Every once and a while here at Lifestyles of the Organized, I’d like to review a product that in some way helps us organize our space, time, or money. Today I’m going to talk about the Sanyo HPS-SG3 200-Square-Inch Electric Indoor Barbeque Grill. What does a grill have to do with organizing, you ask? Well, this particular grill isn’t just any grill.
My husband and I really love grilled food. We have a trusty Weber Charcoal Grill that we pull out every once and a while to cook up some tasty steaks or burgers. But the problem is, we really do only pull it out once and a while. Why? It’s outside (um, winter, anyone?), it takes forever to heat the charcoal, and it’s a bit of a pain to clean. We always drool when we see beautiful large gas grill units that people have, but they are very expensive and we cannot justify such a purchase. So when my husband spotted a deal on a creative indoor grill, we just had to try it.
Stand aside George Foreman and enter the Sanyo HPS-SG3 Grill, a 1300-watt indoor barbeque grill with a 200-square-inch nonstick cooking surface that you can simply set on your kitchen counter. You just plug it in and the coiled grate surface heats up to the temperature you set. The grill comes with a metal drip pan to catch grease and the grill itself sits within a plastic tray. The entire unit measures 23 & 5/8 inches by 3 & 7/8 inches by 14 & 1/2 inches.
Here’s the deal
Part of the reason we bought this grill was because last week Amazon.com was selling it for only $35. The price has gone up a little since then, but it is still a bargain for what you get. Here are our impressions since using it a few times:
- Very light and transportable
- Can sit right on your kitchen counter
- Large grilling surface (good if you are cooking for multiple people)
- Mostly smokeless (no more smoke/steam than you would expect from frying in a skillet)
- Fast to heat up (similar to an oven)
- No need to buy propane gas or charcoal
- Very easy to clean
- The temperature dial isn’t particularly accurate (it lists temperature ranges like 300-425 so you kind of have to guess)
- The grill is a little tricky to store due to its awkward shape (I currently store it on a shelf in a closet near the kitchen)
- This type of grill lacks the classic ‘grill’ flavors (i.e. charcoal) since it’s electric
- Some people might not like the fact that there is no cover
- Spray the grilling surface with cooking spray right before grilling
- Fill the drip pan with an inch of water to collect the dripping grease and help make cleaning easier at the end
- Place grill below a fan/vent to control small amounts of smoke
- Immediately after grilling, take a wet paper towel and using a tongs, wipe the warm grate off to prevent food from sticking on and drying
Save space, time, and money!
My final verdict is that this cool little grill is nice and compact, heats up in no time, and is quite inexpensive. We will still use our Weber Charcoal Grill (in the summer) for bigger events or if we are really craving that classic charcoal flavor, but for all other grilling needs, this Sanyo indoor grill is just perfect. I give it a thumbs up!!