Infrared Grills Review

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Why Buy an Infrared Grill?

Purchasing an infrared grill over a conventional gas or charcoal grill is a leap met with some trepidation for barbecue connoisseurs. Several question marks rise when the term “infrared” enters the conversation.

There is a misconception out there about the nature of infrared grills. Some erroneously believe that cooking by convection rather than by flame eliminates essential elements of the barbecue experience. Chief among them is the myth that infrared grills do not produce flavor-filled smoke that gives outdoor cooking its distinctive flavor. Nothing could be further from the truth. The world’s leading steak houses have employed infrared cooking for well over a decade. Our top three ranked products The Red, Aurora and the Prestige II - Gemini all use the same infrared technology used by these fine establishments.

In fact, the only difference between an infrared grill and a conventional grill is the manner by which heat reaches the cooking surface. Everything else is more or less the same. Infrared grills use the same fuel source as a conventional gas grill. The main difference rises in how heat reaches the grill’s cooking surface. The burners of an infrared grill consist of stainless steel housing and a ceramic top. This manner of construction allows the heating element within the burner to distribute heat across the grill evenly. A uniform temperature across the cooking surface eliminates the problem of hot and cold spots found in fired grills. Check out our learning center to find out more about infrared grilling.

Additionally, the burners found in infrared grills heat feaster and achieve higher temperatures than conventional grills. The best infrared cooking surfaces reach temperatures in excess of 700 degrees Fahrenheit in less than seven minutes. High temperatures and short setup times allow you to sear your meat quickly, locking in flavor and juice.

Another important consideration when choosing whether to buy an infrared grill is expense. After the initial purchase, owners of infrared grills save a significant amount of cash on fuel. Short pre-heat and cooking times considerably reduce the amount of propane or natural gas used per barbecue.

Infrared Grills: What to Look For

Power & Temperature
The biggest advantage of an infrared grill over a conventional gas or charcoal grill is the control you have over the temperature of the burner. The best infrared grills allow you to not only sear food quickly locking in juice and flavor, but also to slow-roast beef, chicken, pork and vegetables for a backyard culinary masterpiece.

Grill Features
For barbecue enthusiasts, cooking multiple pieces at once is a bare necessity. The best infrared grills include a large cooking area with enough room to fit numerous cuts of meat and other items. Shelves, racks and side burners are nice extras. Another nicety included on some infrared grills is a rotisserie. If you want to spring for this feature, you can check our side-by-side comparison to find the models that include it.

Construction
When you buy a grill, you need to make sure it’s going to survive through all the weather your backyard throws at it. The best infrared grills are made of high-grade steel or a porcelain enamel coating. These materials protect your grill from natural elements like rain, wind and even snow if you leave your grill uncovered in the winter months.

Help & Support
An area where infrared grills and conventional grills are pretty much the same is in support. The best infrared grills are easy to assemble and disassemble for cleaning. Directions included in an infrared grill should be clear and concise. Furthermore, choose an infrared grill from a well-known brand that has helpful customer support and solid warranties.

At the end of the day, you need an infrared grill that heats up quickly, won’t fall apart after years of use, and cooks your food to perfection. And there are plenty of those on our side-by-side comparison chart.

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Power & Temperature
Primary Burner BTUs 37,000 25,000 42,000 24,000 22,000 13,500 11,200 N/A 10,500
Fuel Type Propane Natural Gas Propane Propane Propane Propane Propane Electric Propane
Number of Primary Burners 4 3 4 2 2 2 1 1 1
Ignition Type Electric Electric Electric Electric Electric Electric Electric Electric Electric
Side Burner
      
Side Burner BTUs 13,000 15,000 13,000 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Rotisserie Burner
     
Grill Features
Primary Cooking Area (Square Inches) 580 660 750 542 309 212 162 240 290
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Convertible to Natural Gas
    
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Weather Cover Available
  
 
Construction
Height (inches) 61.5 60.5 48.75 20 12 11 11 38.2 44.5
Width (inches) 46 52.5 86.25 27 36.25 23.5 11.5 24.4 20
Depth (inches) 24.5 23.75 26 29 21 17 22.75 25.2 37.5
Weight (pounds) 198 355 342 20 72 28 26 50 71
Housing Material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Aluminum Stainless Steel Graphite Stainless Steel
Help & Support
Burner Warranty Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime Lifetime 1 year 1 year 1 year
Parts Warranty Limited 5 year Limited Limited Limited Limited 1 year 1 year 1 year
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