Stopped by a Home Depot today and they finally have the grill that I’ve had my eye on for the past year in stock, the Brinkmann Portable Tabletop Grill. It wasn’t on sale, and at $79.97 it’s not cheap either. I know $80 for a portal gas grill isn’t much, but my last gas grill cost me $12.50 so it’s a big difference. Since I tried to get it many times last year without success, I decided to get it before it’s out of stock again. My $12.50 grill is falling apart after 4 years of use, I’ll need it this summer. I know I can easily get it online, but large boxes always get really banged up during delivery, so I try to buy all my large items at stores.
First off, I really like how the Brinkmann grill looks, it has the stylish stainless steel look of it’s larger cousins. Makes me feel like I have a real grill, unlike my old dingy little grill. Assembly is easy, just need to take off the wrapping, screw on the gas knob and it’s ready to go. The cooking grill plate is not as heavy duty as I thought it would be, but considering that this is a portable unit, it’s not too bad. Definitely an upgrade from my last grill.
This Brinkmann grill has a hole on the side for lighting, which is a pretty good idea considering the burner is covered by a metal plate. But what I find strange is that it comes with a metal tube that is supposed to be used for lighting the grill with matches. I’m not too familiar with grills, so maybe this is a normal device, but looks pretty odd to me. Since I normally use a lighter, I may just remove this part.
The build quality is fair, everything seems to fit together, but it’s not as snug as higher end grills that I’ve seen. For example, the match lighting tool mentioned above is supposed to latch on to the side of the grill, but it doesn’t seem to fit properly unless some persuasion is given. And the large handle for the lid and carrying doesn’t seem to be installed properly, but it seems pretty solid so I guess it’s OK. Haven’t tried to light it up, will be doing that once the weather get warmer. Is it worth $79.97? Based on the quality, I think it should cost around $60 instead, but I’m a little bias with my last grill being only $12.50. And plus, I got it anyway so the price isn’t too unreasonable. The cooking test still awaits, if it cooks as well as I imagine, it’s definitely worth it.