The competition in the market for travel grills is very hot at this present time, with ever increasing numbers of people choosing to get out of town for a more rustic, rural experience. Enter the Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill, which comes with a huge company promise to be as advanced and efficient as the household barbecue. This is indeed, a large boast, but is it really that good? This following information is what I found when using the Road Trip LXE for the first time..
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- You can set this thing up in seconds
- The grease tray can be removed so disposing of grease is much easier
- Open flame, so one can expect a really great tasting meal
- 285 square inches is on the higher side of cooking area's
- Grill grates are included so you can get started right away
- You can light it without a match
- Everything is made of cast iron and porcelain which makes cleaning a less difficult task
- Apart from the grill grates, there are no other accessory's included
- Slightly on the heavy side for a portable grill
Coleman Road Trip Propane Grill LXE Review (Official Site):
The total size with side tables out is 39 inches length by 19 inches width, and there's a 12 inch height. Without the side tables the measurements are 32 inches length by 19 inches width and a 35 inch height. The design is very stable and it does not look cheaply produced at all. Moreover, the legs can be folded easily, though when upright, they remain sturdy. It's a simple design for a reason; nobody likes to drive somewhere in the car and then have to set-up the grill for half an hour before they cook their food. I was impressed at being able to start just 4 minutes after taking it out of the car. I'm experienced at this kind of thing, but I'd say within a maximum of 6 minutes a first time buyer would be cooking.
Having set the Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill up, it was now time to light it. The first positive point I can make on a performance level is that this is not a grill you have to fiddle around with trying to light. It's a case of flipping a switch with the RoadTrips electronic ignition. The second positive point is the room you have to prepare food, as it comes with 2 foldout tables. So far so good, and the plus points continue to stack up for the LXE with the cooking surface heating up evenly, so you don't end up with some food ready while the rest is still under-done. Add to this the efficiency of the grease drip-off and you could say I was off to the perfect start with the RoadTrip.
It's not all smooth sailing though, as I should point out its weight. It weighs 44 pounds or 19KG, so it may need more than one person to carry. I had a friend with me so it wasn't a problem, but it's certainly something customers need to know before purchasing. This is not necessarily a big issue, as not many people go camping or tailgating on their own and once you've got it out, it's a very easy to set-up, it works great, and the weight comes from it's professional durable design.
The most important test, however, of any grill is in the eating experience, and with 10,000 BTU of power on each burner, this open flame grill produces a kind of campfire flame grilled authenticity without spending the time it takes for a campfire to cook food. It was actually a quite refreshing taste, in a world of modern grills that often create food tasting like it just came out of the oven. It reminded me of camping trips with my granddad as a boy.
I can't think of anything worse than cleaning a grill. It's one of those things you just have to do and some grills are incredibly hard to clean, but the RoadTrip is different. Coleman have sensibly made this from caste Iron and the surfaces are coated with porcelain, which was a relief and the cleaning process ended up taking a very short time.
The Coleman RoadTrip LXE is and has been one of the best propane grills for quite a while. The price is between $120 and $150, which is pretty good considering it's better than most grills people have at home and can be used for camping, tailgating and cookouts. At 285 square inches, it has a rather large cooking surface, with fold out tables, and although heavy, it looks like lots of time has been spent on the design. It cooked meat to a high standard, so all in all I'd say it's well worth the price.