Just in the last year, there have been over 50 new electric grills introduced to the market. So how do you know which electric grill is the best choice for you?
At Carnivore Style, the team and I got together and tested over 15 different models from popular brands to bring you a roundup of the best electric grills. We’ve included a buyer’s guide to help you with your decision.
10 Best Electric Grills in 2021
Hamilton Beach Indoor Searing Grill
This Hamilton Beach model is designed for use as an indoor electric grill. It comes with 118 square inches of working space, which is enough for about 6 people. It can reach temperatures of up to 480 degrees.
It has a window on the top so that you can see your food cooking as you sear it over high heat. After seeing countless positive reviews, it’s clear why this product is our top pick.
It comes with an extra-large drip tray and non-stick cooking grates that are dishwasher safe. The grill cover can be removed for hand washing. The viewing window has some sharp edges around the corners, so be careful when handling the grill cover.
- Viewing window
- Stainless steel exterior
- Serves 6 people
- Dishwasher safe
- Sharp edges on viewing window
George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
This George Foreman model comes with a removable stand to be used as an indoor or outdoor grill. It comes with a cast aluminum lid and body with a tight seal to keep the heat inside.
This model comes with a temperature probe that lets you choose from 5 heat settings. The cooking surface is 240 square inches.
It has a non-stick coating on the cooking plates. This electric outdoor or indoor grill has the patented George Foreman fat-removing slope. It is easy to clean since the cooking area allows most of the fat to slide off.
- George Foreman fat-reducing slope
- Removable stand
- 5 temperature settings
- 240 square inch grilling surface
- Non-stick coating may chip
Char-Broil 20602108 Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared BBQ
This Char-Broil bistro electric grill has a 320 square inch cooking surface, enough for 12 burgers or other food items. It has a 120-inch warming rack.
The temperature control is relatively easy to use since there is an external temperature gauge. The porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates can be removed easily for cleaning.
Char-Broil uses TRU infrared technology to ensure even heat. Positive customer reviews indicate that this is one of the best outdoor electric grills on the market.
- TRU infrared heat control
- Removable warming tray
- Porcelain-coated cooking racks
- Large rolling wheels
- Takes longer to heat up
Elite Gourmet EMG-980B
This model is ideal for people who want the most portable electric grill. It can fit on almost any countertop. It comes with a heating element that has 5 settings that can reach a temperature of 450 degrees.
The base is porcelain enameled cast iron, which is cool to the touch.
This grill comes with a circular cooking space that maintains even heat throughout. It is a small electric model that is simple and easy. You can use the included glass dome lid to cover your food while grilling.
- Glass dome lid included
- Circular grill plate
- Porcelain cool-to-touch base
- Large drip tray
- Lid doesn’t seal as tightly
Techwood's Best Outdoor Electric Grill
According to user reviews, this model is one of the best outdoor electric grill units available. It comes with a removable grill warming rack, which can keep food warm while you’re grilling.
It comes with a cast aluminum base and dome lid that interlock to keep the heat in.
It comes with a rotating ventilation system that helps you control the smoke. The drip tray makes cleaning up easy. The easy to control burner valve settings create an evenly heated cooking space.
- Aluminum base and lid
- Rotating vent system
- Removable stand
- Fits on apartment balconies
- Stand feet might be unstable
CUSIMAX Smokeless Electric Grill
This model is a 2 in 1 grill that acts as both a griddle and a grill. It comes with a fan exhaust system that will clear out the smoke while you cook your food.
Countless positive reviews indicate that this one is the better electric griddle and grill combo available. You can use it to sear a steak or cook pancakes with this option.
Both the griddle and grill plates are coated with a nonstick Teflon that makes them easy to put in the dishwasher. It comes with an LED display, which makes it easy to change temperatures on the go.
- Includes a griddle plate
- Exhaust system built-in
- Double U-shaped heating tubes
- LED controls
- Fan is louder than others
Techwood Smokeless Grill
Most consumers agreed that this is one of the best indoor electric grills available. The main reason that this model stands apart is that it comes with a built-in fan system that funnels out all of the smoke.
It is similar to the ventilation shaft above your stovetop. You can use this grill anywhere.
It is easy to clean since the smoke and grease tend to be funneled out. The large drip pan can be removed and cleaned. If you use a grill brush to clean your grill, be sure to clean it up later by following our how to clean your BBQ brush guide. Techwood Smokeless Grill features a glass lid that seals in the odors and smoke.
- Smokeless design with ventilation
- LED control panel
- Infinite control burner valve
- Quiet fan
- May not get hot enough
Bonsenkitchen Smokeless Indoor BBQ
This model is unique because it works as a grill and raclette warmer as well. Underneath the cooking plate, there is an 8-tray raclette that can be used to keep food warm or melt cheese for family and friends.
Each raclette comes with a cool-touch handle so that guests can serve themselves.
The raclette area acts as a 16-inch warming rack. This model might be good for people who often entertain guests at home. It is also great to know that the flat side of the grill can easily be cleaned.
- 8 raclette trays
- Griddle and grill in one
- Self serve pans
- Fast heating
- More pieces to wash
Weber 52020001 Q1400 Electric Grill
This model comes with an aluminum body and lid. It has coated cast iron cooking plates of 189 square inches. It comes with a removable and replaceable drip pan to catch grease.
The heating element has an infinitely adjustable temperature knob.
The 6 foot grounded cord will ensure your safety while you’re grilling a variety of foods. The glass-reinforced nylon body is durable and holds the grill up off the counter. You can use the grilling surface for cooking up to 6 burgers.
- Grounded cord
- Replaceable catch pans
- 5-year warranty
- 189 square inches of cooking surface
- Must be frequently cleaned
Ninja Foodi 5-in-1 Indoor Grill
If you’re looking for electric grills that do more than just sear, then this might be a good model for you to check out. The Ninja product can grill, air fry, crisp, and roast all of your favorite foods.
It comes with a grilling plate, crisper basket, and a cooking pot. The stainless steel body reduces heat indoors.
This all in one device has a range of 105 to 500 degrees, which is ideal for searing and roasting. The air frying basket can hold up to 4 quarts, equal to about 2 lbs of french fries.
- Includes a crisper basket
- Roasting pot
- Up to 500 degrees
- Easy and healthy frying
Buyer’s Guide For Electric Grills
Most electric grill models come with a heating element that you plug into the device. The temperature is controlled by a knob or buttons on the front of the machine.
Many of the grills that we tested above came with 5 different settings from low to high. Some products had a push-button control, which allows for incremental temperature increase.
Electric grills do not generally get as hot as gas or charcoal grills. They have an adjustable temperature range from about 105 to 500 degrees.
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Electric grills come in different sizes, from 180 to 320 square inches of cooking space. The cooking surface that is best for you will depend on how much you want to cook.
Electric grills can also have warming areas that increase the overall square inches of cooking space. You can cook about 6 burgers on a cooking surface of just over 180 square inches.
An electric grill is designed to be portable and easy to use. The best electric grills will offer a range of options when it comes to transporting and portability.
A couple of the grills on our list offer removable stands, which means they can work as an outdoor electric grill, or you can take them inside. A portable electric grill should have handles that will make it easier to transport.
An electric grill's cooking plates will either be made of cast iron, porcelain, or enamel. Grilling food on these surfaces is easy because they are all dishwasher safe.
The cooking area on electric grills should be easy to clean and maintain. One of the best ways to speed up the cleaning of your grill is by using the best copper bbq grill mats you can find here. The best electric grills come with a lightweight stainless steel body and lid.
You should keep in mind the amount of space that you have before buying a grill. If you plan to keep it on your kitchen counter, then we recommend buying a smaller model.
If patio or balcony grilling is more your style, then you might be able to opt for one of the bigger units. Measure out your available space before deciding on the best option for you.
Indoor vs Outdoor
We have included versatile grills that are suited for both indoor and outdoor use. Keep in mind that some electric grills, like the Char-Broil 20602108 Patio Bistro TRU-Infrared Electric Grill, are better suited for outdoor patio use due to their size and fixed stand.
If you are looking for an outdoor electric grill, then we recommend buying one with a stand that can sit on your patio or balcony. If indoor cooking is better for you, then a small tabletop grill might do the trick.
Because it is easy to hold at a particular temperature, and there are few to no flare-ups, cooking is very consistent with an electric grill.
- Mark Jenner, Writer and Professional member of the NBGA (National Barbecue and Grilling Association) 
Warranty and Customer Support
All of the grills on our list come with a warranty that should be activated when you receive your product. All grills come with a 1-year warranty except for the Weber 52020001 Q1400 Electric Grill, which had an impressive 5-year warranty. A good warranty can prolong the overall life of your grill.
Most reviewers agreed that the best customer service came from Weber and Ninja. According to consumers, customer service seemed to be subpar for Techwood.
Some of the additional features might come with an electric grill include extra grilling plates, utensils, recipe books, or drip pans. Some grills come with a small shelf for storage, warming trays, or legs.
We recommend thoroughly checking the box that your grill came in to ensure that you have all of the pieces and accessories.
Who are electric grills best suited for?
An electric grill is best suited for people who want a portable and smokeless solution to grilling. Gas and charcoal grills can often create too much smoke to be used indoors. These products are best for apartment balconies, small kitchens, or limited space. Electric grills are also ideal for the rainy summer or cold winter months.
Are there any special maintenance requirements?
We recommend cleaning your indoor grill after each use. If you place the grill plates in the dishwasher, make sure that you properly dry them before putting them away. You should coat the cooking surface with oil or butter before each use. This will extend the life of the non-stick coating.
Are they safe to use indoors?
Yes, electric grills are safe and easy to use indoors. Unlike gas and charcoal grills, they don’t require any flammable propane or fire. They don’t produce a lot of smoke or heat compared to conventional outdoor grills.
Will these grills create smoke when used indoors?
These grills do not create much smoke when used indoors. They create a small amount, but it should not be enough to set off a fire alarm or cause any damage.
Can I use metal cooking utensils on an electric grill?
Yes, they come with a protective coating or porcelain layer on the cooking surface that protects them from getting scratches or other damage from metal utensils.
And the #1 Electric Grill is...
The best electric grill based on our research is the Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill because of its viewing window, and you can throw it in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. The team and I have spent hours testing all of the best electric grills to bring you the best.
While all of these grills have great qualities, we think one truly stands out in this roundup. We liked that it came in a compact design, but it was still big enough to cook food for 6 people. The customer reviews were positive, and the price was reasonable for this type of grill.