The 8 Best Smokeless Grills of 2019

Bring your grilling indoors, without the smoke

Barbecue sticks on the smokeless stove
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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Tenergy Redigrill Smokeless Infrared Tabletop Grill at Amazon

"With infrared heat, the rack on this grill gets hot enough to cook your food, but it won't heat up your whole kitchen."

Best Budget: GOTHAM STEEL Smokeless Electric Grill at Amazon

"For a reasonable price, you'll get four temperature settings and two ceramic plates to cook on—a grate and a griddle."

Best Rotisserie: Philips Smoke-Less Infrared Grill at William Sonoma

"Heat reflectors make sure that your rotisserie chicken is evenly cooked with infrared technology that won't overheat your kitchen."

Best Stove Top: WaxonWare Smokeless Nonstick Grill Pan at Amazon

"Don't have room for another appliance on your counter? This stovetop pick can do the job just as well on a gas or electric range."

Best Features: ChefWave Smokeless Electric Grill & Rotisserie at Amazon

"You'll have everything you need to cook fish, fries, kebabs, steaks, or even rotisserie chicken with this complete grill set."

Best with Lid: Power Smokeless Grill with Tempered Glass Lid at Amazon

"The tempered glass lid can help your food cook evenly or stay warm after cooking, and the griddle plate is a huge added bonus."

Best Digital: Krups Digital Indoor Smokeless Grill at Bed Bath & Beyond

"The two sides of this grill can be controlled separately, so you can cook two foods at different temperatures at the same time."

Best Korean: CookKing Korean Traditional Stovetop Cauldron at Amazon

"This cooking dome is a special treat if you want to try tabletop cooking or can be used on top of a gas stove."

  • 01 of 08

    Best Overall: Tenergy Redigrill Smokeless Infrared Indoor Tabletop Grill

    Smokeless grill

    Tenergy

    Infrared heat means the rack on this grill will heat up, but the air around it won't, keeping your kitchen from getting too warm. The cooling tray catches grease and food drippings so they don’t burn, which helps keep the kitchen less smoky, whether you’re searing steaks or grilling burgers.

    The grill heats quickly, reaching the maximum 446 degrees in about six minutes. Heat is distributed across the cooktop, so food cooks and browns evenly, with perfect grill marks. When cooking is done, the grill grate has a nonstick coating to make it easier to clean and can be hand washed or cleaned in the dishwasher.

    For more nontraditional grilling options, check out our list of the best gas, charcoal, and electric portable grills.

  • 02 of 08

    Best Budget: GOTHAM STEEL Smokeless Electric Grill

    The price is right on this indoor grill with a nonstick ceramic grate and griddle. The grease catcher below the grate is designed to prevent food drippings from burning, which reduces the amount of smoke created and makes cleaning easier, too. The cooking temperature is controlled with a simple dial that runs from warm, low, medium, and high.

    For even more fun, a kebab fork is included that has four large skewers to hold plenty of food. The griddle and grill plates each have their own heating elements, and both are dishwasher safe, although hand washing will likely improve the longevity of the nonstick surface.

  • 03 of 08

    Best Rotisserie: Philips Smoke-Less Infrared Grill

    indoor grill

    Philips

    Rotisserie chicken is a favorite, and now it’s possible to make it in your house with this infrared grill and rotisserie. The infrared technology and special drip tray reduce the smoke that’s created during cooking, even if there's a fair amount of drippings. Heat reflectors make sure food cooks evenly whether you’re grilling or using the rotisserie, and the rotisserie turns the food smoothly, for perfect browning on all sides.

    The nonstick cast aluminum grid is ideal for sturdy foods like steaks, burgers, and chops that look best with hearty grill marks, while the wire grids are designed for more delicate foods like fish or fruit. When cooking is done, the removable parts are dishwasher safe.

    We’ve got a list of our favorite rotisseries and roaster ovens that you might like.

  • 04 of 08

    Best Stove Top: WaxonWare Smokeless Nonstick Grill Pan For Stove Top

    This uniquely designed stove top smokeless grill lets fats and food drippings drain off the grill grate for collection below, while the nonstick coating keeps food from sticking to the cooking surface. Adding water to the outer drip ring reduces smoke and spattering, and you can add liquid smoke or other flavorings to the water to infuse that flavor into your food during cooking.

    This grill can be used on gas or electric stoves, on a portable propane burner for outdoor use, or even in the oven. While it is dishwasher safe, hand washing is recommended and pretty easy, thanks to the non-stick surface.

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  • 05 of 08

    Best Features: ChefWave Smokeless Indoor Electric Grill & Rotisserie

    Not just a grill, this pick includes a rotisserie spit with two forks, a kebab set with seven skewers, a fish basket, a fries cage, and a grill rack. A drip tray catches fats and juices while the infrared technology cooks food quickly with less smoke and even browning. The rotisserie can handle whole chickens up to six pounds, so you can feed the family. A timer for up to 90 minutes and an automatic shutoff make sure food won’t overcook, even if you’re not watching closely.

    Looking for more indoor grilling options? Check out our list of the best electric grills available now.

  • 06 of 08

    Best with Lid: Power Smokeless Grill with Tempered Glass Lid

    With a reasonable price point, a handy lid, and a fan that traps smoke before it escapes, this tabletop grill is a great choice. While you might not use the lid for grilling steaks, it will come in handy when you’re trying to melt cheese on top of your burger and you’ll love it when you need to keep food warm after cooking.

    The water tray eliminates flare-ups and absorbs smoke odor while keeping your food moist during cooking. This grill includes both a grill plate and griddle plate, so you can grill steaks for dinner and cook pancakes for breakfast. Both plates are nonstick ceramic coated for easy cooking and easier cleaning.

  • 07 of 08

    Best Digital: Krups Stainless Steel Digital Indoor Smokeless Grill

    Indoor Grill

    Krups

    Digital readouts, stainless steel knobs, and clean lines give this grill a sleek, modern look, while dual heating zones let you cook hotter on one side than on the other, so you can sear your steaks at the same time you grill some vegetables. Each side has its own timer as well as its own ready light and power-on indicator for complete control of the cooking process.

    Fats and food juices are directed away from the heating elements during cooking, reducing the amount of smoke produced, whether you’re grilling lean chicken or fatty sausages, and the removable drip tray makes cleaning a snap when cooking is done. The drip tray is dishwasher safe, but the grill should be washed by hand.

    Check out our reviews of the best indoor grills and sandwich presses for your kitchen.

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    Best Korean: CookKing Korean Traditional Stovetop Cauldron

    Korean barbecue is more closely related to stir-fry than to American barbecue, so it requires a different type of grill. The dome-shaped grilling surface on this grill funnels fats and drippings to the catch ring below. You can fill that ring with water to eliminate burning, flare-ups, and smoke, although you can skip the water and just use it to catch the drippings if you prefer. A small indented ring in the center of the cooking dome is perfect for frying garlic slices, and can also be used for cooking dipping sauces or other foods when you’re not making Korean food.

    Traditionally, this type of grill is used for tableside cooking using a single gas burner while individual diners cook their own servings, but it can also be used on a gas stove. It will not work with an induction burner and isn’t recommended for use with an electric stove. The cooking dome is made from nonstick-coated cast aluminum for quick heating and easy cleaning.