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My Fiancee and I decided to purchase a health grill when we saw it fairly cheaply in tesco. At around £12 or so it was a fraction of the price of a George Foreman grill and looked pretty much the same. The idea is that you open the lid, put food in and then close the lid, and it will heat up both sides of the food at the same time, while being at a slight angle so all the fat drains away. Healthier food, cooked in half the time. Brilliant! In theory.
Lets start with the looks.
Its not an ugly appliance, however it's not the prettiest. It just sort of blends in. Sure, the George Foreman ones look a bit nicer with their shiny black lids, but this is plain and simple, and cheap. It has a grey lid (which is hinged at the back, so it opens like a mouth!) with two lights on. One of these lights comes on to show you that the device is plugged in and heating, the other comes on when the grill is hot enough to cook with. There is a fat tray that sits in front of the grill, and unless emptied can look absolutely disgusting.
How it works:
Opening the lid, you will be greeted with two large black surfaces, one on the base, one on the hinged lid, both having grooves. Both of these surfaces have heating elements so, when you shut the lid, the food cooks from both sides at once, meaning that you don't have to turn anything, and it slashes the time needed to cook.
First, you need to plug it in (duh!). Unfortunately, there is no switch for the device, so if it is plugged in, it is heating up. So if (like in my house) your plug sockets are fairly inaccessible, this could be a bit of a problem. It would have been very cheap to add a simple on/off switch, so I hope Tesco has a good reason for omitting one.
As soon as you plug it in, the first light comes on. This is to show that it is on, and could be getting hot.
After a short amount of time, the second light comes on to show that it is ready to cook. This heating up process is very quick!
You open the lid and place the food on the black cooking surface. Unfortunately, the back of the device has been raised slightly too high, so food can easily move down to the front. However this slope means that all the fat drains away, so it's not all bad.
Very quickly, you'll start to see fat dripping out of the front and into the removable fat tray. You'll be amazed at how much fat drains off, and how everything still tastes so good! The food is still rarely dry, and tastes very similar to if it were fried, the main difference usually being that the outside isn't as greasy as it wasn't swimming in oil.
While this all seems brilliant, there are a couple of problems. Firstly, the size. My fiancee and I struggled to fit everything just for ourselves on there, so for a family it would be incredibly small. While the advantage of this is that it doesn't take up as much space in the kitchen, it means that sometimes you will have to do two "rounds" of cooking. Luckily it doesn't take long, so the first batch won't get cold, but it is rather annoying to have to cook things twice. In this aspect, a larger George Foreman grill would be much better.
And then on to the cleaning. Which is an absolute nightmare! Obviously, being an electrical appliance, you can't stick it in the dishwasher or leave it in the washing up bowl to soak. Tesco say that you have to "wipe clean with a damp cloth". Now, if you imagine all the grease that's still on there, you can surely see that a simple wipe with a cloth will do next to nothing. You also have the dilemma of doing it immediately, and burning your hand while your food goes cold, or do you wait for it to cool, eat your food and then deal with a congealed mess thats even harder to get off? I found the best solution was to get a glass of boiling water, mix some washing up liquid in it, and then, ASAP, pour this gently over the grill so it glides into the fat tray, and then give it a proper wash later.
However, this didn't prove sufficient. After using it a few times, my Fiancee and I left the house for a few days and, when we came to use it, found bacteria growing in the grooves! Now we had cleaned it properly after use the previous time, and it had only been left for four or five days. Needless to say, we haven't used it since. So, if you do decide to use it, make sure it is THOROUGHLY cleaned.
And lets face it: cooking your food in bacteria has got to be a whole lot worse for your health than a bit of oil.
This grill was given to us from a family member for free but is fairly cheap anyway. I've never particularly wanted one before, and always thought they were a useless item that just takes up space. After using it quite a few times on sausages, bacon and meat free burgers, I have to say it is brilliant. We have yet to try cooking chicken or anything else on it, but I'm sure it'll be good for any meat or even fish.
The grill itself is quite large and bulky, but I suppose this can be good and bad. At one time I could fit five sausages and two meat free burgers on it. I would prefer it to be a little smaller though. It comes with two drip trays that slide underneath the grill and two spatulas with groves that fit perfectly along the grill, so are used to scrape any left over juices/fat that haven't dripped down. It heats up and cooks fairly quick, which I think is great as I'm very impatient when cooking.
I honestly don't understand why anyone would pay a lot of money for these things, when the cheaper versions, like this one, are just as good and do the exact same job. I would definitely recommend this to anybody, it's brilliant, sturdy, easy to clean and cheap.
I bought this grill over the George Foreman as it was on offer at the time, and was available in the size I needed my local Tesco, which the George Foreman wasn't, and I am glad I made the decision to do so.
I find the grill is easy to use, just plug in and am away, cooking my favourites chicken and salmon steaks very quickly and thoroughly, and of course drains off all the fat from the meat, making it much healthier to eat. (I never cook my meat in the oven any more.)
This is the smaller sized health grill, around the same size as a single toasted sandwich maker which easily cooks enough for two ( there is only myself and my housemate) will hold around two chicken fillets , 6 fish fingers / sausages etc. with ease I would recommend a bigger size for a family or those with a heartier appetite. The design is sleek and silver, attractive enough to be kept out on the worktop if you are running out of space in the cupboards. The Grill comes with a grease tray to collect the grease coming off the food you are cooking and spatula to hep you scrape off any residue / stuck on food afterwards.
With this grill you plug it straight into the wall, and it turns straight on, there is no button to press. A light comes on until the grill reaches its optimum cooking temperature. Because there is no button to press, be careful to turn it off at the wall after as it can be easy to forget to turn off, and as with all cooking appliances, make sure its well out of children's reach as it remains hot for ages afterwards.
I have found in the past that health grills can be a problem to clean. If you try clean immediately after use it is too hot, and if you wait, the grease and anything else that has been left on the grill has clung to the none stick coating, refusing to be scrubbed off. I have found with this grill the none stick coating is quite easy to clean, and doesn't come off too easily. I usually leave it about half an hour if there is stuck on food and it is fine to clean with a sponge cloth ( not the brillo pad side, or you will accidentally scrape off all the coating - as I did with my very first grill)
Overall, I would say this is a good health grill, cooking food thoroughly and easily, A bargain buy, and in my opinion as good as some of the leading brand health grills - recommended.
After my last health grill was no longer non-stick and a real pain to clean, I decided that a new one was needed, I must say it was still working great apart from cooking surface was down to the bare metal in some areas, for this reason I thought why not get the cheaper tesco one, at half the price it should still last until the surface coating has worn away.
The look of this is much the same as my last one, same shape, slightly larger cooking surface, on this I can fit 5 chicken breasts easily also has no bun warmer this I never used so no loss, the drip tray slides securely into a small slot at the front there are two of these, along with two spatulas, both tray and spatula are made of plastic with the spatulas being nice and solid with grooves on the front edge this can be used to scrape between the hollows of the grill surface, if this is done soon after cooking it will save time as the fat and small peices of food will burn to the surface. The back legs are higher than the front elevating the back so the grease will run into the drip tray. The lid is conected with a flexable hindge this allows the lid to close but also can raise slightly so that all the food is in contact with the lid.
There are two small lights on the top one green and one red simply one is to show its on and the other shows when it is heating they dont really help and when serving the food the lid is open and lights out of view anyway.
There is two ways to cook on this the first is with the lid open I do this to cook at a slower pace or at the end of cooking so that it is timed to be ready at the same time as other food, the heat while doing this is a lot less, When the lid is closed the heat really builds up fast cooking food takes no time and it is a good idea to keep a keen watch as burning the food can be done easy.
The results of using this grill are really good sausages are great with a lot less fat than frying about 6 of these will fill the drip tray to half full, for chicken fillets they come out a touch crispy on the outside but the inside is mouth watering juicy, the crispy outside might not be everyones taste but I like.
Cleaning is easy as said before scrape with spatula to get rid of left peices of food then wash down with soapy water the non-stick surfac is very good on this for best results wash when still warm.
I can't remember how much that I paid for this grill, although I know it was under £10 - a bargain!
The grill is easy to use and healthier than frying as the food doesn't "sit" in the oil. The plates are really smooth and the grooves allow the fat to drain from the food, ending up in the drip tray underneath the grill. The food comes out fresh and crispy without the added fat and grease. You can cook all sorts of food on this grill. We cook burgers, fish fingers, chicken nuggets and even bacon on ours. Even the bacon comes out crispy and tasty - yum! Plus the burgers are really juicy and better for you as they don't hold on to the fat. The fat just drains away and the grill is ready to be used again.
The grill is really easy to clean too. We just use a damp sponge on ours and a little washing up liquid to get rid of the grease. The grill is then ready to be used again and you can't taste the food that was on it before either.
The grill is great value. It's really durable, sturdy and versatile. It's excellent quality and so easy to use. The green light tells you that the grill is on and working and the red light comes on when the food has reached it's maximum temperature.
A great kitchen appliance.
My family have always had every healthy appliance possible. My mom always seems to habe the family on a diet even though we eat healthily anyway and so we have always had a George Foreman grill.
As a teenager this was something I couldn't live without. You always feel so much better when you know you've cooked your mixed grill or fry up using the grill (even though you know you should be eatting porridge or salad instead but you just can't help yourself). When I decided to head off to uni I got given a budget for any appliances I might need and just as I came to buy my George Foreman I realised I didn't have enough money.
Shock Horror!! it seemed that I would have to use a value brand instead... how on earth would I cope?
Well quite well actually.
I brought my tesco health grill on offer for £12 about a year ago and I assume that the price is pretty much the same now.
Now I know looks aren't everything but being a girl I like to have things that I use everyday being quite pretty. This just isn't the case, the grill is plain white with a red light and green light on top. The inside is black with the grilling ridges... but really what on earth did I expect from a budget brand.
As I said before I have always been used to a George Foreman which is just brilliant and will cook chicken, steak, sausages etc to perfection. The first thing I decided to cook using my grill was a cooked breakfast to thank my mom and dad for helping me move in. Now I can normally cook 6 rashers of bacon, 3 sausages and mushrooms on my grill at home at the same time but I soon realised that this grill was much smaller and not as powerful. I can fit 4 rashers of bacon on at a push so it took me 2 attempts to cook the lot (I suppose the fact that the grill is just for me makes it better now as I only need to cook enough for one not 3). Another problem I have found is with power. I am really fussy when it comes too cooking chicken and sausages and never had a problem with the George Foreman but with my health grill I have to cut the items in half so that I am sure they are cooked through. I cooked a piece of chicken and it looked done and the grill said it was done but when I cut it open it was still pink in the middle so I have been put off a bit.
The grill is perfect for cooking steak and I always use it to grill mushrooms and peppers as it gives them a smoky taste which I love.
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I would not reccomend this for families as Its just too small to feed more than 2 people and the worry that the food might not cook properly really puts me off using it to cook for children. Its a perfect grill for individuals or couples as its big enough to cook 2 chicken breasts even when theyre cut in half.
This is a good value health grill from Tesco, with a non stick cooking surface. The grill makes eating healthier as it cooks out all the fat from the food as it drips towards the bottom which can be caught in a tray. It also comes with a spatula.
The design is quite basic, it has a silver design with a red and green light at the top to indicate when it is hot enough so that it is ready to use. The surface can be lifted up to get access to the cooking plate which in black with vertical strips for the grilling panels. It is at a slight angle so the fat doesn't stay arounf the food surface and drips toward the bottoms, which can be caught in a plastic drip tray.
In terms of grilling I think it works really well, especially for the price you are paying. Simple wait for the light to turn green after turning it on, as this means that the plates are hot enough and it is ready to start cooking on. Then just place the food you want to grill on the cook plates close the lid, and wait. You don't have to turn it over as it has plates on the top and bottom. It grill the food well and you can see the amount of fat it loses as it fall down into the drip tray, so its good to visibly see the amount of fat it lost, than if you cooked it differently. The food cooks well and tastes nice after it is made. It has a non-stick tray with for the most part works well as I don't have too much trouble gets the food off, although when I've tried to make sausages it seems to be a bit sticky, but isn't too bad.
Unfortunately the cooking plates aren't removable so they can be washed in the dishwasher, so will have to be done be hand, and is also less easy than washing in the sink.
The cooking plates a big enough to cook 4 chicken breast, so it the right size for a family of 4, anything more than that and you will be struggling to get everything on, and may have to make 2 batches.
The product also has no variable temperature, so you just have to cook it on the temperature it says, which for me is good enough, but if you like to follow recipes close to the book, you will have to do with the temperature the grill is set at. 9unfortunately I don't know what it is, but seems to be hot enough and at a temperature you would expect.
The price for this product is £13.49 from Tesco, and is great price, as many grills can be quite expensive and this one works more than good enough, for me anyway.
Overall this is a good product and grilling food really well. Non removable plates is a bit annoying but that's the only really downside that bothered me. Otherwise for the price you are paying this is really good and worth buying.
The health grill has taken over our lives in a big way over the last few years. And for good reason. We have had several George Foreman models over the years at home, each with their own merits.
When i arrived in my university accommodation last year, i realised that we didn't have much more than a microwave to cook with. On a visit to the local Tesco, I found this health grill for under £10 and my problem was solved.
The thing couldn't be more easy to use, you simply plug it in, wait for it to warm up, a green light will come on and your ready to go. It comes with a drip tray and a spatula meaning easy cleaning of the non-stick grill surface.
It can be used to grill all sorts of things including meat, sandwiches and vegetables and does so quickly and healthily as the sloped grilling surface allows most of the fat to drain off. You'll be shocked to see how much fat comes from a few sausages.
A great little product and excellent value for money.
Our george foreman grill now resides in the kitchen at my husbands office so we decided to replace it with this one. half the price (i think we paid £10-12 for it) and it looks incredibly similar, could there really be a difference?
There are a couple of differences. Firstly, on the plus side, our tesco grill came with 2 scraping spatulas and 2 fat trays. Always good to have extras available, I find these things easily disappear into THAT kitchen drawer I think most of us have. Secondly, it's a fairly good design, unobtrusive and I would say probably fits in well with most kitchens nowadays. It's not overly big or bulky, but it can grill a decent amount of food in one go.
I don't particularly like the hinges used for the lid. It literally slams closed, so make sure your fingers aren't in the way and not so good if your fingers slip when trying to lift/close it.
The grill plates are non stick, an expected standard these days. The good thing is you don't need to add oil/butter/your choice, I've found the grill doesn't dry out your food at all.
Everything seems to cook relatively well, the smell drives me crazy, especially when onions are cooking, they always smell so good.
Cleaning it is a bit of a pain to be honest. You can't do it too quickly as it needs to cool down, but once it cools it can take a good while to make sure you get all the bits out. I don't really think it's a Tesco design specific issue, it's more likely just a general thing with these grills.
I can't say as I have noticed a massive difference between this and the George Foreman one. The biggest is the temperature, it doesn't cool as the foreman one does, it stays continuously at one heat. A minor thing for the price though in my opinion.
I have owned no fewer than six George Foreman Grills in my lifetime, all of them coming to such bizarre ends that I feel I could write a (short) book about each unfortunate demise. I have vowed not to buy another one as I honestly believe I am jinxed with these products, and frankly they're far too expensive to keep replacing.
This is why I now own a Tesco Health Grill, costing just £8.49 when it was on special offer I thought I would try the product as that is a fraction of the price of a similar sized George Foreman.
The design has changed somewhat, the Grill is still silver in colour but is more elongated towards the front and narrower. The drip tray is also built in to the bottom of the grill rather than being a stand alone accessory.
There are no bells or whistles with this Grill, you simply plug it in to switch the machine on and when it reaches optimum cooking temperature a green light will come on to tell you that it's ready for you to place your food on the grilling plate. There is no timer or heat cut-out so you need to constantly check the food to make sure it doesn't need turning or moving around. This is an irrelevance to me at worst as I don't tend to rely on kitchen timers, however more busy people will surely miss the reminder to turn your steak or drizzle those king prawns.
The Grill does work well. It heats up very quickly and is angled in such a way that as much liquid fat as possible will drain away from my food. I have cooked several different meats and vegetables on it since purchase and, providing I take care with turning and timings, it has mostly turned out well.
When it hasn't turned out well, however, it is certainly the fault of the Grill! I am not one to blame my tools for errors that occur whilst cooking, but this Grill has two flaws which can cause problems depending on the foodstuff you are cooking.
The first issue is the 'floating' hinge as it barely floats at all. The hinge on the Grill is extremely narrow so this means you have to ensure your food is of a completely standard thickness, otherwise the thicker section will be cooked while the thin end is still raw due to the plates not being able to physically touch the whole thing. This is mostly apparent when cooking steak or chicken breasts as they are not uniform thickness and it's not always convenient or possible to use a steak mallet on them.
Another problem I have with this Grill is that the plates have a very strange heat which actually sears the food instead of gently cooking it from the outside in. I am fully aware that this is how a grilling machine works, but the heat generated from this Tesco version seems far more fierce than my previous experience with George Foreman products. For this reason, and the narrow hinge, it is only capable of cooking rather thin foods as if you use a chunky chicken breast you'll probably find the outside is decidedly charred while the flesh inside is still pink. This is obviously not ideal when cooking high risk foods such as chicken, although does create an interesting texture with vegetables such as large flat mushrooms and slices of aubergine.
The Grill is easy to clean and the non-stick coating appears robust, I don't use the spatula that came with it as I prefer the bulkier feel of the George Foreman whereas the Tesco spatula is rather thin and unsubstantial. This is purely personal choice however, and I do not envisage any reason why this spatula shouldn't do the exact same job. Do allow your grill to cool before attempting to clean the plates as they do get extremely hot and a burn would be the most likely outcome of you attempting to wipe it too early, the ideal time to clean it is while the fat is still in a semi liquid state and simply use a ball of scrunched up kitchen towel to easily wipe away the mess.
The integrated drip tray is rather strangely designed. It slides easily in and out of the base of the grill but because it's smaller than the long trays I am used to with a George Foreman Grill I do find it somewhat of a bind to clean. It's square so needs a proper cleaning because the fat and grease collects in the corners, whereas a soak in very hot soapy water and a wipe is really all that's needed to clean a George Foreman drip tray. This is a minor irritation for me, but the small size of the drip tray and awkwardness in cleaning is bound to impact on the enjoyment of using this Grill for many people.
Despite the problems I have mentioned I do recommend this Tesco Health Grill, for its price it's a handy piece of equipment if you're on a budget and usually it works well. Providing you are aware of the foods it struggles to cook properly you shouldn't have any problems with it, and as with any other electrical kitchen product it will be trial and error when you first purchase it as to how well you can make it fit into your daily routine to make life easier.
Having recently moved into a new house with my boyfriend we are always on the look out during our weekly shop for bargain priced products. A couple of weeks ago when we first moved in we were browsing the electrical aisles in Tesco when we noticed their Health Grill was on special offer. Now I've always been a George Foreman kind of girl but sadly our moving in budget wouldn't quite stretch to one of those so we compromised by going for a cheaper model. While I was at University I practically lived off my George Foreman, I think I used it at least every other day and cooked pretty much anything and everything on it. As such I decided we couldn't possibly cope without one in our house and persuaded my boyfriend to take advantage of Tesco's special offer and purchase one of their Health Grills.
The Tesco HG35 Health Grill as it is known comes in a stylish black and silver colour which rather resembles one of the George Foreman models. On the top it simply has a small green and red light to alert you when the temperature has been reached but apart from that it's quite plain looking. It's just over 33cm in length, 31cm in width and 19cm in height making it quite small in comparison to some grills out there but adequately big enough for just the two of us and our needs. The grill is identical to the many other grills out there in that it comes stood on small legs to elevate it from the work surface and you simply need to lift up the lid to open it. There are grills on both the top and the bottom meaning that food is cooked on both sides, different to a normal oven grill where you need to turn the food to ensure it's cooked on both sides.
The grill comes complete with a drip tray which is to be placed at the bottom of the grill to accommodate any fat or grease that drips off during the cooking process. It also comes complete with a spatula for moving the food around on the grill to ensure it doesn't get stuck at all. The cooking surface is advertised as being non stick although it does recommend that you use an oil spray or something similar prior to cooking. Using the grill is very simple; you need to plug it in at a wall socket whereby the red light will come on to show you it's heating up. Once the green light comes on it means the grill has heated up enough and is now ready for you to cook on, this takes about one to two minutes I find. Before you cook remember to use some sort of dry oil spray and then simply place your food on the health grill and put the lid down to let it cook thoroughly.
One thing to point out is that this grill doesn't cope the best with oddly shaped food, my old George Foreman had a floating hinge where the two plates could accommodate even unusual shaped pieces of meat and so forth but this grill doesn't seem to cope as well. The actual grill size is fairly good and is about 32cm in length and 29cm in width which is large enough to accommodate four medium sized chicken breasts. With regards to what you can cook on the Tesco Health Grill it's really no different to any other grill so you can cook meats, toasted sandwiches, vegetables, etc. I've used it to cook lots of different things so far from beef burgers to pork chops to steak strips complete with mushrooms and onions too! It's a really versatile product and my mum even suggested frying an egg on it although I'm not so sure how this would work out!
In terms of time I find you can halve the time it would take to cook the food under a normal grill as you don't need to turn it over like you do with a normal grill. I find that most things cook within ten minutes, onions seem to take about six minutes to get them really golden and chicken breasts take about ten minutes to ensure they're thoroughly cooked. I think the grill gives a really good flavour, especially to foods such as chicken which can taste quite bland. It adds a slightly barbequed flavour almost mixed with a chargrilled effect which makes the food delicious. The other thing I really like is that the food doesn't dry out at all using this grill, although it encourages the fat to drain off into the drip tray the food itself stays really moist - I recently cooked some pork steaks and they were so moist and tender, much better than a normal grill!
Now onto my favourite part of the cooking process... the cleaning! I really don't have a problem doing the actual cooking but I absolutely hate cleaning up after myself. However this grill really does save me time, as the grill plates are non stick this means it's easy to wipe of the food residue while the grill is still warm. As long as you use butter or an oil spray this is a really effective way to clean it, a damp cloth will leave it looking as good as new! Once a week I tend to clean it with hot soapy water to give it a thorough cleaning, if there are any hard to move marks simply spraying a bit of an oil spray on will loosen these and make it easier to remove them. The drip tray and spatula are both dishwasher proof and come up clean after a short visit to my dishwasher. After using this it takes about a minute to clean it, brilliant!
Now as with the majority of things I buy I very rarely find them to be perfect. There are a few issues that I've had with my Tesco HG35 Health Grill, firstly you can't remove the grill plates from the device which means you can't really give them a thorough clean or soak them in hot water to remove stubborn stains. This seems to be quite a common problem with products like this but I would personally prefer to be able to detach mine and wash them that way. Secondly there is no temperature control on the Tesco grill, it heats up to and maintains the same temperature the whole time it's switched on which isn't always ideal as sometimes I'd like to lower the temperature to slow down the cooking process or for various other reasons. My old George Foreman had five different temperature settings which was a really good feature of it.
This grill is priced at £14.65 in Tesco although I managed to grab mine when it had a £3 saving on it making it an excellent buy. George Foreman grills start at about the £20 mark so mine was a much cheaper option. I definitely think that this grill is worth the money, for just over £10 it's a cheaper alternative to the ever popular George Foreman. I'd recommend this grill to anyone looking for one, it's really easy to clean, easy to use and it produces really good results. My boyfriend and I use it all the time, from cooking bacon sandwiches at a weekend to cooking our tea each night. It's really versatile and it comes with a two year guarantee as well from Tesco. Apart from my two little complaints which I mentioned above it certainly is a bargain product with great results, they just need to make the plates detachable and add temperature control!
Thanks for reading.