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Small Kitchen Appliances

Best Indoor Electric Grill

Electric grills are related to the old electric burger makers that were so popular during the 70's. They are heated on one or both sides of the top and bottom, the food is placed on them and the cover is placed down on top of the food. Depending on what style you desire, you can get a flip-up grill or an actual grill type with a cover. Either way, these indoor electrics make some of the finest steaks, burgers or kabobs which can equal the best restaurant fare.

These types of grill take far less electricity to use when cooking, as opposed to heating up a stove top or an oven. If you use them on a regular basis, that presents the potential to save money on your energy bill every month. No appliance cooks faster when it comes to burgers, dogs or steaks, and they can be a regular part of your cooking regimen that will give a good account of themselves with every meal or snack made on them.

The grills we’ve chosen for this list all feature designs which channel away extra fats and oils, and by doing so, they provide a heart healthy alternative to regular pan frying. They’re also equipped with variable temperature control/output so you can actually perform precise cooking tasks like searing meat. These are all portable options as well, so you can use them on virtually any counter top and perfect for smaller spaces like dorm rooms and RV's; because of their smaller size, they’re easy to store under cabinets or other limited spaces.

George Foreman GRP1060B 4 Serving Removable Plate Grill

The George Foreman GRP1060B 4 Serving Removable Plate Grill is the model that started it all, and virtually every other electric grill is a copy. The Foreman grills come in a variety of sizes and styles; this one which can provide four servings is enough for a family, but you can get these same grills in a nine serving iteration. This unit heats up quick and can be dialed hot enough to sear meat, so just plug it in, put on your food, and get cooking! The removable grilling plates wash easily in a dishwasher and so does the grease drip tray. Simple and easy to use, it makes some of the best grilled food you’ve ever eaten. Better still, it comes with a three year limited warranty, the best on our list.

Brentwood TS-640 Indoor Electric BBQ Grill

This may be the best electric grill that you've never heard of, but if you want a unique design, check out the Brentwood TS-640 Indoor Electric BBQ Grill. This is the only grill which has actual grates, so you can sear picture-perfect grate marks on burgers, steaks and chops. It also has a flat plate grill on the side for even more cooking versatility along with an adjustable temperature selector. The grills open top allows more heat to escape upwards, so you may have to do minor temperature adjustments during cooking. The unit is made to wipe clean although the drip tray is removable and dishwasher safe. It comes with a one year warranty, but if purchased at a department store, you can get an extended warranty for a few dollars more.

MaxiMatic EMG-980R Elite Gourmet Electric Indoor Grill

If a round grill better suits your needs, the MaxiMatic EMG-980R Elite Gourmet Electric Indoor Grill, 14-Inch has got you covered. The ridged design lets you sear your food with grate markings for show showy presentation at meal time. The big 14-inch round grill gives the Maxi-Matic a unique shape, and the temperature adjustment selector lets you dial in five different temps you need for any type of food.

You'll need to flip your food since this is more of an open top grill and only cooks on one side. Also, you need to ensure make you use plastic or wooden utensils to avoid scratching the non-stick coating. However, it it does come with a tempered glass cover to keep the heat in while watching exactly how the food is cooking. Both the cooking surface and the drip tray are dishwasher safe, but of all the grills on this list, it takes the longest to pre-heat up to a cooking temperature.

T-fal GC702D OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill

The T-fal OptiGrill literally takes the guesswork out of cooking with six different grilling pre-sets, burgers, poultry, sandwiches, fish, red meat and pork, and once pressed it will sense the thickness of the item and cook until done. There’s also a lighted cooking level that shows whether the cooked food is rare, medium or well done, the grill actually beeps at every level, so you can remove your food when it’s at your preferred wellness. Extras include a floating hinge for panini sandwiches, pre-heat function, defrosting capabilities, an ergonomic handle, and the plates are removable for dishwasher washing. While this is the most expensive grill on this list, but it is also the most versatile.

Procter-Silex 25218 Compact Grill

If you are new to indoor grilling or just want a little grill for you or a partner, the Procter-Silex 25218 Compact Grill may be all you need. It cooks as good as any of our other picks, yet it’s the least expensive grill we’re featuring.  The Procter-Silex 25218 Compact Grill has only enough room for a couple of burgers and maybe 2 small steaks, but it will give you true indoor grilling flavor at a price virtually anyone can afford. The plates are not removable, but the non-stick coating makes them easy to damp-wipe clean while the drip tray can be either rinsed or placed in a dishwasher. Additionally, the power cord is a bit short, so you'll need to be near an outlet to use it. While there’s nothing fancy about the Procter-Silex 25218 Compact Grill, it does provide efficient, indoor grilling results which are as tasty and as good as anything else on this list.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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