George Foreman 25050 Seven Portion Entertaining Grill
A generously-sized grill packed full of features, yet it is also one of the most affordable on our list. No wonder it has been crowned our worthy winner.
It has everything that you could want out of a grill. A perfect fit clip-in drip tray captures any fat which drains away from the food for easy cleaning and disposal. An adjustable back foot gives you angled grilling for better viewing and control, and also allows excess fat to run off. A stainless steel handle makes for easy movement, too.
Talking of cleaning, the fixed non-stick plates won’t create a mess, so once the device is cooled, you should be able to simply wipe away anything left behind. There is the option to purchase the appliance with a dedicated cleaning sponge which will help a lot.
And while we mention fat, up to 42% of the fat in the food you cook can be removed by this grill – perfect if you love nothing more than a nice fried steak meal as a midweek treat but want to make some changes, so it’s healthier without compromising on taste. Ready to cook indicator lights let you know when it is ready to work its magic.
We also loved the design, which is going to be important if it is going to form a bit of a centrepiece in your kitchen. The striking red colour is a pop, and it is a sleek, minimal design so won’t appear too bulky to keep out at all times.
It is also great for storing away if preferred. This can be horizontally or vertically, and there is cord storage to cut down on space.
Don’t let the fixed plates put you off; the coating seems to be a lot stronger than on previous models, so cleans easily without the faff of involving the dishwasher. All the above reasons make it our best George Foreman grill pick, especially for the price.
- Great for group use
- Tilting grill
- Top and bottom plates both cook - no need to turn food
- Lacks some extra functions such as a timer or adjustable height lid
From the leading name in health grills, this George Foreman grill has everything you will need from an item of its type and is so easy to use that the price is a steal.
- Dimensions: 37.1 x 37.9 x 10.7 cm
- Portions: 7
- Weight: 3.86 Kg
Sage the Smart Grill Pro
Sage, with the help of Heston Blumenthal, has become a renowned name in the kitchen appliance world, and their high-end items promise to make life easier for you.
This grill is no exception. It is packed with features, extras and intelligent touches. It can even cook a steak twice as fast as a standard outdoor barbecue.
There are plenty of settings to help you out, such as five meat settings with programmed temperatures so you can prepare it rare to well done at the touch of a button without any stress. A clever integrated probe senses the temperature of the inside of the meat, and an audible sound tells you to take it off when ready to allow it to rest.
This prevents it from becoming overdone due to the residual heat and also enhances flavour. Another touch is an improvement on previous models; while they had heating elements under the plates, the Pro has them embedded into the plates for a more superior heat.
An electric thermostat senses slight changes in temperature, adjusting the cooking time as required. It can also fold out to create a flat surface, so the cooking area becomes double the size, and is all non-stick for easier care and cleaning.
Plate height and temperature are both adjustable so that you can prepare pancakes and toasties just as well as burgers. An LCD screen informs you of what is selected and gives a few bits of extra information, too.
All of this makes the fact it’s not cheap understandable, yet we think it would be worth paying if you know you’ll get the use out of it. It could definitely cope with regular daily use and is definitely one for all the meat lovers out there rather than anyone who will be making the odd cheese panini or cooking vegetables.
- Easy to adjust settings
- Flat BBQ mode option for pancakes/eggs
- Quick to heat up
- More geared towards meat than a general grill
If you want fancy, then you can't get any more fancy. Not only will it cook your food perfectly, but it will help you out in the process.
- Dimensions: H17 x W36.7 x D39.2cm
- Portions: 2-4
- Weight: 9.8 Kg
Sage the Smart Grill Pro User Manual
George Foreman 5-Portion Family Grill with Removable Plate
Full of practical features to make your grilling experience much easier, this George Foreman grill is a great option for anybody who knows they will be getting a lot of use out of their new small kitchen appliance.
The cooking plates are fully removable so you can give them a good clean every so often. Just push the buttons which keep them secure inwards, and either wash by hand or in the dishwasher. A quick wipe with a damp cloth should suffice for those in between times, or if whatever you’ve cooked has barely made a mark.
Some reviewers have commented that after a few washes in the dishwasher, the coating on the plates has slightly worn away and created a residue around the sides, so even though it is dishwasher safe, we would recommend washing by hand and if there are any stubborn bits, soak in water beforehand.
Compared to the previous model, the plates reach a hotter temperature, and the non-stick coating has been improved. Both factors mean they can last up to 3x longer than the old style, which is good for the maintenance of the product.
The grooves in the grill have also been improved to make channelling the fat into the drip tray a lot more effective. This model can remove up to 42% of fat in your food, which is good if you’re eyeing up a grill for the health benefits.
A downside of having removable plates is that, although they eventually get hotter than past models, this takes much much longer to achieve. Not a massive deal as you just need to allow it to preheat longer, but some people have commented it doesn’t give the same results for items such as steaks or sausages as they have to increase cooking time.
- Easy to remove grill plates
- Non-stick coating is good
- Larger heating area than older model
- No temperature control
- Takes a while to heat and cook
Popular and well-loved, this is one of the original George Foreman's and the fact it has stood the test of time is a signal of its performance.
- Easy to remove grill plates
- Non-stick coating is good
- Larger heating area than older model
George Foreman 5-Portion Family Grill with Removable Plates 20840 User Manual
Tower T27012 Family Health Grill
Thermostatically controlled up to 180°C, this is an ideal model for any small families who will be cooking a range of different foods with their health grill.
Specially designed grill ribs don’t only improve the heat of the grill plate, but also impart the authentic chargrill effect onto your dishes; great if you’re making a steak or traditional barbecue food and want a taste boost.
They also help to channel the fat away, which is collected in a removable drip tray. Don’t worry about your food sticking to them either. There is a market leading Cerastone coating, which according to Tower is “a multi-layered ceramic coating infused with stone particles to give the grill best-in-class non-stick properties”. Very handy.
Not only can you choose your desired temperature, but there is also a timer to help you out when it comes to the cooking durations. Prevent over and under-cooking, and also prevent it from remaining on for longer than it should be – helpful if you occasionally forget to turn cooking appliances off.
Because it features a floating hinge design to accommodate thicker food, you can also fold it out flat to have twice the cooking space as usual. The plates will detach for easier cleaning, which is good if you tend to create a bit of a mess when cooking.
A downside we picked out was the fact that even though the raised grill ribs prevented the food from cooking in its own oils, the fat wasn’t drained away as quickly as with a lot of the other models we reviewed. It has to drop down at the front of the plate, and the grill isn’t tilted at all to achieve this. Still, it did it fast enough to prevent it from building up so much that it made contact with whatever we were cooking, so it is only a slight flaw.
- Flat, fold-out possibility
- Easy to wipe clean
- Heats up well
- Draining isn’t as efficient as it could be
Simple to use and easy to clean, this would make a great entry-level health grill for anyone wondering what the fuss is about. The price is well worth it.
- Dimensions: 35.5 x 37 x 16.5 cm
- Portions: 4
- Weight: 4.81 kg
Tower T27012 Family Health Grill User Manual
Salter Marble Collection 2 in 1 Fold-Out Health Grill and Panini Maker
If you are after a grill which can be used infrequently and is compact enough for one or two people, then this could be a great option.
It still has a lot of the basic features we like, such as a height adjustable lid and floating hinge to accommodate thicker food, power on and ready lights and non-stick plates. The marble coating improves this technology while adding a bit of an extra touch in terms of design.
But a particular selling point is the fact that you can fold this model out to cook on both plates, creating twice the space. Cook your meals to perfection in this 180° tabletop mode, or use as a panini press for top and bottom grilling.
A full-width, heat-resistant handle makes pressing and lifting the top easy enough, so you have a good amount of control. This helps with the cooking, as the temperature is automatic and not adjustable.
All of the oil and fat is collected in a little tray which snugly slides under the base of the appliance, so it is out of the way and can’t be knocked when in use. The fat drains away via one single channel, reducing the amount of mess created.
Overall, for the price, it is a good grill. We would say it is better for paninis and toasties or light grilling (vegetables/kebabs) as opposed to heavy steaks, chicken and burgers, but the option to fold it out could come in handy for experimenting. All in all, it is cheap and cheerful.
- Floating hinge
- 180° tabletop mode
- Spatula included
- Oil tray is hidden so can’t tell when it is full
We love the flat BBQ-style cooking and for the price, it seems a strong and sturdy appliance.
- Dimensions: 26.7 x 8.9 x 22.7 cm
- Portions: 1-2
- Weight: 1.8 Kg
Salter EK2384 Marble Collection 2 in 1 Fold-Out Health Grill and Panini Maker
George Foreman 23450 10-Portion Entertaining Grill and Griddle
With a 4 portion grill and 6 portion griddle, this is the perfect option for anyone who regularly cooks for a lot of guests or larger households and families.
The two cooking areas can be used at the same time to save you some time slaving away, and both feature independent temperature controls so are fully adaptable. So if you all like a cooked breakfast at the weekend, but the hassle of having several pans on the go at once or having to keep everything warm is usually too much effort, pop your meat on the grill and have your tomatoes, mushrooms and fried eggs all ready at the same time.
If you only want to use one side of the appliance, just turn the temperature controller to ‘off’, and there will be no heat transferred. The non-stick surface makes the draining of oils and fat easy, and it is all collected in the drip tray so you can dispose of it quickly and cleanly.
A floating hinge on the grill automatically adjusts the height of the top plate for any thicker items of food, so whether it be a chunky steak or a full-packed panini, there is no cramming it in. However, it sits too high to cook both sides of something flat such as bacon, so turning is needed.
The reduced space of the grill may put a few of you off, but if you want something that is a bit of an all-in-one cooking device, or even acts as an indoor barbecue, then the flexibility and space it offers are ideal. Perfect if you want something you can regularly take camping, too.
- Two cooking areas
- Ready to use indicator lights
- Efficient non-stick coating
- Grill size is smaller than previous models
- Floating hinge doesn’t allow the lid to come down low enough to cook bacon
Perfect for anybody who has a large household to feed or who likes to keep mess and washing up to a minimum.
- Dimensions: 13.3 x 31.7 x 57.4 cm
- Portions: 10
- Weight: 3.8 kg
George Foreman 23450 10-Portion Entertaining Grill and Griddle User Manual
Tefal GC713D40 Optigrill+ Grill
Thanks to the 600cm square cooking area, this is an ideal grill for anyone who regularly cooks for small amounts of people.
There are a lot of added extras which make cooking easier, from thickness detection to adjust the cooking time and temperature automatically and a colour-coded cooking level indicator which can indicate how done the meat is, from rare to well-done. It beeps at every stage so you can keep up with the changes.
Six automatic food programmes can also help you when choosing the perfect settings. There is burger, poultry, bacon, sausage, red meat and fish, which all require different temperatures, and the grill helps you out here. You can also set this manually if you prefer to have more control or cook foods from frozen.
The non-stick plates are removable, as it the drip tray, and both are dishwasher safe for easier care. For those in-between times, just give it all a wipe after 45 minutes of cooling. The plates are die-cast aluminium, so whereas some other models can suffer from flaking coatings after prolonged use and dishwasher care, we think this one should see you through.
There is an Optigrill+ XL model available which can cook for up to 8 people, giving you over 33% more space than the standard option we have reviewed. The price is not much more, but we think the smaller option will be perfectly sufficient for the majority of users out there.
- Pre-set food programmes
- Easy to clean
- Can cook from frozen
- Mixed results cooking from frozen - a lot of care still needed
It is a beast of an appliance in both performance and looks, and great if you will be cooking a lot of meat.
- Dimensions: 37 x 36 x 16.5 cm
- Portions: 2-4
- Weight: 5 Kg
Tefal GC713D40 Optigrill+ Grill User Manual
James Martin by Wahl ZX833Table Top Grill
If you’re after a hot plate style grill as opposed to a press grill, then this James Martin option could well do the trick.
It still has all the benefits of a health grill – drain holes for removing excess fat and oils, a non-stick surface to help keep it clean and looking like new, and variable temperature control to help you cook a range of food from steaks to vegetable skewers.
Just over half of the surface is ribbed, and the other half is flat, so you can pick the best option for the job.
Heating up can take a little while if you want one of the highest temperature settings, and cooking can also be a little time-consuming with foods such as steak and pork. These are flaws which we think are easy to adapt to though, once you get the hang of the product. Just check everything is cooked.
We think it is ideal if you want a barbecue but it is raining outside, or if you want a cooking device which can go with you in the caravan and is easy to use and store away. Even though cooking can take a little while, anything which is made on this grill tastes great and there is no burning or bad tastes.
- Two hot plate styles
- Outer casing remains cool when in use
- Cooking can take longer than some other models
A health grill endorsed by one of the biggest names in cookery - healthy food and plenty of options without the hassle of cleaning and care.
- Dimensions: 10.21 x 37.59 x 51.79 cm
- Portions: 4
James Martin by Wahl ZX833Table Top Grill with Flat Plate User Manual