This review should be qualified with two facts:
1. It makes no sense, whatsover, for people to ever spend 100's of dollars on a grill. Unless you are constantly cooking for 10 people...if you buy a big grill, you are simply throwing good money away. These "go anywhere" style grills are all any family should ever need. And in most cases, these grills have superior performance and saves a ton on gas/charcoal.
2. I am comparing this grill to the Weber go anywhere grills that I have used in the past.
I have always used 2 grills at my house. In the past, I have always used both a charcoal, and gas, weber go anywhere grille. These are great grills. They are cheap, and the make far better grilling machines than any large grill could ever hope for. (just read all the weber reviews...the taste from these is always superior to large expensive grills, and I can definitely vouch for that.
And if there was ever a need for surge capacity, I'd get some charcoal going on the other grill and have more than enough grilling space for all.
My last weber grill was on its last legs after 3 years of being in the elements all year long (I really need to get a cover for these guys...they'd last twice as long...my bad. The regulator was no longer working will.
Unfortunately, the Weber's are starting to get quite expensive ($50!), so I tried out this version instead. First of all, you can tell the grill material itself is not as good as the weber. The metal is thinner and the coating is not enamel like the weber. Usually, these grills will start going after 3 years if you leave them outside anyways...so its not a big deal. If you take care of these grills, the will last you just as long as the big ones, and they are portable too.
I use a large bottle of propane with the hose attachments for the regulator. One gas bottle on these little guys will easily last twice as long as on a larger grill
In my opinion, this grille is better than the weber in a couple key areas:
1. The handles are better positioned. The top lid handle is in the front, and never gets super hot like the handle on top of the Weber grill.
2. Hinges, its must nicer having the hinged top, compared to the lift off top of the weber.
3. Legs, the legs are much easier to stow than the awkward half ring legs of the weber.
It lacks in a couple areas, one is quality of materials, the jury is still out on how long this thing lasts...but I'm pretty sure I can get at least 3 years out of it.
Also, assemble is much more of the PITA on this grille than the weber. But I feel its worth it to save $25. The grill has its own "flavor disperser" that works just as well as the weber.
Over all, this is a great grille for the back porch, or for trips. Buy one of these, get the tastiest grilled food you will ever have, save a ton of money, and save on fuel...its a no brainer...
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