Test results for eight health grill-presses priced from $100 to $269.
Health grills, which started to appear on the kitchen scene in the ’90s, generally make claims to reduce both cooking time and the amount of fat and oil in your food by frying without oil and allowing any fat generated by the food itself to drip or run away while it’s cooking.
Most models are so-called grill-presses with a top plate that heats up as well as the bottom plate, and most claim to cut cooking time by half by allowing both sides of the food to be cooked simultaneously.
They can be used to cook meat, seafood and vegetables, and most models can also double as a sandwich press. Many sandwich presses can also cook meat and other foods this way, but they’re usually smaller and don’t usually have a griddle plate to give a barbecue-style pattern on food.
We tested seven family-sized health grills with 4-6 servings and one compact grill (Kambrook KCG50 Essentials Health Grill* ) with 2 servings, for their cooking performance and ease of use.
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Please note: this information was current as of September 2008 but is still a useful guide to today's market.
Brands and models tested
- Breville BGR400 ikon Grill
- Breville TG870 Healthsmart Grill
- DeLonghi CG660
- George Foreman GR30S
- George Foreman GR36S
- Kambrook KCG50 Essentials Health Grill (A)
- Sunbeam GC7800 Café Contact Grill & Sandwich Press (A)
- Sunbeam GC8900 Café Series Contact Grill & Barbecue (A)