Apr 26

Electric Grills 101: Five things you Need to Know

Warm weather is on the way – in some parts of the country, we’ve already had a sampling of summer – and that means grilling season can’t be far behind.  If you’re shopping for a new grill, you might want to consider going electric instead of gas.  Here’s what you need to know about electric grills:

  1. Electric grills are powered by electricity, not gas.  They plug into a regular outlet.  This means that you can use them anywhere you have access to electricity, including condo balconies.  Some keen home cooks have even put them in their kitchens, for grilling year-round.  And because there’s no propane tank, you’ll never run out of fuel in the middle of cooking a meal.
  2. Electric grills offer high searing temperatures plus even heating.  At 650 degrees, the grill will sear your food, locking in flavour, while providing even cooking heat across the entire grill surface. There are no hot spots or cold spots, so the entire surface can be used.  Temperature control is extremely precise
  3. Electric grills are safe.  Because they operate without gas, there is no open flame, which eliminates flare-ups; there is no chance of gas leaks, and there is no volatile fuel to be stored.  This is one of the reasons that electric grills get the ‘thumbs-up’ from condo owners.
  4. Electric grills are smart and easy to use.  Many units offer electronic controls that allow you to program the cooking time of your food, or you can work in manual mode.  Either way, you control the grill with a touch of a button. Programmable cooking ensures perfect results, and the keypad can be locked to prevent accidental changes to your settings.
  5. Electric grills are affordable to operate.  It costs just $0.15 per hour to cook with an electric grill.  If you grill for 1 hour, 3 times per week, an electric grill will save you $21.43 per month compared to the cost to operate a propane grill.

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Jeanne is the co-owner of Stylish Fireplaces by Huntington Lodge. Stylish Fireplaces has always specialized in electric fireplaces, and does not carry any other hearth categories. Jeanne is an accomplished speaker who has developed many design seminars over her career.

Comments (4)

  • Lorraine Edwards on May 16th, 2012 at 2:18pm

    Hi, yesterday your electric barbecue was featured on CityLine but no information where it could be purchased in Toronto. I would appreciate where it may be purchased.

    Thank you, Lorraine

    • chad on May 16th, 2012 at 7:03pm

      Hello Lorraine,

      Glad you caught the episode, you can visit our dealer locator here http://www.powerchefgrills.com/where-to-buy/

      Type in your postal code and you will find a few dealers in your area. I would suggest calling ahead of time to make sure they have the product your looking for in stock.

  • Ewg on July 1st, 2012 at 11:41pm

    I have used and enjoyed gas grills for years but am considering switching to electric when I replace my aging grill. But I would like to know if an electric grill will create the same flavor. Since there is no flame and no smoke I am wondering how an electric grill can impart the same sort of smoked flavor?

    • chad on July 4th, 2012 at 1:04pm

      Hello Ewg,

      From our experience with our customers we have found that a lot of customers can’t tell the difference whether it’s been cooked on a gas grill versus an electric grill. Your right there is no smoke or flame, but from the most part the taste is very similar. We have some dealer locations that run demo’s and will have samples available, you could check with your local dealer to see if they are running a promotion like that to try before you buy.

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