5 Stars By looking around on 2016-07-03
Philips Smoke-Less Infrared Grill - let's grill everything!
I just got this in time for the 4th of July celebrations! I live in a condo where we are not allowed gas or charcoal grills (like usual!), so this “Philips Smoke-Less Infrared Grill” seemed like the ideal solution. I read and researched for a while before "pulling the trigger" and going with this grill, I followed the instructions and got the results I was expecting. Some observations:
1 - When it says preheat, for the fuller (non-stick) grill - it means at "full power", not the "keep-warm" setting.
2 – It recommends preheat for 6 minutes, I find 10 minutes works best.
3 – When you preheat – for the 1st time – it seems that you open the “gates of Hell” on your kitchen…yes you can feel the heat! Just step away for 10 minutes. Make sure you do not place it under any counters – it needs a very open space - For the “lighter” grill there’s no need to preheat.
4 – It is very hard to see if your meats/poultry are cooking properly, because of the infrared light (my 1st try was at night…) so use a high-power white light, or cook during the day – that way you can see the “doneness” better.
5 – It is smokeless! Truly! (I’m very pleased by this…) though, I would suggest opening up some windows to get rid of the BBQ smell – you’ll notice next day (believe me!) If you can’t open up the windows, turn on the range smoke extractor for your stove! And if you have some air filters, turn them on – that way you avoid any lingering smells next day (it’ll be noisy, but just for 15 – 20 minutes…)
6 – The thicker the cut of meat, poultry, fish, etc. the longer it needs to be on the grill to achieve a well done consistency. Personally I do not like too much pink on my steaks, so I keep them on longer. Today I did some Bubba burgers, and had them on the grill for 5 minutes each side – they turned out perfect.
7 – The “keep warm” function works pretty good – I had one of my burgers on for about 15 minutes and it did not dry out.
8 – Clean up – make sure the grill is fully cooled down to start clean up – this takes about half hour of cooling (depending on your ambient temperature.) Run the (separate, detachable) grills under some warm/hot water (I prefer as hot as possible) and get a good, sturdy nylon bristle brush with lots of dish washing soap and run it good through the grill – make sure to go in between to get all the drippings and fat that runs down from the meats. Depending on the “fattiness” of the meats that you cook on the grill, some splatter will occur into the internal walls of the unit itself, I find it that if you scrub it with a sponge (with warm/hot water and dish washing soap) and just wipe it down – it’ll make for a better/cleaner use the next time around – remember, the unit cannot/should not be dipped in water (as it would ruin the electrical components.)
I hope my “observations” helped – and Happy 4th of July!
5 Stars By J. Brown on 2016-12-26
This product is heaven-sent
I don't write a lot of product reviews, but this is one I can get really enthusiastic about. We are Manhattan city dwellers and love to grill. That's a problem because we live in an apartment building, and have no outdoor space, and no exhaust hood. I've learned to sear and broil meats and fish, but sometimes you need a grill... I considered many options - blowtorch, illegal hibachi on my fire escape, etc. But nothing could scratch the itch.
Finally!! here is finally a HOT indoor grill that combines ambient, aerated heat with an iron grill surface that is easy to clean! It doesn't smoke up the kitchen any more than your stovetop range, and can seriously char some meat! It gets really, really hot.
Of course this won't impart a charcoal flavor to your food. But it's much better than any George-Foreman-esque grill which are really just panini presses, to be honest. This one allows a lot of heat to grill and roast food while providing ample space above and below for food to aerate - which gives you a crisp crusty charred finish to fish and meat. This is DRY HEAT. That's what a grill is for.
The product uses some kind of infrared convection technology. The trick is that the heat is emanating is situated above the pan where the drippings fall. That means the drippings do not heat, and don't sizzle. Hence no smoke. The food might smoke a little up top, but it won't create a cloud in your kitchen. Just enough for you to smell what you're having for dinner. Yum!
Caveat: I am cooking for two. This isn't a great solution for a barbecue party for 10 people. You want to give your food some good space on the grill - don't crowd the lamb chops!
So far we've tried some chicken skewers which I marinated in soy, sesame, and sugar. The first skewer actually overcooked in under 8 minutes! The second one got a better sear, and was moist and delicious.
We also grilled a whole stuffed branzino. I used no oil, get the skin nice and crispy. It was some of the best grilled fish we've ever had. Winner Winner Fish Dinner.
Cleanup is a cinch. The drippings tray pulls out goes into the dish washer. The grill comes off and goes into the dishwasher. I reward my hard work with another glass of wine.
Hope you enjoy your Phillips Smokeless Indoor Grill as much as we have! Cheers.
5 Stars By JredbC on 2016-04-25
updated with pics
I am fervent charcoal person from California living in a 500 sq ft "room" in a 4 story apartment in Boston. I go as far as to pack a suitcase of seared, frozen, vacuum sealed, bbq food whenever I visit home to be able to finish them oven as I can't BBQ where I live.
I have tried various electric grills that require you fill the bottom pan with water, traditional cast iron pans, etc., and none of them ever quite do the job as I want them to. My apartment's overhead range is ornamental, so these methods only create all the more smoke. More importantly, they don't produce the results this grill does.
I can attest to veg (asparagus has been amazing), hamburgers, hotdogs, steak, and chicken (without skin....with skin turned out amazingly delicious, but created spatter and therefor smoke) being far superior (and quicker) than cooking them in any other traditional fashion, with that same great BBQ flavor profile.
I am unsure if it is uncouth to plug another product, but the spice house in chicago has amazing blends. In particular, add a dash of mesquite powder to your traditional marinade/dry rub to enhance the flavor profile towards that of a normal BBQ.
The angled spread ambient heat of the infrared is unique. It grills perfectly, but does not create smoke if grilling appropriately. I had originally tried to order on 2DayDeliver, but they were sold out. I love this grill so much, now that they are back in stock, I will be ordering more to send to family.
Cant recommend enough. Finally an indoor grill that does what you want an indoor grill to do.
4 Stars By Another Shopper on 1969-12-31
One star lost to shoddy cleaning instructions. Still, it's the real deal.
OK, I've been using this product for about two weeks, grilling hamburgers, toasting buns, and even grilling shrimp. Here's my take on the product.
Heat: Perfect! This works just like a charcoal grill, except that there are no flare-ups.
Smoke: Less! As the description implies, it puts out less smoke. The drip tray still gets hot enough for the drippings to simmer, but nothing seems to really burn down there. Beef fat still makes little "dripsicles" that hang from the grill just like you'd see on a charcoal or gas grill, and these tend to get crispy and smokey. I managed to set off the smoke detector with it once, and I'm not sure if it was from a well-toasted bun (not burnt, just well-toasted, ha!) or from smokey fumes coming from the hot surfaces.
Mess: Yep, burgers still cause a little spattering around the grill, but that's just the nature of the beast. There's nothing to shield the contents of your countertop around this grill. Plan accordingly.
Cleanup: Speaking of spattering... the chrome around the top gets a little dirty, as do the exterior sides, at least from burgers. The nonstick grilling surface is super-easy to wash by hand, and it fits in the dishwasher just fine too. I really wish the drip pan had a nonstick finish so the rendered beef fat and drippings would slide right off after it cools down. Still, it comes clean pretty easily after using a paper towel to push the heavy stuff into the trash. You definitely don't want to dump that down the drain unless you really miss seeing your plumber between visits. Cleaning the interior is a little more difficult, requiring the same tools you'd use to clean a ceramic cooktop. The manufacturer's website recommends using a scraper on the chromed sides, which will scratch the finish. Liquid ceramic cooktop cleaner will dissolve any build-up on both the glass panes and the chrome side panels.
Storage: It's big. Much bigger than the Griddler or a Foreman Grill. The dimensions listed in the Product Description are accurate. There's no making it any smaller, except maybe if you stored the removable grilling surface elsewhere, and that's only going to shave about 1.5 inches (4 cm) off the height. It's too big to easily store in a cabinet, so it lives on top of my toaster oven when the oven's not in use. If you have a relatively high ceiling, maybe you can store yours on top of your cabinets.
1 Stars By marcia dias de mattos on 2017-10-26
Big problem with the phillips grill
The first time that I used my Philips smoke less indoor it has just melted. See attached the picture. I am really surprise about that because I followed exactly the instructions .
Waiting for your help,
1 Stars By N. H. WU on 2017-06-13
After only ONE use, 1 of those 2 quartzs stops working, no more heating on one side!!! Most expensive and less worthy. Total disappointment.
5 Stars By KayDee1870 on 2017-12-20
Have purchased two; works very well
By Marty D
on 2016-05-20 This Grill is a Keeper
Recently we moved to a condominium, which we discovered that due to ceiling fire sprinkler systems and balconies, grilling outdoors on the patios is not permitted. Being frustrated since I like to grill, I did extensive internet searching and purchased an electric I hoped I could use indoors. Without mentioning the brand, it had reversible plates and an adjustable top section that you pressed down cooking both top and bottom at the same time. As an alternative, you could simply leave the top section opened up to grill. I tried hamburgers using the method of pushing the top down and it soon created an indoor smoke storm throughout myentire condo while scorching the burgers. After cleanup,running the kitchen exhaust fan on high and the A/C, I returned the product but never gave up. I came upon the Phillips product and after reading many positive reviews, I purchased it in April and had to wait until May 7th since they were sold out. I also ordered the Instant Thermometer displayed on this listed here.Alpha Grillers Instant Read Thermometer. Ultra Fast Digital Cooking Tool With BBQ Internal Meat Temperature Chart. (Spring Loaded Thermabud)
. As it turns out, the thermometer is essential for steaks and chicken.
The bottom line is I'm thrilled at the performance. The person who gave this a one star may have read the directions improperly. I saw, turn on warm for 2 seconds, then on full heat, and pt on the items to cook. It take a few minutes to get going and then you must be attentive. I grilled Ballpark franks and they plumped up, blacked and split the way we like them. My sirloin burgers were overdone the first time and were dry. The next time I used the Alpha Grillers thermometer carefully and removed the burgers just before they hit 165 degrees. They were juicy and delicious. My boneless rib eye steaks were done to a perfect medium rare with sizzled grill marks. I made chicken kabobs and after awhile realized it would cook more thoroughly by grilling the chicken and veggies by removing the wooden sticks. I have used the grill on my stove top with a low exhaust fan and also on the junction corner of my counter top to keep it out from under the cabinets. I held my hand above the grill about 6 to 8 inches to see how hot it might be and amazingly it was only warm. I had no actual splattering occur and only noticed a small sheen of cleanup on my granite counter top probably from a fine mist that settled there. After cooling down, clean up was simple. Don't use metal grill utensils on the grill. Remove it, wipe off the top and bottom over your disposal, then squirt it off with hot water and place into the dishwasher. Remove the grease tray and wipe it out with paper towel, use your non-metal flipper to scrap off any excess stuck on debris, squirt it off and put into the dishwasher. Then I used a damp kitchen washcloth with some dawn dish detergent on it to rub off the inside edges of the grill. Voila. This whole process was under 10 minutes. Everything came out clean and you simply put it aside until the next use. You couldn't pay me to give this product back!
5 Stars By Catherine Marucha on 2017-03-01
Love this grill!!
5 Stars By george putnam on 2017-05-25
I love it it cook good