Grilling is one of the great American pastimes, so popular with some people that grilling outside during the summer months simply isn’t enough to satiate their need for deliciously succulent grilled food! Enter the indoor grill, making it possible to get that grilled flavor all year round. Indoor grills are also a brilliant solution for anyone who lives in an apartment block or has no outside space for a traditional grill but still wants to enjoy the art of grilling.
Whether you’re after a high-end investment grill to last a lifetime or a budget-friendly indoor grill for cooking the occasional grilled cheese sandwich, we have rounded up a selection of the 15 best indoor grills currently available to suit any grilling enthusiasts’ requirements.
This multi-purpose indoor grill can be used as a panini press, a full grill, a contact grill, a full griddle, and a half grill-half griddle, saving space on storing several different appliances. The non-stick cooking surface will minimize your use of cooking oil, and the corrugated pattern of the plates allow fat and grease to channel down the ridges and away from your food, resulting in all-round healthier cooking. The plates are removable, reversible, and dishwasher safe, making for easy cleaning.
The setting and temperature can be simply adjusted with the use of the controls on the front of the stainless steel house’s unit. Users love the floating lid, which can be adjusted according to the thickness of the food. At such a low price, it’s not hard to see why this indoor grill is a hit with customers.
This Hamilton Beach model features removable plates, a removable hood, and removable drip trays, all of which are dishwasher safe, making it a breeze to keep your indoor grill clean and ready to use. With an adjustable heat setting that includes an extra-high temperature ‘searing’ setting, this indoor grill promises to deliver outdoor grilling results, sealing in flavor and keeping your meat juicy and tender.
Non-stick plates and an extra-large drip tray make for a stress-less grilling experience. There’s also an indicator light to let you know as soon as your food reaches its optimum grilling point.
The high-shine stainless steel exterior is both neutral and visually attractive, fitting in happily on any kitchen work surface.
This small appliance from George Foreman is arguably where indoor grilling began. Ever since its introduction to the market in 1994, this easy and healthier cooking method has steadily gained popularity. While this model is more basic than many indoor grills now available, its functionality can’t be argued with. It allows you to cook meat and other foods to a high standard very easily with no skill or fancy equipment required. The slanted cooking plate claims to reduce the fat content of meat by up to 42%, resulting in leaner meals with no loss of flavor.
While not as visually stylish as some of its competitors, this compact unit can be easily stored away when not in use and will likely appeal to those who opt for straightforward, uncomplicated, budget kitchen appliances.
This smokeless grill works by having a drip tray that is filled with water before use. The water acts as an instant coolant to the grease that falls onto it, eliminating smoke or a sticky drip tray.
The grill can be disassembled easily for cleaning, with both the grill plate and the drip tray being dishwasher safe.
With three heat zones (low, medium, and high), this grill allows you to cook different foods at the same time so that they all become ready to eat simultaneously. Users love this feature because it takes the guesswork out of cooking. Once your food is on the grill, you can get on with other things.
The large cooking surface is great for entertaining as it fits a large amount on the cooking plate in one go, though this might be a consideration for smaller kitchens or users with less countertop space as it does require a good-sized area.
This industrial-looking indoor grill packs a lot of power. With 1800 watts and nine automatic cooking programs, it can cook meals to a professional standard with almost no effort required. If you’re cooking poultry, burgers, sausages, sandwiches, shellfish, pork, bacon, or red meat, simply select the matching button, and the grill will automatically cook your food based on its type and thickness.
The indicator light and the beeping sound will alert you to when your food is ready, with the option of setting it to rare, medium, or well done based on your preference. You can also choose from four manual cooking settings with variable temperatures for custom cooking and vegetables. The die-cast aluminum cooking plates are non-stick, removable, and dishwasher friendly, along with the drip tray.
At a little over $160, this small kitchen appliance is at the higher end of the price spectrum. The many features will be surplus to the requirements of some users, but cooking enthusiasts will love its professional style and tasty results.
This stylish indoor grill in black and copper is quite large, with a 14- x 9-inch cooking surface, allowing you to cook for yourself and numerous guests or a large family.
It lacks a lid, so it will not make grilled sandwiches or paninis like some indoor grills, but it does benefit from two cooking surfaces, a flat griddle plate, and a ridged grill plate, so you can cook both pancakes and fried eggs, as well as burgers, cuts of meat, and vegetables.
The grill claims to be smokeless and scratch-resistant, but some users did complain that it both smoked and became scratched in a very short time. Some users combatted the smoke problem by using it under a fan hood, but if you’re looking for a completely smokeless grill, then you may be better off looking elsewhere.
This indoor grill features a digital temperature control and display for accurate cooking. It also benefits from a built-in fan, eliminating smoke and grease vapors from being released into your home. The included grill and griddle pan gives you versatility in terms of cooking options with healthier results as the fat collects in the drip tray and can be disposed of instead of ending up on your plate. Both the grill, griddle, and drip trays are removable and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.
Users love that it cooks evenly and that the fan works well to remove any smoke. The only downfall is that it doesn’t have a lid to cook both sides of a food item simultaneously.
This indoor grill has 1600 watts of power, enabling it to heat up to 446°F in just one minute. This time-saving feature allows you to spend less time prepping and more time on more enjoyable tasks. With this grill, you can get all of the benefits of an outdoor grill with none of the lengthy preparation required to get your outdoor grill up to temperature. The advanced infrared technology works to create a completely even temperature across the grill tray to make for evenly cooked food.
The grease from your food is collected into the drip tray while cooking, making for leaner meals. The drip tray remains cool throughout use, so any grease drippings will not smoke when they hit it, resulting in a more enjoyable indoor grilling experience.
Cleanup can be achieved as quickly as setup with a simple wipe over of the non-stick grill surface, or for a deeper clean, you can remove it and run it through a dishwasher cycle.
Users of this grill rave about the dry heat it provides, grilling meat, fish, and vegetables to perfection. At just under $250, it’s quite an investment, but for anyone who loves to grill but can’t due to living in a city apartment or having a lack of outdoor space, this indoor grill is the ideal solution.
This highly rated indoor grill has a reversible cooking plate that is a grill on one side and a griddle on the other. This clever idea helps to save on storage space in your cupboards and cleaning space in your dishwasher rack. The grill features a removable glass lid, which can be used to cover food while cooking, preventing grease splatters from getting out onto your clothes or your kitchen surfaces. The lid also helps to maintain heat, while specially designed side vents help to ensure the food is cooked until crispy.
The cool-touch housing and handles on this grill are ideal for any forgetful cooks who have a habit of burning themselves. The 15.5” x 11.5” cooking plate fits plenty of food on it, allowing you to cook your whole meal at once and cater for other members of the family as well.
Users of this grill love how well it cooks, though some have commented that there are a few cleaning issues. Though the plates are removable and dishwasher safe, there are gaps down the side by the handles, where food remnants and grease can get stuck, and it’s difficult to remove them and get it clean again. Another cleaning complaint was that even when the glass lid is in use, grease still splatters out of the back because the glass does not cover the back end of the grill.
Despite these minor problems, this is still an enormously popular grill and would be ideal for anyone looking for a mid-range priced option.
This updated George Foreman grill in a stylish copper design will add a look of industrial sophistication to any kitchen. It has you covered in the kitchen for any cooking activity with six different cooking settings: grill, bake, broil, griddle, top melt broil, and panini press.
The cooking plates benefit from a ceramic non-stick coating that is five times more durable than regular indoor grilling surfaces. With an adjustable temperature control, you can cook a multitude of foods in various ways, all with the promise of leaner results, thanks to the drip tray collecting unwanted cooking grease.
At around $120, this Foreman Grill has a significant price tag, but it will appeal to many interior-style-conscious buyers who want their small appliances to be both functional and not ugly.
This indoor grill benefits from five cooking functions, an adjustable temperature setting, an LED panel, and a large cooking surface. It is robust with a professional look. Made by appliance specialists DeLonghi, this grill is sure to stand the test of time.
The die-cast cooking plates have heating elements embedded in them, resulting in an even cooking surface for tender and juicy food with a crisp grilled edge.
Ideal for family cooking or entertaining, this grill is popular because it cooks food to a professional standard with minimal skill or effort required.
This indoor grill benefits from a ceramic coated cooking surface, which is more long-lasting than other non-stick coatings. Ceramic cooking surfaces are PTFE- and PFOA-free, which is great for anyone concerned about the side effects of other non-stick surfaces that can flake and peel and ultimately end up in your food.
The reversible tray offers a grilling and griddling solution while grease collects in the drip tray below. All of the trays are removable and dishwasher safe, though users comment that the ceramic is so strongly non-stick that it’s very rare for food to get stuck on, and a quick wipe over it brings it up clean without having to put it in the dishwasher or scrub it in the sink.
Some users did comment that it takes a while to heat up to your desired temperature. Once it did, however, it distributed the heat evenly and held the temperature well. After years of use, users claim that this grill still works well, outperforming similar non-ceramic grills in the same price range.
This VonShef grill benefits from a hidden fan that extracts smoke, preventing it from causing a problem in your home. The LED touch panel allows you to customize your cooking precisely with a temperature range of 220°F to 450°F. With a ceramic grill surface and dishwasher safe plates, this grill is easy to use and even easier to clean.
This budget-friendly Hamilton Beach grill cleverly features two separate cooking areas with reversible grill and griddle plates. This means you can have both plates set to grill, both to griddle, or opt for one grill and one griddle so that you can cook different styles of cooking at the same time. Perfect for grilled breakfasts or family brunches, you can griddle pancakes and fried eggs on the griddle side while cooking bacon and hash browns on the grill side.
Easy to operate, and easy to clean, this versatile indoor grill is an excellent value for the money.
This electric grill is a good size at 13” x 19”, having a reasonable-sized cooking plate for various foods while still being small enough to be stored easily in a standard kitchen cupboard.
Users love how easy this grill is to clean. You simply pull out the thermostat and run the whole thing through the dishwasher. With a top temperature of 400°F, it doesn’t get as hot as some of the more expensive models, but it will be perfectly adequate for most families’ cooking needs.