The Solaire AGBQ-27GIR is part of the gas grill
test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, gas grill
models like the AGBQ-27GIR 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 at the lowest setting, using thermocouples
Features & Specs - Solaire AGBQ-27GIR
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.
If you like a seared medium rare steak-crusty on the outside and red on the inside-, you cannot beat this grill. This grill cooks like a charcoal grill by directly grilling the surface of the food as opposed to a traditional gas grill that heats the surrounding air like an oven and bakes the food. Grilling at temperatures of upwards of 1000 degrees takes practice, but once you master it you will never go back to a traditional gas grill. Finally, people who like their meat baked as opposed to grilled may not like the results of this grill.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Grill guy
worst grill ever
Poor Flame Quality
Fell over in the wind within a week of when we got it. Had to replace all the controls at our expense and tie the back to the deck to keep it from falling over again. Very difficult to clean and the drip tray fills up immediately. Water comes into grilling area when it rains. The grates are poorly designed and holds drips in the edges. Very uneven cooking.