The Bottom Line
Generally electric grills are a compromise. A compromise for the person who can't have an open flame where they live, or at least where they cook. And a compromise between size and heat. A fire can be as big and as hot as it can be built, but an electric heating element can only draw so much amperage as the plug will allow (please don't send me a lesson on electric engineering). This electric grill from Kenyon produces high temperatures under a relatively small space, but is built to last of quality materials.
It costs more (around $500USD) but is worth the investment.
- High temperature output for a 120 volt electric grill
- Good stainless steel construction
- Relatively heave cooking grates
- Very little smoke production
- More expensive than comparable electric grills
- 155 square inch stainless steel cooking grate
- 1300 watt electric heating element
- 304 grade stainless steel construction
- Porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- Weighs 24 pounds
- Disposable drip pan
- Made in the United States by Kenyon International
Expert Review - Kenyon Electric City Grill
If you are reading this review you probably live in a situation where an open flame is not allowed. Electric grills don't generally produce the kind of heat that gas or charcoal grills can. This is electric grill from Kenyon is close. Part of the reason is that unlike more electric grills this one is built by a company that specializes in electric cooking.
Kenyon builds portable and built in electric grills as well as electric cook tops so they know what they are doing. They also build high quality products in their factory in Connecticut.
The City Grill is Kenyon's smallest and you actually have to buy it directly from them. Many of their products are built specifically for marine applications so this is a grill that retain its appearance and continue to perform for a long time.
This model has 155 square inches of cooking space which is comparable to small portable grills. It weighs in at 24 pounds and has two handles for easy carry. The heat output from 1,300 watt electric element produces temperatures around 500 degrees F/260 degrees C.
This grill is also designed for pretty specific use. There is a disposable drip tray in the bottom and to keep this grill from producing smoke that pan needs to be filled with liquid. There are specific methods for cleaning and maintaining this grill and considering the price I strongly recommend that the owner follow these to the letter. If you do so, I am confident that this grill will last for a very long time.
One last note. Generally speaking marine grade stainless steel is 316 grade. This grill is billed as built from marine grade, but is actually 304 stainless. This isn't really an issue and it should be able to take the elements, but close proximity to salt water is a rough environment and I won't make any promises about it being able to take the punishment, though I trust this company with making marine grade products.