Outdoor Gas Grills, KitchenAid vs. Lynx

chipshotJuly 15, 2008

I saw a KitchenAid outdoor gas grill that impressed me and after a little digging discovered that it was manufactured by Lynx (which I have read about a bit but not yet seen). I'm looking for opinions about the KichenAid grills and how they compare to similar size Lynx models.

Differences I have noted between the two (besides price - Lynx is a lot more expensive) include cast brass burners on the Lynx (which poster Guadalupe said rust from the inside out) vs. stamped burners on the KitchenAid, fixed ceramic briquettes on the Lynx vs. steel baffles on the KitchenAid, and hood assist on the Lynx vs. none on the KitchenAid.

Our will be a natural gas installation, so we will be reliant on the installer to perform the conversion (I don't believe either brand offers specific natural gas models). Having read the threads found by a search for Lynx, I learned that Alfresco, DCS, and Firemagic grills also have fans here so I will also investigate them.

To think, I was just going to go with another Weber (although my wife was planning to purchase a Viking as a surprise). How was I to know how much was available? And I naively thought I was out of the woods after selecting our kitchen and laundry room appliances.

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djh64

You should also try looking at Alfresco as the same person who started Lynx has developed teh Alfreco line. Alfresco uses a similer ceramic brickette on a ss tray heat and flavor distribution. I think ceramic is far superior to the metal flaver bars as SS is a very poor conductor of heat where as ceramic is very good conductor of heat. So you will get a more effective heat and flavor dispersment.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 1:42PM
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bluekitobsessed

I'm interested in the answer, as I really liked a KA on display at the local appliance store. It had very large shelves on either side, which I like for setting things on while cooking. Sorry I can't help.

    Bookmark   July 15, 2008 at 10:44PM
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chipshot

I take cars for test drives before making a purchase decision and wish I could do the same with these grilles. I'll even supply the food. Then I could judge whether ceramic briquettes are worth the roughly $1,000 additional.

    Bookmark   July 16, 2008 at 8:39AM
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chipshot

Today's mail brought the Frontgate catalog, which featured their professional grill. It looks capable and seems nicely priced at $2,299. I wish I could see one locally, as there's no way I'd make such a major purchase sight unseen.

Is anyone here familiar with this grill? Does anyone know who makes it? I wouldn't be surprised to learn that it's another product of the Lynx factory.

Unmatched Construction:
 Non-corrosive 304 stainless steel will endure for seasons
 Painted 38" ceramic brick firebox
 Distinctive granite work surface is highly scratch-resistant
 Double-walled hood construction guards against heat discoloration
 Heavy-duty locking casters provide safe and secure mobility
 10-year warranty on primary burners

Peerless Performance:
 107,000 total BTUs
 Four 13,000 BTU cast stainless steel primary burners
 Two 12,000 BTU side burners
 18,000 BTU infrared searing burner
 13,000 BTU infrared rear burner with included rotisserie kit

Premium Features:
 Push-and-turn electronic igniters for effortless grill lighting
 Convection-style cooking vents for enhanced heat distribution
 Stainless steel warming shelf removes for easy cleaning
 Spacious utility drawers store your cooking utensils
 Full-width stainless steel drip pan for easy grease management
 Commercial-quality stainless steel grill grates
 Under-hood interior lights keep you cooking after dark
 Included all-weather vinyl cover guards grill from the elements

Here is a link that might be useful: Frontgate Professional Grill

    Bookmark   July 22, 2008 at 9:41PM
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eking

Does anyone know of a less expensive grill for an outdoor kitchen? After the landscape work we just can't spend that much on a grill. Any ideas for a built in grill under $1000.00?

    Bookmark   July 27, 2008 at 1:23AM
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timwalker69

I have a Lynx 36" with PRosear. All I can say about the grill is WOW. Seared a ribeye on both sides for 3 mins ea side and it was perfectly cooked, about an 1/8" sear and erfect med rare inside.

Now for the bad. I bought from Direct Buy and had GC install. The grill lights stay on all the time and the lighters are not working property. Customer service is a joke. I think they have one person, so you are on hold forever. Then he had no idea about the problem. Said he would have a service man call. That was a week ago and guess what, nothing. Had previously left voice mail and emails and nothing. So CS SUCKS big time,

    Bookmark   September 10, 2008 at 2:48PM
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brendamc

We were sold on Lynx, but now are being pushed towards Twin Eagles. For a 42", about $500 less, & I like the hexagonal grill pieces & the both direct & radiant grilling. I've heard some scary things about Lynx Customer Service. But, we don't see Twin Eagles anywhere in upscale homes. Thoughts?

    Bookmark   September 11, 2008 at 12:52AM
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weedmeister

I've looked at the Lynx and Twin Eagle at BBQ's Galore. they are SOLIDLY BUILT (welded stainless, no screws to rust). I think TE is kinda new and (supposedly) designed by folks who left Lynx.

I think the Viking is overpriced for what it is.

And you won't find a high quality grill like these for less than $1000. The high price is due to the price of superior stainless. The cheaper stuff will rust or corrode over time.

Check the link. They have many different vendors at different price points. Also, if you look around, they have videos of many of the grills that show how they are put together and how they work. A good site for research.

Here is a link that might be useful: grill site

    Bookmark   September 12, 2008 at 10:57PM
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gardenprincess_77

Lynx was founded by 3 salesmen and 1 design engineer. Two salesmen left and founded Alfresco. The design engineer, Dante, left Lynx and founded Twin Eagles. TE has been around since 2000 and designed and manufactured grills in the past for Ducane Meridian, CalSpas Calflame, Jenn-Air, Jade, and Maytag before those brands went to China. They still design and manufacturer for two other major brands. Based on my research, Dante is the ASGE (American Society of Gas Engineers) National President and is known as "the godfather" of the bbq industry. So I would trust Twin Eagles and their warranty and craftsmanship over Lynx or any other grill manufacturer esp those made overseas.

Here is a link that might be useful: Article on Dante and Twin Eagles

    Bookmark   October 30, 2008 at 7:58PM
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weedmeister

I also read somewhere that KitchenAid used to use Lynx but now they use a different manufacturer (chinese).

    Bookmark   November 7, 2008 at 10:42PM
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chipshot

I purchased the KitchenAid grill in July and have enjoyed using it. I'll have to look to see what its ''made in'' label says as far as manufacturing location (of course even if it says made in the good old USA it could be chock-full of Chinese parts; it's almost impossible to check all the details anymore).

    Bookmark   November 12, 2008 at 12:18PM
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andnes68

To All:

Djh64 stated "SS is a very poor conductor of heat whereas ceramic is very good conductor of heat." I have my own correction to submit.
Stainless Steel, like most metals conduct heat very well and ceramic materials generally do not. This is why ceramics are used as insulators not conductors. So, take djh64âÂÂs statement, reverse it and youâÂÂve got yourself a great endorsement for ceramic materials in grills.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2014 at 12:32PM
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