The Bottom Line
This grill line has been discontinued.
This is the biggest grill of the year (2007). No. Not the biggest seller, not by a long shot, but it is going to be the most asked and talked about grill on the market. The overall construction is weak, but the parts are relatively durable and the technology is good. Of course, there are questions about this grill that won't really get answered for another year or two (see below).
This unit has two burners that is the peak of grilling technology, the TEC infrared glass burner. Intense heat, no flare-ups, and not wasted energy. Unfortunately, the construction of these burners appears inferior.
- TEC burner represents the peak of grill technology
- Complete 304 stainless steel construction
- Strong parts availability from Char-Broil
- Full Feature Grill
- Lightweight construction with thin metals
- Limited warranty on expensive parts
- Doors are not well designed and are not well attached
- TEC burner is flimsy and unreliable
- Oversized side table covers get in the way
- Two 12,000 BTU Stainless Steel burners. Two 12,000 BTU TEC infrared main burners
- 660 square inches primary cooking area with a total grilling area of 900 square inches
- 48,000 BTU output from all main burners (including TEC infrared burner)
- Dual wall lid provides good heat retention and insulation
- One 13,000 BTU cast brass side burner under a flush fitting cover
- 8,000 BTU rear mounted infrared rotisserie burner. Rotisserie kit extra
- Electronic Ignition
- Stainless steel grates and barrier
- Propane tank and cover sold separately
- Sold Exclusively through Lowe's Home Improvement Stores
Guide Review - Char-Broil/TEC Series Four Burner Gas Grill (Model #463268407)
One: TEC didn't make the infrared burner on this grill. The deal between Char-Broil and TEC is purely about technology licensing. TEC gets exposure for their technology and Char-Broil gets cool technology (that might just be a marketing hook) to sell grills. Since Char-Broil is little more than an importer these days the infrared burner in this grill is made in China under contract. Char-Broil will support this burner and provide parts.
Two: The Char-Broil/TEC series grills are unique amongst all Char-Broil grills. There really isn't anything in this unit that Char-Broil has put in any previous grill. This makes it very difficult to evaluate the longevity and durability of this unit. Based on materials, fasteners, and components I have to say that the construction is okay, but not excellent. In fact, I find it lightweight and weak in many regards.
Three: The new TEC infrared burner is pretty amazing technology, but it is still very new, not well tested on a mass-market scale and not radically better than previous infrared technology. This is the important part. This burner takes longer to heat up (about 10 minutes) than the previous technology (about three minutes). The heat output and cooking times on this technology are the same as the older technology.
What this burner does is eliminate flare-ups (not a big problem on older burners if you pay attention) and improves the efficiency of the burner.
The only stand out feature of this full feature grill is that TEC burner and when you really look at its limited warranty (two years on the glass) and a real lack of anything spectacular there isn't anything about this grill that really stands out. Increasingly, people who have this grill have been experiencing problems with the TEC burners deteriorating after as little five months use.