Do You Need a $300 Smokeless Grill? - The Test Kitchen Gadget Show

Published on Apr 18, 2018
Testing out the $300 gadget in this episode of The Kitchen Gadget Test Show is host Esther Choi of New York’s Mokbar, who is grilling chicken, hamburgers, and vegetable skewers. In some cases, the Philips Smokeless Indoor Grill comes through on its big promises. But if the best parts of grilling include being outdoors in the warmer months, hearing hamburgers sizzle, and getting to the perfect Maillard reaction - is this $300 kitchen gadget worth it?
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  • You asked for it, we tested it. What other kitchen tools or appliances do you want to see Esther try out?

    • I would love to see Esther preheat something.. 😂😂😂

    • +Anthony Wong - Some women don't need to pre-heat, they're just hot all the time.

    • I own one & can tell you she definitely did NOT preheat the grill. I use mine all the time and my steaks & burgers all sizzle & char with well defined grill marks. And btw, there is virtually no smoke, even with the fattiest cuts...

    • Bread Makers!!!!

    • I'd like to see her try out an Exit Door... to never come back.

  • Did a bad review cos they didnt get paid for ad on this lol

  • The manual says to preheat for 6 minutes.

  • cancer burgers for everyone!

  • Here's my experience with indoor grills. You can either have one with fierce heat, which is going to give you good results, but will also fill your kitchen with all the smoke and smells of grilling, or you can have a "smokeless" grill, which means they keep the heat low. No smoke, but subpar results. I don't think it's possible to have both.

  • Looking pretty badass in those shades 😎

  • Thanks. Glad I watched it. Does not look appetising at all. Ah well, next tech.

  • Ya that's great for cooking inside but you can't beat the taste of a grill outside charcoal,gas or just wood fire

  • The chicken breast the company use for the tasting was probably thinner. Those are thick pieces

  • Thanks for honest review.

  • I have this and this cooks my steak very well. There is a reason why she did not hear that sizzle....as with any grill, the key is to let it PREHEAT. With this do it for about 10 mins or more. When you put your steak on the grill you will hear that sizzle and grill it as you always do. Steak comes out as if you were cooking on your outdoor grill. I use this during the winter time or when I just don't feel like using the outdoor grill.

  • I'll stick with my cast iron grill pan it works just fine .

  • Wish she knew what to do ... find someone with some type of cooking ability.

  • Omg! Am I the only one that was annoyed by her review of this product? She says she tells her chiefs “ five second rule” I really hope she tells them to PRE HEAT. How in the WORLD DO YOU WANT A SIZZLE IF YOU DON’T PREHEAT THE Grill.. lol same thing will happen with the propane or charcoal grill. 😂😂😂 i actually purchased this product and LOVE IT! I’m sure she is a very nice lady... but she has no concept of grilling 😂😂😂

  • If she is a chef she is a bad one

  • Suggestion: Do your homework (read the instructions). Make a new video, retest and pre-heat this time. Every other US-tv test I have seen for this grill clearly shows that it sizzles and has perfect grill marks. Also the grill is not advertised as 'smokeless' but as 'smoke-less'. (subtle difference) The latter means 'less smoke' and not 'no smoke'. So many errors in this video.

  • Reading the comments, people apparently don't know what editing is

  • Oviously it wont feel hot because it uses radiation duuuuuuuh

  • Did you pre-heat the grill first before adding raw meats or veggies?

  • Add a fan and you have a space heater

  • Don't look at the red light guys. Is this a grill or a welding machine. Wear your mask

  • No smoke, no grill flavor.

  • Let’s see, no sizzle? Try reading the instructions, it says preheat. If it was preheated like the instructions say it would heat the grate and walla!!! You got your sizzle and grate marks. It don’t matter if your using gas, charcoal or brackets it needs preheat. It’s not rocket science.

  • This mexican chick is right. Smoke is the best. I tried a tru-ifrared grill by webber. It cooks WAY too slow... worthless.

  • I don’t get Americans obsession with rare burgers! You can eat beef rare because bacteria doesn’t penetrate the muscle the way it does for chicken. If you grind up that meat, unless it was handled from the get go to be used for tartar, it needs to be cooked through!!! It’s so disgusting.

  • A chef should no minced beef should be cooked all the way through no matter what. Burgers should not be medium rare

  • Anyone noticed she used really thick burgers and chicken breast

  • yep going to be hard to get smoky charred flavor on a smokeless grill. :(

  • Very unprofessional "review", yet pops up first on Google search. Like others said, before making a review, please take a bit of time and effort to actually understand what you are reviewing and how to use it. Having said that, I am not trying to imply this grill is any good. I am seeing a lot of it being listed on ebay as certified refurbished - a clear sign this unit has some quality issues or does not function as expected. Also, there is a very similar unit made by Tenergy, even pictures are almost identical and it sells for less. Not sure who stole the idea from who. Likely, they have a very similar build and quality.

  • Damn. Just sear it off in a skillet then pop it in the oven, better results, less time.

  • She didn't even preheat it..

  • Burgers didn’t have much taste...cause your seasoning is trash

  • 2:05: Men In Black. 😂

  • Smoking is the point of grilling, duh.

  • My electric grill cost under $60 and works great but is a little small. Great for weeknight Brats, chicken breast or steak without using the barbq. Honestly all these things can be cooked indoors without this grill.

  • *This is a great grill>>>**ur2.pl/1087** love how the steaks come out, nice and juicy especially when you use the lid because it locks in the flavor. If you really want that outdoor charcoal taste, purchase liquid smoke from you grocer. it comes in a bottle and is in the aisle with seasonings. Perfect! ummmm good!*

  • Who seasons burgers while cooking ? You put the salt and pepper in the patty 😐

  • Are you preheating it? It will not sizzle if you turn it on and then put the meat on?

  • Traduire en Français SVP

  • Typical moron giving half-assed "reviews" with no context and ignorance abounding. We are doomed as a society.

  • I own this product. It is awesome. Let it preheat. I made great burgers with it two nights ago.

  • seems like it would be awesome if pre heated, but I'm not sure I'd want to worry about my eyes while cooking with it

  • AFAIK a big reason for the flavor of grilled food comes from the fact that fat and meat juices drop down on the coal, burns and then evaporates as smoke. That smoke then affects the taste of the meat. A smokeless grill seems like an oxymoron to me.

  • I'll stick to my gourmia airfyer.

  • Ya know if you let the grill preheat, it wouldve been done in 23 minutes atleast

  • Guys... did you guys not notice the video has a CUT inbetween her turning on the grill and placing the meat??? So she probably DID preheat it.. and just didn't show you...

    • TheDeathmail you would have heard the sizzle

  • Screw grill marks. I could give a crap less about some hipster styling of my food I want taste.

  • I don't know if I need a smokeless grill or not, but I sure could use a Smokin' Hot Girlfriend like her. Can I have both???

  • For $300 with no temperature control is a hard pass. Plus imo the best part of grilling is the grill taste and smokiness.

  • Who wants their meat burned

  • Can we get someone with with common sense

  • You only get that chard affect on cast iron or a real grill because that radiant heat is like a microwave.

  • I own one & can tell you she definitely did NOT preheat the grill. I use mine all the time and my steaks & burgers all sizzle & char with well defined grill marks. And btw, there is virtually no smoke, even with the fattiest cuts...

  • Yeah that blond hair on a Chinese chick isnt working

  • Bob segaer

  • It didn’t smoke it steamed.She saw steam. It couldn’t smoke with out a fire,unless it was burning. At the end of the video she said it didn’t smoke but, if you start watching at 4:38, She said that it did smoke.😑🤷🏼‍♀️

  • so basically she wishes it had a smokey taste but the product is smokeless.. ok .. nevermind

  • I got curious over this thing and decided to check Amazon to what others thought of it, and turns out for $70 the Hamilton Beach (25361) Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill & Searing Grill has much better reviews than this Phillips Grill.

    • RC I hate to say it, I like Hamilton Beach, but it and a number of others are just a panini press and they steam the meat as much as they grill it.This is a real grill and I’ve found the results much better than those others. BTW this Phillips grill has a Rotisserie accessory, not cheap but none of the others do or can.

  • All you need is a $40 webber smokey joe grill and a $6 bag of royal oak charcoal and you'll have the best tasting BBQ! None of this $300 junk!

    • LuminosityAuto uh, does the fire department break your door down when you have your charcoal grill in you’re apartment? Or at the dinner table making shish-kabob for your dinner party? Fire laws especially in apartments are particularly strict and there is little choice. But there are also uses for and indoor grill in a house as well, especially when you think about winter.

  • She literally hates things that is her fault. Let the grill heat up girl. And if the burgers taste boiled then that means you need more SEASONING. Also shes very bland

  • A grill that can give you eye damage.

  • She need to be in fashion segment not a cooking segment..

  • What's with the char/grill marks obsession America has

  • wow! 30mins for the chicken! That's a long time.

    • Well she didn’t preheat. And the chicken was pretty thick. But you’re right I’ve cooked frozen chicken in that time on that grill. It’s grilling at 446 degrees not 600 then again it not setting off fire alarms either.

  • Beef burgers has to be cooked well done, otherwise there might be bacteria inside. It's different from steaks, because there's no possibility of bacteria inside beef.

    • That is 100% not true

  • This is a genius design from an engineering perspective. Philips is just as reliable as it always have been.

  • Thank God I watched this video! I was about to spend nearly $300 on this grill! Nah, not worth the hassle. Thank you!!! Esther is cool, beautiful and I like her review. Very useful.

  • there is no soul in these meat

  • Thank you for your honesty. It's nice to see somebody not sell out ✍️👍👍👍

  • Esther, you are beautiful but please get out of the kitchen!

  • You didn't let the grill heat up. Bad show. With a stupid hoe, that can't do anything right.

  • And she sucks bring back ur old host shes pretty dull.doesnt really keep u enticed to keep watching.actually became super bored as i watched this.very one note, no emotion, no personality.almost like i was listening to a machine or pre taped recording.zero spontaneity

  • 145 degrees for med rare really, plus have u ever heard of carry over cooking.145 for mr wtf really?

  • 31 minutes to long....great alternative for the weirdo 🤡

  • I don't want to hurt my eyes, @1:21 Stares right at the light hahahaha

  • Thanks for a honest review. Definitely not buying it.

  • Where's the lid? Doesn't grills need a lid

    • Lids on outdoor grills are for 2 reasons: 1) so you’d have an oven in effect. 2) to capture some of the smoke in your meats. As this is a smoke-less grill nothing to capture.

  • Crazy rich asians and their expensive gadgets...

  • 300 dollars, I'm good!

  • First time viewer... when will there be a competent host available to review products properly.

  • If she's dumb enough to eat a burger "Medium Rare", im not surprised she didn't preheat it and then says "hmm no sizzle"... what an idiot.

  • Name a grill you don’t preheat? This video should be taken down. You think you can plug it up and instantly it’s at 446 degrees?! Wow Clearly didn’t read the instructions! DISLIKE!

  • I'd use aluminum foil in that spill pan to make clean up much more easy 😉😉😎

    • Mark Jacob as it doesn’t get hot and it’s stainless steel it cleans off effortlessly. Not to mention it goes right into the dishwasher along with the grilling surface and the rest of the dishes.

  • Kohls sales it for $329.00..but bed bath and beyond and other places like Wal-Mart sale it for $252.00..Still way to much money for a small electric grill..this thing should sale for well under $100.00

  • At this rate, can’t you just bake the chicken?

    • Anh Le won’t come out the same but I almost think she was using frozen chicken. Of course the other thing you can do is bake the chicken until it’s almost done and then grill it to finish it off.

  • Love Esther

  • Mid rare? 😑

  • medium rare burger, dumb girl

  • STEAMED HAMS

  • that fat? omg its a boneless skinless chicken breast there is no fat.. LOL

  • It’s basically an open microwave.

    • Gummy Bear totally wrong. chefsblade.monster.com/training/articles/213-food-science-basics-heat-transfer?page=3

  • Mmm, really wish you could revisit this gadget for more saucy applications like yakitori. Also looks like a good use for grilled tteok or mochi.

  • *stare into the red abyss where vegans burn in hell and the juiciest meat are raised from the depths*

  • 145F is close to medium-well, not medium rare, lol.

  • It makes steamed hams.

  • while I only do charcoal personally, I've seen quite a few reviews that has different results as Eater.

  • There is no sizzle because she didn't preheat the grill damn it

  • 17 minutes for one side? what? How dry is that chicken

  • Infrared radiation isn't ultraviolet radiation. The eyes and skin doesn't have sensors that inform the brain about intense ultraviolet radiation. That's why ultraviolet is so dangerous when you like directly at the sun or when you are sunbathing without sunscreen. When you start feel pain from ultraviolet radiation it's too late. However infrared is relatively safe. The eyes and skin can detect it easily and can be avoided instantly before any irreversible damage to eyes and skin.

  • i laugh when she said its smokeless at the very moment smoke is coming out

    • TheIdiotChallenge It’s a smoke-less grill. Not a smokeless grill. And it say so al over it’s packaging.