The 5 Best Electric Grills of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

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Electric grills take all the best parts of traditional grilling and make it more convenient and portable. Whether you intend on using them indoors, outdoors, or both, electric grilling is easy enough for every night of the week.

In search of the best electric grills, we tested more than 20 leading models in our product reviews lab, grilling everything from bread to steak to zucchini. We rated each one’s performance, design, portability, and ease of cleaning based on several factors, including assembly, temperature accuracy, features, and weight. Read on to see which electric grills made our list, which came close, and which models missed the mark.

Best Overall

Weber Q 1400 Electric Grill

Weber Q 1400 Electric Grill


Pros: This heavy-duty grill combines the convenience of electric gadgets with the functionality of an outdoor grill to yield consistent results with minimal cleanup.

Cons: The lid on this grill is a little heavy — keep it closed when not in use to prevent it from tipping over.

This conveniently portable grill is perfect for someone with a small space like a terrace or balcony. The porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates can reach temperatures over 600 degrees Fahrenheit, achieving the same results as a gas or charcoal grill with the convenience of electricity. In our tests, we found that it created a deep sear, delivered caramelized and browned results, and produced consistently cooked foods with a nice sizzle and minimal smoke.

The 6-foot cord provides enough length to reach an outdoor outlet and a suitable choice for anyone living in an apartment or with a small yard that can't accommodate a larger grill. We love the removable drip tray for a fuss-free cleanup and how quickly it heated up. Overall, this grill makes it easy to have a flavorful barbecue every day of the week.

Price at time of publish: $359

  • Material: Porcelain-enameled cast iron
  • Cooking Surface: 189 square inches
  • Weight: 29.3 pounds

Best Value

Presto 09020 Cool Touch Electric Indoor Grill

Presto 09020 Cool Touch Electric Indoor Grill


Pros: This affordable grill heats up quickly and doesn't smoke or steam. It's lightweight, convenient, and easy to store.

Cons: This machine can only reach 400 degrees Fahrenheit, so it can't get as hot as some of the other models we tried.

This portable grill is a fantastic option for any home cook looking to grill occasionally from the convenience of their countertop. During our tests, we found that the body stays cool while the grates get hot enough to yield consistently caramelized foods with low levels of smoke. As a result, it's a safe and manageable way to bring grilling projects indoors. We love that it's light and thin for easy storage. A slide-out drip tray allows fat to drip away, and thanks to the nonstick coating, we found this product to be straightforward to clean.

Keep in mind that this grill can't get as hot as a regular grill. It can reach a maximum of 400 degrees Fahrenheit — but if you're looking to do high-heat cooking, it's best to opt for something that can accommodate a higher temperature.

Price at time of publish: $60

  • Material: Cast aluminum
  • Cooking Surface: 207 square inches
  • Weight: 5.5 pounds

Best Splurge

Kenyon B70082 Floridian Electric Grill

Kenyon B70082 Floridian Electric Grill

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Pros: This heavy-duty option yields dark grill marks like a gas or charcoal oven and can reach and maintain temperatures of up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit with minimal smoking.

Cons: It's a bit bulkier than some of the others, so it takes up more space in cabinets and on countertops.

This sleek stainless steel oven has a large cooking surface that can reach over 600 degrees Fahrenheit in just minutes. We had no trouble grilling up steaks and chicken, and even the zucchini we tested developed dark grill marks and a tender center without overcooking. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use, we noticed minimal smoking when testing inside and highly recommend it for those with minimal patio space that want a hybrid model. 

The grill was fairly easy to clean because you can remove the grates and wash them by hand, and, thanks to the nonstick cooking surface, there's no scrubbing required. Despite the high cooking temperatures, the handles on this grill stay cool for easy portability.

Price at time of publish: $1,480

  • Material: Stainless steel
  • Cooking Surface: 252 square inches
  • Weight: 32 pounds

Best Grill-Griddle Combo

Breville BGR820XL The Smart Grill

Breville BGR820XL The Smart Grill


Pros: This three-in-one machine uses smart technology to adjust the temperature for optimal heat control automatically, and its nonstick grates are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

Cons: This gadget produced a bit more smoke than some of the others did.

This convertible indoor grill can adapt to three settings: an open grill, a flat griddle, or a closed panini press. During our tests, the unit heated up quickly, maintained a consistent temperature, and produced beautifully browned and caramelized foods. 

It comes with two aluminum nonstick grates that connect to form one larger cooking surface, and both plates are dishwasher-safe. It can reach temperatures of up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit, and with smart heating technology, it recognizes temperature and adjusts power accordingly. Overall, this grill-griddle combo is an efficient, functional machine that doesn't take up too much space on the countertop. 

Price at time of publish: $320

  • Material: Cast aluminum
  • Cooking Surface: 260 square inches when used as an open griddle
  • Weight: 22 pounds

Best Smokeless

Hamilton Beach 25361 Electric Indoor Searing Grill with Viewing Window

Hamilton Beach 25361 Electric Indoor Searing Grill with Viewing Window


Pros: We love its nonstick grill plates, convenient window on the lid, and overall performance. 

Cons: It didn’t reach 450 degrees Fahrenheit, but it still produced visible grill marks and light carmelization. 

As our favorite smokeless grill, this Hamilton Beach model earned high scores across all categories. It features nonstick grill plates, a large drip tray, and a built-in window on the lid that we found super helpful when we wanted to check on our food without letting heat escape. 

It has the potential to reach 450 degrees Fahrenheit, but it only got up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit during our tests. With that said, the slightly lower heat resulted in lighter carmelization, but we were pleasantly surprised with the defined grill marks and evenly cooked meats. Overall, it produces delicious food, releases little-to-no smoke, and is easy to clean. 

Price at time of publish: $90

  • Material: Stainless steel 
  • Cooking Surface: 114 square inches
  • Weight: 8.14 pounds

Our Favorite

Overall, Weber's Q1400 electric grill produced high-quality results with minimal smoke and a soft sizzle. This portable grill is a great option for anyone who wants to cook up delicious barbecue recipes with the convenience of an electric appliance.

The Tests

testing electric grills


In our quest to find the best electric grills, we performed side-by-side testing with more than 20 models. We put each product through a series of tests, including a temperature test and four food tests with flank steak, chicken, bread, and zucchini. 

Right out of the box, we noted its condition and then ease of assembly. Next, we assessed how long each grill took to heat up by turning them on and recording the temperature after three minutes. Lastly, we tested each product's ability to efficiently cook commonly grilled items. We recorded everything from how much smoke was produced to how much each ingredient stuck to the surface. We paid close attention to grill marks — the sign of any successful grilling attempt. Throughout our tests, we noted if the grills heated evenly or if there were certain hot spots or cold spots.

Factors to Consider

Presto 09020 Cool Touch Electric Indoor Grill

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Cooking Surface Size

When choosing an electric grill, one of the most important things to consider is the size of the cooking surface. Some accommodate four burgers or two large steaks, while others are large enough to fit a dozen burgers. Thinking about how many people you are most likely to serve and how often you intend to use the machine will be a good indicator of which units to explore.

If you have one or two people in your household, a smaller grill is ideal for your needs. If you have a larger family or want to use the grill for entertaining, we recommend choosing a bigger size.


Unless you intend to use an electric grill daily, you will want to store it effectively between uses. Take careful measurements of the cabinet you plan to put your grill in to ensure that the unit you buy will fit. Most models can be safely stored where there are temperature fluctuations, like in a garage, basement, or attic, but make sure it’s safe from water exposure.


An electric grill will only fit seamlessly into your daily cooking practice if it is easy to clean. Look for units with dishwasher-safe parts, drip trays use to capture grease, and nonstick or seasoned grill plates that clean up easily. Then just follow the directions that come with your unit to keep it clean.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Does food prepared on an electric grill taste the same as food made on a gas grill?

    John Somerall, the editorial project manager at Dotdash Meredith, admits that it’s not an identical dining experience. "Food prepared on an electric grill tastes similar to food prepared on a gas grill, but the main difference has to do with the heating element. Gas grills provide more heat which aids in the caramelization process and gas grills also allow flare-ups to occur during grilling. The open flame, although generally flavorless and odorless, has a noticeable effect on the flavor and aroma of the food being grilled. An electric grill is not going to be able to mimic these properties commonly found with open-flame cooking."

  • How can you make food from an electric grill taste like it was made on a charcoal grill?

    "Charcoal grills add a very distinct aroma and flavor when used for grilling foods," Somerall says. "Two easy ways to make food cooked on your electric grill taste similar to foods cooked on a charcoal grill would be to marinate your food with a small amount of liquid smoke prior to grilling, or to wrap soaked wood chips in aluminum foil and place them near the heating element so they can steam and smoke while grilling. These two methods won't make your grilled foods taste identical to foods grilled over charcoal, but they will surely add flavors that will make them taste similar."

  • Do electric grills use a lot of electricity?

    "It really depends on the wattage of the electric grill and the food being grilled,” Somerall says. “Most electric grills require 1000-1500 watts to operate which is also the amount of energy required for adequately searing and cooking proteins including steaks, chicken, and fish. This amount of energy might be considered a lot if you used your electric grill all day, every day, however, given the frequency in which electric grills are used and how they are used, electric grills are still considered an efficient and inexpensive tool to operate."

testing char-broil electric grill


Other Electric Grills We Tested 

Strong Contenders

PowerXL Smokeless Grill with Tempered Glass Lid ($116 at Amazon)

This grill has a clear lid that makes it easy to see the foods you're grilling while keeping any smoke contained; however, we noticed that the lid created condensation, which made for inconsistent cooking results. Nevertheless, our testers were pleased with how easy it is to clean thanks to the removable lid and drip tray.

George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill ($100 at Amazon)

We were impressed with how well this grill works — it produced deep, defined grill marks on all the foods we tested. We love that it has the option to be placed on a stand but found it to be slightly wobbly and unsteady.

Zojirushi EB-CC15 Indoor Electric Grill ($100 at Amazon)

This grill gets hot, but it doesn't get as hot as some of the other grills we tested, and controlling the temperature was difficult. In terms of design, the edges of the grill are lower than the grates, so it's easy to burn yourself and drop food between the crevices. 

Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill ($230 at Amazon)

This 5-in-1 gadget can grill, crisp, dehydrate, roast, and bake. However, we found that with the fan running during the grilling function, it operates more like a convection oven than a grill; therefore, temperatures aren't accurate, and heating is inconsistent. 

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill ($272 at Amazon)

This grill is intended to be used outside, and it took a particularly long time to heat up. It didn't produce enough heat to yield dark grill marks and the food stuck to the grates. 

What Didn’t Make the List

While we tested several high-performing grills, there are a handful we don’t recommend, including the Techwood Electric Grill and the De'Longhi Perfecto Indoor Grill. The common drawbacks of these models were inaccurate temperatures, light or uneven grill marks, and medium-to-high levels of smoke. Other issues that prevented grills from earning our badge of approval included difficult assembly, extreme heaviness or unsteadiness, and poorly designed controls. We stand behind our top picks and believe they are truly the best electric grills on the market.

Our Expertise

This piece was written by Laura Denby, a food writer and product reviewer with a degree in Culinary Arts from the Institute of Culinary Education. A former chef, Laura has worked in professional kitchens for over five years. She uses her culinary knowledge to guide her product reviews, which you can find more of in, Real Simple, Southern Living, and more. Our expert product testers John Somerall and Jasmine Smith tested each grill in our lab. Somerall is a Recipe Tester and Developer in the Meredith Food Studios and has worked in various fine dining restaurants for ten years. Jasmine is also a Recipe Tester and Developer in the Meredith Food Studios, and she holds a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales. As part of the Meredith test kitchen, Jasmine tests and develops recipes for sites like Better Homes & Gardens, Real Simple, and Southern Living.

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