The KitchenAid 720-0709C (Sam's Club) is part of the gas grill
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, gas grill
models like the 720-0709C (Sam's Club) 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
Features & Specs - KitchenAid 720-0709C (Sam's Club)
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.
I use this grill 3-4 times a week year round. I use interior thermometers but the built in one is almost always correct. Its 5 burners makes it excellent for crowds but it's a snap to just use 2 or 3 burners for our family and for indirect cooking which I do a lot of. It holds the temp well but as with every grill (I don't care what CR says) there is one area that runs a bit hot. That is not a con for me; simply learn the spot and cook accordingly. <br /><br />The infrared burner does a great job of searing meat quickly at a high temp but turning 1 regular burner to high does the same job. It is a gimmick I don't use because cleaning it is a pain so I use it as shelf space (found out I only use left hand shelf space-didn't know that about myself-so I love the extra space). The blue back-lit dials are a gimmick too ;) it looks cool but serves no purpose other than that-and you have to change the batteries often so I don't use it anymore. <br /><br />The outside cleans easily with stainless steel spray and sponge. Because it is stainless steel you need to do this regularly. That did take some self-training as my other grills were black and hid a multitude of sins. Grates clean easily as you go and in the kitchen sink. The drip pan is small. Empty it often or it makes a mess of the cabinet underneath. The interior of the grill requires more frequent cleaning than any of my past grills; it doesn't have steep sides so drippings and debris just stay there and bake on. This grill has a large footprint. I recommend measuring carefully. I do wish it had a gas gauge but we always have a full backup so it isn't a deal breaker. The pullout shelf makes changing the tank easy. <br /><br />All the things I like about this grill make up for the hard to clean interior so I would recommend it as long as you have a large area. I might also add make sure you get it for a good price so you're not paying for the gimmicks.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Tom the rascal
from Prescott, AZ
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent grill, except for cleaning
Easy To Use
Short Grill Time
Difficult to clean
The grill only has a small drip pan that is fed by a the bottom collection area. Unfortunately, the bottom collection area gets caked with carbon from burnt drippings and has to be scrapped with a plastic puddy knife to get it clean. It would be better to have full removable drip tray that covers the entire bottom.