Char-Broil Professional 2200 S gas barbecue
Pros: swift build, small footprint, solid materials
Cons: few added extras, slow preheat, excessive smoking, not versatile, unadaptable heat
Burger count: approx 22
Overall rating: 2.5/5
Popular American brand Char-Broil offers a shiny statement mid-tier grill that feels impressive but can easily be compacted and moved for storage. It was simple enough to build, although we had to reattach the side shelves a few times thanks to the occasional confusing diagram.
Equally, unlike almost all the other models of gas barbecues we tested, you’re tasked with attaching your own hose and regulator, which seemed quite technical and potentially nerve-wracking for the average user.
Frustratingly, the regulator we were provided with didn’t fit the gas either and had to be changed (though this may have been a single product error). You also need your own screwdriver (they provided a small spanner) and to buy your own batteries for the ignition. We felt given the high price tag, these should have been included.
The grill and height size are spot on, plus it had the largest cooling rack in our tests (great when cooking for numbers). However, the setup and design of their trademark “Tru-infrared” cooking system is certainly a point of contention.
In simple terms this means that you’ve got a stainless steel plate directly beneath the cast-iron griddle. Although this reduces flare-up as advertised, any fat or residue from the food quickly burns onto the steel sheet, letting off excessive smoke, which affects the food as well as the cook behind the grill.
Despite the gas burners being the desired distance from the grill and food, most of the heat is retained by the steel sheet and griddle, which allows you to really char-grill effectively but restricts your ability to cook anything larger or more delicate than everyday barbecue staples like burgers, sausages and kebabs.
It retains its heat brilliantly and can be adapted to some degree, however once it gets hot (which thanks to design, also takes an infuriating 30 minutes) you can’t turn it down to low, without turning off the gas. Over time this griddle would also become incredibly messy and difficult to clean by hand.
With all that said, the final results when cooking burgers, sausages and vegetarian kebabs were good, so if you can handle – and perhaps desire – a little theatrical smoke, the Char-broil may suit your needs. Overall, its lack of versatility when it comes to cooking may not warrant its higher price tag.
Assembly 2.5/5 (1 hr 40 mins)
Ease of use 2/5
Cooking results 2.5/5
Value for money 3/5
Overall rating: 2.5/5
Materials: stainless steel and cast iron
Hose & regulator: included
Gas type: Clip-on propane
Dishwasher safe: no
Warranty: 10 years (limited – burners and plancha grill) and 2 years (other parts)
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