Whether you are looking to eat a little healthier or just enjoy a good grilled steak, an indoor electric grill can be a great investment. And when it comes to electric grills, the George Foreman grill is the brand everyone knows.
On Amazon.com alone, there are over 50 different George Foreman grills for you to choose from.
I know it can be hard to choose the Foreman grill that’s right for you.
That’s why I’ve researched the grills available and compiled this buyer’s guide to help you find the one that’s best for you.
First I’ll explain how the grills are divided into four different categories so you narrow down your choices. Then I’ll give you a more in-depth look into the best grills from each category.
At the end, I hope you can easily pick your next grill.
Let’s get started:
First, there are George Foreman indoor/countertop grills and there are outdoor grills. Our guide is mostly about the indoor grills which George Foreman grills are famous for. If you’re interested in the outdoor grills – Click here and jump straight to the outdoors grill part – otherwise, keep reading.
A lot has changed since the first George Foreman grill debuted on the now famous infomercial. Once primarily used by bachelors, apartment-dwellers, or personal trainers, the grill is now quickly becoming a kitchen appliance as ubiquitous as the microwave. The brand has expanded as well, with four categories of grills that cater to everyone from bachelors to large families.
Now first, what exactly is a George Foreman grill, and what makes it different from other electric grills on the market? The first thing you notice when you are looking at a George Foreman grill is the clam shell shape. These grills have two grill plates connected with a floating hinge. This enables the grill to cook both sides of the food at the same time – reducing the cooking time. Another feature unique to George Foreman grills is the floating hinge. The floating hinge allows for the space between the grill plates to adjust to the thickness of the food put on the grill. So, both thin slices of bacon and thick cuts of steak can fit between the grill plates. A third unique feature is the downward-slanting angle of the grill plates. That, coupled with the nonstick surface, allows for the fat to drip away from the meat while it is cooking and into a separate reservoir, where it can then be discarded.
George Foreman grills have expanded into four categories: Basic Grills, Advanced Grills, Premium Grills, and Indoor/Outdoor Grills. Basic grills tend to be a little smaller, with sizes ranging from 2-9 servings. Advanced grills are similar in size to the Basic grills, but the grill plates are removable for easier cleaning either in the sink or dishwasher. Some advanced grills offer features like timers, adjustable temperature controls and LED readouts. Premium grills include the newest innovations in countertop grills, with different grill plates, high-heat searing, and broiling abilities. Indoor/Outdoor grills feature a removable stand and larger grilling surface, with space for 12-15 servings. So there are many differences between the grills in each category. We reviewed the grills available in each of these categories, so you can find the one that’s best for your needs.
Although the features and price point varies from group to group, some features are common among all Foreman grills, regardless of the group to which they belong.
- The patented sloped surface design.
- The non-stick Advanced George Tough™, ceramic and George Tough™ surfaces.
- An indicator light to show when the food is cooking.
- Embedded heating elements to allow two-sided cooking at the same time.
- The cover attaches to the bottom grill plate through a floating hinge.
- The detached drip tray is dishwasher safe for more thorough cleaning.
- All indoor grills have a multifunctional design that lends itself to cooking burgers, steaks, chicken pieces, or panini sandwiches.
- The fast cooking time ensures that both sides of anything you make in the machine will cook simultaneously.
- Preheating takes a fraction of the time that a traditional oven or grill takes.
- Far less mess to clean up than there is with a charcoal, gas or flat indoor grill.
The Basic grill category includes the most economical options. These grills are good for single people or small families. With all of the classic George Foreman grill features, with none of the fuss. They are easy to use, slim in profile, yet offer the great functionality people have come to expect from a George Foreman grill. None of the grills in this group have removable grill pans, but they all have a dishwasher-safe drip pan. The Model # GR2081HM 5-Serving version of this grill is more elaborate than other models in this group. In addition to cooking indicator lights, this model has a sliding knob for temperature adjustments. The top is attached via a one-inch adjustable hinge that accommodates foods of different thicknesses.
Basic grills have just one advantage over the advanced grills – they come in a really small, 2-serving size.
Basic grills get the job done, but I can’t recommend them for anyone else except maybe college students with really limited space and a tight budget. The reason is that the price difference between a same sized basic grill and an advanced grill is just around $10 and advanced grills offer you so much more. So unless you’re on a really tight budget, getting an advanced grill instead of a basic one is a no-brainer.
So there’s just one basic grill which I can recommend and it is:
All models in this group have a multifunctional design that makes it possible for grill owners to use the machine as a panini maker, or as a grill. On the five and six-serving models, the legs are adjustable to allow a user to cook on a flat surface when making a panini, or to tilt the grill at an angle when cooking meats.
The patented design on all George Foreman grills includes a floating hinge makes it possible to adjust the height of the cover for thick burgers or thin fish filets. Unlike the basic models that only have a one-inch opening when the grill is closed, grills in the advanced series can adjust to 1 ½ -inch, making it possible to cook thicker foods. Advanced grills also have an upgraded heating element that allows grills in this category to heat up 35% faster than basic grills.
What really makes the advanced grills to stand out from the basic grills are removable, dishwasher-safe grill plates. This makes cleaning your grill very easy and since the price difference between same sized basic and advanced grills is very small, this feature alone makes an advanced grill a better choice.
From this group I would like to highlight the following grill:
The premium group represents the top of the line models. This is where the company pushes the limits beyond what most people think the George Foreman grills are capable of doing. While Foreman offers a few different premium grill models, there’s really just one worth considering: The new George Foreman Evolve™ Grill.
Once you enter the world of premium grills, you leave the plebeian world of single-purpose appliances behind. Who said a George Foreman grill can’t make blueberry muffins? Well, this one can and then some.
The Indoor/Outdoor grill group features several electric models and one outdoor-only model which uses propane.
Only two grills in this series have non-stick ceramic plates. The two models that feature the ceramic plates are the 12+ Serving Rectangular Electric Grill With Ceramic Plates (GFO201RX), and the 15+ Serving Round Domed Electric Grill With Ceramic Plates and Temperature Gauge (GFO3320GM). The cooking surface on all other models is the George Tough™ non-stick surface. All of the electric grills in this series come with a removable grill stand, an accessory that makes it possible for grill owners to use these appliances in their homes on a countertop, or outside.
The George Foreman Portable Propane Camp & Tailgate Grill (GP200GM) is the only grill in this group that is exclusively an outdoor grill because it uses propane. It is equipped with an electronic push-button starter switch, a variable temperature control feature, and heat regulating knobs. Like all of the George Foreman grills, its design includes a fat-draining slope, which in this case, is controlled with a tilt and lock dial. It is the only grill in the Indoor/Outdoor Grill Group that has a removable, dishwasher-safe, reversible grill/griddle plate.
There are several good grills in this category but the best one is:
And if you’re going to places with no electricity, then your only choice is:
So, whether you are looking to eat a little healthier, save space, or feed a crowd, there is a George Foreman grill available to you. With the electric grills, even apartment-dwellers can have grilled steak or barbecue without breaking their lease or alarming the neighbors. And as this guide shows, George Foreman grills are no longer just for apartments anymore! There are George Foreman grill options available for any size home or family. We hope that you have found this buyer’s guide helpful.
Single people with a really tight budget and limited space: George Foreman GR0040B 2-Serving Classic Plate Grill.
Small family with a tight budget: George Foreman GRP1060B 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill
Anyone who loves grilling/cooking and has around $100 to spare: George Foreman GRP4800R Multi-Plate Evolve Grill
Outdoor use or for someone with a really big family or likes to have big parties: George Foreman GGR50B 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
You don’t always have electricity available: George Foreman GP200GM Portable Propane Camp & Tailgate Grill
Hopefully, you can now pick your next grill. If you have any questions – leave me a comment below.
Now get to grilling!