The 10 Best Contact Grills

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This wiki has been updated 4 times since it was first published in January of 2020. There are many good reasons to use contact grills, from the multiple ways they make cooking foods more convenient, to the independence from potentially carcinogenic fuel sources they offer. But just like any other appliance that heats food, these handy helpers should be used with caution, not to mention constant supervision, as they can easily cause burns in addition to other unexpected problems. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.

1. Cuisinart GR-5B

2. Hamilton Beach Indoor Searing

3. George Foreman Panini Press

Editor's Notes

March 12, 2020:

While contact grills are arguably safer and easier to use than many other appliances dedicated to heating meals, one should always be careful when preparing pretty much any food in any manner for a number of reasons. To be better prepared for any situation, no matter who your are or what you’re doing in the kitchen, you should definitely have a fire extinguisher on hand. Similarly, it never hurts to have a first aid kit in your house to treat cuts, burns, and more.

Moving on, while most municipalities have their own rules regarding how to properly dispose of food waste oils and grease, and sometimes even designated curbside collection services, it is never advisable to pour these leftovers down the sink. About the only place they should ever end up is in some sort of approved garbage receptacle, and that’s only after they have cooled down to a reasonable temperature and won’t start a fire, or melt the trash can itself. Similarly, if you use any towels or rags to clean up greasy/oily messes, don’t just throw them anywhere, since they are now highly flammable and must be dealt with appropriately to avoid combustion.

While we’re still on the subject of hot grease and oil, it should be noted that when using models such as the Dash Mini Maker, Cuisinart GR-5B, and Black+Decker 3-in-1, you need to think ahead about how you will capture and dispose of runoff. This sort of dangerous mess is not what you want to deal with when you’re trying to make an easy breakfast. Meanwhile, even though units like the T-fal OptiGrill can indicate how well cooked a cut of meat is, and others including the Aroma Housewares Super Pot and PowerXL Smokeless have clear temperature settings, you should still be wary of undercooked meats and consider having a meat thermometer on hand to check the internal heat of cuts.

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4. T-fal OptiGrill

5. George Foreman Removable Plate

6. Black+Decker 3-in-1

7. George Foreman 15-Serving

8. Aroma Housewares Super Pot

9. Dash Mini Maker

10. PowerXL Smokeless

Samuel Moyle
Last updated on March 15, 2020 by Samuel Moyle

Samuel Johnson Moyle is a writer residing in Portland, Oregon, with his artist wife and two jobless cats. In addition to researching for Ezvid Wiki, he assists students in Portland State University’s writing center, teaches college courses such as 222 Research Writing and 323 Writing as a Critical Inquiry, and does every front-of-house job imaginable at Portland’s most popular restaurant, where he has worked for over ten years. He earned his bachelor and TESOL certification at Portland State before heading to Tokyo to teach ESL and later returned to his alma mater to earn his master’s in English as a fully funded graduate assistant. His range of job and life experiences grant him expertise in categories including camping, outdoors, pets, furniture, and more.

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