In this article we are going to be talking about grills you can used indoors, and hopefully we can help you find one that will suit your needs. Like most folks, we love to grill outdoors, but the weather sometimes makes this impossible, especially in the winter months. Or perhaps you have moved into a place without a garden, and you still want to grill. This is where grills that can be used indoors come into use. We are going to be talking about some of the features to look out for, then having a look at some of the best models you can currently get. Let’s start things off by discussing some of the different kinds you can buy.
What kind of indoor friendly grills do you get?
There are a few different varities of grills, so lets have a look at what is on offer. Now the first is the full on indoor gas grills. There aren’t too many on the market, but most of these cost in the range of $2000+ such as the Profire Grill (pictured to the left), which is a hang of a lot to pay for such an item. The main issue with using a gas grill indoors is that it can be very dangerous. Gas grills produce a large amount of carbon dioxide which can be fatal unless there is proper ventilation for the gas to escape. If you decide to purchase one of these gas grills, then you must have a proper ventilation system set up to prevent any damage to your health. Because of the large cost involved, and the need to make a ventilation system for these types of grills, we cannot recommend them as being a worthwhile purchase. However it isn’t all bad news, there are much cheaper alternatives available which produce similar results. These are known as electric grills, and we’ll talk about them below.
Electric grills are the most popular type of indoor grill you can currently get for a few reasons. You can buy some for under $100, and they are safe and easy to use. This is why we would strongly recommend them over a gas grill. You won’t get the same cooking results as you would from an electric style grill, but the results are still very decent in comparison. Obviously there is a taste difference, but most folks are more than happy with the results from their electric grills. You should also bear in mind that you would likely pay less than 10% of what a built in gas grill would cost you, so that is quite a difference in price! For this reason we would say they are a much easier, cheaper and trouble free grill to get.There are quite a few different electric grills on the market, all of which come with different features and sizes to choose from.
There are some features to look out for when choosing an electric grill. The first main product specification you should look out for is the power output of the grill. Some of the cheaper grills simply don’t have enough power to cook things effectively, so a unit with a decent heating capacity is what you want. As a general guideline, we would say that anything about 1300 watts should give you enough power to cook anything very thoroughly.
Next up you should consider the size of the cooking area. Some of the cheaper grills have a small cooking space that is only useful for making food for a handful of people, which is no good if you have a large family. Most units list the measurements size of the cooking area, so keep this in mind of you need a larger sized unit.
With these features in mind, lets take a look at some of the more popular grills currently available on the market.
The first unit we can recommend is the Cuisinart GR-4N 5-In-1 Griddler. This is a very popular model, and has a 1500watt power output. As the name implies, this can be used 5 different ways for a variety of uses such as a contact grill, panni press, a full griddle, full grill or half grill and half griddle. The exterior is made out of stainless steel, and the cooking plates have a nonstick coating. These cooking plates can be reversed for your desired usage. One side has a smooth surface, while the other side has a ridged surface for grilling. It has a drip tray included to catch all the unhealthy fat, and the cover is a self-adjusting one which means it will adjust to the height of your food. The operating temperature ranges from 200F-425F, and the cooking plates are dishwasher friendly. The picture to the left shows the unit in the panini press position, however the top can also be folder all the way backwards to make a full size cooking surface. In this position, it provides a 200square inch cooking surface. This is a decent indoor grill, has a three year warranty, and has over 3800 5star user reviews on Amazon! With a retail price of around $75, this one looks like a winner. You can check the latest pricing of this model and read some of the many user reviews here.
George Foreman GGR50
Next up we have the George Foreman GGR50 Grill. This is a indoor and outdoor grill, and definitely looks more like a traditional charcoal grill than anything else. The grill can be used on a tabletop, or on the included pedestal which stands around 2.5 feet tall. The cooking surface is slightly tilted to draw fat away into the built in drip tray. The cooking surface is quite large, and measures 17.5″ in diameter or 240 square inches in total. This unit has a 1600 watt power output, which is more than enough to cook any kind of meal. It comes with a stainless steel dome cover, which includes a vent. You have a range of temperatures to choose from, and the grill will be ready to cook your food in under 10 minutes. It is a little more expensive than the Cuisinart above, as it is priced around $85. This grill does seem like a good option though, and it has over 1200 5star reviews on Amazon at the time of writing. You can read some of those reviews and check the current pricing on the Amazon product page.
Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill
Lastly we have the Breville BGR820XL Smart Grill. This is the most powerful of the bunch, as it comes with a 1800watt power output. The operating temperatures can be adjusted from 310F up to 450F. When the unit is in panini press mode, you have 6 different height options to pick from. Like the Cuisinart above, this model can be folded flat to give you a large cooking surface for grilling. As the name implies, this grill has Smart technology built into it. The way this works is when a cold piece of food is placed on the surface, the heat sensors will detect this and inject extra heat to compensate for this. This technology results in quicker and more evenly cooked food. This model has a larger cooking surface area than the Cuisinart listed above, and also has the option to tilt the grill to varying degrees to catch the fat in the built in tray. We should also mention that the bottom cooking plate is flat, while the top plate is ridged for grilling, You can swap them between top and bottom, but there is only one of each included. The cooking plates can’t have reversible cooking surfaces due to the built in Smart heat sensors, so you will need to buy another one of each if you wish to have two smooth sides, or two grilling sides. This is the only downside to this model, but the extra cooking plates don’t cost too much extra.The cooking plates are dishwasher friendly, and there is also a LCD display on the front which displays the current temperature, and lets you know once the unit is full heated up. There is also a timer built into this model, which gives it an advantage over the two models above.
This is undoubtedly the pick of the bunch, although it is also the much more expensive than the other models with a retail price of around $299. You should also read the current Most Helpful Customer Review on the Amazon page, as the user reviewer has put a very detailed comparison between the Breville and the Cuisinart grills. You can read that user review and check the current pricing by clicking here.
So that is a look at some of the features you should consider before making a purchase, and a look at a few of the top selling models currently available on the market. Hopefully this will give you an idea of what kind of specifications you require, and help you to find the ideal one for your home.