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Tefal OptiGrill cooks everyone the perfect steak all at the same time

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Tefal enters the grilling ring and squares up to George Foreman with the man-sized Tefal OptiGrill.

Tefal, best known for its cookware and electrical appliances, has announced that its new OptiGrill is now available to buy.

Seven years in the making, the heavy-duty grilling machine is capable of cooking several pieces of steak all at the same time whether your dinner guests need one to be rare, another to be medium and the other to be well-done.

The OptiGrill is also primed to cook the perfect piece of fish, chicken, burger, rasher of bacon, sausage with a manual setting if you need to be a bit more creative with your grilling.

To cook each piece of meat to perfection, the OptiGrill is able to measure the thickness of the cuts and adjust the cooking time accordingly. It can also detect how many pieces of meat are on the grill and calculates the cooking temperature depending on how much is on the cooking plate.

Tefal OptiGrill Rare to Well Done

Preventing you from under or overcooking, an LED display up front will tell you when the meat is entering the searing phase before moving into the cooking phase. A yellow light means rare, an orange is medium and red means it's well-done. The sound of a beep will also tell you when it’s time to lift the lid and grab your meat off the tray.

There's a large 600cm2 grilling surface which means there is plenty of room to feed the family and unlike the George Foreman grill, there's no need to add oil. The non-stick plates can also be removed making it easier to clean or throw into the dishwasher.

The Tefal OptiGrill is available to buy now from IdealWorld and is priced at £129.99. You can find out more information about it on the Tefal website.

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toboev

July 9, 2013, 7:35 pm

Is this a paid advert?

Geoff Richards

July 10, 2013, 9:36 am

What makes you say that?. With the warm summer sunshine comes Steak Season and the OptiGrill is a cool, new gadget that gives meat enthusiasts great results every time.

I don't think this story is any different from "Nokia launches new phone - here are the details"

NotOverlyConvinced

July 10, 2013, 10:00 am

agree with Geoff... great thing about TR is that it includes random tech from around the house...

Love it Geoff... have you managed to convince them to give you one to test? £130 is steep for a grill, so would hesitate to buy one based on just their advertising...

toboev

July 10, 2013, 10:55 am

What makes me say that? Take away the TR banner at the top and there is really nothing to distinguish the piece from an advertorial. I think it is great that you include novel stuff like this, I look forward to the proper review, just wish you would maintain a certain distance and sense of impartiality rather than just reproducing what reads like the manufacturer's press release under your own banner. theMightySwordsman took the words from my mouth; it's "their advertising".

Geoff Richards

July 10, 2013, 11:16 am

Having seen it grill both steak and salmon fillets first hand, I was impressed. We're certainly talking to Tefal about borrowing one for a full review.

Geoff Richards

July 10, 2013, 11:20 am

Thanks for your feedback. I still think Mike's story is more descriptive than evaluative but perhaps "claims to cook everyone the perfect steak" would have been better wording to avoid confusion.

Did the inclusion of a Tefal-produced video make it seem more like a commercial? We didn't shoot any of our own video on the day and thought it would show the product in action rather than just describe it in words. I'm sure we will produce our own Video Review when we get a sample.

MattMe

July 10, 2013, 1:00 pm

It was the last few paragraphs which concerned me.
The unit is compared to (and suggested to be better than) a George Foreman grill, despite the fact this isn't a review, and you haven't used it. Also, it should be noted that whilst the GF grill doesn't have removable trays, I've never had the need to. They are none-stick and wipe clean easily. The suggestion that you have to add oil to a GF is plain wrong - it would just run off anyway.

And then there's the mention of the £129.99 price tag without so much as a "and that sounds ridiculously expensive" to put it into perspective.

If you weren't paid for this then you should have been. It's hardly impartial, is it?

toboev

July 10, 2013, 4:07 pm

The Tefal commercial at the bottom is only one more nail in the coffin. Go back and read your own words:

"the OptiGrill is a cool, new gadget that gives meat enthusiasts great results every time".

That is pure sales patter. You have become Tefal's mouthpiece.

If they didn't pay you (I'm happy to accept your reassurances), then why are you their mouthpiece? If you are not their mouthpiece, then where is your evidence for the "great results every time"?

Sorry to be so hard. I used to love reading TR. But stuff like this I can read on the manufacturer's own pages. Just post up a link and move on if you have nothing objective to add.

Geoff Richards

July 10, 2013, 5:48 pm

I'm sure the detail will come out in the full review but having tested the product at the event, met the man who spent 7 years designing and perfecting the OptiGrill, and tasted the results cooked live in front of me, I'm comfortable with my own words.

"You have become Tefal's mouthpiece" is a step too far. We invest heavily in employing top journalists to write about the latest and greatest products. We regularly attend press briefings where we learn about the newest products announced, write them up as news stories, and then put the products through their paces to write our full review.

We don't accept payment from manufacturers in return for the placement of stories, nor for favourable scores. We're called Trusted Reviews for a reason, and celebrating our 10th birthday this year - we would hardly have made it this far by behaving as you suggest.

toboev

July 10, 2013, 10:10 pm

I didn't mean to impugn your professional integrity. But here is what I see.

You have been fed, watered and glad handed at a manufacturer's press event, where they have expertly demonstrated their product to you. As a result of which you report, without any qualification:

"Tefal OptiGrill cooks everyone the perfect steak..."
"Tefal Optigrill will cook you the perfect steak"
"The OptiGrill is also primed to cook the perfect piece of fish, chicken,..."
"...cook each piece of meat to perfection,..."

The whole piece is bookended by a couple of knocks at the competition and entreaties to buy the product.

Tefal could not have wished for a better return on their marketing budget, whilst you defend it as top journalism.

LexNoir

September 11, 2013, 9:33 pm

I agree this review stinks. Actually I had a hard time findingany actual reviews on this product. So I'm planning to do one and will post to YouTube. In the meantime I'll give you a quick review as I just received mine yesterday.

First off I truly had low expectations going in. If you've ever used a George Foreman grill then you know it will dry the hell out of any meat (I have no idea why). Also the GF grill I had previously didn't have removable grates. Major cleaning hassle.

I have been using a grill pan for a while, and it smokes like hell. It was driving me crazy so I was looking for an alternative and somehow I stumbled on to the OptiGrill...I honestly don't remember where. Maybe it popped up when I was Googling for grill pan.

Anyway....I seasoned some boneless center cut pork chops, and all I can say is DAMN!! They came out juicy, and tasty!! Of course my seasoning made them tasty, but the meat was seared just right. Juicy, cooked to perfection!

Day two (a few hours ago) I grilled some salmon I let it go to well done and it cooked the salmon perfectly. I really have no complaints about this. I love that the grates come out and are dishwasher safe. It has an incline as to let the great drip away. But somehow manages to not dry out meat like a George Forman grill.

I think it's $179 well spent, though it should be more like $99 instead.

Nellie Braggs

January 16, 2014, 8:43 pm

I have the grill, in words "all I can say is I love it"

Techway J

February 10, 2014, 6:26 pm

Its a great little countertop grill, does better than I would expect something in its price point to do that's for sure. I was glad i could get it with the 20% off coupon from bed bath. I unboxed it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

lw

July 25, 2014, 10:19 am

"capable of cooking several pieces of steak all at the same time whether your dinner guests need one to be rare, another to be medium and the other to be well-done."

Sorry, but any grill can do that. You just leave the well-done ones longer on the grill than the rare ones. It ain't rocket science...

The major problem here is it cooks them in the wrong order. It might cook them at the same time - but no one will be eating them at the same time, as you will be serving up the rare steak to your guest long before the well done one is ready.

If you were cooking them yourself on a conventional grill you would put the well done steaks on first, and the rare ones later so that they all could be served at the same time.

Or perhaps Tefal and TrustedReviews think there is some new party idea where the guests all eat one after the other...

Like so many of these semi-advertorials on TR these days - (you couldn't call this a review) - TR seem willing to just regurgitate when the vendor tells them without really giving it much thought. This comes across the most in these articles on home appliances where all the 'journalists' are youngish make tech geeks who look like cooking and cleaning is something their moms do.
Why not actually have someone who uses these products comment...

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