One thing that is almost always said about indoor electric grills is the lack of precision cooking. Many don't even have that on / off button or a temperature control valve. This makes it very easy for you to overcook your food that naturally nobody likes. So when T-Fal came out with an interior electric grill that supposedly had a precision grill function, it definitely caused some arched eyebrows. Can you really cook delicious food on an electric grill? It turns out that apparently you can.[su_pullquote] Winner !! Best Indoor Electric Grill [/su_pullquote]
Now, before we get into the meat of things, let's first get the specs out. The T-Fal GC02 Optigrill is a stainless steel interior electric grill that comes with an 1800 watt heating element; removable die-cast aluminum plates with non-stick coating; and a removable drip tray. It has 600 square centimeters of cooking space that can fit four to five pieces of meat. It weighs 6 kilos. It also has a special handle where all the controls are located along with the LED cooktop indicator light that will change color as it goes through the different stages of the cooking process (from preheating to well done). Now, there are four features that make this baby really stand out: Automatic Sensor Cook, Automatic Thickness Measurement, 6 Cook Programs, and 2 Cook Modes.
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So what do these special features do? Let's start with the cooking modes. The grill allows you to cook in two modes: one is for frozen food while the manual mode is for thawed food. The 6 cooking programs, on the other hand, will allow you to inform the grill of the type of food you are cooking (hamburgers, chicken, sandwiches, sausages, red meat and fish) and will automatically adapt your cooking time. Then there is the automatic sensor that detects how many pieces you have hit on the grill and what stage they are at in the cooking process – rare to well done.) Last but not least, ness's automatic thickness measurement feature that allows the grill to "sense" how thick the meat is and adjust the temperature to cook it through.
Now, we have already said that the grill does wonders. These really great features work as promised, except for the frozen cooking mode which can be a little hit or miss. The grill cooks a lot for you and we mean it literally. You don't have to hover over it, lifting the top to see how things are going on the grill. You can drop it, do other things in the kitchen (like a glass of wine or two) and wait for the beep to let you know if it's time to take out the food. Even the most inexperienced cooks will probably have an easy time using this appliance and getting excellent results. And cleanliness is nothing to scoff at either. You get removable, dishwasher safe dishes and drip tray. It can't be easier than that.
Are we saying that this is the perfect indoor electric grill? Well, it's coming. But there are a couple of things that could be improved. First, it is a really bulky device and quite heavy to boot. You need to have room for it on your counter and let it stay there. We've already mentioned that cooking frozen food doesn't always work, but it won't if you're using a Weber either. Another thing that could be a problem is the LED light. It's great that it changes color to let you know what stage the cooking process is at. But sometimes it can be a little difficult to interpret the colors. You should definitely make sure the cooking instructions are always around to help you.
But is it worth it? Well, if you have enough cash to make that investment, do it. It's not every day that you find an appliance that cooks food beautifully without your help.