Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill Review

Despite limited space, you can still enjoy fantastic backyard barbecue moments. With the best indoor outdoor electric grill like the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill, you only require the footprint space.

So what are the convincing benefits of this grill? Does it have the capacity to withstand years of grilling? The Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill review addresses such issues

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Features and Specifications

320 sq inches dual cooking space

In terms of cooking area, this grill matches George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill GGR50B. It provides you with a total of 240 sq inches cooking space served by the 1750 watts electric burner.

As the bonus feature, it enables you to prepare your main dish and the side dish concurrently; thanks to the 80 sq inches of food warming rack. That means with this grill, you have an extra-large grilling space of 320 sq inches.

With such a space, the primary cooking area alone accommodates more than 8 hamburgers.

Double storage space

Even though it doesn’t have the side table when compared to the Easy Street Electric Cart Grill with two folding, composite-wood side tables and wire shelf, it has the extra tool storage space at the base.

Besides, the Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill has the wire shelf to accommodate few plates or accessories.

Cool to touch lid handle

Lifting or closing the grill’s lid is easier. That is because it has the sturdy and weatherproof lid handle. Thus owing to its smooth to touch texture it feels friendly to the skin even when the grill is hot. Consequently, even when the grill is in operation you can have easy access to the food being cooked.

Easy to access heat gauge

Just like the Char-Broil 17602048 TRU Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill, this grilling machine too has the lid mounted heat gauge. The location of the heat gauge makes it simple to access at a glance.

Premium quality cooking grates

Covering the entire 240 sq inches cooking space are the premium quality grates. The porcelain-coated grates provide the rust proofing and nonstick quality to the grates. Therefore, following their sturdy design, the grates promise longer period of cooking.

The Good

Hang your grilling tools close by

Once you have started cooking, you need to fully concentrate on your cooking process. So keeping your barbecue tools close by will cut down on unnecessary trips

Thus in addition to the wire mesh, this indoor-outdoor electric grill provides a convenient space to hang your grilling tools at the front. In that position, your tools are within your view and reach too.

Stable stand

The overall structure of this grill provides the wide base and narrow top. Such a design gives the grill the much-needed stability due to its 45.15 lbs weight.

To further enhance on that stability this Char-Broil 17602048 grill employs two threaded wheels plus a curved metal bar for extra grip on the ground.

Easy-to-adjust temperature

A simple to adjust temperature knob with accurate marks makes cooking easier.  This Tru infrared electric grill employs the temperature control knob similar to the oven type design. Owing to the 0 to 1 temperature graduations making the precise adjustment is very simple.

Tru infrared heat cooking

Whereas most grills employ the hot air heating, this indoor-outdoor grill employs the Tru infrared cooking. With such an improved heating method heat spreads out evenly on the entire cooking area. Besides it also eliminates the flare-ups.

By using the natural radiant heat, the food is cooked without drying up, all the juices and flavor maintained.

Space-saving design

The entire structure of the Char-Broil 17602048 requires only a footprint space of your backyard.  But even though it stands on such a small space it can cook approximately 12 humbuggers.  Added to the fact that it has the extra storage space at the base and not sides, it posses great space-saving features.

Simple to use

Considering the position of the controls and the overall vertical height of this grill, you realize it offers the simplicity of use. Even the temperature control knob rotates easily. Simply plug it to the socket power outlet to begin your cooking

Attractive design

The overall appearance of the grill looks attractive. The blend of the red color and the shiny metallic frame looks appealing. Added to the minimal control knobs and buttons, you can say that it’s the grill with the professional look.

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The Bad

Heat loss

When you open up its grill to have a view of the food as it cooks, heat escapes out and thus leads to a significant drop in temperature. Unlike the George Foreman 12-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Rectangular Electric Grill which has heat reflectors in the lid, this grill has none.

So you have to minimize the frequency with which you open up the lid. This is the greatest drawback of this Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill.

Lacks inbuilt timer

Even though this char-broil has the lid mounted heat gauge, it lacks an inbuilt timer. Thus if you need a timer you’ll have to source one at an extra cost.

Who Is It For?

This char -Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill is ideal for someone who lives in a tight space but wishes to enjoy the backyard barbecuing. Although it takes up a small space it can cook a significant amount of food.


If you need the compact designed, modern electric grill, that takes up footprint space but cooks a large serving of food, then this Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill fits you. It even offers you extra storage space. And did I tell you that it has the minimized controls?

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