If the conventional steamboats are not making the cut for you this Chinese New Year, it’s time to step it up and host a barbecue party instead! Be it fresh meat, seafood or vegetables, grilling is one of the easiest ways to whip up a delicious spread. BBQs are also a great festive activity for your family and friends to socialise and have some fun cooking and eating together. Check out our rundown of the best grills in Singapore that you can use both indoors and outdoors for your BBQ parties this CNY!
How do I choose a grill?
There are many kinds of BBQ grills on the market and it can be hard to find one that suits all your needs. But fret not, we’ve got you covered! Here are some things to consider when choosing a grill:
For indoor use or outdoor use?
The first thing to consider is whether you will be using the grills indoors or outdoors. Given that most Singaporeans stay in HDB flats, getting some of the best smokeless indoor grills in Singapore might be the best option since you can grill in the comfort of your own dining room. Indoor grills are also generally easier to clean as they come with removable grates. However, if you stay in a landed house and have the luxury of your own front yard, you can consider an outdoor grill which helps set the mood for you to socialise over some good ol’ BBQ!
What type of grill?
While most grills are designed for outdoor use, indoor grills are rising in popularity too. Here is a rundown of the pros and cons of some of the most common types of grills in Singapore:
|Type of Grill||Indoor or outdoor use?||Does it emit smoke?||Pros||Cons|
|Gas grills||Mainly outdoor||Yes, but minimal||
|Charcoal grills||Mainly outdoor||Yes, but for the first few minutes only||
|Pellet grills||Indoor and outdoor||Yes||
|Electric grills||Mainly indoor||No||
What will you be grilling?
If you’re grilling mostly meat, it is recommended to get a grill with a higher voltage. This is because the higher the voltage, the hotter the grill’s temperature. Conversely, if you’re intending to grill non-meat items like corn or potatoes too, it would be best to get a grill with a heat adjustment feature. This allows you to have more control over the grill and expands the variety of food that you will be able to cook.
What are the health benefits of grilling?
Contrary to popular belief, grilling actually has its health benefits. But before you jump the gun and highlight how grilled food seems oilier and greasier, hear us out. Here are a few health benefits of eating grilled food:
- There is less fat
When you grill food, there is actually less fat in the food because the excess drips off the grates of the grill. This is unlike cooking in a pan on a cooktop where the fat has nowhere to go and is eventually re-absorbed by the food.
- Grilled meat retains nutrients
In particular, grilled meat is healthy because it preserves more riboflavin and thiamine when tossed over fire. Both of these nutrients play a vital role in a healthy diet and are essential for one’s metabolism rate.
- You use less condiments
Grilled food locks in more moisture than boiling or frying, so you’ll be less inclined to reach for the other condiments such as butter to jazz up your food. This means that you consume fewer calories and put in less unhealthy stuff in your body.
Best smokeless indoor grills in Singapore
1. Ninja Indoor Electric Grill
Want some air-fried french fries at your BBQ party? Fret not, the Ninja Indoor Electric Grill (available on Ninja Kitchen Shark Clean Official) is here to save the day! As a 5-in-1 cooking appliance, this Ninja grill is able to grill, air fry, oven bake, roast and dehydrate food according to your needs. Talk about versatility! What’s more, it is equipped with a 260° rapid Cyclonic Air Surround searing that chars your food without burning them, making it one of the best smokeless indoor grills in Singapore.
2. Kith Smokeless BBQ Grill
If you don’t want to smell like chicken wings at the end of your BBQ party, then perhaps it’s time to invest in this Kith Smokeless BBQ Grill (available on Casa Official Store). As its name suggests, it is a smokeless indoor grill that is one of the best in Singapore thanks to its rapid-infrared heating technology that cooks food through heat radiation. Additionally, this Kith grill has control knobs that can adjust the heat up to 280°C and a timer of up to 120 minutes. It also comes with a 360° auto-rotate grill pan so everyone at the table can enjoy the food equally!
3. Severin RG2371 Electric Stone Grill
With its high-grade design and stainless-steel features, it’s not hard to see why the Severin RG2371 Electric Stone Grill (available on Severin Official Store) is one of the best grills in Singapore. It comes with eight raclette non-stick pans so you can cook more than one type of item at once! This also makes it more organised when it comes to dividing the portion of food at your CNY BBQ party. But what’s best about this Severin grill is that it has a non-stick coated reversible grill plate which makes both cooking and cleaning so much easier!
4. Aobosi Smoke-free Charcoal Grill
It might seem surprising how a charcoal grill can be smokeless and portable at the same time but this Aobosi Smoke-free Charcoal Grill (available on amzchef Cooker Store) seeks to deliver just that. This is because the coal is contained in a coal box so less smoke is emitted in the air. You can also freely regulate the temperature of this grill by adjusting the fan speed via the knob – there’s no need to fan the fire manually anymore! Furthermore, this Aobosi grill is so compact that you can use it outdoors by carrying it in a travel bag for camping or hiking trips.
5. Cornell Indoor Electric BBQ Grill
Another frontrunner on our list of best smokeless indoor grills in Singapore has got to be the Cornell Indoor Electric BBQ Grill (available on Cornell Singapore Official Store) which is ideal for quick and easy grilling. Other than its apt red-colour design for CNY, this Cornell grill has a reversible double-sided grill and griddle hot plate which you can grill to the exact desired temperature you want. Cleaning-wise, there is an oil collector tray for fast disposal and the grid can be placed in a dishwasher – quick and easy!
6. SASIT Electric Grill
Well-known for its wide variety of kitchen appliances, you can always count on SASIT to offer some of the best smokeless indoor grills in Singapore. Case in point: their SASIT Electric Grill (available on SASIT Kitchenware) which is popular for its easy-to-use mechanism and portability. This electric barbecue grill also has an adjustable thermostat that can be controlled with a temperature knob and indicator lights to tell you when your food is ready!
Best 2-in-1 indoor grills in Singapore for steamboats and BBQ
7. IONA 2-in-1 Steamboat BBQ Grill
If you’re thinking of organinsing a steamboat party at home this CNY but still want a dose of BBQ, then perhaps this IONA 2-in-1 Steamboat BBQ Grill (available on Iona Official Store) can give you the best of both worlds! With an extra large BBQ plate that is 35cm in length and a 4.2L hotpot, you can grill your meat and taste some chicken broth at the same time on this IONA grill. Features-wise, all the plates are removable and there is also a drip tray to collect excess oil and fat – this makes cleaning up so much easier!
8. PowerPac Steamboat with BBQ Grill
As one of the best 2-in-1 grills in Singapore, the PowerPac Steamboat with BBQ Grill (available on PowerPac Official Store) is hard to hold a candle to. Coming in a cute and compact design, this PowerPac grill has a steamboat pot of up to 1.8L and a BBQ grill of an equal size – perfect for small family reunions this CNY! What’s more, this grill is made with your safety in mind. There’s a cool touch handle on both sides so you don’t have to worry about accidentally scalding yourself.
9. Bear Steamboat with BBQ Grill
Grill your favourite meats while slurping on delicious broths at the same time with this Bear Steamboat with BBQ Grill (available on PowerPac Official Store)! Suitable for up to seven people, this Bear grill also works as a multi-cooker for boiling, frying and roasting foods. There is also a zone independent temperature control where you can choose to use only one side of the grill whenever you like, providing more flexibility for your dining options!
10. Toyomi Electric BBQ Grill
The Toyomi Electric BBQ Grill (available on Toyomi Singapore Official Store) is just the right size for a small CNY reunion dinner! This Toyomi grill stands out with the inclusion of a stainless steel pot that can be removed to make more space for grilling if preferred. It also comes with a non-stick coating on the grill pan, so you can get away with a light clean up. With so many great features, this is definitely one of the best grills in Singapore to get this CNY!
11. Aerogaz AZ-3039MK Electric Grill
Calling all mookata lovers! If you’re looking to have homemade mookata this CNY, then this Aerogaz AZ-3039MK Electric Grill (available on aerogaz Official Store) is one of the best grills in Singapore you should get. Made of an aluminum pan body, this Aerogaz grill is able to heat up quickly and is resistant to scratches. You’ll also be pleased to know that there is an accompanying partitioned soup pot for two different soup bases just like at hotpot restaurants!
Best outdoor grills in Singapore
12. Ossayi Japanese BBQ Grill
Looking for a Japanese-styled grill to cook your CNY feast? Then the Ossayi Japanese BBQ Grill (available on Ossayi Official Store) should be right up your alley! As one of the best grills in Singapore, it is made of an aluminium alloy which is economical and can heat up your food faster than other grills. This Ossayi grill is available in three sizes (with the longest being 24cm), so you can choose one that best fits your family size.
13. Char-Broil American Gourmet Barrel Charcoal BBQ Grill
When it comes to the best outdoor grills in Singapore, you definitely have to consider the Char-Broil American Gourmet Barrel Charcoal BBQ Grill (available on STEVE & LEIF Official Store). This grill scores in its portability thanks to its wheels – you can move this grill from your front yard or your pool at the back without breaking a sweat. This Char-Broil grill comes with adjustable fire grates and a swing-a-way warming rack which keeps your cooked food warm without charring them. There is also a side shelf which serves as a handy place to put all your grilling tools.
14. Char-Broil Performance Charcoal BBQ Grill
Another great option from Char-Broil is the Char-Broil Performance Charcoal BBQ Grill (available on STEVE & LEIF Official Store) thanks to its new cooking system and adjustable height control pan. The system utilizes a patented tray to control the cooking temperature by creating more efficient burning and less wasted heat. There are also four large air dampers for excellent air and smoke control. And if you’re worried about the aftermath, rest assured because this grill comes with a large pull out ash drawer that makes the clean-up efficient.
15. Severin PG8563 Stand Electric Grill
Are you someone who cares about your BBQ aesthetics? If yes, then this Severin PG8563 Stand Electric Grill (available on Severin Official Store) is perfect for you due to its sleek and minimalistic design. This standing grill is equipped with a full-length heating coil and a thermostat-controlled heating element for even heat distribution – so you’re sure to get your food grilled to perfection. Furthermore, there is a storage grid below the grill to store your cooking accessories which makes cooking a lot more convenient!
Essential grilling tools for an enjoyable BBQ experience
1. Tongs & Spatulas
You can’t have a BBQ without first equipping yourself with a handy pair of kitchen tongs like this Anaeat Food Tongs (available on Anaeat Official Store). Tongs have long handles which ensures that your hands are far from the heat. They also let you deftly grab, lift, and turn food without piercing it, making it a must-have tool at any BBQ party! Alternatively, consider getting a spatula like this Char-Broil Comfort-Grip BBQ Spatula (available on STEVE & LEIF Official Store) which is great for checking if your meat is sticking onto the grates.
2. Metal Skewers
Metal skewers are another must-have grilling tool at every BBQ party especially if you’re intending to have kebabs and satays. All you need to do is pierce your food through these Barbecue Kebab Skewers (available on ruiou21.sg) and grill them over the flame for a sumptuous treat! These skewers can hold enough to serve one person and they have an easy-to-hold circular handle at the end. Since they are reusable, metal skewers also produce less waste than wooden skewers – a true green option!
3. Grill Brush
The last thing you’ll want is dirty hands and having to spend hours cleaning your grill after your BBQ party. That’s why it’s important to have a good grill brush like this Anaeat Barbecue Grill Brush (available on Anaeat Official Store). Grill brushes are very effective at getting in between the grates and cleaning off any crusty melted cheese or burnt barbecue sauce. Yay to hassle-free cleaning!
4. Meat Thermometer
Grill like a pro with the help of a meat thermometer like this Anaeat Meat Digital BBQ Thermometer (available on Anaeat Official Store) that gives you an accurate reading quickly. Simply place the tip of the thermometer on top of your food and its temperature will be shown on the screen within seven seconds so you can adjust the heat accordingly. This will definitely be the end of burnt and overcooked BBQ food!
5. Cooling Rack
Instead of spending money on one of those single-use grill baskets, you should invest in a Stainless Steel Cooling Rack (available on Shopee Supermarket) instead. Because of its open-air grid, cooling racks allow hot air to circulate evenly around the food, ensuring that you have food that is grilled to perfection! The cooling rack can also be doubled up for use when baking so you don’t have to worry it’ll be a waste of space if you don’t often host BBQ parties.
Sizzle it up with the best grills in Singapore this CNY
Whether you’re intending to get an indoor or outdoor grill, you can’t deny that it’s time to start organising your BBQ party. Buy some of the best grills in Singapore during our CNY Sale to enjoy attractive festive promotions! If you still prefer a hotpot, then don’t forget to choose one of the best steamboat pots and best dining tables in Singapore to commune over. For more kitchen appliances, scour through our lists of best microwave ovens that are great for reheating leftovers and best coffee machines to brew your morning cuppa joe.