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Yoshi Grill Mat Review: Does it Work?

Yoshi Grill Mat Review: Does it Work?

The Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat is advertised as a way to keep your grill and baking dishes clean. Read our Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat reviews from editors and readers.

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About Yoshi Grill Mat

The Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat is a set of mats which can be used for baking and grilling. They are advertised as a product which keeps your grill and baking utensils clean during the cooking process. The mats are marketed as being non-stick, able to withstand 500 degrees of heat, PFOA free (referring to a chemical used in non-stick coatings), reusable, dish-washable, and thin enough to allow for grill marks.

The Yoshi Grill Mat is 15.75″ X 13″ and the Yoshi Bake Mat is 13.25″ X 9.25″. These mats can also be cut down to a more desirable shape and size.

How Much Does Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat Cost?

The Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat is available in stores, on asseenontv.com, and at yoshigrill.com. Prices appear to range from about $10 to $20.

Online: Yoshigrill.com currently claims to be pitching a limited special offer that is not available in stores. For a total of $19.99, they are selling two Yoshi Grill Mats, one Yoshi Bake Mat, and their Grip-N-Flip spatula for an added processing fee.  Shipping and handling is free, but the processing fee for the Grip-N-Flip spatula is $3.99. Sales tax is also applicable to buyers in CA and NJ.

In Stores: The Yoshi Grill Mat is readily available in stores such as Bed Bath and Beyond for about $10.

Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat TV Commercial

Transcript of the television commercial above:

We all love that great taste of food hot off the grill, but your food gets stuck, and it leaves a mess. Yuck! Until now… Introducing the amazing Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat! This new non-stick mat cooks food evenly while the grill stays squeaky clean. And watch this, you get perfect grill marks right through the mat! Amazing! The Yoshi Grill Mat makes fish easy to flip, and that melted cheese is impossible to clean, but Yoshi Grill Mat melts cheese with ease. You can pour that sauce on the steak, make lip-smacking barbecue ribs, or finger-licking buffalo chicken! Nothing falls through the cracks with the Yoshi Grill Mat, and the Yoshi Grill Mat reduces flare-ups. Make juicy burgers that won’t burn or dry out. Hey, those camp ground grills are gross, but the Yoshi Grill Mat keeps your food off the grate. But wait, you also get the incredible Yoshi Bake Mat! Now you can make a cake and leave the pan spotless. Food slides right off, try juicy grill chicken or shish-kabob shrimp. Even a pizza pie, and no burnt bottoms, just perfect grill marks. Yoshi Grill and Bake Mats cut easily to fit any size or shape. It’s even dishwasher safe! Call now and get two Yoshi Grill Mats and the Yoshi Bake Mat for only $14.99! There’s more! You also get the amazing Grip-N-Flip free! Just pay processing. It’s a spatula on the bottom and tongs on the top. Now nothing can slip when you Grip-N-Flip. You get it all for $14.99! Hurry, call now!

Yoshi Grill Mat Reviews

I went into an As Seen on TV store here in Las Vegas to ask about currently popular products. An employee showcased the new Yoshi Grill and Bake Mats, yet admitted customers were disappointed with the size of the mats. Instead, customers seemed to prefer this generic version of the Miracle Grill Mat, which is a similar As Seen on TV product pitched by Marc Gill. The generic version at the As Seen on TV store was about $10.

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Below is a summary of some of the online reviews for the product:

Amazon – As of January 14, 2016 the Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat currently has 277 user reviews for a 3.8-star average. The 5-star reviews claim the product works as advertised. The 3-star reviews are mixed with one reviewer remarking on the absence of grill marks and juices from the grilled meat pooling on the Yoshi Grill Mat. The review voted “most helpful” states that it is “just too small.”

WMC-TV – Memphis, TN – Print review in which reviewer Andy Wise puts the Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat to the test with a professional chef. As a conclusion, they point out that the non-stick surface definitely worked, but the advertised perfect grill marks were absent. Wise shrewdly pointed out that the instructions for the Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat claimed that it should not be directly placed over a flame. When cooking meat, this resulted in a lack of grill marks, less flavor due to juices not being able to drip into the flame, and increased cooking time. However, they do claim that the Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat works wonderfully for vegetables, fish, and pizza.

WNEP – Moosic, PA – Video review in which the reporter took the Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat to be tested at a professional barbecue restaurant. Before beginning, they also pointed out that the instructions warned against using the Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat over an open flame. The chef expressed concern that the juices from the various meats he was grilling would pool and mix instead of falling into the grill. This is exactly what happened, and the chef commented that this was more akin to steaming and boiling than grilling. The promised grill marks were also absent, and the crew gives the Yoshi Grill Mat a unanimous thumbs down.

Search History

The chart below shows search history for the product. Interest increased through the first half of 2014, followed by a rapid decline. Despite the decline in interest, the product has still been seen advertising in January 2015.

Bottom Line

The Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat instructions prohibit the placing of mats directly over an open flame. Following these instructions may result in an absence of grill marks and an increased grilling time. Although the non-stick surface does work, many claim that the end result of using the Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat to grill meat is comparable to steaming or boiling instead or grilling due to the pooling of juices. Others claim that the mats are too small, and generic products that are more reasonably priced may be preferable.

Overall reviews appear to be generally positive, especially when used for veggies and fish. Because the product is readily available in stores, we recommend purchasing it locally to avoid shipping costs and delays.

Your Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat Reviews

Have you used the Yoshi Grill and Bake Mat? Give us your reviews in the comments below.

Updated January 14, 2015
Originally published June 2014

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