Napoleon Rogue 425

The Pros and Cons

Napoleon Rogue 425
Napoleon Rogue 425. Napoleon Gourmet Grills

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The Bottom Line

This is a basic, relatively expensive gas grill similar in many ways to the Weber Genesis. Manufactured in Canada by Napoleon, this is a high-quality grill that is built to last and cook with an even heat and provide a good deal of versatility. The heat output of this model is low and previous Napoleon owners have complained that this grill simply can't reach the kind of temperatures of its more expensive cousins.

While relatively low powered for a Napoleon, this gas grill is comparable to similarly priced and sized products from Weber.

Pros

  • High-quality stainless steel burners
  • Even, versatile heating
  • Heavy porcelain coated cooking grates
  • Quality construction
  • Easier to assemble than previous models

Cons

  • Low powered side burner
  • Low heat output for the size

Description

  • Three 12,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
  • 425 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 535 square inches
  • 36,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
  • 9,000 BTU standard side burner under a flush mounted cover
  • Electric "Jetfire" ignition
  • Porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates
  • Stainless steel, cast aluminum, and porcelain-enameled steel construction
  • Available in stainless steel and black enamel models
  • Compatible with Napoleon's cast iron charcoal trays
  • Sold as propane of natural gas
  • Infrared side burner available
  • Cover, propane tank, and rotisserie sold separately
  • Made in Canada 

 

Guide Review - Napoleon Rogue 425

In 2016, Napoleon introduced the Rogue line of gas grills. Designed to be compatible with the same features found on their more expensive Prestige line, this gas grill has all the versatility that you would expect to find from Napoleon's great line of grills.

This unit is slightly smaller than the prestige grills with 425 square inches of primary grilling space versus the 500 square inches found on that line. The three burners turn out a maximum of 36,000 BTU's, which is generally on the low side, especially considering Napoleon's history for high heat output. This limited power is this grills biggest drawback. Even the side burner (not available on all models) has only 9,000 BTUs, a small number in the industry these days. The reason that the standard side burner output is low is because it is available with an infrared side, which only needs this kind of heat for intense searing. Of course, it still contains all of the Napoleon features that make these great grills.

At the heart of any good gas grill is the cooking system. Everything else is just cosmetics. Unfortunately, many grill makers put more flash and substance in their grills. Napoleon, like a small handful of companies, makes a good grill. The high-quality stainless steel burners produce an even temperature; while the porcelain coated cooking grates in the wave pattern give excellent heat contact. The grates in this grill are the real strong point. Heavy, reversible, and able to take punishment, they can transfer heat efficiently to foods for good searing, even with the lower heat output of the grill.

Napoleon grills have excellent construction from high-quality components. This is a grill on par with grills by Weber or Broil-King. I do recommend shopping around before making a purchase, however. There are a lot of great gas grills in this price range and there is a lot to offer. While the Rogue from Napoleon is a very good grill, it might not be the best choice for you.

Napoleon's Jetfire ignition is a small gas jet ignited by an electric spark that shoots a burst of flame over the burners. This causes a quick and dependable flame.

This model comes in a variety of configurations including stainless steel models as well as options for an infrared side burner or no side burner. It is compatible with all of Napoleon's accessories including their cast iron charcoal baskets which allow this gas grill to be converted into a charcoal grill.

This is a unique feature that you do not find on similarly priced grills.