When the Cuisinart All-Foods CGG-200 came onto the market, most of the talk amongst grill enthusiasts was the design. It’s very nice to look at, but it wasn’t until they lowered the price, and enough time had passed for the ‘crush faze’ to diminish, that reviewers started writing about its features; such as the fact that it’s a high-performance grill. This Cuisinart CGG-200 review, while mentioning design, will focus on what the Cuisinart All-Food offers buyers in terms of taste.
- Great Design
- Easy to see temperature gauge
- Big cooking surface
- Quick ignition
- Easy Assembly
- Porcelain coating for non-stick cooking
- In very colder weather it may take longer to heat up to cooking temperature
Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods 12,000-BTU Portable Outdoor Tabletop Propane Gas Grill Review (Official Site):
At 77 pounds it’s not the lightest portable grill currently on the market, but it’s certainly not the heaviest, and it is made of stainless steel and aluminum, so what buyers are getting is an expensive piece of equipment. It’s a two-person job to take the CGG-200 outdoors for cooking, but that won’t be a problem once buyers have seen the design. Measurements are a pleasing 16 inches of length, by 41 inches of width and height reaches 19 inches, and its a beautiful curved, grey, high-quality stainless steel, perfectly finished with the focal point being the huge Cuisinart lid. It’s what a grill should look like, but unfortunately, most don’t.
Once taken out of the box, the set-up is very easy, as the whole thing is practically already put together for you, with just a few screw-ins required. I’m always happy when a grill manufacturer has thought about assembly, long enough to make it less time-consuming.
After assembly, my son and I took the CGG-200 out into the garden for cooking. It has a Piezo ignition, which is a one-touch ignition system that is reliable and fast and this will soon be the type of ignition available on all grills. After starting to cook, I was immediately impressed by the CGG-200’s ability to reach a temperature of 500 Fahrenheit in 7 minutes. This is considered in the industry, to be the ideal temperature for cooking meat. It’s also very easy to check temperature because of the large temperature gauge located on the hood. I should point out that on very cold days, the CGG-200 will take longer to reach ideal cooking temperature, but not significantly longer.
So far so good; I moved onto the grates measuring their temperatures at various points using two-minute intervals throughout my cooking. Ideally, grates will reach a high temperature quickly and hold that heat inside for evenly cooked food. The grates are made of Cast Iron, of just the right thickness, and performed well so wherever buyers place their food on the grill, it will cook as they require it.
The handles do not get hot and there was adequate space for the preparing and cooking of food on the 240 square inch cooking surface. I was able to make dinner for 5 people without running out of room. After cooking, the cleaning was easy due to the non-stick surface and one other valid point about the surface is that the entire grill is stainless steel, so will never rust.
Priced between $150 and $200, the Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods 12,000-BTU Portable Outdoor Tabletop Propane Gas Grill is very affordable, cooks great food, and is an amazing grill to look at. It is one of the best gas grills we’ve reviewed this year. Optimum heat is reached quickly and evenly so food will always be served with a moist and flavor-filled taste. Well worth the investment.