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Kalorik Barbecue Grill with Radio and iPod Connection

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Kalorik Barbecue Grill with Radio and iPod Connection
The Kalorik Barbecue Grill is versatile and stylish. Its large cooking surface is ideal for grilling a variety of items. It features a built-in 10W speaker with AM/FM radio. You can also plug in any iPod, iPhone, or other MP3 devices. Its nonstick coating helps in easy cleanup. Center channel drains away fat into a large grease tray. This electronic grill is a perfect utility device.
  • Grill
  • Built-in 10W speaker with AM/FM radio
  • Nonstick surface
  • AC powered
  • Care instructions: wipe clean with a damp cloth
  • Measures 20"W x 29-1/4"H x 20"D
  • Weight: 20.8 lbs
  • Made in China
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1 Year Warranty

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Kalorik Barbecue Grill with Radio and iPod Connection Black/White
 
4.0

(based on 1 review)

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4.0

Pretty sweet at this price

By Chris

from Shreveport, LA

About Me Grilling Enthusiast

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Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Clean
  • Easy To Use
  • Portable

Cons

  • A Little Low On Stand
  • Two Cords

Best Uses

  • For Self/Couple
  • Portable Use

Comments about Kalorik Barbecue Grill with Radio and iPod Connection Black/White:

Just got this grill in yesterday, cooked my first meal on it tonight. I bought it because of its price, and the thought that I could grill indoors or just for myself without dragging out my big Red grill or building a fire in a charcoal pit. It may sound like sacrilege, but sometimes a quick burger, chicken, or steak dinner (especially for one) isn't worth all the work, and some people (thankfully not me) can't have gas or charcoal where they live. I'd move. But this was a good excuse to add electric grilling to my arsenal.

Assembly is easy and quick. Build quality is about average, nothing spectacular with lots of plastic. At list price I would be let down, though. One of the metal pieces that goes around the base to reinforce the bottom had a chip in the paint and some rust showing around a screw hole, but it wasn't anything major.

A common complaint with electric grills is lack of heat. This one does OK. It heats to a surface temperature of about 450° with the lid open in 10 minutes (I temped it with my infrared gun during the initial warmup after assembly) and the heat is relatively even. Temps will rise with the lid closed. You can get OK grill marks on meats, especially if you wipe the grill surface with a little oil first.

Peppers and onions grilled up decently, not as quickly as with a flame, but given enough time a decent char and texture came out. Chicken grilled up quickly and evenly. I turned the grill down to 4 for the chicken but ended up turning it back up to 5 (maximum) to get decent char marks. It cooked just fine on 4, the chicken just wasn't quite pretty enough.

Grilling logistics are probably about what you'd expect from a smallish electric grill. The grill surface is about 15" in diameter (estimated, not measured) so you could fit a reasonable amount of food for a couple of people on it. You could cook burgers or dogs for quite a few people, but if you're grilling meats and sides together then you're only going to cook for 2 or 3 adults at a time. Of course, you can't have different levels of heat on different parts of the grill so you may not do both at the same time.

At the height the grill sits on the stand, the half-hinged lid design is almost an inconvenience. At 5'10" I felt like I had to stoop down to turn or retrieve food at the back of the grill. But there are no worries with where to set a hot lid since you don't take it all the way off. An electric grill requires more lid-closed cooking than a traditional grill to maintain heat, so the lid will be closed most of the time.

The construction is basically an electric grill plate (think electric skillet or griddle but with raised bars and a channel with holes that lead to a drip pan) that is required to be installed in the shell to operate. You can then use that assembly on the countertop or place it, secured with a clip, on the stand. The power cord is on short side (UL requirement, not the mfr's fault) and terminates at a standard knob controller with settings labeled 1 through 5. Cleanup is easy, just let cool and either wipe down or remove the grill and take it to the sink. After cooling, the mess from my chicken wiped off easily with just a paper towel and a little care to wipe thoroughly in between the grill "bars".

The musical base is a little gimmicky but of ok quality. It has its own power cord, so it requires another power outlet. The radio is FM only, not AM/FM as stated, so I won't be able to catch AM ballgames on it, which would have been nice. The radio has a neat, easy to read multicolor OLED display and weather resistant buttons behind rubber faces. The MP3 jack (a 1/8" jack with an included short cable) also had a weatherproof cover, but that broke the first time I touched it. The radio only has 5 volume settings, which go from loud in a room by yourself to loud across the whole backyard. To me with the radio only the lowest volume setting is usable indoors unless you really want to rock out. Your mp3 player will give you better control over the volume. Sound quality is clear and pleasing. I bought a grill, the radio is just a bonus.

Bottom line, if you have a small patio, want to grill indoors, or live somewhere that traditional grills are not allowed, this grill is useful and does a good job. While Meijer is selling them for this ridiculously low price, you should snap one up without thinking about it. At the price point everyone else sells them for, I think you could do a lot better (there is a grill named after an ex-boxer whose 200 square inch grill surface looks identical to this one for less than $100, for example) and you probably already have a radio or speakers for your iPod, or you could buy them separately and still come out ahead. But for the same money as a smaller contact grill, this thing is an absolute steal and you get a more traditional grilling experience.

The grill surface could stand to get a little hotter for better searing. If the radio and grill could be powered from a single cord it would be handier. But you're not going to touch this as a countertop or compact patio grill for anywhere near this, and the music just makes a nice addition.

Overall, I give this four stars because it does have some shortcomings. I might dock a star or two for value had it been more expensive-it's absolutely not a $200+ appliance IMO. But at current pricing it really should get 10 stars, as an incredible value despite its imperfections. I did not receive this item as a gift for my review, but it feels like I did. Thanks, Meijer, for a great deal.

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