The best indoor electric grills, like our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award winner the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe, open up a whole new world of cooking possibilities, regardless of how large or well-equipped your kitchen is. This electric grill makes it simple to toast, press, grill and cook your favorite foods with its versatile, reversible grill plates, heating controls and accurate temperatures.
With this tabletop grill, you can cook your favorite foods such as hamburgers, paninis, pancakes and more without needing multiple appliances. The lid has a convenient handle that keeps you away from the heat and gives you some leverage if you want to use it to compress your panini or burger.
This multifunctional grill has the best temperature consistency of all the models we tested. This is important as many cheap electric grills radiate heat directly where the coil is located rather than dispersing it to the whole unit. Having even heat ensures that your food cooks correctly, getting your meal on the dinner table quickly. The Griddler Deluxe has a maximum temperature of 450 degrees, which is hot enough for any type of food you want to cook.
We found that there was minimal spattering of grease when we cooked with this Cuisinart, although it seemed to escape easier when the lid was set at higher levels. This electric grill is perfect for grilled cheese and panini sandwiches, giving your bread attractive sear lines if you use the ribbed side of the grill plates. It also does well with cut vegetables, such as squash or onions, and is wide enough to accommodate asparagus as well.
Searing is also a special function of this tabletop grill. The Griddler Deluxe has individual searing buttons for both the top and bottom grills that increase the temperature to 500 degrees for up to two minutes. This can help you get the perfect sear on your steaks or burgers without burning them. The lid has six positions it can be set to, allowing you to stuff your sandwiches full or grill up a thick steak or chicken breast evenly. Being able to set the height of the lid also allows it to hover above your food, effectively making it a broiler. This is a great way to grill a pizza or melt cheese slices without making a mess of the top grill plate.
Setting up the Griddler Deluxe is as simple as choosing which side of the grill plate you want to use, setting the temperatures you want each grill plate to have and deciding the height you would like the lid to be. The grill plates are removable and completely dishwasher safe, making it easier to clean up after greasy foods like hamburger or cheese. The non-stick surface can be wiped down with a wet paper towel or scraped with the included scraper to remove baked-on residue. For its size, this cooking appliance is easy to clean and there are few places that are difficult to access when you are wiping it down. The only real downside to this indoor electric grill is that it takes up a bit of room on the counter or when you store it. The handle does not fold down, but the lid does lock in place to keep it from falling open when you pull it out of your storage area.
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The defining feature of this unit is the multifunctional grill plates. These reversible plates have a flat griddle surface on one side and a ribbed grilling surface on the other. Because you can remove the plates, you can use any combination to suit your cooking needs.
Another great feature that expands the usefulness of this electric grill is the ability to fold the top grill completely back to create a flat griddle, effectively doubling your grilling area. This lets you cook for a large group or multitask cooking bacon or sausage while you use the other grill side to cook up your famous French toast. The Griddler Deluxe has a total of 240 square inches of cooking surface, which is large enough to cook up to 12 pancakes at once or up to six hamburger patties in the contact grilling position.
Each side of the grill has its own temperature controls located on the front of the appliance. Preheat indicator lights are built in to each knob, making it easy to see which side is in use and if it is at the desired temperature. Having independent controls makes this machine stand out from other electric grills, as this allows you to cook whatever you want in any manner you desire. For example, you can toast both sides of your sandwich, or just have the top grill melt the cheese over the meat. Or if you are feeling adventurous, you can grill up some peppers, mushrooms and onions while you cook the meat for your cheesesteak on the opposite grill.
Cuisinart covers the electric grill with a limited three-year warranty against defective parts or workmanship. This is well above the average one-year warranties offered by most electric grill manufacturers. You can order replacement grill plates, scrapers, drip trays and other parts from the Cuisinart website if you ever require them. You can also access delicious recipes and a downloadable PDF of the owner manual on the product page. Cuisinart service representatives can be reached by phone or email if you have questions or concerns.
If you are looking for a tabletop grill that lets you cook in multiple ways while giving you complete control over the temperature and style of grilling, the Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe is the best indoor electric grill you can choose. Regardless if you have a fully equipped kitchen or a basic studio apartment kitchen nook, the Griddler Deluxe is extremely versatile, making it convenient and enjoyable to cook your meals with one appliance.
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