On the hunt for the best indoor grill? You are in the right place!
This article will answer and cover:
- What are the different types of indoor grills?
- What features should you look for in an indoor grill?
- Top 5 indoor grills reviewed/pros and cons
Sometimes outdoor grilling isn’t possible due to rain, scorching heat, living situations, or a number of factors. The electric and indoor grill market is growing by the year.
When grilling is the preferred method of cooking your food, an indoor grill can be a handy tool that is almost as good as the real thing.
This article will explain the different types of indoor grills, desired features, and review my top-5 picks based on in-depth research, consumer needs, and other criteria.
I did my best to find a good mix of grill-styles, brands, and price-points, while keeping options to a manageable level. If you want to cut to the chase, please feel free to check out the top-five list below.
Top 5 Indoor Grills
- Philips Smoke-Less Indoor BBQ Grill, Avance Collection (My top pick)
- Proctor Silex 5-in-1 Electric Indoor Grill (Best budget/versatility)
- Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill (High Functionality)
- Weber Q1400 Electric Grill (Best high-end/likeness to outdoor grill)
- Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan (Highly-affordable/universal use)
What Are the Different Types of Indoor Grills?
There are three main types of indoor grills:
- Open grills
- Contact grills
- Grill pans
They all accomplish the same thing, which is to cook meat, vegetables, or even sandwiches, but they vary in function, size, cleaning convenience, etc.
Open and contact use electricity to heat, while grill pans go right on your existing stove-top or in your oven. Choosing the right grill will depend on your own personal preferences and what you intend on cooking.
Below, is a breakdown of the differences between each type and what they are best suited for.
Product reviews will come later, but don’t hesitate to check out these grills along the way if they describe what you are looking for.
These grills are typically the largest of indoor grills, and are named as such because they feature one standard grilling platform, as opposed to contact grills which feature upper and lower grills that cook food from both sides.
Open grills resemble a standard outdoor grill, and recreate the taste of an outdoor grill most accurately.
Contact grills are very efficient at cooking things fast and creating distinctive grill or sear-marks. They are called “contact grills” because they feature two grills that allow them to clamp down on food and cook from both sides.
Many contact grills are also used as griddles, or laid flat to double your cooking space.
Grill pans are essentially frying pans with a grill embedded in them. They will cook your food while creating the sought after grill marks. These can be used on an existing stove-top, outdoor grill, campfire, or in the oven.
Now that we’ve taken a look at the different types of indoor grills, we will go over some features that will make your grilling experience more efficient.
What Features Should you Look for in an Indoor-Grill?
Certain features of indoor grills are straightforward, such as temperature-range, size, type, and cleaning ability, while others like smoke-reduction and cord length are less obvious.
As mentioned before, choosing the right grill will depend on your own needs and preferences, but aim for something that checks as many of the following boxes as possible.
One would assume that when they purchase a grill it will most certainly reach an optimal temperature range to cook food quickly and efficiently, but this is not always the case.
Select a grill with a temperature range between 425-450 degrees Fahrenheit.
Open grills tend to be larger, but contact grills often fold open to double cooking space. Consider your cooking needs and choose a size that will facilitate the quantities of food you plan on eating or serving.
We already went over the types of grills, so use that as a guide to determine the type of grill to purchase. For instance, if you want to have the option of making grilled sandwiches, a contact grill might be the best product for you.
Being able to easily remove and clean your grill plate or drip tray is an essential feature; choose something that can either go in the dishwasher or be easily cleaned by hand.
Smoke Reduction/ Cord-Length
While there are plenty of small nuances that can be listed about indoor grills, I find the most important to be smoke reduction and cord length. Cooking indoors often results in an abundance of smoke from burning grease and fat.
As such, it is worth taking note of a product’s ability to transfer fat and grease away from the cooking surface and into a drip tray.
Finally, and perhaps overlooked, adequate cord-length ensures you are not confined to positioning your grill within one inch of your power outlet. As indoor grills are electric, it is important to remember your cooking station will be dictated by outlet location and cord length.
There are certainly other features that indoor grills can offer, but for the purpose of this product review/recommendation, I will end there and hopefully assist you in your decision by offering the following product reviews.
Top 5 Indoor Grills Reviewed
Philips Smoke-Less Indoor BBQ Grill, Avance Collection
This indoor grill is as sleek as it is functional; it comes in at the top of my list due to its simplicity, efficiency, and price-point.
This is an open grill that couldn’t be made simpler for a grilling enthusiast. The beauty in this product lies in its straightforward operation: It has only one temperature setting of 446 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the optimal temperature for grilling.
It maintains that heat consistently using infrared technology and a powerful 1600-watt system.
It has a three foot cord length and the actual grilling surface is 12” by 7”, which can easily accommodate cooking for three or four people.
This product is designed specifically to eliminate smoke. It accomplishes this with a design that helps remove fat from the cooking surface without it touching the heating element and burning, and a drip tray that remains cool.
It is easy to set up, dishwasher safe, and has non-slip feet to avoid movement while cooking. The one-year warranty guarantees protection from product defects.
This grill is a perfect alternative to outdoor grilling, and is sure to accomplish the job quickly and cleanly.
- Easy to use
- Dishwasher safe
- Grilling surface small for some
- Only one temperature
Proctor Silex 5-in-1 Electric Indoor Grill
This 5-in-1 grill by Proctor Silex does it all and for a bargain. It can be used as a contact grill, full griddle, full grill, panini press, or a half grill/half griddle (in case you want to grill steak and fry eggs, etc.).
The non-stick grilling plates are reversible, which allows use in multiple ways. When opened flat, the cooking surface is 200 square inches, which can easily cook for 6 to 12 people.
It combines the efficiency of a contact grill, while doubling as an open grill or griddle.
The drip tray and cooking plates are removable and dishwasher safe, and it comes with a cleaning tool to make life easier.
The exterior is made from durable stainless steel, and Proctor Silex is known for making quality, reliable products. A one year warranty is included.
- Easy to use
- Dishwasher safe
- Affordable/ warranty
- Non-numeric temperature control (MIN, LOW, MED, HIGH, MAX)
- Cord length short (manual cites safety precaution)
- Inefficient grease drainage
Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill
The Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill doesn’t come with any bells or whistles, but it gets the job done right. It is an open grill with a lid and a viewing window to keep an eye on your food.
Use the sear function to get the perfect grill marks and lock in flavor at 450 degrees, or the adjustable temperature dial to have flexibility.
When you reach your desired temperature, a preheat light will let you know you’re good to go.
You can cook for 6 people with the 118 square-inch grilling surface and spend less time cleaning with the removable and dishwasher safe lid and grilling plate.
The extra-large drip tray helps eliminate any mess and is also dishwasher safe. This grill comes with a one-year warranty, ensuring protection from any product defects.
- Easy to use
- Numeric temperature control
- Preheat/power lights
- Detachable lid
- Large drip tray
- Short cord
- Long heating time for sear function
- Part of grill plate is solid between grooves (see pictures)
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Weber Q1400 Electric Grill
This grill is not an indoor grill, but it is electric, powerful, and worthy of consideration.
It looks like a regular outdoor grill, but instead uses a 1560-watt heating element to allow for up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit with infinite control over temperature.
189 square-inches of cooking space will ensure you can feed an entire hungry family or big group of friends.
This grill is compact, portable, sturdy, and has a six foot power cord to give flexibility in positioning.
It comes fully assembled and equipped with porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates, a cast-aluminum lid and body, and an expansive warranty.
If you want to go electric while keeping the feel of a traditional grill, this will not let you down.
- Flexible and high temperatures
- Large cooking space
- Expansive warranty
- Long power cord
- Outdoor only
- Sits low without base attachment or platform
Lodge Pre-Seasoned Cast Iron Grill Pan (Highly-affordable/universal use)
Most indoor grill reviews won’t include a grill pan, but I find it to be a highly versatile tool to have in the kitchen. Professionals chefs use these frequently to create beautiful grill marks on bread, meat, etc.
A grill pan is essentially a heavy frying pan with a grill embedded into it.
The Lodge Cast Iron Grill is a heavy-duty, 10.5 inch no-nonsense grill pan that can be used on an existing stove-top, in the oven, on an outdoor grill, or over a fire.
Lodge seasons (treats with heated fat for non-stick purposes) all of their products in the factory, and is known for producing high quality cast-iron, American made products.
This is a quality, inexpensive item that if cared for properly (read directions) will last a lifetime.
- Use anywhere
- Need a heat source
- No fat drainage
Grilling is a healthy, delicious, fun way to cook food, and a favorite pastime of many. It brings families and friends together and makes for great memories.
Don’t sacrifice the fun and entertainment of grilling due to external circumstances; invest in an indoor electric grill and keep the experience going all year long, come rain or shine.