The Bottom Line
This is a big, shiny, gas grill with the KitchenAid name stamped right in the middle of the lid. For around $1,200USD this 6-burner grill has an independent searing chamber with a 16,000 BTU sear burner plus a rear mounted infrared rotisserie burner and standard side burner. While not entire made of stainless, this grill will certainly catch the eye, if only for the sheer size.
And this is the point of the KitchenAid brand name and all that shiny metal, to draw the consumer into thinking that they are getting something they are not, a high quality stainless steel gas grill, regardless of the sticker shock.
- Large, multifunction gas grill
- Good quality burners
- Independent infrared sear chamber
- Not designed, made, or supported by KitchenAid
- Many stainless parts are very thin
- Low-grade stainless steel parts
- Low heat output
- Five 10,000 BTU 304 stainless steel tubular burners
- 630 square inches of primary cooking area for a total of 1079 square inches of total grilling space
- 50,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- 12,000 BTU standard stainless steel side burner under a flush mounted cover
- 16,000 BTU infrared sear burner in a separate chamber
- 13,00 BTU rear mounted infrared rotisserie burner
- Electric (AA-Battery) Ignition
- Stainless steel coated rod cooking grates
- Stainless steel and porcelain coated steel construction
- Full cover included
- LED lit control panel
- Propane tank and rotisserie kit sold separately
- Sold as propane with available natural gas conversion parts
- Made in China by Nexgrill with a licensed name from KitchenAid
Guide Review - Kitchenaid 6-Burner Dual-Chamber Gas Grill Model# 720-0826
Just to make sure it is clear, this grill is made by a company called Nexgrill Industries. They have licensed the use of the KitchenAid name for use on a number of their grills available at several retailers. KitchenAid plays no role in these grills and anyone buying it for the name stamped on the front is being deceived. Personally, I find this practice deceptive and a violation of truth in advertising, but then I seem to be the only one that has an issue with this type of rebranding.
Aside from that, this KitchenAid 6-Burner isn't necessarily a bad grill. The burners are 304 stainless steel and covered by a 10-year warranty. The heat output is good, not fantastic, but good enough for most grilling tasks. Add in a good standard side burner and a 15,000 BTU infrared side burner for searing and you have a lot of functionality. The overall construction is lightweight and the stainless steel body parts are lower grade though most of the grill that you don't see looking at it straight on is painted steel.
The big feature of this grill is the second cooking chamber. This small area, about 200 square inches of cooking space, has an infrared 16,000 BTU specifically designed to sear the perfect steak.
These are cool features and many grills in the past have pulled this off with great success. The problem with this novel feature is the limited space it provides. If you want to grill at high temperatures, the perfect thick cut porterhouse steak, that one steak is going to take up the entire searing zone. Even with small strip steaks, getting more than two over the sear burner without crowding and defeating the whole purpose is a challenge. This isn't a big drawback, but for a grill that says it can cook 42 burger patties at a time, grilling one steak at a time seems like an odd feature. I want you to understand this limitation before you consider buying this grill.
There are better constructed and better capable gas grills in this price range and while I don't particularly recommend this grill, it isn't a bad choice as long and it isn't being bought for the brand name on the lid.
It should also be noted that the stainless steel on this grill will not retain a high polish finish for very long. The cover that comes standard should always be used, but keeping this grill polished and pretty will require a good deal of maintenance.