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I am going to buy a gas grill for my husband for his birthday. I
know he wants a stainless steel grill with a side burner and an
exterior temperature gauge. I'm considering the Weber Gold C, a
Kenmore and I've even heard of one called Front Avenue sold a
Costco. Any thougts on these or other grills? I'd like to keep
the price under $600 and I want a good product that will last.
Check out the June 2004 issue of Consumer Reports for ratings of
gas grills, available at your local public library for free or
online for a fee.
Both Consumers Reports and Cooks Illustrated have recently
reviewed gas grills. I can't recall their conclusions, but I'd
trust either of them as recommenders.
We love our Weber. They're pricey, but everyone I asked for
recommendations said the same thing. We had a weber Genesis
Silver B or something like that, which is a step down from the
Gold that you're looking at. For under $600 (which isn't
exactly skimping) that' sprobably a good deal. It's easy to
use, stainless steel lasts better, the heat is good. WE cook
all the time on it. If you want to go just one step higher, you
can chekc out the Summit Silver B, which we just bought (and
donated our Genesis to the in-laws' cabin!). THe difference
witht he one we just bought is that we now will have a side
burner (which you'll have in the Genesis Gold), and there are 4
jets, each perpendicular to the grill, and each separately
controllable. My husband was very excited about this, because
that way he can do, eg, veggies on one side of the grill and
meat on the other. It's harder with three long jets to separate
the heat. But is that worth an extra $300-400? I don't know,
depends on how much cooking you plan to do on it... For us, the
side burner is also critical, because we have to run back
through the garage to go upstairs to get anything we're not
cooking on the grill. For me, considering how happily my
husband cooks on the grill, the new grill was worth the extra
bucks--plus, his birthday and fathers day coincided with all the
sales, so I don't have to think about that either! And just
FYI, bbq's seem to all go on sale for the major summer holidays:
mem day, fathers day, July 4th. If that helps. But the higher
end grills don't always get included. We found a 15% off coupon
at OSH. You can also check Weber website weber.com for
extrasbrushes, racks, drip pans, griddles, and their ''big book
of grilling''. plus bbq saucees. Some of the accessories work
for the Genesis series and not for the summit (who knows why).
And the website is a great source: no tax, and $3 flat delivery
fee. A steal!
I'm curious about this product and wondering if it will make it
any easier to get dinner on the table. I'd appreciate hearing
from anyone who has one and likes or doesn't like it.
I LOVE my GF grill! However, I wish I bought a smaller size (I
have the largest) since it would be easier to take in and out of
the cabinet and clean after use. I would probably use it every
day if it were smaller. I have made fish, vegetables, steak and
hamburgers. All perfect and easy. Unless you have lots of
counter space to store it, I would buy the medium or small size.
My roomate has a George Foreman Grill, and it is very easy to
use and clean. We've used it to make large dinners for get
togethers, but it is also really good for whipping up a quick
dinner. It doesn't take very long to preheat, and the food that
I've had cooked much quicker than the oven but wasn't dried out.
I was skeptical at first, but it really is good for a quick
chicken dinner or other quickies.
I have one and LOVE it. I didn't believe my mother-in-law when
she first told me that the delicious chicken she'd brought over
for us just about everyday when I was on maternity leave was
placed FROZEN SOLID on the grill until I tried it. It mostly
works for meat, but I also make grilled cheese sandwiches. We
clean ours by just wiping it down and soaping it every so often.
It's a hassle to soap it down everytime you use it.
We've had one for over a year and love it!! It truly does take a
lot less time and all the grease drips away so it is a healthier
solution than pan frying. You can get burgers, garden burgers,
pork chops or steaks done in less than 15 minutes. I recommend
the largest version for a family any larger than 4 people. The
design is nice and it isn't too difficult to clean up. If you
scrape it with the scrapers that come with it, when it is still
warm the rest of the clean up is easier.
My parents gave us one of these for Christmas, and I thought it
was the dumbest thing I had ever seen. THEN, one day, several
months later, we tried it out. It's great! You really can cook
meat in just a few minutes, and make grilled cheese sandwhiches in
one minute flat. There is nothing to clean up, either. We cook
in it a lot, and it does make dinner time a lot faster and easier.
Worth the money, for sure!
I bought the Hamilton Beach indoor grill (similar to the George
Foreman but a rectangular shape that I like better) after using
it at my mother's house. We LOVE the grill and use it at least
2x per week esp. for fish - salmon, whole trout with the head on
that my girls love - and chicken breasts. It has enhanced our
dinner routine dramatically. I bought ours through WalMart
I always thought this product looked silly. My inlaws got one as
a gift, and I thought it was silly that they used it. Then we
got it as a white elephant gift, and I have to admit I really
like it. It's not as tasty as barbecuing, but it beats using the
broiler because it cooks quickly and it cooks things on both
sides. I've done turkey burgers, turkey dogs, steaks, grilled
cheese sandwiches, melted cheese and salami sandwiches and
boneless chicken breasts on it. (We just had brunch over at my
inlaws' house, and they cooked sausages for 20 on it.) My only
complaint is that the grilling surface is kind of small, so I
would go for the new larger size grill. I'm sure you can live
without this product, but it's been handy to have around. You do
need to allocate some counter space to it, but it's light enough
to put it away in between uses. And it's fairly easy to clean.
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