Review: The Hamilton Beach Indoor Flavor/Searing Grill
I’m going to go over some of the pros and cons of the Hamilton Beach 25360 indoor grill. I’ve used this indoor grill on and off for about the last 3 weeks or so.
So far it’s done a great job grilling up some quick and healthy meals for me after work and I want to share my experience with the Hamilton Beach Flavor/Searing Grill with you.
Here are some quick features of this indoor grill:
- Adjustable temperature control
- High-heat searing capability (huge plus for finishing off steaks very nicely)
- Non-stick grill plate
- It’s dishwasher safe, almost everything can come apart from the grill plate to the hood
- Extra large drip tray which is always nice to have on an indoor grill
So far, I’ve really enjoyed using this Hamilton Beach indoor grill because it’s basically a mini outdoor grill that runs on electricity instead of propane. I love the hood and the overall look of the grill.
There’s no frills here the Hamilton Beach 25360 is just a plain ol’ workhorse of an indoor grill. You preheat the grill plate, put your food on and start grilling. There’s no panini press or any other fancy features like dual temperature control or a automatic doneness setting like on the Tfal Optigrill I reviewed.
For the price (I paid about $70), you get a lot for your money. Specifically, you get a quality indoor electric grill that gives you something very similar to outdoor grilling results.
The Good: Pros of the Flavor/Searing Grill by Hamilton Beach
The Hamilton Beach Flavor/Searing grill has several good aspects. One positive is that the indoor grill itself looks pretty good and is attractive. Looks may not be important to some people but I think it really matters if you’re going to display this grill on your countertop.
Another great feature of this grill is that it is a true grill, no panini press top and bottom. The bottom plate heats up and that’s it. The hood, or top part of this grill is just like a real bbq grill in that it is sort of a dome and can give you some very outdoor grill-like results in your food.
I recently made some chicken breasts on the Hamilton Beach and they turned out very well. Grill marks looked very nice and appetizing.
In my opinion, the mark of a really great indoor grill is how it handles fish. For the most part, fish is a delicate meat and not all indoor grills can cut it. I’ve had a few instances where the fish overcooked or was smashed down by the top plate. This indoor electric grill doesn’t have that problem. It handled some salmon steaks perfectly.
The non-stick grilling surface is top notch. I barely had to use any oil and it cleaned up very easily without any scrubbing in my dishwasher.
If you’ve read any of my other reviews, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of easy cleanup on indoor grills.
If it’s one thing I love, it’s cooking on an indoor grill. If there’s one thing I hate, it’s cleaning up after cooking!
The Hamilton Beach was a breeze to clean in my dishwasher after removing the grill plates and top hood. Very simple and it cleaned up well.
The Bad: Cons of the Hamilton Beach Grill
To be honest, this indoor grill doesn’t have very many cons. It grills food easily, efficiently and produces consistently good results as long as I don’t screw up the cooking (or I forget to flip the meat). It does have a few shortcomings that bothered me though.
One thing that I didn’t like about this grill is that I feel the power cord is too short. I usually do my indoor grilling on top of my kitchen island. It has an electrical outlet on the side of the cabinet beneath the countertop. I had to position the Hamilton Beach grill right on the edge of the counter so that I could plug it in. Not so user-friendly.
The second and last thing I didn’t like was that the design and construction of this indoor grill is a little bit flimsy for my taste. The hood has some play in it and just kind of feels cheap. Also, with the grill plate removed, the Hamilton Beach becomes very light. That is something that I don’t like. Although I may have been a little jaded after using the solidly-built Cuisinart Griddler Deluxe the week prior to the Hamilton Beach.
Overall, I think the Hamilton Beach 25360 indoor grill is a very capable cooking device. I love how it all comes apart for easy cleaning and also how it seems like a miniature outdoor grill. For the price, I think it’s definitely worth the money and I would recommend it if you want a quality indoor grill for less than $100.