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George Foreman grills kicked off a trend of similar products: smokeless, indoor electric grills that can make low fat and tasty grilled food fast and easy. While there are a lot of other brands in on the game now, and they make great versions as well, the original George Foreman grills have likewise evolved with the times, and they are still some of the best types on the market.
But what makes them so good? And what should you look for in an electric grill like this in general?
Well, let’s take a look and find out, before we jump into the list of the best George Foreman grills on the market.
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5 Best George Foreman Grills (2020 Reviews)
Highly versatile multiplate system
Air lift hinge helps the lid close smooth and easy, and adjust to any meat thickness
Easy to use digital temperature controls
Sear mode for more delicious steaks
A bit more expensive than most other George Foreman grills
- Materials: steel (shell), ceramic (grill plates)
- Kit includes: George Foreman grill, grill plate, waffle plate.
- Dimensions: 9” x 15.5” x 13.5”
- Total weight: 16.1 lbs.
In terms of versatility and raw performance, this is the best one around. While not as large as others, it’s large enough to do the job of making a meal for everyone at once; up to 5 servings at a time for easy and convenient cooking.
The multi-plate functionality adds a lot of versatility to this grill, with the standard grill plate being a given, but with a bunch of other options available as well. Included is a waffle plate, which makes this an excellent choice for cooking breakfast as well as other meals. While not included, compatibility with a muffin pan gives it even more options for use, baking all sorts of things from the muffins themselves, to cornbread and more.
Meat options though are where this excels. It sheds around 40% of fat from ground beef and is perfect for creating delicious steaks, pork chops, and chicken cutlets. The included Sear function is the star of the show here, heating the grill up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 60 seconds, allowing you to quickly create a good crust on your meat that brings out its flavor.
No matter the thickness, the meat fits under with the nice air lift hinge, which also prevents the lid from slamming down on the ceramic plates and potentially damaging them.
Take into account the adjustable temperatures and nonstick, easy to clean ceramic grill plates and you have the perfect example of a grill of this kind.
Apartment safe; usable indoors and produces no smoke or flare ups
Easy to use
Heats up quickly after plugging in
Nonstick surface makes cleanup easy
Usable with the pedestal or as a tabletop grill
Domed lid is annoying when using the pedestal
- Materials: steel (shell), nonstick (grill plate)
- Cooking area: 240 square inches
- Dimensions: 22.2” x 20.5” x 13”
- Height without pedestal: 6”
- Total weight: 21 lbs.
Unlike most George Foreman grills, this is a full sized (though a bit on the small side) electric grill, with a surprising amount to offer.
Electric grills get a bit of a bad rap, I think. While clearly inferior to pretty much any other kind of grill in terms of pure flavor, their convenience can’t be denied. It also helps that you can use an electric grill anywhere; this means in apartments and other places you don’t normally have a place to safely put a grill as well.
As far as this kind of grill goes, it’s a good one. The five leg design is quite sturdy, and the whole package is pretty lightweight and compact, making this a great portable grill to take to a friend’s house for some event, or to go tailgating with.
The surface of the grill is similar to the usual George Foreman fare, with a flat, whole piece design with a nonstick coating that gets rid of the need for any other non stick measures. Grease runoff is quite good as well, giving you great low fat meals.
It can be used with or without the pedestal as well, making it nice to use indoors on a tabletop or something if you don’t have a convenient porch or balcony to set it outside. It heaps up in just 10 minutes and cooks quick, delicious meals.
The only thing I’m not really a fan of is the lid. When used on a tabletop it’s fine enough, but on the pedestal having a domed lid like this is a pain. It essentially has a kettle grill lid on a taller grill’s body, and having to search for somewhere safe to set the lid down is quite annoying.
Easy to use
Removes a lot of fat from the meat
Nonstick and easy to clean
Makes great paninis
A bit archaic compared to newer models
- Materials: steel 9shell), nonstick (grill plates)
- Dimensions: 8.8” x 7.25” x 19.10”
This is the classic style of George Foreman grills, pretty much identical to the ones that first came out in terms of function.
While the oldest and simplest design of this type of grill out there, it still has a lot to offer, just not as much as our winner unfortunately.
The main issue with this unit is its simplicity, which to be fair could also be considered a strength. There are no interchangeable plates or an adjustable temperature scale; you plug this thing in, it preheats to a set temperature, and it’s ready to go.
For some purposes this is good. It makes a great panini press, for instance. But if you’re trying to do something weird or specific, forget about it. There’s no baking muffins or cooking waffles in this George Foreman grill; it doesn’t even have the interchangeable plates to attempt it with.
Still, the performance is good and the construction is very sturdy, so it’s not all bad. These grills became popular and famous for this exact design, and for good reason. It’s a good design and provides a lot of opportunity to make quick and easy grilled meals in the comfort of your home. And, if nothing else, the increased size (9 servings as opposed to 5) over our winner is its own kind of advantage that just might make this option worth picking up if you don’t care much about those other functions, particular since this grill will run you about half the price of the Evolve system line.
High versatility from the interchangeable grill plates; bakes, griddles, and grills all in one
Doubles as a waffle maker
Easy to use
Well made and sturdy
Comfortable handle and grip
Falls into a weird pricing gap that makes this difficult to recommend over our winner (which performs better) or other options (Which are less versatile, but half the price).
- Materials: steel (shell), nonstick (grill plates)
- Package includes: George Foreman grill, 2 grill plates, 2 waffle plates, 1 griddle and baking plate
- Dimensions: 14” x 13” x 17”
- Total weight: 20.6 lbs.
This next grilleration electric nonstick grill is only real sin is being overshadowed by our winner, the Evolve system grill. While newer than the original model above, this one falls a bit short of the standards set by our winner, and isn’t much less expensive at all; only about $10 to $20 less.
The performance is good, but suffers for being on par with or inferior to the Evolve system. It does have removable and interchangeable grill plates, which is grate, though they do use the standard “George Tough” nonstick coating that the rest of these do rather than the ceramic coating of the Evolve.
The beginnings of the adjustable temperature settings are here, and slot right in the middle of the “plug and play” nature of the older models and true digital temperature controls of the Evolve, with a simple low to high (plus off) temperature knob.
The capacity is good, as is the overall construction as you might expect. One thing I think is actually better than our winner is the handle, which is a nice loop that protrudes from the grill and has a comfortable heat resistant grip in the center that is comfortable to hold and lifts easily. However, you don’t get an air lift hinge this time unfortunately.
This model is closer to the great side of good, but doesn’t quite get there. Normally this would put it above most of the other entries here, as in absolute performance terms I do think this is the second best grill here, but the price difference (or relative lack thereof) to our winner and the weird intermittent availability knock this grill down several notches.
Compact and easy to store away
Provides an easy way to grill vegetable and breakfast food indoors with little smoke, while saving the grease
Simple and easy to use
Dishwasher safe grill plate
Almost completely smokeless
Less versatile than other George Foreman grills
- Dimensions: 14.7” x 10.1” x 3.1”
- Total weight: 4.81 lbs.
This open grate smokeless grill may not look like much, but does have a bit to offer over other George Foreman grills.
The open design is the primary desirable feature here. While the closed clamshell design of the others is great for a lot of purposes, like paninis or searing steaks on both sides at once, having a more traditional (but still safe to use indoors) grill plate like this is much better for more delicate options, primarily vegetables which can be squished by the closing top.
Likewise this is an excellent grill for breakfast foods, particularly bacon and sausages which produce a lot of grease you might want to save and use for other things; it’s easier to retrieve from inside this grill rather than the drip tray of other George Foreman grills.
It’s not a huge difference, and most of the time I’d recommend one of the other options over this, but it’s unique enough and simple to use smokeless grill that it’s worth giving a shot if it really hits what you’re looking for.
All of these George Foreman grills offer something unique to someone who might want to buy them. Some are better than others, but the price difference between most of them makes up for any loss of versatility in general; if you’re paying half the price for something, it doesn’t typically matter that it also has half the functionality, so long as it meets the bare minimum expectations.
The only weird option here is the Next Grilleration grill, which is better than all but one grill here: our winner, the George Foreman Evolve system. The Evolve system is the best grill by far on this list, and the natural evolution of the George Foreman grill from its inception to its current form. The Grilleration option is a weird middle ground between the two; once the most advanced model, but now a weird throwback that is still oddly expensive.
For the most part I’d stick with the Evolve system. While twice as expensive as the others, it’s still surprisingly affordable, and is significantly better than all of these other ones.
What Makes a George Foreman Grill Good?
There are a lot of factors that go into making a good electric grill, and a good George Foreman grill should share all of them. Let’s start with the basics: the construction and materials.
Steel, stainless steel specifically, is the perfect material for the outer shell of one of these George Foreman grills. It’s strong and most importantly retains heat well, able to achieve high temperatures that allow for easy searing of meat and toasting of bread (when you’re using these as a panini press).
A nonstick coating is also great and each of these George Foreman grills comes equipped with a “George Tough” coating. Essentially this is a triple coating of a standard nonstick surface, made of PTFE (commonly known by the brand name Teflon) that is made to be scratch resistant and dishwasher safe for extra longevity and durability.
The ceramic coating on our winner is the exception to this. Ceramic is generally preferred in all ways to PTFE; it’s safer and more durable than any PTFE coating out there. It’s also easier to clean and tends to be a little less nonstick than PTFE, but makes up for it by being easily scrapeable and easier to tell when it IS clean because it’s a lot brighter in color, usually being a white or pale tan color.
At its base level an electric grill should be able to achieve a high, steady heat. The old versions of the George Foreman grill don’t have adjustable temperature, and instead hit an optimal temperature for cooking most things.
While good for most things, it does leave you in a bit of a bind if you want something a bit more specific.
That’s why the newer models have adjustable temperature settings, and that’s the preferred option here.
In addition to the temperature, performance can also be determined by how large the grill is, which most George Foreman grills list in terms of “servings” rather than a definitive square inch value like most full sized grills. A 5 serving grill is probably the best minimum size to go with. I’ve seen ones as small as 2 servings, but they are quite tiny, and can require you to make many batches of food if you’re serving a lot of people.
The average George Foreman grill is already pretty versatile as a base; they generally serve at least a dual function.
The original models were both electric grills and panini presses. Most models typically (but not always) share that functionality, being able to press most meats in between their two heating panels to cook evenly, and applying that same principle to make great sandwiches.
Others might have a different bit of functionality, being better with vegetables due to using an open face design. In the case of newer models, they generally have interchangeable grill plates that can be swapped out for a variety of features, including use as a waffle maker or even a makeshift oven, with a baking plate or muffin pan.
The primary selling point of the George Foreman grill was that they easily make healthier meals, particularly when it comes to ground meat. This selling point persists, with each grill boasting a roughly 40% (or slightly more, some cite 42% in optimal conditions) reduction in fat, since the grills are slanted to run off the maximum amount of grease possible.
While some fats are desirable to have in your food, especially meat, this reduction puts them to manageable levels.