Having spent on my George Foreman grill I try to make use of it regularly to ensure my food is cooked in the healthiest way possible but hate having to clean the grill each time due to it having the grooved cooking surface so when I heard about George Foreman sponges I decided to give them a try but did they make life any easier?
These sponges are designed specifically to clean your George Foreman health grill and have a double sided sponge layout with grooves to fit your grill plates. One side of the sponge is black and designed to clean of the thicker dirt with a very light scrubbing action and the other side is a blue sponge to wipe off the dirt that has come loose following the black side having loosened it all for you. The sponges do a fairly good job of loosening the fats and cleaning them off quickly and easily.
These allow for you to quickly and easily clean the fats off your grill plates with minimal fuss whilst managing to keep the grill plates non stick in place as they are not harsh on the surface of the grill plates.
Having purchased these sponges I hoped they would last for a few uses but found the black side to very quickly break apart which led to them not fitting in to the grooves well or managing to break down the fats that had built on the cooking plates.
These sponges come in a box of 3 for about £3 which would be ok if the sponges were to last for more than a couple of cleanings of the grill.
Overall for me these are not great value and not something I would bother buying again as they simply don't last long enough to justify their price. The fact they allow for your grill plates to remain non stick is great but for me it is much easier to simply use some wet kitchen towel to clean my George Foreman health grill as the kitchen towel does not take away the non stick coating and still manages to clean the plates to a great standard.
I first had a George Foreman grill when I bought my house just over a year ago, I use it virtually everyday anything that can be cook on George is!!!!! Although I have worn my first grill out and now have a new one (baby George previously reviewed)
Anyway as I have said in a previous review I do not find the George Foreman grills particularly hard to clean providing you have heated them up a little first as once cooled down the fat tends to stick to them. I normally clean baby George with a normal sponge using only the soft side so that I do not scratch the plates, however a couple of months ago I was shopping in Tesco I noticed they had new in sponge especially for cleaning George Foreman grills, they were an introductory offer and being sold at only 50p, I had to have one to try.
The sponge came wrapped in a piece of thin cardboard mainly blue in colour, there was a picture of George Foreman on the front and the usual George Foreman signature logo . On the back were the instructions of use, not that I bothered to read them I think I can just about work a sponge!!! The packaging is quite simple although quite busy and eye catching!!!
The sponge itself is made of 2 halves, one being a soft blue sponge and the other a black scourer. It is basically like a normal sponge you would buy t clean your kitchen in that the sponge is designed for more delicate areas you do not wish to scratch and the scourer is for tougher areas which might need more cleaning but will not scratch. The difference between the George Foreman sponges and a normal kitchen sponge is that George Foreman sponge has several grooves cut into it (see product picture) The shape of the sponge is designed to imitate the shape of the George Foreman grills, the cut out areas of the sponge fit into the grooves of the grill making cleaning easy. I used the sponge in exactly the same way as I normally do, I heated baby George up a bit to make the fat slightly softer then wetted the sponge and wiped it down the grooves of the grill(using the soft blue side) I was surprised to find that the sponge did work well. Usually I am ok with the main part of the grill the area which is slightly more difficult to clean is the very bottom part of the sloping grill plates just before the fat drips into the tray at the bottom, the grooves in the grills seem to be slightly deeper here making it difficult to get a normal sponge into the enough to clean away all the fat without burning your finger. With my new George Foreman sponge I could easily clean all areas of the grill quickly and with no worry of getting burnt.
I think the idea of the 2 sides is that the black scourer side is designed for the outside of the George Foreman grill as this tends to get greasy but will not scratch and the soft blue sponge is designed for the grill plates as these would scratch very easily using the scourer side removing the non stick coating.
All in all I did find the George Foreman sponge to be a success.
The sponge lasted about the same time as a kitchen sponge, I guess this depends on how often you use and wash it. Now I only bought on of these sponges for as I said 50p however they usually retail at just over £1, personally I find this quite expensive for a sponge, yes it is a very good sponge but it is still expensive, my usually kitchen sponges cost me 60p for a pack of 6 so over £1 for 1 is a lot. You are basically paying for the George Foreman name. A little while ago I did find some on ebay, it was a packet of 4 George Foreman sponges and they wee being sold for about £2, my fiancées dad wanted some for his grill so we decided to shop around a bit for some cheaper ones. OK £2 for 4 sponges is better than what Tesco were selling them for but I still think £2 is quite expensive for sponges.
Overall I was very impressed with the cleaning power of my George Foreman sponge, it cleaned the fat and grease off of the George Foreman grill quickly and effortlessly, however I doubt I will be buying them on a regular basis, my George Foreman sponge has since worn out and I am back to using regular kitchen sponges. I would say it is worth buying one to try if it is on offer but I certainly would not pay over £1 for 1 sponge!!!!
We have had a George Foreman Grill for a few years now, and while I really love the simplicity of using it, it does come at a cost: unless you clean it straight away, it can be an absolute nightmare to clean. Once that grease or fat or anything cools down and sticks on there, the grill shaped nature of it means that getting into the groove isn't quite as easy as Madonna found it!! (sorry, sorry...)
Enter these funky grill pads. The cleaning sponges are just like regular sponges that would buy: one side has a scouring pad, while the other has a softer sponge, for the parts you don't want to scratch the protective covering off of. What sets these sponges as different to other is that they are geared towards a George Foreman Grill: they have the grooves in them as well. To get a better idea of what they look like, there's a decent photo in the product picture on this page.
In a practical sense, this does make it rather easier. To a certain extent, you would be forgiven for thinking that this is a lazy way of excusing those who don't clean it straight away, and makes it easier to wait for a bit before cleaning. However, it also makes it easier to clean the grill straight away, and in a way it does encourage you to do it straight away, by making it that much more simple.
Ultimately, it hits the niche in terms of its shape, and it is a product that does what it intends to do. Pricewise, they will set you back a bit, costing over £1 per sponge! To this extent, I probably won't be buying these on a regular basis, if ever again, as even though they are good for what they do, it is still an expensive way of cleaning something that you could still do with another product, much cheaper, but having to use a bit more elbow grease.
Ultimately, it's a good product, but it comes down to whether you want to fork out for them or not. They do the job, but are very expensive. You can buy cheaper sponge cleaners with scouring pad sides, but I find them not as effective as these. You can certainly get the grill cleaner with less effort with these, but will your bank balance and shopping budget cater for what is essentially a bit of a luxury?
These were recommended in a Dooyoo review and as I also hated cleaning our G F grill because of the way they are designed and I thought I would give them a try as they appeared to do the job especially in the areas around the spikes and the raised grills where food and fat gets trapped.
Each sponge is made up of two sides, a black one which acts as a scourer and a blue one that is a softer sponge. In addition they have a grooved shape so that they fit in the raise grills making cleaning a lot easier.
These work really well especially if the grill is a little warm to help remove the dried on food and grease. The down side is the cost as a pack of three will set you back £4.99 which is not cheap however they do last for quite a few cleans so you are not throwing them away after each use. They are particularly good at cleaning the bottom grilland the spikes on it which can be a pain with a normal sponge, also it does not scratch the grill due to the materials used in the abrasive side.
Who knew such a clever little invention existed!!
We really like using our George Foreman grill! But I despise cleaning it - though it is "nicer" to clean than the oven grill or the BBQ. If you've ever used a George Foreman grill you'll know what I mean. For those that haven't, let me explain.
George Foreman grills have raised line/grills on the top plate and the bottom plate. On the bottom plate the raised grills finish at the end and come up as what could be described as "spikes". These spikes stop the food falling off the onward slope of the grill, but they also make it quite difficult to clean. The grease, fat and burnt bits stick to the grill (good because you see what you didn't eat) and previously I turned it on after use to "soften" the leftover rubbish and remove with a paper towel or dish cloth. My biggest issue was not burning myself of the end spikes and getting the grease out of the raised grills!
So when I saw these George Foreman Cleaning Sponges advertised I thought I might give them ago.
===What Are They?===
They're a 2 sided sponge. The blue side is the softer one, the black a scourer.
They are grooved to fit the raised grills of ANY George Foreman Grills
"Durable, combines a cleaning polyester" (Thanks Amazon)
And finally scratch free!
===How do you use them?===
I've found the best way to use these sponges is to turn the grill on and let it heat up a bit. Wet the sponge. I like to turn my grill off before I clean it - maybe I'm a bit clumsy, but I seem to always touch the hot bits!! Then it is as simple as wiping down your grill, letting the grooves follow the raised grill bits.
Then I rinse my sponge in hot soapy water and leave to dry.
===Do they work?===
For me, YES. I know there are some reviews on Amazon saying they are a waste of money, and a sponge/paper towel is a cheaper option, but I find I can get the grill cleaner using these sponges.
The top plate is always easier and quicker to clean. The bottom plate is the annoying one! These sponges get the grease out of the annoying spikes at the end.
I always rinse my sponges out after use. And so far they haven't fallen apart.
====Cost and where to buy?===
I shopped around for these and got a great deal on eBay for a pack of 3 for £4.18 including postage (£1.39 per sponge). I think there were better deals out there if you bought more, the cost per sponge went down, but I was happy with buying 3 to begin with!
Amazon are currently selling them for £4.99 for a pack of 3, with Free Super Saver Delivery if you spend over £5.
===Will I buy them again?===
Yes, I'll buy them again, because they work for me! And it makes a not so nice job a little bit nicer.
I will say that we have a 2 person George Foreman Grill. We use it every couple of weeks or so, more in Summer, as we don't have a BBQ. So my sponges are probably lasting a little longer due to these factors too!
Clean your pans without destroying the anti-sticking coating.