Elevate Portable Gas Grill$200.00
- Lightweight portable gas grill that can be carried with one hand
- Heavy cast iron cooking grates good for transferring heat
- Compact design
- Two independent cooking areas
- Base is largely plastic
- Higher priced portable
The Elevate Grill is the product of RKS Design and a unique reinvention of the portable grill. This is a pure grill, without like so it will only do direct grill, but for a portable that is fine. One of the elements that separates this grill from other portable gas units is the dual cooking areas. Of course this is part of the folding design that allows this unit to be reduced to the size of a small briefcase, but it actually works from a grilling standpoint. With heavy cast iron cooking grates and electronic ignition this is a very good little grill.
•Two 7,000 BTU stainless steel burners
•286 square inch total grilling area
•14,000 BTU maximum output
•24 pound total weight
•Enameled stamped steel construction
•Cast iron cooking grates
•Storage space for 1-pound propane bottle
•Electric (AAA-battery) ignition
•Folds closed for one handed carry
•Used standard 1-pound disposable propane bottles
•Made in China for Point Elevate
Full Review - Elevate Grill
Portable gas grills are either very small or difficult to carry. I consider being able to be carried in one hand to be a must for portable grills and the Elevate Grill does just that and is still very large. At 24 pounds this is light enough, though the heavy cast iron cooking grates, necessary for good heat transfer, do weigh this grill down a little.
One of the things that really makes this grill stand out is the dual cooking surface. Yes it is more a design issue than a practical cooking one, but the ability to cook a couple of burgers without heating the entire grill, or burning unnecessary fuel is a real plus.
It also allows for two zone cooking with one side turned up hot and the other on low. This feature makes the Elevate Grill one of the most versatile portables on the market.
A few of the other features include removable drip pans for easy cleaning and a storage compartment for a one-pound disposable propane tank. The cooking grates lock in place, but can be easily removed so it is possible to take them and the drip pans out for washing. This makes basic maintenance very easy and the grill can be easily kept clean. One issue to consider is, that since the cooking surfaces will fold up vertical to the grill for transport any grease or debris can leak out over the base of the grill. This actually makes the removable drip pans very important since you will want to empty these out before folding up the grill.
All in all, this is a well engineered portable gas grill. The construction is good, though I am not thrilled with the amount of plastic used in the base of the unit. Of course certain tradeoffs have to be made and I have knocked the unit around and it still works fine. For the person looking for a large portable gas grill, this is certainly one worth looking at.
Currently available on Kickstarter, this grill actually is in production. The crowdfunding campaign is for marketing and distribution purposes and not for manufacturing. This means that the grill is ready for delivery while the campaign is running. The real advantage to this is that ultimately the grill will cost around $250USD, but is available through the campaign for around $150USD with shipping, making it a good very good price.
Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.