Best grill 2021: top-rated health grills for tasty meals

Find the best grill to help you make delicious, low-fat meals in no time at all

Included in this guide:

Tefal Optigrill+, our best grill
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The best grill will be versatile, convenient, and (mostly) easy to clean. These appliances, which are often called health grills, are suitable for cooking a variety of food, from meats and seafood to fruit and vegetables and they can even be used as a toasted sandwich or panini maker. 

The very best health grills have two cooking plates, an upper and a lower, they cook evenly from both sides, which can halve your cooking time if you’re in a hurry. Plus, these grills often allow fat to drain away before being collected in a pot at the front of the appliance. They make a great alternative to frying your food and usually come with adjustable heat and timing options to cook different produce. Your food can be cooked with those distinctive lines that you get from a grill and some even have reversible plates, one side ridged and the other flat.

If you need something that can cook a range of foods, the best grill will open out flat, doubling the space to cook and allowing you to fix other foods like omelets, eggs, burgers, pancakes, and more. While these health grills might not replace your cooktop, they do add extra cooking space and are very easy to clean.

Take your pick and find the best grill for you below. 

Why the best grills are healthier than roasting, frying and outdoor BBQs

In outdoor grills and barbecues, fat from the meat you cook drips down into the flames, creating a lot of smoke that rises back up and hits the meat. This burning of organic matter causes compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons to form, which are known to be cancerous after long-term exposure.

On the other hand, countertop electric grills don't have this issue because they don't use an open flame. No cancerous fumes and no charcoal exterior: these electric grills just use heated griddles tilted into drip trays to catch any excess running fat. 

If you were to fry or even roast your meat or veggies, they would sit in the fat they were doubtless coated in, whether butter or vegetable oil, adding excess calories and carcinogens to your meal. Not so on the electric grill, as it all runs down into the waiting drip tray.   

As your food grills between two hot non-stick plates, any fat in the food renders out and drains away, leaving you with a much healthier result than traditional grilling, roasting, or pan-frying. Not only that, but because you’re grilling from both sides at once, it cuts your traditional cooking times in half – you can have a chicken breast cooked in just 6-8 minutes.

How to choose the best grill for you 

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding on the best grill for you. Here's what I recommend you think about...


You can nab yourself a good grill for anywhere between $25/£20 and upwards of $400/£300, but there are a lot of factors in between to consider. At the bottom end of the scale, you’re generally looking at smaller, less powerful options with nothing in the way of extra functions or features. 

Size and power

These smaller grills are still perfectly serviceable for single portions and vegetarian cooking, but if you’re cooking meat and fish for a number of people, you’ll need to upgrade to something bigger and more powerful. More power means more heat, which means a better sear and more flavor on your meat.


Inevitably as the price goes up, so too do the features. The likes of the Sage Smart Grill Pro and Tefal OptiGrill+ have special presets for cooking different types of meat and fish, as well as thickness detection and internal temperature detection for automatic cooking. These are all useful, but not always necessary for the average user, especially if you’re paying a premium!


Cleaning is another important factor worth considering. If you’ve used a regular grill with any regularity, you’ll know that it gets dirty pretty quickly. Electric grills are no exception – many of them come with detachable grill plates that are dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning, but this isn’t guaranteed, especially with cheaper models. Ultimately, the grill is only as good as its plates, so it’s worth investing in good quality non-stick griddles.

The best grills you can buy right now


(Image credit: Tefal)

The best grill for most people

Dimensions: 37 x 36 x 16.5 cm
Weight: 5kg
Cooking surface: 679cm²
Removable plates: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Power: 2000 watts
Reasons to buy
+Auto-cooking functions+Solid construction
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t open flat 

The OptiGrill+ is a great all-round option for most people. For starters, the build is top quality – die-cast aluminum grill plates are much more wear-resistant compared to cheaper alternatives, and all the cooking surfaces are detachable and dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. 

Under the hood, the OptiGrill+ is packed with features too, including automatic programs for burgers, poultry, bacon, sausage, red meat, and fish and built-in thickness detection so it will alert you when your meat goes from rare to medium to well done. 

If you don’t need the bells and whistles, that’s fine – just stick it into manual mode and grill away to your heart’s content. 


(Image credit: Sage)

2. Sage by Heston Blumenthal Smart Grill Pro

The best premium grill

Dimensions: 43.3 x 22 x 44.4 cm
Weight: 9.8kg
Cooking surface: 1650cm²
Removable plates: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Power: 2400W
Reasons to buy
+Accurate cooking+Huge cooking area
Reasons to avoid
-Big and bulky-Pricey

Heston’s Sage range boasts impressive feature sets at high prices and the Smart Grill Pro is no different. At nearly 10kg, this grilling behemoth isn’t the sort of thing you can stash in a drawer when you’re not using it, but for the money and the size you get a phenomenally professional bit of equipment. 

The Smart Grill Pro has a variable height setting on the upper plate so you can use it as a press, but it’ll also open flat, making it into a huge electric barbecue. It’ll deal happily with anything you throw on it, but meat cookery is where Heston’s grill comes into its own – the Smart Grill Pro has dedicated settings for pork, beef, poultry, lamb and fish, and a built-in temperature probe monitors the internal temperature of the meat, letting you cook to your desired doneness! 

George Foreman

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3. George Foreman 25810 Fit Grill

The best budget grill

Dimensions: H7.7 x W33.3 x D27.5 cm
Weight: 2.36kg
Cooking surface: 550cm²
Removable plates: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Power: 1630W
Reasons to buy
+Great value+Compact
Reasons to avoid
-Limited features-No adjustable temperature

George Foreman grills might not be the most advanced out there, but big George is still the guy to go to if you’re looking for a quality budget grill that does the simple things right. 

The new streamlined design means, unlike the OptiGrill+ and the Smart Grill Pro, the George Foreman 5-Portion will easily slide into a drawer or a cupboard when you’re not using it. 

When it’s time to grill, it ticks all the boxes – it heats up fast, there’s enough space to cook multiple portions at once, the drip tray is nice and wide and all the important parts are detachable so you can wipe them down in a jiffy. 


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4. Cuisinart Griddle & Grill

Best grill for toastie fanatics

Dimensions: 33 x 18.5 x 24 cm
Weight: 4.53kg
Cooking surface: 679cm²
Removable plates: Yes
Dishwasher safe: Yes
Power: 1600W
Reasons to buy
+Reversible grill plates+Opens flat 
Reasons to avoid
-A little underpowered-Clunky design

The design is a little on the clunky side, but under the surface this Cuisinart grill has some neat little features. The clever floating hinge mechanism makes it very versatile – you can open it out into a flat tabletop grill, but it also works as a very serviceable sandwich press. 

The plates inside are detachable for easy cleaning and also reversible, so you can switch between ridged or flat plates depending on what you’re cooking. The wattage is a little lower than some of the other options, so the Cuisinart doesn’t have the same blazing power as the Sage or Tefal options on this list, but it’s still a very capable and versatile option. 

George Foreman

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5. George Foreman Griddle & Grill

Best grill for feeding a family

Dimensions: 13.3 x 31.7 x 57.4 cm
Weight: 3.8 kg
Cooking surface: 439cm² + 613cm²
Removable plates: No
Dishwasher safe: No
Power: 2180W
Reasons to buy
+Two separate cooking zones+Lots of cooking room
Reasons to avoid
-Non-removable plates-Not dishwasher safe

This griddle and hot plate combo grill is a two-in-one marvel, packing two separate cooking zones into one machine each. Both the griddle and the grill are a decent size – four-portion and six-portion respectively – and they have independent variable temperature dials so you can be keeping something warm on the hotplate whilst you’re searing meat and vegetables on the griddle. 

The construction is solid, but the grill plates aren’t detachable – this means they heat up very quickly, but cleaning them afterward is a bit of a pain. But if you’re looking for something with a bit more versatility than the classic grill and enough space to feed a hungry family, the Griddle & Grill might just be the one for you.

Is grilling healthy? 

Many people turn to electric food grills when trying to eat healthy as cooking fats in meat or fish are drained out. We know that eating less saturated fat is good for our health, so if you like to eat food like steaks or oily fish, this can be a great way to cook them without adding fat to your meal. 

However, bear in mind that simply cooking food on a grill won’t make it healthy. A high fat meat will still be high in fat, for example, it just means that when it’s cooking, it isn’t sat in its own cooking fat. 

The good news is that the best health grills avoid your intake of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and heterocyclic amines (HCAs), substances that are created when fat drips onto coals on a traditional grill or BBQ. 

Pete Dreyer
Pete Dreyer

Pete is a journalist, recipe developer and chef, specializing in food, health, fitness and technology. He has written for the likes of T3, TechRadar, Great British Chefs and the BBC about a plethora of topics, from healthy eating on a budget to fitness tech for every sports and fitness activity. He continues to drive forward the message that healthy eating can be delicious, affordable and easy via quick, simple recipes on his blog. In his spare time he's a keen rock climber and boulderer, and spends lots of time running - either on trails, roads or out on the hockey pitch!