1. Food
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

Fiesta Optima Gas Grill Review

About.com Rating 4.5 Star Rating
User Rating 5 Star Rating (1 Review)


Fiesta Optima Gas Grill

Fiesta Optima Gas Grill

Fiesta Gas Grills LLC

The Bottom Line

Simply this is the best grill on the market for its price. Given good distribution it is easy to see Fiesta taking control of the under $500 gas grill market. This grill is well built with every part made by the same company. Fiesta is the only gas grill manufacturer who does that. The advantage is consistent quality and integrated design. At well under $300USD, this is the most grill you're going to get for the money. You still get what you pay for, but get the most out of what you spend.


  • One of the best grills for the price
  • Good cooking abilities and heat output
  • Wide body design for stability
  • All parts made under one roof. The only grill that can say that.


  • You get what you pay for
  • Low quality components including burners
  • Rust potental on steel frame parts
  • Prone to flare-ups


  • Two 20,000 BTU Stainless Steel burners
  • 400 square inches of primary cooking area plus an additional warming rack
  • Easy, no tools required assembly
  • 10,000 BTU side burner standard on most models
  • "Smart-Bar" grease vaporizer barrier similar to Weber's
  • Auto-ignite system build directly into control knobs
  • Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates may require a little care but hold heat
  • Cast Aluminum Body
  • Good Warranty

Guide Review - Fiesta Optima Gas Grill Review

This Grill has been discontinued.

The Fiesta Optima, Fiesta's full functional grill, is designed to compete with brands like Char-Broil, only they build a better grill. By consolidating manufacturing under one roof they can produce a great grill with high quality components for a reasonable price.

The high BTU output (40,000) on this grill provides good high temperatures that will allow you to do a wide variety of grilling. This unit gets hot enough to sear a steak and can still grill indirectly at low temperatures.

Fiesta has managed to put together a grill with enough quality to make it last and perform well while still being able to hold down prices. If you don't want to spend a lot on a grill but still want a good one then you should really take the time to find this model.

With a price tag around $200, this certainly outclasses many of the low end grills from Char-Broil (who also makes the low end Kenmore and Thermos Grills). While the internal parts might seem to just be sitting there, they are of good construction so they will last much longer than many components in other low end grills.

The biggest problem with this grill is the flare-ups. This unit doesn't drain grease well so it tends to pool in the bottom of the grill leading to flare-ups and fires. You will need to keep it clean to prevent this.

User Reviews

Reviews for this section have been closed.

 5 out of 5
The Fiest Optima Grill, Member BillHoff

This is the best gas grill I have ever owned. I have had it over two years and it still looks almost new. Yes, I said almost. Please keep in mind that I live in Florida. The weather is mostly damp and warm. Salt air is common with the right breeze. I have kept my grill outside since the day my wife bought it for me. No cover. No overhang. The only thing that has broken down is the heat plate. I need to replace it, if I can find the right one. The grill itself has no rust, and has not faded. There is a few small scratches, but nothing that noticable. My wife wanted to buy me a new grill this year for my birthday. I told her all I need is to find the heat plate and I have a great grill already. I thanked her again for the purchase. I don't mean to go on and on, but it's great when you truley get something for your hard earned money. Thanks Fiesta for being a great company.

6 out of 6 people found this helpful.

  1. About.com
  2. Food
  3. Barbecues & Grilling
  4. Grills
  5. Gas Grills
  6. Gas Grill Reviews
  7. Discontinued Grills
  8. 2007 Model Gas Grills
  9. Fiesta Optima (Discontinued) Gas Grill Review

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.