Char-Broil TRU Reviews
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Small, durable gas grill with even heat and convenient features

The Char-Broil Patio Bistro 180 TRU Infrared is a sturdy gas grill that grills great food, can be taken just about anywhere, and is built to last. If you camp a lot in the summer and love to cook out, this little grill has the power and convenience to make your grilling experience easy and fun.

Surefire ignition

The first thing you do with your grill is turn it on. The Surefire ignition is an oven-style electronic ignition that is built right into the gas control knob, so you just turn it and the grill’s burner lights instantly. You don’t have to mess with any matches or lighters, or get frustrated when the grill won’t start. The Surefire is quick and easy.

9,000 BTU

The Char-Broil 14601897 Patio Bistro 180 has one main burner that cooks all your food. It has enough space to easily feed 2-3 people and a BTU of 9,000 for fast heating. Most burners on full-size grills average about 10,000 BTUs per burner, so even though it’s so compact, the Char-Broil 14601897 has practically the same amount of power.

Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared technology

Once your burner is up and running, the TRU-Infrared technology ensures perfectly-cooked, juicy meats and veggies every time. The technology works by limiting the hot air that dries out grilling food. The patented emitter plate above the burner sends out the direct infrared heat, sealing in the flavorful juices.


Convenient size

The Char-Broil 14601897 is the perfect size for small homes, apartments, and for travel. Whether you’re on a boat or out camping in the woods, this is a great grill to take along as it doesn’t take up too much room in your gear, but easily cooks enough food for at least two people.

Stainless steel burner and grates

The burner and grates on this grill are all made of stainless steel, so it is built to last as well as hold heat very well. You won’t be throwing money away on this; it will hold up to frequent use and frequent travel. Stainless steel is also easy to clean and grease wipes right off.

Wood chip feature

One of the unique features on the grill is that you have the option of adding wood chips right on the grate. Experiment with creating different smoky flavors you could usually only get from a wood-burning grill, all with the convenience of gas.


Ignition problems

One of the issues with the patio bistro Char-Broil 180 grill is that the ignition tends to blow out, especially when it’s windy. If this becomes a frequent problem, contact the company. There was a recall on the ignition of some of the older models, so you might be entitled to a new grill.

Overall Review

All in all, this is a great little grill. Ideal for couples who love to camp and love to grill, the Char-Broil Patio Bistro 180 grill is also a good option if you have very limited space and/or just want to save a ton of money on a grill with a quality burner. The infrared technology keeps the grill’s heat consistent and even, so your food will be perfect every time.