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Coleman RoadTrip LXE

Est. $150
Reviewed
April 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Coleman RoadTrip LXE 9949-750

Best portable gas grill

Pros
  • Versatile
  • Easy to set up and fold
  • Sturdy
Cons
  • Top-locking mechanism can be tricky
  • May be hot spots; uneven cooking
  • Some say it's hard to clean

Bottom line

Campers and RV enthusiasts take note: The Coleman RoadTrip LXE is designed with you in mind. Many owners say it's extremely versatile, especially if you buy the griddle and stove-grate add-ons, it will cook your morning pancakes and coffee as well as a hearty steak dinner. Still, some complain that it fires up too hot, so you may not be able to cook with the lid down, and a few say it's hard to clean.

Performance

Very versatile. Reviewers say the Coleman RoadTrip LXE is perfect for most outdoor cooking and is a great choice for picnickers, tailgaters or campers -- especially if you buy the griddle and stove-grate add-ons. Many owners say they use it as their primary grill if they have a small deck or patio. It gets kudos for cooking many foods well and for its versatility. Many owners say they use it for pancakes, hash browns, scrambled eggs and coffee in the morning, and later enjoy steaks or other meats for dinner.

Ease of use

Easy to transport. One of the features reviewers like best about this portable Coleman RoadTrip LXE grill is how easily and compactly it is to set up and take down, and how easy it is to transport on its small wheels. The pullout shelves and built-in hooks for utensils also earn praise. A few say the top-locking mechanism can be tricky to operate and some say it unlatches too easily and the grates can spill out when you move the grill. Many say the grill is difficult to clean, but others say it's easy if you're conscientious about cleaning after each use. Several recommend lining the base of the grill with foil to make cleaning easier.

Safety

Good reviews for safety. We found very few complaints about safety with the Coleman RoadTrip LXE gas grill. There are a few who say the heat level is excessively high, with one calling the three heat settings "high, extra high, and nuclear," but more reviewers say it's fine -- at least one says the heat is too low. Some report that cooking with the lid down resulted in a melted handle or warped lid. A handful complain that grease fires have occurred, but other reviewers imply that may be tied to not being conscientious about cleaning or overloading the grill. The owners manual lists several safety instructions, which include opening the lid when lighting; regularly checking for gas leaks and blockages in the burner tubes; and making sure the grease pan is empty at startup.

Cost of ownership

No complaints about price. For its size and convenience users agree that the Coleman RoadTrip LXE's $150 price tag is a good value, especially considering that it can be used as both a primary and a portable grill. Most users say the LXE is strong and durable, and they compliment its heavy-duty construction. A few others report rusting. Maintenance includes cleaning the grates and drip tray after every use. Coleman also recommends not leaving the grill outside in inclement weather. The LXE carries a three-year warranty.

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Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

More than 850 owners comment on the Coleman RoadTrip LXE on Amazon.com, giving it an average rating of 4.4 stars out of 5. Most agree that it's convenient and perfect for camping or tailgating -- or even for use on a small deck or patio. There are very few complaints.

Review: Coleman RoadTrip LXE Portable Grill, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2014

2. Walmart.com

The Coleman RoadTrip LXE garners about 85 reviews on Walmart.com, earning an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars. Most praise its ease of use and say it folds up nicely, although one says the top does not lock effectively and the grill is difficult to clean.

Review: Coleman RoadTrip LXE Propane Grill, Red, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2014

3. CampingWorld.com

In about 80 reviews the Coleman RoadTrip LXE earns an average rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners say it's easy to transport and use and they like it for on-the-road and backyard barbeques. There are a few complaints of it cooking hot.

Review: Coleman RoadTrip LXE Grill, Contributors to CampingWorld.com, As of April 2014

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