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What is a Power Smokeless Grill, and Does it Really Work?

How do power smokeless grills not produce smoke? Are they actually mess-free? Do they grill food as well as outdoor grills? Are power smokeless grills too good to be true?

This complete guide will investigate what power smokeless grills are, whether they work and whether they are actually, truly smokeless.

What is a Power Smokeless Grill?

Power smokeless grills are devices that utilize a nonstick grilling surface to grill food indoors. They are powered by electricity and, allegedly, do not produce smoke.

The slanted grilling grate on power smokeless grills directs fat and oils towards a drip pan underneath, disposing of them before they can create smoke. This direction of fat away from the grill not only deters smoke creation, it also leads to healthier, leaner food, and a grill that is easier to clean.

Is the Power Smokeless Grill Any Good?

All of that sounds good and fun, but how something is designed is not always how it functions. Do power smokeless grills actually work? For the most part, yes.

The slanted, non-stick grill system is effective at limiting smoke creation, however, most models, even the high-end ones, tend to still produce a bit of smoke with fattier meats. Using the force of gravity and a nonstick surface, they are still no match for bacon grease. They simply can’t channel it away quickly enough.

However, I want to emphasize that the smoke they produce is a limited amount, and with meat like chicken, there should be none.

Do Indoor Grills Really Work?

So yes, indoor grills do work and are capable of grilling all of the food that you cook on an outdoor grill. Ribs? Steak? Salmon? Veggies? Dessert? All of it can be successfully cooked on an indoor grill.

In the video below you can see chicken, salmon, steak, bacon, and more grilled on a power smokeless grill!

Are Power Smokeless Grills Mess-Free?

Cleaning outdoor grills can be a total pain.

The slanted design that channels fat into a drip pan makes cleaning indoor grills easier, however, it’s still not totally a mess-free process. Make sure that the grill you buy has either a ceramic or non-stick surface. Also, consider buying a power smokeless grill with parts that are dishwasher safe so you can just pop messy components, like the drip tray, griddle plate, and cover, into the dishwasher.

It’s a good idea to also clean the base of your power smokeless grill occasionally so that gunk does not build up on it. Use a warm, damp cloth and a couple of drops of cleaning liquid to remove any food remnants. Lastly, make sure that you never get the electrical elements of your grill wet. This can damage your grill and is, more importantly, unsafe.

For tips on how to clean your whole power smokeless grill, check out the video below!

How Much is a Power Smokeless Grill?

Power smokeless grills tend to range in cost, with the most inexpensive models being around $50 and the most expensive models being around $250. On average, power smokeless grills typically cost about $100.

What Are the Best Power Smokeless Grills?

Below are some of the best power smokeless grills that you can buy online right now.

Most Popular Smokeless Grill

One of the most popular power smokeless grills is the Gotham Steel Smokeless Electric Grill.

This power smokeless grill features a ceramic surface, even heating, a removable grease catcher, and other removable parts for easy cleaning and storage. It’s completely portable as well, with a handle for carrying.

This grill is not only easy to clean, but it is also easy to use with 4 heat settings on its temperature dial. The only thing to note is that the Gotham grill does tend to struggle with fattier meats, producing smoke. It also can easily scratch, so be careful when handling it.

    GOTHAM STEEL Smokeless Electric Grill, Griddle, and Pitchfork

GOTHAM STEEL Smokeless Electric Grill, Griddle, and Pitchfork
    This smokeless grill's ceramic surface cooks like a standard grill with none of the mess. Easy cleanup, lightweight, portable, and simple controls make the Gotham Steel smokeless grill perfect for most uses.

Best Value Power Smokeless Grill

The best value power smokeless grill is the Hamilton Beach Electric Indoor Searing Grill. This grill is inexpensive but effective, with helpful features like indicator lights, a see-through lid window, a non-stick cooking surface, and an extra-large drip tray. Cleaning is a breeze when it comes to this grill, which has removable parts that are dishwasher safe. Of course, this grill is not entirely smokeless but is fairly smokeless and very affordable.

    Hamilton Beach 8-Serving Electric Indoor & Outdoor Smokeless Grill

Hamilton Beach 8-Serving Electric Indoor & Outdoor Smokeless Grill
    Dishwasher-safe cleanup, variable temperature controls, and the large cooking surface make the Hamilton Beach 8-Serving Smokeless Grill a real bargain for the indoor griller who cooks for a crowd.

Premium Choice for a Power Smokeless Grill

The Ninja Foodi Pro 5-in-1 Indoor Grill is so much more than a grill. It can grill, air crisp, dehydrate, roast, and bake—all, of course, at a price. Its intuitive controls, digital display, and smart probe help you cook your food at the perfect temperature, for the perfect amount of time. It’s almost completely smoke-free due to its temperature-controlled grill grate, splatter shield, and cool-air zone.

    Ninja Foodi Pro 5-in-1 Integrated Smart Probe and Cyclonic Technology Indoor Grill and Air Fryer

Ninja Foodi Pro 5-in-1 Integrated Smart Probe and Cyclonic Technology Indoor Grill and Air Fryer
    This smokeless grill also sears, sizzles, dehydrates, roasts and air fries. The integrated smart probe removes the hassle and guesswork of other cyclonic cooking devices. The Ninja Foodi Pro is a one-stop kitchen stop for a wide range of uses.

Power Smokeless Grill Recipe

Sweet & Spicy Pork Chops recipe on plate with fries and tablecloth

Sweet and Spicy Pork Chops 


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound boneless pork top loin center cut chops,1/3-inch thick
  • Canola cooking spray


  1. Preheat grill to high heat level.
  2. Mix all powders, spices, and sugar together in a small cup with a small spoon.
  3. Brush canola oil onto both sides of the pork chops and lay them on the grill.
  4. Sprinkle a teaspoon of the rub on top of the cutlets.
  5. Lower the top of the grill and cook for 3½  minutes.
  6. Repeat when cooking the remaining chops with the remaining rub.


Power smokeless grills, like the Gotham Steel Smokeless Electric Grill, are an excellent, hassle-free, relatively mess-free, grilling device- even if they aren’t completely smoke-free.

If you decided that indoor grilling is not for you and you’re more interested in a typical gas or charcoal grill, check out one of our other guides.

If you have any remaining power smokeless grill questions, be sure to comment, and if you found this guide helpful, make sure you share it!