Disclosure: we received the T-FAL OptiGrill Smart free at our request in order to facilitate our post. Any and all experiences and opinions are always that of our own unless otherwise stated.
I’m sure that I’m not alone in wanting a juicy steak, mouth-watering cut of fish, chicken or a hamburger straight off the grill during the winter months? Although it can do so much for than that, you need to know that the T-FAL OptiGrill Smart is the answer to your winter grilling woes! Not only will it allow you to grill in the warmth of the indoors but you will hardly have to move while using it. Using the MyOptiGrill app on your smartphone allows you to keep track of the cooking status and preferences as well as download regular updates with new recipes and OptiGrill programs to explore.
Although you don’t have to connect your phone to the T-FAL OptiGrill Smart to use it, in order to open its full potential, I’d highly recommend it! It is equipped with pre-set options for cooking in automatically adjusted modes for the type of product and has the addition of a manual cooking mode as well as a defrost mode. When paired to a smart device, like a phone or tablet, (ios/android options available) you not only take further advantage of the already existing pre-sets but with ongoing updates, cooking with the T-FAL OptiGrill Smart expands on your recipes and programming. It’s so easy to connect to your grill via Bluetooth and after you’ve chosen your setting and placed the food onto the grill it’s back to your other daily tasks. Whether that’s other house chores, or binge-watching your favorite show, keep track of your food on your device.
T-FAL OptiGrill Smart Product Details
- T-fal’s first Bluetooth-connected indoor grill
- Enables remote monitoring and control of the cooking process from any smartphone or tablet (Android or Apple)
- Free My OptiGrill app available with recipes, suggested menus and additional specific cooking programs
- Six pre-set cooking programs: Burger, Poultry, Sausage, Red Meat and Sandwich (additional programs available with the MyOptiGrill app updates), as well as manual and defrost modes
- Automatic Sensor Cooking technology automatically adjusts temperature and cooking time based on the number of food items on the grill and the thickness of the meat
- Indicator light beeps at every cooking stage for precision grilling
- 600 cm² of slanted cooking surface allows cooking juices to run off
- Floating hinge accommodates different types of food for hassle-free grilling
- Die-cast housing with two removable non-stick coating plates for easy cleanup
- Integrated drip tray
- All removable parts are dishwasher-safe
- 1800 powerful watts grill meats to perfection
Our First Use
I wanted to cook something in the T-FAL OptiGrill Smart that I would have a hard time getting cooked properly on the barbecue. This way, not only would it tell me if this product performed the way I felt it should but give it the task to perfect something I normally mess up. I placed about a 2 lb piece of pork tenderloin on the grill, after rubbing it down with some spices that compliment it. Easing the lid closed, you can almost feel the grill guage the thickness. I opened the OptiGrill app and choose red meat and start the cooking process. It then showed me the time it would take, counting down along the way to my desired taste. It was approximately 2″ thick and about 9″ long, taking about 25-30 minutes to cook to well done. When removed from the grill, the first thing I noticed when cut open was that it was cooked perfectly and held its juices! I can describe the taste to you but it’s seriously not going to do it justice.
I can’t wait to cook more! If I’m to be brutally honest, as much as we are a fan of the T-Fal products, I was worried the T-FAL OptiGrill would be a little bit of a gimmick. I can now confirm, both to myself and you, that it definitely isn’t. Anything cooked on it up to this point has been cooked to levels I selected. I’ve been able to either prepare other parts of a meal while it was doing its thing, or completely walk away, keeping track within the application on my smartphone. The best part of all? Cleaning! I implore you to find another small cooking appliance that cleans up as easy as the T-FAL OptiGrill. Removing the upper and lower plates approximately 45 minutes after use, (so cool enough) it’s as easy as a quick scrape of large food particles with a wooden spoon or spatula and placing in the dishwasher. Don’t have a dishwasher? It’s ok, the plates are non-stick and very easy to clean. Upon discussing the T-FAL OptiGrill with wife, I will be using this wherever we travel with our personal vehicle and cook for ourselves. It’s not overly large, lightweight and easy to clean, so considering we get a serviced lot when camping, I may even use it for that! Would we recommend it to family, friends and all of our readers? The best answer I can give you is by saying I wish we had it sooner. I just seen on their website that there is an optional to purchase waffle plates too! Homemade waffles, heck ya! If you are looking to pick up a great last-minute gift for Christmas, or maybe just need a new way to cook, I’m certain you will love the T-FAL OptiGrill.
Win a T-FAL OptiGrill Smart!
Yes, that’s right! At the time of posting, we are very grateful that T-fal Canada has given us the opportunity to give a unit just like the one we have received to a lucky reader. I’m sure you are just as excited as we are! So enter below and we wish you all good luck! Can’t wait and want it now? Visit the T-fal Canada website by clicking their logo below and order now, or visit a local retailer.
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