About Yoshi Grill and Bake

Developed by Idea Village and based out of Wayne, NJ, the Yoshi Grill & Bake is a non-stick cooking mat that can be used to grill beef, poultry, seafood and more, in addition to baking your favorite pizzas, pastries. The manufacturer also claims it is able to cook all your food evenly, while being a breeze to clean up.

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Idea Village holds a D rating with the Better Business Bureau, which is calculated based on 154 closed complaints within the past three years. It seems that the company has somewhat of a reputation for manufacturing cheap products that often don’t perform as advertised.

How Yoshi Grill & Bake Works

According to the Yoshi Grill & Bake website, their grilling mats allows your meat and vegetables to soak up all the marinade possible, making them tender and juicy. In addition, the baking mats help you avoid burning your dough for light, fluffy pastries and pizza crust. The company claims that you’ll never have to worry about food slipping through the metal grates again, and that cleanup is quick and easy.

Additional benefits of the Yoshi Grill & Bake mats include:

  • 100% non-stick surface.
  • Can be cut to any shape, and are reusable and reversible.
  • Extremely lightweight and ultra-portable, so they can be used at campgrounds, campsites, cookouts, etc.
  • The ability to have the “perfect grill marks” on your food, with none of the hindrances of a regular grill.
  • Can withstand up to 500 degrees of heat.
  • Reduced flare-ups, so your food doesn’t get burned and remains juicy.
  • Decreases your cooking mess, and clean up becomes a snap. Completely dishwasher safe when you’re in a hurry.

Yoshi Grill & Bake Pricing & Refund Policy

The Yoshi Grill & Bake mat set is currently only available directly through the manufacturer, and costs $14.99 (plus $6.99 shipping and handling), which includes:

  • 2 Yoshi Grill Mats
  • 1 Yoshi Bake Mat
  • a “free” bonus Grip ‘N Slip Spatula (just pay $4.99 for separate processing)

All Yoshi Grill & Bake mats come with a !00% satisfaction, 30-day money back guarantee, less shipping and handling charges. In order to begin the refund process, you simply have to return all included items to this address, including your phone number and email address. Once your Yoshi Grill & Bake has been received by the manufacturer, your credit should be processed within 10 days.

Bottom Line: Is the Yoshi Grill and Bake a Scam?

As with many “As Seen on TV” products, public perception of Yoshi Grill & Bake’s developer—Idea Village—is relatively low, and for apparently good reason. Some of the most common complaints include cheap construction, failure to work as advertised, and poor customer service.

With this said, we were unable to find any reviews specifically regarding the Yoshi Grill & Bake, which seems unusual, since the product’s website has been registered since June 2012. However, based on the manufacturer’s sales video, the mats are able to accomplish numerous things, which makes us wonder what kind of material they’re made of, and whether or not they pose any health risks.

So bottom line: Is the Yoshi Grill & Bake mat set a scam? Based on its “As Seen on TV” status and lack of any legitimate online reviews, you may want to wait a bit before spending any of your hard-earned money on it. However, if you do decide to purchase the Grill & Bake mats, keep in mind that you’ll lose more than 30 percent of your refund to shipping and handling charges if you’re unsatisfied.

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64 Customer Reviews for Yoshi Grill and Bake

Average Customer Rating: 3.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 24 4 star: 7 3 star: 2 2 star: 9 1 star:  22
Bottom Line: 50% would recommend it to a friend
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  • Amazing thingy!

    • Lehigh Acres, FL,
    • Aug 18, 2017
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    I actually bought these for their "copper content," with the belief that they'd make awesome heat-shielding chimneys for cooling 3-500Z triode tubes in a homebrew amplifier. That was a total fail, as I cannot find any continuity in the fabric, or a means to connect to it if I did.

    But for what it was advertised as and for, I am almost speechless! These mats are lifesavers in the kitchen, or cookout. It's an As Seen On TV no BS.

    For grilling pizzas in the oven, they unsurpassed. Nothing sticks to them, and they cool so fast, you can touch them pretty much right out of the oven. You'll need something to grab it out with, but in seconds, the bare mat can literally be room temp!

    I would highly recommend these to everyone with a kitchen. Period.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Not impressed yet!

    I purchased a set of mats (two came in the box) yesterday and used one last night for grilling pork loin chops that were marinading all afternoon. When the meat was done, there was quite a bit of blackened, charred matter left behind. I'm not sure if it was from the marinade or juices from the meat or both, but when cooking, it appeared foamy. After cooled, it was crusty and very difficult to clean. In fact, the mat never did come perfectly clean in spite of soaking all night. I might try it again for hamburgers or something like that before making a final decision on its usefulness. I'm not impressed so far, however.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Terrible product

    I bought the two-pack at Bed Bath & Beyond, and the first couple of times I used them they worked great. Then they both got harder and harder to clean. Most of the stuff would come off but left a black residue. The black residue will not come off. They have gotten to be a mess to clean now and really not worth using. They are a waste of money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Great grill mats

    • California,
    • Jul 13, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I just bought these Yoshi Copper Mats at Bed Bath & Beyond for $10 and used them to BBQ ribs to get the grill marks and then popped the ribs into the oven. I have a propane fired BBQ with a temperature gauge, so I kept the temperature in the grill to 300 degrees, and the ribs looked great. I did not experience any grease fires and the non-stick mats cleaned up without any effort. I only needed to cook them for eight minutes aside before cooking them fully in the oven. I can't wait to try them with steak, chicken, and salmon.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Very hard to keep clean.

    Very disappointed in the Yoshi Grill Mat. It did not leave grill marks on hamburgers as advertised and was impossible to keep clean. By the third use, food started to stick to the mat, and all the scrubbing in the world would not get rid of the dark stains which began to appear.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    It worked

    • Mesa, AZ,
    • Jul 11, 2017
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    It worked fine for me. I cooked some ribeyes on it, and they came juicy and wonderful. I didn't expect miracles from it. It did help with cleaning time. I also put some corn on it, and it did fine. It does cook food evenly and fast, which I like because it is very hot here in Arizona.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 0 out 1 people found this review helpful

    It worked, but...

    • Algonquin, Illinois,
    • Jul 7, 2017
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    I was pretty excited to try this mat. I paid 10 bucks at my local Big Box store. For the first use, I went with grilled bacon sandwiches. It worked. I didn't lose any pieces, however, this thing does not clean up very well. I have burned bacon grease permeated into the mat. I will try again, but I was really hoping that it would have stayed clean for at least two uses.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Three years still grilling strong!

    I bought my Yoshi Mats three years ago and still grill with them! Just like I just bought them. Meat still leaves my gas grill with marks. The mats are great for grilling mushrooms and onions to go on our steak. It is great for campfire potatoes.

    I'd recommend the Yoshi Mat for any grillers for a no mess grill! Wash and it is good as new. I tried it at Christmas for fudge and fudge came right out of the pan to cut!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Caught my grill on fire

    When I grill with the Yoshi Copper Grill Mats the grease from the food that collected on the mat and eventually fell off started a huge fire and ruined my entire grill.

    I contacted the company on 5/20, and they responded and said they would forward the information to their corporate office and it took them around two weeks to respond to my concern. When they did respond, they claimed that my grill was old, unclean, and unsafe to use. I sent them pictures of the grill (mind you, my grill did not look like it did in the pictures BEFORE the fire). They have absolutely zero regard for their customers. I was honestly just trying to tell them don't advertise that there are guaranteed no hot spots or flare ups when it is simply not true. You cannot cook just anything on these mats, and even burgers have grease.

    I don't recommend this product to anyone and will cause a major fire if the grease falls off the mat. I was disgusted with how their customer service treats the people that put money in their pocket and their so called corporate office. By the way, I only gave one star because I had to.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 9 out 9 people found this review helpful

    What a mess

    • Virginia,
    • May 31, 2017
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    I really had high hopes for this mat. I thought it would be more economical to use as it would keep me from having to use aluminum foil every time we cooked on grills at parks and campgrounds.

    I cooked burgers and hot dogs. The food did cook, but I did not see grill marks at all on the burgers, but there were some on the hot dogs. I was extremely disappointed with that claim being partially false. The grease fires were horrible and clean up was a nightmare. The burnt on mess was impossible to remove. I even tried soaking it overnight to help loosen it, but I wasn't ever able to get it clean, so I finally gave up and threw it away.

    I have one more, and I plan to try it with vegetables only. I hope the outcome will be different, but I am not very optimistic after my first experience.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Yoshi Grill mat

    • Manitoba, Canada,
    • Apr 28, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    These mats work great. I thought at first it to be a big scam, but after using the mat, I wouldn't grill without it. Clean up is a snap. No mess. If it's not working for you, you're doing something wrong. Remember, it's not magic, it's just a great way to grill. I will get a few more to make sure I never run out. If you're not getting the grill marks, quit turning the food over every 30 seconds.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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