Indoor grills and griddles are a wonderful way to enjoy the taste and simplicity of BBQ cooking all year round, and they are incredibly safe when observing just a few proper safety precautions. The CPSC’s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimates that there were nearly 3,000 reported cases of injuries to children under the age of 18 caused by electric (and otherwise unspecified) grills that were treated in hospital in the United States in 2014.
The number of actual injuries is likely to be quite higher than this, as the data from the CPSC reporting system only looked at those injuries which resulted in medical treatment at one of 100 participating hospitals, and minor injuries were likely treated at home or another medical treatment facility not included in the reporting data.
Never leave your indoor grill unattended as fires and burns can happen very quickly. Don’t allow children to use an electric grill without proper supervision. By trimming excess fat from your meats, you’ll reduce the amount of smoke produced when cooking indoors. For this reason, it’s a good idea to use the best indoor grills near a kitchen window or vent. It’s also a good idea to keep a fire extinguisher on hand in case of emergencies.
Cuisinart GR-300WS Griddler Elite
Despite its small size and unassuming design, the Cuisinart GR-300WS Griddler Elite indoor grill is one of the most versatile and flexible electric indoor grill options on the market in 2019. Its reversible non-stick grill and griddle plates, along with its easily adjustable top cover, allow it to function as a contact grill, top melt, panini press, full grill, full griddle, or half grill half griddle hybrid, all without needing any additional kitchen equipment.
This versatility makes it a great option for smaller kitchens, effectively eliminating the need for various other useful kitchen gadgets and saving a substantial amount of storage and countertop space. Its adjustable temperature range and the flexibility of its dual temperature zones ensure that you can perfectly cook any food item with ease on the Cuisinart GR 300 WS Griddler Elite indoor electric grill.
George Foreman Rapid Grill Series 5-Serving Removable Plate Electric Indoor Grill and Panini Press
Great for anyone with limited counter or storage space, this George Foreman can be stored upright when you’re not using it! This grill performed solidly in all our Lab evaluations — it was great at pressing paninis, drained grease well, and was easy to clean thanks to dishwasher-safe plates. One thing to keep in mind, it doesn’t have an On/Off switch, so you have to unplug it after every use for safety.
Dash DMG001AQ Mini Maker Portable Grill Machine
For under $15, this mini model from Dash is a dorm room or first apartment must. Great for cooking for one, you can whip up a better-than-average grilled cheese in no time. While it’s cute-factor is off the charts, don’t expect too much in terms of bells and whistles — it doesn’t have On/Off switch, timer or temperature control. Plus, since it doesn’t have grease tray, our Lab pros say it’s best to only use it for lean cuts of meat.