You love to grill. You love meat. So do we, and serious carnivores will, by all means, want to own an indoor grill. Indoor grills are electric, smokeless, and energy efficient.
But there are a number of considerations you should make when choosing the best indoor grill. This article aims largely to equip you with the some of the most important factors to consider when choosing the indoor grill that’s right for you.
How to Choose the Right Indoor Grill
1. Power Source and Consumption
What is your grill using to cook your meat and how much does it need? Most indoor grills use one of the following: electricity, liquid petroleum gas, and wood pellets.
While all of these fuel sources are more/less smokeless, your best and safest bet is going to stick to electric grills. For the best balance of heating power and electricity consumption, you should go for something within the range of approximately 1500 Watts and 120 Volts.
2. Material Makeup and Composition
To guarantee long-term reliability, and to also withstand high temperatures, the right indoor grill ought to be made of very tough materials. Hard plastics, Silicone, and Stainless steel are some of the best materials that make a tough grill. When you’re looking for a suitable indoor grill, then these materials should definitely be given a higher priority over anything else.
3. Temperature Controls
Ideally, the best indoor grill needs to give you control to regulate the precise temperature you need for hat you’re grilling. This is the only way in which the best ever results may be achieved. For the more veteran griller, there are indoor grills available with a fixed temperature setting—this is a bit more akin to an outdoor grill, as regulating the temperature of charcoal and gas burners require a bit more experience than an electric dial.
4. Cooking Surface Capacity
Different users may want indoor grills for different purposes. Some may want a grill for home use whereas some may want a grill that is large enough for picnics and outings. The onus is on you to decide exactly what you want to do with your grill. Once you’ve figured out what you want to do, then you should decide which kind of grilling surface you need or want.
Just like cooking surface capacity, the overall size of the indoor grill equally matters. You don’t want to a grill that takes up more space than you have. You should also account for where you plan to store the grill when not in use. A good indoor grill under this consideration ought to be one that is compact enough to fit both in your cooking space and your closet or garage.
6. Overall Design
The overall design of the grill matters a lot. A good grill should have an elegant appearance, have a nice shape, and be very efficient in its operations. It must not be too small or too big. It must be smokeless. This means it should be so efficient and thorough in its work that it exudes as minimal amount of smoke as possible to keep your guests from passing out. Always remember that guests are best served meat, not smoke.
7. Features and Functionalities
A good indoor grill should be able to carry out as many different cooking tasks besides grilling as possible. There are some indoor grills that allow for baking, saute, and yes: even deep frying. Frankly speaking, sometimes the simplest solution is the best one. If your grill has one task, it can probably do it much better than it can do three tasks. If you want to deep fry, get a deep fryer—not a grill. However some of the ‘must have’ features for an indoor grill include aroma scenter, grease tray, light indicator, non-scratch sponge, and dual burners. Grease splatters are no big deal on the patio, but a bit more irritating in the kitchen. So keep some of these little ‘extras’ in mind as you choose the indoor grill right for you.
8. Ease of Set Up
Needless to say, the best indoor grill has to be easy to set up and use. The grill should come ready-for-use and should not require any pre-installation prior to use. It should be easily set up and ready to grill. Don’t get something that needs you to redo your kitchen.
Of all the indoor grills available, we personally like the Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill. It is budget-friendly, possesses several elegant features, and it’s available in various sizes and capacities. Take a look and get yourself grilling even when the wind is howling!
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