The Tefal OptiGrill measures 34x34x17cm those measurements are the shelf or table space it will take. The grill itself is 32x21cm, as it slopes forward you will need extra space in front when in use for the supplied 29.5x18cm drip tray. In storage this can sit under the unit.
The hard wired mains lead emerges a centimetre above the base of the right back support. The rest of the controls are on the lifting arm which is in front of the grill well away from the hot area. The only time you need to go near the hot area is to place or remove food from the grill.
Unlike a conventional grill in say a standard oven this has hot surfaces above and below the items on the grill. It reminds me of the sandwich grill circa nineteen hundred and, but this is larger and you have controls.
There are a line of ten touch buttons on the face of the handle and to their right a circular notification that tells you how well done your food is.
It is suggested that you do not cook meat with bones simply because the bone area will stop things cooking evenly. Also items thicker than 4cm thick are not advised.
While you can cook anything on the grill there are built in programs for Burgers, Poultry, Bacon, Sausages, Red Meat and Fish.
This is not instant gratification as there is an approximate five minute waiting period once you switch on for the grill to heat up, the circular notification control will beep when heat is reached.
Let’s assume you are cooking a steak the notification area will move through yellow (rare) to orange (medium) to red (well done). You remove your food when the right colour for your choice shows. These are the automatic features.
There are also frozen food programs and a manual mode when you know exactly what you want and how long to cook for.
Any juices from the meat – or fish – will run forward as the grill is made to slope forward and out of the front into the special drip tray provided which means cleaning of the actual grill is somewhat easier you are advised to wait up to an hour after switching off to clean the grill. Remember the grill and even the drip tray will be hot to extremely hot.
There is a highly illustrated Quick Start Guide and a more detailed 24 page manual to explain all the functions.
There are also two laminated cards that can be have the splashes wiped off them as you will probably need to keep them close to the grill initially.
Over the ‘hot’ times I used this often and even on a couple of evening using an extension lead in the garden much like a barbeque but without the fuss of lighting and putting out.
I was happy with the results and after a couple of uses you know how rare ‘rare’ is and how well done ‘well done’ is so you get food exactly as you like it.
The Tefal OptiGrill is available from the link below for £118.99 with free delivery.
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