Let’s do an experiment. Close your eyes, and think about the word “grilling.” Can you smell it? I know I can. There’s nothing more delicious than fresh meats and veggies coming off a hot grill. But if you’re picturing that idyllic scene in winter, you may be thinking about trying to grill outdoors in frigid temperatures. It sure would be nice if you could take that grill inside if not for all the smoke, right?
Well, you’re right that you should never take an outdoor grill inside because of the smoke. But that’s where smokeless grills come in! We’ve taken a look at one of the best on the market to give you this Gotham Steel smokeless grill review, where we’ll also take a look at what sets it apart from two of its competitors.
About the Gotham Steel smokeless grill
There are many smokeless grills on the market for delicious, healthy indoor cooking. In addition to differing by size, price, and bells and whistles, the key difference in all of them is the technology used to produce less smoke. In this case, the Gotham Steel smokeless grill depends on its ceramic-coated drip pan. When you cook your foot on the grill gate, all the drippings (like oils, fats, and marinade) fall into this drip pan. And because it’s ceramic and not connected to the heat source, the drip pan keeps these liquid pieces cool. This means they won’t turn into steam and smoke. It’s an easy, ingenious solution!
How does the Gotham steel smokeless grill work?
The Gotham Steel smokeless grill starts with the bottom. Its black base is burn-proof and dishwasher safe. This is an electric grill, so you plug the temperature control plug into the base and into the wall. On top of that sits the ceramic-coated drip pan which, as we explained above, helps make this unit smokeless.
Finally, the star of the show is the ceramic-coated grill. Its ti-cerama coating (titanium and ceramic) is strong, scratch-proof, nonstick, and won’t burn your food. It will heat your food evenly using the convenient temperature control plug. You can also buy an optional griddle attachment with ti-cerama coating—great for eggs and pancakes.
All these parts together combine to make a powerful smokeless grill for the most delicious and easy indoor cooking experience you’ve ever had.
Gotham Steel smokeless grill Features
Smokeless Electric Grill
This electric grill uses the drip pan below the grill gates to catch the oils, fats, and marinades you may have on your food. For the most part, it’s these liquid parts that make your food smoke on a high-heat grill. By trapping them below the heated grill, your food will be virtually smokeless—and it’ll be healthier, too! Some smokeless grills also add things like fans, a glass lid, or a water tray to help keep smoke in, but those features may not be necessary to give your family the smoke-less cooking experience you need.
That said, some Gotham Steel smokeless grill reviews thought it needed to have just a little less smoke, so they added a bit of water to the drip tray. The water helped absorb the smoke, eliminating it from the atmosphere. If you think there could be even less smoke in your smoke-less cooking experience, it may be something to try.
Design & Size
This deluxe grill offers 234 square inches of cooking space (18 by 13 inches). This is significantly bigger than many of its competitors, despite the Gotham Steel smokeless grill retailing for less! That should be plenty of space to cook up a couple large steaks, several pieces of fish or corn on the cob, or several hamburgers. Of course, the grill isn’t only good for cooking meat; you can cook a couple of pieces of meat and your veggies (corn, asparagus, potatoes, and brussels sprouts are all excellent options) to make a full family-sized meal on the same surface.
We also love that this grill is designed for easy assembly and disassembly. Some of the other smokeless grills on the market come with a lot of great bells and whistles, but this translates into a more complicated process every time you need to clean the grill. With just four parts, this machine beats its competitors.
Since this is an electric grill, all you need to do to operate it is put the four parts together (base, plug, drip pan, and grill plate). At less than six pounds, this machine is lightweight and portable. That means you can grill yourself up a couple of hot dogs at lunch and then take it to a friend’s house to cook them some dinner with ease! (And with the optional griddle attachment, sold separately, you can take it to your parents’ house the next morning to make breakfast!)
User-friendly temperature dial
One of the ways this unit wins over its competitors is its user-friendly temperature dial. This plugs easily into the black base and then the wall to provide the electric power you need, and is clearly designed for high, medium, low, or warm heat. Some other grills on the market don’t have a temperature dial at all, and expect all food to cook at the same temperature—and while that may still turn out a good product, it’s simply not as customizable for slow roasts or quick sears.
Nonstick ceramic surface
I love the taste of the grill lines on meat freshly cooked off an outdoor or cast iron grill, but you pay a high price for it—having to scrub food off the grill grates. However, with the nonstick ceramic surface of the Gotham Steel smokeless grill, elbow grease is a thing of the past! The ti-cerama surface, which combines the strength of titanium with the slickness of ceramic, is a beautiful copper color (who doesn’t like to cook in style?). With both these elements together, you don’t have to worry about food sticking to the surface or worry about scratching the grill plates. Plus, it’s easy to remove the grill plates for cleaning!
There is an optional griddle attachment, sold separately, that allows you to cook things like eggs and pancakes to perfection. That griddle is also made with the same ti-cerama technology, so it’s also nonstick and dishwasher-safe.
As if the nonstick ceramic grill plates weren’t already a boon to the cleaning process, almost all parts of this smokeless grill are also dishwasher-safe! While you should never immerse the temperature control plug (because water and electricity don’t mix), all the other parts of this unit—the black base, the drip tray, and the grill plates—can be either hand-washed with hot soapy water or put into the dishwasher. The assembly and disassembly process is so easy, making the cleaning process a breeze.
But please make sure all parts of this grill are dry before you plug it in again.
While we love the Gotham steel smokeless grill, there are a couple of other great smokeless grills on the market for you to compare it to. We’ll introduce them to you here, then give you some pros and cons below to compare their features.
1# Power Smokeless Grill
The key difference between this Power smokeless grill and its Gotham Steel counterpart is in the smoke-free technology. While the Gotham Steel depends on its drip plate, the Power Smokeless Grill has a Turbo Speed Smoke Extractor Technology, which relies on fans at the base of the unit to spread smoke, a water tray to absorb it, and a glass lid.
While it’s also nonstick, it offers less cooking space than the Gotham Steel smokeless grill, and is more complicated to use (with a base, heating unit, drip pan, water tray, grill or griddle plate, and glass lid). All those parts add up to more cleaning time, too.
Plus, the Power version is a little more expensive. However, if you’re willing to pay a little more and work a little harder to clean it, this is still a great indoor grill option.
2# Philips Smoke-less Indoor BBQ Grill
Philips is a trusted brand and a household name, but this indoor grill is considerably more expensive than the Gotham Steel smokeless grill (nearly three times the price!)
The Philips model also depends on its drip tray for a virtually smoke-free experience—no fans—but also boosts an advanced infrared technology. Combining infrared heat with its reflectors cooks food evenly and consistently.
But the biggest downside to the Philips model is that its heat is not adjustable. All food cooks at 446 degrees Fahrenheit, and while they claim this is the best temperature for cooking your meat, it would be nice to have a little more customizability like the Gotham Steel smokeless grill.
The Gotham Steel Smokeless Electric Grill is currently available on Amazon for between $50 and $60 (click here to see the latest price). Based on our reviews of the other two smokeless indoor grills, this one is cheaper without sacrificing quality or important features. Some of the more expensive grills may boast things like infrared technology and turbo fans, but honestly, these features may not be necessary for the needs of your family. Consider the pros and cons below to decide whether this unit is worth it to you.
Pros & Cons
Let’s look at the positives and negatives of this grill as compared to its competitors.
- The deluxe size of this unit (18” x 13”) sets it ahead of the Power grill (13.5” x 8”) and the Philips grill (12” x 7”). That’s 234 square inches of cooking space!
- Despite its size, it’s the cheapest of all three options, retailing between $50 and $60 (click here to see the latest price).
- All parts (except the power cord) are dishwasher safe.
- It’s easy to assemble and disassemble. (Compare that to the Power smokeless grill and its many parts!)
- The grill grates are nonstick for easy cleanup.
- The drip pan ensures a smokeless experience, but also allows for healthier cooking.
- The temperature is adjustable, unlike the Philips unit.
- The Gotham Steel grill depends on its drip pan to make the machine smokeless, as does its Philips counterpart. However, the Power unit adds fans and a glass lid, which may produce even less smoke.
- Some reviewers think this unit isn’t smoke-less enough–though a few Gotham Steel smokeless grill reviews suggest that adding some water to the drip tray can help absorb the smoke.
– What size is the Gotham smokeless grill?
This grill comes in a deluxe size of 18 x 13” for a total 234 square inches of cooking space. That’s plenty of room to cook dinner for the whole family (and it’s bigger than the Philips and Power electric grills).
– Is the Gotham smokeless grill dishwasher safe?
Yes! All parts of this grill except the temperature control plug are dishwasher safe. You can also immerse any of them in hot soapy water for easy cleanup, if you prefer.
– How do I clean my Gotham smokeless grill?
You should not wash the temperature control plug. After unplugging your unit, you can remove the grill or griddle plate from the top of the machine and wash it in the dishwasher or with hot, soapy water. You can wash the drip tray or black base the same way, but you must make sure that all parts of this unit are fully dry before cooking with the unit again.
There are many grills on the market. Some are standalone, some are tabletop; some take propane, or natural gas, or electricity; some are made for indoor use and some outdoor. The main contention when taking a grill inside is the smoke. With the Gotham Steel smokeless grill, that problem is eliminated. It’s a powerful, easy-to-use, easier-to-clean unit. I hope the information presented in this Gotham Steel smokeless grill review has equipped you to purchase the best grill for your needs. With any of these grill options, you’ll be cooking healthy, delicious meals for your family in no time.