I have now had enough time to rate my recent purchase of the Patio Bistro. My reasons were compact size, portability and convenience. First, its overall quality appears above average. Performance-wise, heating to desired temp takes about 10 to 15 minutes but it does have difficulty maintaining the temp on breezy days. It provides a nice char to meats and they remain juicy and tasty, veggies do not dry out and are flavorful, and I've even cooked a couple of pizzas with great results. Since part of the grill's appeal to me was to be its portability, its unfortunate it does not have handles on its sides to make it easy to carry. In spite of its compact size (it has some heft) it is very awkward to move as designed. Given its price-point (expensive), how it is marketed, and its lack of common sense handles (someone on the design staff was asleep at the switch with this omission), I could barely justify my 4-star overall rating.
This is an excellent grill to use anywhere, but especially if you are in a condo and there are restrictions for the use of gas grills. It grills evenly and the food turns out good every time.
I only used it twice when the screw in the top of the grill fell out. I am not rough with things so it was not my doing. I liked the taste of the food though. Just like a regular grill. I got it put together and up quite easily but putting it back was a little harder.
very good product. The only reason for the four star rating is that it was a little difficult for me to assemble. However, once it was finished, I was very happy with it. It's a good size for my small patio. The fact that it's electric makes it so easy to use and there is little difference in the taste of food compared to a gas or charcoal grill.
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