We all know that there is no indoor grill that can take the place of a heavy-duty, stainless steel, charcoal or gas grill. To say otherwise is naïve.
But, having an indoor grill can be heaven-sent in certain situations.
For one, it’s a good back-up in case your outdoor grill runs out of charcoal or propane gas, and you need to make a quick burger ASAP. Another situation may be the weather, which would not allow you to go out to grill your favorite steak or veggies. These are just some scenarios where an indoor grill can save the day for you.
Since we already know that it’s to your advantage to have an indoor grill, the next question you need to ask yourself is – “what type of indoor grill should I get?”
There are many kinds of indoor grills in the market today. But which one out of the many deserves a place in your kitchen?
We are going to review one of the most popular brands in the market today and see if what they offer is something that would address your needs. And without further delay, let’s dive into the Power Smokeless Grill Reviews that’s creating a lot of buzz right now.
1. PowerXL Smokeless Grill with Tempered Glass Lid
The PowerXL Smokeless Grill boasts of being the only indoor grill with a Smoke Extracting Technology. But does it really grill without smoke?
Before we get into that let’s see what comes with the grill and if it needs any assembly out of the box.
PowerXL Smokeless Grill parts and accessories:
- PowerXL Grill housing or base
- Electric burner (heating element)
- Power plug
- Glass lid
- Non-stick ceramic griddle plate
- Non-stick ceramic grill plate
- Water tray
- Drip tray
How To Assemble
The only assembly that requires a tool is for the glass lid to attach the handle. Once you put the screws on the glass lid handle, all the parts will no longer require tools to assemble.
The important thing to note which is highly recommended before your first use of the PowerXL Smokeless Grill is to wash all the washable parts with warm soapy water. The washable parts are the glass lid, the griddle and grill plates, water tray, and the drip tray. The housing or base, and the electric burner are obviously not to be washed.
Once done, wipe all the washed parts and you can start to assemble your PowerXL Smokeless Grill based on the instruction manual. You need to put 2 cups of water in the water tray before using the machine. The water will be the one to absorb the smoke from the food so it’s very important to remember putting in water.
The drip tray goes on top of the water tray and you need to take notice of the 2 arrows on the side of the drip tray. You must place the part where the arrows are, near to the power plug of the grill. Put the heating unit on top of the drip tray. You can choose either the grill plate or the griddle to put on top of the burner depending on what you will cook.
Another important thing to remember is to pre-heat the grill plates for 4-5 minutes before putting in any food to burn off any processing residue. This is only done when you use the plates for the first time.
Once that’s done, you can set the grill on your desired temperature setting depending on what you will cook on the grill plate. The temperature maxes out at 450⁰F and there’s a circular blue indicator that will blink as the temperature goes up. It will stop blinking once it reaches the temperature that’s been set. It’s recommended to put the glass lid on when heating the grill to reach the desired heat faster.
The Power Smokeless Grill has a 108 square-inch cooking surface which is a lot of space for an indoor grill. It can accommodate about 6-7 regular sized burger patties all at the same time.
With the non-stick ceramic grill plates, food will not stick at all even if you don’t season the plates as one would normally do for outdoor grills. With the LED Smart Temperature Control, you can custom-control your heat level up to 450⁰F.
You can set it to cook pancakes, grill burgers, slow-grill pizza crusts, toast grilled cheese or even grill paninis. It can even handle frozen food from frozen as the built-in heat source gives fast and even heat.
One thing to note though is that it’s not entirely even-cooking as we have observed. The area near the LED Smart Temperature Control seems to be hotter than the opposite area. This means you may have to flip around the food to achieve uniform cooking.
But this should not be a deal-breaker as overall, this is still a versatile and powerful indoor grill.
Where the Power Smokeless Grill excels is its ability to extract smoke fast. The Turbo Speed Smoke Extractor Technology does work in achieving a smokeless cooking.
We’ve tested it ourselves and we were amazed by the results. You can try it for yourself by cooking any food and putting the lid on top. You will see the smoke forming on the glass lid and as soon as you turn on the fan, you will see how fast the smoke gets sucked in through the vents that are located at the inner back portion of the grill.
Cleaning / Maintenance
It’s advisable to wash the grill and griddle plates, lid, drip and water tray after every use. The good news is, cleaning the Power Smokeless Grill is easy as the non-sticky ceramic plates ensure that the food will not attach to the grills.
Aside from washing by hand, it’s also dishwasher safe so you can just slot it in the bottom rack of the dishwasher and everything’s good. For the base unit, use a damp cloth and mild cleaning liquid in wiping dirt off of it. For the heating element, you can clean it by unplugging the unit and allow it to cool off before wiping it with a damp cloth.
2. PowerXL Smokeless Grill Family Size
This is the big brother of the Power Smokeless Grill. All the features are the same except for the cooking surface of the PowerXL at 139.5 square inches which can grill eight regular-sized burgers or six steaks at one time.
- Turbo Speed Extractor
- LED Smart Temperature Control
- Advanced Non-Stick Ceramic plates
- Interchangeable grill plates
- Easy to Assemble
- Ample cooking surface for an indoor grill
- A highly versatile and durable piece of equipment
- Slight uneven heat cooking surface
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How does the Power Smokeless Grill turn into an electric skillet?
You can transition the Power Smokeless Grill into an electric skillet in seconds by replacing the Grill Plate with the Griddle Plate.
2. Why does it say that the Power Smokeless Grill cooks healthier?
Because fat and oil drain from the food into the removable Drip Tray. And the Advanced Nonstick Coating no longer require butter or oil.
3. How do I control the cooking temperature on the Power Smokeless Grill?
The Power Smokeless Grill’s LED Smart Temperature Control lets you adjust the temperature from 220° F to 450° F with just the push of a button.
4. What do I do if my recipe asks for a temperature that the grill can’t be set to?
Use the temperature closest to what the recipe calls for. Either use a lower temperature and increase the cooking time or use a higher temperature and decrease the cooking time, based on how you like your food cooked.
5. How does the Power Smokeless Grill reduce virtually all the smoke from grilling?
The smokeless technology works by using the fan and filling the Water Tray with 1.5 cups of water. If you do not use enough water in the Water Tray, greasy, sugary, or oily food may increase smoke output. Also, ensure your lid is completely sealed over the grill, as this helps contain smoke and seal in the flavor. Temperature, food type, fat content, and marinade can increase smoke output. Finally, make sure to thoroughly clean the grill/griddle plates after each use.
The Power Smokeless Grill and PowerXL Smokeless Grill are both straightforward no-nonsense indoor grills. You only need to determine which is the right size suitable for your needs. In terms of features, these power grills beat most of its competitors at this price range.
The Turbo Speed Extractor is an innovative solution to ensuring that your indoor cooking with this grill remains virtually smokeless each time. The ability to adjust the temperature with a push of a button courtesy of its LED Smart Temperature Control makes cooking with the Power Smokeless Grill more enjoyable.
And lastly, the easy cleaning with the Advanced Non-Stick Ceramic plates ensures that your power grill will always be in top-notch condition and will last you for many years.
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- 1. PowerXL Smokeless Grill with Tempered Glass Lid
- 2. PowerXL Smokeless Grill Family Size
- Frequently Asked Questions
- 1. How does the Power Smokeless Grill turn into an electric skillet?
- 2. Why does it say that the Power Smokeless Grill cooks healthier?
- 3. How do I control the cooking temperature on the Power Smokeless Grill?
- 4. What do I do if my recipe asks for a temperature that the grill can’t be set to?
- 5. How does the Power Smokeless Grill reduce virtually all the smoke from grilling?