Bistro Tru-Infrared Electric Grill
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Sleek, compact electric grill with TRU-infrared and precision controls

The Char-Broil Patio Bistro 12601578 Tru-Infrared electric grill is the ideal grill for cookout lovers who aren’t allowed to have gas or charcoal grills where they live. Many housing developments don’t allow charcoal, and even more apartments don’t even allow propane. With an electric grill, you stick by the rules while still getting great grilled food. The Char-Broil comes with infrared technology, precision dial controls, and lots of cooking space for events like birthday parties, family get-togethers, and so on.

TRU-infrared technology

With infrared heat, you get juicier, more evenly-cooked food than you would with convective grills. The Char-Broil’s TRU-infrared technology ensures even, versatile temperatures. Use a high temp for searing thin meats, and a low one for slow-cooking. The infrared heat seals in flavors and moisture using an emitter plate placed above the burner, without drying the food.

Precision dial electric control

While grilling, you want to be able to control high and low temperatures precisely and easily. This is possible with the precision dial electric control. Adjust the knob to find the perfect balance for whatever you’re grilling to get the desired result.

Porcelain-coated cooking grate

All the meats, veggies, and other grilled food is cooked on a porcelain-coated cooking grate. This grate is designed to hold heat well and provide an even-cooking surface so there aren’t any cold spots. The grate is also easy to clean and wipes off with a clean rag.


Cook lots of food

With the 320-square inch cooking surface, you can grill up to 12 hamburgers in one shift. That’s more than enough for a party, making this a great grill for both small and larger families. The grill is still small enough for limited space, so you can conveniently use it on tiny decks or apartment balconies without feeling like the grill is taking over your space.

Easy assembly

A lot of grills are really hard to assemble, but with its detailed instructional manual, the Char-Broil 12601578 takes an hour or less to put together. You won’t be dealing with hours of frustrating work where your grill sits in pieces for forever; you can quickly assemble it on a weeknight, and have it up and ready for use right away.

Gets hot

A common issue with electric grills is that they don’t get very hot. However, this grill heats up really well and is great for searing. There really isn’t anything you could do on a charcoal or propane grill that you can’t with this electric one.


Takes longer to heat up than convective grills

Though it does get hot, the Char-Broil Patio Bistro grill takes longer than gas or charcoal grills to get there. You might find yourself waiting around for the grill to get hot enough, and this extends your overall grill time and can interfere with plans. This longer waiting time is typical for electric grills. Simply plan ahead for a preheat time. Turn on the grill before you start doing your prep work so you have something useful to do while it gets hot.

Overall Review

The Char-Broil 12601578 electric grill is a fantastic alternative to charcoal or gas if you aren’t allowed those types of grills where you live. It’s a great size for families and can also cook enough food for parties. It is priced very affordably and even comes in different colors. Take advantage of infrared technology and precision controls to grill perfect food on this small, but powerful grill.