If four burners are good, why isn't five burners better? The truth is that at this price point (around $200USD) the simpler the grill the better and this offering and Home Depot from Nexgrill is frankly too big and too complicated to be anything but a short-term gas grill. With 480 square inches of porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates, six burners (counting the side burner) and a lot of knobs, yet weighing only 77 pounds this is a lot of thin metal and quick corrosion.
- Large cooking area
- Good heat output
- Lightweight, thin components
- Overall construction is lightweight
- Low-grade stainless steel
- Five 10,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- 480 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 651 square inches
- 50,000 BTU total output from the main burners
- 12,000 BTU standard side burner under a flush mounted cover
- Electric (AA-Battery) ignition
- Porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates
- Stainless steel and powder coated steel construction
- Cover and propane tank sold separately
- Made by Nexgrill Industries in China for Home Depot
The floor of any major hardware retailer needs to be covered with a wide range of grills every year. That range is both in price and in capabilities. Home Depot is a master of spreading the price points and offering lots of unique features. This gas grill from Nexgrill is the $200USD grill for the year (2015) and looks impressive will all those knobs on the front. The truth is that this grill would do just as well with four 12,000 BTU burners, but to even out the heat a little and make it more sellable, it has five 10,000 BTU burners. The reasoning behind all this thinking is that at nearly half of the people who walk out of a Home Depot with a gas grill didn't go there intending to buy one. It is this kind of impulsive thinking that sells grills like this one.
Ultimately, it is the weight that tells you about the quality of this grill. There are two, relatively heavy porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates in here with five burners, knobs, valves, and a host of tubes and wires, not to mention the metal that has to make up the lid and body of the product. And yet the whole thing weighs in at around 77 pounds. Think about how thin all that metal has to be to keep the weight down this much.
In the under $250USD Gas Grill category, I really recommend something a lot smaller with a lot fewer parts. This way the money can be spent on a little better quality. Yes, the heat output is good and with proper adjustment of the burners, pretty even, but the long term quality is lacking, and by long term I mean months, not years.