I like it
So far I have only tried it on fish, and I must say it does a very good job. I never had any luck frying fish, but the grill works to perfection. Looking forward to expanding my cooking & trying steak, sausages and chicken. The grill plates are very easy to clean.
Amazing Results! I can now Grill to perfection.
This amazing product makes grilling to perfection so easy. My steaks, chicken, sausages and salmon fillets are cooked so perfectly now and it is so easy to use. I love that it that it beeps to tell me when tells me when my meal is ready, so no longer do I run the risk of overcooking and ruining my meats. I recently grilled garlic prawns with the shell still on and it was so succulent and juicy that everyone was licking their fingers clean. Even toasting sandwiches is great, I use sourdough bread and love getting the cafe perfection grill lines ...result. I also bought the snack baking accessory, and have used it to make frittata and even a lasagna. Looking forward to cooking the mac cheese in it next. Plus it is so easy to clean as the plates are removable and I simply place them into the dishwasher. If you are looking for a grill, nothing beats the uniqueness of the OptiGrill.
I love Optigrills! And to prove it, I have 3 of them - the latest being the +XL. I thought long and hard about whether to award it 3 or 4 stars but decided on 4 because perhaps I was hoping for too much. The "ordinary" Optigrill is a great machine and the extra features and 30% cooking space were just too good to ignore....
BUT, it appears as though there is no extra power to go with the extra space, so the additional capacity just means a MUCH longer wait for it to reach cooking temperature. Once it gets there, it performs as one would ...expect so I guess that one just has to put up with the delay. In addition, whose penny-pinching idea was it to reduce the length of the flex by 30%? That is really annoying and means that it can't be used directly under my extractor - c'mon, Tefal, a higher price and a shorter cord is just cheeky!!
Great but Failed
This grill was the highlight of my cooking, until it broke down, i used it approximately 5 times. and then one day it decided not to heat up at all.
I took back to JBHIFI for a replacement but couldn't because a new model came out and i would have to fork out an additional $200 + to get the new one. :(
With the price of gas skyrocketing I have second thoughts about using the oven. In lots of ways, I can use the Optigrill instead. It does sausages, chops, steak, lamb, fish etc perfectly every time. Even frozen battered fish fillets that required 45 minutes (including preheating) in the oven are done perfectly in 12 minutes (not including preheating) in the Tefal. The coloured light that changes colour over an almost infinite range lets you know when the food is cooked perfectly (along with key points of the cook having a tone played).
Very impressed - works as advertised
My history of cooking fillet steak is that it's either bleeding or tough as leather. I've never been able to get a steak just the way I've wanted it: medium, so a little pink in the middle, tender and juicy - until now.
Because the sales blurb talked about perfect steaks, it was a Scotch fillet steak that I tried first. After approximately eight minutes of pre-heat, the cooking time to medium perfection was about ten minutes. It entirely lived up to expectations, producing a medium cooked steak, evenly cooked all the way through, juicy and t...ender. Since then, we've also cooked sea scallops and barramundi, again perfectly on each occasion. On multiple occasions we've used it to produce a basic cheese and tomato toasted sandwich, again no problems. The cooking plates can very easily be removed from the device for cleaning. Apparently the cooking plates are dishwasher safe but I haven't tested that. Hand cleaning in the sink was a breeze because of the effective non-stick surface. Controls are easy to use and reasonably intuitive, although a quick read of the operating instructions is recommended before first use.
Best Invention Ever, at this time.
This is No4, the completely new model, sent from distributor. I held off review, until now. So far it does a superb cook. Keep in mind that you will have your own variations, to observe, as it is not quite a robot, as yet. The "M" button has changed, to give variable temperatures, eg, cooking eggplant, to your liking.
I do see the intelligence, is a lot better, than the now discontinued GC702. Note my past reviews, on old model.
So, hopefully it will serve for a long time.
Massive thumbs up from me.
Myer had this on sale and I had to try it Purchased this on the 1/2/17 and this work perfectly, best grilled sandwiches (better than cafe quality) cooks a mean steak (even though I prefer meat cooked on an open coal/wood fire).
Just make sure you read the manual and it easy sailing from there on in, 10/10 on this product.
Wow.. Super quick grill, Extra tasty meals!
So impressed! Deliberated over which grilling unit to choose, but definitely made the right choice. Super quick cooking, that results in very flavourful dinners. I've cooked many things, burgers, chops, steak, chicken, pork belly and all were grilled to perfection. Little beeps notify you during the cooking process and a little sing song when it's done (just light not annoying). Can fit a reasonable to large amount on the grill pads. Best part is a very quick clean. Pop out 2 grill plates with the press of a button and lightly pull the fat tray forward. All these parts are dishwasher safe too! Not the cheapest but worth the outlay...
The Optigrill GC712 is fantastic to use indoors instead of using a BBQ outside It is so easy to use , and even better so easy to clean
The difference in cooking food in this , like kebabs, steaks , anything that normally cooks in a saucepan and sits in fat is amazing , to see just how much fat comes out.
Its a healthier way to cook
It also makes awesome toasted sandwiches and panini's !
Great product - perfect every time
We love our Tefal Optigrill. Cooks meat perfectly every time and also does great toasties for the kids. I read the other reviews and I am surprised as we have never had any problems. It also looks really stylish in the kitchen and I find it easy to clean. The recipe book is a bonus.
Easy to wash and love the ready beeps.
I really like this grill, two features really stand out for me.
1) The hot plates are removable and can go straight into the dishwasher. I've had similar products before and the lack of this feature just meant it sat in the cupboard, but now its so easy to clean I'm happy to use it frequently.
2) The audible beeps to tell you when the food is ready is great for a distracted cook. I'm often multitasking and this feature has stopped me burning many things.
As a sandwich toaster I find it produces lovely results however it takes a very long time to heat compared to simple sandwich presses. It comes with a decent selection of recipes that are simple to prepare.
A fancy and easy to use Grill.
The optigrill is a nice looking grill when put along side the plastic George foreman. Cooked a range of things on the grill with mixed results. I’m a bit of ‘look and see’ kind of cook so found it somewhat difficult to relinquish control to the cooking guide indicator but for a nice cut of eye fillet steak it was pretty much bang on! However for other meats I found the dedicated settings to be sluggish – could help that i could just whip out the grill pan and get the job done quicker. Chicken breast was much the same. Recommend going 'off-pist...e' and use the manual settings for such meats but still think the grill could benefit from some extra 'OUMFFF' Can’t deny that this machine makes LUX toasties and cheese is really easy to get off the plate. Winner winner. Really easy to clean with detachable plates but once its clean it’s a bit hard to store could benefit from a lid clip so you could store it standing on its side but few grills have this feature.
Versatile, easy to use, easy to clean
Such a clever cooking aide. Versatile for breakfasts, lunches (pides, toasties etc), vegetables and meats, fish etc. I've done several recipes from the book - salmon, chicken thighs and steak; and for vegetables, grilled Cajun potatoes, tomatoes provencale, portobello mushrooms, and capsicum with pinenuts and parmesan (my favourite). Haven't had a failure yet!
Very easy to use with the colour coding for foods and the cheat-sheet - you just pre-heat then leave it to cook. Meanwhile, make a salad or couscous or rice and when it beeps it's cooked...
This is perfect
My wife bought the optigrill and we absolutely love it perfect cooked steak every time, the colour feature to tell you how cooked your steak is works great its quick and convenient when your constantly busy as we are can't fault it and couldn't be happier with the purchase! Thanks tefal
Cooks steaks to perfection
I'm a big steak lover and having my steak cooked to the right colour for the right texture is great. Once you find your correct settings you will never have a wrongly cooked steak again. Makes cooking so easy and so much faster. No more checking every minute! Set it and let it cook! It is amazing at what Tefal technology has accomplished!
Thank heavens for the multi use capability
This is excellent - we take it to the deck and everyone cooks their own stuff!!! might I add, to each ones choice. How good is that? The fact that all the fat drains out and the various options and settings and easy to use. The instructions and recipes are a great idea and easy to understand and follow. Capability to sit around a table and cook one dish after another, including dessert (fruit)..is fantastic. We have tried steak, lamb chops, pineapple, toasted sandwiches, toasted buns, toasties for toppings, and salmon. Are you guys looking at making another one; slightly longer so we can do bigger batches of food. Yes - thank you - thoroughly enjoying the Optigrill+.
Great for veg dishes
I've had the OptiGrill+ for nearly two weeks and I'm finding it very handy, especially as a vegetarian. So far I've grilled veg and haloumi skewers, made toasted cheese sandwiches and vegie burgers and I've grilled vegetables including baby potatoes, asparagus, zucchini, pumpkin, eggplant. It's easy to use, heats up quickly and I love that the vegetables stay moist. There's a button to remove the grill plates so it's really easy to clean. Very happy with the OptiGrill+ and see it as a handy way to quickly cook vegetables without needing to use a bbq.
Easy to Use and Perfectly Cooked Every Time!
Having confidence in the Tefal brand the Optigril+ doesn't disappoint and cooks perfectly every time. Each program adapts to whatever meat/seafood/vege or fruit I am cooking and allows me to choose how I would like it cooked. I now have confidence in cooking chicken and seafood. Previously I had overcooked my chicken and avoided cooking seafood altogether. My steaks are cooked Medium every time which is so difficult to judge on a BBQ. It is easy to use and even easier to clean. There is no mess and it drains excess fat and juices effectively so...is a healthy cooking option. The accompanying cookbook provided such a great variety of recipes that with the help of two of my sons, we used it as our main cooking device for the first two weeks after we got it. Cleaning up after dinner was refreshingly easy. For a mum of 4 that's a gift!
The Tefal Optigrill + GC 712 makes Grilling food so much easier and tastier.
This is the second Tefal product I have purchased. I have a George Foreman griller but the Tefal Optigrill GC 712 runs rings around its opposition. With all the different types of meat and vegetables I have cooked in it, they have always come out perfectly cooked as per the cooking level indicator. It has alot of good automatic features built into it which are a breeze to use. The cleaning of the removal grilling plates are simple which I liked, ( my George Foreman never had this feature) and its a really good product to keep clean. It came with good instructions for use and a 12 month international guarantee. I really am enjoying this product. Thanks Tefal.
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