Out of all of the Breville grills that are on the market right now, the Breville Smart Grill BGR-820XL might be one of the best. With indoor grills and small kitchen appliances, it is true that you get what you pay for. The Breville Smart Grill is a little bit more on the expensive side, but it does not come with out a long list of special features. If you’re looking for an easy way to prepare a variety of foods in your own kitchen, then you might want to give it a second look.
The number of great features on this grill make it extremely easy to use and very versatile. It is incredibly powerful yet easy to operate. Unlike other grills of its size, it is still dishwasher safe which gives it a simple cleanup. If you find that your kitchen has been overrun by small appliances, perhaps you could replace a few of them with the Breville Smart Grill. Here is a quick overview of some of its best features.
The grill can actually unfold
Unlike most contact grills, the BGR-820XL his unique (even among Breville grills) in that it can actually unfold all the way to create a flat surface using both grilling surfaces. The result is 260 square inches that you can use. This large amount of space means that you can prepare several steaks as well as a large number of vegetables and even some hamburger patties – all at the same time. That’s enough room to prepare a dinner for a large family.
The plates are interchangeable
Another thing that sets this grill a part is the fact that the grilling plates can actually come off and switch out. So, you can use either grilling surface as a griddle or a grill. If you unfold it completely you can have one half act as a grill and the other half to act as a griddle. It is an easy way to prepare steak and eggs in the morning.
It is dishwasher safe
If you’re like most people, you have stayed away from indoor grills because you assume that they are hard to clean – with most grill, you are exactly correct. But Breville grills are different. The Smart Grill is well known because of its dishwasher safe capabilities. When it comes time to clean up, just wash off the grilling surfaces with a wet paper towel and then un-attach them. After they are detached from the grill you can simply throw them into the dishwasher. This makes cleanup an absolute snap.
1 hour automatic shutoff
If you have ever been preparing food in your kitchen and forgot to turn off the appliance, then the automatic shutoff mechanism is just what you need. After 1 hour of inactivity, whether the grilling surfaces are hot or not, the BGR-820XL will turn off automatically. This gives you some peace of mind and will also help to save some energy.
However, the one thing that this Breville grill is really missing is the ability to control both grilling surfaces independently of each other. As of right now, you can use the heating dial to adjust the grilling surface to a multitude of temperatures. But, whatever temperature you set will be the temperature of both grilling surfaces. Hopefully in the future Breville will recognize the importance and versatility of including the ability to use two different temperatures at the same time.
But even with that one minor flaw in place, the Breville Smart Grill BGR-820XL has got to be one of the best indoor grills out there.