04.What to look for
Temperature control This allows you to adjust cooking temperatures to suit the kind of food you’re cooking, such as high temperatures for searing meat and low temperatures for toasted sandwiches.
Removable drip tray Look for a model with a tray that’s attached to the grill. Separate trays, such as those on the George Foreman models, are easy to knock over and can get separated from the grill in storage.
Removable plates allow for easy cleaning.
Adjustable height for top plate This lets you control the pressure on the food, which is particularly handy if you’re making melts.
Vertical storage takes up less space on the bench or in the cupboard and keeps everything packed up neatly.
Cord storage is neater for storage, and safer if you leave the grill on your kitchen bench when it’s not in use.
- Size Health grills are bulky, so make sure you get one that’s the right size for your family and suits your storage capacity or bench space. If you have limited space, the Kambrook KCG50 Essentials Health Grill is compact and scored very well in our test.
Watch your fingers!
The two George Foreman models and the Kambrook have handles that aren’t as obvious as those on the other models on test, and hang over the bottom plate. This makes it easy to burn your fingers when lifting the top plate. Although the George Foreman instructions tell you to wear an oven glove when opening the grill, it’s not obvious that you’d need one. There are no instructions for the Kambrook.
All the health grills get very hot. When using the Sunbeam GC8900 Café Series Contact Grill and Barbeque it’s particularly easy to touch the front surface around the controls that can be very hot during cooking.
Also watch the cord on all of these grills as it can easily become wedged between the plates and burn.