OptiGrill by T-fal – the Electric Indoor Grill with a Brain


When T-fal contacted me about cooking with the OptiGrill electric indoor grill, I was intrigued. It has automatic cooking sensor technology built into it, and since I’m a girl who is very, very picky about the doneness of her meat… I was high fivin’ life when the machine arrived.

T-Fal OptiGrill

There’s nothing like cooking on an outdoor grill, of course, but for many of us, weather patterns mean grilling season is fairly short-lived. And that’s exactly what led me to start buying indoor grills over ten years ago.

Let’s get right to the bells and whistles of the OptiGrill for that’s what sets it apart from the competition.

Precision Grilling Technology – The OptiGrill automatically senses thickness and regulates temperature so that food is cooked to perfection every time.

Automatic Sensor Cooking

There are six auto-sensor cooking modes: Burgers, Poultry, Sandwiches, Sausage, Steak and Fish, along with a Manual mode for veggies or fruit.

Easy to use

Plug it in, turn the power on and then press the button for the food you’ll be cooking.

OptiGrill automatic cooking functions

The indoor grill unit takes several minutes to pre-heat, and then beeps to let you know it’s ready. The cooking level indicator changes color as it moves through the stages.

Cook from Frozen Setting

If you forget to defrost your meat, no problem! Push the snowflake button and the OptiGrill will cook from frozen!

automatic cooking sensor chart

Cooked to Perfection

Once it’s pre-heated, put your meat inside, close the lid, hit ok and let the grill start working its magic. The grill beeps as it reaches each level of doneness: Rare, Medium and Well-done. Within each range, the color level intensifies as it moves to the next doneness level, so if you like your steak cooked somewhere in the middle, you can gauge that easily.

One thing to note…the grill appears to be calibrated to the “true doneness” scale, not to restaurant doneness (which leans slightly to the well side) so keep that in mind when deciding on your stop time.

Don’t you love those deep grill marks? I do!

cooking steak on T-Fal OptiGrill

I absolutely loved that there wasn’t any guesswork on whether the steaks were done. The sensors did all the work, so I could cook my boyfriend’s steak to medium while leaving mine on to cook longer. It was so nice not to have to cut into them while they were cooking to figure it out.

Since I am a weirdo who likes meat cooked to the point of “snapping,” once my steak beeped at well-done and stopped cooking, I switched to Manual mode to crisp that baby up. It only took a few more minutes. :)

Locks in Moisture

One thing I really appreciate about the OptiGrill is that it’s much better at cooking meat properly without leeching the moisture out of  it. It does that by searing at a high temperature which locks in those flavorful juices, and then it finishes cooking to the desired doneness at a lower temperature. My other indoor grill is horrible about that, and dries everything out really quickly.

T-fal OptiGrill

Easy Cleaning

The OptiGrill’s nonstick aluminum cook plates are angled for easy drainage, and the drip tray slides into the grill which is a huge improvement over my other grill which is constantly leaking or getting bumped out of place.

The cook plates and drip tray are also removable and dishwasher safe making clean-up a breeze.

removable grill plates - OptiGrill

Buy It: The OptiGrill by Tfal comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. It’s priced at $179.95 but can be split into 5 payments if purchasing directly from getoptigrill.com

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Which feature do you think you’d like most about the OptiGrill electric indoor grill?


  1. says

    I have zero grilling skills, so an indoor grill like this is perfect for me! I’ve used it to make paninis, quasadillas, and grilled sandwiches – love, love, love this thing!

  2. says

    This is a great looking indoor grill! I like how small it is yet those look like big steaks. It would really come in handy for some side things to be cooked while the stove or oven is in use.

  3. Vanessa: thequeenofswag says

    That grill looks amazing. I would literally grill every meal if I had one of these. The steak looks beyond good.

  4. says

    Gosh it looks like it does all the thinking for sure !! I am a huge fan of grilling and can’t since we live in a condo – definitely looking into something like this :)

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