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The George Foreman grill may or may not be the best electric grill you can get, but it is certainly the best known. Little wonder, since over 100 million griddles bearing the former boxing champ’s name have been sold worldwide. Big George's device is the market leader, but when it comes to choosing the best portable grill for healthy cooking there are numerous other heavyweight title contenders. 

Whether it’s sizzling steaks, seared skewers, toasted sandwiches or cooked vegetables, the best electric grills – George's or otherwise – are a quick, easy and healthy option for a whole range of meals, as they reduce the amount of artery-clogging fat that seeps into your food, by draining it off during cooking. 

This isn’t much different to how the grill in your conventional oven works, but there are some key advantages to tempt you into buying one. For a start, they’re rapid and cook most things in a fraction of the time – look out for models with quick heating times. They also help keep meat moist and succulent by not overcooking it. 

Finally, they cleverly funnel any unhealthy fats into a special container, meaning the bad stuff goes in the bin rather than your body. With that in mind, convenience should also be extended to cleaning, so removable, dishwasher-safe griddles are a clear plus point. 

The best electric grills we've tried

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1. Sage The Smart Grill Pro

Massive meat machine is the best electric grill we've tried

Specifications

Power: 2,400 watts
Grilling area: 1,650 square centimetres
Removable griddles: Yes
Dishwasher safe?: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Smart features make it idiot proof
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Multiple grilling options

Reasons to avoid

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Big and pricey
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Not dishwasher proof

It's not just the name that’s a mouthful with this feature-packed grill, which is sold under the Breville name in the USA and Australia. You can just use it freestyle if you prefer, but its killer feature is an integrated probe for checking the internal temperature of your food – it's most useful for meat, of course. 

In auto mode, an alarm sounds when it's reached your favoured grilling level, from rare to charred, letting you know when it’s time to let meat rest so it retains moisture and is ultimately juicier, tastier and more flavoursome. 

So, just tell the Smart Grill Pro what you're cooking – there are specific cooking modes for beef, lamb, pork, poultry and fish – stick the probe in and it does the rest. There’s a useful LCD display and a 180-degree opening. That's handy for eggs and pancakes, and also means it can double as a back-up barbecue when British summer inevitably goes wrong.

The grill can be set at a height or angle to suit what you’re cooking, and the grill plates are removable and interchangeable, with one ridged and the other flat. They’re not dishwasher safe though, which is a bit of a pain. 

Given its size and price, the Smart Grill Pro can be considered a rather more serious proposition than the other grills here. You should either be intending to use it very regularly, or have an enormous kitchen that it can be stashed away in.

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2. Tefal Optigrill+

Automatic grilling for novice chefs

Specifications

Power: 2,000 watts
Grilling area: 600 square centimetres
Dishwasher safe: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Smart sensors for automatic cooking
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Defrost feature

Reasons to avoid

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Complicated control panel
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Ugly looks
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Doesn't open flat

French brand Tefal has taken its country’s gastronomic reputation to heart and packed what feels like an entire commis chef inside the Optigrill+.

As with the Sage grill, you can stick what you want under the grill, press a button illustrating the food type and the Tefal uses sensors to measure the thickness of the cut and automatically adjust the cooking time. It even detects how many items are on the grill, adapting time and temperature accordingly. 

In practice, it works perfectly with an LED indicator changing colour as you progress from rare to well done, with an audible alert at each stage. 

The controls are unnecessarily difficult to get to grips with, the overall design and lighting is crude and no open flat grilling restricts the grill to a 90-degree operation only. However, if you're only an occasional griller, this would make an excellent, more compact, alternative to Sage's King Kong-sized griller.

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3. George Foreman Evolve 21611

Best George Foreman grill

Specifications

Power: 1,740 watts
Grilling area: 550 square centimetres
Removable griddles: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Nifty sear feature
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Hot top temperature
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Cooks omelettes and pizzas too

Reasons to avoid

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Loud design
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Plates may need replacing

The pièce de résistance of Hefty George’s lean, mean, red grilling machine is a 'Super Sear' function claiming to offer restaurant quality steak with a short, intense, 260ºC burst of heat to seal everything in, before reverting back to its usual cooking temperature. 

While you'd have to debate the 'restaurant quality' part of that, there's no denying Foreman grills are reliably effective. Flat grilling is available for toasting sandwiches as well as grilling vegetable and fish, and the angled plates do a solid job of draining fat. 

We’re not particularly struck on the design, which is more premium than some older Foreman grills but nothing like the quality of Sage or Lakeland's rivals. We have also heard stories of the plates being replaced sooner than envisaged. 

Even so, given that it can also cook omelettes, pizzas, curries and more, thanks to a welter of removable plates and pan designs, the George Foreman Evolve 21611probably justifies its entry price.

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5. George Foreman Grill & Melt 14525

Perfect cheese on toast thanks to a Foreman-exclusive feature

Specifications

Power: 1,500 watts
Grilling area: 432 square centimetres
Removable griddles: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Unique 'melting stuff' functionality
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Great for cheese on toast
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Handy digital timer

Reasons to avoid

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Lower powered than most
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Smaller grilling surface

The 14525 is the only George Foreman to feature a combination of removable plates and a unique grill and melt feature. 

In short, this means the lid and top griddle can be locked in place to hover just above what you’re cooking, so it gloriously melts whatever you place beneath it. The built-in timer comes into its own once you’ve perfected your cheese on toast techniques. 

The smaller cooking surface might prove a hindrance for families or dinner parties and its low power output means heating up and cooking seem slower than others listed here. For the price, it's still a decent device.

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6. Cuisinart Griddle and Grill GR4CU

Perfect Paninis and variable temperature control grilling

Specifications

Power: 1,600 watts
Grilling area: 679 square centimetres
Removable griddles: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Floating hinge offers flexibility
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Reversible grill plates
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Doubles as a panini press

Reasons to avoid

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Underpowered
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Not so good at draining fat

Americans love a grilled cheese sandwich, so US brand Cuisinart has here come up with something that's midway between a panini press and a grill.

The look won’t be to everyone’s taste. Unlike Sage's design, which is like something from a commercial kitchen, but tarted up for posh homes, this wouldn't look out of place at your local caff. It's a necessary evil though, to accommodate the reversible griddle design. It means you can have dual ridged plates, dual flat plates or a mix of the two. 

A floating hinge makes accommodating bigger items easy and when fully opened at 180-degrees, it easily caters for dinner parties and larger events. 

Heating is fast, even though the wattage makes it appear a tad underpowered on paper, and the griddles are dishwasher safe. That's just as well, mind you, as the lack of an angled design means fat tends to congeal rather than drain. Again, the Americans tend to like that.

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7. George Foreman Fit Grill

Acres of cooking space means you can grill big time

Specifications

Power: 2,400 watts
Grilling area: 800 square centimetres
Removable griddles: No
Dishwasher safe: No

Reasons to buy

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Sizeable grilling area
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Gets nice and hot
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Floating hinge is handy

Reasons to avoid

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No temperature control
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Large model is bulky
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Short power lead

Last but not least is this, the George Foreman Fit Grill, which comes in small, medium and large sizes. While this large model comes light on frills the best thing about it is its simplicity. The improved design heats up much more quickly than older editions and it gets nice and hot and stays that way. 

You don't get any kind of control over temperature, the red and green lights on the top give you all the indication you need that it's ready and maintaining the correct amount of heat. What you do get though is lots of space, with plenty of cooking real estate for a collection of toasted sarnies or paninis.

That extra cooking area lets you grill enormous kebabs, or everything needed for a full English if that's your thing. The unit has a fold down bracket underneath to tilt it up, allowing grease and oil to drip off the edge into the included plastic collection tray. 

The floating hinge lets you to pack just about anything in, like enormous burgers for example, but you'll need to keep your eye on it as scorching can occur. Nevertheless, cleaning it is a cinch and can be done with a damp cloth or sponge once it has cooled down. 

It's not dishwasher friendly though, and the power cable is pretty short. The George Foreman Fit Grill is a best-seller mind and it's easy to see why, especially for the money as it's frequently on offer.

Leon has been writing about automotive and consumer tech for longer than he cares to divulge. When he’s not testing the latest fitness wearable and action camera, he’s out in a shed fawning over his motorcycles or trying not to kill himself on a mountain bike/surfboard/other extreme thing. He's also a man who knows his tools, and he's provided much of T3's drills coverage, all without injuring himself. He's now the editor of The Gear Loop, where he gets to try even more rugged and adventurous kit.