Electric grills are available in a wide variety of styles for indoor and outdoor use, including countertop, cart-mounted and patio-post-mounted electric grills. Electric grills are often used because of their ability to use heat efficiently (cutting the costs of grilling) and because of their portability and versatility. Electric grills are often preferred over charcoal grills because of their ability to heat quickly without releasing harmful fumes, and they are also often preferred over propane and natural gas grills because of the high costs and safety hazards associated with gas.
The disadvantages of using an electric grill include the required use of power outlets and electrical wiring, their compact sizes and their lack of a natural flavoring without the use of wood chips. When shopping for an electric grill, it's important to take into consideration the cost, style, durability, features and specifications.
Electric grills should be constructed of stainless-steel and aluminum for optimal durability, heat retention and weather resistance. Many indoor and outdoor electric grills use standard 120-volt grounded power outlets and feature a minimum power usage of 15 amps. However, large commercial electric grills and outdoor electric grills may require dedicated electrical wiring for higher levels of power usage. Indoor and outdoor electric grills should also feature retractable power cords as an additional safety measure.
Before purchasing an electric grill, first consider the desirable features and specifications that may enhance your overall grilling experience. Electric grills should feature thermostat controls with adjustable heat settings and dishwasher-safe parts, as well as slots for optional attachments such as rotisserie and shish-kebab parts and removable drip-trays and ducts for fat and grease draining. Other desirable features may include thin cooking grids that can cook vegetables and other small food items, self-timers for cooking quick and easy meals, and mounting brackets for fixed and permanent positions inside or outdoors.