About Flavorstone Infusion Grill
If you’re on a mission to live a healthier lifestyle, you know that exercise isn’t enough. Equally important (or perhaps even moreso) is what you feed your body. After all, no matter how much you work out, if you’re not eating quality food, you’re missing half the equation.
Enter the Flavorstone Infusion Grill. This indoor, non-stick grilling system can help you prepare “restaurant-quality meals” up to 50% faster. Not only this, but your meals will also be healthier. Why? Several reasons.
To begin, the Flavorstone Grill features premium quality, die-cast construction, and a PFOA-free non-stick surface, along with easy, one-swipe cleaning. And because of its conduction base (more about this in a second), the Infusion Grill will work on gas, electric, or induction cooktops and provide perfectly even heat distribution.
Inside the Flavorstone Grill, you’ll find a unique flavor-infusion channel, extra-deep grilling grooves, and steam convection cooking that locks in more flavor, while helping you cook with no grease or oils. The see-through lid gives you the ability to watch your food cooking without losing heat, and its ultra-compact design makes it perfect for small apartments, dorms, RVs and boat—even for camping!
Now’s your time to launch into more a healthy, balanced lifestyle. But before you hand over your money for Flavorstone Infusion Grill, there are a few things you should know, which we’ll cover here. Then, you’ll have what you need to make a more informed purchase.
Let’s start with the details. Then, we’ll see if they’re as revolutionary as the manufacturer makes them seem.
How Does Flavor Infusion Grill Work?
Infusion Grill’s Construction
As we mentioned above, the Flavorstone Grill features a die cast and aluminum conduction base that’s “typically found on some of the most expensive pans in the world costing upwards of $600.” So it’ll work on gas, electric, and induction cooktops, and will also heat quickly and evenly.
How Does Flavorstone Infusion Grill Cook Healthy?
From a health perspective, Flavorstone’s raised surface ridges help separate your food from the bottom of the pan, which allows fat and grease to “drip away.” These ridges also give your food real grill marks and infuse it with outdoor BBQ flavor.
In addition, Infusion Grill’s PFOA-free non-stick surface means that you won’t have to use extra oil or butter, which can make cutting calories a breeze.
Flavorstone’s Flavor Channel & Steam Canopy
Perhaps the biggest feature on the Flavorstone Infusion Grill—and the product’s namesake—it its built-in flavor channel around the edge of the interior. This, combined with its raised ridges, means that you can “pour in any kind of flavoring liquid” you’d like, including wine, juice, salad dressing, and more. You’ll get great flavor without soggy food!
Finally, Flavorstone’s Steam Canopy creates a convection effect that accomplishes three things: you’ll be able to lock in flavor, cook up to 50% faster, and keep your food juicy.
Now, let’s break down (and make some sense of) what we just learned.
Taking a Closer Look At Some Of Flavorstone’s Terminology
Induction cooking “heats a cooking vessel by magnetic induction, instead of by thermal conduction from a flame, or an electrical heating element. Because inductive heating directly heats the vessel, very rapid increases in temperature can be achieved.”
In other words, instead of using an external heat source like a flame or red hot coil, induction cooking generates heat directly in the pan itself. This way, the cookware heats very quickly and evenly.
Does Flavorstone Really Use Convection Cooking?
If you’re looking for a quick answer, it’s “probably not.” Why? Because technically:
“Convection ovens have a fan that continuously circulates air through the oven cavity. When hot air is blowing onto food, as opposed to merely surrounding it, the food tends to cook more quickly. A short version of the scientific explanation for this is that moving air speeds up the rate of heat transference that naturally occurs when air of two different temperatures converges. To help understand this, consider wind chill: When cold air blows against you on a blustery winter day, you feel colder more quickly than you do on a windless day of the same temperature.”
So, without a fan to circulate the air, Flavorstone isn’t actually using convection. Instead, its raised lid and the “steam-enhanced cooking” it might help infuse your food with flavor (probably about as much as any other lid would), but there doesn’t appear to be anything about its design that would automatically circulate air.
What Is PFOA? Is It Bad For You?
Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is a potentially dangerous chemical found in some types of non-stick cookware (specifically Teflon), as well as “industrial waste, stain resistant carpets, carpet cleaning liquids, house dust, microwave popcorn bags, water, and food.” Because it’s a known toxicant and carcinogen, it’s not often found in modern non-stick cookware. Instead, you might encounter ceramics or other PFOA-free materials that are safer for cooking.
Important note: A lot of the time, you’ll find that PFOA and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) are mentioned together, such as “PFOA and PTFE-free.” In the instance of Flavorstone, however, the manufacturer doesn’t specifically mention that it’s PTFE-free, so keep in mind that is might carry many of the same health risks.
Does Flavorstone Have Zesty Customer Feedback?
The Flavorstone Grill with raised surface ridges, flavor channel, and Steam Canopy appears to be the newest version in the line. Previously, it appears to have been sold without a steam lid or flavor channel, garnering seven reviews on Amazon.com.uk and a 4.3-star rating. Most were pleased with its performance, although one claimed it didn’t work on an induction cooktop, and another claimed the non-stick surface was peeling.
Flavorstone cookware used to be available as a complete set and was endorsed by Cathy Mitchell of Dump Cakes fame. We found 366 online customer reviews for the set on ProductReview.com.au, where it had an average rating of 2.3 stars. Common complaints?
Most revolved around poor quality; specifically, that the non-stick surface quickly stopped working or began peeling. In fact, many claimed that they got better non-stick performance from ceramic or stainless steel pans for less money. Is this what customers are saying about the new version, though?
Since the most recent Flavorstone incarnation was so new at the time of our research, it didn’t have any online feedback. However, it’s manufactured by Thane International based out of Mississauga, ON, who wasn’t rated with the Better Business Bureau, but who had 36 closed complaints (as of 1/31/16)—24 of which the company didn’t bother responding to.
Is this what you’ll experience with the Flavorstone Infusion Grill? While we can’t say for sure, we think customer feedback speaks volume, so it’s certainly something you should keep in mind.
Ready to wrap things up? We’ll get to that next, but let’s take a look at Flavorstone’s price first.
How Much Does Flavorstone Grill Cost?
Important note: At the time of our research, the most recent Flavorstone Grill version was only available in Canada.
One Flavorstone Infusion Grill will cost you two payments of $39.95 plus $14.95 S&H, bringing your total to $94.85. For this price your order will include:
- FlavorStone 24cm Sauté Pan
- Recipe Guide
- 1-Year Warranty
According to the Flavorstone Grill’s commercial, a “deluxe professional” upgrade is available that includes a special extender ring (large enough to roast whole chickens), an extra large stack rack, and quality silicon tongs. However, this wasn’t offered when we attempted to check out.
All Flavorstone purchases come with a 30-day money back guarantee, less S&H charges, as well as a 1-year warranty against defective parts. According to the company’s warranty page: “Although required replacement parts are available to you at no cost during your one year warranty, they are subject to a $14.95 shipping and handling fee.”
To request a refund or process a warranty claim, you’ll need to call customer service at (877) 771-7017.
Will Flavorstone Infusion Grill Leave You Stuck?
What’s the biggest thing we’ve learned reviewing hundreds of As Seen On TV products? Keep your expectations realistic. Infomercial-based products are masters at selling, but customers’ experiences rarely match the marketing hype.
What’s this mean for you when it comes to the Flavorstone Infusion Grill? While it might perform decently by adding a little extra flavor or making cooking and cleanup a little easier, it almost certainly won’t help you instantly cook “restaurant-quality meals” if you lack the necessary experience.
On top of this, ASOTV products don’t always have reputations for high quality. And if customer feedback from other products within the Flavorstone line is any indication, then its non-stick surface might not last long and might even flake off into your food.
Finally, although Flavorstone’s raised ridges might help shave some calories off your meal, overall “healthiness” depends more on the ingredients you use than the little bit of fat you might be sparing.
Bottom line: You can purchase fully electronic indoor grills from local retailers for about the same price as Flavorstone, which might ultimately provide more bang-for-your-buck. Considering this, as well as quality concerns voiced by customers, we might recommend going this route (or other naturally non-stick solutions, like cast iron) before handing over your money for Flavorstone.