Contact Grills | Electric Indoor Panini Makers

contact grillsGrilling is almost as much of an American pastime as baseball. Hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, kabobs, grilled cheese sandwiches, seasoned vegetables… the list of grill-friendly staples is extensive. Most of these foods taste best when fired over a hot barbeque. But when weather conditions or prep time aren’t conducive to firing up the grill, indoor appliances can perform just as well, if not better.

Contact grills go by many names and come in dozens of varieties: griddle, sandwich press, indoor barbeque, and electric skillet to name a few. Most have smooth, flat surfaces for distributing heat evenly, while some have ribbing on the cooking surface to create “grill marks” that also help release extra fat content.

Stovetop Griddles

A basic, bare-bones griddle is this square Scanpan Classic Griddle Pan. It’s made from cast aluminum and is coated with non-stick ceramic titanium. The grill marks aren’t removable, so for something larger and more versatile, take a look at the cast iron Staub Indoor Reversible Grill. It’s elongated for double-burner stovetop use with reversible smooth/ribbed cooking surfaces.

Electric Skillets

Choosing an electric contact grill saves stovetop space and may be easier to store depending on the model, like the Rival Fold-n-Store Griddle. It has hinges in the middle so that it can fold up for easier pantry storage.

Another model we like is the Cuisinart Griddler Combo, an electric skillet with a split personality. One side is smooth and the other sports grill marks — great for bacon burgers or a breakfast of sausage and eggs. Each side has its own separate temperature control with high rims and a drip tray to keep countertops clean.

George Foreman Grills

Thanks to several years of infomercial marketing headlined by a two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, George Foreman grills are one of the most recognizable contact grills on the market today. They’re known for their non-stick, removable grill plates that drain off excess fat, and they are very easy to clean.

Try the ribbed Next Grilleration or the smooth 360 Round for something basic. But for that extra step up, take a look at the George Foreman G5. It has five interchangeable, non-stick attachments: a grill plate, a steak plate, two waffle plates, and a shallow pan that are all dishwasher safe.  This model also has an adjustable tilt angle so that cooked items don’t have to slide off the surface along with the drained fat.

George Foreman also makes a portable indoor barbeque grill complete with stand and cover. It’s also great to take along for camping or tailgating where there’ll be an electric supply close by.

Specialty Contact Grill Appliances

Several companies also make specialty appliances for specific food items such as paninis, quesadillas, and stuffed sandwiches. They come in stovetop models like the Panini Press Pan from the Calphalon Contemporary line, or electric like the Cuisinart Overstuffed Sandwich Maker.

Here are two additional specialty grills that we feel are worth mentioning:

The Mario Batali Piastra Italian Grill is a griddle plate made from solid granite stone. It’s an homage to classic cooking techniques that relied on baking stones to conduct heat and create foods with crisp textures. The Piastra stone is safe for the oven, microwave, and grill. It’s reversible, too — one side has a flat surface and the other is ribbed with grill marks.

The Swissmar Raclette Grill is formulated around raclette, a Swiss cheese that inspired a European cooking tradition of the same name. The system is essentially an eight-person griddle with a melting tray for cheese underneath the surface. Each person grills their proteins and vegetables, then tops their portion with melted cheese to their heart’s content. It’s ideal for a creative dining experience.

Read all of our contact grill reviews below:


Scanpan Classic Square Griddle Pan

Aluminum Nonstick Stovetop Grill 11 Inch

Scanpan Classic Square Griddle Pan | Aluminum Nonstick Stovetop Grill 11 Inch

For grilling without an actual grill, most chefs resort to stovetop griddles of heavy cast iron. The Scanpan Classic 11-inch Square Griddle gives nonstick results without the weight of cast iron. Hand-cast aluminum poured under 200 tons of pressure distributes heat evenly over the entire surface of the griddle. ...





Staub Indoor Reversible Grill

Enameled Cast Iron for Stove Top

Staub Indoor Reversible Grill | Enameled Cast Iron for Stove Top

Usable with any four burner or four element stovetop, this enameled cast iron Reversible Grill from Staub gives the home chef a generous working space and a choice of smooth or ribbed surfaces. The cast iron distributes heat evenly, but will be a chore to clean. That gets better ...





Miele Grill Cooktop

Indoor Electric Barbecue Black KM411 | Modular Built In Stove

Miele Grill Cooktop | Indoor Electric Barbecue Black KM411 | Modular Built In Stove

If you could design your own perfect kitchen, what would you include? Before you say stove, you need to know that the possibilities for cooking have moved far beyond what you may be used to. Would you like your own built-in barbecue for year-round grilling, perhaps?

This modular grill is one of several ...





Stainless Steel Char-Broil Gas Grill, Electric Ignition

Propane 4 Burner N480

Stainless Steel Char-Broil Gas Grill, Electric Ignition | Propane 4 Burner N480

Four 12K BTU burners and 480 square inches of cooking surface give this mid-range grill plenty of cooking capacity, but some corners have been cut in the build of the chassis. The cabinet and other exterior parts are a mix of stainless steel and painted steel, so a little more ...





Broil King Professional Griddle

Stainless Steel Electric Skillet PCG-10

Broil King Professional Griddle | Stainless Steel Electric Skillet PCG-10

It helps when considering a griddle of this type to have some experience cooking with a commercial griddle. That way you come to
understand that variations in heating are common and are actually a benefit. The left side of the griddle is made to be slightly hotter than the right (partly due to ...





George Foreman 360 Round Grill

Quesadilla Pizza Maker GRP106QPGR

George Foreman 360 Round Grill | Quesadilla Pizza Maker GRP106QPGR

The most exciting feature of the 360 Grill is the plate system. Five removable plates are included: two ribbed grill plates, two quesadilla plates, and a deep dish pizza pan that doubles as a griddle or bake plate. That's right -- you can bake right in the machine. The grill ...





George Foreman Next Grilleration Grill

Large Indoor Griddle GRP4P

George Foreman Next Grilleration Grill | Large Indoor Griddle GRP4P

In our house, we've always had smaller version Foreman grills, which perform exceptionally well, no complaints. However, only one of us tended to use the machine and he couldn't always fit what he wanted to cook inside. We usually overcame this by cooking several batches, but that is one of those ...





George Foreman G5 Grill

Interchangeable Plates Red GRP90WGR

George Foreman G5 Grill | Interchangeable Plates Red GRP90WGR

The highlight of this Foreman grill is the plate system with five interchangeable, removable grill plates: a grill plate, a steak plate, two
waffle plates, and a shallow pan. The combination of these plates make it possible to prepare a variety of new foods that would have been impossible with older model ...





George Foreman Toaster Oven

Black Rotisserie 8 In 1 GRV660

George Foreman Toaster Oven | Black Rotisserie 8 In 1 GRV660

For the price of one appliance, you can have this eight-in-one oven, capable of baking, broiling, roasting, grilling, toasting and designed for use as a griddle, bun warmer and rotisserie oven. It is like a smaller version of your regular oven, plus it can do many things your oven can't. As ...





Mario Batali Italian Grill Piastra

Granite Stone Griddle

Mario Batali Italian Grill Piastra | Granite Stone Griddle

The flat surfaces used for piastra cooking have come from many sources, especially as the centuries of use passed and people from varied walks of life adapted their cooking using what they could lay their hands on. Mario Batali is trying to bring back this very basic form of griddle ...





Cuisinart Griddler Express Contact Grill Panini Press GR-2

Cuisinart Griddler Express Contact Grill Panini Press GR-2

With the temperature control settings included on the Griddler Express, you needn't worry about unplugging the unit between uses, as is necessary with the DeLonghi Retro Panini Grill. The unit is well sized and the indicator light lets you know when it is ready to cook.

Even though the plates are not removable, ...





Cuisinart Griddler Combo Grill

Stainless Steel Nonstick Griddle GR-55

Cuisinart Griddler Combo Grill | Stainless Steel Nonstick Griddle GR-55

I like that instead of one large surface which has the potential to suffer hot spots, the combo is split in two and has separate heat controls. Not only should this help with consistent heating, but it will be far easier to cook two types of food at one time ...





George Foreman 8 In 1 Rotisserie Toaster

Black Convection Oven GRV660

George Foreman 8 In 1 Rotisserie Toaster | Black Convection Oven GRV660

For the price of one appliance, you can have this eight in one oven, capable of baking, broiling, roasting, grilling, toasting and designed for use as a griddle, bun warmer and rotisserie oven. It is like a smaller version of your regular oven, plus it can do many things your ...





George Foreman Next Grilleration Electric Grill

Removable Plate BBQ GRP4B

George Foreman Next Grilleration Electric Grill | Removable Plate BBQ GRP4B

George Foreman understands the needs of a large, hungry family. The Family Size Next Grilleration is his seventy-two inch grilling surface solution with room for up to four burgers at a time.

Temperature ready lights tell you when the grill is hot. Triple layers of nonstick coating make it possible to cook without ...





Cuisinart Overstuffed Sandwich Maker

Brushed Stainless Steel Press GR-SM

Cuisinart Overstuffed Sandwich Maker | Brushed Stainless Steel Press GR-SM

This fresh idea by Cuisinart accommodates thicker sandwiches which may defeat lesser machines. Armed with extra large plates formed to hold extra deep pockets, the device can completely enclose the sandwich for better heat transfer, unlike some panini press style units. The cross cut indentations help to brown the ingredients at ...





Calphalon Countertop Grill

Removable Cast Aluminum Plate Nonstick HE600CG

Calphalon Countertop Grill | Removable Cast Aluminum Plate Nonstick HE600CG

We've all heard the term girl talk. Well, now it's time for grill talk.

How does this sound to you? Calphalon offers a 1500-watt countertop grill with heavy-gauge cast-aluminum grill plates. There's enough grilling space (96 square inches to be exact) to cook 6 burgers, or 6 4-ounce chicken breasts, ...





West Bend Heart Smart Indoor Electric Grill Black 6111

West Bend Heart Smart Indoor Electric Grill Black 6111

West Bend may not have the grilling history of George Foreman, but there's something to the West Bend Heart Smart Indoor Grill, something that Foreman's "Lean Mean Grilling Machine" does not offer. And that's versatility.

Not only does the West Bend Indoor Grill offer a ribbed grilling surface to drain ...





Rival Fold-n-Store Griddle

Portable Nonstick Electric Skillet Grill GRF405

Rival Fold-n-Store Griddle | Portable Nonstick Electric Skillet Grill GRF405

The Rival Fold n Store Griddle offers two separate cooking plates and comes with convenient carrying handles. Its portability makes this item great for gatherings, functions or to take camping. There's no reason you shouldn't have a decent meal right at your campsite. Just plug it in and enjoy. At home, you ...





Cuisinart Griddle

Nonstick Hard Anodized Aluminum 20 x 13 Inch

Cuisinart Griddle | Nonstick Hard Anodized Aluminum 20 x 13 Inch

The large surface area is the reason to prefer this griddle over all others. Made to sit over two burners and still spread the heat efficiently throughout the pan, you can prepare the components of an entire large meal for several people all in one batch. Because of the thermal properties of the ...





George Foreman Family Size Plus Grill w/ Cookbook White GR26CB

George Foreman Family Size Plus Grill w/ Cookbook White GR26CB

George Foreman is The Godfather of Grilling. He's a household name. Even in vegetarian households like my own.

The George Foreman Family Size Plus Grill offers 9 square inches of nonstick cooking surface, which means you can fit four or five burgers (whether beef, turkey, salmon, portabello, or Boca) ...





Calphalon Contemporary Panini Press Grill Pan

Hard Anodized Nonstick Pan

Calphalon Contemporary Panini Press Grill Pan | Hard Anodized Nonstick Pan

This Calphalon pan features a hard anodized exterior and a nonstick cooking surface with raised ridges for creating grill marks. The accompanying stainless steel sandwich press fits into the pan to press foods from above, trapping heat and helping the sear. The handles stay cool during stovetop use and the press handle ...





Zojirushi Indoor Electric Contact Grill Nonstick EB-CC15

Zojirushi Indoor Electric Contact Grill Nonstick EB-CC15

The Zojirushi Indoor Electric Grill offers an expansive 12.50 by 9.25 inch nonstick coated cooking surface. Grill with less fat and find cleaning far easier. It provides 1300 watts of power and temperatures from 176 to 410 degrees. A variable heat control adjusts the temperature and won't power the grill unless ...





Breville Ikon Removable Plate Grill

Electric Griddle Stainless BGR400XL

Breville Ikon Removable Plate Grill | Electric Griddle Stainless BGR400XL

The Breville Ikon Grill offers reversible, interchangeable flat and ribbed plates which allow you to grill or cook on the griddle and do so up to fifty percent faster than other grills. A floating hinge accommodates thicker, taller items so you can grill panini-style sandwiches. It can be adjusted to six ...





Swissmar Gourmet Raclette Grill

Nonstick Black 8 Person KF-77041

Swissmar Gourmet Raclette Grill | Nonstick Black 8 Person KF-77041

Every dairy producing culture loves and promotes their cheeses. It took the Swiss however, and their fanatical devotion to all things melty to create an entire industry around not just one, but TWO social dining events involving hot cheese products.

This exotic grilling gadget owes its heritage to those intrepid rural shepherds ...





Cuisinart Griddler

Chrome Panini Grill Sandwich Press GR-1

Cuisinart Griddler | Chrome Panini Grill Sandwich Press GR-1

Ah, the taste of Europe. Though panini is an Italian word, you'll find these hot, grilled sandwiches far beyond Italy's border. As a student in London, they were one of my favorite things for lunch on the run.

Just imagine oozing fresh mozzarella, basil's distinct bite, and tomatoes that actually had flavor ...





George Foreman 360 Round Grill

Electric Nonstick 5 Plates GRP106QPGB

George Foreman 360 Round Grill | Electric Nonstick 5 Plates GRP106QPGB

Versatility in the kitchen is key, especially if you have limited cabinet and/or counter space. When you can get one appliance to do several things, it's usually a big plus. The George Foreman 360 Electric Grill is no exception.

The round-shaped electric grill boasts a 106-square-inch cooking surface. ...





George Foreman Round Indoor/Outdoor Grill

Electric Barbecue GGR200RDDSS

George Foreman Round Indoor/Outdoor Grill | Electric Barbecue GGR200RDDSS

George Foreman has another grill creation for us and this time it can go indoors or outdoors to prepare food with less fat- which means less calories. This selection offers two hundred square inches of cooking surface, all nonstick coated for easy removal of food and speedy cleanup. A large grease tray collects ...





Cuisinart GG-2 Grill

Electric Griddle Reversible Nonstick Plate

Cuisinart GG-2 Grill | Electric Griddle Reversible Nonstick Plate

Cuisinart's GG-2 is a combination grill and griddle with an eighteen inch (by eleven) reversible plate system. The plate has a flat and a ribbed side nonstick cooking surface. An embedded heating element is operated by an adjustable temperature control knob. Settings vary from warm to sear. Cook with less oil and ...





Black & Decker Grill Waffle Maker

Stainless Three In One Electric Griddle G48TD

Black & Decker Grill Waffle Maker | Stainless Three In One Electric Griddle G48TD

Black & Decker has designed a three in one grill, griddle and waffle maker in the G48TD. The housing in chrome and stay cool handles in black make a nice visual statement. The top folds back to create two eight inch square griddles; you can use the grids to ...





Sanyo Electric Indoor Barbeque

Kitchen Nonstick Grill HPS-SG3

Sanyo Electric Indoor Barbeque | Kitchen Nonstick Grill HPS-SG3

Sanyo brings us an indoor grill with a 1300 watt heating element and 200 square inches of cooking surface, all nonstick. Practically smoke free cooking is possible with the drip pan, which drains the fat from your foods as you cook. The ridges keep your food from soaking in oils and ...





DeLonghi Retro Panini Grill

Stainless Nonstick Contact Griddle CGH800-U

DeLonghi Retro Panini Grill | Stainless Nonstick Contact Griddle CGH800-U

This nice little grill allows you to make pressed Italian panini sandwiches easily in your own kitchen, or cook meat or vegetables. The hinged top allows you to cook food of any thickness and the nonstick bottom plate is angled to drain off oils and grease as your food cooks.

The interior ...





Le Creuset Giant Reversible Grill

Cast Iron Stove Cookware 9 by 18 3/4

Le Creuset Giant Reversible Grill | Cast Iron Stove Cookware 9 by 18 3/4

Le Creuset's Giant Reversible Grill/Griddle, black enameled on both the flat and ridged sides, gives home kitchens a grill big enough to cook for the whole family at once. There are a few limitations to this versatile device that you should consider beforehand.

Although it's dual function, you'll have to ...





Cuisinart Kitchen Griddler Jr

Brushed Stainless Steel Adjustable Grill GR-3

Cuisinart Kitchen Griddler Jr | Brushed Stainless Steel Adjustable Grill GR-3

This product works just fine. That sounds underwhelming but it is what it is. It's a small version of the extremely-popular Griddler. In functionality, it's similar to the George Foreman grill. But you can use it a few different ways. It's great for burgers and can cook them on both ...





Salton Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker

900 Watt Grill #QM2R

Salton Santa Fe Quesadilla Maker | 900 Watt Grill #QM2R

A quesadilla maker? Really? Is it that hard to make a quesadilla? Is it that time-consuming?

One-purpose items are generally prohibited in my kitchen. (My salad-spinner is the one exception that leaps to mind.) And if a product is going to do only one thing, it needs to do it well.

I like ...





George Foreman Contact Grill

Red Next Grilleration #GRP90WGR

George Foreman Contact Grill | Red Next Grilleration #GRP90WGR

The Next Grilleration boasts eighty four square inches of cooking surface and endless cooking options. With five removable grill plates, this machine can prepare anything from paninis (due to a one inch floating hinge) to waffles; grill meat or vegetables; be used as a griddle; or can be used to bake.

Fight ...





George Foreman Next Grilleration Kitchen Grill

4 Burger w/ Removable Plates

George Foreman Next Grilleration Kitchen Grill | 4 Burger w/ Removable Plates

This George Foreman Grill has all the features its fans loved in the traditional model. The grill design keeps your food away from the fat. It grills your food on both sides at the same time. The hinge is floating, meaning that it can open up really wide, so you could wedge ...





George Foreman Grill

GRV120B Black, Portable w/ Extended Handle

George Foreman Grill | GRV120B Black, Portable w/ Extended Handle

I don't really get the cult following this product has. Maybe it's the non-stop television advertising that lulls the masses into buying millions of these appliances. But it can't be that simple. A lot of people really and truly adore them. (I swear I received like three of these from fanatical ...





Cuisinart Griddler

Panini Grill Press GR-4 Kitchen Appliance

Cuisinart Griddler | Panini Grill Press GR-4 Kitchen Appliance

The Cuisinart GR-4 can be used as a panini press, contact grill, large open grill, or griddle. Equipped with a floating hinge, the Griddler allows for cooking food of various thicknesses, larger sandwiches. Four separate cooking options and adjustable temperature controls are designed to offer a wide range ...





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