Char-Broil TRU Infrared Patio
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Two-burner patio bistro grill with built-in transport and infrared technology

The Char-Broil Patio Bistro 360 gas grill is a great choice for small decks and patios, but with almost all the capabilities of a full-size grill. It has two powerful burners that use TRU-infrared technology, an easy-clean cooking grate, and lots of cooking space for family barbeques and other events.

Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared technology

The big selling point for the Char-Broil 14601832 is that it uses TRU-infrared technology. This award-winning cooking system reduces the amount of hot air that steaks, fish, veggies, and other grilling food is so often exposed to. This hot air is what is responsible for drying out food, so by limiting it, the infrared technology is preserving juiciness. An emitter plate above the burners radiate infrared heat down on the food, further sealing in flavors for superior-tasting grilled meals.

Two burner total 21,000 BTUs

Unlike many smaller grills like the 360, this grill has two main burners that together total 21,000 BTUs. That’s a lot of power, which the 360-square inch cooking surface needs to heat up quickly and evenly. Each burner has a separate ignition, so you have control over how much space you want to use.

Wheels

For easy mobility, the Char-Broil 14601832 comes with wheels so you can simply guide it around your deck, terrace, boat, and so on. If you need to put another table on your deck and have to move the grill, it’s extremely pain-free, and the grill will fit snugly in a lot of tight spaces because of its convenient size.

Strengths

Easy to clean

Cleaning grills can be hard work and no one likes to do it. It usually involves a lot of scraping and soaping, but the cooking grate on the Char-Broil Patio Bistro 360 is actually dishwasher-safe, so you just lift it off the grill body and stick it in your dishwasher.

Lots of space

Of the total 500-square inch surface, 360 of that is exclusively for cooking. That’s more than enough space for a family of four on a weeknight, or for a larger party with friends. With the two burners, you have more freedom about how to cook foods (slow vs. fast) than with a single burner.

Location options

Because of the grill’s convenient size, you have a ton of options about where to use the grill. This includes small decks, balconies, patios, campsites, boats, and beaches. Whether you want this to be your primary grill because you have limited space, or if you want a really nice grill you can take to the lake for a cookout, the Char-Broil 14601832 fits both needs.

Weaknesses

Side arms get hot

The side arms/legs that hold up the grill are made of metal, and get very hot to the touch. If you’re grilling and happen to touch or lean against one, it could really hurt. It’s also risky if you have young kids wandering around who might brush up against it. Use extra caution around the grill when it’s hot, and establish rules with kids about how close they can come.

Overall Review

This is a really good-sized grill that with its two burners, is not significantly smaller than a regular grill. It’s just more conveniently-sized for small patios, decks, boats, and so on. It has a lot of power, cooking area, and is easy to maintain with a dishwasher-safe cooking grate. Priced in the medium range, the Char-Broil Patio Bistro 360 grill is a great investment as a primary grill for smaller families with limited space, and as a grill to take along to the cabin over the summer.