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Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 99 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice little grill, niche usage potential

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    HarvickFan
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    Overall the grill is very nice. Nice sturdy construction, nice metal cooking grates with stay cool handles. You can have the grill out of the box and cooking food in about 5 mins (after wiping down the cooking surfaces of course. @@@@@@@ Heats up very fast, but does have a limited temperature limit as expected. It took about 5 mins for the grill to heat to a temp capable of cooking hot dogs, and maybe 10 mins for burgers (to get the metal grill hot enough. @@@@@@@ Cooking time seemed a bit longer than expected, but once done the food was just fine. All of the grease drips away into the bottom pan which then simply slides right out for super fast cleaning. It also has a Stay Warm setting, so if you're done cooking but need to let the food sit for a bit, you can keep a steady warm heat underneath. And as advertised, little to no smoke at all, which makes it perfect for indoors. So it makes this grill perfect for winter months, or maybe apartment or condo owners. Even would be great as a tailgate grill if your car has an outlet or can power an extension cord. Simply plug this thing in and you're good to go.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works well, easy to clean, odd size to store

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    RacineTechie
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    We really enjoy grilling outdoors, but sometimes weather doesn't permit. This indoor grill works well; heats up quickly and cooks evenly. It cleans up nicely, however, it doesn't fit well in our cupboards. I'd recommend measuring your storage cupboard space carefully before purchasing.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Year Round Grill

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    ARod12
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    I just plain love this grill! It is a talking piece when people see it sitting on my kitchen countertop. Living in the Midwest, it is marvelous to be able to grill foods and not have to brave the snow and cold. I have cooked everything from shrimp kabobs, chicken breasts, steaks, brats and grilled zucchini and squash and they have all turned out great! The grill uses infrared heat which is ideal when thinking about the dangers of propane gas or chargoal smoke. The design of the removable grill top and sliding drip pan makes cleaning and maintenance a breeze!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Exceptional Cooking Experience

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    TechieTexan
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    I was a little skeptical about the claims of no smoke filling up my home/kitchen. I am now a believer. I've grilled a couple of times on this grill and was surprised by the way it cooked. I grilled hot dogs the other day and the dogs immediately started sizzling and had really nice grill marks. The food turned out delicious and fully cooked. Heating is fast and so is the cooking experience. Please be aware that the grill heating element is extremely bright and will light up the room. I highly recommend

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the indoor grilling wife

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    Section8ght
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    This is ideal for the wife who does not spend a lot of time outside! Lol... my wife loves it because she is able to grill foods in doors away from bugs and heat. It is fast to heat up to proper heat for grilling all types of food. Leaves perfect grill marks for an authentic grilled dish and leaves little to no mess to clean up afterwards. The grill itself has a non stick surface so food does not stick and makes it an easy to clean item in the sink or dishwasher. The drip pan slides out easy and is also easy to clean. While cooking there is little to no smoke and foods are cooked to perfection with an authentic juicy grill taste. We love it for those days when grilling outside is not an option. Great buy

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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

    Better than an easy bake oven

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    DavidJr
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    It is so strange to grill inside over a bright warm light, almost like a kids easy bake oven or something. However, it works really well. It only takes a matter of minutes to get the griddle searing hot, like a regular grill, and food cooks just as well as a grill with easy clean up. Though the flavor is not the same as cooking over gas or charcoal, I feel that this gave the true flavor of the food. So far the food has been juicy and held the full flavor of the marinade. There was a little smoke, and you do get some grease splatter on fatty meats, but nothing as bad as pan cooking. The entire device is easy to wipe down and the messiest parts are dishwasher safe. Though it is not as big as a typical grill, I can't imagine where I would put it if it was, it is big enough to cook a decent meal and small enough to leave space on my stove. I've never used a grill like this before, but compared to those smaller grill like devices that can only hold one patty at a time and claim to be healthier, I feel this is a better option. This is more like a grill, cooks at about the same rate as a grill at mid heat level, drips the fat into a tray that you can throw in the dishwasher later and has a decent surface area. I do wish they had a different temperature option though.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    pretty amazing little grill

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    ravedave
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    I am from Texas, and I take my drilling seriously. I cooked ribeyes for one meal and chicken breast for the other meal (didn't want to try vegetables to I get more accustomed to this). The steaks cooked pretty fast, the chicken took about 20 minutes same as my grill It warms up pretty fast, a couple of minutes. The cooking area has a very well distributed heating area. Clean up was also very east (LET IT COOL DOWN FIRST) only a couple of cons there is really only and on and warm, different proteins need different temps (such and meat and fish). I don't think I can do vegetables for a while. This did raise the temp of my kitchen up, so maybe more a winter grill. I did get some smoke, more from the chicken than the steak. this may be the fat. I will try skin off next time.

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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: 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: 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

    Grilling in the AC!

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    kwebbster
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    I haven't ever considered an item such as this as I always just cooked outside on the grill. This item, however, has changed that for me and gotten me out of the heat and into the AC! The box was good and sturdy with no damage. There was virtually no assembly, and we had it up and running in no time. A once over of the Owner's Manual made sure we were doing everything correctly. We plugged it in and let it run to make sure any manufacturing oils/other unseen things were burnt off. Wow, this thing is bright and hot! We also found our first shortcoming as this thing pulls lots of juice. We tripped the circuit breaker twice as we were trying to make fries in a fryer on the same circuit. After stopping the fryer we had no additional problems. It truly is smoke free as we made several burgers with little to no smoke. All the drippings fall to a small pan at the bottom (which is easy to pull out and clean) away from the heating lights. The burgers cooked quickly with little mess. Afterwards, the grill top is easily removed for cleaning (and the grill is non-stick) and everything else just needed a quick wipe down. We haven't tried steaks yet, as we wanted to test with what we thought would be messiest. All in all, this is a great addition to our kitchen and will be used often. If you like a grill but hate the heat or clean up, you should seriously consider this item. It is well worth it's price! Good shopping!

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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: 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    great grill

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    cad8099
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    love this grill. as far as smoke, its mainly smokeless as far as what a charcoal grill would normally put out. you still will get some smoke off the food. it is a lot less smoke then even frying in a pan though. it does produce some heat but only for the grill and above. the sides of it stay cool. make sure to follow directions and like turn knob to the warm position first for a couple seconds and then on and let it warm up for about 6 min. I live in a apt and cant have a grill, I can have charcoal but cant use it on the property, so this is great. I have been using it just on my counter. being electric I could also run an extension cord and go outside with it. it is small but I can get burgers on it. the ones from Walmart that come in the box. and those are pretty round burgers. as they shrink can put another one or 2 on or some dogs. it does not have the same taste as a grill would as far as when you use charcoal. its similar to using propane. but you also don't have the taste from the propane that you can get either. its a great addition to owning grills, and great for those who are like me and cant use a charcoal or propane grill, if its raining and need to be indoors or if you want to grill but don't have charcoal. it only has 3 choices for heat, off, warm or on. and it does the whole thing so you cant have half for warm and the other half for on. I hope they come out with a bigger one that has that option or possibly an option to adjust heat. but for a smaller grill not needed. does leave grill marks as well. like I said, let it get warm first. I did not know what to expect and overall I am very satisfied.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice addition to our kitchen

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    Reddog
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    Philips - Avance Collection Indoor Electric Grill - Black My family at home is now only my wife and myself. We both work and have long drives home each day. Like many families you just want your dinner to be fast and easy. The evenings go by to fast before you're back at work again. We both love grilled foods but we haven't used an outside grill because it's just too much of a hassell. Between the time to prepare the grill and actually cook a meal on it takes to much of our limited time. The Phillips grill has completely changed that for us. It is really fast at both getting started up and actual cooking times are greatly reduced. One complaint is the same for any countertop appliance which is the room it takes. We have a small kitchen and did have the space but it would be something to consider. The grill uses infrared heat and Phillips claims up to 80% reduction in smoke. This will depend on what you're actually cooking but some foods you don't even see any smoke. Others you might have smoke but it's never anything even close to any outside grill. The grill is very easy to clean and the two main parts to clean are dishwasher safe. You probably can't get any outside grill to even fit in a dishwasher. Of course that also is because the actual cooking surface isn't that large but it can fit two good size steaks and maybe a third if there not to big. The fact is this grill does perform as claimed and cooks fast with a minimum of cleanup and you never get the burning you would over a flame. If you looking to grill a quick steak or any other number of choices this grill is a great addition. There is only one control that turns the grill on and it has two settings. The second is full on and the first is a keep warm setting. Thats a nice addition since you will need to learn to adjust your cooking times as you get used to using the grill. There is no actual temperature adjustment here. Within a minute or two the grill gets to 446 degrees and that's it. The perfect cooking temperature without actually burning your meal. Grilling can really make a quick meal something special. The Philips grill is a great addition and has made it possible to expand our meal choices in a way I can't think of any other countertop appliance that can. It comes highly recommended but you will want to leave in on a counter and not put it in a cabinet like so many other appliance end up.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice Concept

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    PracticalSandy
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    The indoor grill is a very simple appliance, making it easy to use (plug in and turn on), and easy to clean. The first thing I grilled were vegetables; onions, carrots and cauliflower. I lightly coated with olive oil and seasonings. I sliced my onions, but still ended up losing one in between the slots. I set a timer for 5 minutes, then turned the vegetables. They had very dark grill lines, but had not started cooking at all. I set the timer for 7 more minutes. I tried a small carrot, because it looked like it was getting burnt. It was a little firmer and more rubbery than when I cook on a propane grill. The cauliflower was still hard and most of the onions were not done, yet getting very charred. I set the timer for 4 more minutes. The onions and carrots were good - did not taste burnt surprisingly. The cauliflower was barely cooked. It probably would have taken at least 7 more minutes - I did not have the time to wait. It says in the instructions not to use tin foil since the unit may overheat. This would be a perfect "indoor grilling" appliance if the vegetables could be put inside a foil pack and grilled that way. I may try it since there is a safety turn off if the device overheats. The second thing I grilled were chicken breasts. The smaller chicken pieces took about 13 minutes, the thicker piece 18 minutes. They had nice grill lines, but were not burnt. The flavor was very good, and they did not dry out. While there is no smoke, which is great, the grill does heat up the kitchen. It also has an intense red light. For this reason, I would probably stick to my outdoor grill in the summer, and use the indoor grill in the winter (although it's convenient for small quantities). Beware of touching the outer part of the grill handles - they get extremely hot and take a while to cool down. Like with most new cooking appliances, the Philips indoor grill will take some practice to get the cooking perfected, but overall it's really nice to have the ability to grill something inside. It's a healthier way to cook as well since the food is not sitting in oil. The grill and catch pan wash up very easily.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    YES! It is as awesome as you can imagine!

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    MemphisTechieRN
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    I've been anxiously awaiting the arrival of this wonderful appliance as it is just TOO HOT to grill "traditionally" this summer. So when I found out I could grill inside the comfort of my own home with NO SMOKE I was sold. In fact, minutes after this indoor grill arrived, I was at the supermarket picking out what I was going to grill first. I thought, why not go big? So I got 2 strip steaks roughly 3/4" in width and about 1lb each. Both fit perfectly on the grill with plenty of room to spare. But I'm jumping a bit ahead of myself. The grill is very simple to operate. There is a drip pan that sits in the main unit, and then the (non-stick) grill that sits on top. The unit has two power settings; "warm" and "on". And I must say, once the grill is set to "on" - it is immediately ready for the food you are about to prepare. No more waiting for traditional grills to warm up! The steaks took about 5-7 minutes per side, and came out perfectly medium rare. Juicy and delicious. In fact, I was extremely impressed with how well, and even the unit grilled the steaks. I've never cooked with infrared before. But now, I feel like I've a whole world of grilling possibilities, which again, I can experience in the comfort of inside my home! The cleanup was a breeze. The drip pan rinsed out with nothing sticking, and the grill with its non-stick coating was clean with a quick rinse under the kitchen sink, and a wipe of a towel. It was THAT EASY. And another cool thing? You don't have to wait for anything in the unit to cool off. As fast as it heats up when you turn it on, once you turn it off - you can almost immediately pull the drip tray out for cleaning. Try THAT on a traditional grill! @@@@@@@@ actually, please don't try that! @@@@@@@ If you are like me, and LOVE grilled food - but HATE how hot this summer has turned out to be (first world problems, I know! @@@@@@@ then this indoor grill is for you! It gets the MemphisTechieRN 4-star seal of approval! You CAN'T go wrong!

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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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quick, Healthy, Lean Grilling in the GREAT INDOORS

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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