The Bottom Line
This model has been discontinued. It is replaced by the Vermont Castings 5-Burner VCS522SSP. For a list of comparable products see my list of the Best Gas Grills between $2,000 and $4,000.
This is a heavy grill with heavy cast iron and stainless steel body parts. The 62,500 BTU output from five stainless steel burners is more than enough to heat the nearly 651 square inches of primary grilling area.
Recently redesigned to improve quality, the Vermont Castings VCS500 is a good, full feature grill. The materials used are excellent and the construction is definitely superior to the mass market, store brand grills in this price range. Look to spend around $2,000USD for this grill (more if you want an infrared searing side burner).
- Solid construction of cast iron and 304 stainless steel
- High and even heat output
- Full function gas grill with side burner and rotisserie system
- Lighted control panel and attached grill light
- Heavy lid
- Limited distribution
- Five 12,500 BTU 304 Stainless Steel tubular burners
- 651 square inches of primary cooking area for a total grilling space of 937 square inches
- 62,500 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- 20,000 BTU rear mounted infrared rotisserie burner with full rotisserie kit and motor storage
- 15,000 BTU side burner under a flush mounted cover
- Mixed enameled-coated cast iron and heavy gauge 430 stainless steel body
- Heavy porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates
- Side mounted LED grill light, internal smoker box, and lighted control panel
- Propane tank and cover not included
- Made in China by MHSC for their Vermont Castings Gas Grill Line
Guide Review - Vermont Castings 5-Burner VCS500 Gas Grill
Vermont Castings has had a troubled decade. After years of financial troubles the parent company, Canadian-based CFM went bankrupt and was bought in 2008 by MHSC, a U.S. based company. MHSC is a bigger and more stable company with a good reputation for products and support. In 2010, MHSC reintroduced the Vermont Castings Gas Grill line. These grills were popular and well built but as CFM went under manufacturing was switched to China and quality suffered. MHSC picked up where CFM left off and to look at these grills you would think that nothing had changed. The truth is that MHSC re-engineered the grills from the inside out. From the materials to the manufacturing to the packaging to the assembly to the support the new Vermont Castings gas grills are better in every way.
Notoriously difficult to assemble, MHSC changed how these grills are built, reducing assembly steps and simplifying design issues. They also changed the packaging so that the grills are not damaged in shipping. Gone is the 430 stainless steel body parts that pitted and rusted and in comes 304 stainless steel with a new finishing process to make sure these grills retain their appearance and last considerably longer than the 2008 models CFM sold.
The list of changes includes 22 major changes to these grills and even the smallest and most insignificant detail was addressed.
While still made in China, MHSC has placed their own staff on the assembly line to ensure quality control and given specific instructions that any flawed part is thrown out. MHSC has made a major investment in the Vermont Castings Gas Grills to restore them to their previous glory and make them a grill that can stand shoulder to shoulder with brands like Weber, Napoleon, and Broil-King.
This Vermont Castings Gas Grill is the largest unit of the grill line. You get a 5-burner gas grill with a full rotisserie system including 20,000 BTU infrared rear mounted rotisserie burner and a 15,000 BTU side burner under a flush mounted cover. There is an optional 15,000 BTU infrared searing side burner that can be swapped out with the standard side burner.
The construction of this gas grill is heavy porcelain coated cast iron and 304 stainless steel. The construction is good quality and the materials are very good considering the price range (look to spend around $2,000USD for this gas grill). Look for this grill to last many years and provide very good grilling. If you are looking for a basic grill and want something more durable that the mass market products out there, this is one grill to consider.