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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 99 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great product

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    bensrice
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    Very easy to use and and clean. Also allows you to BBQ when its cold outside.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cooking Indoors

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    JRNYC
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    If you can not grill out year round this is a great indoor cooker that makes it close to outdoor grilling when needed. Heats up fast, you can barley see any smoke even if grilling a fattier meat. Cleaning the removable parts is very simple however cleaning the inside walls is impossible to make look new.

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent option for simple indoor grilling

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    Gerbil
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    The Philips indoor grill is a decent option for simple indoor grilling. I was generally pleased by the results of the food I grilled during my testing. [ Pros ] - The infrared lamps leave meat more tender than fire grills do. - The infrared lamps provide more consistent heating for a smooth grilling experience, lacking the hot/cold zones and flare-ups of fire grills. - Angled placement of the infrared lamps reduces smoke generated from grilling. - Cleanup is simple, aided by light-weight non-stick grill grid and removable drip tray. - Good size for grilling on a counter-top. [ Cons ] - The infrared lamps produce blinding red light that, thanks to their angled placement, get direct access to your eyes when you stand near the grill. This made it difficult to monitor the food I was grilling during my testing. - Lack of temperature control reduces grilling flexibility. I wasn't able to control searing/charring as much I would have liked. - The reflector surfaces seem very prone to permanent damage. No amount of dish liquid or scrubbing was able to remove the grease burn spots generated by each grilling session. Presumably, the build-up of these spots will reduce the effectiveness of the lamps over time. - The handles on the grill grid do not provide sufficient insulation for bare-handed handling while the grid is still hot.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It lives up its claim of 'virtually no smoke'

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    Chuck
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    This is a nice indoor grill. It's simple to set up and simple to use; I had it out of the box and in use in about 15 minutes. After an initial cleaning of the removable grid, and a quick look through the manual, I decided to see what it would do with some porkchops. At this point I'll mention that the warning in the manual about not looking into the lamps is actually a bit understated. I've never had a grill that uses infrared lamps, so when I turned the grill on, even though I wasn't looking at the lamps directly, the lamps were still so bright I wasn't sure how I was supposed to 'not look at them' while flipping anything that was on the grill. I wound up turning the whole grill sideways, so I was at the end with the power switch instead of in front of it; in that position, the light coming from the lamps was much more subdued. Once the grill heated up (about 7 minutes) I put the porkchops on. I could immediately tell that this was going to be a much different experience from fixing meat on the stove-top; the light from the lamps made the 1/2" porkchops translucent, hopefully meaning they were being cooked evenly all the way through. In about 12-14 munites, the porkchops were done and absolutely perfect. I had marinated the porkcops the night before, so I thought that might add more smoke to the grilling process, but throughout the entire grilling, there was virtually NO smoke. After dinner, the grill was cool enough to clean. Cleanup was quick and easy; I cleaned the grid and the drip tray with soap and water, taking about 5 minutes, and the main unit had almost nothing on it, so a simple wipe with a damp cloth was all that it took to get the unit ready to store until next time. I'm extremely pleased with this grill. It's very simple to use, grills to perfection, cleans up in minutes, and lives up to its claim of 'virtually no smoke'. I would recommend this for anyone wanting a 'grilling experience' while still being in your kitchen.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great smokeless grill

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    HappyDad
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    Great for indoor use. Easy clean up and easy to use. Actually is smokeless. Not too bulky so storage is terrible.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very little smoke

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    emiliosic
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    Grill is relatively small, good for one or two portions at a time. Grilling any meats or vegetables does produce smoke from the food itself, there's no way around it. However this grill keeps the grease pan relatively cold so it doesn't keep on searing the oils and grease on the tray. The heating elements are recessed on the sides and covered by a glass. A steak takes about 18 minutes (thick cut, medium temperature). Heat seems consistent around the edges. Vegetables produce almost no smoke, a lean beef cut produces some smoke and a sausage would produce a bit more smoke. However it's actually a lot less smoke than cooking a beef on the stove. Cleaning is relatively quick. The grill top is solid aluminum (coated black) and the grease pan is deep enough to handle with ease. It slides to one side. The side panels are not removable, so it's impossible to keep perfectly clean, but it's simple to clean well enough so it doesn't grease up with moist paper towels. The grill and pans are dishwasher safe, but it's simpler to just rinse them with dish soap and hot water. It would've been better if the inside walls of the grill were removable. It comes with simple instructions and a recipe book. The only control on the switch is off/warming/on. So it's simple to use, lightweight, doesn't produce a lot of smoke, cooks consistently and is easy to clean most of it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent option for apartment dwellers!

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    Mike
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    This indoor grill works wonderfully, tested it out on some tasty Wisconsin beer brats and some chicken brats! The only thing missing is one of the best features being an indoor grill, NO SMOKE...which does mean no smokey, charcoal flavor. This is most definitely a plus as there is no excessive smoke while grilling inside, a common issue on many other indoor grills & cooking devices. There is a little bit of grease splatter but it is so easy to clean, you won't care after the first time using it! Highly recommended, very user friendly, the infrared light are a lot to take in but instantly ready!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product.

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    Hutson
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    The downside -- the grill isn't that large so it take s more time if you have a large crew to cook for. But you can tell that from the size of the box. The product works as it is supposed to, basically has a setting to keep food warm and a setting to cook, so is easy to use. It heats up to cooking temperature quickly. The metal grill cleans easily. The rest of it needs to be wiped down each time you use it.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A true indoor grilling experience

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    BestBuyFanDan
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    I am very impressed with the Phillips Avance Collection Indoor Grill and readily recommend it to anyone looking for a great answer to getting the true outdoor grilling experience indoors with minimal smoke. This unit represents a significant improvement over pther electric stand-alone and stove-top grill pans I've tried in the past. It separates grease from the food on the grill into a grease tray like other clamshell grills on the market, but with the experience similar to cooking on an open grill. It is very easy to clean - even more so with a quick spritz of cooking spray on the grill and drip tray before starting your cooking session - and easy to use. This is a perfect solution to grilling indoors that I am confident will become a key appliance in any kitchen. It is no wonder that it is already winning recognition for its design excellence!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lights - Action - Dinner!

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    vrs99
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    When I first saw the Grill on-line pictures it looked Big, which was a bit of a concern for us due to counter space and storing. Turns out the grill is not overly large and fits our needs to a T. Sits nicely on the kitchen counter and found space in my utility shelve for storage. Cleaning. It could not be more simple and easy, grease from meats drops into a removable tray. The infrared lights do not point toward the tray so the grease is not cooked further, you do not end up with hard baked grease. Simply spray warm water onto the tray to wash away some of the cleanup, then we swiped the pan with a sponge and everything came out in one swipe. NO Scrubbing. Kudos, could not be easier. The grill as well is simple to clean after cooking, not hard baked on particles. The grill appears to be have been made for our sink as the raised feet underneath the grill made for keeping the grill steady in the cooker fit exactly within our sink. Makes for, again a simple cleanup. First meal. We went for Brats and sliced grilled vegies. The Brats and grilled vegies came out spectacularly, could not have been more delicious. Lovely grill marks on the Brats and perfectly grilled bell peppers, mushrooms and onions. Yummy, thumbs up all around the kitchen table. Second meal. Went with 1" Pork Loin Steaks to see how the grill handled the thick steaks. The experience would lead me to go with a less thick cut next round due to how the infrared works. The infrared fires more directly at the bottom of the steaks rather than sides. We ended up holding up the steaks a bit to get the sides fully cooked, not a big deal, but will cook thinner cuts in the future which should work well. Was the Pork Good? Absolutely delicious. Very little smoke was produced from the brats, just a wisp. The Pork Loin Steaks did produce more smoke as I expected, it is not smokeless, but it is from our observation less than cooking in a skittle on the stove. Reason for that is the grease falling under the cooking area into pan below and not being cooked further. The grill can hold two large steaks with a cooking time of approximately 15 minutes. Believe you could cook about six hamburgers, as for Brats load up the grill! Big Pluses: Convenience of indoor grilling, similar to a gas grill for flavor Quick, easy meal without messing up the kitchen Easy, fast clean up (love it) Infrared Cooking - cool stuff And not last but least - wonderfully cooked food, your taste buds will thank you Do pay heed to the instruction on not staring into the infrared lamps, it is not comfortable. That being said, you still have to look into the grill area to cook and cannot avoid the lamps completely. Not a big issue. Like grilling, easy clean up and tasty eats? Than you will enjoy the Grill.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect, But....

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    gtdad
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    Out of the box, the Philips Avance Smokeless Indoor Grill impresses you with quality build and simplicity. there are only 3 parts. The main unit, the cooking grid and the slide out drip tray. You can take it out of the box and be ready to grill almost immediately. It is easily large enough to cook for a family of 4 but not so large that you wouldn't want in in your kitchen. The power switch has 2 settings, full power and keep warm. Full power heats to 446 degrees and maintains that exact temperature throughout the cooking process and provides even heat all over the cooking surface. There is an instruction booklet which also provides suggested cooking times and is very easy to follow. There is also a suggested warm up time of 6 minutes prior to placing your food on the grill. So far, I have cooked salmon and steak. Both cooked perfectly with a crunchy sear on the outside and juicy perfection on the inside. To clean you must wait at least 30 minutes for everything to cool down. I found the cooking grid and the slide out drip tray to be extraordinarily easy and fast to clean. However, the interior walls are very difficult to clean. The instruction booklet will tell you to just wipe with a damp cloth. That didn't work. I then tried Dishwashing detergent with hot water, nope. I finally had to use a ceramic cleaner with a lot of elbow grease to get it clean. And, this why I deducted 1 star. Pros: Easy to set up and use. Grills food perfectly Cons: Very difficult and time consuming to clean interior walls

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid Option for Simple Indoor Grilling

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    CriticalEye
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    Philips Avance Collection Smoke-Less Indoor Electric Grill Solid Option for Simple Indoor Grilling Specs Price: $279.99 Color: Black Use: Indoor Weight: 12? lbs. Power: Electric, 1660 Watts Cooking: Infrared Grate: Cast Aluminum Warranty: 1 Year Bonus: 30-Page Color Cookbook w/Grilling Recipes & Tips Summary: I'm pleasantly surprised w/how well this grill has worked out. Getting started is easy w/just 3 primary parts: the main housing, the liftoff grilling grid, & the removable grease tray. These take all of 1 minute to set up. The grill surface heats up very quickly (6-minute warmup time recommended prior to placing your food on the grill); so, you'll want all your food prep work completed before you turn on the grill. The aluminum grilling grid surface heats up to a constant 446? F.-the perfect temp for grilling different types of food simultaneously, including searing meat, preserving tenderness & juiciness, & browning w/o burning-& maintains that temp throughout the cooking process. The simple temp control knob has just 3 settings: Off, High, & Low. The Low or 'Keep Warm' setting is self-explanatory as it allows you to keep your food warm once you've finished cooking it. Cooking: So far, I've grilled rib-eye steaks, chicken thighs, lamb chops, & vegetables, including zucchini, yellow squash, & mushrooms. @@@@@@@@ Be sure to cut your veggies large enough so that they don't fall thru the grate to the bottom. @@@@@@@ All the meats & veggies turned out fantastic & tasted very good, though the finished product doesn't taste quite like charcoal-grilled food from a real outdoor BBQ. @@@@@@@@ But then neither do they taste that way w/an outdoor propane grill. @@@@@@@ The die-cast aluminum grid does make authentic BBQ grill marks, & it did brown/grill all sides of our cuts surprisingly evenly, thanks, in part, to the heat reflectors. All in all, I got much better results w/this 112-sq. in. indoor infrared grill than w/my large, round, 240-sq. in., 15-serving, George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Barbecue Grill. Cleaning: The grill's nonstick surface is much easier to clean than my Foreman grill, though I'll be interested to see how durable the nonstick surface is after a year of use. Thankfully, there was minimal splatter. With my Foreman grill, there's a ton of splatter; so, I've to line the sides of that grill w/walls of aluminum foil, or I end up scrubbing grease off everything around the cooking surface. And the Philips grill is "virtually smokeless" (boasting an 80% smoke reduction), although my nearby hallway smoke alarm did go off several times. @@@@@@@@ But it also goes off when I broil steaks in the oven. @@@@@@@ Rather than your food cooking in its own grease, excess fat drops onto the XL-grease tray, allowing for leaner grilling. But the grill is too long to fit into a standard kitchen sink; so, soaking it'sn't feasible in our kitchen. Tip: Line the drip pan & the 2 non-heating-element sides for easier cleaning. The detachable parts of the grill are dishwasher safe. Portability/Space: This Philips grill takes up less space than my large Foreman grill. And this grill is light enough that's it easy to move at just 12? lbs., yet the rectangular cooking surface provides enough space to grill an adequate quantity of food for a family of 4. It's large enough to grill 4 steaks or 6-to-8 hamburgers at once. Convenience: In my experience, cooking on this electric grill has proven far easier vs. the hassles associated w/my gas, propane, & charcoal grills, including even my other electric George Foreman grills. This Philips grill provides a simple & convenient way to grill indoors all year round, though I'll probably use it mostly during the winter months & when it's raining. Extras: Included in the box is a 30-page color booklet of grilling recipes, but I'ven't tried any of them yet. Electric Power Cord: Philips gives the user a pretty short leash. Based upon our limited counter space available for grilling, due to our many other kitchen countertop appliances, we don't have an open/unused power receptacle immediately adjacent to our preferred spot for grill placement. So, a power cord longer than 40" would be helpful. Safety: The infrared heating lights (& reflectors) are extremely bright. There's a warning not to stare at them, which seems obvious, but it's difficult not to look down at them during the cooking process as I'm turning, repositioning, & monitoring the food on the grill. I'm seriously considering donning my polarized sunglasses the next time I grill. Durability: I wonder about the longevity of the reflector surfaces, which I find are accumulating burn spots from dripped grease w/each successive grilling session. Because they're so hard to clean (dishwashing soap & hot water won't cut it), it seems logical that the gradual buildup of these "stains" will reduce the efficacy of the grill over time. Price: The grill is a bit pricey for the value, but it's far less expensive than a large outdoor grill. Bottom Line: 4 stars out of 5-I recommend this product. This Philips indoor infrared grill is a wonderful & convenient alternative to bulky, cumbersome, multi-step outdoor grills. I'll be using this grill often.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting Alternative to Outdoor Grilling

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    zboot
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    The Philips indoor grill offers an interesting proposition, indoor electric grilling for presumably when weather or space does not cooperate. The question though is, does the grill perform well enough to be worth using, both by itself when an outdoor grill is completely not an option or as an alternative when fuel or weather prevent use of your outdoor? The short answer, mostly yes! The grill is a pretty simple affair. Easy setup and cleaning, simple controls, and muted looks. You won't feel like there's some device masquerading as something more complex or interesting than it's sitting in your kitchen. Once it heats up, 6-7 minutes which is pretty similar to outdoor grill times, it provides a very steady and uniform heat. It's quite amazing just how even things cook on the surface. The only setup issue is the comically short power cord. I suppose this is meant to sit where someone might normally have a microwave or toaster oven on their counter top. While it's certainly useful enough to deserve such space, the fact is most people will already have that taken up by another device. The cabling should allow for non-permanent placement in an otherwise normally stocked kitchen. Grilling meat and some veggies went well. It would be nice, to have a mesh grill top for smaller items. I'll need to investigate whether outdoor grill accessories will work well with this. The biggest issues, aside from the short cabling, is the effect of the light from heating elements. Typically, when grilling, one relies on either temperature, look/doneness, time, or some combination of the three to determine when to check items or remove them from heat. Here, the light from the heating elements give a weird cast that makes it hard to rely on how something looks, to tell how it's cooked. As a result, you'll definitely need to stick with the timer or temperature approach. It's not a deal breaker, but it does make this slightly less convenient than expected. In all, I think this makes a good buy. For many cooks, the holy grail is something that puts out even consistent heat. This does that in a package that fits well in most kitchens. I anticipate making use of this for winter grilling or as an accessory grill for outdoor events.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Counter Top Grill

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    Technopackrat
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    If you are looking for something to replace the old school countertop clamshell grill look no further than the Phillips Avance Collection Indoor Grill. It's large enough to cook 4 decent size steaks or 6 to 8 hamburgers. The grill surface is removable as is the drip tray and both are dishwasher friendly. We fired it up and threw on a few steaks and it did a great job of cooking them to perfection, complete with the obligatory grill marks. Next up we'll try chicken and vegetables but are expecting great results as well. The pros: + this is a big grill + heats up quick + virtually smokeless + over 1600W of infrared heat + easy to clean drip pan and grill The cons: - this is a big grill (counter space is a premium at my house) - the infrared heating elements are extremely bright red making it difficult to look at the grill while on - I would have liked to see several heat settings. It's either off, on, or on warm. Maybe warm, medium, high. - price is a bit on the high side but cheaper than a large outdoor gas grill. All in all a great grill!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The indoor grill to get. Does not disappoint.

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    knamed2016
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    Why did I not have this sooner? It is a great product and very easy to use. We used it to make pork chops and hot dogs. The whole family loved it. The grill is very easy to get going, wait 6 minutes, and you are ready. The food tasted great and it is very easy to clean. The packaging was great and the instructions while in several languages were straight forward. The best feature is it was virtually smokeless. An indoor grill that does not smoke up your house. We are so excited to make more food with this grill. If you grill then there should be no other choice. Very happy.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really cool if you can't use a real grill

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    swemoney
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    We live in a 2nd floor condo and aren't able to have a "real" grill on our balcony. We've wanted something to emulate one for a while. This does a pretty decent job at that. The cooking surface is kind of small compared to an outdoor grill, but it's a kitchen appliance so I can't imagine it getting any bigger. It was tough enough to find a storage spot for the entire grill as it's pretty large. You can cook 2 steaks on it comfortably. You don't have a lot of control over temperature and there isn't a meter anywhere to know how hot it really is. Controls are minimal and easy to use. It's a single dial with an "off" position and then a low and high. It's super easy to tell which setting you're on as this thing is BRIGHT! Seriously, don't stare directly into the grill when you turn it on. And make sure the grill is in place. I can't imagine how bright thing thing is without the grill obstructing some of the light. The low setting is bright and then the high setting is BRIGHT. There is no "not bright" setting. So far, I've only really used the high setting to cook a couple of steaks. And then we tried to cook some brats on the low setting but they weren't really cooking at all so we turned it up to high. Both turned out really well. The brats we a lot better than the water bath version we usually do. The steaks were really good and beat out the "Griddler" that we usually use to cook things. Cleanup is pretty nice and simple. The bottom tray comes out pretty easy to clean up the drips and such and the top grill isn't attached to anything (just lays over the top) so it's super easy to remove and wipe down or wash. You're told not to submerge the actual unit in water (obvious reasons here) but I'ven't noticed it getting very dirty and it's just plastic on the outside that's pretty easy to wipe down. Which, speaking of plastic, I was pretty surprised by how cool the main plastic stayed. The harder plastic that's right next to the grill top gets a little hot but the plastic all around the unit stays really cool for the amount of heat the grill throws out when you have it on. You almost immediately feel the heat when your turn it on. Overall. Highly recommended if you can't use a real outdoor grill for whatever reason. I'd probably still go with an outdoor grill if I was able to use one, but even if I had an outdoor grill, I think I'd still use this on occasion as it has been really easy to setup and tear down (which, sometimes, can be a hassle with an outdoor grill). So I guess I'd recommend this to anyone!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quick, Healthy, Lean Grilling in the GREAT INDOORS

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    pauldar
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    This Phillips Avance Collection Smoke-Less Indoor Grill with Infrared Technology is so unique and amazingly quick. Over the past week I have used this grill five times, and, the more I use it the better I love it. Indoor grilling with Infrared Technology is a whole new venue compared to conventional charcoal, gas, NG, or Propane. But, the FUN part of Infrared grilling (for me) is that the learning curve is so simple. This is not a complicated indoor cooking grill. There are only three user components to deal with. The grill's main body houses the infrared tubes and reflectors, the die-cast, non-stick, aluminum cooking grid, and the grease and spatter tray How much simpler can it be? Out of the box the grill can be ready to cook right after you wash and dry the non-stick aluminum grid. At one end of the grill housing is the heavy-duty appliance cord, which is approximately 40" long. The grilling unit is labeled, 1,660 watts at 120V. Typically, appliance outlets can be found in the kitchen to handle that power requirement. At the opposite end of the grilling unit is a simple three-position lever switch, 'OFF', 'WARM', and 'ON'. Because of the power demand and the fact that this unit heats up to a constant 450 F degrees. I place this grill on my ceramic cook-top range, directly under my exhaust fan so I can dissipate the grilling heat. This baby gets hot, approximately 450F, and a little smoke (normal) will be also be produced when grilling various kinds of meat and veggies. So, my positioning it under the exhaust fan is where I want this unit to be for exhausting heat and what little smoke may be produced. Before I go any further I think I should explain the Phillips, 'Smoke-Less' feature as against the perception of 'Smoke-Free'. No cooking that I am familiar with is completely 'Smoke-Free', and I am sure you will agree. What I experienced is that using lean cuts of beef, poultry, pork, and fish are absolutely necessary, not to mention healthier for you too. However, using cooking oils with higher 'Smoking Points' is also a necessity for indoor grilling. I quickly learned that coating my meats, chicken, steaks, fish, and veggies with a light coat of cooking oil that have a high 'Smoking Point', well over 400F, produced little or no smoke while infrared grilling. Here is my list of higher 'Smoke Point' oils I have used - Corn Oil, Peanut Oil, Soybean Oil, and Extra-Light, Olive Oil, and Avocado Oil (not cheap). Be aware that regular virgin olive oil, butter, and, or, any kind of vegetable shortening is more suited for lower temperature cooking methods - the Phillips Infrared Grill reaches a pretty constant 450F, uniformly across its 112 square inches of cooking surface. Now for the actual grilling experience . . . . Like many men I think of myself as the 'Grill Master' of my er, ah, kingdom. My Lady, Darlene, is the Head Chef of our domicile. However, for whatever reason, she delegates the grilling responsibilities to me. So, after 50 years of grilling, I found the real gastronomical feast is successful only because of the 'preparation' - the grilling is just the final step of which, I play the 'Grill Master', the flipper of the switches, turner of the foods, and 'judge' of when the banquet is done. WooHoo! I like my'tasty' job. Duplicating the ambiance of grilling and bar-b-queuing outdoors is a challenge for indoor epicureans to match. The rich, flame-kissed flavors only charcoal, natural-gas, and propane can produce require a lot of creativity, spices, and flavorings to convince your taste-buds this is real smoky taste. This is where Darlene's 50 years of cooking experience takes Infrared grilling to practical realism. I watched as Darlene mixed two tablespoons of Extra-Light Olive Oil with about five drops of liquid smoke and swished them around'till blended. She then coated the chicken liberally on both sides. She used a combination of Smoked Paprika and Herbs and Garlic on the veggies, Summer and Zucchini squash, Portabella mushrooms, and Purple and Gold potatoes, which were all lightly coated in corn oil, first. When, we grilled the NY Strip Steaks, she used a 'Smoky-Mesquite' powdered rub and Charcoal Seasoning, a Hickory Smoked Sea Salt on the Yellow potatoes, and Shiitake mushrooms, which were marinated in dark, smoky, porter, craft beer. Yum Yum! On the grilled salmon she used a cedar plank, powder-rub from Seattle that was super-delicious. She did not use any spices, powders or flavorings on the center-cut pork chops, just a light sprinkling of smoky sea salt. Is anybody hungry yet? Darlene says you can find all of these smoky flavor enhancements at your favorite grocery or specialty store, and, they are inexpensive. She also says experimenting with mixing combinations of these spices, rubs, and powders is very taste rewarding using this Infrared Grill. So, mix your own - get taste-adventurous. I love the grilled veggies on this Phillips Infrared Grill. The non-stick, die-cast aluminum grid is spaced so that smaller cuts of veggies do not fall through the grate. They cook quickly with an even temperature of 450F and without burning or flare-ups. I cannot cook the veggies on our gas or charcoal grill with the same results. I love this grill for the quality and taste of the veggies. The grilled meats, poultry, and fish are delicious, but I can't get enough seasoned, and grilled vegetables. YooHoo! Clean-Up. When I was done with my grilling I noticed how the grease/splatter pan could be immediately cleaned. It remains 'cool' so just washing it with soapy dishwater liquid is fine. The spatter on the metal reflectors removes easily with oven cleaner, and the glass protecting the quartz cooking tubes cleans easily with ceramic/glass cook-top cleaner. It is important to note that the grill should be cleaned after every use. Included in the package with your grill is: User Manual set of Instructions and a Grilled Menu Book along with a sheet of Highlights Illustrating the advantages of Smoke-Less, Infrared Technology. You can go to the main Phillips website, register this product and download a comprehensive User Manual and peruse the Frequently Asked Questions along with detailed Cleaning Instructions. This unit has a one year Limited Warranty and is equipped with quartz heating tubes, which are rated at 5,000 hours of continued use by the manufacturers - should last you a 'lifetime'. TIPS: Use insulated pot holders while touching the cooking grid or its handles while cooking. Leave the skin on vegetables and fruit while grilling. Use powdered spices and rubs if you can - grainy spices, rubs and breading cause spatter. Don't be afraid to look at the ultra-red light - it does not cause any harm to your eyes. No tin foil or wraps that could cause excessive heating from reflected infrared rays. It is 'normal' to see stains on the metallic reflector panels over time. CLEAN this unit after each and every use - Use a soft brush to clean the non-stick grid. Use Oils with 'Higher Smoking' Points. Grill some fruits like apples, pears, and peaches - you will be pleasantly surprised. Needless to say the more I use this Phillips Indoor Infrared Grill the more I love it. Especially since Darlene enhances the flavors to that of those comparably grilled outdoors using charcoal, or gas. It is easy to store when we are not using it and it is ruggedly-built. It will easily grill a meal for two to four depending on your foodstuffs. I highly recommend this Phillips Avance Collection Smoke-Less Indoor Grill with Infrared Technology as a 'Must-Have' for any home and, or, apartment dweller. It is especially useful when the weather does not cooperate for outdoor grilling, and, or, it is too dark to grill outside. I love this Infrared Indoor Grill. My favorite grilled, food meal is seasoned veggies with chicken. Don't get me wrong - outdoor grilling is fantastic. But, with a little preparation of oils, spices, rubs, and powders, this Infrared Grill can almost duplicate or even surpass the outdoor grilling flavors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent near-smokeless indoor grill

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    Xephyroth
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    This is actually my first grill EVER. So with that considered, I probably have a different take on this grill than some other individuals who are used to a gas/propane outdoor grill. However, I do own a table-top infrared oven, which shares some similarities to this Philips infrared grill. The setup process is incredibly simple, and there really are only 3 pieces to this grill: the grill plate, the infrared base, and the drip plate. Before you begin, it's wise to clean off the grill plate with hot soapy water, but avoid using heavy abrasives. Plug in the infrared base, and flip the switch on and you're ready to go! There are three settings for this grill: OFF, ON, and WARM. When ON, the grill heats up to a constant~450? F. I haven't measured the WARM setting, but I imagine it defaults to somewhere around ~165? F like my infrared oven does on its warm setting. So far, I have grilled beef burgers, chicken breasts, and vegetable kebabs/skewers. The included documentation gives you fair estimates on how much time total should be spent grilling these types of items, and I'd say it was fairly accurate-but when you're a grilling noob like I'm, it can be a tossup. Regardless, the burgers turned out great, the chicken was very juicy and tender, and the skewers were excellent. And yes, everything had grill marks, as expected. As with any grill, this is still a lightly involved process, so you'll still need to flip and rotate, but infrared typically cooks more thoroughly, so timing and results may differ compared to a gas/electric grill. As far as smoke goes, there is so little, but keep in mind that fat and oil will still cause smoke, but definitely less. What's especially nice is that this grill can be used during any time of the year (this will be great to use indoors during the winter), and you can bring it anywhere that has an electric socket! Gone are the days of carrying around a propane tank or charcoal. And of course, no fire is necessary! Could definitely bring this to a small barbecue get-together! All it takes is some basic grilling knowledge! While I'm not a newcomer to cooking, I'm a newcomer to grilling, but this Philips indoor electric grill will definitely help change that!

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    No smoke as advertised! Fun to have.

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    Orion
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    I'm somebody who cooks quite a bit and I enjoy grilling outside when the weather is good. On days when grilling outside isn't an option, or if you cannot have a grill outside, this unit does the trick. The Phillips Avance electric grill is designed well, is easy to use and the food comes out tasting good. I've cooked a couple of steaks, some chicken and hamburgers on this grill now. The steaks were perfectly cooked and delicious. The chicken was okay, but I definitely prefer the taste of charcoal grilled chicken. The hamburgers were pretty good. Not having an open flame takes something away from the taste, but they were still good. . Just not really grilled flavor. The user manual comes with recommended cooking times, which I'll list below. The grill only has two settings, on and warm. I wish the heat were more adjustable. I also think a lid would have been great, and would decrease the cooking times. The grill heats up quickly, there really is no smoke, or at most, very very little. The grill didn't heat up my kitchen really and cooking over the bright red surface was just fine. Clean up was very easy, however there are some spots on one of the mirrored walls inside that I cannot remove with soap and a sponge. They are from grease/fat drip splatter during cooking. I'll have to do some research and try to clean it with something harder w/o scratching the surface. If this isn't something that I can clean off I wonder how many uses I'll get until all of the inner reflective walls are covered with spots. Only time will tell. Overall this is a really cool kitchen appliance to have, and I'll try to make use of it whenever possible. I'm excited to try grilling more foods and I hope the non-scorched / non-grilled flavor grows on me. Owner Manual suggested cooking times: Large Steak: 12-16 min Small Steak: 8-15 min Burgers: 10-15 min Chicken: 22-26 min Fish: 15-16 min Shrimp: 12-14 min Brats: 16-18 min Hotdogs: 12-16 min Corn: 14-16 min Veggies: 8-15 min Bread: 2-5 min

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Delicious, comfortable grilling experience

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    SimpleLiving
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    I enjoy grilled food but the smoke and preparation are very uncomfortable and sometimes the smoke makes me sick. This product is heaven sent because it solves my discomfort process of conventional grilling. I get a lot of headaches whenever I do an extreme heat activity and grilling is one of these activities with the smoke making it worse. My first cooking was Flap Meat Steak (Churrasco) with Squash Zucchini. Seasoned meat with Goya Sal Parrillera, ground pepper, and a bit of sour orange. Turned on the heating element and after 6 minutes, I place the meat on the grill. Recommended time was 8 min for each side. Since I like my meat well done, I left it for 11 minutes on each side. While that was cooking I placed a few ? inch squash yellow/zucchini on the side. In less than 30 minutes the vegetables and the meat were all cooked. The vegetable was very juicy. Virtually no smoke and it was evenly well cooked. The family enjoyed the first indoor grilled meal. They loved it. It is simple to use, it only has three setting: off, warm and cook. Cleaning was very easy. The non-stick aluminum grid was like new. The grease on the bottom tray was not hard to remove. My wife loves the fact that now we can enjoy grilled food without me getting sick. She started a list of other meals we can prepare. Happy wife, happy life.

    I would recommend this to a friend