Top down Maxt-Matic indoor grill Source: Maxi-Matic

Best Indoor Grills TechnoBuffalo 2019

From all-year-round grilling to being in the comfort of your home, there are a lot of great reasons to choose an indoor grill. To ease your shopping pressures, our favorite is the Cuisinart 5-in1 Griddler. It has five different uses, including a panini press and contact grill. Even if that doesn't tickle your fancy, there are still many other great options to pick up.

Best Overall: Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler

Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler lifestyleSource: Cuisinart

The Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler is a great companion for any kitchen, with multiple uses with one simple machine. This comes with different plates, as well as gourmet recipes and a scraping tool for easy cleaning. There is also an integrated drip tray, which is all 100% dishwasher safe.

Along with these great additions that make this a multi-purpose machine, it also has easy-to-use temperature controls that have indicator lights to let you know they're on. The lid is also a floating press cover, which can help you cook any food much faster. The biggest downside to this machine is the top is always on, which proves to be a problem and can cause burns if you're not careful.

This device is also rather large, and sometimes, grease may drip out the back if you're not careful. However, this is the perfect device if you're looking for quality and versatility. With the ability to be a contact grill, a regular grill and griddle, and a panini press, nothing is stopping you from the number of cooking possibilities.

Pros:

  • Five different uses
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Easy-to-adjust controls
  • Additional included tools
  • Press down lid

Cons:

  • Large and in charge
  • The top is always on
  • Grease runs out the back

Best Overall

Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler

Do-it-all

The Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler can make breakfast, lunch, and dinner with all the additional add-ons.

Best Value: George Foreman 4-Serving Grill

George Foreman Indoor Grill lifestyleSource: George Foreman

This product a great option if you want to enjoy a burger without spending a ton on an indoor or outdoor grill. This grill heats 35% faster than other models, and the nonstick, dishwasher-safe plates make clean up fast as well. The unique design of the George Foreman also helps the fat go to the front of the grill, making it easy to trap it all in one spot.

Since this grill is so much cheaper than many of the others, it's a lot smaller. It's only able to make up to four servings, so it's not meant for big meals or parties. Also, the removable plates are held on by small, flimsy pieces of metal, so they might not be tightly secured once removed.

Although there a few issues with this particular grill, it is truly an excellent bargain for the small price point. Considering that it heats up much faster and the cleanup time is next to nothing because of the plates, it truly is worth every penny. If you're looking to save a few bucks, you definitely won't regret picking this product up.

Pros:

  • Dishwasher-safe plates
  • Fast heat-up time
  • Non-stick formula
  • Fat-removing slope

Cons:

  • Small grill
  • Plates aren't easy to secure

Best Value

George Foreman 4-Serving Grill

On a budget

If you're looking to save a few bucks while grilling up some burgers, the George Foreman grill will do the trick.

Best Alternative: Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Grill

Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill LifestyleSource: Hamilton Beach

Hamilton Beach is a highly respected company, which means it's no surprise that it makes great products. This particular grill resembles a miniature version of what you would have on your back porch, which means it works as similar to one as you can get with an electric grill. It will help your food look, and taste like you made it outside.

The plates on this grill are also dishwasher-safe, as well as the large drip tray built-in to the grill. With these added features, it helps make clean-up a lot easier, which is excellent considering that it takes a while to heat this guy up.

It's rather expensive, but you get what you pay for with this grill, and it has a well-known name and quality additions to go along with it. Once you pick up this grill, you may never go back to traditional grilling.

Pros:

  • Well-known
  • Looks just like an outdoor grill
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Large drip tray

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Takes long to heat up

Best Alternative

Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Grill

Another great option

Although it may be more expensive, the Hamilton Beach indoor grill is an excellent choice if you're looking for a simple grill.

Best Compact: Kitchen + Home Stove Top Grill

Kitchen + Home Indoor GrillSource: Kitchen + Home

The Kitchen + Home stovetop grill is the perfect indoor grill if you're looking to free up some space in your home. This high-quality grill is double-coated to make sure it's the best stainless steel you can use when cooking. It's also got a non-stick surface to make clean up a sinch, but they do recommend to hand-clean it so that the coating doesn't get removed.

The grill has a built-in drip pan that is directly below where the food is being cooked. It also works for both electric and gas stoves, and you can even take it camping with you. There have been some complaints about the grill not staying completely stationary when you put it on your stovetop.

Although this can only make one serving of each food which can add to cook time, it is well worth that for the size of the grill. If you consider the convenience of not taking up counter space as well as the quality of the item, you might not be too upset with the size. It's a great addition to any kitchen if you want to get that outdoor grill feel in your food.

Pros:

  • Small
  • High quality
  • Built-in drip pan
  • Can be used on both stove types

Cons:

  • Only makes one serving
  • Not stable

Best Compact

Kitchen + Home Stove Top Grill

Small but mighty

This stovetop grill is perfect for someone who's not looking to take up a lot of room in their kitchen with a grill.

Best Flat-Top: Maxi-Matic EGL-3450 Indoor Grill

Maxi-Matic Indoor GrillSource: Maxi-Matic

The Maxi-Matic EGL- 3450 is the perfect flat top grill to add to any kitchen. It's a great grill that will cook up any food to perfection. The thermostat is an adjustable dial, and it comes apart completely, which makes cleaning it so easy. So, you can handwash the grill, and throw that drip tray in the dishwasher.

Since the non-stick finish comes off easily, you have to use a rag or something gentle when handwashing the grill itself. It also takes a while for it to heat up, so the quick cleanup time makes dinner go a little quicker. Thankfully, the aftercare for this grill is minimal, as long as you are gentle with it.

With this flat top, you'll be able to grill just about anything with this product. From meat to veggies and everything in between, you'll be delighted with this easy-to-use grill. It also comes completely apart, and the thermostat is adjustable, so you can cook to perfection and easily clean everything up afterward.

Pros:

  • Flat top
  • Dishwasher safe drip tray
  • Adjustable thermostat
  • Completely unassembles

Cons:

  • The non-stick finish comes off easily
  • Heats up slowly

Best Flat-Top

Maxi-Matic EGL-3450 Indoor Grill

Easy to store

A flat top is a great companion in any kitchen, and it's so thin, it will take up barely any room wherever you store it.

Best Copper-Coated: BELLA Copper Titanium Coated Indoor Grill

Bella Indoor GrillSource: Bella

If you've already invested this far into copper cookware in your kitchen, why not also get a copper-coated grill? The Bella Copper Titanium-coated grill will add great food and appeal to your kitchen. It's durable and can cook just about anything, so you'll be able to keep this around for a long time. You'll be able to roast, fry, saute, steam, and do so much more with just this one grill.

The drip pan that comes with this grill will quickly cool down the fat and grease that cooks out of your food. This will help make your dinners healthier, and you won't have to worry about burning yourself on hot grease. When you're cooking on this grill, make sure you do not use metal utensils because it can scratch the copper coating. Also, don't use rough items like wool to clean it because the non-stick coating could come off.

As long as you are careful with this copper grill, you will be able to have it in your home for a long time. Not only that, but you will be ready to cook just about anything in this. If copper is your game, then the Bella Copper Titanium-coated grill is exactly what you need to up your kitchen environment.

Pros:

  • Copper-coated
  • Durable
  • Cooling drip pan
  • Many functions

Cons:

  • Scratchable
  • Non-stick can come off

Best Copper-Coated

BELLA Copper Titanium Coated Indoor Grill

Pretty and usable

If you're someone who loves copper cookware, then the Bella copper-coated grill will surely add to the kitchen copper theme.

Bottom line

If indoor grilling is your jam, make sure to pick up one of the many great options on this list. The best one you can pick up is the Cuisinart 5-in1 Griddler, which includes removable and dishwasher-safe plates as well as easy-to-use temperature controls. Whether you're using this as a panini press, a full grill, or a contact grill, you'll be able to cook just about anything with this device. Not to mention, the floating cover automatically adjusts to the thickness of any food.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Kennedy Maring is a freelancer who loves playing games, her little animal family along with her husband, and the great outdoors. Although she is a nerd through and through, she is looking to complete her cosmetology certificate in the next year.

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