Rated 3.5 out of 5 by 43
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by samson4 Diffacult to clean...its a job
Let me start by saying I previously owned the round electric Brinkman Smoker, which can also be used as an electric grill. It was great! Gets really hot! but had no temperature control so basically it was always on high heat. It was easy to clean but it sat low to the floor and no hinged lid, so grilling was a little bit of a challenge. Overall was a great item!
I purchased this New Brinkmann electric patio grill online, taking a chance, as there was not one on display at the local store to preview. After using the grill for 2 months I now write this review so to give the best perception of what it has been like using the item....and that is Brinkmann had a great idea, but needs improvement on the design!
It was easy to assemble and the material was of good construction. The issues are with the temperature and cleaning ability. First the temperature never gets "as hot" as the Brinkmann smoker I owned, I have to cook with this one on high just to maintain a proper temperature, so the adjustable temperature control doesn't seem to matter much. Next the heating element is "WELDED" to a metal plate to provide support to the heating element, the problem is ALL of the drippings from the food cooking lands on the metal plate(that has random holes drilled in it for the drippings to pass through)and makes a mess of it. Then, in order to clean this area there are 4 screws you must remove in order to remove the heating element and attached metal plate. Since the heating element does not separate from the metal plate washing it and removing grease, drippings and carbon build up is VERY difficult.
Lastly, the drippings are supposed to just run into the bottom of the grill and into a small grease cup underneath. I discovered that a deep aluminum baking pan(the disposable turkey baking pans work well for this as you can mold them to fit better) placed in this area makes cleanup much easier! As well it will increase the life of the metal on your grill and you don't have to worry about overflow from the small drippings cup underneath....Brinkmann please fix the heating element issues and add an inside liner for drippings! Then it would be a great grill!
August 12, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by KEL2 Love the no hassle. Just plug it in.
Enjoy not heating up my kitchen on these 90 degree days. Cooks like a gas grill. Heats up quick and cooks evenly. We leave it covered on the deck and just bring in the power plug.
June 11, 2011
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Rocknrita Does The Job
I got this to replace a similar grill that didn't survive the harsh winter on my terrace. This one does not get as hot as the other one, coils don't turn red, and the coils are spread out more than the old one. It did cook the meat but it took longer than it should. I'm hoping it will get hotter with the warmer weather.
April 22, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Larry Product functions as advertised - Great.
Due to Association requirements, I purchased the electric patio grill and have not had any negative issue. The grill has work perfectly.
March 18, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Owen66 This product was so easy to assemble with great instructions number to match.
We really like this electric grill. No near the fires and mess of gas grills and so easy. Just plug up, turn on. let warm up and cook. It is great and I woudl definitely recommend it to others. The assembly was numbered and so easy.
June 12, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jdld Great grill for the price
Great size for small deck, has enough power to cook almost anything the gas grill does
February 11, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by James Great design,shelves on both sides
I own 5 of these grills.I use 2 and have 3 in the box in case one tears up I want another one right then.I grill every night of my life.I grill fish,hamburgers,steaks,chicken,pork chops.These are the things I grill every week and this grill does a fantastic job.I don't understand those who say it doesn't get hot enough to grill a steak,I do twice a week and it does great.I keep 3 extra because after I bought my first grill I went to get another one and Brinkman had discontinued them.Then all of a suuden they started making them again.I have a condo that doesn't allow gas or charcoal grills,but I would never go back to gas or charcoal because this is the greatest cooking grill in the world.The money i haved saved on charcoal,lighter fluid and gas pays for my grill.I hope brinkman never stops making these grills,but if they do I hope they will give me time to buy 5 more.I never want to be without one of these grills
May 20, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by nicachica4 not hot enough
So we bought this grill in time to have the in laws meet at our deck bbq- and it didn't work. It was not hot enough to grill anything so we had to use our George Forman to do the meal. Brinkmann did replace Everything inside the grill. I just had an electrician look at our outlet and he said that it had to be the heating element because our outlet was fine. This grill works when it wants too and it really doesn't get too hot when it does work. Now we need a new grill. :(
July 17, 2013