About Grill Wave
Grill Wave by Bell + Howell is a double-sided, non-stick microwave cooker that promises to help you get the delicious taste of grilled food right in the microwave, but without the mess.
With Grill Wave’s core heating element that “captures microwave energy,” the manufacturer tells us that you’ll be able to sear meat and vegetables to perfection and make delicious low-calorie meals in minutes, including Panini’s, steak, grilled cheese, fish, chicken, and more.
Overall, we’re told the process works over three simple steps:
- Add your ingredients to Grill Wave’s surface.
- Place the upper grill over your food and lock the Stay-Cool handles in place.
- Put Grill Wave into the microwave, press start, and enjoy your food in minutes.
Then, when you’re finished using Grill Wave, the company claims it’s dishwasher safe and rinses clean in seconds for easy cleanup.
Sure, if Grill Wave works exactly as advertised, we could foresee it coming in handy in a wide variety of scenarios, whether you’re at the office or dorm, or simply need a quick meal on the go.
But that’s why you’re here, right? In other words, you want to know if Grill Wave will deliver on its promises, and that’s exactly what we’ll help you decide.
Cooking With Grill Wave vs. Traditional Grills
Did you know that cooking is basically just a bunch of different chemical reactions taking place at the same time? It’s true!
In this section, we’ll discuss some basic chemistry when cooking on the grill, and compare these reactions to what takes place when you microwave.
Don’t worry though, we promise it will be quick and painless. Plus, it’ll go a long way toward helping you make a more informed decision about Grill Wave!
What Happens When You Cook on the Grill?
When cooking on the grill, you’re essentially transferring heat from one source (whether a gas or wood flame, or from smoldering charcoal embers) to another, such as food.
Now, each of these methods will result in slightly different tastes, as the molecules from the heat source attach themselves to your food. This is especially the case when talking about different species of wood (e.g. hickory, maple, oak, etc.).
However, there’s another, perhaps more important, chemical reaction taking place when you grill that has a huge impact on the taste of your food: the Maillard reaction.
Here, once the temperature reaches 285°F, a reaction occurs between amino acids and reducing sugars, which leaves behind a golden brown color. Not only this, but the reaction also creates a delicious, unique flavor profile.
Do these same reactions occur when you cook food in the microwave?
How Does Grill Wave Work?
Compared to grilling, microwave ovens heat food using microwaves, which are a form of radiation that excites molecules and produces thermal energy (heat). In short, whereas traditional grills cook food from the outside-in, microwave ovens cook from the inside-out.
On the upside, this allows microwave ovens to heat food very quickly. On the downside, by the time the exterior is fully cooked, it can leave the interior (especially meats) dehydrated, tough, and unappetizing.
From these perspectives, are you actually grilling with Grill Wave? Can you expect similar taste and texture as a traditional grill?
In both instances, probably not. Sure, Grill Wave might deliver grill marks and make your food look like it was grilled, but without the unique flavor profiles and Maillard reaction, it doesn’t appear that your food will taste grilled—a small, but very important, distinction.
On top of this, given the microwave oven’s propensity for drying out food, it probably won’t have the same texture as grilled fare, either.
This fairly large concern aside, how much will you pay for Grill Wave?
How Much Does Grill Wave Cost?
One Grill Wave will cost you $19.95 plus $6.95 S&H. During checkout, you’ll be able to purchase a second for an additional $6.95 fee.
Along with your order, you’ll also receive a Grill Wave cookbook, which the company claims is “loaded with dozens of fast, easy recipes.”
All Grill Waves come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. Keep this in mind if you plan on ordering the BOGO offer since you could lose just as much in shipping (by the time you send it back) as you’ll receive a refund.
Nonetheless, you can request a refund by calling Bell + Howell customer service at 866-533-1257.
A Quick Note About Arbitration
Binding arbitration basically stipulates that, instead of going to court or joining a class action lawsuit, you’ll agree to settle any disputes through a third party.
While these arbitration agreements are extraordinarily common, in a nutshell, as soon as you place your Grill Wave order, you’ll be surrendering many of your legal rights.
Are There Any Reviews For Grill Wave? What About the Competition?
There weren’t any customer reviews for Grill Wave at the time of our research, which is fairly common with many of the ASOTV products the HighYa team reviews.
Overall, these products have an average rating of about 2 stars, with common complaints claiming that they didn’t work as advertised or didn’t meet customers’ quality expectations. From a business perspective, many cited less-than-stellar customer support and long shipping times.
Now, are we saying you’re sure to experience the same with Grill Wave? Certainly not. But given the frequency of these complaints, we think it’s worth mentioning in order to give you a good view of the overall situation.
Before wrapping things up, it’s also important to mention that, if you type the phrase “microwave grill pan” into any search engine, you’ll find dozens of meaningfully similar options to Grill Wave.
Granted, not all of these options are designed identically, but in the end, it appears they’ll deliver the same end result. On top of this, many of these options can be purchased for as little as $10.
What does this mean for you and Grill Wave?
Is the Grill Wave the Wave of the Future?
Bottom line: Will Grill Wave help you cook food faster than on a traditional grill? Probably. Will it deliver the same delicious look as grilled food?
While it might provide grill marks, food cooked in the microwave can’t achieve a Maillard reaction (or pull any of the flavors from specialty woods or charcoal), so it seems doubtful that you’ll be able to enjoy the same flavor that this chemical reaction provides.
What’s more, while the grilling channels on Grill Wave might help some of the fat and grease to drip away, most of the unhealthy ingredients will already be soaked into your meat (such as oils and marinades).
As a result, it doesn’t seem that the cooking process (what little time there is in the microwave) will make a meaningful difference in the health of your food.
Given everything we’ve discussed, it seems like Grill Wave might be ideal for cooking sandwiches (specifically, Paninis and melts), as well as frozen foods like chicken strips.
Just keep in mind that, if you’re planning on cooking pizza with your Grill Wave (as shown in the commercial), watch out for cheese sticking to the upper plate!
Did you purchase Grill Wave? What do you cook with it? Does it work as well as the manufacturer makes it seem? Give us the inside scoop in your review below!