Char-Broil 2-Burner Gas Grill Review

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This basic gas grill has an even smaller cooking area (just 280 square inches) than some of the charcoal grills we looked at. It's also dogged by complaints of flare-ups and cheap construction.

Char-Broil 2 Burner Gas Grill reviews on Amazon and elsewhere suggest this grill (starting at $80, Amazon) is prone to flare-ups, and burned food seems to be the least of the potential consequences. One reviewer writes the grill flares up constantly and another reports an incident where flames coming out the front melted the knobs and control panel.

According to an expert at About.com, who reviewed a previous year's model exclusive to Sears, the only upside of this grill is the price. The temperature is decent but not even, and the thin body doesn't hold in heat. He warns of flare-ups and says the grill isn't built to last more than a season or two. A consumer reviewing the grill on Amazon in 2012 writes that soon after purchase, the grill experienced a total meltdown -- the reviewer came outside to discover the unit spewing flames, with the control knobs on the front panel already engulfed and nearly disintegrated.

The Char-Broil 2 Burner Gas Grill is a small, no-frills gas grill with 280 square inches of cooking area -- less than the charcoal grills on our list, which are smaller than most gas grills. This model's 26,500 BTUs heat two burners with grates made of porcelain-coated steel wire, which doesn't do much to hold in heat. The grill garners a few complaints regarding assembly in reviews on Amazon. Consumers call the instructions confusing and unhelpful.

While this grill has the most attractive price of any model on our list, it seems that consumers looking for quality must pay a bit more. Flames appear too frequently in reviews, and consumers and experts alike suggest that this grill isn't built nearly so well as some of its budget brethren.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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