George Foreman GFO201R Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill Review

George Foreman electric indoor/outdoor grill

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The iconic George Foreman grill line has introduced a new member to the family. The George Foreman GFO201R is an indoor/outdoor electric grill. This combination is perfect for you if you want the nostalgia of grilling but for whatever reason you cannot use a gas or charcoal grill.

When we lived in an apartment, this would have been a good alternative, as most apartments don’t allow gas or charcoal grills on the balconies. Tailgating and campers might find the George Foreman GFO210R Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill useful as well.

Read more below to find out what we found out about this affordable electric grill.

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The Versatile Convenient Electric Grill

Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of electric grills. Grilling purist would certainly agree that the flavor you get with charcoal or gas is much better than electric. That doesn’t mean that electric grills don’t have a place in your home. Electric grills offer a convenience that gas grills can’t match, and charcoal grills are anything but convenient.

Chick breast fresh off of the grill.The George Foreman GFO201R is a small grill. It has 200 square inches of cooking space. It measures 9.1 x 24 x 12.1 inches, and weighs just 16.5 pounds. The surface features “George tough” nonstick coating.

Another benefit of using an electric grill as an alternative to other grills is that the clean-up is ridiculously simple. You just use soap and water and wipe it down the grill surface with a non-abrasive rag or sponge.

The stand is removable. That means that you can easily sit your Foreman grill on the countertop when grilling indoors. When outdoors you can choose to attach the stand. This gives the George Foreman GFO201R more flexibility over other electric grills.

Although the George Foreman GFO201R is small, it still has enough space for up to 12 servings. In reality you would probably have to play around with it yourself to determine how many servings of different types of food can fit on your grill. This grill would be okay for small families, maybe 2-4. I wouldn’t host a summer party with this grill though.

Health is the backbone of the George Foreman GFO201R electric grill and electric grills in general. You’ve seen the infomercials that demonstrate how much oil drains out of the food. This is definitely a huge benefit. I have a tiny early model Foreman grill, and the amount of oil that drains out of your food is amazing. This is surefire way to cut out unnecessary calories.

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  • Gets hot fast
  • Variable temperature control
  • Easy clean up
  • Measures 9.1 x 24 x 12.1 inches
  • 16.5 pounds
  • 1-year warranty

Performance Durability & Warranty

I’ve owned a George Foreman grill for years and it’s still around.  It’s one of those small kitchen appliances that gets used with regularity. The performance should be good if this model is anything like its predecessors. I haven’t managed to find much info regarding the long-term durability of the George Foreman GFO201R electric grill. However, older brother George Foreman GGR50B has been around for a while and it seems pretty durable. Longtime customers (myself include) of this and other Foreman grills lead me to believe that there aren’t many durability issues. I’ve had my Foreman grill for years without any problems. The 1 year warranty covers manufacturer defects.

What Do Customers Think About the George Foreman GFO201R Electric Grill?

The George Foreman GFO201R has a decent amount of feedback from customers. There is a variety of customer reviews and ratings. There are many customers that are happy with their choice.

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The Good…

To get a better idea of the long term viability of George Foreman grills, I took a look at similar George Foreman grills. I turned to a similar product made by the same company. The George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill. It’s the predecessor to the GFO210R. The customer’s reasons for buying this grill are similar: quick cooking, space saving, healthier than other grilling. Some customers use this as a backup grill. Customers also claim that this grill makes excellent food.

A Few Concerns…

I also took a look at the customer reviews of the GGR50B to get an idea of how the George Foreman GFO201R would hold up over time. The prospects look good. Foreman makes a quality electric grill, and they have been for some time now. There were some complaints that the George Foreman GGR50B broke down after X amount of uses. None of the complaints seemed to point to underlying durability or quality issues. Some complain that the food doesn’t taste like “real” grilled food. I would have to agree. Your meals will not taste like charcoal or gas grilled food. But these limitations should be pretty obvious to any potential customer.

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The George Foreman GFO201R electric grill cuts down on calories, cleanup, it’s easy to use, and it distributes heat evenly. It is a much healthier alternative to charcoal grills. Save for the taste (nothing beats the taste of charcoal or wood in my opinion); the George Foreman GFO201R offers robust benefits for cooks that can’t or won’t grill traditionally. The grill is easy to store, it gets hot fast, and there is no guess work involved to get the temperature right.

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