Felt compelled to write a review of this 3 burner grill, after reading the 1 negative review on this year's model (you can find numerous positive reviews on prior year's models by an internet search). The BBQ is well packed, with cardboard and Styrofoam protecting all the parts well. Instructions were clear, and assembly was straightforward. Some "other" BBQ's have screws/bolts mounting to threaded holes punched in the sheet metal, and to be fair, some of the attachment points on this unit were done that way. BUT, where the pedestal meets the base, and where the BBQ meets the top of the pedestal, Kenmore has used threaded brass receivers. A quality touch, and likely to last longer. The only problem I noted during assembly was trying to match 1 hole from the pedestal to the base. Easily remedied by loosening several adjoining screws to provide flex in the body, then tightening all screws afterwards. No dents or dings in the finish, which appears to be done well. This BBQ claims 30,000 BTU, which is the same as a 3 burner Weber grill, but hundreds of dollars less. The grill grates appear to be the size as most other grates, in relationship to space between grate bars. The metal diffuser plates, which easily mount between the grill grates and above the burner tube, could be slightly wider or heavier material; time will determine if they last. Several manufacturers make replacement diffuser plates at reasonable cost. Don't understand why a previous reviewer said the food would fall thru the grill grates. Sure, things like loosely made hamburgers, or salmon might stick to the grill grates and break apart, but that would happen on any grill. Burgers: pack tightly, allow to cook before carefully lifting off grill grate with a spatula. Haven't cooked salmon, but I would use cedar or aftermarket metal cook tray on top of the grill grate. Temps are great. For initial burn off, the 3 burners got the interior to 550 degrees within 2 minutes...I backed off before it got any hotter. Gauge goes to 700; I'm sure I could have gotten close to that if I had left the burners on for longer. Not sure what you'd cook at 700 degrees...maybe cure some homemade pottery? 2 burners set at medium got the case at 425-450. Grill grates will get better with seasoning, so I wasn't expecting professional grill marks, but they performed well with Chicken. Flare ups? Always possible, if grease drops onto diffuser plates that are covering burner tubes running at full BTU's. Only change I'll make is to buy disposable aluminum trays, cut off the sides, and use the remaining flat sheet to overlay the bottom drip sheet (that slopes to a hole for the drip cup). And this is only for looks; if charred drips occur, I can replace the aluminum sheet and replace, rather than scrape off the burned bits. Overall, very well pleased. Looks good too.
I wish I could recommend this grill, it is the perfect size, well built, looks great, everything about it is wonderful, except, this grill doesn’t cook well at all. Flare ups everywhere! Heat covers are too small, gaps in cooking grate are too big. This grill would be 5 stars if they would fix this. You probably can get away with cooking chicken breast on this grill, but everything else creates a bonfire in your grill. I’m hoping to modify this grill to work as I really don’t have an option at this point, customer service was kind but didn’t give any options to fix this problem.