Many of the newer models can actually help you cook even better foods. They come hooked up with sensors or probes that can be set for various meats. You can say goodbye to over or under cooked foods. All you have to do is set it in the grill and they will sound an alarm when your food is done. While this may be extremely convenient every grill-lover will tell you that these grill take all of the fun out of cooking. Where’s the authenticity of a manly steak grilled over bed of charcoal if all you do is set it down and let the grill do the rest? To compare a gas or electric grill to a real wood barbecue is like comparing apples to oranges. Even though charcoal can't match the taste of a real wood barbecue, it comes the closest. Similarly, you will not get the same flavor from an electric grill that you will get from wood or charcoal. You can still come close though. Some users place a shallow pan of wood chips under the heating element and report very good results. All in all, if you’re someone who’s looking for a simple, clean and efficient way to grill some food, an electric grill is the way to go. Now that you have the facts about electric grills, ask yourself: is an electric grill right for you? If not, take a look at the newer type of grill, a portable grill!