Sanyo HPS-SG3 Review
An open grill with 200 square inches of nonstick cooking surface, dishwasher-safe drip pan, temperature control, indicator light, and cool-touch handles; home cooks and professional reviewers give the Sanyo HPS-SG3 high marks for value, reliability, and almost smoke-free performance.
This nearly smokeless indoor electric grill is highly regarded by expert reviewers and consumers, alike. Sanyo HPS-SG3 reviews note that its open grill design (i.e., one grilling surface) delivers a noticeable seared flavor and leaves grill marks on whatever you happen to be cooking. The Wall Street Journal rates it Best Overall and Best Value in a comparative test of five indoor models and About.com puts it at the top of the best indoor grills of 2008. Consumers, too, heap praise on it in reviews on Amazon.com and Epinions, where this HPS-SG3 earned five stars.
The Sanyo HPS-SG3 (starting at $40, Amazon) is a 1300-watt indoor grill that measures 23 5/8x3 7/8x14 1/2 inches. With 200 square inches of cooking surface (about two-thirds the size of a standard outdoor grill), the Sanyo is large enough to feed a hungry family of four or five. Filling the drip pan with water before grilling starts reduces the smoke to a minimum, and the pan and grill plate are both dishwasher safe. Unlike many other cheap indoor electric grills, the Sanyo HPS-SG3 features an adjustable temperature control with two ranges; some users, however, grumble in Sanyo HPS-SG3 reviews that it's hard to set the knob to the temperature you want and the thermostat isn't accurate. Open grills take longer to heat and cook than contact (two-sided) grills, but consumers say the even heat and tasty results outweigh this minor inconvenience.
Where to buy
If an open grill is your preference, and you have the counter space for it, the Sanyo HPS-SG3 is a solid budget choice. A recipe book and one-year warranty for labor and parts are included.