Conventional electric ovens used to have a fixed broiler setting of about 500 degrees Fahrenheit. If you were cooking New York strip steaks, that was probably just fine, especially if all the steaks were about the same thickness. If you were broiling salmon fillets or teriyaki chicken wings, that blast of heat probably left your meals charred on the outside and raw on the inside.
To address the problem, some new ovens offer variable broilers that let you match the heat to the task. If you want to bring some grilling chores indoors during the winter months, this is one feature that can help you recreate your outdoor grilling success without having to put on your long underwear.