The 8 Best Smokeless Grills of 2020

Bring your grilling indoors, without the smoke

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Our Top Picks
"With infrared heat, the rack on this grill gets hot enough to cook your food, but it won't heat up your whole kitchen."
"For a reasonable price, you'll get four temperature settings and two ceramic plates to cook on—a grate and a griddle."
"Heat reflectors make sure that your rotisserie chicken is evenly cooked with infrared technology that won't overheat your kitchen."
"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."
"The smoke is significantly reduced, while the lid keeps any remaining smoke inside the cooking chamber and out of the kitchen."
"The tempered glass lid can help your food cook evenly or stay warm after cooking, and the griddle plate is a huge added bonus."
"The new plate design eliminates up to 85 percent of the smoke, while the food grills rather than steaming or frying."
"This cooking dome is a special treat if you want to try tabletop cooking or can be used on top of a gas stove."

Best Overall: Tenergy Redigrill Smokeless Infrared Indoor Tabletop Grill

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.

Best Budget: GOTHAM STEEL Smokeless Electric Grill, Griddle, and Pitchfork

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.

Best Rotisserie: Philips Smoke-Less Infrared Grill with BBQ Grids & Rotisserie Attachment

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.

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.

Best Features: Ninja Foodi Pro 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Integrated Smart Probe AG400

Ninja keeps adding more and more innovative products to its product line, like this indoor grill. With a temperature-controlled grill grate, a spatter shield, and a cool-air zone, the smoke is significantly reduced, while the lid keeps any remaining smoke inside the cooking chamber and out of the kitchen. The shape of this cooker looks like a slow cooker, but this is designed for grilling and searing, along with air frying, roasting, baking, and dehydrating. Cyclonic technology circulates heated air—up to 500 degrees—around the interior of the cooking space for fast, even cooking. Not just for high heat, it can cook as low as 105 degrees for air frying without overheating the food.

The grate can reach up to 500 degrees for attractive grill marks on the serving side, while the technology means food doesn’t need to be flipped during cooking, so cooking can continue without a pause. The included temperature probe lets the cook monitor the food easily without having to lift the lid and lose the heat. When the food reaches the set temperature, the grill signals that it’s done. The digital display makes it easy to set the cooking mode, time, and temperature, and is easy to wipe clean. A version without the temperature probe is also available.

Best with Lid: PowerXL 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.

Best Family Sized: George Foreman Contact Smokeless - Ready Grill GRS6090B-1

George Foreman grills have been feeding families for a long time, and now they’ve created a version that, according to the brand, has all the sizzle without the smoke. The new plate design eliminates up to 85 percent of the smoke, while the open grates drain fat and juices automatically so food grills rather than steaming or frying. The liquids collect in a dishwasher-safe drip tray for easy disposal when cooking is complete.

Compared to other George Foreman models, this cooks faster, so food is on the table in no time. The grill plates are removable for easy cleaning by hand or in the dishwasher, and they have a nonstick coating that keeps food from sticking. Great for families, this can cook 4-6 servings at a time on the 90-square-inch cooking space, and the quick cooking time means it can be reloaded with burgers for family members who want seconds.

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.

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