George Foreman 4-Portion Grill (18471) Review
If you’re seeking a healthy alternative to the BBQ that provides incredible durability and ease of use, we’ve got just the gadget for you. The George Foreman 4-Portion Grill is a favourite here at DreamyHome, and for good reason. I won’t spoil the review for you (guess you’ll just have to keep on reading, oh well). Let’s get right into it, shall we?
- Price: [UPDATE] Around £30
- Brand: George Foreman
- Pros: Healthy cooking, fast cooking, energy-efficient, versatile, easy to use
- Cons: No on/off switch (plug powered), no safety measures
- Amazon Listing: George Foreman 4-Portion Grill
Now let’s see what our reviewer has to say, shall we?
George Foreman 4-Portion Grill: The Ruling
Our reviewer has nothing but love for this thing. In short, she’s found it to be incredibly reliable, fantastic at cooking healthy and tasty food, and generally a breeze to both use and clean. If you’re curious exactly what results you’ll be getting from this thing, look no further than the above gallery.
You’ll see a before and after of the grease trap from cooking – while it may not be the prettiest thing to look at, it goes to show exactly how much fat is cut from your meal each time you use the George Foreman 4-Portion Grill. It’s simultaneously disgusting and fascinating how effective this thing is at removing fat.
Product Testing & Comparison
Our reviewer used a specific set of guidelines to rank each and every bit of this device to ensure the most accurate testing possible. She examined:
- Ease of Use
- Usage (Cooking)
- Dimensions, Power, Material & Energy Efficiency
Now enough of what we want – let’s talk nitty-gritty details.
George Foreman 4-Portion Grill: Ease of Use
Let’s start with the simple stuff. George Foreman grills are famously designed for two key factors – healthier cooking, and ease of use. They’re designed to mimic the quality of a grill with a small collection of steel and plastic. That means that we need this grill to be simple to use in all factors and that it needs to hold up to its promises of health and ease of use.
Let’s see what our reviewer thought, shall we?
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First up is cleaning. This is one of those things that often gets overlooked with cooking tools, but it’s really one of the most important factors in a kitchen purchase. You’re going to likely be using this thing regularly, which means you’ll be cleaning it regularly – if it’s a pain to clean, it’ll make your life harder overall.
We’ve got a video up above that shows just how easy it is to clean, but it’s worth discussing here as well for those who prefer reading over visual examples.
In short, the George Foreman 4-Portion Grill is incredibly simple to clean. This is in part due to intuitive design, and partially due to its handy nonstick coating. All that’s needed to clean it is to allow it to cool, wet a rag or sponge, and wipe it down. It’ll take you at most two minutes (after cooling), and then you’re done! Just dispose of the fat in the handy fat catch, wipe it down, and pop the catch in your dishwasher.
And for tougher jobs that would normally require cleaning, simply apply a small bit of high flash/smoke point oil (canola, vegetable, peanut) to a sacrificial rag and wipe it down while still hot. Once finished, apply a small amount of cheap (white distilled) vinegar and give a quick wipe – everything will come off in seconds.
Below, you’ll find a video of the grill in use. In this particular video, our reviewer is cooking chicken breasts for her family, though we also tested several other foods. As you can tell, it’s completely free of any grease drips and has no issue closing over the food.
Next up is versatility – specifically, is there anything you can’t do with this grill? The manufacturer makes some bold claims, such as that it can:
“Work by channelling fat and grease away from your food as it cooks,”
and, “Grill meat, fish, and vegetables, or maybe use it as a panini press/sandwich toaster…”Product Description, Amazon
But are these claims true? Let’s talk to the reviewer.
Our reviewer tested the versatility by cooking the favourite meats of any true Englishman – sausages. And, of course, chicken and burgers, to boot. (What can we say, we love food!)
While we found that it handled all of them equally as well – that is to say, flawlessly – our reviewer did have two notes. First, cooking frozen food is generally not the best idea in the grill. The manner in which it cooks isn’t suited to getting a proper internal temperature in a reasonable time with frozen foods, and it won’t get that crisp that you want, either.
Second, our reviewer noted that things like mince, which can fall apart easily, should be left in the pan or oven as it’ll come apart quite quickly. Overall, she found it to be quite versatile and uses it regularly for everything from paninis to a simple grilled chicken breast.
Now onto the (arguably) most important part of this whole review – how well does the George Foreman 4-Portion Grill actually cook the food?
Luckily for you, our reviewer has a lot to say on this topic. The short story is that it’s fantastic and does exactly what it claims.
The long story, however, is that our reviewer has actually had this thing for seven years. As you can tell, she quite likes it. All it needs for use is a plug, 5-10 minutes to heat up, and food inside. It has a handy little indicator light that turns off when the food is finished cooking, and unless you’re extremely picky about how each and every part of your meal is cooked, it’s right nine times out of ten.
She did note that it doesn’t have an off button (its power comes exclusively from whether or not it’s plugged in), so it shouldn’t be left unattended.
As we mentioned above, our reviewer cooked chicken breasts, burgers, and sausages. Each one was cooked within 25 minutes (the chicken took 5 minutes longer than the burgers or sausage) and was cooked perfectly. She did note that the size of the grease trap may mean that you’ll need to empty it in batches depending on what is cooked. The sausages and burger (obviously) let out more fat than the chicken, though, so your mileage may vary.
And our reviewer felt it was important to note that all of the food that came out was quite tasty. In other words, despite the reduced fat, all of the food still comes out tasting fantastic, making it ideal for those seeking a low-fat diet that isn’t bland as all getout.
George Foreman 4-Portion Grill: Technical
And now onto the most interesting section possible – technical details. Okay, I’m kidding. Maybe it’s not the most interesting, but these are all really important factors to take into consideration. Things like the dimensions, power source, materials used, and energy efficiency will all play large roles in how well this serves you in the long run – now, into the nitty-gritty.
Dimensions, Power, Material & Energy Efficiency
Okay, this section will be a bit densely packed, but just bear with me. First up are the dimensions:
- Item Dimensions L x W x H: 9.5 x 11.5 x 2.5 inches
- Item Weight: 2.07 kg (4.56 lbs)
The George Foreman 4-Portion Grill is made from a combination of plastic, stainless steel, and an (unidentified) nonstick coating. While the plastic exterior may be offputting, it’s genuinely quite sturdy and stands up to the consistent exposure to heat incredibly well. And as it’s made from BPA-free plastic, you can rest easy knowing it’s food-safe.
Our reviewer’s exact words when describing the longevity of this grill were, “It’s worth its weight in gold,” and I believe that says more than I ever could.
And finally, we come to power and energy efficiency:
- Power Source: Corded electric. 760 watts, 240 volts
- Energy Class: A energy class
While the manufacturer claims that this grill can range from an A++ to G energy efficiency class, that’s not quite true. Sure, if you left it on 24/7, it might drop its energy efficiency, but even the light (pictured above) takes up minimal power! But overall, the manner in which it cooks ensures that food cooks quite quickly in comparison to an oven, ensuring less power is used overall.
And finally, we come to a point that’s been argued ad-infinitum on the internet. Does the George Foreman 4-Portion Grill actually fit four portions?
You see, this is a bit of a hard question. You saw our chicken cooking photos earlier, and three decently-sized breasts just barely fit in. But if you look at the pictures directly above in this section, you’ll see that the type of food you’re cooking greatly impacts how many “portions” you can fit. It will also be affected by a number of factors. How much do the people you’re cooking for generally eat? Do you count multiple batches for one meal as “cooking one meal for 4 people?” These will play a large role in your portioning.
Long story short, depending on your family and the food you’re cooking, you’ll get varied servings out of a single use. Something large like a panini will take more batches to cook for four people (we were able to just barely fit two in at once) than sausages.
In short, as per our reviewer, the George Foreman 4-Portion Grill is, “Worth its weight in gold.” And that’s not something we were paid to say, nor is it hyperbole. This grill has lasted the DreamyHome family for seven whole years without issue, and it’s likely to last several more before an upgrade is needed.
If you need healthy, easy cooking at your fingertips, this is the option for you, guaranteed.