About Power Smokeless Grill

By Derek Lakin
HighYa Staff
Published on: Jul 2, 2018

Using AirFlow Technology with a built-in smoke extracting fan, the Power Smokeless Grill promises to help you cook just about anything—eggs, pancakes, bacon, steaks, seafood, chicken, burgers, vegetables, Paninis; you name it—while virtually eliminating all hot, smoky air.

Additional features include a heavy-duty die-cast aluminum construction, an extra-large (13.5" X 8") cooking surface covered in Cerami-Tech non-stick coating, and a removable heating element that delivers 1,200 watts of cooking power for temperatures up to 450°F, with no hot spots.

Its grill and griddle plates are interchangeable, the drip tray/collection pan catches excess fat while you're cooking, and you can keep an eye on your food using the stainless tempered glass cook-n-look lid. The power cord is also detachable for easier storage.

Except for the cord, base, fan, and heating element, all of Power Smokeless Grill’s parts are detachable and dishwasher safe for easy cleanup.

Together, the manufacturer advertises that you can grill your favorite foods to perfection all year round, regardless of the weather. In fact, they explicitly claim that Power Smokeless Grill will deliver "the convenience of indoor grilling, with outdoor results."

Advertising claims aside, let’s help you figure out if it’s worth handing over your hard-earned money for this model, or if you should consider versions from third-party manufacturers—starting with its basic functionality.

How Does the Power Smokeless Grill Work?

We didn’t test it ourselves, but according to the website, you’ll start by removing Power Smokeless Grill’s drip tray, heating element, and grill plate. Then, add about two cups of water to the water tray/collection pan and reassemble.

After making sure the unit is resting on a flat surface (otherwise, it can cause the grease to leak out) and inserting the detachable power cord, you’ll touch the ‘Fan’ button to turn it on, and then the ‘Power’ button to activate the heating element.

Using the LED smart temperature control, you’ll press the up or down arrows to toggle the heat settings, and you’re ready to start adding your favorite foods and grilling indoors.

As Power Smokeless Grill grills your food, Turbo Speed Smoke Extractor Technology is said to create a “vacuum-like environment, which pulls smoke down through the vent into the unit, so the smoke does not escape into the air.” Instead, it’s channeled into the water contained in the collection tray.

At the same time, we’re told food particles like grease and other airborne molecules are trapped, while the water helps cool the smoke and eliminates almost all of it from the system. This way, they advertise it won’t smoke up your kitchen, or the air in the rest of your home.

When you’re done, press the ‘Fan’ and ‘Power’ buttons to turn each off.

Although the grill and griddle plates, lid, drip pan, and water tray are dishwasher safe (you can also hand wash), the manufacturer emphasizes that you’ll want to let Power Smokeless Grill cool down before cleaning.

Smokeless Power Grill PartsHere, we can see each of Power Smokeless Grill’s parts, which are removable for quick and easy cleaning. Credit: Tristar Products, Inc.

If cleaned in the dishwasher, they point out you’ll want to avoid using lemon-scented detergent, while hand-washers should never use scouring pans, abrasive pads, or harsh cleaners. Instead, they recommend using a nylon bristle brush or plastic scrubbing pad.

The base unit should be washed using a damp cloth, warm water, and mild cleaning liquid. The electric fan is removable if you require a more thorough cleaning.

Outside of these, the manufacturer points out that you should always avoid using metallic utensils, as well as cutting food on the grill plate using sharp metal utensils like knives and forks.

Always use potholders or kitchen mitts when handling the unit, and keep your fingers, face, and unprotected skin away from its hot surfaces while cooking.

How Much Does the Power Smokeless Grill Cost and Where Can You Buy It?

If purchased directly from Tristar, Power Smokeless Grill is priced at three payments of $39.95, plus free S&H, for a total of $119.85. In addition to the grill and lid, you’ll also receive two recipe books.

During checkout, you can add a 9.5” Copper Chef Pan, 2-piece Copper Chef knife set, Grill & Bake Mats, or 4-piece utensil set for a total of three payments of $59.95.

Tristar Products offers a 60-day money back guarantee on all Power Smokeless Grill purchases, less S&H. To request one, customer support can be reached at 973-287-5108.

Just keep in mind that at more than 15 pounds, it might cost more than a few dollars to ship the grill back to the manufacturer.

Note: During our research, we also found Power Smokeless Grill available on Amazon for $124.99, which was eligible for free shipping for Prime members. Several customers also responded that this model doesn’t feature the griddle plate or cookbooks.

What Can We Learn from Power Smokeless Grill Customer Reviews?

On Amazon, more than 20 customers had given Power Smokeless Grill an average rating of 4.7 stars. There, common compliments related to versatility (it can cook a wide variety of foods), effectiveness (significantly reduced smoke, good tasting results, actual grill marks, etc.), and quality construction.

The single complaint related to difficulty obtaining a replacement for a damaged lid.

Power Smokeless Grill vs. Other Indoor Smokeless Electric Grills

Although we encountered plenty of third-party electric grill/griddle combos during our research on sites like Amazon and Google Shopping, there were meaningfully fewer smokeless models.

Of these, many shared the same core features advertised by Power Smokeless Grill, including countertop functionality, drip pans, non-stick grilling surfaces, adjustable temperatures, dishwasher safe grills/griddles, quickly disassembly for easy cleaning, and even heating and temperature distribution. Here were some of the more popular search results:

Model Price Cooking Surface Dimensions Standout Features
Power Smokeless Grill $120 13.5" X 8" 1,200 watts, interchangeable grill/griddle plates, heats up to 450°F
Gotham Steel Smokeless Electric Grill $60 (Original), $70 (Large) 12" x 10" (Original), 14" x 9" (Large) Only 4 temp settings (warm, low, medium, high), no griddle plate
Philips Smoke-less Indoor Grill $230 21.8” x 13.5” (total – no dimensions listed for grilling surface) 1,660 watts; patented design for faster, even heating
Chefman Electric Smokeless Indoor Grill $50 13.5” x 8.5” 1,120 watts, overheat auto shut-off protection, 3 heat zones on grilling surface (low, medium, high)
Chef’s Choice Indoor Smokeless Electric Grill $150 14 5/8" x 9 5/8" 1,500 watts, cast iron grill plates

As with most other products, choosing the best option is going to start out by deciding on a comfortable budget. After all, as we can see from the examples above, some models are priced almost five times higher than others.

Sharone Stela at TheIndoorGrill.com explains that the number of features you’ll have access to with any smokeless grill is often proportional to your budget. This typically includes the overall size (and therefore the cooking capacity), as well as higher-end features like automatic temperature control and wattage:

“Wattage is the main factor for cooking food, and an indoor grill’s price also depends on its wattage. Lower wattage is cost-effective, but this also means it takes longer to cook food. On the other hand, higher wattage models will cook food quickly, but are costly.

From my practical experience, I can tell you that 1,200 watts is perfect for indoor grilling.”

Another factor to consider is that some models feature incremental heating, which can provide a broader range of cooking temperatures, depending on your needs. On the other hand, models like Power Smokeless Grill only feature four different heat settings (warm, low, medium, and high).

From a non-stick perspective, many models will feature traditional PTFE-based coatings, while others, like Power Smokeless, use a ceramic alternative. In general, customers of other brands often report that ceramic coatings are initially better, but tend to lose their non-stickiness faster than PTFE.

» Related: Is Non-Stick Cookware Harmful to Your Health?

Our Bottom Line on the Power Smokeless Grill

At about $120, Power Smokeless Grill comes in at a middle-of-the-road price point compared to popular competitors, is manufactured by a company who’s been in business for a couple of decades, and features the same Cerami-Tech coating as the Cooper Chef cookware line, including the original Pan, Copper Crisper, and Brooklyn Brownie Copper Pan (to name just a few).

In addition, it comes with many essential features like a see-through tempered glass lid, adjustable temperature, removable parts (many of which are dishwasher safe), as well as 1,200 watts of cooking power.

Tristar also seem to stand behind the smokeless grill with a 60-day refund policy if you’re dissatisfied. Just remember that it’s about 15 pounds, which might be expensive to ship back, depending on your location.

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Terrible

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Jul 16, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I bought this because the indoor grill I was using made the house smoky. Well, I have used it three times now and it is NOT smoke-free! My whole house got smoky that I could not see or breath! The house smelled for days. The only good thing is that it did grill the food very well, other than that it was a piece of crap. If I didn't throw the box away I would return it. It definitely was not worth the money I spent!

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    The product

    • Hamilton, NJ,
    • Jul 2, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I just received my Power Smokeless Grill and before I used it I was reading all the bad reviews and thought that I made a bad choice, but I have started to use it and I am so happy with this product and glad I did not listen to all the negative reviews. First there is no smoking from it, it's so quite. I just made bacon and steak and it came out great. I will be using this a lot. I love and can't wait to try so many things on it.

    Thanks for the product...

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Love it

    • Virginia Beach, VA,
    • Jun 25, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I use it several times a week. No smoke, no problem cleaning, I would never scrub it, don't need it so far. Works great, tastes great. I got this to replace my gas grill and was really worried I would not like it. I love it!

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    It is not smokeless

    • Aventura, FL,
    • Jun 6, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Saw the TV commercial and got it, which I have never done it before. The smokeless idea to be used in an apartment was great, however, do not fool yourself because the smoke still comes out of it. Less smoke for sure but enough to make your house smelling for a couple of days. Positive aspects: do no ignite your fire alarm, and the food cooks well.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Not smokeless

    • Pennsylvania,
    • May 27, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Bought this piece of crap from Bed Bath & Beyond, used it twice and smoked up the whole house. So I tried it outside and it smoked just as bad. The fan on it didn't take the smoke away, ran it all the time while using it.

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

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  • 14 out 15 people found this review helpful

    Teflon coating scrapes right off!

    • Minneapolis, MN,
    • May 13, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I prepared about 12 or so meals with the Power Smokeless Grill and thought it seemed to cook ok, the Teflon coating on the grate started coming off. I always soaked it in water after use and only scrubbed it with a nylon brush and green scrubby pad. It’s to the point now where the coating is bubbling up all over and can literally be scraped off with a fingernail. I contacted customer support via online chat and was told to return it to the store where I purchased it. I complained but was told "sorry for your inconvenience", then when I was replying to that the agent dropped the chat claiming I was no longer responding.

    I WILL NOT recommend this product to anyone!

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

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  • 6 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Power Smokeless Grill - great product!

    • Maryland,
    • May 9, 2019
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    I saw all the negative reviews on here and I feel sorry that some had a bad experience. I just want to jump in and share mine. So far 2 months in I am still amazed at how easy and delicious the meals come out. It is just as advertised. I made the mistake of not putting water in the tray below and smoke did come out of the grill. Right now I am grilling fish indoors with no smoke in sight. Great product! Just do take the time to read the instructions and follow them. Good luck!

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

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  • 6 out 7 people found this review helpful

    No SMOKE!

    • Aberdeen, MD,
    • May 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I live in a condo, and I cannot have a grill outside. I bought this after my family told me about it around the Holidays. I finally got one, and I love it. Easy to clean, easy to use. I recommend for anyone that lives in a condo or apartment.

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

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  • 16 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Toxic Teflon coating

    • Sydney, Australia ,
    • Apr 29, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Disgusting that a company would coat their grill with Teflon non-stick coating. You would be dousing your food with Perfluorooctanoic acid and similar chemicals that are all known carcinogens and half a half-life of about 15 years, which means once this chemical gets in your system it will take half a lifetime for your body to get rid of it.

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

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  • 17 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Didn’t work and pay to return

    • Atlanta, GA,
    • Apr 24, 2019
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    I received my grill and didn’t open it right away, I opened 4 months later and found it did not work. I called and they wanted to make sure that I connected it properly, and I did. They told me that since I had the insurance that I could return it and they would send me another one. Fine, to return it I would have to pay $48.95 or more. After complaining about that price to them, customer service told me they couldn’t print me a return paid ticket, but their supervisor could. The supervisor told me that she couldn’t. After speaking to her, I ask to speak to someone higher up. She told me they didn’t have anyone else or a number for anyone higher and that's it. Wow, I won’t be referring anyone, and I will be contacting the Better Business Bureau.

    Thanks Power Smokeless Grill.

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

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  • 25 out 29 people found this review helpful

    Very disappointed

    • Dallas, TX,
    • Apr 2, 2019
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    This did nothing that they promised. It did not give the grill marks and cleaning was a never-ending task. The return was next to impossible and I decided to just put this product in the trash. I could not recommend this to anyone.

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

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