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This week for Mission: Appliances, I decided to work with one of my more newly acquired appliances, an electric indoor grill. This is one of those rare appliances we actually researched, sought out, and purchased by choice because of its glowing reviews. Even though we’ve used the grill several times already, I decided to include it on my list to explore its further potential.

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The actual grill that we own is the Sanyo HPS-SG3 200-Square-Inch Electric Indoor Barbeque Grill. As I said above, we researched it heavily and bought it when there was a great deal on Amazon. In fact, I wrote a review for it right here at Lifestyles of the Organized because we love it so much (if you want more details than found here, be sure to read the review). Since the purchase, we’ve grilled hamburgers several times and chicken kabobs once.

Electric Indoor Grill Vital Statistics

  • Brand: Sanyo
  • Average Price: $35
  • Power: 1300 watts; Heats to 425 degrees F
  • Size: Measures 23-5/8 by 3-7/8 by 14-1/2 inches
  • Accessories: Drip pan, detachable power cord
  • Complexity: Very easy to use
  • Versatility: Used for all sorts of grilling
  • Cleaning: Surprisingly easy to clean as long as you take the proper measures
  • Storage: Storage is a little difficult since the unit is rather large. On the contrary, when compared to other grills, it is quite small and convenient to store
  • Safety Tips: Grill surface gets very hot
  • Pre-series Location: Hall closet, on a high shelf
  • Pre-series Use Level: Used about five times since purchase in November 2008

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Project Electric Indoor Grill

I just love this grill. Grilling in general is a very tasty and often times healthier method of cooking, but it can also be so inconvenient. In the middle of winter we are not going to rush outside in subzero temperatures to wait 45 minutes for our charcoal grill to fire up. But with the indoor grill, you never have to worry about the weather!

Up until recently we had successfully grilled hamburgers and chicken kabobs with this grill. One of my new recipes for this week was Pico de Gallo Chicken Quesadillas and even though the recipe actually called for frying them in a skillet, I thought it would be a fun experiment to grill them instead.

I wasn’t exactly sure of a temperature, so we started out with a safe low temperature. Eventually we got the temperature up to about 300 degrees F and that seemed like a good pace for grilling the quesadillas—the tortillas got crispy and there was plenty of time for the cheese to melt and the filling to heat up nicely inside.

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When we were all done, we had 6 yummy quesadillas that were really very easy to prepare! We were able to grill them 2 at a time, but I suppose we might have been able to squeeze three on the 200-square-inch surface if we had tried. Overall, it was a great success!

The Verdict

I’m not going to beat around the bush for this one—this grill is awesome! I fully expect and look forward to using it regularly in the future and I think our current storage location is pretty decent (on a closet shelf). Now I just wish I felt this excited about all my appliances—but I suppose that’s what this series is all about. 🙂

Reader Reflection

Have you ever used an indoor electric grill?

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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.

Sanyo Grill

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:

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • 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

Cons

  • 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

Tips

  • 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

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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!!

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