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Advantages And Disadvantages Of Different Types Of Electric Grills

By Jake Greenberg

An electric grill is a convenient appliance for people who wants to have the traditional barbecue. It is more time and energy-efficient device.

There is more than one type of electric grill available, to be chosen at the user’s discretion. An advantage of all the types of electric grills is that cooking drains of the fat and the excess grease is drained down into fat pans. This minimizes the fat and calories in the food consumed.


1. Open Model Grills

Open model electric grills have the same feel as a traditional outdoor grill but does not produce food that have the charcoal taste that the conventional models unfortunately do.

The Disadvantage:

The disadvantage of these is that they produce a lot of smoke, so if you are near a house or if you’re near place that has smoke detectors, it can easily be triggered.


When you look at the food cooked by an open model grill, you can instantly identify it as having been “grilled”. This is because the grill marks are very distinct.

For an open model grill, the thickness of the meat is not a limitation. For thick slabs of meat, a contact grill will not be able to handle them, while the open model grill is capable of doing so. Even a whole chicken can be cooked by a open model electric grills. For the contact models, there is usually a limit of one inch thickness.

If the cook’s takers or customers like their meat grilled in different ways- for example, rare, medium, or well-done, open model electric grills are more flexible to variety. Of course, part of this is the cook’s own ability to judge the degree at which the meat is cooked, but with the open model electric grill, he has more control.

2. Contact Grills

Contact electric grills are named so because of its increased contact with the food, in fact, they appear to “sandwich” the food they are intended to cook. That means it is pressed in between two plates that have ridges, which cook from both the top and bottom. This makes it impossible to cook thicker portions of food, or to control the “doneness” of the meat, but it is very fast and efficient in cooking smaller portions.


The contact models can be used as sandwich makers, apart from its usual grilling purposes.

They do not yield any smoke, unlike Open grill models and are safe in the presence of smoke or fire detectors. The only thing it does emit is occasional steam.

It takes less time to cook the food, since there is no need to flip it over. Cooking is being done from both sides simultaneously. Cooking time can be regulated.

3. Combination Type Grills

Some electric grills are a combination of both the open model type and the contact grill. They are more expensive, but also have the combined advantage of both types.

Whatever type of electric grill you’ve chosen, it is still important to observe safety precautions to avoid accidents.

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