Ever since George Foreman introduced the world to his “Lean, Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine” in the mid-1990s, electric grills have only become more popular. They cook with less smoke, produce fewer calories from fat, and are a favorite among home cooks who need a quick way to whip up tasty meals with the look and taste of more time-consuming methods. Here are a few things to consider when shopping for your next electric grill.

Tabletop Models

Small And Great

Popularized electric grilling in the 1990s. George Foreman

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The original George Foreman grill had just enough room to handle a few burgers or paninis, a sloped surface to drain fat, and a hinged lid for even heating and to lock in flavor. That style is just as popular as ever, available both from the Foreman brand as well as other classic names in grilling, like Char-Broil and Weber.

Stand-up Grills

Adjustable Temperature Control

Free-standing options are great for outside cooking without the mess of charcoal. Amazon

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Need more of a traditional outdoor cooking surface? Free-standing electric grills for the back deck or patio are a great way to entertain without worrying about the smoke and mess of charcoal or wood. Some even convert from stand use to tabletop to ensure you can still get your grill on even if you have to move operations.

Electric Infrared Grills

Four Color Options

This type of cooking allows for juicier food without flare-ups. Amazon

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One twist on the electric grill is infrared technology, which uses a heat collector directly above the electric element to promote even cooking and fat drainage. This reduces flare-ups and charring, and without all the dripping makes clean-up easier than with traditional grills.