There is no doubt that grilling is one of the very best ways to prepare meat and even some vegetables. Not only does the big heat of grilling sear in flavor, but grills allow fat and grease to drain off the meat while cooking, assuring you the leanest, healthiest, most delicious meat possible. While indoor grills won’t give you the smoky flavor of charcoal grills or cook your meat quite the same way as outdoor propane grills, they are quick, convenient and easy-to-use, particularly when outdoor temps make outdoor grilling uncomfortable.
When choosing an indoor grill, however, there are a number of factors to consider. Indoor grills come in a wide variety of configurations, ranging from flat grills that sometimes offer extra plates that allow it to double as a griddle or fold-down grills that also work as a panini press. Some indoor grills also do dual purpose as indoor/ outdoor grills. Here are some features to look for to decide which is the right grill for you.
Look for how much grilling surface is provided versus how much cabinet or counter space it takes up. If you regularly only need a single piece of meat cooked and just want something quick, easy and convenient, you may want a small, compact grill versus a much larger grill if you cook for a large family or for get-togethers. Panini press style grills also take up significantly more storage and counter space that flat grills that can be stored vertically.
For grills that double as a panini maker, check to see if they have an adjustable hinge that allows them to transition from cooking thinner cuts of meat to thicker sandwiches.
Check to see if the plates are removable for easy cleanup.
Check to see if it offers variable heat settings.
If it is a flat grill (rather than a panini press-type grill) check to see if it comes with a lid and what kind of lid it comes with. Tempered glass lids cook food differently than metal hoods do and many indoor flat grills don’t come with any kind of hood or cover at all.
Some grills are beautiful and stylish, suitable for keeping right out on the counter, while others are simply functional and made to be hidden away when not in use. Which grill you choose may depend on whether you want to store it or keep it on the counter. Before choosing a grill, you may want to determine if you have the appropriate counter or storage space for it.
Best Indoor Grill Comparison Guide
|Indoor Grill Image||Indoor Grill Model Name||Non-Stick||Features||Price||Rating ( out of 5 )|
|1. Hamilton Beach 25360 Indoor Flavor/Searing Grill||Yes||$||4.6 out of 5|
|George Foreman GRP1060B 4 Serving Grill||Yes||- Can cook for 4 people all at once. |
Fast cooking times of just 10 minutes
- Double durable coating
- Heats up 35% quicker than older models
- 100% Dishwasher safe with easy to remove plates.
|$||4.3 out of 5|
|George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill||Yes||- Removable Stand|
- Variable Temperatures
|$||4.5 out of 5|
|Delonghi BG24 Perfecto Indoor Grill||Yes||$||4.1 out of 5|
|Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler Electric Grill and Panini Press||Yes||Versatile 5 in 1 grill.||$||4.4 out of 5|
|T-fal GC702 OptiGrill Indoor Electric Grill and Panini Press||Yes||Cook programs for Burgers, Steaks, Chicken, Sandwich, Sausage, Red Meat and Fish with 6 automatic cooking presets.||$$||4.1 out of 5|
|Philips HD6371/94 Indoor Grill||Yes||Comes with infrared heat technology. |
- 80% less smoke when cooking
|$$||4.2 out of 5|
|George Foreman GR136B 2-Serving Classic Plate Grill and Pannini Press||Yes||$||4.0 out of 5|
|Livart LV-982 Electric Barbecue Grill||No||Excellent for cooking Yakitori-style||$||4.1 out of 5|
|Presto 09020 Cool Touch Electric Indoor Grill||Yes||Advanced Heat control helps to maintain correct cooking temperatures.||$||4.3 out of 5|
Here’s what we consider to be the ten best indoor grills on the market today.
The Hamilton Beach 25360 is an indoor grill that works much like an outdoor grill, with a fold down hood that allows you to grill and BBQ foods just like an outdoor grill. The hood is also removable, however, allowing you to use the grill as a regular flat grilling surface. The Hamilton Beach 25360 does offer a variable temperature control and a non-stick plate, but does not double as either a griddle or panini maker. The hood, plate and drip tray are all removable and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
This larger sized George Foreman grill is a basic, serviceable grill with no frills and no muss. Like all George Foreman grills, it offers a sloped design that allows grease and fat to run off into the attached removable drip tray. Grill plates are also removable and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup but the grill does not offer a variable temperature selection. The grill consists of both a top and bottom grill plate, which allows it to also be used as a panini press, but does not come with variable hinges, so probably cannot accommodate thicker sandwiches. The grill comes in both black and red options.
For those that want the convenience and the versatility of an indoor grill that can easily make the transition to an outdoor grill, the George Foreman GGR50B grill is for you. The George Foreman GGR50B grill utilizes a more traditional “kettle” grill design and comes with a 2.5 foot base, which means it will stand on its own outdoors. On the flip side, however, it takes up a great deal of space indoors and is probably hard to store. Unlike most traditional George Foreman grills that have both a top and bottom grill plate, this grill uses a domed lid like traditional outdoor grills and a single lower non-stick plate. It does, however, use the same proprietary sloping design which allows grease and fat to run off into the attached easy-to-empty tray. The George Foreman GGR50B grill also offers variable heat settings but the grill plate is not removable for cleaning in a dishwasher.
The Delonghi BG24 Perfecto Indoor Grill is a flat grill with a generous surface area for cooking. It comes with a tempered glass lid, which is great for keeping food warm after cooking and containing grease and liquid splashes, but doesn’t provide the same cooking dynamics as a metal grill hood. The unit comes with an adjustable thermostat which is also removable for easy cleaning and storage, but the grill plate is not removable.
The Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler is possibly the most versatile indoor countertop grill and comes in an attractive and stylish stainless finish. The 5-in-1 griddler can be used as a full grill, full griddle, panini press or half grill and half griddle. You can use the grill panini press style to grill both sides of your meat at once, or open it up to gain twice the surface area for cooking larger meals. You can use both sides as a griddle to make a full batch of pancakes, as a grill to cook a variety of meats and vegetables or use half the surface as a griddle and the other half as a grill to cook up a thick, juicy steak to go with your morning eggs. Three dials give you a number of temperature control options in either grill or griddle mode. The reversible nonstick plates are also removable for easy cleanup.
The T-fal GC702 OptiGrill utilizes a proprietary technique that adapts its own grilling cycle to the thickness of the food, with automatic cooking programs for standard grill fare like burgers, poultry, red meat, fish and sandwiches. It does not offer manual temperature controls, however, and cannot be used as a griddle. Indicator lights and audible beeps help to determine when food is rare, medium or well-done. The unit comes with removable nonstick plates and drip tray that are both dishwasher safe for easy clean up.
The Philips HD6371/94 Indoor Grill is a flat grill that does not come with any type of lid or hood. It utilizes advanced infrared technology and special reflectors which help to guide heat, which results in evenly cooked food but does not offer any type of manual temperature adjustments. The unit heats up to a steady 446 degrees F (230 degrees C) and only takes 6 minutes to achieve full operating temperature. Detachable parts are dishwasher safe and easy to clean.
This classic George Foreman grill is great for small spaces or people that just want to cook a single serving of meat. There is no adjustable temperature control and the hinges do not adjust to accommodate a panini, but it also offers the same sloped design that helps fat and grease run off into the attached drip tray. If you just want something quick and convenient that stores away easily without taking up a lot of space, then this is probably the indoor grill for you.
If you want something a little more hip, fun and stylish to put on your countertop, the Livart LV-982 Electric Barbecue Grill might be just right for you. Offering a fun and unique retro look, this burnt orange unit doesn’t look like most indoor countertop grills. Unlike traditional indoor grills that use thick, heavy nonstick grill plates, the Livart LV-982 utilizes a stainless steel mesh that is great for yakitori-style cooking and more delicate cuts of fish and poultry. It can also be used for baking. The stainless steel mesh grill is also detachable, making for easy cleanup. While there are no temperature controls, the height can be adjusted to raise or lower the temperature based on proximity to the heating element.
The Presto 09020 Cool Touch Electric Indoor Grill is a flat grill like the Philips HD6371/94 that does not come with any kind of lid or hood. It does come with a detachable master heat control, however, that allows you to set and adjust the temperature according to your choosing. The embedded heating element distributes heat evenly for food cooked to perfection every time. With the master temperature controller removed, the entire unit can go right in the dishwasher and the compact design fits in most standard 18-inch kitchen cabinets. Comes with an included spatula.