level Indicator Detachable Thermostat Adjustable Temperature Control
Interchangeable Plates Dual Thermostats Automatic Sensor Cooking Keep Warm Setting Remobavle Grill Cover
Adjustable Temperature Control
Backlit LCD Screen
30-Minute Timer
Adjustable Height

Warranty&Support

Warranty 1-Year Warranty 3-Year Warranty 2-Year Warranty 1-Year Warranty 1-Year Warranty
User Manual
Customer Support
Online Support

Grills Reviews


1. Breville BGR820XL

This grill has plenty to offer if you like grilled food. It features a simple and elegant design that fits any kitchen decor. However, it is pretty heavy in comparison to the other models, so you may consider finding a permanent place for it. At 1800 watts it is very powerful, being able to cook the food pretty fast. It features 2 modes that make it more versatile. The panini mode presses the food on 2 sides at the same time and offers a cooking area of 130 sq. in. In this mode, the height of the top plate can be adjusted according to your preferences. With the barbeque mode, the plates open 180 degrees for enjoying a cooking surface of 260 sq. in. For more cooking styles, the appliance features 2 interchangeable plates, one ribbed and one flat. Both plates are made of cast aluminum and are coated with titanium infused Quantanium.

This model distinguishes itself by some advanced features. The Element IQ technology helps recover heat loss when cold food is placed on the plates, minimizing the time for reaching the desired cooking temperature. With the help of the time and temperature dials, you can set a countdown timer for a particular cooking time or you can set the grill to 3 different temperature settings. The backlit LCD screen will display both the selected temperature and the timer. The light of the screen turns blue when you turn the grill on or orange when is pre-heating or when is ready to cook. The appliance is warranted for a period of 1 year and includes a drip tray.

PROS
CONS
  • Includes one ribbed plate and one flat plate which can be easily switched
  • Automatically adjusts the temperature for fast heat recovery
  • Large LCD screen that displays the time and temperature
  • The top plate features multiple height options for pressing both large and small food
  • Can be used as a panini press or as a open flat barbeque
  • Heavy construction
  • The plates don’t feature individual heat settings
VERDICT

With plenty of options and cooking styles, this grill takes indoor grilling to the next level. You can use it to prepare a wide variety of healthy foods without worrying about the hassle of cleaning it. However, high quality comes at a price as this grill is more expensive than the other ones selected. Also, it is not completely flawless as it is rather heavy. Also, we would’ve wanted it to have separate temperature controls for each plate.

2. Cuisinart GR-4N

Another great option to go with is this model made by Cuisinart. The model has a nice design and is twice lighter than the previous model. What we like in particular is the fact that it can be used in multiple cooking styles. There are few grills as versatile as this one when it comes to grilling food. Each of the 2 plates has one grill side for preparing meat, vegetables, burgers, etc. and one griddle side for eggs, bacon, pancakes, etc. Also, you have the possibility to use the grill closed with a cooking surface of 100 sq. in. or opened with a cooking area of 200 sq. in. This, combined with the reversible plates, results in 5 different cooking combinations: contact grill, full grill, full griddle, half grill and half griddle, and panini press.

A great advantage is that you have separate temperature control dials for both griddle and grill functions. This is possible due to the 2 built-in thermostats. Also, the 1500W power allows you to cook your food fast and evenly, so your meal will be ready in no time. The appliance doesn’t feature an electronic display but the dials are very easy to use and highly responsive. Besides the drip tray, the appliance also includes a scraping tool to gently clean the plates after you finish cooking. For ease of mind, the manufacturer offers a 3-year warranty.

PROS
CONS
  • The plates have 2 different sides (grill and griddle) and they are reversible for more versatility
  • Separate temperature control dial for both the grill and the griddle function
  • Includes a scrapping tool for easily cleaning the plates
  • Comes with a generous 3-year warranty
  • Fast heating time
  • The buttons designed for holding the plates are made of plastic, so they are susceptible to a short lifetime
  • The drip tray is rather small
VERDICT

Less expensive yet innovative and versatile. If we take into consideration the many positive reviews from the customers, this model will not disappoint. Also, it is more affordable and is covered by a long warranty. The only complaints are the poor quality of the buttons that hold the plates and the small grease catcher.

3. T-Fal OptiGrill GC702

With this appliance, you won’t need an outdoor grill. To make things easier for your, the manufacturer added the controls on the handle, so you can quickly customize it according to your preferences. It provides a cooking surface of 93 sq. in. so from this point of view, this appliance is smaller than the others reviewed by us. The great thing is that it comes with multiple programs and modes. There are 6 pre-set programs that allow you to cook the perfect burgers, sandwiches, sausages and pork, red meat, poultry, and fish. Additionally, there are 2 modes you can choose from. The first one is designed for frozen food and the second one for cooking your own recipes.

An innovative feature that caught our attention is the cooking level indicator. Using color codes and audible alerts, the grill lets you know when the meat has reached the desired level of doneness. In this way, no matter if you like rare, medium, or well-done steak, it will always taste as you please. Another great feature is the automatic sensor that detects the number of items and their thickness and adjust the temperature accordingly. Furthermore, it includes 2 die-cast aluminum plates with non-stick coating which are easy to remove and clean. Also, it comes with a drip tray and is covered by a 2-year warranty.

PROS
CONS
  • The audible alarms and the color-coded lights let you know about the level of doneness of steak
  • Automatically detects the thickness and size of the food and adjusts the temperature
  • Features multiple cooking programs for various types of food
  • The frozen mode allows you to cook frozen food without previously defrosting it
  • Push-buttons conveniently placed on the large handle
  • Not very generous in terms of cooking space
  • The audible alert could be louder
VERDICT

All in all, this is a good product that will help you prepare delicious meals. The built-in automatic programs and the manual and frozen modes are pretty innovative and simplify the cooking process. It is budget-friendly, easy to clean, and durable. However, it is not suitable for a numerous family.

4. Delonghi BG24

Unlike the other models, this one has a slightly different design, being similar to a pan. Instead of having 2 plates to press the food at once, it has only one plate covered by a tempered glass lid. The appliance provides a generous 192 sq. in. cooking surface, allowing you to cook for more persons at the same time. At 1500W it is powerful enough to reach the desired temperature very fast. It is less versatile than the other grills as it doesn’t have multiple modes or programs to choose from. Instead, it comes with a detachable thermostat that allows you to choose the desired cooking temperature.

For added convenience, after you finish cooking, the grill can keep the food warm until is ready to be served. The handles are cool to touch and there’s an indicator light that lets you know when the grill is on or off. The cooking surface is made of die-cast aluminum with non-stick properties. It also comes with a drip tray made aluminum. Unfortunately, the appliance doesn’t include a recipe book as the other ones do and is covered by a standard 1-year warranty.

PROS
CONS
  • Features an adjustable thermostat to set different cooking temperatures
  • The keep warm function keeps grilled food at a serving temperature
  • Has cool-to-touch handles
  • Generous cooking surface
  • The lid allows you to monitor the cooking process
  • The grill can’t be removed, so cleaning it may pose some difficulties
  • Due to the bulky design it occupies a lot of space on the countertop
  • The grease catcher is rather difficult to remove
VERDICT

This model is ideal for big families as it provides a cooking surface of up to 192 sq. in. It lacks innovative features but it is very easy to use. It is budget-friendly and comes with an adjustable thermostat that can be removed. The major flaws of this grill are the bulky design and the fact that you can’t remove the grill to clean it. Also, it’s rather tricky to remove the drip tray.

5. Hamilton Beach 25361

In comparison to the other grills reviewed so far, this one is lighter. This allows you to handle it with ease in the kitchen. It has a pretty interesting design as it features a viewing window to monitor the food. But this also means that it has only 1 plate with a cooking surface of 118 sq. in. Even though it doesn’t feature any programs or functions to customize your cooking style, it won’t disappoint. The adjustable temperature dial allows you to select the desired cooking temperature for various foods.

The non-stick plate as well as the grease catcher are removable for a convenient cleaning. At the same time, the grill cover can be also removed and hand washed. The indicator lights let you know when the grill is on and when it reaches the selected temperature. Unfortunately, the appliance doesn’t have other features but we like the fact that it heats up fast. Just like most grills, it comes with the standard 1-year warranty.

PROS
CONS
  • Adjustable temperature for different types of food
  • Viewing window to monitor the food while cooked
  • Removable grill cover for easy cleaning
  • Lightweight design
  • Ready-to-use light lets you know when it reaches the selected temperature
  • Short power cord
  • The lightweight design makes it less stable on the countertop
  • At 1200W it is not very powerful
VERDICT

Overall, this grill is a nice option to consider. Maybe it lacks the advanced features of other similar appliances, but it is easy to use and clean. Also, it is very lightweight, but this also makes it a little unstable. We like the viewing window and the preheat lights. However, the appliance is less powerful and the power cord is rather short.

The Most important Aspects to Consider


The quality of the griller you use influences the taste, tenderness, and juiciness of the food. For this reason, you should pay attention to some aspects that differentiate good grills from the poor-quality ones. When we selected the products, we took into consideration the following features:

Features Details Best Option
Power The models with a high wattage are able to reach the selected temperature quicker. For this reason, a good grill should have approximately 1400-1500W. The more wattage, the better. Breville BGR820XL; T-Fal OptiGrill GC702
Cooking Surface The cooking surface is directly linked to the number of foods you can grill. Models with a large cooking area are ideal for big families. However, they are less compact than smaller grills. Ideally, for small families, you should get a model that can cook at least 3 burgers and have a cooking surface of 80-100 sq. in., while for large families you should opt for a model that offers plenty of space for 6 to 8 burgers, with a cooking surface of more than 180-200 sq.in. Breville BGR820XL; Cuisinart GR-4N; Delonghi BG24
Cooking Style Currently, you can find grills for indoor cooking with more styles like open grill, contact grill, or panini press. For more versatility, is best to opt for a model that features multiple functions. Cuisinart GR-4N; Hamilton Beach 25361
Adjustable Temperature The possibility to adjust the cooking temperature allows you to select different temperatures for various foods. Most models have a maximum temperature of 450°F. In general, the ideal searing temperature ranges from 400°F to 450°F. Some grills allow you to also opt for temperatures as low as 150-200°F. Cooking vegetables at low temperatures helps better preserve their nutrients. Breville BGR820XL; Cuisinart GR-4N
Removable Plates Models that have removable plates are easier to clean. For more convenience, most of them can be washed in the dishwasher. All, except for Delonghi BG24

Tips and Tricks for a Delicious Grilled Food


Here are some tips that will help you get the most out of your indoor grill. They are pretty simple but they can really make a difference when it comes to taste. It’s not all about the grill but also on the grilling technique.

  • Thin and Uniform Cuts: This applies to all types of foods, but especially meat or fish. By cutting meat or fish in thin pieces will help fasten the cooking process. At the same time, in order to grill them uniformly, make sure you cut the meat in even and uniform pieces.
  • Add Smoked Spices:In order to get that smoky flavor, add spices like smoked paprika, dark beer, smoked salt, and so on. You can also add your favorite herbs for a more delicious taste.
  • Marinate Meat:Use a barbeque sauce and mix it with lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper. Put your meat or fish in the marinade and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes. You can marinate food overnight but make sure you omit the salt or acid.
  • Spray the Grill Plate with Oil:In order to prevent vegetables stick on the grill, spray the grill with olive oil. However, don’t exaggerate as you’ll end up adding too many calories.
  • Allow the Grill to Reach the Desired Temperature:Don’t put food on the grill if it haven’t reached the desired temperature. Otherwise it may stick to the grill and eventually tear. And as if it weren’t bad enough that your meal will be ruined, you’ll also have to deal with a pretty messy grill.


While is true that not all indoor grills provide the same performance, these 5 models selected by us are very appreciated by grill lovers. The models on the first 3 places are more advanced as they come with innovative features like fast heat recovery, reversible plates, or cooking level indicators. If we take a closer look we can see that Breville BGR820X easily differentiates from the others in various ways. Additions like the LCD display, 30-minute timer, or interchangeable plates make it very practical and versatile. However, if you’re not willing to pay more money, this appliance may not be what you’re looking for.

A great alternative is Cuisinart GR-4N as it successfully combines an affordable price with great features. Also, it is covered by a 3-year warranty instead of 1-year. The versatility of this grill consists in having 5 different cooking functions. However, if you want to opt for a simple grill that allows you to set the desired temperature and monitor the cooking process you can go with either Delonghi BG24 or Hamilton Beach 25361. The first one offers a more generous cooking surface and is slightly cheaper, while the second one is very lightweight.

Frequently Asked Questions



?How to Clean the Appliance?

As a general rule, you always have to unplug the grill and wait to cool completely before cleaning it. Start by removing food residues from the plate(s) with a plastic spatula. In case it is possible, remove the plate(s) and handwash it/them with warm water. Avoid using abrasive cleaning solutions. If the plate(s) are dishwasher safe, just rinse them with water and add it/them in the dishwasher. The same principles applied to the drip tray. The exterior of the grill can be cleaned with a damp cloth.
?Are Electric Grills Dangerous?
In comparison to indoor gas grills or outdoor gas and charcoal grills, the electric ones are much safer. Nevertheless, you always have to follow the safety instructions provided by the manufacturer in order to prevent any possible incidents.
? How Much Time Does an Indoor Grill Take to Preheat?
In order to reach the desired temperature, an electric grill doesn’t need more than several minutes. Of course, the time varies from model to model. For more convenience, some of them have indicator lights or audible alerts that let you know when they are ready to use.

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