Contact grills have taken the world by storm as they offer a much healthier alternative to conventional cooking. Giving users the ability to cook an amazing meal without all the excess fat and unnatural ingredients is appealing to more and more people every day. With the wide array of features built right in which extends on what grilling out inside the home really means these small appliances offer a much better alternative.
George Foreman started it all with his rendition of the contact grill, and since it was introduced many years ago they have truly transformed indoor cooking. Improving efficiency, cooking faster, and removing fat from the food as it cooks are only some of the many benefits you’ll come to appreciate. Depending on what you’re trying to cook, your budget, and how many people you’re intending on cooking for, finding the perfect contact grill can me much more difficult than you thought.
The following review breaks down the Top 5 Contact Grills which will make your buying decision much easier as we have considered everything the average consumer needs the most.
The Cuisinart Griddler is a 5-in-1 contact grill that functions better than offers the same great functionality as any high end barbeque grill and indoor oven you’ll ever find. This 5-in1 model takes indoor cooking to the extreme as you can grill up any of your favorites followed by many foods you may not have considered. Fully functional as a contact grill, Panini press, full griddle, full grill, and half griddle/half grille.
This multifunctional contact grill is easily the best choice this year as it’s not only versatile, but extremely affordable. The grill itself can easily be stored under the cabinet and the removable nonstick hot plates are dishwasher safe. Functional as a Panini press is easier than ever thanks to the top handle with floating hinge which allows the top to adjust according to the thickness of the food.
On the face of the grill there are three, very distinct control knobs making it very easy to use. Choosing between grill, panini, or griddle function is easy as turning the dial and with red and green indicator lights you’ll always know if the Griddler is at the desired temperature.
Specs and Features
- 5-in-1 functional as a contact grill, griddle, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and ½ grill or ½ griddle
- Dishwasher safe
- Hinged floating cover
- Nonstick cooking plates
- Red and green heat indicator lights
- ½ or full size functional
- Sturdy panini style handle
If you’re looking for something a bit more basic, meet the George Forman Plate Grill. This George Foreman classic has changed a lot since being launched years ago, and over the years this contact grill has gotten better and better. With the capacity to cook 4 meals at the same time such as grilling burgers, and it takes less than 10 minutes to fully cook, this is one of the most efficient indoor grills you’ll find.
The best part may just be the price as it comes in nearly ½ as the one above. Boasting a 40 square inch surface, this George Foreman is great for smaller families or for whipping up a quick meal. This upgrade over the previous model features 2 times the durability of the grill plates and offering plenty of real estate to handle 4 ¼ pound burgers at the same time.
Other upgrades over other George Foreman Grills include a hinged cover which allows it to adjust to the foods thickness. We’ve also noted the heat-up time is much faster which is up to 35% faster than previous models. You’ll also appreciate the removable, dishwasher safe grill plates which makes cleanup a breeze.
The F-Fal OptiGrill is an advanced indoor electric grill which features everything in the book, and then some. Powered by 1800 watts and encased in a very durable stainless steel surround, the OptiGrill was built with power in mind which is expected to remain good as new for many years to come. The highlight of this indoor beauty is an industry first as this is the first and only indoor grill that adjusts its cooking style based on the thickness of the food.
This T-Fal indoor grill is highlighted by the LED display which offers 6 presets including sausage, fish, red meat, burgers, poultry and sandwich. Indicator lights and audible beeps means you won’t have to focus all of your attention with visual indicators alerting you to the heat/preheat status and audible indicators alerting you to how cooked the food is (rare, medium, and well-done).
There are numerous selectable modes which takes the guesswork out of grilling including a Frozen Mode which takes into account frozen food when grilling for the perfect finish. When you’re done having fun, you’ll be pleased to know the hotplates are dishwasher safe and nonstick plates allows what’s cooked to slide right off. Effortless cleaning is complimented by amazing cooking which allows you to take the worst aspect of creating cuisines and leaving it all behind.
The Delonghi Perfecto is an indoor grill that does it all. The unique nature of the fully embedded grill plate allows for an even distribution of heat through the entire grill. The large 12 x 6-inch cooking surface is plenty of room to cook all your favorites while making sure you can accommodate the entire family. The tempered glass lid helps keep heat in which helps seal in juices while cooking and keeping food warm after cooking.
The Perfecto Indoor Grill gives you a lot for your money and at under $60 it’s steal at this price. Other highlight features include an adjustable thermostat and nonstick drip tray and hot plates which both are also removable. For ease of cleaning, the drip tray is dishwasher safe which doesn’t get any better than this.
The George Forman Plate Grill and Panini Press is an upgraded model which offers a bold, stylish look. The ability to look the part is overshadowed by the performance as this high quality indoor grill will become your new best friend. With the grill capacity to cook up to 5 servings at the same time, you’ll be able to feed the entire family a healthy, and amazing meal in minutes.
Some of the top features include an improved coating over the plates. The ceramic coating is a better alternative which gives you the best in nonstick coating which replaces the Teflon which is known to wear away naturally in-time. The ceramic coating is up to 5x more durable and is also fade resistant and stain resistant. Cleanup won’t ever become an issue as the plates are removable and can be placed into the dishwasher and ran on any cycle.
Other highlights of the George Foreman GRP472P include a drip tray, ready heat indicator light and a natural slope which moves up to 42% more fat than competitor’s models. When done, just put the removable plates and drip tray into the dishwasher before taking it out and using it all over again.
I think we’ve covered it all, but feel free to leave a comment if we’ve forgot anything or if there’s anything else you want to know.