1. T-fal OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill
Starting off at number 1 we have the T-fal OptiGrill Stainless Steel Indoor Electric Grill in Silver. This electric press leaves those lovely griddle marks on your food. That makes it easy to wow guests (and your family). And, it’s a convenient size to place on the counter near a plug point.
You may have a little more trouble finding the space for the eight-serving grill, but it’s not that bad. This indoor electric grill has a drip tray for catching fats, which makes it perfect for grilling meats.
It seems to nail chicken every time. Hold the phone, you get a whole lot of options here. There are six automatic cooking programs (burger, fish, poultry, red meat, sandwich, and sausage).
That’s usually enough to make a home cook excited, but it gets better still. There’s a cooking level indicator accompanied by audible beeps that alert you to the current stage of your meat – rare, medium, and well-done.
Interestingly, there’s also a manual setting and the ability to cook meats from frozen. (Did you just fall off your chair; we did when we found out for the first time.) Yep, the drip-tray and the removable plates are dishwasher-safe.
But, we urge you to read the manual regarding the removal and positioning of those plates; its not always as easy as you would think. And, you really don’t want to apply too much force.
2. George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor
At number 2 we have the Black. No need to keep gas canisters or charcoal on hand for this grill; this George Forman grill works anywhere you have an electrical plug point.
That’s right; this baby is electric even though it functions mostly the same as an outdoor grill. The grill plate does, however, have a fat collection tray. Which is just what you would expect from Foreman, even if it were not the sort of thing you would find on most outdoor grills.
If you aren’t aware of the way a Foreman grill works, we urge you to consider watching this classic infomercial from 1996. Yes, the ol’ boxer has been changing people’s eating habits for that long.
In any case, this indoor grill is best for cooking meats because it removes all the extra fat, leaving your meats healthy and lean. There’s a single control dial that allows you to make adjustments from low to high.
You may need to fiddle with it a bit, but it doesn’t take long to get it right. The grill plate is wonderfully dishwasher-safe, as is the removable drip tray. Both of those will make your life easier, though we urge you to get those pieces washed as soon as they are cool enough.
The body of this unit is an electrical appliance, though, so that’s a wipe-with-damp-cloth sort of thing. We’d say it’s a steal for anyone that loves to grill but is relegated to working on a balcony (or hiding in the kitchen). You can also get a two-year or three-year protection plan to safeguard your investment. We kind of love that.
3. Hamilton Beach Indoor Flavor-Searing Grill.
At number 3 we have the Hamilton Beach Indoor Flavor-Searing Grill. You can use this electric appliance as both a grill and a press. And, it does both remarkably well.
Think about meats and sandwiches when looking at this particular model. We think it does the meats much better, but the sandwich function makes this a viable machine year-round.
You will have some control over the temperature, but it all comes from a single dial that allows for settings between 200 and 400 (plus seer). There is an indicator light and that’s rather useful since it is important to heat this machine before adding your foods to it.
The removable hood, grill plate, and drip tray are dishwasher-safe. And that’s a real bonus, but you may need to wangle to get the hood in. After all, you can fit up to eight servings on the nearly 120 inches of non-stick grilling space.
Considering what this indoor electric grill does and how well it does it, you should expect it to cost more.
4. Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill
At number 4 we have the Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill. This awesome appliance is an electric grill, griddle, and press in one. And it does each one of those things really, really well.
Meats are a solid option, as you would expect from any indoor grill of this caliber. But, c’mon, this baby has a dedicated panini setting and we’re still dancing around the room about that.
You can adjust the temperature between 310 and 450ºF. The digital readout shows you when the temperature is in the right place and if it dips at any point. There’s also a searing option. And, then there’s that dance-worthy panini setting that you and everyone you know will rave about.
Add to that the six adjustable height settings and you’ve got yourself a machine to love. It’s just what you would expect for the price, isn’t it? Dishwasher-safe plates and a removable drip tray.
5. Delonghi Perfecto Indoor Grill.
And for our final pick at number 5, we have the Delonghi Perfecto Indoor Grill. As you would expect, this is one of those indoor electric grills that sit on a countertop fairly close to an outlet.
Keep in mind this is one of the larger countertop grills, so make sure you have the room to accommodate it. You get a drip tray with this appliance, so you know it’s good for meats.
But, it doesn’t do a bad job with veggies either. The embedded heating element means the grill distributes heat evenly. That’s great if you’re cooking the same foods across this grill. The lack of hotter and colder sides, however, means you’ll need to pay attention if you’re cooking veggies as well as thick steaks.
You get an adjustable (and removable) thermostat along with a dial of heat settings (from one to five). It’s not the most advanced temp control system, but you do get that evenly cooked food.
It’s got a non-stick coating. You’ll need to wipe the drip tray and the grill plates clean. The same goes for the body of the appliance. At that point, you may as well hand wash the glass lid too.
You can have an indoor electric grill that feeds a crowd of people. Now, the grill plate is non-stick coated, so you will need to work a little harder to protect your investment, but what appliance lasts forever (especially at this price point)?
So that sums up our top 5 best smokeless indoor electric grills. We hope you enjoyed it. If you did please leave a comment. Until next time have a great day.