When the weather puts a damper on your outdoor barbequing plans, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to cancel. An indoor grill is capable of accomplishing just as much as an outdoor grill and sometimes with much less mess.
Indoor grills do a great job of helping you prepare a healthy and quick meal right on your countertop. We put together a review of the best indoor grills. Some of these will help you feed an entire family, and others are perfect for a quick after-work burger or steak.
Quick Summary: The 11 Best Indoor Grills
Our 11 Favorite Indoor Grills
These countertop grills have either open grates like outdoor grills or a cover that presses down on meat, cooking both sides at once. The latter is often called a contact grill, these are healthy for cooking and were made popular by the George Foreman Grill in the mid-1990s, and are great for making crunchy sandwiches.
1. Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill
At the top of our list is the Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill. This grill has all the features that we look for in a top of the line indoor grill. Potentially one of our favorite features is the searing ability this grill has.
You can sear at 450 degrees or grill at a lower heat. While you are searing, you can close the lid and watch what is taking place through the window on the lid. Getting a chance to see what is going on is key to getting the perfect sear on your food.
Searing locks in all the juices and flavors that you get from using your outdoor grill, but you can use this grill all year long. Even though it is an indoor option, you still get 118 square inches of grilling area to help you prepare a good size meal for a group of people.
Another great feature is the fact that this is an easy to clean option. Many of the pieces are removable and can be placed in a dishwasher. Underneath the grill is a large drip tray, so nothing spills on your counter. When the drip tray is emptied, it goes into the dishwasher as well. Overall this indoor grill gives you plenty of options to prepare a variety of meals, and it comes at a fair price.
- Viewing window to check on food
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Adjustable temperature
- Large grilling surface
2. George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver
Perhaps the most well known indoor grill of all time, the George Foreman, is next on our list. This is both an indoor and outdoor option that gives you an extensive 240 square inch grilling area to work with. If you have a large group of people to serve, you will like this option.
George Foreman comes with a stand so you can use it outdoors. The stand easily comes off and allows you to place the grill on your counter as well. With five different heat settings and the nonstick coating, you can create some wonderful meals using this electric grill.
- Good for larger groups
- Big grilling area
- Five different heat settings
- Indoor and Outdoor capabilities
3. Maxi-Matic Indoor Electric Nonstick Grill
The Maxi-Matic Indoor Electric Nonstick Grill is a great way to bring your favorite grilled meals indoors. This is a fourteen-inch grilling surface with a nonstick coating. You will have no trouble when it comes to food sticking to this grill.
If you want to control the temperature of the Maxi-Matic, you will have five adjustable settings that go as high as 450 degrees. Yes, this is plenty of heat to get a great sear on a piece of meat.
One of the things we loved about this grill is how quickly it heats up. We all have those spots on our BBQ that cook hotter than others; the Maxi does a great job of cooking evenly across. With dishwasher safe parts, a drip pan, and a warranty, this is a perfect solution for a low profile but powerful indoor grill.
- Comes with one year warranty
- Dishwasher safe parts
- Heats up quickly
- Even cooking across entire grill area
4. Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 4-Qt. Air Fryer, Roast, Bake, Dehydrate Indoor Electric Grill
If you are tired of collecting kitchen appliances and tools (although we are not sure you can really have too many) and you want an all in one option, the Ninja is for you. This is a five in one machine capable of making a variety of meals in a short period.
The Ninja allows you to accomplish five different things. You can grill, bake, air crisp, dehydrate, and roast all with one machine. Everything needed to achieve any of these cooking techniques will be included with your grill. This Ninja grill has all the power needed to cook like your outdoor grill, and although it is not the largest of the models we have reviewed, you can still fit about four steaks on here at once.
- Five in one unit
- Can make a variety of food
- Heats of quickly
- Not difficult to clean
5. PowerXL Smokeless Grill with Tempered Glass Lid
The PowerXL Smokeless is also a multifunctional option, but it is only a two in one unit. Still, only having two parts to this is plenty. This is an affordable and high functioning indoor grill and griddle.
The cooking surface is going to be about 13.5 inches by eight inches. Certainly large enough to get several more substantial pieces of meat on the grill. The cooking surface is nonstick, so you can make healthier meals without having to spray any harsh oils or butter.
We love that this has a top, but it is entirely see-through to make sure you can keep an eye on your cooking. The Power XL is easy to clean, easy to use, and does not create smoke.
- Griddle and electric grill
- Good size cooking area
- Nonstick surface
- Easy cleaning
6. Presto 09020 Cool Touch Electric Indoor Grill
If you have been following along waiting for the budget-friendly indoor grill to arrive, Presto! Yes, the Presto Cool Touch Electric Indoor Grill will do a tremendous job of bringing the BBQ indoors for a very low price.
This is a simple indoor grill, but it does everything you need an indoor grill to do. The grease will automatically drain from the food and land in the drip tray. That drip tray is then removable and completely dishwasher safe.
The cool-touch base keeps the grilling surface as the only surface that heats up. When grilling on your counters, this is an essential feature. If something were to get too hot, it could cause some severe damage.
- Temperature control
- Grease drip tray
- Dishwasher safe
- Cool Touch Base
7. Maxi-Matic Indoor Electric Non-Stick Grill Adjustable Thermostat,
The Maxi Matic grabs another spot on our list. This time in a much smaller version. Not everyone needs or wants a large indoor grill. If you are making a meal for two people, a large grill may be more of a mess than you need to deal with.
This Maxi-Matic is a 13 x 9 size that makes it very manageable and very easy to fit even on the smallest counters. The surface is going to be nonstick, which will allow you to cook much healthier meals than traditional frying methods.
The drip tray can be placed directly in the dishwasher for easy and quick cleanup.
- Some dishwasher safe parts
- Smaller size better for two people
- Nonstick surface
8. BELLA (14750) 12 x 16 Inch Indoor Smokeless Grill with Nonstick Cooking Surface, Copper Black
If you want fast heat, the Bella 12 X 16 Inch Indoor Smokeless Grill is a great choice. This unit features a 1500 watt heating element that gets you up and running in a matter of minutes.
The 12 X 16-inch cooking surface is plenty large enough to feed a decent size group of people. You will not have any trouble cleaning this grill up after use as it comes with a nonstick copper coating. The copper is a bit more eco friendly than some other materials and provides a cool look as well.
You will not be limited to just grilling meats on this indoor nonstick grill; in fact, with the size, you can put your entire dinner on here and only have one thing to wash. Now that is something worth celebrating!
- Large surface to cook
- Nonstick copper
- Easy to clean
- Fast heating
9. GoWISE USA GW88000 2-in-1 Smokeless Indoor Grill and Griddle with Interchangeable Plates
The GoWISE grill is a smokeless indoor grill with abilities to reach 482 degrees. We are impressed with how quickly this grill is able to heat up. It doubles as a griddle in addition to being a grill.
The nonstick surface on the GoWISE 2 in 1 helps food slip right off. The grill is 21.5 by 14 inches, which leaves plenty of room to make food for a group of people. The GoWISE is one of the more low profile indoor grills that we reviewed. If you are working with limited counter space but have a family to feed, this is a great choice.
An excellent addition is a small cookbook that comes with the GoWise that has a few grill and a few griddle recipes.
- Low profile design
- Easy to clean drip pan
- Grill and griddle
- Large cooking surface
10. Zojirushi EB-DLC10 Indoor Electric Grill
The Zojirushi Indoor Electric Grill is another low profile indoor electric option. The Zojirushi has an adjustable temperature, and it will go to about 410 degrees Fahrenheit. Some of the other grills will get hotter than this, but its certainly plenty of heat to get food cooked properly.
We love that the Zojirushi can be disassembled very easily for cleaning. There is nothing worse than when cleaning takes you twice as long as cooking even did. The Zojirushi claims to have a large cooking surface, but we found it to be a bit on the smaller side. The cooking surface is about 14 x 10 inches.
- Easy to clean
- Lower profile
- 1500 Watt heat
- Adjustable temperatures
11. Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler, 13.5″(L) x 11.5″(W) x 7.12″(H), Silver with Silver/Black Dials
Last on our list is the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler. You can use this as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle. The only reason this option made it to the bottom of our list is that we felt like it was a built small. When we think about an indoor grill, we want something that replaces the functionality of the outside grill.
If you like to make paninis and other sandwiches on the grill, you will like the handle with the top on this indoor grill. Cuisinart makes a great product, and they understand that nonstick and dishwasher safe are two essential elements.
The combination of these factors with the drip tray make this a great choice if you want the occasional burger when it’s a bit too cold to go outside and grill.
- Lots of products combined
- Press and contact grill
- Stainless steel housing
- Dishwasher safe parts
Things To Consider Before Buying An Indoor Grill
Now that we have given our choices for the top eleven grills on the market, how will you choose which one is for you? Luckily there are some great ways to help narrow this choice down. Here are some of the things we think you should consider before you make your final purchase.
If you scroll down this list and see something that stands out to you as a make or break when looking at indoor grills, it’s worth a few seconds of your time to make sure you end up with the right grill.
Contact Grill vs. Open Grill
Two of the main types of indoor grills are contact grills and open grills. There are a few distinct differences between these two grills, and it makes sense to understand them before you buy a product.
An open grill has a removable top. The food will cook from the bottom, and you will be left with a very juicy and tender product when the cooking is complete. You can put the top on while you cook, or you can remove it based on what you are cooking.
A contact grill has a lid that is not removable. When you cook with a contact grill, you put the food in and then lower the top while cooking. The food will cook from both the top and the bottom. This will provide a very quick and even grill on all of your food. Since the heat is coming from both locations, you will not need to flip the food on a contact grill.
Both a contact grill and an open grill are capable of making great food. Some of the decision between contact and open will come down to personal preference.
Almost every indoor grill you consider purchasing is going to have some type of nonstick technology. The nonstick helps when it comes to food sticking to the grill. You will not have to put butter and oil all over the surface of your indoor grill.
This is partly what makes grilling so much more healthy than frying. Another great thing about a nonstick pan is that it will be much easier to clean. When you are finished cooking with your nonstick indoor grill, the cleanup should be rather easy.
Some even have a removable cooking surface that can go directly in your dishwasher.
Most indoor grills will have some type of drip pan or grease trapping system. The reason behind this is that while cooking on an outdoor grill, all of the greases will run down underneath the grill. This area needs to be cleaned from time to time but certainly not after every cookout.
With an indoor grill, you will need to clean the drip pan after every use. Most grills will have a detachable drip pan. It can be quite cumbersome to empty a drip pan while still holding the entire indoor grill or griddle. Making sure that you choose an option with a detachable pan is a great idea.
In addition to the drip pan being detachable, you will want something easy to clean. If the drip pan can be placed in the dishwasher, that is even better. Part of the reason you want to use a grill indoors is that the cooking itself is going to be considerably healthier.
All of the grease you are catching inside that drip pan would have ended up in your body if you had chosen a different cooking method. The last thing you want to do is choose a grill with a dysfunctional drip pan that will ruin your counters, floor, or clothing. The drip pan is an essential part of the indoor grilling game!
Taking your entire indoor grill and putting it in the dishwasher is not going to be an option. So you can cross that off your list right now. There are parts of the grill with electrical connections that you will need to hand wash. However, some models are made with many dishwasher safe pieces.
If you are someone that doesn’t like to deal with a mess, look for a grill with removable griddle and drip tray. These are the two pieces that are going to collect the most grease and require the most cleaning. If you can place those in your dishwasher and do a quick wipe of the rest of the grill, you will be quite happy.
Always remember to read the manufacturer’s guidelines when it comes to dishwashers. Although some products will say dishwasher safe, they will also recommend hand washing. Sometimes the nonstick surfaces on an indoor grill could become much less effective if the grill is continually put in the dishwasher.
Try to balance the convenience with the longevity you are looking for in the product.
When you purchase an indoor grill, you will notice that there is a variety in temperatures that these grills will heat to. The indoor grill will very likely not get as hot as your outdoor grill. However, you have plenty of temperatures to sear and grill all types of food, including vegetables.
For the most part, you will see the maximum temperature top out around 450 degrees. Some of the less expensive indoor grills may only get up to about 400 degrees. Just make sure to check the maximum temperature before you purchase.
Just as it is crucial with your outdoor grill, you will want to make sure your indoor grill gives you the ability to adjust the temperature. Putting the grill on high or low is not going to be enough. You will need to have some variety in the temperatures you use.
Look for an indoor grill that has an easy to use and accurate temperature control. If your grill has trouble controlling temperature, you may have a hard time getting meat to cook exactly how you want it done.
It can be overwhelming when you look at the number of size options that are available for an indoor grill or portable induction cooktop. Luckily you can narrow down the size that you will need rather quickly. You must consider two key factors, the size of your kitchen and the size of your crowd.
If you do not have an ample open counter space where you can place an indoor grill to make your dinner, then you will need to choose a smaller option. Many indoor grills are built to feed two people. They will allow you to fit a steak and maybe a potato or two on the grill, this may be all that you need. The smaller grills are also priced a bit better as well.
Grilling indoors for a crowd can be difficult if you don’t have counter space. Some very large indoor grills make it possible to cook a full meal for six or eight people at once. If you have a large family or you like to entertain, this may be the way to go.
It is challenging to cook a steak for two people and then make everyone else wait while you cook two more steaks. With sizeable outdoor BBQ’s this is not generally a concern, but when it comes to the indoor grills, it is something to watch out for.
One more thing you should consider when it comes to the size of your indoor grill is cabinet space. Do you have room to store one of these? With their size, you are probably not going to want to keep it out on your counter at all times.
You may have noticed that a few of the indoor grills in our review served multiple purposes. If you like kitchen gadgets that can do more than just one task, you may want to consider something like the Ninja. The Ninja is a five in one cooker that can fry, roast, grill, and more.
Although we like having dual functionality in some of our cooking tools, we find that it is not always necessary. If you are going to grill indoors several nights a week, you need a great grill. You don’t need a griddle, and you don’t need a roaster or a fryer, you simply need a great grill.
When a product is focused on a single purpose, it tends to excel at that single purpose. That is why most of the options that made our list are primarily just an indoor grill.
Cool Touch Surface
Since an indoor grill will be sitting on your counter, it’s quite essential to pay attention to the safety features. Not only do you want to protect your countertops, but you need to think about the safety of your hands and especially your children.
Even though the top of the grill will be very hot, it is best to purchase a model that has some sort of cool-touch base. If the handles get hot, the top gets hot, the legs and the bottom get hot, this is not good and will lead to issues in your kitchen.
The indoor grills are smokeless, but there will still be plenty of steam. If you need to be monitoring your food while it is cooking, use a top to help keep some of the steam away from you while you cook. Overall an indoor grill will likely be even safer than an outdoor grill, but it’s essential to protect yourself and your home.
You probably saw that the indoor grills on our list varied considerably in price. If you look at the larger units with more features, you will probably pay more money. An indoor grill can range anywhere from $30 to $300.
If you are someone that grills outside all summer long and you live in a climate where you can’t grill in the winter, then it makes sense to buy a great indoor grill. For those that just want to grill a burger indoors from time to time, a cheaper indoor grill makes a lot of sense.
When cooking for a crowd, you will also end up spending a bit more money on a larger grill. If you consider the time you will save by cooking everything at once without having to make two batches, this will be money well spent. Indoor grills are much less expensive than outdoor grills.
If you don’t own an indoor grill, you may be surprised by the capabilities that they have. Indoor grills of the past would create a mess in your kitchen and leave you with more to clean up than you would ever want to deal with.
This has changed, and products like our top choice, the Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill, make grilling both fun and easy. It will only take you a few minutes to get the grill to heat up, and the cleanup is dishwasher safe.
Even better than the quick heating and the cleanup is the beautiful grill marks the Hamilton Beach will leave on your steaks. If you want to be a grill master both indoors and outdoors, this is a tool you need in your kitchen.