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.
Poor quality got all rusted really fast
My wife bought this grill for me 3 years ago for Christmas at Northwood's Sears in N Charleston SC. I have covered this grill from day one after use. I am now having to order new stainless flame tamers as they have all rusted clean away. The supports brackets for the flame tamers are meeting the same fate. I have found the flame tamers on line and have replaced them but I am having to fabricate the support brackets. Additionally the drip grease pan is rotting away and there is no replacement part available. When the box bottom is gone the grill will be unusable and will be a major fire safety issue with high heat being introduced to the propane tank area.. You have to replace the whole fire box at a cost almost as much as the price of a new grill. I originally picked it out due to the stainless steel construction, knowing that properly treated stainless will last years and its rust inhibiting properties but the grill rusted as fast as a cheap charbroil. I will no longer look at Kenmore grills again as a replacement due to lack of part availability. Should have gone with the Weber
this grill did not even last 6 month and SEARS is not able to send the part to fix the igniter. This has been going on for 3 months now. SEARS is also not willing to give back my money or able to send a replacement Grill. Each one I picked out is on BACKORDER. No wonder SEARS is going down the drain.
We assembled it with no problem, and it works great. I have always loved the Sears grills and this will be no exception.
update--- bought this grill 6 yrs ago stays outside all year in michigan, uncovered and use it at least 2x a week fires up every time even in winter all original parts no rust !!!! cleans easily with grill/oven cleaner and hose. can put grates in dish washer too -- stainless steel
Other grills like weber are too hot -- burners are too close to grate and burns everything up not this grill seldom flare ups unless grease coated burners or grill bottom, 1.5 thick steaks cook in ten minutes on high in the dead of winter amazing!!!