T-Fal GC7 Opti-Grill Indoor Electric Grill

Last updated date: September 29, 2020

DWYM Score
8.2

T-Fal GC7 Opti-Grill Indoor Electric Grill

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 38 expert reviews, the T-Fal T-Fal GC7 Opti-Grill Indoor Electric Grill placed 9th when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note October 18, 2020:
Checkout The Best Electric Grill for a detailed review of all the top electric grills.

Expert Summarized Score
7.9
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
3,166 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The T-Fal OptiGrill takes much of the guesswork out of cooking by automatically adjusting grill time and sensing its internal temperature. It gives meat and poultry convincing grilled flavor plus functions as a competent panini sandwich press in a pinch.
- CNET
Automatically adapts grilling cycles to the thickness of the food, looks great on your countertop
- Kitchen Aria
Removable grill plates that are dishwasher safe (huge plus!)
- Indoor Grill Source
What experts didn't like
It tends to overcook what it grills and can't handle raw eggs or batter for pancake and waffles.
- CNET
Some issues with build-quality reported by users
- Kitchen Aria
Too many plastic parts
- Indoor Grill Source

From The Manufacturer

First electric indoor grill that cooks by adapting its grilling cycles to the thickness of the foods

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T-Fal GC7 Opti-Grill Indoor Electric Grill
9. T-Fal GC7 Opti-Grill Indoor Electric Grill
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Electric Grills

An electric grill is a healthy way to cook meats, vegetables and even flatbreads. Many electric grills are designed to be used indoors, while some can be used outdoors as well. If you love the grill marks you get from a barbeque grill but your backyard plans are getting rained out, an indoor electric grill will provide you with the same kind of flavor and texture. They are a versatile kitchen gadget that makes it easy to make a delicious meal.

One of the most important things to consider when you’re buying an electric grill is the amount of cooking space you need. How many people do you cook for at once? For example, if you have a small family of two or four people, a small to medium-sized electric grill will do the trick. If you have a large family, enjoy entertaining often or like to cook in large batches so you have plenty of leftovers, then opt for a larger electric grill. This way, you can cook all the food you need at once instead of doing it in multiple shifts. Typically, each serving you make requires around 20 square inches of surface area to cook.

DWYM Fun Fact

While you can certainly grill a classic steak on an electric grill, add to your repertoire with other meats such as pork chops, chicken breasts, lamb chops and seafood. You can also grill vegetables like zucchini, eggplant, asparagus, mushrooms and onions. Marinated tofu on the electric grill is a great addition if you want to include non-animal protein in your diet. If you like pizza, try cooking a thin-crust homemade dough on the grill, and add on your toppings when the crust is almost done. You can even make dessert on the electric grill. Firm fruit like pineapple and peaches are wonderful when grilled, served with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream.

The Electric Grill Buying Guide

  • Ensure the electric grill you get is easy to clean, has dishwasher-safe parts and has non-stick plates. If food gets stuck on easily or if you have to hand-wash every piece, it’s less likely you’re going to use this appliance on a frequent basis. Be sure to look for a removable grease drip tray as well, as that part often accumulates the most buildup.
  • Do you need an electric grill that is easily portable? For example, will you store it in a cupboard and take it out only when you need it, or will you be keeping it as a fixture on your kitchen counter? If you will be moving the electric grill frequently, opt for one that is lightweight and easy to carry.
  • Keep in mind that in order to get those beautiful grill marks and that crispy sear, you have to let your electric griddle heat up before you place your ingredients on it. Remember to marinate your meat first so that it has great flavor, and then build on that with the sear. Ensure your grill has adjustable temperature controls, so you can set the right temperature for the food on hand. Vegetables require a different temperature setting than shrimp, for example.