Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go X200 Portable Gas Grill

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go X200
Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go X200. Char-Broil LLC

The Bottom Line

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There is a lot to like with this portable gas grill, particularly the construction. For a little grill this is well built of mostly cast aluminum. The lid locks tightly in place and the legs and handles are sturdy. Typically portable grills are not as powerful as their full-sized cousins, but this little wonder is very powerful. The problem is that is is actually too powerful and thanks to its infrared technology, there is no way to dial it down for slower grilling without the risk of the burner blowing out.

Add to this some extra maintenance needs and flare-ups issues and you have a a portable grill that fails to live up to its promises.

Pros

  • Small and lightweight portable gas grill
  • Solid construction
  • Produces high grilling temperatures

Cons

  • Actually gets too hot
  • Limited temperature control
  • Frequent complaints of leaking regulators

Description

  • 200 square inches of grilling space
  • 9,500 BTU stainless steel tubular burner
  • Push button piezoelectric ignition
  • Cast aluminum construction
  • Stainless steel cooking grate
  • 25 pounds total weight
  • Lock closed lid
  • Uses standard one pound disposable propane bottles
  • Made in China¬†

Guide Review - Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Grill2Go X200 Gas Grill

Start with a cast aluminum shell and a definite rugged look and load it with power. Sounds like a great grill, even if it is a portable. This is what Char-Broil came up with for the X200 Grill2Go. It looks like with could have fallen off an army truck or maybe bounces around the back of a pickup on the way to the construction site.

It certainly looks like a promising portable grill from Char-Broil who really is able to be innovative.

The trouble begins with the cooking performance. This grill has limited temperature adjustment and runs very hot, even on low. This causes many people trouble with using this grill. Apart from the limitation of design, there is the typical quality control issues that Char-Broil so frequently suffers from.

The reports of leaking regulators are legend with this model. Of course the real solution is to only attach the 1-pound propane bottle when actually grilling.

Ultimately it is Char-Broil's seemingly blind adherence to their belief in the superiority of their infrared technology that brings this grill down. The construction (with a little better quality control) is good and has real potential. The issue with the infrared design is that the cooking grate largely seals off the food from the burner and while this sounds like it would eliminate flare-ups, it doesn't. This grate needs special care and cleaning or it clogs up and blocks the airflow. To keep the grill burning it needs a limited range of temperature control which means it is going to run hot so it needs nearly constant tending and some foods are just going to burn, particularly if those foods are fatty.