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Smart grills battle for BBQ supremacyWe make two smart grills battle to see which is best.
Two major barbecue makers have decided to come out with two smart grills, Weber and Char-Broil. We have them right here and we thought what better way to test them out that to have a cookout. Let's check it out. Right now I'm using the $800 Chari-Broil Smartchef TRU Infrared. This is a gas grill with three burners plus a side burner for sauces and other hot fishes. There are two ports attached temperature probes Inside is a warming rack and removable cast iron grates that are porcelain enameled. You also get pretty good build quality with a chaise made of steel and a sturdy metal handle. So the Char-Broil comes with an app that connects via Wi-Fi and that lets you see the food that you're cooking and the temperatures that your meat is actually at. And from there you can also see the temperature inside the grill. You can also see whether the burners are on or off. You can also set up multiple probes and see timers for food that you're cooking and get alerts for when your food is done. The CharBroil did a pretty good job cooking the food that we gave it it did very well with burgers. They came out nice and juicy. They didn't have a lot of char on them. With something that you prefer but it definitely had a lot of flavor and was very good. The one thing I don't like about the Char-Broil is it creates a lot of smoke and a lot of grease. Things tend to splatter outside of the hood, you gotta clean it up often And you just get a lot of mess that you have to deal with, and that's kind of a pain. And over here, we have the $850 Weber Genesis II. It has three propane gas burners, but no side burner. But it feels incredibly well-built. The parts are heavy, solid, almost industrial. There's more space inside, too, and the warming rack is adjustable. Unlike the charbroil. The Weber has smart functions too, it connects to its own Weber app. Keep in mind the Weber smart functions cost extra, you have to pay an additional $100 to get the iGrill 3 accessory. As far as cooking goes, the Weber is a bit of a racecar, it burns really hot If you want it. And it also goes really low if you need it. Though you have to play with it to get it just right. So as far as app control I definitely like the Weber better because it's more responsive. I get to see exactly what the temperature is. There's no lag, there's no delay. The charbroil has a little bit of a delay when When you open that app to see what temperature the grill is at. So all in all, after you factor in the cooking performance, smart capabilities, build quality, the better buy is the Char-Broil. But the Weber is definitely a premium product that certainly be happy with just spend a little more money.