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Best Selling Contact Grills - The Foreman Grill vs. The Cuisinart Griddler

By Edited Feb 13, 2014 0 0

George Foreman GR20B Family-Size 60 Square Inch Non-Stick Grill
Amazon Price: $39.99 Buy Now
(price as of Aug 4, 2013)
Another great family grill in the George Foreman range

If you love grilled food, but hate standing out in the rain waiting for your steak to be done, then a contact grill may be exactly what you're looking for. Contact grills are designed to grill food inside, but still retain the taste that you love. They work by pressing food between two hot metal plates, which allows food to cook in the same way as it would on a regular grill. Not only that, but contact grills are a far healthier way of cooking meat, as they drain fat away as the meat is grilling, making your food heart friendly and better for your cholesterol. In the world of contact grills there are two big names. The first is George Foreman, the second is the Cuisinart Griddler. These are by far the two best-selling brands in the contact grill market. But which should you go for? We put these two companies to the test. We took the George Foreman GR20B Family Size sixty square inch Nonstick Grill and put it up against Cuisinart's GR-4N 5 in 1 Griddler, to see how they performed. If you're thinking about getting yourself a contact grill, then keep reading to find out which is the best of the best...

What the Cuisinart Griddler Has to Offer...

The Griddler has some excellent features. The greatest thing that it does is exactly what its name says, it cooks in five different ways. Not only is the Griddler a contact grill, but it also works as a full grill, a full griddle, a half and half grill and griddle and a panini press. That's a lot of variety for such a small appliance. Other nice features include the floating cover, which allows you to properly cook food of different thicknesses, and the fact that the cooking plates are non-stick, reversible and can be removed. There is an integrated drip tray that catches hot grease and which can be removed. The plates and drip tray are all dishwasher safe as well, which makes cleaning easy. In fact, the Griddler only really has two drawbacks. The first is its size. Whilst it might be nice to have a compact model that doesn't take up too much counter space in the kitchen, the actual cooking space is limited, and you'd be hard pressed to cook up a meal for the whole family at one time. Secondly, is its price. The Griddler retails for around £80...

What the George Foreman Family Grill Has to Offer...

The Foreman is an excellent grill. It may not be able to cook in the variety of ways that the Griddler can, but as a grill it is second to none. The patented heating element means that the grill is guaranteed to heat evenly, so both the top and bottom plates generate the same amount of heat ensuring that your food is thoroughly cooked. It has an integrated drip tray that can be put into the dishwasher, though unfortunately the plates can't be removed, which can make cleaning a hassle. The main advantage of the Foreman grill is its huge sixty square inch cooking surface, which means you can prepare more than enough food for the entire family in one go. Plus, it retails for around a very reasonable £35.

What's the Better Buy?

We go for the classic Foreman grill. Sure, it doesn't have the variety of cooking methods, but the low price and extra cooking surface persuade us that it's a better bargain.

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