The Bottom Line
- Solid construction of 304 stainless steel
- Supported by Sureheat (makers of Altima) and Costco
- Good grill for about $500USD
- Lower than normal BTUs
- Small tubular burners
- Rotisserie System not standard
- Three stainless steel 13,000 BTU main burners
- 450 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 528 square inches
- 39,000 BTU main output
- 10,000 BTU porcelain coated side burner
- Electronic igniter
- 304 stainless steel construction throughout
- Cover included
- Tank not included
- Sold exclusively through Costco
Guide Review - Sureheat Sonoma Platinum Edition Gas Grill
Sureheat has been making a wide range of grills for many years. Their Altima line of grills are amongst the best in the world. Sureheat is also one of the few U.S. based companies to make stainless steel grills specifically for retailers. In the case of the Sonoma grill it is made exclusively for Costco. As is normal for these kinds of grills this is a completely stainless steel unit with all the standard features like side and rotisserie burners.
The stainless steel construction of this grill is better than many other stainless steel grills in this price range. You get a good sized grill with about 450 square inches of primary cooking space. The BTUs from the three main burners are low at 39,000 and the grill will probably take a minute or two longer to heat up. Some might not be satisfied with the power. The burners are also very small and I can't say that I am completely happy with them. Although, with Sureheat and Costco's support you shouldn't have problems with replacement parts if you need them. The design of the cooking chamber is actually pretty good and this grill will cook very evenly.
The grill comes standard with a 10,000 BTU side burner. While the burner itself is rather weak, it isn't a bad feature. I do worry that it will have rusting problems over time. There is an optional rotisserie system for this grill, but no rear mounted infrared burner. This feature, which has become so standard these days, is noticeably missing from this grill.