The Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go X200 portable gas grill is a small traveling grill, perfect for tailgating, camping, and road trips. The grill features a built-in, push-button ignition that does not require batteries. Using infrared cooking, the burner is powered by a small and easily portable 16.4 oz. disposable propane tank.
Overall Review of the Grill
There is a lot to like with this portable gas grill, particularly the construction. Made of mostly cast aluminum, it's a well-built grill and could be very useful for on-the-go needs. The lid locks tightly in place and the legs and handles are sturdy. Typically portable grills are not as powerful as their full-sized cousins, but this one is quite strong. One drawback is that it is actually too powerful—because of the infrared technology, there is no way to lower the heat for slower grilling without the risk of the burner blowing out. When used, this grill had some extra maintenance needs and flare-ups issues.
Grill Pros and Cons
When deciding whether to buy this grill (buy from Amazon), it's helpful to review the positives and negatives of the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go X200.
- Cooking temperatures get too hot
- Limited temperature control
- Frequent complaints of leaking regulators
- 200 square inches of grilling space
- 9,500 BTU stainless steel tubular burner
- Push-button piezoelectric ignition
- Cast aluminum construction
- Stainless steel cooking grate
- 25 pounds in total weight
- Lock closed lid
- Uses standard one pound disposable propane bottles
- Made in China
Detailed Review of the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go X200 Gas Grill
From its appearance, this grill is very impressive. It has a rugged look, a cast aluminum shell, and is loaded with power. The trouble begins with the cooking performance. This grill has limited temperature adjustment and runs very hot, even on a low setting. This is troublesome and greatly impacts cooking ability. The issue stems from the infrared design. On this grill, the cooking grate largely seals off the food from the burner. While this sounds like it would eliminate flare-ups, it doesn't. This grate needs special care and cleaning or it clogs up and blocks the airflow. To keep the grill burning, it requires a limited range of temperature control. Since the range is so limited, the grill runs hot. Any cooking must have near-constant attention and some foods are just going to burn (especially fatty foods).
Apart from the limitation of design, this grill faces the typical quality control issues that Char-Broil so frequently suffers from. The reports of leaking regulators are very common with this model. One solution to this issue is to only attach the 1-pound propane bottle when actually grilling and remove it immediately after cooking is completed. While this grill is well constructed and has a lot of potentials based on the look and advanced technology in a small size, the poor infrared implementation and limited cooking ability are big negatives for this grill.