T Fal Optigrill Plus vs George Foreman Grill vs Cuisinart Griddler

Compare what is it? T Fal Optigrill Plus vs George Foreman Grill vs Cuisinart Griddler

T Fal Optigrill Plus: It is an indoor grill with precision grilling technology that claims to offer you perfect results in your kitchen every single time.

George Foreman Evolve Grill: It is an indoor grill with 4 in 1 capabilities and easy to use digital controls that lets you cook perfectly in your kitchen.

Cuisinart Griddler: It is 5 in 1 countertop indoor grill that works as a contact grill, Panini press, full grill, full griddle and half griddle.


Compare what does it do? T Fal Optigrill Plus vs George Foreman Grill vs Cuisinart Griddler

T Fal Optigrill Plus: It promises to help you grill burgers, chicken, steak, fish, sausages, vegetables fruits every single time in three simple steps. You can now cook straight from frozen for your convenience. Precision grilling technology creates perfect temperature for a perfectly grilled dish every time. Extra large grill plates it has enable you to easily make a meal for four. It also has a non-stick surface, which coupled with the excess fat drip system lets you make healthy meals.

George Foreman Evolve Grill: The durable ceramic plates of this grill can be used for traditional grilling requirements including meat, steak, fish and vegetables. You can then swap the plates for deep dish bake pan or the muffin inserts to take care of your baking needs including making delicious paninis.

Cuisinart Griddler: It can be used as a full grill to cook burgers, steak, poultry, fish and vegetables. The contact grill makes burgers, boneless pieces of meat, thin cuts of meat and vegetables. As full griddle it can be used to make pancakes, French toast, eggs, hash browns and breakfast meats. The Panini press works to grill sandwiches, breads and quesadillas while as a half griddle you can make full meals like bacon and eggs or steaks and potatoes at the same time.


Compare how does it work? T Fal Optigrill Plus vs George Foreman Grill vs Cuisinart Griddler

T Fal Optigrill Plus: The special sensors of the grill determine the thickness of the food and grill at just the right temperature for the specific cut of the meat. At the heart of this indoor grill is the precision grilling technology that monitors the temperatures while the food is cooked. This ensures perfectly grilled delicious dishes. Cooking level indicates when you have reached the ideal temperature; yellow for rare, orange for medium and red for well done.

George Foreman Evolve Grill: For starters, it has replaceable grill plates to for various needs including grilling meats and vegetables to baking paninis. The plates are covered with multilayer ceramic coating, which can reach the highest temperatures for indoor grills. The digital control panel shows the temperatures clearly so that you are on top of things at all times. Adjustable angle tilt lets you make paninis with ease. There is also the searing option at 500 degrees F for restaurant quality results at home. The floating hinge maintains ideal thickness and juiciness and the non-stick surface removes up to 42% fat from your cooking.

Cuisinart Griddler: This griddler has five in one functionality for your different cooking needs. It features a Panini style wide handle and a hinge floating cover to adjust to different thickness of foods. It has two temperature controls and function selector, which is clearly indicated so that you can cook without any guesswork required. Removable and reversible non-stick grill and griddle plates ensure that you can customize the cooking surface. The integrated drip tray make sure you can remove excess fat and cook healthy.


Compare Cleaning: T Fal Optigrill Plus vs George Foreman Grill vs Cuisinart Griddler

T Fal Optigrill Plus: It is an easy clean up grill, which is dishwasher safe.

George Foreman Evolve Grill: The plates are dishwasher safe while the buttons on the digital panel are on the same level as grilling exterior so that you can clean up easily.

Cuisinart Griddler: The drip tray and grilling plates are dishwasher safe. There is a cleaning/scraping tool that makes cleanup fast and easy.


Compare Settings: T Fal Optigrill Plus vs George Foreman Grill vs Cuisinart Griddler

T Fal Optigrill Plus: It has four manual temperature settings for 175 degrees F, 300 degrees F, 395 degrees F and 480 degrees F.

George Foreman Evolve Grill: Digital controls let you adjust temperatures, plates allow you to cook according to your requirements. There is the searing option as well.

Cuisinart Griddler: You can choose between different functions including Grill/Panini or Griddle.


Compare Temperature Range: T Fal Optigrill Plus vs George Foreman Grill vs Cuisinart Griddler

T Fal Optigrill Plus: 175 degrees F to 480 degrees F.

George Foreman Evolve Grill: 325 to 450 degrees F. There’s also the 500 degree F searing option.

Cuisinart Griddler: Temperatures can be adjusted from 200 degree F to 425 degree F.


Compare Price: T Fal Optigrill Plus vs George Foreman Grill vs Cuisinart Griddler

T Fal Optigrill Plus: It is available for $179.70.

George Foreman Evolve Grill: It can be bought for $79.98.

Cuisinart Griddler: This grill is available for $69.95.


Verdict – All the three indoor grills are versatile with plenty of cooking options for your regular needs. But we are impressed by the precision cooking technology of the T Fal Optigrill Plus and its broader cooking range. Although it’s more expensive than the other two grills, it is definitely worth the price and the winner for us.


Compare Reviews: T Fal Optigrill Plus vs George Foreman Grill vs Cuisinart Griddler

T Fal Optigrill Plus REVIEW

Works for a few things – Mia who used T Fal Optigrill Plus complained in her review that it only worked well for a few things including making hamburgers and grilled sandwiches. But according to her it just doesn’t get hot enough for searing steaks and making pork chops, which ends up being pale looking. Chicken wings on the other hand looked like they were baked and not broiled. It makes her think that this grill is overpriced for what it offers.

Not easy to use – Miranda who bought T Fal Optigrill Plus revealed in her review that she bought it going by the advertisement, which said that it is very simple to cook. But in her experience that is not the case at all. She wanted to make a medium rare steak and followed the instructions to the T but the results left a lot to be desired. Even while making sandwiches she was worried that they might get burned. That’s not what she expected from a grill that she paid top dollar for.

Faulty product – Lena who reviewed T Fal Optigrill Plus exposed in her review that her grill suddenly started having programming errors and went into manual mode. When she tried cooking with it, food ended up being burnt and unappealing. When she tried to make dishes that were rare or medium, they would be well done. It was her experience with cooking practically any kind of meat and even vegetables. She now wishes she hadn’t spent her money on the grill, which she believes is quite expensive.


George Foreman Evolve Grill REVIEW

Very slow to heat – Alex who used George Foreman Evolve Grill complained in her review like all the grills from the company, this one too takes ever so long to heat up. It meant she ended up using the stove as she usually does. Another problem with this grill was that it has a spot on the plate, which is practically impossible to clean. She tried everything but it just wouldn’t go away. One good thing about the grill for her was the sear feature.

Complicated to use – Selma who reviewed George Foreman Evolve Grill exposed in her review that the grill doesn’t live up to the expectations it creates. To begin with, it takes very long to heat up and the searing feature is very complicated to figure out. The timer function is also tricky because while trying to adjust the time you end up adjusting the temperature too. The grill plates are not non-stick enough and she had to do a lot of scrubbing to get rid of the grease on them. She also thinks it’s smaller than she had imagined and can only use it to make two small steaks or four small burgers.

Terrible design – Natasha who bought George Foreman Evolve Grill revealed in her review that this so called evolved model is not a lot better than its predecessors. It has serious design problems including the power cord, which is quite short. It is also oversized and bulky, which makes it tricky to store or use on the countertop.


Cuisinart Griddler REVIEW

Works okay, doesn’t last – Kim who used Cuisinart Griddler revealed in her review that there were some decent things about the grill like it’s easy to clean and the unit opens up to give you a large griddle. However problems start creeping up after using it for a few months. She started noticing that the non-stick surface was peeling off even though the plates were neatly maintained. The thermostat was a disaster; it would shut off after the desired temperature had reached. It would kick back in after a few minutes but that made managing the right temperature quite difficult. The cooking surface wasn’t even for cooking easily either. She would notice eggs and pancakes drain through the hole rather than getting cooked. Since the griddle isn’t tilted, the grease drain gets clogged up and that’s a lot of hassle for cleaning.

Expensive toy that doesn’t do much – Elena who reviewed Cuisinart Griddler exposed in her review that it was just an expensive way to grill cheese and sandwiches. There is not a lot else that you can do with this grill, which certainly couldn’t be used by her to cook meat. She tried to make breakfast by using it as a griddle but it didn’t come out well. Her biggest problem was that it doesn’t cook evenly and doesn’t get hot enough to cook something as simple as pancakes.

Limited functionality – Tia who bought Cuisinart Griddler complained in her review that the grill plates are fine and the drip tray works okay. But the smooth plates were hopeless for making eggs and pancakes. The bottom plate was the worst of the lot because grease started appearing rather quickly. She found it very hard to clean after that and has stopped using the grill completely.

3 Comments on "T Fal Optigrill Plus vs George Foreman Grill vs Cuisinart Griddler"

  1. Kathleen Buskirk | September 20, 2016 at 2:29 pm | Reply

    What is the advantage of having ceramic plates on some of these grills?

  2. Thanks for the review. I’ve tried T-fal Optigrill, and agree to the positive, and negative reviews here. I’ll assume other grills will probably be the same! I’m going to return the T-fal right away.

    • I had the T-fal optigrill and loved it for awhile. Finally I could get medium instead of well well done. It was to bulky and since top would not lock closed to make it easier to move, that was a problem. Then all of a sudden it would only cook manual and the lights only showed pre heat temp and everything burned.
      To replace it I bought the George foreman evolve grill system with ceramic plates which are great! Used in a place with no stove/oven and very hot inside in summer. Have done bugers, hot dogs, chicken. In deep pan have made cresent roll wrapped hot dogs, cookies and pop n fresh canned cinnamon rolls, all turned out great. Sometimes half way through ‘baking’ need to turn temp down and cook a little longer so bottom of things do not burn. Best George foreman yet, but like the optigrill it could use a latch to keep lid tight for moving the grill.

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