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June 2004 Issue
Hamilton Beach HealthSmart Contact Grill
by Ronda L. Halpin
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A large grilling surface makes most steaks, chicken pieces and fish fillets quick work. Its floating hinged cover allows the top grilling surface to adjust to the thickness of the food you are preparing. While you can't pop a roast on it, it will take a porterhouse with no complaints! And the nonstick surface is very easy to clean.

The variable heat control lets you select the optimum temperature for the task at hand. High is ideal for quick searing and traditional grilling; medium can be used to cook thicker cuts of meat that require longer cooking time; and low can be used to keep food at the proper serving temperature. The HealthSmart Contact Grill can also be used to grill vegetables, steam fish, or toast sandwiches. Who says you have to purchase an expensive panini press and try to find space for yet another one-trick-pony appliance?

The Cons
Once hot, this little grill stays hot for quite a while. You're better off having dinner ... and probably dessert ... before tackling the cleaning task. Once cool, there's a bit of work in cleaning this model. You cannot put it in the dishwasher or even in the sink. Instead, you wipe any excess food off of it with a paper towel and then clean it carefully with soap and water. A bit of a mess, but it does the job.

You can purchase the HealthSmart Contact Grill at any of these retailers:

  • Fleet Supply
  • Home Depot
  • Meijer
  • Menard Inc
  • Shopko
  • Walmart

Putting It All To Work
The Hamilton Beach HealthSmart Contact Grill is a useful appliance for those wanting quick meals without much work -- except, perhaps, after dinner when doing the cleaning. It's a great choice for those that don't have access to a real grill or would like to avoid turning on the broiler. With little effort, it puts out consistent results that will work with everything from fajitas to a simple grilled steak.

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