By: Max Good
Kenmore’s S3218ANB 5-Burner Gas Grill has 5 tube burners, an older ceramic infrared rotisserie back burner and another ceramic side sear burner. It comes with stainless steel cooking grates and heat tents. An in hood light is included, but the rotisserie is optional. These grills are big. The hood light and IR burners may seem sexy, but they are poorly made with cheap materials. Out of date ceramic burners are often thrown in on many cheap gas grills as a value added feature and they are useful as long as they continue to function. But Kenmores aren’t made to last and only carry a one year limited warranty. Of course Sears would love to interest you in an extended warranty.
The double door cart is painted steel, shelves and hood are stainless and the doors and control panel are your choice of black or red enameled metal. Kenmore is owned by retail giant Sears and headquartered at the Sears complex in Hoffman Estates, IL. Although Kenmore is a respected name for kitchen and home appliances, not so much in the BBQ world. Like Nexgrill and their various brands such as Jenn-Air, Kenmore benefits from the substantial foot traffic provided by a national presence on Sears’ showroom floors. The good news is Sears runs specials throughout the year on these cookers and they really should be offered at discounted rates because the MSRPs are overpriced. One can easily find better grills in the range of Kenmore sticker prices.
Kenmore offers two lines of gas grills: the colorful porcelain coated enamel Kenmore series and stainless steel Kenmore Elite. They are owned by retail giant Sears and headquartered at the Sears complex in Hoffman Estates, IL. Although Kenmore is a respected name for kitchen and home appliances, not so much in the BBQ world. The seven Kenmore and two Kenmore Elite models are attractive and feature rich, but poorly constructed. Like Nexgrill and their various brands such as Jenn-Air, Kenmore benefits from the substantial foot traffic provided by a national presence on Sears’ showroom floors. The good news is Sears runs specials throughout the year on these cookers and they really should be offered at discounted rates because the MSRPs are overpriced. One can easily find better grills in the range of Kenmore sticker prices, especially when it comes to the high end Elite models.
All Kenmore grills are made in China and many are contracted through Char-Broil. In fact some are even displayed at Char-Broils’ website. A few models look suspiciously close to Nexgrill cookers and may be from the same factory. Available, of course, at all Sears locations and at the Kenmore website.
Published On: 12/12/2012 Last Modified: 3/5/2021
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