Barbecues and food cooked on the grill is a pleasure that we enjoy every summer, but with such unpredictable weather for the rest of the year, wouldn’t it be nice to enjoy that ‘outdoors’ cooked taste whatever the season? With these electric grill and griddle appliances it is completely possible!
Below are three electric grills with griddle plates that we shall quickly compare for you using feedback from buyers on the UK Amazon website.
All three of these electric grills have RRP of less than £75 and often they can be found for just £35 to £40 (updated: 07/11/2017) making them excellent value. They are excellent for all year round use and perfect for using when camping or in a caravan, campervan or motorhome. Importantly they are all created to cook food healthily, have non-stick surfaces and are easy to clean.
George Foreman 18603 Grill and Griddle
Let us start with the most expensive, the George Foreman 18603 Grill and Griddle (£79.75). George Foreman grills have an excellent reputation and they have produced many different models of various sizes and capabilities. They began the small healthy grill revolution and today continue to manufacture superb products. The George Foreman 10-Portion Grill and Griddle 18603 has a large griddle area, and both the grill and griddle have their own independent temperature controls which allows you to adjust the temperature of each surface dependent on the type of food you are cooking. This electric grill and griddle is well sized, thus allowing you to cook for 10 people all at once. Imagine that! Of course, George Foreman grills claim to be very healthy and the non-stick surface in this grill means that by not adding any extra oil, you can reduce your fat intake when cooking as up to 42% of the fat from food is removed in the cooking process.
On Amazon.co.uk this product receives in the most part very good reviews, however the George Foreman 18603 Grill and Griddle has obtained a few bad comments. Some people received faulty items whilst others complain that this grill has a tendency to blow the fuses when it is on, so be aware of this. The other thing often mentioned is that the angle of the grill is not as sloped as other George Foreman grills meaning that the fat does not drain away as much as it should.
Andrew James Electric Teppanyaki Table Top Grill and Griddle Plate
The next grill and griddle we have chosen is the Andrew James Teppanyaki Grill and Griddle (Out of stock). It is cheaper than the George Foreman option above but it does have less features, however it is still and excellent product. Andrew James expect that you will want to use this Teppanyaki Grill for gathering with your friends and family and they include 8 mini wooden spatulas so everyone can get involved in the cooking! It has an adjustable temperature control which cleverly detaches from the unit to make cleaning easier and safer. The Andrew James Grill and Griddle has cermic plates which is claimed to heat up quickly and it has drainage holes and a collection tray for the fat.
The reviews on Amazon.co.uk for the Andrew James Electric Teppanyaki Table Top Grill and Griddle Plate are very positive. A couple of buyers have complained of machine failure and some complain that because the cooking surface plate is not detachable from the unit (like some other grills) it is more difficult to clean. The most common complaint is about the short length of the cable. Generally though, purchasers really like this grill and griddle. Many people have used it for camping and they say that it’s excellent!
James Martin by Wahl ZX833 Table Top Grill with Flat Plate
The James Martin ZX833 Table Top Grill with Flat Plate is made by Wahl and has a large cooking surface with both ridged grill and flat griddle areas. It has an adjustable temperature control and easy to clean removable parts, something that the neither of the other grills here have, much to some people’s dismay! This grill and griddle is smaller than the other two compared in this article but I can see it easily cooking enough for 2 to 4 people. Wahl say that James Martin has personally designed and tested this grill and griddle, and included is a book with some of James’ recommended recipes.
Reviewers on Amazon.co.uk are very impressed with the James Martin by Wahl ZX833 Table Top Grill (£38.89) in the most part. The few complainers state that this product does not get hot enough. Perhaps they have faulty items because most people are very happy with their purchase. Quite a few reviewers have compared this to George Foreman grills and are claiming that this is not only much better, but that they would not go back to using a George Foreman electric grill again – high praise indeed! The point that most people make is that this electric grill is easy to clean, and for many this is an important fact. Is it enough to sway you towards buying a James Martin Grill over a George Foreman one?
Grill and Griddle Conclusion
Which of the three grill and griddle machines above would we buy if we looking for this type of product. To be honest, they are all excellent. They all cost in the region of £35 to £55 and all seem to do a great job of healthily cooking a wide range of foods. Because I’m thrifty I think I would probably buy the James Martin ZX833 Table Top Grill. It’s a bit smaller than the other two which suits me and the removable plates for easy cleaning sound great to me, however in all honesty I don’t think you can go wrong with any of these grills!