Dinner times can be a real challenge in many homes. This could be for a variety of reasons: maybe you get home from work late and don’t have much time or energy, maybe you have children who are fussy eaters, maybe you don’t know many recipes or maybe you simply don’t like cooking. Does this sound like you? Well, we’ve got you covered: buy a grill and you will find that mealtimes will go from monotonous to magical!
Grils give you the opportunity to cook whatever you want in minutes, and they are a lot healthier and quicker than using a frying pan, since with most models, the grease and fat slides off and goes into a tray and they grill both sides at the same time, so you don’t have to even think about flipping food over and making sure both sides are cooked evenly because the grill does it for you! They’re quick, easy and clean. Most models aren’t even that expensive, so you can improve your life without breaking your bank. Want to find out more about these amazing appliances? Read on!
- 1 First things first:
- 2 Ranking: The best grills in the UK
- 3 Buying Guide: Everything you need to know about grills
- 3.1 What is a grill and how do they work?
- 3.2 How do you use a grill?
- 3.3 Which is better: an electric grill or a gas grill?
- 3.4 Is cooking on an electric grill healthier than other cooking methods?
- 3.5 What extra features do electric grills have?
- 3.6 What things should I consider before buying a grill?
- 3.7 Why should I buy a grill?
- 3.8 How do you clean an electric grill?
- 3.9 What are the pros and cons of grills?
- 4 Buying Criteria
- 5 Summary
First things first:
- A grill can easily cook meat, meat alternatives, tofu, fish, seafood or vegetables. They also usually have a fat collection tray to make cleaning easy, and most of these fat collection trays can be popped in the dishwasher.
- They help to enhance the flavour of the food, so you only need to season the food and you’re done! If the plates are non-stick, which most of them are, then you don’t even need oil.
- They let you quickly and easily prepare food for you and your family, and equally for guests. Grills are very useful for people who don’t have much experience with cooking. You’ll enjoy healthy, tasty food.
Ranking: The best grills in the UK
We’ve had a look at the grills on the market, analysed prices and customer reviews, and come up with this comprehensive list of the best in the UK. You can see each of our favourite grills in the selection below, alongside a little description of each product. We’re certain that by the end of this ranking and this guide, you will have chosen the perfect grill for you and your family!
No. 1: George Forman 23450 10-Portion Entertaining Grill and Griddle (2180W)
First up, we have everybody’s favourite brand of grills: George Foreman. Everyone loves this brand so much that a ‘George Foreman’ has become the word that lots of people use when they mean to say a grill. There’s no wonder, since it’s the world’s number one health grill, even over 20 years after it was launched. The benefits of using a George Foreman grill are practically endless, and this 23450 model is no different.
This grill combines a grill and a griddle, so you can whip up a hearty meal in no time. The plates are non-stick, so there’s no need for any oil – perfect for those who are trying to lead a healthy lifestyle. This Grill and Griddle is also easy to clean with a clean cloth and you can even put the drip tray in the top rack of the dishwasher! Finally, we have the classic floating hinge which means that you won’t have to worry about thicker food getting squashed.
No. 2: George Foreman 4-Portion Family Health Grill (760W)
Now we have another grill by our good old favourite brand. This one is different to the one above, since this is smaller and perfect for if you have a family of four, if you live with another person, or if you live by yourself – you can cook enough to have leftovers the next day! This grill cooks food in a fraction of the time it would usually take on a frying pan, and it uses a fraction of the oil. In fact, it doesn’t use any oil at all!
This compact grill is Amazon’s Choice for grills. It’s compact and the dimensions are 29cm x 23.2cm x 14.1cm, so it will be a welcome addition to any worktop and kitchen. This grill comes equipped with a handy ‘ready to cook’ indicator so that you know when your great grill has reached the best temperature to cook onto. Finally, you know you’re doing your health and your family’s health wonders since the fat just leaks onto a removable drip tray!
No. 3: Tefal GC713D40 Stainless Steel 5-Portion OptiGrill (2000W)
Now, we move away from George Forman and we go to another household favourite brand, Tefal. Everyone has at least one Tefal appliance in their house, and we all know that this brand is trustworthy and we can always count on them providing us with products of the best quality, and this fab grill with a cooking level indicator to indicate the level of cooking from rare to well-done, is no different.
With six amazing automatic cooking programmes, including burgers, poultry, bacon, sausages, red meat and fish, this grill is guaranteed to give you a perfect result each time. You can even add frozen food to these non-stick plates and it will be cooked to perfection, using little or no oil, with excess fat dripping onto the tray. Perfect for those who like to consider themselves as MasterChefs, or for those with big families, this grill is worth the extra little investment.
No. 4: George Foreman 23400 Compact 2-Portion Grill (760W)
Last but certainly not least, we’re back with the George Foreman grills, and this time we have the perfect little grill for anyone who is looking to cook small portions, who doesn’t have much space in their kitchen for a larger grill, or who is on a budget. But don’t worry, this grill is no less fabulous or any less perfect than the more expensive models, since it has non-stick plates and sloping grill channels which means that fat and grease just slides right away!
You can even store this grill vertically, so say goodbye to cluttered counters in your kitchen, as you can easily pop this next to the toaster, the microwave, the fridge – wherever you want! It’s small dimensions of 26cm x 24cm x 14.8cm allow you to put it pretty much anywhere you fancy. One of the cheapest on the market, we’d recommend you grab one before they sell out – what are you waiting for?
Buying Guide: Everything you need to know about grills
You’ve seen the best grills on the market, now it’s time for the buying part. We’ve put together this fab list of things we recommend that you think about before making your purchase. We’ve also got a list of the most frequently asked questions by people who are considering buying grills and we’ve answered them, so by the end of this section, any remaining doubts will be dispelled and any remaining questions will be answered. Perfect! Let’s dive right in.
What is a grill and how do they work?
Electric grills usually have different temperature settings. You can use them to grill food, obviously, but also braise, toast and roast it, depending on the particular model. These appliances are easy to store and clean. They also often have a temperature regulator to let you cook any food to perfection.
This compact device usually has plates that come with non-stick coating. Most models have a removable tray to collect grease and fat, making cleaning easier.
How do you use a grill?
Using an electric grill is very simple. Place the appliance on a flat surface and make sure all accessories are attached. Plug the grill in, but keep it turned off for the moment. Prepare all the food you are going to cook by cutting it if necessary, and seasoning it. Then turn on the grill and select the right temperature and pre-heat it for a couple of minutes. Most grills have a light that switches on or off when the grill reaches the perfect temperature.
Start by cooking the foods with the least flavour first, and those that require more cooking time. Keep an eye on each food to make sure it doesn’t burn. Of course, you must also make sure you leave it long enough to make sure it is properly cooked. Once ready, remove all food from the grill taking care not to burn yourself.
Which is better: an electric grill or a gas grill?
You may be considering buying a gas grill over an electric one. Firstly, gas fuel is cheaper, but gas bottles are heavy and cumbersome and you always need to make sure you have gas cylinders and spare ones so you don’t suddenly run out of gas. Gas can also be dangerous so you need to handle it will care.
On the other hand, with an electric grill you only need to plug it in for it to work. Both types of grills deliver similar results. As electric grills are more common, they are cheaper in general. With these advantages over gas grills, electric grills are arguably the best option.
Is cooking on an electric grill healthier than other cooking methods?
One of the reasons that many people buy an electric grill is that they want to cook food in a healthier way. These appliances are perfect for this. Firstly, they hardly use any oil for cooking, which is undoubtedly better for your health. Who doesn’t want that?
An electric grill cooks food in its own juice, which is not only healthier, it also improves the flavour of the food. This appliance is a great option for anyone who wants to lead a healthier lifestyle since cutting down on saturated fats that tend to be in cooking oils is a good way to improve your health.
What extra features do electric grills have?
We have prepared the following table of the important features to keep in mind when buying the electric grill. These are essential to consider in order to ensure that you will make the best possible purchase. Before buying an electric grill, be sure to check it against these criteria.
|Feature||Why is it important?|
|Temperature gauge||Most grills have a temperature gauge. It is handy because you do not have to open the lid to know if it is ready to cook.|
|Temperature||You can cook all kinds of food with a grill, but in order to properly cook meat you’ll need a grill which will reach 300 degrees.|
|Temperature recovery||The best grills will quickly recover their temperature each time you open the lid. This will avoid wasting energy and maintain optimum cooking temperature.|
What things should I consider before buying a grill?
There are a number of things that you should keep in mind when buying an electric grill. These things are not only about how the grill itself works, but things like its size, how you can store it, what it looks like, etc. All of these things are important so it’s worth having a look at this table so you can make an informed decision about which grill you want in your home:
|Public places||If you want to use the grill in public spaces, check the local laws.|
|People, think about how many people you will be cooking for. If you need to cook for large numbers of people, you don’t want a grill which is too small.|
|Storage: Most people want a tidy and organised kitchen. This being the case, check how big it is and if it can be stored vertically, which is much more practical.|
Why should I buy a grill?
There are many reasons you may want to buy an electric grill. As you have seen it is a very practical appliance, which allows you to cook quickly, healthily and to easily try new recipes. If you need more convincing, here are some more reasons to buy an electric grill:
- They’re safe: You only need to be careful that your kids don’t burn themselves, otherwise, they are not generally a source of domestic accidents.
- Year-round cooking: You can enjoy grilled food all year round, as you can easily use it indoors.
- They’re clean: They stain less than other appliances and cleaning the grill plates easy, some can even be put in the dishwasher and most of the oil collection trays can be put into the dishwasher.
- Variety: There are various models to choose between so you can always find one which is perfect for your needs.
How do you clean an electric grill?
We’ve already touched on this, but cleaning an electric grill is very simple. The first thing you have to do is unplug the appliance. Wait until it has cooled down before you start cleaning. Take off all removable parts. Drain the oil from the tray and clean it with detergent and water, or sometimes you can put the tray in the dishwasher.
Clean the plates gently with detergent and water, avoiding using scouring pads that could scratch them. Some models can even be put in the dishwasher, making cleaning incredibly simple. Clean the rest of the grill with a damp cloth. Of course, also check if the grill has specific cleaning instructions from the manufacturer.
What are the pros and cons of grills?
From the points mentioned above, you already know many advantages and disadvantages of electric grills. Let’s review the main ones:
There are a number of things that you should keep in mind when purchasing your electric grill in order to make the best possible decision. Otherwise, you may buy a model which does not fully meet your needs. To avoid this happening, look at the following criteria we’ve put together and think about what you want from your grill, then make sure that each of your options has the things that you want. Make sure to get the perfect one for you, so you can reap all of the rewards of these amazing appliances!
The power of the electric grill is one of the key factors. If you only want a small grim, then around 1000W is perfect. If you are a skilled chef or have a lot of people to cook for, then you’ll need a lot more. Another reason you’d need a lot of power is if you’re going to cook a lot of meat. In this case, around 2000W is perfect.
One of the advantages of a grill is that you can cook in a short time. But if you then have to spend a lot of time cleaning the appliance, this somewhat defeats the purpose. Therefore you should look for a device that is easy to clean, with removable, non-stick plates made of aluminum or stainless steel.
You can even find some electric grills that have plates that can be cleaned in the dishwasher. This last option is very practical, as it greatly simplifies the entire cleaning process.
There are models of various sizes available on the market. When choosing the best one for you should take into account two key things: firstly, think about how many people you will usually be cooking for, as well as how much room you have to store it. Balancing both factors will help you choose the right size.
The plates are fundamental in any grill, since they are where the food is cooked. The best type are ferromagnetic contact, which means that they activate when the two plates come into contact. This helps to avoid burns and accidents. They also have better heat distribution and better overall cooking. Non-stick plates are also good since they’re easy to clean and you won’t need much oil.
On the market, you will find an endless number of grills, each with a different price and of a different quality. Of course, brand impacts greatly on the value and benefits you will find. But you should also consider if it is worth paying more just because one manufacturer is better known than another.
You must also be clear on what you are going to use the grill for. If you plan to use it frequently, it is worthwhile investing a little more for a model with better features. If you are going to use it sporadically, a more basic device may suffice. It’s up to you.
An electric grill is a very useful appliance that allows you to cook quickly and easily. You can prepare different foods, such as meat, fish, tofu, seafood, vegetables – you name it! You won’t need a frying pan, oil or anything else – just a bit of seasoning! They’re so healthy, quick and easy that you really don’t have an excuse not to buy one.
There are many factors that you should keep in mind when making your purchase. For example, the grill’s power, how it is cleaned, its size and its price. You must also be clear about what you are going to use it for and how often. Consider the different characteristics of each model, and make sure you choose one that will really suit your needs. This means that you’ll get the most out of your grill and you’ll pay the right amount of money.
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