The Bottom Line
This model gas grill has been discontinued. Its closest replace is the Kenmore Elite 750 5-Burner (Model #16661).
This is another big shiny gas grill sitting on the showroom floor at your local Sears. With lots of grilling space, side burner and rotisserie burner it is a full feature gas grill, but like so many in this price range (lists at around $800USD but sale prices go as low as $600USD) it is made from low quality (430), thin stainless steel.
While this unit will most likely grill like a dream when you first get it home, the problems will set in quickly. Built by Char-Broil (in China) for Sears this low-quality gas grill is designed for one thing, getting you to open your wallet.
- Wide range of cooking temperatures
- Large cooking space
- Low quality 430 stainless steel construction
- Porcelain coated barrier will not last
- Five 10,500 BTU 304 stainless steel tubular burners
- 610 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 840 square inches
- 52,500 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- 11,000 BTU side burner
- 12,000 BTU rear mounted infrared rotisserie burner
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- 430 stainless steel body with powder coated steel side tables
- Porcelain coated steel flame tamers
- Push-button electronic igniter
- Made in China by Char-Broil exclusively for Sears' Kenmore Brand
Guide Review - Kenmore 840 Gas Grill Model# 16237
This is a big, shiny gas grill built by Char-Broil in China for Sears. It is made with low quality 430 stainless steel body, powder coated steel side tables, and 304 (5-year warranty) stainless steel burners. All this makes this grill look great on the showroom floor, but this grill simply isn't built to last.
Powder coating steel rusts as soon and anything scratches off the powder coating (like a BBQ tool?) and 430 stainless steel discolors and rusts in the elements. None of these features are designed to last. So the question is, why spend as much as $800USD for a big grill that will need to be replaced in two years.
This grill has good features with a full function side burner and a rear mounted rotisserie burner. What it really has is loads of grilling space, heated by 5 stainless steel burners. The problem with grills this big, with this many burners, is that you will need to fire up at least four of them to grill a single steak. This isn't exactly efficient. Ask yourself if you really need that much space before you invest in a grill this big. In grills, bigger and shinier isn't always better.
This grill has a five-year warranty on the burners, but it's the burner mountings that are weak and covered for only a year. The warranty on this unit sounds impressive but is not going to take care of the problems you are most likely to have.