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If you’re looking to grill food inside the home or just have an indoor bbq, it can be very difficult to sort the good from the best. So here’s freyaskitchen’s take on the top 3 indoor grills available.

T-fal GC702D OptiGrill

The t-fal is an infrared electric grill with a simple yet ingenious design and a respected name that’s one of the best grill brands. With a power button and six food type buttons, including one to defrost the GC702D does most of the work itself. The options are Burgers, Poultry, Sandwiches, Sausage, Red Meat and fish. Then select rare, medium or well done. There is also a manual mode however using the preset function buttons are recommended.

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Once the T-Fal optigrill arrived we selected the meat function and the heat option changed to a purple color, this means that it is still preheating. Once it was ready to cook with it beeped, we then put on the meat, we put the lid on, it beeps once more when it is fully cooked. After this the light changes to a different color depending on how long you leave your food cooking. When food is rare the light is yellow, when food is well done the light is red.

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This indoor barbecue grill stood up to rigorous testing, using the meat function was very impressive and simple to to use, when the light turns yellow just take the meat out and it’s cooked on the outside and pink in the middle. Another steak remained grilling until the light turned to red and the meat was fully cooked throughout.

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The T-fal GC702D OptiGrill is smarter than the average grill, featuring a thickness sensor, it adjusts to the height of the meat ensuring a quality cook regardless food or thickness.

Food is cooked with a beautiful searing similar to a barbecue, with a removable drip tray excess fat from the meat drips out of the tray making it a healthy choice for cooking. A one-year warranty OptiGrill gives peace of mind when buying from a reputable company such as T-Fal.

All the removable parts are dishwasher safe so once the base unit is wiped down it’s very simple to clean, because the removable drip tray has all the fat from cooking just wait for it to solidify scrape it away and then place the tray in the dishwasher.

Hamilton Beach 25361 Countertop Electric Grill

With a searing lid featuring a window to keep an eye on food as it cooks the Hamilton Beach indoor searing grill has been cleverly designed so food is cooked to the user’s liking. A stainless steel finish on the outside with aluminum and stainless steel for the indoor griddle it’s made from durable material. Able to feed 4 to 6 people at a time it is a large electric griddle big enough for a family without the need for batch cooking.

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The Hamilton Beach 25361 indoor smokeless grill has a clever handle to lift the lid, this is ergonomically designed for two reasons, firstly it’s safe, no-one gets their hands burned, secondly it’s much easier to carry around, either from room to room or to take to friends at garden parties! The only real control on the Hamilton Beach 25361 in house grill is the temperature dial, turn it up to the last heat setting and you can sear food.

With searing in mind, how was cooking with the 25361?

Taking less than a couple minutes to fully heat the electric griddle, it took less time to prepare the meat, three lean steaks were added to the flat top counter grill with an unmistakable sound. The meat was turned every minute and the temperature maintained was impressive, a smooth cook with even heat distribution. I don’t claim to be Thomas Keller but it really was restaurant quality steak.

The best part however came later, searing with this bad boy is a delight, whether its vegetables or burgers, just turn the heat dial up to the sear function wait for the green light to confirm the correct temperature, close the lid and enjoy locked in flavour. Reaching a high temperature quickly the Hamilton Beach indoor electric bbq grill is perfect for searing and sealing in juices. So far I have made shrimp, steak, and thick cut pork chops, the results have been excellent. It reaches heat comparable to an outdoor grill, without a painstaking clean-up. If any more firepower at the neighbourhood BBQ is required the 25361 is one of the best portable grills.

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With a grill surface, hood and drip pan that are all easily removed and dishwasher safe the Hamilton Beach 25361 smokeless indoor grill is easy to clean, the exposed areas of the 25361 can be cleaned with a cloth, and with non stick surfaces it’s not necessary to use a dishwasher. The drip pan’s big enough to catch any juice that escapes but may need some elbow grease due to the fat captured within it.

Cuisinart GR-1 Panini/Sandwich Press

Being one of the more compact sandwich makers the Cuisinart GR-1 may be one of the smaller Panini presses around, however they do say big things come in small packages. It’s an indoor tabletop grill with removable non stick griddle plates that are dishwasher safe, cleanup is simple with this sandwich maker.

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In all honesty when receiving the Cuisinart GR-1 to review I immediately thought “this thing looks a little small for a family.. I was wrong, an ergonomic design means the handle doubles up as a leg and the Panini press can be opened up like a book, when I saw the surface area double in front of my very eyes I changed my opinion.

With feet that twist the GR-1 allows angled plates while cooking. When you’re grilling with fatty foods the fat automatically goes into the drip tray. The drip tray is completely integrated within the unit and is a drawer that can be easily removed and slid back in when cleaned, nifty. It also doubles up as a portable bbq grill due to its small size.

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When the GR-1 is switched on the red light comes on, it then begins to heat up and soon the red light turns to green to let you know it’s ready for cooking. Only one temperature may seem a little frustrating that you can’t customize the heat applied to food however it doesn’t  matter. The panini made was delectable and made us joke about how we could see how Elvis became addicted to them!

All the removable parts of the Cuisinart GR-1 are completely dishwasher safe making cleaning nice and simple, just wipe the sides down, remove the drip tray and clean the fat out. Once fat is cleaned out slide the drawer back in. Both the top and bottom press are removable so cleaning is made even easier.

So which is the best?

For us, with 492 reviews the Cuisinart GR-1 just takes the crown, closely followed by the Hamilton Beach 25361. It’s a very popular product among the Amazon community, reviewers compliment the clever design on making great Panini’s, while agreeing that cleaning up is surprisingly easy considering the mess melted cheese can make! The only drawback is there’s no switch on the GR-1, therefore you have to do plug it in and out instead of switch it off at the side.

Overall however the Cuisinart GR-1 Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press is the best grill available currently, designed with space in mind while creating fantastic food in next to no time, it’s a highly recommended grill.

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T-fal GC702D OptiGrill
Grilling - 7-10
Cleaning - 7-10
Design - 7-10
 
Overall - 7-10
Hamilton Beach 25361 Indoor Grill
Grilling - 9-10
Cleaning - 7-10
Design - 8-10
 
Overall - 8-10
Cuisinart GR-1 Panini/Sandwich Press
Grilling - 9-10
Cleaning - 8-10
Design - 9-10
 
Overall - 9-10

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