Better Grills Rating: 4.4
After doing the T-Fal Optigrill review I have to be honest and tell you that I am impressed with the result of the T-Fal GC702 Optigrill and the T-Fal GC722D53 Optigrill plus. The price is a little higher than other grills and you have to decide if it worth the extra money. You can make that decision after reading the whole review. Like in all our reviews we try to be as thorough as possible and provide you with all the pros and cons of this T-Fal electric indoor grill.
Difference between the Optigrill and the Optigrill plus
- Optigrill has 4 servings and 6 cooking programs
- Optigrill plus has 8 servings and 9 cooking programs
- 4 servings grill surface
- Programs for Burgers, Poultry, Sausage, Red meat, Mamual and fish
Optigrill plus options
- 6 servings grill surface
- Programs for Burgers, Poultry, Sausage, Red meat, Manual and fish like the Optigrill.
- Extra programs for Sandwich, Bacon and Shellfish
What they both have
- Both have the preheating ready indicator lights
- Both have the Sound warning for Rare, Medium and Well done
- Both have the mode for cooking frozen food and Manual mode with 4 settings
- Both are 1800 Watts
Grill surface and temperature
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Both are 1800 Watts and this is high compared to most other indoor electric grills.
There are no complaints about the Optigrill not getting hot enough. It is recommended to use the pre-heat function since it will take a little time for the grill to reach its optimum temperature.
- Optigrill plus measures 14.5 x 15.7 x 9.01 inch
- Optigrill measures 13 x 14 x 6 inch
I have contacted the T-Fal support to find the exact measurements of the grill plates since I was not able to find them anywhere. The plates are made of Cast aluminum and coated with a Teflon non-stick coating.
I received an email back and the sizes of the plates are:
- 12 5/8 inch wide
- 8 3/4 inch deep
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Cleaning the Optigrill is pretty straightforward with the non-stick surface. Both the grill plates as the drip pan are dishwasher safe.
A warning I found is that some detergents in combination with the water can damage the non-stick surface. Hand washed is also real easy and not hard to do.
This makes it my recommendation to do a hand wash with the grill plates.
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I am always interested in the length of the power cord since this can determine where you can place an indoor grill.
The cord is 47.2 Inches long. I think this is a little longer than average.
Floating hinges and the thickness sensor are two of the main features since they decide on the thickness of the meat and the temperature and cooking time the pre programmed option uses. The Optigrill can handle meat up to 1.5 inches according to the manual, but I read that people cooked slightly thicker meats on there with no problem.
The manual warns not to use meat with bones since this will throw of the sensor that reads the thickness of the meat. I have read that many people use it anyway with no problem.
The only important thing is to make sure your meat is of an even thickness as possible. Pounding or cutting to make it even is highly recommended for the best result.
The option to cook meat straight out of the freezer and cook it got some real good ratings. This opens up the option for a last minute steak dinner decision and not having to wait till the meat thaws out.
The die-cast aluminum grill plates are non stick and easy to clean and dishwasher safe. They are also easy removable.
The slightly angled plates will help the grease flow into the drip pan very easy and fast.
The drip pan is very large and easy to remove with a kind of handle and is total dishwasher safe. But like I mentioned before it is my opinion that hand washed will make it last longer.
There was a problem with the Optigrill sometimes only to stay or go to manual and not wanted to go to the program mode.
One person mentioned that he found that the plate was not inserted right and that was causing the sensor in the hinges not to register the thickness. An other user mentioned that he contacted T-fal and they helped him re-calibrate the Optigrill over the phone.
An other user mentioned that you should never put the meat on the grill before the the grill is pre-heated and ready to cook. Here are the step you have to take.
1: Power on
2: Select meat or sandwich
3: Press OK
4: Wait until warms up
5: Put meat or sandwich on the grill and close lid
Opening the grill before the cooking is done makes it turn into manual mode is what I found in the manual.
There is a recipe book included in the package.
Although the programmed options are easy to use and I have read several times that they work pretty good. The Optigrill still has the option to cook manual. This is necessary if you like to grill vegetables on the grill, or have your own recipes that need to be cooked in the manual mode.
The indicator lights in combination with the beeps for rare, medium and well done are a nice feature so that you do not have to use a kitchen timer.
I personally am a big fan of using a thermometer when I cook meat, This will help you with determine when the meat is at the right doneness. You can have a look at our thermometers reviews we did here
Pros and cons
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- Great grill marks
- Plates easy to remove
- Gets pretty hot
- Large drip tray
- Easy to clean
- Can’t handle uneven thickness of meat
- Plates have no handle
Customer reviews of the Optigrill by T-fal
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After spending a lot of time on consumer websites, the manufacturer website and some forums I think that the average ratings we have found are a true and honest reflection of all the information we used to write this Optigrill reviews.
Price of the Optigrill and Optigrill plus
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The price is a little higher than some other indoor electric grills. But taking in consideration all the options and the ease of use of this grill the price is actually not that high compared to other big name brands that perform sometimes less well as the Optigrill does.
We can recommend the Optigrill as one of the best indoor electric grills we have reviewed.
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Indoor electric grill safety
Although we all think that it is safe to use any indoor grill it is still my advice to never leave it unattended and keep your eyes on it.
The advice from many fire-brigades is to have a fir extinguisher in your kitchen for emergencies. This is a great recommendation for any household I think.
Keep young children away from you indoor grill and also make sure that the power cord is not in a place that you can easily pull it.
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