The Bottom Line
It has always puzzled me how Sears tries to market their grills. This one, labeled with Sears' "Kenmore" brand name is a typical, low quality, 4-burner gas grill. The selling point, the stainless steel hood, is low quality and prone to corrosion and discoloring over time, and I don't mean a long time. The one feature that actually stands out is the side burner, which, while not exactly a quality feature, is powerful and capable of heating a pot that is probably too heavy for the side table.
- Good heat output from the side burner
- Decent heat output for the size
- Uneven heating
- Flimsy and lightweight components
- Low-grade stainless steel parts
- Four 10,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- 442 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 614 square inches
- 40,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- 13,000 BTU standard side burner under a flush mounted cover
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- Electronic (AA-battery) ignition
- Powder coated steel and low-grade stainless steel construction
- Propane tank, cover, and rotisserie kit sold separately
- Made in China by Permasteel Hardware exclusively for Sears/K-Mart
Guide Review - Kenmore 4 Burner Gas Grill with Stainless Steel Lid Model# PG-40401SOL
Let me break this gas grill down this way. The burners and other internal components are lightweight and weak. While this grill almost produces a level of heat perfect for grilling, it does it unevenly and the grilling capabilities will deteriorate as the internal components wear out and break down.
The selling point of this grill is its stainless steel hood section (not the entire hood). The stainless steel used here is of an inferior grade and finish. It will discolor and corrode in a short time and yet it is what Sears is going to use to try and sell this gas grill.
One last point, this gas grill lists for $279.99USD but is typically on sale either in store or online (it can be bought online and pickup up at the store for a potential discount).
Look for an actual selling price around $200USD. Like many Sears products this grill lists at a much higher price that it actually sells for to give the illusion of value, and it really is just an illusion While I don't recommend buying this model if you are inclined to do so anyway, buy it on sale. Buy it on a big sale.