Performance - 81%
Convenience - 82%
Durability - 82%
Ease of Use - 84%
At such a low price, you might not expect to get a grill with many practical features, such as a side burner or an electronic ignition system, things that are more common at expensive models, but the Char-Broil Classic has all of these features and much more. The only drawback is the fact that it comes with a short warranty trial, but other than that it's a good choice.
Gas powered grills are a great choice for cooking outdoors, regardless of the time of the year. Besides being easier to use than charcoal grills, they come with many innovative features to allow you to cook your favorite foods evenly. The Char-Broil Classic 40,000 BTU 4-Burner is the perfect choice for when you want to have a fun real outdoor grilling experience. It costs $199.99 so it is very inexpensive but don’t get fooled by the low price because it can perform as good as an expensive model. So, are you curious to find out if it can fit your needs? Find out more below.
The majority of the elements of the grill, the lid, control panel and knobs are all stainless steel and as you probably already know, stainless steel doesn’t only enhance the overall appearance of the unit but it’s also a durable material that can withstand severe weather conditions. The cooking grates are porcelain coated. This is a great thing, considering the fact that most food has a tendency to stick to the grids, making them harder to clean afterward. In this case, the grates have a non-stick surface and they are also rust resistant, making them easy to maintain and clean.
This grill is capable in cooking food more precisely and evenly than many comparable models. It can generate up to 38,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units) and 10,000-BTU in the flush-mounted side burner. As you can see it for yourself, it has a high heat output so you can use it to cook more food at once within a short period of time. It can heat up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit in just over three minutes. Although it can reach a high level of temperature in just a couple of minutes it doesn’t do a very good job at retaining heat. However, compared to many models in its price range, it cooks food evenly, ensuring that the meat doesn’t turn out too dry. To get best results, we suggest using it to grill foods that don’t require a lot of time to cook and avoid grilling large and heavy portions of meat at once, such as a turkey or a whole chicken.
Design and Accessories
This grill weighs in at 116 pounds and measures 56″L x 21″W x 44.4″H, being one of the most lightweight and compact grills in its price range. It offers 480 square inches of main cooking and 180 square inches of secondary cooking, the total being 660 square inches. What this means is that you can cook a lot of food in a short period of time. It’s estimated that you can cook up to 24 burgers at a time and 8 buns on the warming tray. There are not many models for under $200 that include a side burner as well, but the Char-Broil Classic offers a flush side burner that can be used as a side storage shelf when it’s turned off or to cook more food at once if the main grilling area is not sufficient for you. In order to store kitchen tools, sauces or other things you can place them directly on the side shelf. The temperature gauge is another useful additional feature that allows you to monitor your grill.
Ease of use
The gas grill is very easy to handle but it’s even easier to maneuver, especially due to the electronic ignition system that allows you to fire the grill in only a matter of seconds. It even works under extreme weather conditions like rain or snow. All you have to do is push the button and you can start grilling within seconds. The side shelf is a great addition because it offers plenty of space for you to store the kitchen utensils and food items. As far as cleaning goes, you should know that both the porcelain-coated secondary grates and coated cast iron primary grates provide a nonstick surface and they are very easy to clean.
Warranty and support
All in all the Char-Broil Classic grill has received positive reviews, but there’s, however, a drawback related to the warranty. This model includes a short one year warranty for the grill, while the burners are backed up by a five-year warranty. Fortunately, the customer support offered by the Char-Boil company is very responsive, so if you have any questions or concerns you can visit their official page and check the FAQs section, download a user manual or reach a support representative via email or phone.
Available at an affordable price, this model does a pretty good job without having to spend a fortune. Equipped with a flush side burner, a temperature gauge, and porcelain coated cooking grates, the grill is definitely a great choice. Even though it has some drawbacks that make it less trusted and durable than other models, you can be sure that you will be able to cook tasty barbecues very fast and with minimum effort from your part. It may not be built to last a lifetime, but it will surely do its job for many years if you properly take care of it.