Thanks to its infrared technology, the Char-Broil 463251713 is considered extremely versatile, with users noting that its wide temperature range produces excellent results no matter if you're searing at high heat or slow cooking with less heat. Keep in mind that at this price, you may sacrifice a bit in terms of durability, as reviewers report the model may be prone to rusting or other problems.
Versatile with excellent results. The Char-Broil 463251713 earns top scores for grilling at multiple temperatures and indirect cooking (where food is not directly on the flame) in one comparative test, and home grillers reinforce these ratings. For example, one user reports grilling hamburgers, steak, chops, baked potatoes and corn, and notes, "All have been done perfectly, juicy and not dried out or burned." Others report food that is tender, and many say it leaves great grill marks. We found virtually no complaints about cooking performance, although some users say the high-heat capability is challenging at first.
Beware the learning curve. Reviewers note that it can take time to become accustomed to using the Char-Broil. For example, many users report initial difficulty getting it to heat up above 300 degrees Fahrenheit -although reaching out to Char-Broil's customer service and some adjustments tend to resolve these problems.
Some users also note that the grill's thermometer reads the air temperature, which can be misleading to those expecting a grate-temperature reading. In addition, when the grill becomes extremely hot, some users report warping of components. Nevertheless, many users report getting accustomed to the grill's operation--and they say that cleanup is very easy.
Apply common sense. In his review, About.com's Derrick Riches notes that early models of the Char-Broil infrared line were subject to smoke and flare-ups; the line was updated in 2012, but at the time of his writing, it was too early to confirm whether the problems were fixed. Nevertheless, we found virtually no reports of flare-ups or excessive smoke in recent user reviews. Some owners say the grill gets hotter than others they've owned, but they advise using common sense and patience, and keeping the temperature from getting overly high.
Inexpensive, but at what cost? Many reviewers applaud the Char-Broil's low price, but some say you get what you pay for. In his review, Riches regards the grill's stainless steel as low-quality and says the cooking area is prone to rusting or failure. More than a few users agree that the model feels flimsy or easily dents. According to the Char-Broil website, using a nylon cleaning brush can reduce the likelihood of rust or discoloration. The company also suggests periodically cleaning out the infrared emitter. The manufacturer provides a one-year grate warranty and lifetime burner coverage.
ConsumerReports.org puts gas grills through rigorous testing, rating them on factors including convenience and cooking performance at various temperatures. The Char-Broil 463251713 is not specifically tested, but editors say it is alike enough to a tested model (the Char-Broil 463250511) that results apply to both.
Review: Gas Grills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2013
Nearly 400 users post reviews of the Char-Broil 463251713 to Home Depot's site, awarding it an average rating of 3.9 stars out of 5. Users say it's convenient and provides excellent results with a variety of foods, although many report problems getting it to heat up adequately, and some note damage upon arrival.
Review: Char-Broil Gourmet 3-Burner TRU-Infrared Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of July 2013
In his review of the Char-Broil 463251713, Derrick Riches applauds its high, efficient heating and low price for an infrared-style grill. On the "con" side, he comments that the unit's stainless steel is of low quality and the cooking chamber is prone to rusting and failure.
Review: Char-Broil Gourmet 3-Burner TRU-Infrared Model# 463251713, Derrick Riches, Not dated