Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N
Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N

Best contact electric grill/griddle

The highly rated Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N scores big points for versatility. This electric grill, which can be used as a panini maker, an open grill or a griddle (thanks to its reversible plates), has an adjustable hinge (to cook thicker foods more evenly) and removable, dishwasher-safe grill plates. Users say its cooking surfaces heat evenly and are easy to clean; users also note that the grill plates are easy to remove for cleaning. Another plus: The Cuisinart's generous cooking space can easily accommodate four quarter-pound burgers when closed -- and twice this amount when used without its lid.
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Sanyo Smokeless Indoor Electric Grill HPS-SG3
Sanyo Smokeless Indoor Electric Grill HPS-SG3

Best open electric grill

Although it can't double as a griddle or make panini sandwiches (it has a single cooking surface), the Sanyo Smokeless Indoor Electric Grill HPS-SG3 is still a solid pick. Reviewers appreciate its roomy cooking surface (200 square inches) and its dishwasher-safe drip pan. The Sanyo Smokeless Indoor Electric Grill HPS-SG3 has an adjustable temperature control and a 1,300-watt heating element. Many owner reviews on Amazon.com also rate the taste and texture of the food cooked on the Sanyo as excellent. Most maintain that it's easy to use and store, though some owners say they wish it came with a cover. Although there are a few complaints that this grill isn't entirely "smokeless," others note that it's necessary to add water to the drip pan to avoid smoke output.
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Cuisinart Griddler GR-1
Cuisinart Griddler GR-1

Best Budget grill/sandwich press

The Cuisinart Griddler GR-1 isn't covered in any professional reviews, but it gets rave reviews from owners. Its brushed stainless-steel finish makes it attractive enough to display on a countertop, and its sleek design makes it small enough to conveniently store in a cabinet, owners say. The press has only one temperature setting, but most owners don't seem bothered by this, saying it cooks evenly and accommodates thick sandwiches with its floating hinge. The GR-1 has 11-by-7 inch grill plates and opens flat for use as a griddle. Some downsides: Its grill plates are not removable, which can make cleanup more difficult, and several users say this grill lacks an on/off switch.
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George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Domed Grill GGR50B
George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Domed Grill GGR50B

Best Indoor/outdoor electric grill

Apartment-dwellers praise this dual-purpose grill, which looks much like a standard charcoal grill. It can be used as a tabletop grill (by removing the pedestal) or as an outdoor grill (with the pedestal), even on balconies and patios where gas or charcoal grills are forbidden. Obviously, you're not getting the same charcoal or gas-grill searing performance, but owners still say it's nice to be able to cook outdoors. With 240 square feet of cooking space, it's capable of serving a family or small gathering. A few owners say they wish the drip pan was larger, but most say it's easy to set up and use. Opinions are mixed on ease of cleanup, however. Some say it's a breeze, and others report that the large grill plate is too big to fit in a standard kitchen sink for cleaning.
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