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Char Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Gas Grill

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Overall rating – This Char-Broil gas grill has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Cooking grate material – this unit features a stainless steel premium cooking grate

Type of gas used – this grill uses a standard 20 pound propane tank

External size – this model measures approximately 24.4 by 25.2 by 38.2 inches

Cooking area dimensions – this gas grill has 320 square inches of total cooking space

Weight- 42 pounds

BTU input per hour – 4 stainless steel burners with 12,000 BTUs with award winning infrared technology

Electronic ignition – Yes

Overall review – 75% of the reviews for this Char-Broil gas grill are very positive and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. Many reviewers enjoyed the energy efficiency that you get with a smaller gas grill. Those really big grills are great for parties but tend to consume large amounts of propane, making them less than convenient for regular usage. Many reviewers marveled at what a difference the infrared technology made; they said that food just tastes better when it is cooked on this Char-Broil gas grill.

This Char-Broil gas grill is designed so that you can drop wood chips onto the cooking grate for a smoky flavor without all the hassle of a wood or charcoal fire.

This is a small unit; not only is the cooking area somewhat small, but there are no shelves or storage of any kind. Some see this as a pro, others as a con. There is the lessened use of propane, as mentioned earlier, as well as the smaller footprint offered by this model. It is a great option for a small patio or deck, or for someone who wants to easily tuck their gas grill away into a shed or garage when it is not in use. Those who were not so pleased with the size of this unit feel that Char-Broil ought to offer at least hooks for grill tools or some other type of storage.

There were many complaints about how long it takes to assemble this unit. Even the positive reviews say it takes about an hour to assemble this gas grill. Many people don't have a problem with this, but it is something of which you ought to be aware.

One complaint often repeated is that because this unit uses infrared (which uses high heat that is beyond the visible light spectrum) you can't see any actual flames. Some reviewers report that this makes it difficult to know if you have successfully lit the grill. There were also negative reviews written by people who didn't think this was a true infrared grill, however the lack of visible flames would seem to refute that theory.

There are also a couple of comments regarding the lack of a propane tank; this will be true of any gas grill you buy online. There are safety issues involved in shipping propane tanks. Most grills bought in a local store also don't come with tanks. There are 64 detailed consumer reviews available, written by real people who have used this Char-Broil gas grill. READ ALL 64 REVIEWS CUSTOMERS HAVE WRITTEN FOR THIS GAS GRILL


Char Broil T480 4-Burner 48,000 BTU Gas Grill, with Side burner

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Overall rating – This Char-Broil gas grill has an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars

Cooking grate material – porcelain stamped steel

Type of gas used – this gas grill uses a standard 20 pound propane tank

External size – measures approximately 22.8 by 56.3 by 44.5 inches

Cooking area dimensions – this gas grill has 480 square inches of total cooking space and a 205 square inch secondary warming rack

Weight- 94 pounds

BTU input per hour – 4 stainless steel burners with 48,000 BTUs and a 10,000 BTU side burner

Electronic ignition – Yes

Overall review – 85% of the reviews for this Char-Broil gas grill are very positive and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. That's fairly impressive for a model that costs just under $200 and has free shipping. The authors of the positive reviews feel this is a good value; it is one of the cheapest full-sized gas grills available today. They like the versatility offered by having four separate burners. They think it does a fine job at a low price.

What complaints are lurking in the negative reviews? One reviewer had his rust all over after 5 months, even with using a cover. Some think this gas grill has a somewhat cheap overall feel. One reviewer had trouble with the igniter from day one.

There are 13 detailed consumer reviews available, written by real people who have used this Char-Broil gas grill. SEE ALL 13 GAS GRILL REVIEWS FOR THIS MODEL


Char-Broil 36,000 BTU 3-Burner Gas Grill, 554 Square Inch with Side Burner

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Overall rating – This Char-Broil gas grill has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars

Cooking grate material – porcelain wire

Type of gas used – this grill uses a standard 20 pound propane tank

External size – this unit measures approximately 17.8 by 50.8 by 43 inches

Cooking area dimensions – this gas grill has 380 Square Inch porcelain wire primary cooking area and 174 secondary cooking area for 554 total square inches

Weight- 65 pounds

BTU input per hour – this grill has a 36,000 BTU Main burner and a 12,000 BTU side burner

Electronic ignition – Yes

Overall review – 100% of the reviews for this Char-Broil gas grill are very positive and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. While there are only 6 reviews available, that is still a very impressive approval rating. Even though they still rated this unit highly, a couple of reviewers mentioned issues with receiving damaged parts. A word of warning: look over all the parts before assembling ANY gas grill. It will be much easier to return the unit and receive a new one if you haven't started assembly. Unfortunately, large and heavy boxes can suffer damage during shipping. On the plus side, the same thing could happen if you were transporting your new grill from a local store yourself, but with online ordering it is not your responsibility to get it safely to your home. The vendor assumes all responsibility, saving you the hassle of arranging transportation.

All the reviews says this is a good gas grill and a great value. There are 6 detailed consumer reviews available, written by real people who have used this Char-Broil gas grill. SEE WHAT CUSTOMERS THOUGHT OF THIS ITEM BY READING THESE 6 REVIEWS


Char-Broil 08401504 Grill2Go ICE Portable Gas Grill

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Overall rating – This Char-Broil gas grill has an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars

Type of gas used – this gas grill uses a small, lightweight 1 pound propane tank

External size – this unit measures approximately 29 by 44.5 by 37.5 inches

Cooking area dimensions – this gas grill has 290 square inches of grilling space with an infrared cooking system

Weight- this model weighs 23 pounds

BTU input per hour – 4 stainless steel burners with 48,000 BTUs and a 10,000 BTU side burner

Electronic ignition – Yes

Warranty – Char-Broil provides a 90 day limited warranty with this model

Extras- Collapsible design Portable gas grill with 2 removable 30-quart coolers for keeping food and beverages chilled

Overall review – 62% of the reviews for this Char-Broil gas grill are very positive and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. This is a very unique grill that has two coolers underneath, where the tank and storage shelves are located on most grills. This gives you someplace to keep your food and beverages when tailgating or grilling away from home. This is a portable unit that uses a small 1 pound propane tank to make travel easier. One reviewer said they hooked up a standard 20 pound propane tank to this unit with an adapter, so that the tank would not need to be changed so often. Having an adapter will provide versatility so that you can use the light tank while traveling and the larger tank while home. The entire grill and two coolers are on a rolling collapsible frame similar to that used on luggage.

The authors of many of the lackluster reviews stated that they would have given this unit higher marks if only rating it for cooking ability. There is even a negative review written by someone who has yet to actually turn on this gas grill and cook on it , which is a bit unfair to the product. What bothered most people was the portability issue. Char-Broil is marketing this model as portable, and some people feel it does not live up to that promise. Why? First is the weight issue. Although many people said it moves easily, there were a fair number of people that had troubles moving it. Whether or not you have troubles will obviously depend upon your personal strength level. The second issue is size. The side shelves do not fold down on this unit, so it takes up a bit of room in a vehicle. This is not a problem with a truck, mini-van or SUV, but most cars are not large enough to easily transport this gas grill. Check the measurements on this one before you order, to see if it can fit in your vehicle.

Some people think the coolers are a good idea, but they will just get dirty if you grill with them in place. An easy solution would be to use the grill frame to easily transport the coolers, but remove them from the frame before cooking. It would probably be best anyway to not bother the cook every time someone wants to grab a soda or beer from the coolers.

 

There are 34 detailed consumer reviews available, written by real people who have used this Char-Broil gas grill. READ THESE 34 CUSTOMER REVIEWS


Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods 12,000-BTU Tabletop Propane Gas Grill

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Overall rating – This Cuisinart gas grill has an overall rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars

Cooking grate material – this model features a heavy duty porcelain enamel coated cast iron cooking grate with heavy duty porcelain enamel coated flame tamer

Type of gas used – this tabletop gas grill uses a standard 20 pound propane tank

External size – this model measures approximately 19-4/5 by 27-4/5 by 12-4/5 inches

Cooking area dimensions – this tabletop gas grill has 240 square inches of grill space

Weight- this unit weighs about 35 pounds

BTU input per hour – 12,000-BTU tabletop gas grill with stainless-steel burner

Electronic ignition – Yes

Overall review – 85% of the reviews for this Cuisinart gas grill are very positive and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. Most people say this gas grill heats up quickly and gets very hot. It cooks evenly. The heavy duty cast iron grates leave good grill marks, which don't just look cool but also impart great flavor to food. Reviewers say this unit is lightweight enough that with the two handles one person can easily transport it. Lots of people love using this small unit as their every day gas grill, since it uses a lot less propane that the larger models that are so popular lately. A smaller grill is much more energy efficient is you regularly grill meals for 4 people or less. Because of that, many grillers only use those huge grills for parties and keep this one on hand for everything else.

Some people complain that this gas grill is too greatly affected by the wind. They say that high winds can cause the ambient temperature within the cook box to wildly fluctuate. This is something to keep in mind if you plan on grilling in windy areas.

The negative reviews for this Cuisinart gas grill center around an inability to reach and/or maintain high temperatures. Since the majority of reviewers experienced the exact opposite, this is probably an issue with defective parts. Immediately test this product if you purchase it and be sure it is able to reach and maintain high heat. Return it for a replacement or refund if it does not. All sales made on this site go through Amazon and they will refund or replace any defective product within 30 days, without any cost to the consumer. Amazon covers the shipping both ways, leaving you protected if something is wrong with your gas grill.

Overall, the majority of users are very pleased with this product. They say the level of quality is much higher than what you find on a model from your local big box store. There are 119 detailed consumer reviews available, written by real people who have used this Cuisinart gas grill. See 119 Customer Reviews for this Cuisinart gas grill




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