There's nothing optical about the T-fal OptiGrill, so the "Opti" in the name presumably means that it will give you the optimal grilling for your beef, poultry and fish, which is more than you can say about your aging Weber grill, where the meat is either under undercooked or burnt to a crisp, depending on how deft you are with a pair of tongs. In fact, you can even use the OptiGrill to barbecue indoors without setting off the smoke detector. George Foreman would be proud.
The OptiGrill even looks a bit like a George Foreman Grill, a sandwich of grilling surfaces that folds down over the food and cooks it. Except the OptiGrill has programming buttons on the front that set it for the type of meat you're cooking (burgers, poultry, sandwiches, sausage and pork, red meat, and fish) and monitors the meal's progress as it cooks. You can even pop your meal straight out of the freezer and into the grill without thawing first. (There's a defrost button on the control panel with an adorable picture of a snowflake on it.) The OptiGrill slides automatically from thawing to heating mode when the meat is ready for grilling. And when the temperature indicates that the meal is done, the OptiGrill lets you know and you just pull it out. The surfaces are washable, so you won't get the years and years of grimy build-up that your Weber Grill has held onto since the Clinton administration.
Nothing's perfect, but the majority of users give the OptiGrill five stars, though there are a few complaints about the automated cooking failing, leaving only the Manual mode, where the user has to time out everything on their own wristwatch. If you'd prefer a grill that lets you cook multiple foods at the same time (including veggies), look at the Smoke-Tronix, which looks like a small supermarket on wheels. For all other kinds of cooking, check out the multipurpose Instant Pot IP-Smart or Gourmia GMC680. And for just rice-based meals, there's the Zojirushi NS-YAC18 Umami Micom.
It was perfect. This was the best steak I have probably ever grilled and I didn't even have to think or guess if it was done.
This is a time saver and all around great grill. It takes out a lot of the fat which makes it healthier. It cooks a burger way faster than frying or baking.
Amazing for making any food .
The first cook is fine but after that it will only go into manual mode.
Absolutely fantastic for quick steaks. Problem with mine now though, goes straight to manual cooking.
the Tefal OptiGrill is a smart grilling machine that cooks up meat, fish, bacon, toasted sandwiches and a whole lot more beautifully.
From the moment I turned this on for the first time, it refuses to cook in any mode other than manual. We've tried everything.