The Bottom Line
Sitting next to this grill on the showroom floor of your local Lowes is a comparably sized and featured gas grill for about half the price. The question is, which one is the better value. At just over $250 is grill is, well, to be honest, something of a steal. Yes, the grill standing next to appears to be pretty similar and at half the price I know that a lot of people are going to skip this one and buy that one. That is a shame. This grill will last at least twice as long and will do a much better job of grilling with more even heating and greater temperature control.
- Quality cooking chamber construction
- Good quality stainless steel burners
- Linear flow control values give you great control
- Basic grill design for a good price
- Under powered side burner
- Lightweight cooking grate
- Three 13,333 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- 400 square inches of primary cooking space with a total of 635 square inches
- 40,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- 10,000 BTU stainless steel capped side burner under a flush mounted cover
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate
- Electric (AA-battery) ignition
- Cast aluminum cooking chamber with stainless steel control panel and painted steel body parts
- Two wheel and two caster mounting
- Propane Tank, rotisserie kit, and cover sold separately
- Made in North America by Onward Manufacturing Company exclusively for Lowes
Guide Review - Huntington Classic Model# 666664
Huntington Grills is a brand of Onward Manufacturing Company, makers of Broil-King and Broil-Mate gas grills. A Canadian company, they purchased a factory in Huntington IN, to start building a line of gas grills with a big label on the box reading, Made in the U.S.A.
The Huntington Classic is the least expensive of this line of gas grills and is sold exclusively at Lowes stores. Sitting with all the other grills in Lowes, this one isn't going to stand out and with other similarly sized and featured grills for half the price you might have to look around for this one, but it is worth it. At around $270USD, this is a basic 3-burner gas grill with side burner. It isn't fancy looking, but gives you even heating with good control. This is what you get when you buy a grill engineered and built by the people behind Broil-King.
The Huntington Classic is designed like grills of old. The cast aluminum cooking chamber holds heat and gives the grill good convection which means even heating and versatile cooking. The stainless steel burners are designed to last and spread an even flame front to back. Of course at this price point, the barrier is just a couple of porcelain coated pieces of sheet metal and the cooking grates, though porcelain coated cast iron are a little on the lightweight side. Other than that the cooking performance and durability is very good.
Packed onto this grill is also a standard side burner, though at 10,000 BTUs it isn't going to produce a lot of heat. Great for warming up a small saucepan or maybe frying a couple of eggs, but it will take a long time to bring a large pot of water to a boil. You can get a rotisserie kit for this grill if you want it, and with the high lid height there is good room for spinning most anything.
Last year, Lowes carried a Huntington grill under their Master Forge brand name. That was a good grill, but wasn't priced to make any money. My theory is that Lowes want something other than an $800USD Weber that isn't made in China (since every other grill they carry is Chinese). If a customer comes in and wants a U.S. made grill, they will get pointed to this one.