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Kenmore 800 Square Inch (16219) Gas Grill

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This grill comes with features like a side burner with a swing away griddle and a built in grill light for cooking at night. However, virtually nothing on this grill is built with quality. The burners are very low quality stainless steel, the side burner has only 8,000 BTUs and the grill light needs to be handled with care or it will break off. This is definitely a grill to pass up.


  • Side burner has a swing away griddle
  • Built in grill light for cooking at night
  • Relatively even heating


  • Low BTUs for the size
  • Low quality stainless steel burners
  • Poor overall construction


  • Three 13,000 BTU stainless steel burners
  • 450 square inches of primary cooking space for a total grilling area of 800 square inches
  • 39,000 BTUs from the main burners
  • 8,000 BTU side burner with swing away 160 square inch griddle
  • Porcelain coated steel wire cooking grates
  • Electronic igniters
  • Built in grill light for cooking in the dark
  • Made by Char-Broil

Guide Review - Kenmore 800 Square Inch (16219) Gas Grill

This Kenmore Model Gas Grill has been discontinued. It is replaced by the Sears Kenmore 3-Burner Gas Grill (Model #16220) by Char-Broil.

This is really a hard grill to say anything positive about. For $350USD, it should be able to do something well but the overall construction is very limited and the components are not built to last. It does heat relatively evenly, but the BTU output is low and the evenness of the heating depends on poor quality burners that won't last that long. Its selling points of a swing away griddle over the side burner are deceptive. To keep from overheating the side burner has only 8,000 BTUs. if you wanted to heat a pot of water on a wind day you might have trouble. The grill light sits in the middle of the side table and is basically a plastic lamp that may break easily or just get in the way.

This grill puts out 39,000 BTUs. Sears describes it as a 47,000 BTU grill which would be perfect but they are including the 8,000 BTUs from the side burner in the total heat output. 39,000 BTUs is light for a grill with 450 square inches and thin cast aluminum construction. This grill will require extra heating time to get up to high grilling temperatures.

All in all I have to say that this is a grill to avoid. While it might look pretty good on the showroom floor and even grill well out of the box it isn't built to last. If you do buy this one, hopefully on a good sale, make sure you get a service contract from Sears, you'll need it.

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