The Cuisinart CGG-200 portable gas grill (*Est. $180) received high ratings from one of our most reliable review sources in 2011, but the same source ranked the CGG-200 near the bottom of the pack in 2012. Another expert reviewer has downgraded the CGG-200 by a few notches, but still ranks it near the top in its category, although he points out that this grill is designed more for use on the patio than the backwoods. The Cuisinart CGG-200 remains very popular with owners, although we found a number of complaints about its performance in windy conditions, along with a few comments about flare-ups and parts breaking or failing after a short time.
The Cuisinart CGG-200 has a porcelain-coated, cast-iron grate with a series of specialized grill surfaces suited to particular foods; a wok-like vegetable tray is included, while other surfaces must be bought separately. The CGG-200 weighs close to 40 pounds, which may make it difficult to carry for some. Its single burner is rated at 12,000 BTU, and the total cooking area is 240 square inches. Other features include a temperature gauge, drip tray, and stainless-steel hood and side tables. A foldable stand (*Est. $50) is available. The competitively priced Weber Q-100 (*Est. $150) gets more positive reviews than the Cuisinart CGG-200, and it comes with a longer warranty; for the ultimate in portability (but not looks or style), reviewers recommend the lightweight Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Grill (*Est. $60).
The Cuisinart CGG-200 is ranked alongside more than two dozen small or portable gas grills in ConsumerReports.org's latest round of testing. User reviews are available on Amazon.com, where nearly 130 people have written about it. The CGG-200 is also included in an About.com article briefly reviewing 10 portable grills.
ConsumerReports.org rates and ranks more than two dozen small or portable gas grills, including the Cuisinart CGG-200, in their most recent ratings chart. Grills are tested for several factors, including convenience and cooking performance.
Review: Gas Grills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Derrick Riches, About.com's barbecues and grilling guide, gives the Cuisinart CGG-200 portable gas grill a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He says it puts out a lot of heat for a portable grill, and the design of the burner distributes the heat well (although his model is hot in one corner). Overall, he describes this grill as "a large, powerful portable grill designed more for the small patio than the backwoods." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Cuisinart All Foods Gas Grill, Derrick Riches
This list of the top-10 portable grills includes both gas and charcoal grills, and the Cuisinart CGG-200 All Foods Grill has dropped a few notches from its previous top-three ranking. There's a very brief review of each grill on the list. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 10 Portable Grills, Derrick Riches
Nearly 130 customers review and rate the Cuisinart CGG-200 on Amazon.com; it receives an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5 possible. Although most reviewers are happy with this grill, we found a few complaints about parts breaking or failing in a short period of time, and consumers also had problems using the CGG-200 in windy conditions.
Review: Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods 12,000-BTU Tabletop Propane Gas Grill, Contributors to Amazon.com