The Bottom Line
- Full feature grill
- Horribly cheap burners
- Cheap construction with a poorly designed cart
- Large amount of plastic
- Steel hood and body prone to rusting
- Two 12,000 BTU burners and one 15,000 BTU "sear" burner. Burners are cheap stainless steel
- 420 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 596 square inches
- 39,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- 10,000 BTU standard side burner
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- Single electronic igniter
- Hood mounted temperature gauge
- Porcelain painted steel hood and powder coated steel body and side tables
- Propane tank and cover sold separately
- Built by Char-Broil in China exclusively for Sears
Guide Review - Kenmore 3-Burner Gas Grill
The one selling point of this grill, other than the fact that its cheap (typically on sale for $230 USD) is it's "sear" burner feature. This isn't the kind of sear burner you find on more expensive gas grills and certainly won't give you the promised "restaurant-style searing". This is a 15,000 BTU burner as opposed to the two 12,000 BTU burners on this grill. The idea is that this one burner puts out enough heat to actually grill properly before you switch over to the burners that warm nicely. This isn't a feature, it's a curse that just makes this grill even more uneven in it's heating.
The construction of this grill is weak. It is designed to weight as little as possible to reduce the shipping costs from China where is it made. It is also designed to be on sale. If you insist on buying it, get for $230 USD sale price and not the full $280 USD that it says it sells for. The 10,000 BTU side burner is a standard unit. There isn't actually a single component on this grill that is of value.
Char-Broil has made the low end gas grills for the Sears Kenmore brand for many years. They are designed to be a low cost grill. In years past they were relatively quality units. Unfortunately foreign competition has crushed these units. Now these units don't even have the rust resistant cast aluminum bodies. Choosing to use painted steel body parts reduces the shipping costs of this unit but means that the body will get extremely hot (potential burn hazard) and that the lid and body of the grill are now prone to rusting.