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Having an outdoor grill is awesome. Unless it's raining. Or it's too hot. Or too cold. Or your massive grill hogs all of your yard space. Or you run out of gas. Actually, on second thought, maybe investing in an outdoor grill isn't always the right call. Luckily, you don't need a big, heavy grill to enjoy juicy steaks, charred veggies, kebabs, or whatever grill-marked creation your heart desires. That's where an indoor grill comes into play.
We've found some of the best indoor grills on the market, so you can save time shopping and spend more time grilling. Make sure to check out some of our picks for the best grill gloves and grill cleaners.
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What types of indoor grills are there?
There are two different types of indoor grill: open grills and contact grills.
Open grills mimic outdoor ones in that they feature an open grilling surface. For even cooking, you'll have to flip your food halfway through. (Unlike most traditional outdoor grills, however, there's no flame. Head outside for that.)
Contact grills, on the other hand, have two cooking surfaces—one on top and one on the bottom. Food is cooked on both sides at once, which speeds things up quite a bit.
What should I look for in an indoor grill?
Size: Grill surfaces typically range from 60- to 200-square inches, but bigger isn't always better. It all comes down to how many people you're feeding. An 80-square-inch grill is perfectly fine for a one-to-two person household, while 100-square-inch-plus machines can comfortably grill enough food for families of three to five. Of course, you can always feed larger parties with smaller grills—you'll just need to whip up more batches.
Power: A solid range packs 1300 to 1800-watts. Some smaller and less expensive grills only reach 800 watts, which is adequate for many dishes but not ideal for cooking thicker cuts of meat.
Grill Plates: Contact grills are often used as presses (hello, paninis!), but many are designed to also function as open grills. Simply open the lid so that it lays flat, which essentially doubles the cooking surface. Another feature to look for: removable grill plates. They make cleaning up so much easier—especially if they're dishwasher safe!
Filter: Despite their small size, many indoor grills can produce a lot of smoke if you're not careful. If your kitchen isn't well-ventilated, a grill with a built-in filter can cut smoke levels way down.
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