Grilled foods have an undeniably unique taste that might seem impossible to replicate without going outside to fire up your grill. Fortunately, there are a lot of great indoor options that can grill with the best of ’em. In this article we’ll go over the top five models for indoor use and help you choose the best indoor grill for your needs.
Quick Summary - Best Indoor Grill Overview
- Our #1 pick for best indoor grill is the Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe, which provides ultimate versatility, cooking performance, and ease of use.
- You can think of the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler as a “lite” version of our top choice – it’s slightly smaller, and while still versatile, it doesn’t provide quite as many cooking options as the GR-150.
- If you’re looking for a simple, “no-nonsense” indoor grill, the Hamilton Beach Indoor Flavor/Searing Grill is for you.
- The Philips Smoke-less Indoor Grill is a sleek, modern, top of the line model that uses infrared technology to ensure evenly cooked food.
- If you want a grill you can use indoors and out, check out the George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, which comes with a handy removable stand.
What to Consider Before Purchasing an Indoor Grill
Here are a few factors to consider when choosing the best indoor grill for your needs:
For many people, a key consideration is size: the grill you’ll purchase will depend greatly on whether or not you normally cook just for yourself, for two or three people, or for a crowd. You may think that you should always just purchase the largest grill, so that you have the option to cook for multiple people when the occasion arises, but be careful: the larger the cooking surface, the longer the grill will take to preheat. If you’re usually only cooking for one or two, the flexibility may not be a good trade-off for this wasted time.
And the size of the cooking surface is not all that matters – you’ll also want to make sure you choose the right sized grill for your living space, so that you can store the grill out of sight when you’re done cooking.
Ease of Use and Adjustability
Many of the indoor grills on the market are foolproof. You simply plug them in, wait for them to preheat, throw on your meat and vegetables, and wait for your meal to be ready. Sometimes, however, this simplicity comes with a downside. These less-complex grills will lack the adjustable temperatures other models provide.
As with size, this is a trade-off where you’ll have to weigh your own personal preferences against the options available. Your choice of grill will depend on whether you want a set-it-and-forget it grill for a lazy night at home grilling hotdogs and hamburgers, or an adjustable grill that can make impressive date-night steak and seafood dinner.
Ease of Cleaning
Often going hand-in-hand with a simple grilling experience is a simple cleaning experience – after all, what use is a gadget intended to speed up and simplify cooking it if you have to spend too much time scrubbing it clean afterwards? If this is something that matters to you, you may want to consider going with a grill that can easily be taken apart and cleaned using a dishwasher, or at least one with fewer nooks and crannies that make cleaning stuck on food a nuisance.
Here are the in-depth reviews of our top five best indoor grills:
1. Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe Review
The Cuisinart GR-150 Griddler Deluxe claims our top spot mainly due to its extreme versatility. While it has the official title of “Griddler,” it can do so much more. The two nonstick cooking plates are removable and reversible: one side has elevated grill lines, while the other is a flat griddle surface.
The upper cover is adjustable to six different positions – raise it to a higher position for melting, and lower it for contact grilling and panini pressing. And if you need to cook a ton of food, no problem! The grill opens up completely, meaning the upper cover can lay on its back, creating a total cooking area of 240 square inches.
And don’t worry, you’re in complete control of cooking temperatures with this grill! Choose anywhere from the lowest “warm” setting to the SearBlast option, which locks in flavor and juices while cooking at 500 degrees Fahrenheit for up to two minutes. Additionally, with DuoControl Heating, you are free to choose a different temperature for each cooking plate. That means you could warm up buns on one side while grilling burgers on the other.
And when it comes time for cleanup, the GR-150 makes the process quick and easy. The removable cooking plates, in addition to the drip tray and scraper, are dishwasher safe.
2. Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler Review
As mentioned in the quick summary, this Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler is the “lite” version of our top choice, the GR-150. Think of it as a little brother. At only 5.07 pounds, it is easily the lightest grill on our list. However, it still offers a relatively large grilling area with its 9″ x 11″ reversible grill / griddle plates. You can use these plates as a press, or double your grilling surface by flipping the top half open completely.
This unit also has super simple controls. There are just three knobs that allow you to select a type of cooking (griddle vs. grill/panini) and a temperature for each type. The griddle knob allows you to choose a temperature in degrees (200 – 425), while the grill/panini knob has warm, low, medium, high, and sear options. It also has helpful red/green indicator lights to let you know when the grill has reached the set temperature. Just like with the GR-150, cleanup is a breeze – just throw the removable cooking plates, drip tray, and scraper in the dishwasher.
If you want a versatile indoor grill that is lighter and just slightly smaller than the GR-150, the Cuisinart GR-4N might be the best indoor grill for you.
3. Hamilton Beach 25360 Indoor Flavor/Searing Grill Review
The Hamilton Beach 25360 Indoor Flavor/Searing Grill is the simplest grill on our list and lacks some of the features offered by others. However, it still packs a punch, and if you want a relatively small and lightweight machine just for grilling, this is the best indoor grill for you.
It has an adjustable thermostat, so you’ll be able to easily cook foods that need a lower temperature, like fish, on this grill. It can also reach high heats for searing – and manages to do so in almost five minutes. It’s ideal if you want to cook two to three portions of food at a time – any more, and you may want to look for a larger grill. But if you’re not looking to cook for more than a few people, the quality and adjustability of this grill enables you to easily cook food with a taste that rivals any other.
Furthermore, cleaning is a snap – this grill comes with a drip tray to catch fat and juices, and the grill plates pop off and easily fit in the dishwasher. Plus, its clamshell design allows you to easily tuck it away in a small space between grilling sessions. If you want convenience from start to finish without sacrificing taste, this might be the best choice for you.
4. Philips Smoke-less Indoor Grill HD6371/94 Review
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The Philips Smoke-less Indoor Grill HD6371/94 has a unique modern design, as well as some hi-tech features. It puts a strong emphasis on ease of use, and while some will love the convenient cooking process it creates, others will be left wanting more control.
Philips has designed this grill with a focus on absolute simplicity, making it truly a set-it-and-forget-it experience. Plug the grill in, wait a bit over five minutes, and you’ll have a searing hot surface at your disposal, in addition to special reflectors that reduce cooking time by applying heat from all sides. This convenience extends throughout the cooking process: the grill boasts a drip tray and advanced infrared heating technology designed to eliminate smoke and splattering, and it can be easily disassembled and put in the dishwasher.
Another advantage that comes with the lack of adjustability is consistency – removing the variability of adjustable temperatures means that ten minutes of cooking on this grill will cook your meat to the exact same doneness, every time. This Philips grill allows you to cook burgers, hot dogs, chicken, and steak in a pinch for a family of four, without requiring you to look up ideal grilling temperatures and fiddle with knobs.
5. George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill Review
This George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill is a great choice if you’re looking for a grill that can be used both indoors and outdoors. Just attach or remove the optional stand based on the weather or your mood.
Note that this grill is the largest and heaviest model on our list. It is just over 20 pounds with the stand attached. It provides a large, 240 square inch grilling area. This is equivalent to the Cuisinart at the top of the list, but remember that the GR-150 folds up, while this George Foreman grill has a single, circular grilling surface. You will easily be able to cook for a crowd, hence the “15-serving” descriptor in the title, but this grill will take up a relatively large amount of space on your counter and wherever you choose to store it.
Operating this grill is easy, and it doesn’t matter if you’re gently cooking vegetables at a lower temperature or searing a steak – just choose one of the five heat settings with the adjustable temperature control. Another great feature is the nonstick coating, which obviates the need for extra oils or butter and also makes cleanup a lot easier.
At this point it’s probably clear to you if this grill would be a good match for you. If you want something large that can also be used outside, this is the one. If instead you want something smaller to only use indoors, cross this one off of your list.
As I hope you can see from our list, there is truly no single, one-size-fits-all best indoor grill. The Cuisinart GR-150 is our top choice due to its versatility and ease of use, but there may be a better model for you, depending on how and where you will use your grill. Whatever you decide on, we hope that this list was a useful tool in choosing the best indoor grill for your needs.
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