Nothing compares to the aroma of sizzling steaks and juicy burgers fresh off the grill, but not everyone has the ability to grill outside.
Sometimes the weather just won’t cooperate, or you might live in an apartment that lacks the outdoor space, or maybe you simply don’t want to deal with the maintenance involved with owning an outdoor grill.
Whatever the reason, an indoor grill can give you the closest experience to cooking over open flames that you can get indoors, anytime.
They fit easily on a table or countertop and work great for all the foods you would normally associate with grilling like chicken, steak, burgers, and vegetables.
Not only that, some even let you cook sandwiches, breakfast foods, fajitas, and just about anything else you can fit on a grill.
However, finding the perfect indoor grill that has all the features that you want and none that you don’t can be difficult.
To help you find the best indoor grill that suits your needs, we’ve found some of the best options on the market right now. You can find details about each product, as well as our thoughts about their performance in the guide below.
The 5 Best Indoor Grills for 2020
|1300 W||Ceramic nonstick grilling surface|
Precise temperature control
|1120 W||3 heat zones|
|1200 W||High heat searing|
Dome lid with window
|1800 W||Grill/Griddle/Panini Press|
6 configuration options
500°F searing option
|1800 W||Automatic sensor cooking|
6 cooking programs
About Zojirushi EB-CC15
The Zojirushi EB-CC15 is an open electric grill that’s perfectly sized for two, and it doesn’t take up a lot of space in the kitchen.
This grill is simple and practical, with variable temperature control and a nonstick grilling surface that measures 12.5 by 9.25 inches.
You can choose from temperatures between 176°F to 410°F, which allows plenty of range whether you want to keep your food warm or sear a couple steaks.
The grilling surface and drip tray are removable for easy cleanup, and the drip tray is dishwasher-safe.
The handles and plastic base stay cool so you can transport the grill even while it’s hot.
You can find this grill for just under $90, and it comes with a limited 1-year warranty.
This grill feels very sturdy and well-built. It heats up quickly, and the precise temperature control is great for cooking things like vegetables, seafood, burgers, steaks, and chicken.
Plus, there’s enough space on the grill to cook a meal for two or even three people.
The unit doesn’t smoke a lot unless you cook food with a lot of fat at higher temperatures, and the drip tray spans the entire grill with plenty of space to catch dripping fat.
The nonstick grilling surface is very easy to wipe clean with soap and water, and you won’t have to deal with any stuck-on food.
Overall, there are no major issues with the design or performance of this grill, so we’re confident that this grill can help you cook up some delicious food without a hassle.
- Precise temperature control
- Perfect for small spaces
- Dishwasher-safe drip tray
- No cons
Chefman Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill
About Chefman Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill
If you’re looking for a grill that produces little to no smoke, resembles the grates of an outdoor grill, and provides a lot of control over the cooking process, check out the Chefman Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill.
In addition to providing plenty of grilling space on its 13.5 by 8.5-inch nonstick cooking surface, it has three separate heat zones.
The center has the highest heat for things like steak, chicken, or pork chops, the left side is the coolest and best for seafood or vegetables, and the right has medium heat for burgers, kabobs, and hot dogs.
To get the smoke-free benefits of this grill, you fill the drip tray with water to catch and instantly cool the drippings.
The temperature control knob ranges from warm to searing temperatures, but it doesn’t allow for precise temperature selection by degrees.
The grilling surface and drip tray are both removable and dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup.
This grill also includes safety features like cool-touch handles and overheat auto-shutoff protection.
You can find this grill for about $50, and it comes with a 1-year warranty.
This grill heats up fast and does an excellent job at cooking fattier foods like burgers with very little to no smoke.
The three temperature zones and large grilling surface are ideal for cooking vegetables and meats at the same time.
However, one thing we noticed is that the highest heat setting takes longer to cook food than a lot of other similar indoor grills, so keep that in mind if you’re planning to sear meats like steak or pork chops.
Cleaning the grilling surface is easy by hand or in the dishwasher, but the drip tray can be difficult to clean by hand because it’s not nonstick.
Overall, this grill is ideal if you want to cook a variety of foods or want to eliminate smoke production, if you can overlook the fact that the highest heat setting doesn’t get as hot as most other indoor grills.
Check out the video below to see the Chefman grill in action:
- Virtually smoke-free grilling
- Three heat zones
- Extra safety features
- Highest heat setting not ideal for quick searing
- Drip tray can be difficult to clean
Hamilton Beach 25361
About Hamilton Beach 25361
If you’re looking for an indoor grill that offers an experience and results similar to outdoor grilling, the Hamilton Beach 25361 is definitely worth considering.
It delivers perfectly seared meats and vegetables with beautiful grill marks, and the dome-shaped lid lets you lock in all the flavors while you’re cooking.
This grill uses a variable control temperature knob that lets you choose from 200°F to 450°F, which is a lot higher than many other indoor grills in a similar price range. And there’s plenty of space to cook enough food for up to three people at a time.
An indicator light lets you know when the grill is preheated and ready to go, and the stainless steel lid has a window that allows you to monitor the progress of your food while it’s cooking.
The nonstick grilling plate, lid, and drip tray are all dishwasher-safe for simple cleanup.
You can find this grill for around $70, and it comes with a 1-year warranty.
This grill certainly delivers the closest results to an actual gas or charcoal grill out of all the grills we’ve seen so far, and this is probably due to the fact that it gets a lot hotter.
Plus, the lid is high enough to provide plenty of clearance for taller or thicker foods.
And if you’re worried about the grill smoking and setting off the fire alarm, don’t be. Surprisingly, this grill didn’t produce that much smoke, even when searing at higher temperatures.
The window on the lid is a great inclusion, so you don’t have to let the heat escape to monitor the progress of whatever you’re cooking.
The fact that all of the removable components are dishwasher safe is nice, too. The only real downside is that this grill is bulky, so it might not be ideal for smaller kitchens where storage space is tight.
- High searing temperature
- Dome lid
- Removable parts are dishwasher-safe
- Grill takes up a lot of space
Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe
About Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe
Cuisinart is known for producing high quality, functional, and innovative kitchen products, and their Griddler Deluxe is no exception.
This hybrid appliance functions as a contact grill, griddle, or panini press, and you can choose from six different configurations to suit whichever cooking style suits your needs.
Furthermore, you’ll get tons of grilling space since the top cover is reversible to open up and provide two grilling or griddle surfaces with up to 240 square inches of cooking space.
It has dual zone temperature control so you can adjust the heat in two spots when you’re cooking different foods at once, ranging from 150°F to 450°F. There’s even a searing button that reaches 500°F for two minutes at a time.
The nonstick plates, drip tray, and scraper are all dishwasher-safe for quick cleanup.
You can find it for around $115, and it comes with a limited 3-year warranty, which is decent for the price.
This griddle is certainly the most versatile option we’ve reviewed so far, since you can use it to make traditionally grilled foods like meats and vegetables, as well as paninis, eggs, pancakes, and more.
While it does take a while to heat up completely – about 12 minutes to 450°F – it doesn’t experience heat loss and performs quite well for just about anything you cook on it.
The searing button works great if you want to create a nice crust on your food, and dual heat control makes it easy to cook foods with different temperature needs at the same time. There’s very little to no smoke produced, either.
This grill also looks elegant and feels very sturdy, with an all stainless steel design. It’s also really easy to clean.
One downside is that when it’s used as a griddle, the slight slope makes it difficult to cook more liquid foods like scrambled eggs since they tend to run over the side into the drip tray when you first pour them onto the plate.
Another minor issue is that the top plate tends to drip behind the unit when you’re cooking greasier foods because of its positioning when opened.
Watch this video to see a demo of the grill:
- Stylish and durable exterior
- High heat searing option
- Slope makes some foods roll into drip tray when using griddle
- Top plate drips grease
About T-fal OptiGrill
The T-fal OptiGrill has more tech-heavy design that uses automatic sensors to detect the thickness and quantity of the food, and it self-adjusts to the optimal temperature and cooking time for perfect results.
It will even alert you with audible beeps when your meats are rare, medium, and well done, so your steaks are cooked exactly the way you like them.
You can choose from six cooking programs that include burgers, poultry, sandwiches, sausage and pork, and red meat and fish. There are also modes for frozen food and manual cooking.
The floating plates give you plenty of space for cooking thicker foods like sandwiches or paninis, and there’s enough room on the cooking surface for two to three people.
The non-stick plates and drip tray are removable and dishwasher-safe for quick and easy cleanup, too.
This grill goes for around $130, and it comes with a limited lifetime warranty, which is the most generous we’ve seen for indoor grills.
This grill is an excellent choice if you’re looking for something that’s easy to use and takes a lot of guesswork out of cooking times.
While it does have a bit of a learning curve when it comes to learning the beeps and color changing indicator lights, once you use it a few times it’s mostly smooth sailing.
We’ve found that it cooks most foods perfectly and exactly as expected. Uneven meats like whole chicken breast turn out perfectly cooked through without being overcooked or underdone in spots.
One big issue we’ve found that happens with some frequency is that the machine requires recalibration every so often, since the plates can stop fitting to the sensors properly, so you won’t be able to choose your cooking programs. However, customer service will walk you through the steps to get it working properly again.
- Automatic sensors let you know when food is done
- Easy to clean
- Grill needs recalibrated
Best Indoor Grill for 2020The best indoor grill is definitely the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe. Its high heat searing option and reversible plates give you more versatility than every other grill in this guide. Additionally, its sturdy build and attractive design make it well worth the money.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a bit more basic that simply delivers excellent grilled food without the higher price tag, the Hamilton Beach 25361.
All of the grills in this guide can deliver great results. No matter which one you choose, get ready for perfectly grilled food anytime you want it.
Writer and Product Researcher
Spending the last 10 years researching and writing about various home, garden and electronics topics, Shelley is more than qualified to write for Meccano Home. Her work has been featured on eBay, Pottery Barn, SFGate, TheKnot, Williams-Sonoma and various other blogs and websites.