Ronco Ready Grill is a smokeless vertical indoor cooking device that promises to give you delicious, healthy meals of all kinds in as little as 20 minutes. The Ronco Ready Grill is essentially a large toaster with a timer and they promise it cooks entire meals including frozen meats evenly and thoroughly; because you are cooking them upright, they state the excess fats drip away.
How Ronco Ready Grill Works
The Ronco Ready Grill measures approximately 17-1/2"L x 7"W x 11-1/2"H. It looks and functions like a toaster. This means you place meats or veggies inside the provided basket tray and close it together; then pop the unit in like you would a slice of bread. Next, select the timer according to the type of meal you are cooking (a downloadable cookbook is provided free with purchase).
From there, they tout elements on the side heat up and the thermal reflectors add infra red heat to cook foods from the inside out. They claim your food will be healthier because the fats will drip off and into the tray. They promise Ronco Ready Grill is easy to clean and all the necessary parts (heat shields, grill basket, basket guides, drip tray) are machine washable.
The Ronco Ready Grill Cost
It depends on how you pay for it. The website and infomercial encourage you to call to take advantage of a 14-day in-home trial. This means you pay $14.95 plus $19.99 shipping/handling (a total of $34.94) for them to send the Ronco Ready Grill to you for 2 weeks. If you decide you don’t like it within that time period, you can return it and you won’t be charged any additional fees – they will keep the $34.94 and you have to pay to ship it back. You then make 4 payments of $29.75 for a total of $153.94.
Or, if you order directly from their website using the order form it will cost you 4 payments of $29.75 plus $19.99 shipping/handling for a total of $138.99.
Finally, you can order via telephone and pay for it at once with free shipping for a total of $119.00.
In other words:
- $153.94 which includes a 14-day trial over phone
- $138.99 if ordered online via website
- $119.00 if you pay at once over the phone
In addition to the 14-day trial, Ronco Ready Grill comes with a 60-day money back guarantee, minus any shipping/handling and what it costs you to ship it back. There is also a 1-year limited warranty, which they will replace any defective parts or the machine for free, but you also have to pay to ship it back to them.
Bottom Line: Is Ronco Ready Grill a Scam?
Ronco Ready Grill has gotten a big push from Infusion Brands International, the company that recently purchased Ronco Holdings. They are hoping this new product will put Ronco (founded in 1964 by one of the original TV pitchmen, Ron Popeil) back on top. Ron is gone, and now jolly pitchman Mac Gill has taken his place.
That’s probably why you are reading this – you’ve seen the half-hour infomercial or read about it somewhere and wondering if it does indeed live up to the hype.
Here’s what we’ve found out:
First, the product seems to have mixed reviews. Those that do like it say it does a good job of cooking meat evenly and is nice and compact. Both positive and negative reviews state that Ronco Ready Grill is smaller than they thought it would be and can only cook a meal for 1 or 2 people, not an entire family at once as the commercial suggests.
Also, it should be noted that some of these reviews come from affiliates who have received the product for free in exchange for their review. This is perfectly legal and explained in more detail in our article The Seven Deadly Sins of As Seen On TV Products EXPOSED. Over at HSN, it receives 3.6 stars from 71 reviews (as of November 2014).
On the other side, those that do not like the Ronco Ready Grill complain that the meats don’t get cooked evenly or are raw and there are no grill marks on the food; a few have even said the plastic parts melted from the heat.
Other notable reviews from “Consumer Watchdog” types:
- Andy Wise from Action 5 Memphis says: don’t buy!
- Fox 8 reporter Melissa Painer is on the fence.
- Danielle from the NBC affiliate in Nashville says: it works!
In addition, when we called the toll-free number to get more information about the various pricing offers, we spoke with 2 friendly but rather aggressive salespeople. They were extremely eager to get us to take the 14-day trial before it was fully explained to us.
Therefore, if you are considering Ronco Ready Grill:
- Don’t do the 14-day trial, as it appears to be the most expensive option and gives you little extra (there is already a 60-day money back guarantee).
- We suggest purchasing from an online retailer, who may offer it at a lower price and without hard-sell tactics.
- Keep in mind that most reviews say it can only cook for 1 or 2 people.
- Some have also said cooking meats and veggies at the same time doesn’t work very well because they won’t cook everything evenly.
- Remember, this is an “As Seen On TV” product, which tend to hype themselves and their value.
- The fine print on Ronco Ready Grill website states “Actual cook times will vary based on thickness, size, amount, and temperature of food.”
What do you think of Ronco Ready Grill? Was it perfect for indoor grilling or did it not cook your foods? Let us know!