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Electric Grills: Ratings of Sources

Total of 16 Sources
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
January 2009
Electric Griddles
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentEditors at Cook's Illustrated magazine test seven griddles for heat distribution by setting each to 350 degrees and taking measurements at five- and seven-minute intervals at three locations on the grilling surface. Bacon, French toast, and pancakes are cooked on each griddle and ratings offered for heat distribution and cleanup. The griddles with the least consistent heat distribution produced problems with cooking performance, such as uneven browning and scorching.
2. Which? magazine
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Health Grill Reviews
by Editors of Which? magazine
Our AssessmentThis hands-on comparison conducted by U.K.-based Which? magazine includes 25 grills, each tested for ease of operation, ease of cleaning and storage. Performance is tested by cooking vegetables, chicken and fish while timing how long it takes each grill to reach temperature and rating the quality of the prepared foods. Although not all of the models tested are available in the U.S., a few are, including the Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N and a few George Foreman models. None of the U.S. models is particularly recommended, however.
3. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
July 2007
Tabletop Grills
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentThis review includes electric grills and grill pans but doesn't include panini makers or griddles. Editors test six open grills but find that grill pans don't heat up enough. This article also helpfully discusses three grills that did not make the cut.
4. Amazon.com
As of Nov. 2011
Contact Grills
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com is a good website for reading user reviews. The majority of electric grills get similar overall ratings so it's difficult to tell which are true favorites. However, a few grills differ from the average. The highest-rated electric grills include the Black & Decker G48TD Grill & Waffle Baker, which maintains a 4-star average rating (out of 5) based on feedback from nearly 700 owners, and the Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N, which has a similar average rating in nearly 435 reviews. The Presto 07046 Tilt 'n Drain Big Griddle Cool-Touch Electric Griddle has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 in more than 240 reviews, while the Sanyo HPS-SG3 has a comparable rating in nearly 550 reviews. Other electric grills and griddles also get positive feedback from owners.
5. TasteOfHome.com
Jan./Feb. 2009
Indoor Grilling
by Editors of TasteOfHome.com
Our AssessmentThe editors of TasteOfHome.com provide indoor grilling tips and recipes and recommend three indoor grills. According to the article, several models were tested, but only the top three are listed, which include the Cuisinart Griddler Junior, Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill and DeLonghi Indoor Grill and Panini Press. The advantages of each pick are listed, and although they are mostly positive, the author notes that the Hamilton Beach Indoor Grill doesn't offer temperature control.
6. TheKitchn.com
May 31, 2011
Portable Cooking: 5 Tabletop Grills
by Kristen Lubbe
Our AssessmentKristen Lubbe recommends five tabletop grills in this brief review. TheKitchn.com is a sister site of Apartment Therapy, focusing on unusual kitchen goods and tips ideal for apartment dwelling. Reviews are brief, and it's not clear whether the author has personally used each indoor grill.
7. About.com
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Top 10 Indoor Grills
by Derrick Riches
Our AssessmentAbout.com guide to barbecues and grilling Derrick Riches names 10 grills that he considers the best, though he doesn't say how he arrives at his results. Two of the listed grills get longer, more in-depth critiques that the others don't. The DeLonghi BG24 Grill is on the list, as are the Sanyo Smokeless Indoor Grill and Zojirushi EB-CC15 Indoor Electric Grill. Riches is mostly positive about every grill he lists, making it difficult to see what, if anything, separates the top-10 contenders. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
8. Cooking.com
As of Nov. 2011
Griddles and Grills
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentSeveral dozen electric grills are rated by owners at this website, which conveniently shows the rating and number of reviews right on the main page. The site also displays the top-rated and best-selling electric grills at the top of the page. The Cuisinart Griddler GR-4N is the top-rated model and the Broil King Nonstick Griddler the best-selling. Most grills get very high overall ratings, however. The Sanyo Smokeless and Cuisinart Griddler both have hundreds of positive reviews. The Sanyo Mini Smokeless Indoor Electric Grill and DeLonghi Retro Panini Grill each also have an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, based on more than 300 and about 160 reviews, respectively. The sheer volume of reviews on this site makes it a helpful place to check.
9. CNET
July 23, 2010
Buffet Server Turns Into a Grill
by Brian Krepshaw
Our AssessmentThis individual product review covers the E-ware 8K103 Buffet-Style Two-in-One Grill, which features three separate heating elements. This grill can be used to serve between eight and 10 people, and it also converts to a buffet server with three lidded bowls. The author appreciates the versatility of this grill/buffet server.
10. MyGloss.com
July 26, 2010
Gloss How-To: Buy a Grill
by Maris Callahan
Our AssessmentThis brief buying guide offers useful tips for buying a grill. The author recommends the George Foreman Evolve grill for those who live in apartments or have small kitchens but doesn't recommend any products in other categories.
11. Epinions.com
As of Nov. 2011
Indoor Grills and Sandwich Makers
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentEpinions.com is also a good source for reviews of electric grills. However, many models on the list are no longer available, and many newer ones don't have any owner-written reviews. The two most-reviewed and highly rated products, the George Foreman GR10AB and George Foreman GR20CB, have been discontinued, but the Cuisinart Griddler GR4N has an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5, based on 50 owner-written reviews. As with Amazon.com, this is a good place to visit once you have your choice narrowed down to a couple of models.
12. Target.com
As of Nov. 2011
Indoor Grills
by Contributors to Target.com
Our AssessmentAbout 50 electric grills are available on Target.com, most of which have received only one or two reviews. There are several models that have been reviewed 10 or more times, including the West Bend Electric Indoor Grill, which maintains a perfect 5-star rating out of about 60 owner reviews.
13. Viewpoints.com
As of Nov. 2011
Electric Grills
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentElectric grills aren't as heavily reviewed on this newer review site than on retail sites such as Amazon.com or Target.com. There are several dozen electric grills reviewed on Viewpoints.com. Most have only a handful of user reviews, but a few models have received more than 35 reviews. The George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill GGR50B has an average rating of 4.26 out of 5 in nearly 40 owner-written reviews. The Presto Cool Touch Electric Griddle 07039 has an average rating of 4.57 out of 5 in nearly 110 reviews.
14. Bestcovery.com
June 8, 2011
Best Indoor Electric Grill
by Korilynn Shaw
Our AssessmentFive electric grills are recommended and each is accompanied by a brief review. The Breville 800GRXL Die-Cast Indoor Barbeque and Grill, Sanyo HPS-SG3 200 Square-Inch Electric Indoor Barbeque Grill, Cuisinart GR-3 Griddler Jr. (which is now discontinued), George Foreman GRP90WGR G5 Grill and Zojirushi EB-CC15 Indoor Electric Grill are all named Bestcovery.com's Best Buys, although it's unclear whether the author has tested electric grills individually.
15. About.com
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Electric Grill Reviews
by Editors of About.com
Our AssessmentHalf a dozen electric grills, both indoor and outdoor, receive individual product reviews. Reviews are thorough, with pros and cons listed, although it's not clear whether each recommended model has been personally tested. The Weber Q-140 Electric Grill, The Outdoor Greatroom Company Legacy 201/e Electric Grill and Dimplex PowerChef Automatic Tabletop Convertible Outdoor Electric Grill all receive ratings of 4.5 stars out of 5. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
16. IndoorGrillReviews.com
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Indoor Grill Reviews and Tips
by Editors of IndoorGrillReviews.com
Our AssessmentSix indoor grills are recommended here. Although the unidentified editors list features and pluses for each grill, none of the write-ups is critical and no downsides are listed for any grill. User reviews from other sites, such as Amazon.com, are also listed. George Foreman Grills are generally praised, but it's not explained why these grills are so much better than others.
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