About - Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463250211 (Home Depot)
The Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463250211 (Home Depot) is part of the gas grill
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, gas grill
models like the Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463250211 (Home Depot) are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.
Evaluates the temperature and evenness over the grill's surface after a 10 minute preheat using thermocouples. It also gives an indication how quickly the grill reaches its maximium temperature.
High temp evenness:
Evenness of heating over the grill's surface at the highest setting, using thermocouples.
Low temp evenness:
Evenness of heating over the grill's surface with all main burners set to low, using thermocouples
The following models have the same ratings as Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463250211 (Home Depot).
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463251413 (Home Depot) come from our tests of model Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463250211 (Home Depot), which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both. Untested model has year change for new model -knobs changed; color of cart and lid changed.
About This Brand
In 2008, Char-Broil brand placed a lot of emphasis on infrared technology, with the new Quantum and Red lines boasting different versions of the technology. Char-Broil positions itself as an affordable brand that offers innovative features across its wide product lines. The grills, which cost $100 to $750, are sold at retailers nationwide. Note that some lines are sold only at specific big-box retailers. For example, the Quantum and Commercial series are sold at Lowe's, the Red line at Home Depot, and Thermos at Target stores.
Features & Specs - Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463250211 (Home Depot)
Stainless-steel grates Primary cooking grates made of stainless-steel are generally sturdier than those made of coated steel and resist rust even without a porcelain coating.
Coated-cast-iron grates The grill's primary cooking grates may be made of porcelain coated cast-iron, which generally sears meats better and keeps grilling temperatures more consistent than grates made of porcelain coated steel. The porcelain coating usually makes such grates easier to clean than other surfaces, and the grates should resist rust as long as their porcelain coating isn't chipped.
All or mostly stainless Includes more than just a panel or other trim. Based on our limited tests, nonmagnetic stainless is less likely to corrode.
All or mostly stainless
Long-warranty burners While burners remain the grill's most-replaced part, most are warranted for only 3 to 5 years. Better burners are covered for 10 years or more.
Side burner A side burner, which resembles a gas-stove burner and has its own heat control, is handy if you want to cook vegetables or sauce without leaving the grill. A side burner could also be an infrared burner used for searing.
Infrared burner Gas burner that uses infrared technology (ceramic burner, plates and screens, or troughs as some examples) for cooking. An indirect flame is used for cooking food. Burner can be located as the main burner, side burner, rotisserie burner, or any combination of burners.
No flare ups, even distribution of heat on entire surface, and easy clean up/just dumping ash/ is what makes this grill the best.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
Grill that cooks like an oven
Cons Not Listed In Cr Rev
Cooks Like An Oven
Decals Wearing Off
No Outdoor Grill Taste
Not The Taste Of Charcoal
Cook mainly chicken, steaks, burgers, fish. Everything cooks properly to the correct temps however has an oven taste and texture. Want a grilled taste and texture! These features should have been mentioned in the CR review and I would not have purchased. I use CR all the time with positive results however this one was a real loser!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Year round griller
from New Jersey
Cooks well, BUT...
Easy To Use
Quality Of Paintdecals
Bought this in May 2012 due to CR recommndation. I do like the way it grills, HOWEVER, the front decals or paint that show current cook settings have completely flaked off. I contacted Charbroil to rectify -at first I was told that I must have done something to cause this. I informed them that I followed cleaning directions as in the manual plus my grill is covered at all times when not in use. Then I was told I would have to pay shipping for what they were going to send. I complained and was told that THIS 1 TIME ONLY, I would not be charged. Couldn't understand what the big deal was about shipping some decals or whatever. Then a huge package was delivered containing the ENTIRE PARTS that contained these decals....meaning that disassembly and re-assembly would be required in order to know what setting I was using. I would not buy CharBroil again.