The Fiesta Blue Ember F50069 series grill (offered at Lowes.com as the FGF50069-U403) is a "beautiful example of getting more for less," says ConsumerGuide.com, adding that the unit "provides a lot of grill for the money." In terms of features, the Fiesta Blue Ember is loaded. The Blue Ember grill has 3 stainless-steel burners, 45,000-Btu power output and large 500-square-inch primary cooking area. In addition, the Blue Ember grill has a side burner, a smoker box, LED lights inside the hood and a bottle opener. The Blue Ember grill also has porcelain-coated, cast-iron grates and a warming rack. For an extra fee, you can add a rotisserie. Models equipped as such need to be plugged into a power outlet, but About.com's Derrick Riches points out that this option adds extra power outlets to the grill itself to plug in a radio or other electric devices. He calls the Blue Ember "the ultimate gadget grill." The Blue Ember lacks a tool rack, and the work surface is made of plastic.
In tests, the Blue Ember grill receives excellent ratings for evenness of cooking, convenience and features, and it also performs well at low temperatures. User reviews for Blue Ember grill are sparse. A few owners say set-up is easy, but one says the gas gauge is inconsistent. The Fiesta Blue Ember has a five-year warranty for burners, and one year for the cart and parts -- considerably less than Weber's coverage, which includes 10 years on the stainless-steel burner tubes alone.
We found the best reviews of the Fiesta Blue Ember at ConsumerReports.org, where performance is evaluated alongside 40 other models in a wide variety of sizes and price ranges, and About.com, where grilling guide Derrick Riches delves into some of the more interesting features. ConsumerGuide.com has a less rigorous review, and several owners weigh in at Lowes.com, although there are not enough postings to arrive at a consensus.
ConsumerReports.org reviews the most gas grills each year. This year's test evaluates 40 grills, comparing construction, features, cooking performance and ease of use. The Fiesta Blue Ember grill is included in the comparison chart.
Review: Gas Grills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2009
About.com grilling guide Derrick Riches notes that the Blue Ember FGF50069-U403 is loaded with features and generally well-made. You need to plug it into a power outlet to operate features such as the LED grill light and rotisserie, but there are additional outlets on the grill itself that you can use to plug in powered cooking tools or, say, a radio. He notes that this model can be prone to rust, but summarizes that it is the "ultimate gadget grill." The lone user comment at this writing provides detailed feedback from an owner who purchased the Blue Ember in April. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Blue Ember Gas Grill Model #FGF50069-U403, Derrick Riches
The Blue Ember FG50069-U403 is a "beautiful example of getting more for less," says ConsumerGuide.com, adding that the unit "provides a lot of grill for the money." The grill's value-packed features and performance earn it a Budget Buy designation. Details of testing, if any, are unclear.
Review: Blue Ember Outdoor Gas Barbeque Grill FG50069, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, May 28, 2008
Only a few owners have posted reviews for the Blue Ember FGF50069-U403 gas grill. However, all praise the Blue Ember, even though a few mention problems with inconsistent gas gauges, poor construction and tedious cleanup.
Review: Blue Ember Gas Grill, Contributors to Lowes.com