In a comparison test, the inexpensive Brinkmann gas grill isn't quite as good at grilling as more expensive Weber grills, nor is it as convenient to use. Durability is also a question mark. Still, the four-burner Brinkmann 810-8410-S is recommended in its price class, and owner reviews are favorable. This grill is sold at HomeDepot.com, but a similar Brinkmann grill is available at Walmart.com.
The Brinkmann 810-8410-S gas grill offers plenty of features. It rivals more expensive grills with four stainless-steel burners; porcelain-coated, cast-iron cooking grates; 502 square inches of primary cooking space; a 48,000-Btu output and electronic ignition. The warming rack is handy for heating buns, while a convenient side burner lets you prepare sauces and side dishes. The Brinkmann grill also has a bottle opener, a beverage holder and a utensil rack. Considering how extensive this feature list is for a budget-priced grill, it's somewhat surprising to see that there's no thermometer.
Brinkmann's relative quality is reflected in its limited warranty. User reviews for the Brinkmann 810-8410-S are generally very positive. However, we did read some complaints about poor construction, spotty durability, rust, gas regulation and faulty ignition.
We found only one professional evaluation of the Brinkmann 810-8410-S at ConsumerReports.org, which subjects grills to rigorous, unbiased testing. User comments at HomeDepot.com and Walmart.com address overall performance and potential problems with long-term use.
ConsumerReports.org puts 40 gas grills through rigorous testing, rating the grills for even heating, ease of use and more. Editors include the Brinkmann 810-8410-S in this year's round of testing.
Review: Gas Grills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, June 2009
Nearly 40 owners post comments about the Brinkmann 810-8410-S gas grill at HomeDepot.com. The majority of reviews are positive, but a few users complain about shipping damage and low-quality construction.
Review: Brinkmann Stainless Steel 4 Burner Grill Reviews, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of May 2009
About a dozen owners review the Brinkmann 810-9415-W, which is nearly identical to the Brinkmann 810-8410-S gas grill. Most say it's a great value for the money, and easy to assemble and keep clean. However, other owners complain about problems with the gas regulator and igniter, as well as flimsy construction, short lifespan and damaged parts.
Review: Brinkmann 4-Burner Gas Grill, Stainless Steel, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of May 2009