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Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463251713 (Home Depot)
 
Approximate retail price:
$400
We expect this model to perform similarly to the tested Char-Broil Red 463250511 (Home Depot) although it may differ in price and features.
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Type: Midsize gas grills (room for 18 to 28 burgers)
About - Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463251713 (Home Depot)

The Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463251713 (Home Depot) is a gas grill available from Char-Broil. The Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463251713 (Home Depot) typically costs $400 .

Consumer Reports recommends that you match the features on a model to the needs you have. Here's our take on some of the specifications and features that are commonly available on gas grill models like the Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463251713 (Home Depot).


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.

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.

Tested Model
The Ratings of Char-Broil Red 463250511 (Home Depot) were applied to untested model Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463251713 (Home Depot), which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
Char-Broil Red 463250511 (Home Depot)
Approximate retail price:
$400
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 463251713 (Home Depot)
info Stainless-steel grates No
info Coated-cast-iron grates Yes
info All or mostly stainless No
info Long-warranty burners Yes
info Side burner Yes
info Infrared burner Main
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User Reviews - Char-Broil Gourmet TRU-Infrared 463251713 (Home Depot)
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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
 
1.0
OK initially, very poor durability
3/29/2014
Pros
Short Grill Time
Cons
Bad Starter
Durability
Fit And Finish
Gas leak
Uneven Cooking
Best Uses
Comment:
I purchased this grill at the recommendation of consumer reports a few years ago. I live in Texas and grill several times per week. After a few cleanings (with a stainless steel appliance cleaner) the decals stripped off. The ignitor stopped working almost immediately. Over the last few seasons of use, now the stainless steel finish is bubbling off the burner nobs. As far as the cooking side goes, with regular use, the burners have worn holes through the infra-red pan and now the grill cooks absurdly unevenly. Also, as a result, the non-stick coating has warn off some of the grates, which have now rusted and stick horribly too food. The cooking grates, despite regular cleaning, have rusted on the outsides. To add insult to injury, now the propane gas line has started leaking rendering the already defunct appliance unsafe and unusable. <br /><br />When I purchased this grill I didn't think I should drop the extra $150 for the Weber, as consumer reports rated this grill almost as good. I was sorely mistaken. Sometimes that which is cheap ends up being more expensive. I will NEVER purchase a Char-Broil grill again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
 
2.0
Great Performance but doesn't last
2/8/2014
Pros
Easy To Use
Great Looking
Side Burner Performance
Cons
Bad Starter
Heat Setting Labels Wear
Low Heat Performance
Low Quality Parts
Short Life Cycle
Best Uses
Small Gatherings
Comment:
We live in FL and grille 4-5 times a week. It's an impressive looking grille but doesn't last long. Poor low heat performance. Knob setting labels came off with regular cleaning. Infrared trays rusted & replaced after 1 yr. Two wheels broken & replaced after 1 yr. Firebox rusted & igniter broke after 2 yrs. Doesn't make sense to replace parts at this point since total comes to 1/2 price of new replacement. Probably won't buy this brand again.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
 
4.0
Very Good Product
11/8/2013
Pros
Easy To Cleanup
Easy To Use
Even Heat
Short Grill Time
Cons
Best Uses
For Self/Couple
Great Searing
Small Gatherings
Comment:
Only negative is it's hard to get a little char on anything IF you are using a perforated grill accessory. Solved this by buying larger prawns and doing them right on the grill. Originally wanted a small Weber but too problematic finding one to hook up to natural gas. Charbroil converter kit was easy to do. Great for steaks, pork tenderloin, chicken breasts.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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