Know what makes cooking more fun? Audience participation. People don’t just like eating together; they like cooking together too.

That’s why we like the LotusGrill ($300). It’s a smokeless charcoal grill, powered by four AA batteries, that you can just put on the table and have guests do their own grilling. It’s like the grill version of fondue.

Also handy is the fact that it heats up to cooking temperature in three minutes flat, and it uses about 90% less charcoal than your regular kettle grills. This is due to a fan and air circulation system inside the grill, which feeds oxygen to the charcoal at a steady rate.

Since we shouldn’t forget about style, this slick little grill comes in black, red, green, orange, and purple.

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