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If you don't have the space for an outdoor grill, or you want to make juicy steaks and burgers year-round without having to endure the elements, you may consider an indoor grill. Don't worry, they're smokeless, so you don't have to worry about setting off the fire alarm. Some are even approved for indoor and outdoor use, so you can easily transport yours out of the home and onto a patio when the weather allows it.
Like most cooking gadgets, there are many different types of indoor grills, some of which perform better than others. We researched the best ones, so you can get the crusty sear and smoky flavor you love from the comfort of your kitchen.
Best Overall: Cuisinart GR-4N 5-in-1 Griddler
The Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler is an excellent appliance that not only serves as a compact grill but also a griddle and panini press. Specifically, the reversible plates have five functions: contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill, half griddle, so you can make everything from burgers and steaks to pancakes, omelets, and grilled cheese. Just turn the center dial to choose "griddle" for flat-lay cooking or "grill/panini" for closed-top cooking. The left and right dials control the temperature.
It's super nonstick, too. Our reviewer said even burned-on cheese slides off easily, making cleanup a dream. The plates are removable, and you can wash them by hand or in the dishwasher. While cooking, grease is drained into an integrated, drip tray that's simple to remove, empty, and clean. On the other hand, it's hidden, which makes the appliance nicer to look at, but it can be easy to forget about.
Runner-Up, 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 with Lid: PowerXL Smokeless Grill
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.
"The fan did a stellar job removing smoke and steam, and the lid sealed surprisingly well, so the smoke didn’t have a chance to escape. We fired up the grill to cook a steak, and there wasn’t even a wisp of visible smoke, much to the disappointment of the smoke detector." — Donna Currie, Product Tester
Best Family Sized: George Foreman Contact Smokeless - Ready Grill GRS6090B-1
George Foreman grills have been feeding families for a long time, and now it's 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 four to six 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 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 stovetop 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 nonstick surface.
Best Features: Ninja Foodi Pro 5-in-1 Indoor Grill with Integrated Smart Probe AG400
Ninja keeps adding more and more innovative items 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 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.
For an unmatched indoor grilling experience, we highly recommend the Cuisinart 5-in-1 Griddler, which also allows you to make pancakes, omelets, sandwiches, and more with its griddle and panini press functions. For a ceramic option that reviewers love, the Gotham Steel Smokeless Electric Grill, Griddle, and Pitchfork is an attractive bundle at a price you can't refuse.