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Best Electric Grills – Yep, as simple as it gets!

 

People tend to buy Electric Grills either as back-up grills to a larger main grill, or as a more convenient option to Charcoal, which can only be used outdoors. Whatever you’re buying a grill for; you still want quality and you want results, so I decided to compile a top five list of the best Electric Grills on the market today, so that you can make an informed buying decision. I’ll be breaking down the manufacturer monologue, into fine details so that you understand what each one does for you.

 

1. Char-Broil TRU Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill

Char-Broil TRU Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill Review

The best Electric Grill 2016 award must go to the Char-Broil TRU Infrared Patio Bistro because it’s quite simply outstanding. The key to a great Electric Grill is heat dispersal; how quickly does it heat up to full power? How fast does it disperse that heat outwardly across the grates? And is the heat dispersed evenly? Reaching a good heat takes next to no time on the Patio Bistro because of the Infrared Technology inside. Infrared grills limit air-flow, and allow Infrared Bars to disperse heat fast and the Patio Bistro is the best on the market at doing this. Where these grills tend to go wrong is in an over-reliance on the Infrared to not only disperse heat quickly, but to also disperse it evenly. Char-Broil’s answer to the common problem of evenness, was to throw in some outstanding grates that retain heat wonderfully. The result of all this is some of the best grilled meats out there, and some of the fastest cooking times you’ll ever get on a grill. They’ve also been intelligent by providing buyers with a 240 square inch lower cooking level and an 80 square inch upper level for foods needing a little less heat. Buyers tend to like these better than flat cooking surfaces. There’s some intricate heat controls, accurate gauges but it’s the grates and the Infrared that combine to make succulent, moist pieces of meat and these are what make the TRU Infrared the Best Electric Grill of 2016. Read Full Review….

 

2. Weber 55020001 Q 2400 Electric Grill

Weber 55020001 Q 2400 Electric Grill Review

It really was a tough call the put the Weber in at number 2 on the list because I can’t fault it in either design or taste. But, Infrared is the future so it’s a little faster than what the Weber can do, and therefore the Char-Broil was a little better. We’re back to heat dispersal again, and without Infrared the Weber relies on straight Electric power so it takes more time to warm up than the Char-Broil and that was the difference. Once you’ve got it warmed up as far as taste goes the top two are around the same. Weber are famous for their superb Cast-Iron Grates that are always just the right thickness and quality of metal to disperse heat evenly and retain heat well. So, you’ll get food with moisture barriers intact, no burn’t patches and a beautiful taste. The Q2400 is also somewhat lighter than Webers previous model in the range, the Q240. They’ve fixed the handles too; the handles on the Q240 got rather hot and this was the only flaw on an otherwise amazing grill. You get 250 square inches of cooking space and if you don’t like assembly the Weber may well be your number 1 because it comes fully assembled unlike the Char-Broil which requires 30 minutes set-up time. Read Full Review….

 

3. Delonghi BG24 Perfecto Indoor Grill

Delonghi BG24 Perfecto Indoor Grill Review

The DeLonghi is one of the few exceptions of the general rule of even cooking and heat dispersal, in that it doesn’t have amazing grates and it doesn’t have Infrared, so there should be quite a large quality gap between it and the top two. There isn’t and this is because they’ve gone with some outrageously good heating elements. These draw in the Electric current with next to no wastage, and force out it at a fast pace along the die-cast Aluminium grates. Although the grates don’t naturally disperse heat as evenly as those on the Char-Broil or the Weber, they will do with the help of these super-conductors Delonghi have placed beneath them. Was it the way i’d have done it? No, but it works, it enabled Delonghi to sell the BG24 at around $60 and they saved enough money to put in a quality thermostat that such a low-priced grill probably shouldn’t have. It’s also the easiest of the top 3 to clean with it’s exceptional non-stick surface towering above other non-stick surface grills.  Read Full Review….

 

4. Cuisinart GR-4N 5 in 1 Griddler, Silver, Black Dials

Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler Review

The bad news is that it’s only going to last 5 years because of metal degradation but the taste quality is there. And, if you want variety this may be your number 1. It’s a 200 square inch full grill, or a griddle with the same measurements; so you can make Eggs, Waffles and Pancakes as well as the usual grillers favorites like meats and vegetables. You can even turn one side around by detaching it from the hinges to create a half grill/half griddle cooking surface and the lid enables buyers to make Panini’s. Sure any grill with a lid would allow for good Panini cooking, but there is a separate heat control for Panini’s so they’re never burnt. With many Electric Grills you get a grease catcher that your supposed to lay under the grill to catch all the fat, but the grease catcher on the Cuisinart is attached so there’s no chance of drips escaping onto kitchen counters. The set-up is simple with a grill heat control setting, a griddle heat control, one for Panini’s and a manual control. But, it just doesn’t have the grate quality of the top two or the heating elements of the Delonghi. It’s slower than these so despite great quality could only make number 4 on the list.  Read Full Review….

 

5. George Forman GGR50B

George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill Review

George Formans are very popular but they’re hit and miss so buyers have a mixture of good and bad experiences. The GGR50B is one of the better ones and it retains the simplicity of previous models with an easy assembly/operation while increasing the quality of food produced. You get a 240 square inch cooking surface and the sloped surface probably makes it the healthiest grill on the list because all the fat drains off. They’ve also provided a central drain to catch the fluids and a domed lid which effectively makes the GGR50B a steamer for vegetables as well as a grill. It has levels instead of exact temperature readings though, so you must trust these because you never know at what exact heat you’re cooking at. Some won’t mind this, but it worth letting you know before you buy. The level based system is much like how you’d control a Toaster so it’s very simple and I can’t complain about the quality of meats it produces. This is for those who like a good all-round Electric Grill with a relaxed operation.  Read Full Review….

 

Conclusion:

Maybe simple and relaxed is what you want so the GGR50B could be your number 1. Or perhaps the amazing Cast-Iron grates of the Weber caught your eye. The Char-Broil with its Infrared Technology is certainly the fastest and the Best Electric Grill of 2016, but maybe you love the versatility of the Cuisinart. I’d say the best value at $60 is the Delonghi, but it all comes down to who you are, what you’ll be using your grill for, and what you need from your grill. I’ve given you the information about the five Best Electric Grills of 2016, now it’s up to you to decide. Thank you for reading.

 

Updated: July 14, 2016 — 11:25 pm

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Chris

Chris

I've enjoyed grilling and outdoor cooking since I first discovered them. Some of my first food memories are meals at neighborhood barbecue parties. I enjoy writing about grilling food and that's what I do on this site :)

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