The taste of food cooked on a grill is hard to beat, and many people enjoy the seared flavour of meats and vegetables cooked on a grill. Unfortunately for many apartment-dwellers and condominium residents, gas-operated or charcoal-fired grills are simply not an option. Weather can also be a factor, seasonally limiting the use of outdoor grills. Fortunately, there are many brands of indoor electric grills to choose from, with prices ranging from around £32 to several hundred dollars for a top-of-the-line model. Most brands feature designs that provide heat on the top and bottom simultaneously, reducing cooking times. Many also feature removable cooking surfaces that provide for easy cleaning, and interchangeable surfaces like griddles and waffle irons to increase cooking versatility.
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The George Foreman Grills
The old standby, George Foreman Grills have come a long way since George was hawking them on television. Some models now feature digital temperature and time controls, and interchangeable removable cooking surfaces provide a flat-top griddle option. One of the best values in the electric grill market, most are available for less than £65. This brand is durable, easy to clean, and reliable. The simplicity of the controls is a plus for any novice cook, although more experienced cooks may want more control features than the Foreman grills will offer.
Cuisinart GR-4 Electric Griddler
Famous for building all sorts of quality kitchen products for several decades, cuisinart offers a top-line electric grill, according to ConsumerSearch.com. Controls are simple, and the sturdy construction lives up to the cuisinart reputation for quality equipment. Slightly more expensive than many countertop grills, the GR-4 offers multiple interchangeable cooking surfaces that are easily removed. Priced at about £65, this grill will appeal to experienced or professional cooks familiar with the commercial quality of cuisinart-brand kitchen equipment.
Swissmar Stelvio Raclette Electric Grill
The Canadian manufacturer Swissmar Inc. has been selling quality cooking products in the U.S. since 1987, offering mostly fondue-related cookware. The term "Raclette" refers to a type of cheese extremely popular in Switzerland, used in a traditional potato dish. Raclette grills feature an area underneath the grilling surface for melting cheese for use in this signature dish. The Swissmar Raclette grill has a reversible grill/flat-top cooking surface and a stone cooking surface is available as an accessory. Priced at around £97 direct from Swissmar Imports Inc., this grill provides versatility with the warming dishes under the grill for heating toppings and sauces. Heat is only generated on the one surface of this grill, meaning you will still have to flip whatever you're cooking.
Hamilton Beach 25331 Super Sear Electric Grill
Priced at about £48 or lower, this is an inexpensive simultaneous top and bottom heat electric indoor grill, according to ElectricGrillsDirect.com. The Super Sear Grill features digital temperature control and only provides a ridged grill surface; no flat-top surface is available for this model. The cooking surfaces are not removable, which makes cleaning this particular electric grill a bit difficult.
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