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Char-Broil 12601578 Patio Bistro Tru-Infrared Electric Grill

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  • 320 square inches of infrared grilling area that sears in flavor and keeps food moist and juicy
  • Precision dial electric control
  • Porcelain-coated premium cooking grates
  • Compact and stylish design
  • 1750 watts of grilling power
  • 1750 watts of grilling power; 240 square inch primary cooking area plus 80 square inch raised secondary area
  • Compact electric grill in red, ideal for balconies and small patios of apartments and condos
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Material Steel Steel, Wood and Plastic Stainless Steel steel
Color Red Satin Black white Green
Length 24.4 inches 28.88 inches 25.6 inches 17.19 inches
Height 38.2 inches 18.38 inches 39.6 inches 17.5 inches
Width 25.2 inches 20.63 inches 42.6 inches 6.56 inches
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Size: One Size | Color: Red
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  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 25.2 x 38.2 inches ; 45.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 46 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • Origin: China
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  • ASIN: B002DM1Z5C
  • Item model number: 12601578
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (574 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)

Product Description

Size: One Size | Color: Red

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patio bistro red cook
320-square-inch total cooking surface (red model shown; view larger).

Enjoy big grill features with the compact Char-Broil Patio Bistro electric grill -- perfect for apartments, condos, balconies, and smaller patios. It features Char-Broil's award-winning infrared cooking system channels heat evenly to the cooking grate, eliminating hot and cold spots. A precision dial gives you complete command over the 1750-watt electric burner for your cookout favorites.

patio bistro red main
Plugs into any 120-volt outlet (view larger).

The Patio Bistro has a 240 square inch porcelain-coated primary cooking surface and an 80 square inch raised secondary cooking surface. Its 320 square inches of total grilling surface, large enough to accommodate 8 to 12 hamburgers. It features a temperature gauge on top of the hood for at-a-glance monitoring of the grill's temperature, a cool-touch handle, easy-to-clean porcelain-coated grill body, and a storage grate to keep your tools close at hand. When the grilling's done, simply wheel it away for easy storage. The Patio Bistro plugs into any 120-volt outlet. It measures 24.4 x 25.2 x 38.2 inches (WxDxH) and weighs 54 pounds.

How TRU-Infrared Works

All Char-Broil TRU-Infrared grills generate a minimum of 65 percent infrared heat, which is evenly spread across the entire cooking surface to cook food -- without drying -- at temperatures that range from simmer to sear.

Unlike traditional gas grills that use convective heat (hot air) to cook food, Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared grills limit the hot air flow and use natural, radiant heat to cook food directly without drying. While convective heat destroys food's moisture barrier, infrared heat penetrates it without drying and locks in natural juices and flavors. Char-Broil's TRU-Infrared cooking system virtually eliminates flare-ups while producing very even heat (no hot or cold spots).

What's in the Box

Char-Broil Patio Bistro electric grill in red; operating guide and assembly instructions

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Ideal for balconies and smaller patios (view larger).

Product Description

The Char-Broil Patio Bistros represent the next evolution in patio cooking. The Patio Caddies, which were staples for Char-Broil over the past decade, have been updated in design as well as cooking performance. The new Patio Bistros, are available in both electric and gas (this one is electric). The compact size, quality design, and solid construction, combined with Char-Broil's continued expansion of their award winning Infrared technology, yields a sleek grill and easy to use performance based grill. The Electric Patio Bistro looks like a gas grill and features precision dial electric control, a porcelain coated premium cooking grate, and 1750 watts of grilling power. As far as space the 320 square inches of grilling surface can accommodate between 8 and 12 hamburgers.


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Customer Reviews

Easy to use, cooks food evenly, heats up quickly.
Joseph B. Hale
We are sadly disappointed in this product and will most likely not buy anything from Char-Broil again.
Birdland23
I put it together in about 30 minutes with a ratchet and screwdriver - assembly quick and easy.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

513 of 537 people found the following review helpful By Adam in Jersey on July 4, 2010
Color Name: RedSize Name: One Size
i'll start this review by saying I have sold grills for years and am a huge fan of the big guns such as Weber. Sadly do to living in a condo i can only have electric grills. In the past Char-Broil has made some sub-par items. Not this time. This is THE best electric grill option for under five hundred bucks. the people bashing it have obviously never grilled or assembled somthing as much as legos.

1- ITS EASY TO PUT TOGETHER- All these people on here complain as to how hard it is to put together. WHY? It took me a bit over an hour and a half working slowly and I didnt even curse once. Thats a miracles in and of it self. Simple tools, easy instructions, and not a ton of steps. There is a bit of lining up holes at one point but thats it. If you even have the slightest ability to put things together you'll be fine. Putting together Ikea furniture is WAY harder than this.

2- IT HEATS UP BLAZING HOT- Another complaint was that it didnt heat above 150 degrees. Mine will get to 600 degrees if left for a bit, within 20 minutes probably. It says in the manual don't keep lifting the hood it lets the heat out. This is true. If you keep it closed you should have not a single problem.AND I even use an extension chord which it suggests against and it still heats fine. Cooked a full london broil in under 12 minutes.

3- ITS ELECTRIC NOT CHARCOAL- Keep in mind its an electric grill. Its not gonna taste like a charcoal or gas grill. Wood chips help but its still not the same. But it is your best option by far if you dont have another option.

This grill is awesome for what it is. Ignore the bad press seriously. Char Broil has done right by this one. If your in an apartment or condo and dont want to drop $500 dollars on stainless steel electric monsters this is your grill. Happy Grilling
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196 of 202 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Orr on May 30, 2010
Color Name: RedSize Name: One Size
The Bottom Line: 3 Stars and Rising.

The Patio Bistro does its intended purpose. I like this grill the more I use it. It gets, hot, is easy to clean, and has a nice large cooking area. With time my rating may improve as the painfull memory of assebly fades into the past. This would be a nice choice for use where charcoal and propane grills are not allowed.

As of this writing I have owned the Patio Bistro Grill for a little over 1 month. I own and have used various charcoal and gas grills, smokers, and barbeques over the past 30 years. I consider myself as very experienced in outdoor grilling.

This remainder of this review will be in two parts.

First the Good! The Patio Bistro Grill Does Cook Food quite Nicely: 4 Stars

Once assembled the Patio Bistro is quite a nice little grill. It has a nice large grilling surface, and heats quite adequately for grilling and roasting. Once the lid is closed, the temperatures easily rise to over 400F.
I never let it get much higher than that, though I expect it would get above 500F if left on its own.

Heating time is quite reasonable. When compared with a charcoal grill it is very quick (if you include the time it takes to light the charcoal).

I have roasted chickens, grilled hamburgers and steaks, and, using a non-stick pizza pan as a griddle have cooked bacon, eggs, and toast quite easily.

The grill surface is fairly generous in size for an electric grill; useable for cooking a dozen burgers at a single time. It even comes with a removable warming rack located at the rear of the grill.
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187 of 199 people found the following review helpful By M. Mash on July 16, 2010
Color Name: RedSize Name: One Size
As a condo dweller, I've been a fan of the earlier model Patio Caddie for years. Reliability, fast/high heat generation, and never running out of fuel have been huge advantages. I've known about infrared grills for years, but knew they cost up over a grand. 'Saw this new Infrared Bistro model and had to have it! I gave my beloved Caddie to my son (who loves it!) and got this new model.

Putting the grill together was logical and straight forward. It did not go together instantly, but what's the big deal? I took it step-by-step and it came together just fine. When completed, the Bistro looks good; much more substantial and better styled than the ol' Caddie. Plus, the grill size is substantially larger.

'Plugged it in, turned up the power, and WOW! This sucker was up over 550 degress in about ten minutes. As I'd done before, put a small handfull of hickory chips into a foil pouch, poked a few holes in it, and tossed it on the grill and closed the lid. In a few more minutes the awesome aroma of hickory smoke wafted through the patio. Our first test was marinated sirloin skewers. As the meat hit the grill the intense sizzle was terrific. These cooked fast and clean, with that terrific hickory smoke essence.

I've now been using this grill almost daily for a couple of weeks with chicken, beef, pork, veggies, and shrimp and I love it! Guests are amazed.
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76 of 82 people found the following review helpful By G. Robert on May 12, 2011
Color Name: RedSize Name: One Size Verified Purchase
It's not gas. Once you understand that this is a sweet grill with plenty of cooking area. I have had this for three weeks--done dogs, burgers and a pork loin. Everything cooked to perfection.

Construction: Great assembly manual. It said "about an hour" and that's what it was. After opening the package I spent 10 minutes familiarizing myself with the parts and procedures. After that actual assembly was 45 minutes. I'm no mechanical genius, but I can follow directions.

Production: If you need instantaneous response a la gas, this grill is not for you. If you can accept a slower heat up (15-20 MIN.) this will suit you just fine. I have found that the best way to work with it is to preheat the grill about 25-50 degrees above your desired cooking temperature. After you place your food on the grill and close the lid it will be just about where you want it. There is no doubt that the grill takes longer to recover lost heat from opening the lid than a gas grill would, particularly after you put your food on, which is why you want to preheat it higher than you need. However, I have not found that to be a problem. It's all about the learning curve---and it's just not that steep.

I am quite happy to have freed myself from the gas grill and would buy this again in a heartbeat.

UPDATE: After going through a winter season with this grill I'm going to have to give it up. Here in coastal NC we grill year round (avg. Jan. high, 52), but this grill just wasn't up to the challenge when the temp dipped at all. Way too long to heat up and absolutely impossible to get back to temp after opening the lid to turn the meat. My original review still stands if all you do is grill "in season".

FYI: My new solution is a Weber Q120. Small, portable and no big propane tank.
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