If you haven't heard of the George Foreman Grill you probably live under a rock. Nearly 80 percent of electric grills sold are George Foreman Lean Mean Grilling Machines. The success of the "George Foremans" has spurred other companies to make electric grills. Consumer Reports just tested to find the best for your kitchen.
Ginny DeFlora makes dinner on her electric grill almost every night for her husband and herself.
"I love it because I can cook anything in it!"
It seems lots of people share Ginny's enthusiasm. More than 12 million electric grills were sold last year alone.
Consumer Reports just tested seven.
Five are from George Foreman — variations on the well-known "Lean Mean Grilling Machine." The other two are made by Hamilton Beach.
Testers use an infrared camera to see how evenly the grills heat. After preheating the grills, a picture is taken. All of them scored very well.
Another test assesses how well the grills stand up to tough scrubbing without losing their non-stick surfaces.
The grills were subjected to three thousand strokes with an automated scrubbing arm.
Some grills showed a little wear, but none lost their non-stick ability.
Then it was time to try the grills out on the real thing — food! Testers cooked dozens of hamburgers, chicken breasts, and salmon filets.
Again, the grills performed well — cooking the food evenly and quickly.
When the last chicken breast was done to a turn — the 40 dollar Hamilton Beach Meal Maker Express came out on top. It can cook two hamburgers in short order.
Another plus — it's the only grill tested that has removable plates you can put right in the dishwasher.
If you want a grill for even less, try The Champ from George Foreman. It has fewer features, but at 25 dollars it's a great grill for the money.
While some of these grills claim to cook leaner, healthier food by draining off fat as they grill, don't count on it! Consumer Reports tests show that there's no difference in the fat content of food cooked on any of these electric grills and food cooked on a regular skillet. The best way for you to prepare low-fat meals is to start with low-fat foods.