Review: Tefal OptiGrill

A Tefal OptiGrill.

One of the things I intend to do before too long is to start cooking and freezing meals for once the baby has arrived. I intended to do as much when we were expecting both Dylan and Xander but didn’t get round to it, so I’d say it’s fairly likely that history is set to repeat itself. Just as well, then, that I was recently sent a Tefal OptiGrill to review!

This nifty appliance can cook food quickly and easily to a wide range of specifications. Importantly for sleep-deprived parents like me, it has an interface that is easy to understand from the first use. It has six dedicated cooking programs for different types of food. Namely burgers, poultry, bacon, sausages, red meat and fish. It also has sensors that measure the thickness of the food in order to cook it at the optimal temperature and for the right amount of time.

It also boasts a cooking level indicator which changes colour to show whether your food is rare, medium or well done. In addition, it beeps when it has heated up and ready for food as well as once each of the three stages is complete. So, for example, you don’t need to worry about when to remove your steak if you like it rare.

There are two special modes too; one for manual cooking – which cooks at a fixed temperature, making it useful for toasted sandwiches and paninis – and another for frozen food. Another feature that I really like is that the die cast aluminium cooking plates and the removable juice collection tray are dishwasher safe – especially as washing up is something else I’m very good at intending to do!

Setting it up was nice and straightforward; I removed the plates and washed them with a non-abrasive sponge, dried them then applied a little cooking oil with a piece of kitchen towel, wiping of the excess. It was ready to use in a matter of minutes.

I’ve yet to try it out on every program, but have been very impressed with the results so far. As you can see from the pictures here, we’ve tried peppered beef grillsteaks and salmon as main meals as well as cheese and tomato toasted sandwiches for lunch. The flavours of all three dishes were delicious and the beef and salmon were nicely done. In hindsight, the salmon may have been better medium than well done, but that was down to me erring on the side of caution and it still tasted great.

It’s going to be a really useful appliance over the next few months and beyond, so I’m very happy with it.

The Tefal OptiGrill has an RRP of £129.99.

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