I've been using using gas grills for about 30 years and have tried many brands. Our last grill was an $1800 model by Vermont Castings. Our problems have always been caused by where we live; Louisiana weather will eat a grill up. No amount of baked on enamel will protect steel when you live here and cast iron grates are gone in a year. We've had the Kenmore 415.16649010 in brushed stainless steel finish for three years and it's held up beautifully. About 85% of the grill is made from stainless and the enameled steel parts are mostly not exposed to cooking. Unfortunately, the firebox is enameled and very susceptible to rusting. Just to be safe, I've lined the firebox sidewalls and bottom with several layers of heavy-duty aluminum foil. This has worked well to protect the steel and after three years is finally ready for a fresh lining of foil. The steel in the grill is high quality and with a normal amount of wiping after use, it has not suffered more than a few spots of minor discoloration. I know that even stainless will discolor when exposed to heat, moisture, and salt. We paid our Sears dealer about $100 to assemble the grill and install the conversion unit for natural gas and it was money well-spent. My only complaint has to do with the rotisserie unit that was recommended at the store for this grill. The Master Forge Stainless Universal Rotisserie (mod. FL-6107-2SQ) is an excellent unit and has given good service but I had to modify (bend) the mounts to get the unit to fit the grill. I have filed the sharp corners to prevent damage to the cover. I try to get the grill under our porch when rain is threatening but it has had a few soakings. So far this had not caused a problem- I wipe out the water from inside the cabinets and pour the collected water out of the grease tray and it keeps on ticking. BTW, it helps to keep the grease tray cleaned out! I researched this grill before buying and read complaints about the btu's generated and the large opening at the back of the cover. In the past I've struggled to cook on grills that wanted to incinerate the food (i.e. Vermont Castings). For me the Kenmore gives just the right amount of heat. I have yet to burn food on this grill, including with the rotisserie, and the cooking time is reasonable. Plus, the gap at the back of the cover makes visual inspection of the food without raising the lid easy to do when the halogen lamps are turned on. All in all, it's been a great value for the money and it still looks good!
I initially really liked this grill. Now, after just two years of normal use and regular cleaning, the bottom of the firebox has rusted loose. The heat shield over the grease drawer disintegrated, and now the cabinet holding the propane tank gets excessively hot. Sears Warranty Service came out today ($99 charge) to look at it - not covered by the warranty and would cost $821 to repair.
You may love it a first like I did but you will regret it later. 3 years after purchase the large drip tray/firebox bottom is rusting out and there are no replacement parts. Aside from that everything else has held up well. Customer service offered to sell me another grill for $520. So if you plan on buying new every 3 years then this grill is for you if not stay away. It gets one star because i cant give it zero
Beautiful. Somewhat difficult to assemble. Booklet needs more example pictures rather than words. Grill on it last night. Clean up was easy. It comes with NO cover and NO rotisserie and why not? Reading questions and answered state rotisserie not available. Why not? Why buy if you don’t get or cannot get the rotisserie. I perhaps would have reconsidered.