I have tried several of the older indoor grills that are just an electric heating element with a wire grilling rack over it and have never been happy with the taste of the meat. My mother bought the Hamilton Beach Indoor Contact Grill with Removable Grids and asked me to try it. I cooked 2 steaks and a chicken breast with little room to spare. I'm not sure how it would cook more than that. It seemed to cook evenly but the texture of the meat came out tougher than when cooked on an outside charcoal or gas grill and the taste was very bland. Even thought the grids are removable it is still very inconvenient to clean and took some work. It was handier than standing outside and waiting for the food to cook but I personally feel that it is not worth sacrificing the quality of the food, especially at the prices we are paying for good meat. I will not be adding this item to my appliance cupboard!