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This George Foreman Grill is the Best New Gadget in My Life, and it’s not even Close

If you are looking to purchase a new George Foreman grill these are the ones you should be looking at. This quick review should help you get started.

  1. George Foreman GP200GM Portable Propane Camp & Tailgate Grill, Portable Gas Grill, Camping Grill, Gun Metal
  2. George Foreman GRP99 Next Generation Grill with Nonstick Removable Plates, Silver/Black
  3. George Foreman 60 Inch Super Champ Electric Contact Grill GR0060B
  4. George Foreman 240″ Nonstick Removable Stand Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
  5. George Foreman GRP4842P Multi-Plate Evolve Grill With Ceramic Grilling Plates and Waffle Plates, Platinum
  6. George Foreman GR2060B 4-Serving Classic Plate Grill, Black
  7. George Foreman GR0040B 2-Serving Classic Plate Grill, Black
  8. George Foreman 5-serving Grill with Removable Plates, Red Grp0004r
  9. George Foreman GRP360R 4 Serving Removable Plate 360 Grill, Red
  10. George Foreman GFQ001 Quesadilla Maker, Red
  11. George Foreman GRP1001BP 6-Serving Removable Plate Grill, Black
  12. George Foreman GFO201R Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Red
  13. George Foreman GFO3320GM Indoor/Outdoor Gun Metal Electric Grill, Silver
  14. George Foreman GRP4EMB Multi-Plate Evolve Grill, (Grilling Plates, Deep-Dish Bake Pan, and Muffin Pan Included), Black
  15. George Foreman GRP1060P 4-Serving Removable Plate Grill, Platinum
  16. George Foreman Fusion Indoor Grill Model Gr70
  17. George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill
  18. George Foreman GR10RM Champ Grill, Red
  19. George Foreman GRP472P 5 Serving Removable Plate Grill and Pannini Press, Platinum/Black
  20. George Foreman GR0103B Jumbo Sized Grill, Black
  21. George Foreman GR10ABW Champ Grill with Bun Warmer, White
  22. George Foreman GR1036BTR 5-Minute Burger Grill, Red
  23. George Foreman GR1036P Grand Champ 133 Square Inch Extra Value Indoor Grill
  24. George Foreman GRP4800R Multi-Plate Evolve Grill, (Ceramic Grilling Plates, Deep-Dish Bake Pan, and Muffin Pan Included), Red
  25. George Foreman 144 sq in 9 Serving Classic-Plate Grill and Panini Press, GR390FP
  26. George Foreman GR10AWHT Champ Grill
  27. George Foreman GR136B 2-Serving Classic Plate Grill and Pannini Press, Black
  28. George Foreman GFP84PX Evolve Grill 84-Square Inch Ceramic Grill Plates, Ceramic
  29. George Foreman GRP90WGR Next Grilleration Electric Nonstick Grill with 5 Removable Plates, Red
  30. George Foreman GRP4 Next Grilleration 5-Burger Grill with Removable Plates, White
  31. George Foreman GR2120B 8-Serving Classic Plate Grill, Black
  32. George Foreman GR18PL Super Champ Indoor Grill
  33. George Foreman GR2121P 8-Serving Classic Plate Grill with Variable Temperature, Platinum
  34. George Foreman GRP1060B 4 Serving Removable Plate Grill, Black
  35. George Foreman GR144 Nonstick 9 Serving Classic Plate Grill, 133-Square-Inch, Silver
  36. George Foreman GR10ABWI Champ Grill with Bun Warmer, Indigo
  37. George Foreman GR20B 4 Serving Classic Plate Grill, Black
  38. George Foreman 240 Square Inch Indoor/Outdoor Grill, Red
  39. George Foreman GRP3060P 4 Serving Removable Plate Grill, Platinum
  40. George Foreman GFO240S Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, Silver
  41. George Foreman GR30GF Big George Variable Temperature Indoor Grill
  42. Salton George Foreman GR10WHT Grilling Machine
  43. George Foreman GGR240L 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Grill
  44. George Foreman GR0059P 120 Square Inch Healthy Cook Variable Temperature Grill

In my line of work, being surrounded by gadgets is an occupational requirement. On any given day, my home office looks like someone bust open an electronics piñata, with its guts spilling 360 cams, wireless dongles, fitness trackers, jumbo battery packs, and USB DACs all over the place. I thought, therefore, that no new gadget could surprise or delight me unexpectedly — until I got a George Foreman five-portion family grill.

A friend bought this for me (mothers count as friends, right?), convinced that I needed more and better kitchen equipment. My immediate reaction was one of frowning cynicism, as I’d heard of George Foreman’s Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machines before, and I was content in my prejudice that they were a lame marketing gimmick.

Then I gave the grill a low-risk test drive with some chicken and was wowed. This thing cooks meat faster and better than any other method I’ve tried. It’s frankly ridiculous.

I Want My Food Fast and Easy, and This Thing Mfkes Meat Fast and Easy

Ask George Foreman what makes his grill special, and he’d offer you a two-word answer: “it works.” And he’s right. I’ve now been using the former boxer’s grill for two solid weeks and my enthusiasm for it is only growing. Today, for example, I cooked a perfect tuna steak — which I haven’t been able to achieve in years of trying via the means of steaming or searing.

I say “cooked,” but it was more a case of “deposited the slab of fish onto the grill, waited seven minutes, then extracted it.” This thing’s so simple that it literally has no buttons, and the same process counts as the “recipe” for cooking lamb, poultry, beef, pork, and whatever other meat you could imagine plopping down on an electric grill.

This grill makes cooking easy and uncomplicated. It works so quickly that even my millennial attention span can keep track of it. Some might see that ease and efficiency as a downside — I’m not kidding, many kitchen products have been rejected by the market because they felt like cheating — but I’m not too proud to admit that I want my food fast and easy and my washing up kept to a minimum.

Usually, that means eating tuna straight from the can, but I think I can get used to this better class of cuisine and accept the small tradeoffs.

Cleaning this grill does require a bit of care and attention, as does using it. It’s a small miracle I haven’t seared any of my own flesh just yet. I’d also not recommend it for grilling vegetables, which tends to take a great deal longer than meat, and makes the grill’s 1,630W power draw something of a budgetary consideration. And since tuna steaks aren’t cheap either, I’m having to adapt to my better cooking also being more expensive.

Vegetarians Might Want to Look Elsewhere

Let me stress that I’m only endorsing the particular model of George Foreman grill that I got. There are other variants with adjustable temperatures, removable plates, and other creative flourishes that I have no time for or interest in.

I don’t know what those are like to use and I don’t wish to endorse the entire George Foreman brand. The appeal of the particular grill I got is exactly the same as the appeal of the Pebble smartwatch: it does a few jobs very simply and very well. Not having options or settings to adjust is liberating.

I was, of course, right to be skeptical about this line of celebrity-branded grills. For every Beats by Dre success, there are dozens upon dozens of Sync by 50 pretenders.

Before my George Foreman grill, I owned an Antony Worrall Thompson blender, and that thing was a plastic nightmare that at least had the decency to break down after a few months. Another red flag for me was the fat-reducing claim made with these grills, as fat consumption has now repeatedly been shown to be a good rather than a bad thing.

Ultimately, I have to come back to the definition of what a gadget is, or should be, and the role it should perform. For me, gadgets are fragments of technology that provide shortcuts or efficiency improvements. At their most basic, something like a lighter saves you a few extra motions and the burnt residue of lighting a match — but once they grow more powerful and sophisticated, they can transform some aspect of your life.

Well, George Foreman’s grill has certainly transformed the act of cooking for me, turning it into a fun and rewarding experience where the effort is repaid exponentially by the result.

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