Saber SSE 1670 Infrared Gas Grill Review

Saber SSE 1670 Infrared Gas Grill

$4000
8.7

Construction Quality

9.0/10

Temperature Control

8.5/10

Features

8.5/10

Versatility

9.0/10

Durability

8.5/10

Pros

  • Powerful Side Burner
  • Complete Infrared Cooking System
  • Quality Stainless Steel
  • Virtually Foolproof Cooking

Cons

  • Limited Temperature Ranges
  • Comparatively Expensive

Specifications

  • Four 8,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
  • 670 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking are of 895 square inches
  • 32,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
  • 18,000 BTU dual side burner
  • Stainless steel construction
  • Stainless steel cooking grates with infrared diffuser plates
  • Electric continuous-spark ignition
  • Includes full rotisserie kit
  • Sold as propane with available natural gas conversion kit
  • Made in the United States by Saber Grills

Full Review – Saber SSE 1670 Infrared Gas Grill

Saber is a sister company or Char-Broil and uses an infrared technology similar to that used by Char-Broil’s line of TRU-Infrared gas grills. The difference is in the quality of the construction. Where Char-Broil takes every cut it can to compete at the bottom end of the price range, Saber is dedicated to all 304 stainless steel construction. The Saber four-burner is large and expensive. At $4000USD it is competing with some big names in the industry and relying on a technology that offers a pretty straightforward grilling experience.

While touted as an all infrared gas grill, the Saber 1670 SSE can’t be compared with other high end infrared grills. It simply doesn’t produce those kinds of cooking temperatures. In fact, it is much more like a conventional gas grill in that respect. The reason for this is in the design. The Saber uses normal stainless steel tubular burners that each produce a maximum heat output of only 8,000 BTUs. Above these burners are a set of diffuser plates that reduce airflow to a minimum and convert the heat of the burners to infrared.

The little temperature dials on the front of the control panel sit under the cooking grates and are supposed to tell you how hot the cooking surface is. They do this because a normal hood mounted thermometer would show you a rather disappointing number. The individual gauges show a much higher, and frankly, inflated temperature. This isn’t to say that this grill doesn’t get hot enough to cook a good steak. It does. It gets about as hot as an average gas grill. It performs, but it doesn’t wow.

This all sounds rather disappointing, but the Saber is actually a good grill. It won’t flare-up and it cooks evenly and hot. It doesn’t stand out as anything spectacular, but it is a competent, well build gas grill that will last for years. It also comes standard with a full rotisserie kit and an excellent dual burner side burner, which is one of my favorites in this price range.