Everyone loves to have some sizzling hot grilled or tandoori food items every once in a while. But as much as you crave it, most of us go for a take out as we cannot cook it at home. Owning a simple electric tandoor grill can go a long way for your taste buds.
Electric barbeque grills runs on electricity and gives you the exact same taste as any typical tandoor grill. You can now cook mouth watering and delicious dishes such as Chicken, Mutton, Vegetables,Pastas, Parathas, Naans and Pizzas both tandoori and grilled.
An excellent addition to your backyard grill parties AND your kitchen too, an electric tandoor is actually an economical solution when compared to conventional grills or even ovens.
But picking a perfect electric tandoor may be a little hassle. An ideal electric tandoor should be budget friendly, need less operating power, easy to maintain, need no preheating and most importantly provide healthy and oil free cooking.
Today, we have decided to buckle up, do a thick research and build a comprehensive guide just for you which will help you pick the best of the best. Our “Buying Guide” (available at the end of this article) has led us to the discovery of 7 of the best barbeque electric tandoor grills available in India. Let us hop on to review them without any further ado.
Best Electric Tandoors in India: 2020 Reviews
|Best Electric Tandoors||Warranty||Dual Plate||Accessories||Buy Now|
|Wellberg iron 2 in 1 Electric Tandoor||2 Years||Yes||6||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Berg Mini Cast Iron Electric Tandoor||2 Years||Yes||6||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Mini Chef Electric Tandoor||---||Yes||2||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|B.N.Brights Electric Tandoor||1 Year||No||6||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Smart Life Cast Iron Electric Tandoor||2 Years||No||6||CHECK ON AMAZON|
|Future Home Electric Tandoor||3 Years||No||3||CHECK ON AMAZON|
Top 6 Best Electric Tandoors in India
Topping off our list is the Wellberg Iron 2 in 1 Electric Tandoor. A simple and a compact tandoor, it promises us with 6 gifts with every purchase.
As mentioned in its title, it has a unique 2 in 1 cook feature. You can cook inside the tandoor and on top of it too. The inside can be used to deep cook any traditional tandoori item. For the top heating plate part, you can use it for heat up biscuits, batter based foods on top of the tandoor.
The device is small and compact in nature hence it is convenient for you to carry it around for parties and also place it in one corner of the kitchen for using it regularly. The handle to pull out the grill is simplistic door styled handle. Non-Ergonomic but works pretty conveniently. You can use it to grill fish, chicken, mutton, legs, bake biscuits, make pizza and what not.
Of the 6 gifts mentioned in the title are the Heat Mitten (unihanded), 2 pairs of steel seekh and a jaali grill to place these on, A recipe book (With a few great tandoori recipes), a non-stick magic cloth (for placing baking foods) and a pizza cutter (to cut not just pizza but for biscuits and muffins or tandoor cakes too.
Wellber Iron 2 in 1 consumes about 1500 watts of power with over 1.5 units per hour. Made with a great deal of shockproof material, this device has an ample amounts of insulation. But as most of the device is made with high grade metal and as it has no preheating required, it will get super heated up very quickly. Hence keep it away from children and it is advised that you use this with caution.
The product comes with a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty for the heating element used in the device.
Things we liked:
- Has a 2 in 1 cooking feature (one inside and one on top) Top plate can be used for reheating.
- Comes with 6 gifts (non stick magic cloth, a recipe book, a mitten, 4 steel seekh, a jaali grill and a pizza cutter)
- Compact and Simple to use
- Has ample insulation
- Value for money
- 2 years manufacturer’s warranty
Things we didn’t like:
- Consumes 1500 watts
- Could use more insulation.
Should be used a little carefully even with all the insulation provided.
The Berg Mini Electric Tandoor rushes into the second with its compact yet countertop design and its incredible build quality.
Made with cast iron, the build of this device is sturdy and shockproof. The insulation of this device is further strengthened by the presence of 4 rubber legs. These legs not only aid in the insulation but also in stable placement of the device on the table.
Unlike the Wellberg tandoor mentioned before which has no glass to look at the food, this piece has a look through window. A narrow rectangular glass based window which is present at the opening of the device allows you to look at the food as it gets cooked. But it does not have a dual cooking functionality like the wellberg to cook on top of the tandoor as well.
The cooking tray used is made out of high grade aluminium which promises great quality and also healthy food. The handle of the tray is ergonomic in nature. Attached to the grill, you can efficiently use it to pull out the tray and carry it around as a placeholder for food.
Similar to the gifts of wellberg tandoor, it also has a mitten, a recipe cookbook, 4 seekhs and a grill jali, a mitten glove, a pizza cutter and 2 sheets of non stick magic cloths. You can cook delicious fish, potato wedges, fries, mutton, chicken and any tandoori or grill based food easily with this device.
Power consumption of this device is not mentioned here which is a bit concerning. But, there is a 2 year manufacturer’s warranty available for the heating element of the tandoor. Hence handle with care.
Things we liked:
- Compact design
- Ergonomic handle
- Rubber legs for extra insulation
- A view through rectangular glass window for the food.
- Freebies (2 sheets of magic cloth, a pizza cutter, 4 seekh, one jali grill, mitten glove and a cookbook)
- 2 years manufacturer’s warranty on the heating element.
Things we didn’t like:
- Non specified power consumption
- No over the shelf heating option
Next up is a heavy duty and sturdy built electric tandoor. The mini chef electric tandoor has a promising design and delivery with dual heating layers. One inside and one on top of it.
Perfectly engineered to burn enough to cook enough, the mini chef electric is ideal for medium to large families. It can cook about veggies, meat and what not.
The rectangular toughened glass present to the opening tray lets you look at the food while it is being prepared inside.
A magic heat resistant cloth that comes as a freebie with the device lets you use the tandoor as a baking oven for biscuits and small batter based foods too. The heating plate present on top of the device enables you to reheat and warm up foods such as pizza, biscuits and what not.
As mighty as the device is, its power consumption is same too. On an overall, it consumes about 2000 watts of power making it the highest power consumption device in the list today.
we found out a great deal of positive response to the longevity of the device owing to the kanthal heating element (imported from Sweden).
Things we liked:
- Bulky and Sturdy Body
- Aluminium coated non stick heating plates
- Top side heating plate for reheating food
- A Magic cloth for baking and Cookbook
- Value for money
Things we didn’t like:
- 2000 Watts power consumption
- No grill or Seekhs given for grilling purposes
A long electric tandoor which comes with not only a sturdy body but also with insulated rubber legs.
The rubber legs are ergonomic and can be placed on any flat table like surface. Coupled with that is the perfectly insulated handle bars for you to carry around the device. Owing to the not so heavy body, the tandoor could be said as a compact device.
The BN Brights electric tandoor works fine for a small to mid sized family. Here you get a wide range of freebies much like the wellberg iron electric tandoor. You are given the single hand mitten glove,a cookbook, a grill, 4 seekhs, a magic cloth for baking and a pizza cutter.
With an ergonomic handle, the closing door of the tandoor has a rectangular toughened glass through which you can look as your food is being cooked. The non stick tray that is present to the door is perfect for cooking any kind of food and thus making cleaning very easy.
Perfect for baking and grilling, you can not only make grill or tandoori items, this makes you healthy because of all the non-oily cooking that you do using this.
The product consumes a humongous 2000 watts of power which some may call as a con.But to even it, we have a 2 years manufacturer’s warranty for the product for any malfunctions within the duration of its warranty life.
Things we liked about it:
- Long form for good storage of the food
- Rubber legs and fibre handles for proper insulation
- Non stick tray body
- Comes with a cookbook, a mitten glove, a grill, 4 seekhs,a pizza cutter and a magic cloth for baking.
- Toughened glass screen to view food while it is being grilled or cooked
- 1 Year manufacturer’s warranty
Things we didn’t like:
- Could improve its build quality
- 2000 watt power consumption.
Yet another family friendly cast iron electric tandoor, the smart life electric tandoor is compact, small sized device.
Ideal for internal use, this tandoor is a great addition to your kitchen decor and also cute for you to use for tiny house parties.
Made out of cast iron, this electric tandoor can cook and help you with a lot of tandoori dishes both meat and vegetarian. You can even use it for baking too
It comes with an ergonomic handle and an aluminium non stick plate accompanied to it. A toughened glass that is attached to the door gives you a glimpse of how the food is being tandoored or baked. Additionally, it comes with a grill, 4 seekhs, a magic cloth for baking and a pizza cutter.
The rubber legs that are present along with the fibre handles are ideal insulators and protect you from any electricity that might pass through the device.
Apart from the fact that it is a tad bit pricey, it is a well off product. The product comes with a 1 year manufacturer’s warranty for any malfunctions that may happen during the tenure of the warranty.
Things we liked:
- The insulated body thanks to the 4 rubber legs and 2 fibre handles
- Small and compact body
- Toughened glass screen
- Ergonomic handle
- The freebies that come with the device
- 1 year warranty
Things we didn’t like:
- Does not have a dual heating plate option
- Too pricey than many mentioned in the list
A futuristic electric tandoor with a whooping 3 years of manufacturer’s warranty, the future home electric tandoor outranks most of the tandoors mentioned here with its features.
Starting off is the automatic timer option which enables the user to set a desired cook time and leave the tandoor alone. It can be automated to shut down for one minute (in 15 seconds increments). Thus this makes this tandoor ideal not just for barbeque grill parties but also for normal home requirements. Set the time and go about your work, no worries about the food getting burnt.
A 3 step heat controller present within the tandoor gives you the ability to control the internal heat settings. This allows you to control the direction of heating. It can be upwards, downwards of full tandoor ie., from both up and bottom. Now you can fixate on individual temperature settings needed for various different items.
A rectangular look through glass is present just like the Berg Mini electric tandoor which lets you look at the food while it is cooking. Thus with that, the auto timer and the heat control feature, this device is an ideal makeshift oven and not just a tandoor.
While you are not given a mitten or a pizza cutter or a magic cloth or any unicorn like most of the devices in the list, you are given a simple grill, 4 seekhs and a recipe cookbook to do some classic tandooring to your food.
Future Home electric tandoor has a reasonable energy consumption of 1100 watts considering its functionalities. As mentioned previously, the entire product has a 3 years manufacturer’s warranty, not just the heating element. The heating element, is claimed to have a great life time of about 10 years.
Things we liked:
- Automatic timer (upto one full minute in increments of 15 seconds)
- Heat control feature
- 1100 watts of power consumption
- Cookbook, 4 seekhs, grill
- 3 years manufacturer’s warranty
- 10 years heating element life time
Things we liked:
- Could improve the overall build quality
- The door easily comes out hence needs to be improved
- No reheating plate atop it
Basic and Important Functionality Features of a Electric Tandoor
First of, let us look at what are the various different features available in an electric tandoor. How these features influence the quality of the grill machine.
1. Thermostat and its settings:
Temperature of the grill is very important in an electric tandoor. An internal thermostat enables you to control how hot the temperature inside the tandoor can be and can get.
A temperature regulating setting in a thermostat help you to change the temperature of the grill according to the dish you’re making.
Here you should be looking for not just a thermostat which has the highest setting but most importantly, you should be looking for something that has more number of settings.
There are a lot of high end models available in the market which have over 10 steps of temperature settings while basic and budget models often have fewer setting availabilities. But depending on how often and the volume of cooking you do, you have to decide on the grill.
2. Temperature Gauge:
An extension to the thermostat, a temperature gauge is often inbuilt and lets users know the temperature of the grill and the food inside it. It lets you know when the food is ready
For open electric tandoors, a temperature gauge may not seem important but for barbeque grills which have a cover on them, a temperature gauge is important. It lets you know the level of cooking which the food is at any instant of time.
3. The 180 degree opening facility:
Most of the modern day electric grills have a 180 degree opening of their cover. This allows the user to access every side of the tandoor. This feature is super helpful when you are cooking for a big number of people. You would be able to place and retrive the food from any side possible.
Moreover, the 180 degree opening feature makes your job of cleaning up the grill easier compared to other electric tandoors.
4. Removable Grates and Cooking Trays:
It is common knowledge that electric tandoors have separable grates and cooking trays. This is so to make it easier for them to remove and set the food. Furthermore, it also aids in the easier cleaning of the tandoor after the cooking is done.
Look for an electric tandoor whose grates and cooking trays are much easier to remove and fix, There are a few low budget and cheap tandoors whos trays are difficult to remove or are fixated in nature. This causes food to get stuck and cleaning impossible. They may cause some food infection. Hence be careful
5. A Floating Hinge:
When cooking thick or crusted food items such as fish, pizza, chicken or other wedged items, you need to have a certain freedom of movement. This freedom will help you move the food particles about the grill for uniform grilling.
Make sure that the electric tandoor you are picking has a floating hinge. A floating hinge aids in the free movement of food such as leg pieces or pizza or anything as thick. This will aid in the uniform cooking of the food from all angles.
6. Non-Stick Coated Internal Material :
Cooking greasy, bough based, oily or meaty items can be a bit of a mess. The food gets stuck to the corners or the bases of the utensils and thus makes it challenging to clean. Also, it often decreasing the shelf value of the device and the item.
In cases of electric tandoors, you need to be sure that the one you are picking has a non -stick coating to it. This will make sure that none of the food particles get attached to the vessel. It also makes it super easy for you to clean it up post usage.
7. Oil Collection Groove:
A few high and sophisticated electric tandoors of great quality often come with a specific grooves under their main body. Here, whenever you are cooking any oil or fat frying/grilling based item, any and all of the excess oil gets lodged under it.
This excellent and helpful feature aids in saving oil and prevents any kind of wastage. It is also perfect in protecting the table and the tablecloth underneath it from dripping and any other related oil related damage that may get caused due to oil.
How to pick the best electric tandoor?
Here, let us look at the important factors one must consider before deciding on their decision to buy an electric tandoor.
First of all, you need to understand your requirements. How big of a tandoor do you need? Is it for a regular close family or friends gathering or are you planning on setting up a shop/event and the electric tandoor would be serving to a very large volume of crowd.
You now know what your requirements are and also you the most important features that comprise of an electric tandoor barbeque grill. You now have to make sure that almost all of those features have to be present in the device that you have picked.
2. Proper Opening and Operating Mechanics:
What do you picture when someone says the word barbeque? It is obviously not the food but the apparatus and its open sunny sided image. An electric tandoor machine too is decisive on how you open it.
A few of these have a 180 degree opening style which make it easier for you to reach out for the food inside it easily. You can change, add more and technically, have good freedom with the food. Furthermore, it easens your burden while you are cleaning the device after you are done cooking in it.
Also, try looking for a grill with a floating hinge too. This is ideal when you are cooking thick dishes such as pizza or meat and also food which needs prolonged cooking
3. Consumption Of Power:
This one may seem like a deal breaker so hold tight. Various barbeque grills have different power ranges they need for operation. While a few would be starting from about 800 watts, a few could even need 1200 watts of power.
Higher the power consumptions, faster is the cooking of the food. Ideal for high volumes of cooking. But this implies a fat light bill too. Electric tandoors that consume low power cook slower compared to the high consumption devices but save on the electricity bill. These are ideal for small indoor or backyard parties with close friends or family
The key to picking the perfect tandoor is to look for something that is between the ranges of 800-1200 but also has a good star rating for power savings.
4. Capacity of the tandoor to cook food:
This refers to the amount of cooking your tandoor can do. How much chicken, sandwiches, or vegetables can you grill in a single go?
First, you need to decide on how many people does the tandoor needs to feed. Are you grilling for your small family or for your neighbourhood for a party? In such cases, you need a small or medium sized tandoor. It should be enough.
If you are to cook for a restaurant sized population, or for people coming to an event or a fair, then you need to think of getting something big. This will be with you for small time cooking and for big time too.
5. Portability and Lightweightedness:
Typical tandoors are bulky and heavy. Back in the day, you had to have about at least 2 men to lift and place the grill outside the yard.
Electric grills are portable in nature. They are light in weight and run on very easily. But then there are a lot of brands which can be heavy and bulky in nature at times.
Best of the best electric tandoors are light in weight. Often than not, they can be carried around in a single hand. Not the hot ones that are plugged into the outlet. Don’t do that.
6. Shock-Proofing and Proper Insulation:
It is highly important that the electric tandoor you are getting is properly insulated. While most of the cast iron based tandoors may possess a slight threat, these days, they are coming with fibre handles and a few are also coming with rubber legs. This increases your chance of getting insulated to any electric current that passes through. Anyway,go for trustable brands as they do ample amounts of electricity and insulation check before shipping out their product.
7. Brand of the Barbeque Electric Tandoor Grill
Too many. Way too many brands exist in the name of selling you quality electric tandoor sets. But most of these are either cheap chinese rip offs or just local brands that grill the wiring more than the food placed on them.
Always go for trusted and popular brands. It is less likely to be duped by will known brands and moreover, they provide you with good customer support. If you are ignorant of whether a particular barbeque grill company is good or bad, you can always go look at their reviews and ratings. These are widely available in trusted sources like facebook, quora and blogs like ours. Be smart, shop smart
8. Warranty of the product:
Last in the list but definitely not the least important. Electric Tandoor Grills are big and expensive affairs. They tend to run for hours when used. Hence it is important that the device that you are choosing to buy has a good years of manufacturer’s warranty.
Any typical good barbeque grills comes with about a year’s worth manufacturer’s warranty period. Good brands go beyond that. You have to choose a great product with good warranty. Else they might offer the moon but the product dies on the launch pad.
Frequently Asked Questions
By Using an Electric Tandoor, you get to enjoy oil free cooking thus it is incredibly healthy. Also, due to its small and compact nature,you can carry it around for parties easily. Furthermore, you do not have to worry about setting it up or cleaning it as they are simply plug & play and very easy to clean.
Ans: Inside every unit of an electric grill is a heating element embedded. This is connected to the power cord. When we plug in power, the heating element gets heated up and the internal body of the tandoor aids in keeping the heat up. Here you can place your food and then expect it to get heated up to your taste expectations.
If it is a family friendly sized compact grill, then yes. However, steer it clear of any children. It is highly advised to be cautious while using the device. Never use an outdoor grill inside your house.
With all the awesome accessories gifts, its dual heating nature and its durable quality, the Wellberg Iron 2 in 1 Electric Tandoor wins the top of our list. While that was our list, we are interested in listening to your picks
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