Tefal OptiGrill models in comparison: differences of OptiGrill Plus, Elite, XL & Co.

Which Tefal OptiGrill is the best? Which one is right for me? The various versions of the contact grill are basically very similar, but in the details show important differences. This guide with detailed OptiGrill comparison will help you find the right and best model for you.

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Which OptiGrill is the best?

The answer to this question depends, of course, on your wishes and requirements: For how many people do you want to grill? What do you put on the grill? What accessories do you want to use? Use the following tips to find the OptiGrill model that’s right for you.

The OptiGrill Elite (GC750D) is the most convincing and is by far the best choice compared to the other full-size OptiGrill models – although it is also the most expensive.

For beginners or occasional grillers, the less expensive OptiGrill Plus (GC712D) is a very good alternative.

If you want to grill regularly for more than 3 people, you should go for the OptiGrill Plus XL (GC722D).

More tips for the purchase decision

With these three questions you can easily find out which OptiGrill model is right for you:

What do you want to grill?

If you limit your grilling to burgers, steaks, sausages, fish & sandwiches, then the inexpensive standard model(GC705D) will be enough for you. If you also want to grill different vegetables comfortably and perfectly, you should at least reach for the OptiGrill Plus (GC712D) or the newer OptiGrill Elite (GC750D).

How many people do you want to grill for?

If you regularly grill for more than 3 people, you should go for the OptiGrill Plus XL (GC722D) or the OptiGrill Elite XL (GC760D). Here, the Elite model is also the better choice if your wallet allows it. For less than 3 people, the normal-sized models will do.

Do you want to expand the grill with accessories?

If you not only want to grill with the OptiGrill, but also expand the range of functions with a baking tray, you can reach for all models except the standard model (GC705D) and the OptiGrill Deluxe (GC707D).

If you want to bake waffles with the OptiGrill, you can go for the Plus, Elite & Smart models and buy the waffle plates as accessories. The standard model (GC705D), the OptiGrill Deluxe and both XL models are (currently) not suitable for this.

Tefal OptiGrill comparison: these are the differences between the models

Tefal OptiGrill Compare Models October 2021
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As you can see in the comparison, the OptiGrill models differ from each other only in details, but these are very important for the decision. You can find more information and my personal opinion about the individual models in the next paragraphs.

Size comparison: OptiGrill vs. OptiGrill XL

Size comparison OptiGrill models
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The grill plates of the XL models of the OptiGrill are 10 cm wider and thus have a 33% larger grilling surface than the normal sized OptiGrill models. The depth of 20 cm is the same for all models.

This makes the XL models (GC722D, GC760D) particularly suitable if you regularly want to grill for more than 3 people. In the size comparison you can see the difference well.

Incidentally, this size difference also applies to the baking tray, which is also correspondingly wider for the OptiGrill XL. As already written above, the waffle plates are not yet available in the XL version.

OptiGrill models in quick check

Here you will find briefly and concisely the most important information and distinguishing features of the individual OptiGrill models. I have also added my personal opinion on each model as to whether it is worth buying.

Tefal OptiGrill (GC705D)

Tefal OptiGrill GC705D

This model is the basic version of the OptiGrill. It has six preset grilling programs (burgers, poultry, sandwiches, sausages, steaks and fish) and two additional programs (defrost and manual).

Attention: Those who are flirting with the baking tray or waffle plates for the OptiGrill should not buy this model, as they are not compatible.

Detailed information, test reports, a price comparison and information on accessories & spare parts can be found in the guide to this model:
➡️ All about the Tefal OptiGrill (GC705D)

Purchase recommendation?

No. The standard model is an entry level for little money. However, the features and expansion options are so limited compared to the other models that I do not recommend buying this one.

Tefal Optigrill GC705D | intelligenter Kontaktgrill | 6 automatische Programme | passt Temperatur + Grillzyklus ans Grillgut an | antihaftbeschichtete Platten, 30 cm x 20 cm, edelstahl/schwarz
38.468 Bewertungen
Tefal Optigrill GC705D | intelligenter Kontaktgrill | 6 automatische Programme | passt Temperatur + Grillzyklus ans Grillgut an | antihaftbeschichtete Platten, 30 cm x 20 cm, edelstahl/schwarz
  • Ideale Grillergebnisse ganz nach Ihrem Geschmack: Dank automatischer Messung der Dicke und den voreingestellten Programmen grillt OptiGrill jedes Ihrer Gerichte auf den Punkt
  • Der Lichtindikator und das akkustische Signal zeigen Ihnen den Garzustand Ihres Grillguts, von blutig über medium bis durchgebraten, oder z.B. knusprig bei Ihrem Panini, an

Tefal OptiGrill Plus (GC712D)

Tefal OptiGrill Plus GC712D

The OptiGrill Plus extends the basic model with three additional levels in the Manual program. Otherwise, the two models do not differ technically. However, the upgrade to 4 levels in the manual program is worth it: This makes it easier to grill vegetables at different temperatures, for example, and you can expand the Tefal contact grill with a baking tray and waffle plates.

The model “GC7128” is technically the same as the model “GC712D” with the only difference that this OptiGrill is completely black.

Detailed information, test reports, a price comparison and information on accessories & spare parts can be found in the guide to this model:
➡️ All about the Tefal OptiGrill Plus (GC712D)

Purchase recommendation?

Yes. From my point of view, the model with the best price-performance ratio at the moment. It is expandable with all accessories and also offers the multi-stage manual mode. The perfect entry-level device into the OptiGrill world!

Tefal OptiGrill+ GC712D | intelligenter Kontaktgrill | 6 Grillprogramme | passt Temperatur + Grillzyklus ans Grillgut an | antihaftbeschichtete Platten, 30 cm x 20 cm, Schwarz / Edelstahl
38.468 Bewertungen
Tefal OptiGrill+ GC712D | intelligenter Kontaktgrill | 6 Grillprogramme | passt Temperatur + Grillzyklus ans Grillgut an | antihaftbeschichtete Platten, 30 cm x 20 cm, Schwarz / Edelstahl
  • Ideale Grillergebnisse von blutig bis durchgebraten
  • 6 Grillprogramme (Burger, Geflügel, Sandwiches, Würstchen, Steaks und Fisch), um die Temperatur automatisch je nach Lebensmittel zu regulieren und es ideal auf den Punkt zu braten

Tefal OptiGrill Elite (GC750D)

Tefal OptiGrill Elite GC750D

The OptiGrill Elite is best understood as a version upgrade of the OptiGrill Plus. Besides some additional grill programs, the biggest change is a newly designed user interface: A touchscreen and a small display have been built into the lid handle. There, step-by-step instructions explain what just needs to be done and how long the grilling will take.

The model “GC7508” corresponds technically to the model “GC750D”. The difference is that this OptiGrill is completely black and comes with 10 OptiGrill recipes from Steffen Henssler.

Detailed information, test reports, a price comparison and information on accessories & spare parts can be found in the guide to this model:
➡️ All about the Tefal OptiGrill Plus (GC750D)

Purchase recommendation?

Yes. The luxury model among the OptiGrills, but well worth its price. For those who use their current OptiGrill or other contact grill frequently, this unit is an investment in more convenience and better grilling results. If you, as an OptiGrill beginner, are already sure that you enjoy this type of grilling, you can also reach for this model without hesitation. Otherwise, it is better to choose the cheaper OptiGrill Plus (GC712D) first.

Tefal Optigrill Elite GC750D | Kontaktgrill | Elektrischer Indoor-Grill | 12 automatische Grillprogramme | Intuitiver Sensor | Grillboost-Funktion | Spülmaschinengeeignetes Zubehör | Rezeptbuch App
38.468 Bewertungen
Tefal Optigrill Elite GC750D | Kontaktgrill | Elektrischer Indoor-Grill | 12 automatische Grillprogramme | Intuitiver Sensor | Grillboost-Funktion | Spülmaschinengeeignetes Zubehör | Rezeptbuch App
  • Grillen wie ein Profi: Dank intelligenter patentierter Technologie wird die Fleischdicke gemessen und die Anzahl der Stücke berücksichtigt, um die Garparameter (Zeit und Temperatur) optimal...
  • Intuitiver Grillassistent: Sie werden Schritt für Schritt zum optimalen Grillergebnis geführt und wissen immer genau, wie der Garzustand ist (blutig, medium oder durchgebraten)

Tefal OptiGrill Plus XL (GC722D)

Tefal OptiGrill Plus XL GC722D

No more room on the normal OptiGrill? No problem. The OptiGrill Plus XL has a 10 centimeter wider grilling surface (800 cm2) and thus offers even more space for your food. Furthermore, the XL version offers three additional grill programs: Red Meat, Seafood & Bacon. Otherwise, the device corresponds to the Tefal OptiGrill Plus (GC712D).

Detailed information, test reports, a price comparison and information on accessories & spare parts can be found in the guide to this model:
➡️ All about the Tefal OptiGrill Plus XL (GC722D)

Purchase recommendation?

Yes, if you regularly grill for the family, you won’t have to think twice: The larger grilling surface is then the argument compared to the normal-sized models. You currently have to do without baking waffles, but the comfort of a larger grilling quantity outweighs that.

Tefal OptiGrill XL GC722D Kontaktgrill | XL-Grillfläche | Zusätzlichen Temperaturstufen | Automatische Anzeige des Garzustands | 40 cm x 20 cm | Schwarz/Edelstahl
38.467 Bewertungen
Tefal OptiGrill XL GC722D Kontaktgrill | XL-Grillfläche | Zusätzlichen Temperaturstufen | Automatische Anzeige des Garzustands | 40 cm x 20 cm | Schwarz/Edelstahl
  • Automatische Anpassung der Grilltemperatur und Grillzyklen je nach Dicke und Art des Grillguts
  • Neun voreingestellte Grillprogramme: Burger, Rotes Fleisch, Sandwiches, Würstchen, Fisch, Geflügel, Meeresfrüchte, Schwein und Bacon

Tefal OptiGrill Elite XL (GC760D)

Tefal OptiGrill Elite XL GC760D

The Tefal OptiGrill Elite XL is the big brother of the OptiGrill Elite. With 33% more grilling area, it’s perfect for larger grilling projects. It is almost identical to the small Elite model in terms of functionality. A total of 16 automatic grilling programs make grilling even more convenient.

Detailed information, test reports, a price comparison and information on accessories & spare parts can be found in the guide to this model:
➡️ All about the Tefal OptiGrill Elite XL (GC760D)

Purchase recommendation?

Yes. A super grill and the top model from Tefal, but there is one major limitation: the very high price. Here, everyone must decide for themselves whether they basically want to spend so much money on a grill. Those who use the appliance several times a week will be pleased with the big comfort upgrade compared to the OptiGrill Plus XL.

Tefal Kontaktgrill Optigrill Elite XL GC760D | 16 automatische Programme | Digitales Display mit Countdown zum idealen Grillergebnis | Extra Grillboost für Grillstreifen | Edelstahl/Schwarz, 2200W
38.468 Bewertungen
Tefal Kontaktgrill Optigrill Elite XL GC760D | 16 automatische Programme | Digitales Display mit Countdown zum idealen Grillergebnis | Extra Grillboost für Grillstreifen | Edelstahl/Schwarz, 2200W
  • Elektrischer Kontaktgrill mit intelligenter Technologie: Misst die Dicke und Anzahl der Zutaten und passt Garzeit und Grillzyklus vollautomatisch an
  • Große Vielfalt: 16 voreingestellte Programme, ein manueller Modus, ein Zusatzmodus für gefrorene Zutaten und der Grillboost für extra knusprige Grillstreifen lassen keine Wünsche offen

Tefal OptiGrill Deluxe (GC707D)

Tefal OptiGrill Deluxe GC707D

The Tefal OptiGrill Deluxe (GC707D) is – as the name suggests – a premium version of the OptiGrill. The model is most similar to the Tefal OptiGrill Plus (GC712D) from the OptiGrill lineup, but differs in a few details that justify the “Deluxe” designation.

Detailed information, test reports, a price comparison and information on accessories & spare parts can be found in the guide to this model:
➡️ All about the Tefal OptiGrill Deluxe (GC707D)

Purchase recommendation?

No. Especially because the OptiGrill Deluxe is not compatible with the accessories parts. Those who are satisfied with the standard features of the OptiGrill should therefore rather go for the Tefal OptiGrill Plus (GC712D). If you are looking for a premium model and want to spend more money on it, you are better off with the Tefal OptiGrill Elite (GC750D).

Tefal OptiGrill Smart (GC730D)

Tefal OptiGrill Smart GC730D

Attention technology enthusiasts! The OptiGrill Smart is the same as the OptiGrill Plus (GC712D) with the difference that the Smart version can be connected to the smartphone via Bluetooth. The contact grill can be conveniently controlled via the corresponding Tefal app and you can download special recipes and settings.

Detailed information, test reports, a price comparison and information on accessories & spare parts can be found in the guide to this model:
➡️ All about the Tefal OptiGrill Smart (GC730D)

Purchase recommendation?

No. As I have experienced the device so far, the operation via app is not as convenient as it sounds in theory and the added value is manageable. No purchase recommendation, I would recommend the Plus model (GC712D) instead.

Tefal GC730D OptiGrill+ Smart | Kontaktgrill mit App- Steuerung | Automatische Temperaturanpassung | Antihaft- Beschichtung| Grillfläche 30 cm x 20 cm | Schwarz/ Edelstahl | 2000 Watt
38.468 Bewertungen
Tefal GC730D OptiGrill+ Smart | Kontaktgrill mit App- Steuerung | Automatische Temperaturanpassung | Antihaft- Beschichtung| Grillfläche 30 cm x 20 cm | Schwarz/ Edelstahl | 2000 Watt
  • Grillen mit App-Steuerung: Mit der Mein OptiGrill-App verfolgen Sie den Garverlauf per Remote-Verbindung, probieren immer wieder Rezepte aus und erhalten kontinuierlich Updates
  • Automatische Anpassung der Grilltemperatur und Grillzyklen je nach Dicke und Art des Grillguts, Lichtindikator zeigt Garzustand des Grillguts an: Blutig, medium oder durchgebraten

Tefal OptiGrill Plus Snacking & Baking (GC7148)

The Tefal OptiGrill Plus Snacking & Baking comes completely in black. The model is otherwise the same as the Tefal OptiGrill Plus (GC712D), but already includes the baking tray as an accessory, making the contact grill an all-rounder in the kitchen.

Purchase recommendation?

Yep. If you absolutely want the baking tray directly, this model saves you some money compared to buying the accessories separately. If you are still not sure, you should rather go for the OptiGrill Plus (GC712D) and get the accessories separately later.

Tefal OptiGrill Plus with waffle insert (GC716D)

Strictly speaking, the Tefal OptiGrill Plus with waffle insert is not a separate model either. Rather, it’s a bundle of the OptiGrill Plus (GC712D) and the waffle iron accessory, which lets you expand the OptiGrill’s capabilities to include waffle baking.

Purchase recommendation?

Yep. Again, if you are sure that you want to bake waffles with the OptiGrill, you can go straight for this model and save a few euros. All others prefer to take the Plus model without the waffle insert first and buy the accessories later if necessary.

OptiGrill Accessories Guide

In my guides, I introduce you to the accessories for the OptiGrill, with which you can turn the contact grill into an all-rounder in the kitchen.

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