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Best Compact Contact Grill - George Foreman vs. Grundig

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

A contact grill is an excellent addition to any kitchen. If you love the taste of grilled food, but hate standing outside in the rain waiting for your food to be done, then a contact grill is exactly what you need. These kinds of grills work by pressing food between two hot plates, cooking it and keeping the grilled taste, so they're safe to use inside. There are plenty of options available in all different sizes. But for most people a compact contact grill is a more sensible choice. Compact models are small enough to be put away in a cupboard, and don't take up too much valuable kitchen work space when you're cooking. By far the two leading manufacturers when it comes to contact grills are Grundig and George Foreman. So just who makes the best compact grill? We took a compact model from each manufacturer, the George Foreman 17894 Compact Grill and the Grundig Contact Grill, and put them to the test to see how they compare and what their differences are. If you're looking for a compact contact grill solution, then read on to find out which of these two models is best...

The George Foreman 17894 Compact Grill...

There are some great features on the Foreman grill. It has a removable drip tray to catch hot fat and grease and make it easy to dispose of, not to mention keeping it away from kitchen surfaces. Patented heating technology means that the two plates always heat equally, solving what is sometimes a problem for contact grills, and meaning that you don't need to flip food whilst it's cooking. It has a floating hinge, which means you can cook food of any thickness without a problem. The Foreman grill has a cooking surface of around 245 square cms, which isn't huge, but is enough to cook food for two people, making it an ideal first grill. Plus, it retails at around only £20, making it a very small investment indeed.

The Grundig Contact Grill...

However, the Grundig also has a couple of nice features. Sadly, it lacks both the removable drip tray and the floating hinge of the Foreman model. But it does have detachable cooking plates, which makes cleaning an awful lot easier; in fact, you can even put them in the dishwasher saving time. Secondly, although the cooking area is slightly bigger than that of the Foreman, the grill itself can actually open up completely making it into a one sided grill with double the cooking area. This makes it an excellent compromise between a compact grill and a bigger model. But the Grundig does have one drawback, it retails for around £50, making it more than twice as expensive as the Foreman model.

Which is the Best Buy?

These are both great models. However, our recommendation goes with the Foreman grill. Its cheaper price makes it a better buy for those who are just starting out with a contact grill and the floating hinge just makes it easier to use. This is an excellent buy for anyone who's looking to get their first contact grill, or someone who just wants a smaller model for personal cooking.

 

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