The Coleman RoadTrip LXE starts easily, heats up fast and hot, has a large 285 square inch grilling surface, two independent burners, and a thermometer. The LXE is predictable and flexible. It starts every time, has clear high, medium, and low settings and is just as comfortable on an apartment or condo patio as it is in the trunk on the way to a tailgate party, lakeside grill or campsite. It's not as easy to transport as the Cuisinart Petit Gourmet or the Top Pick Primus Kuchoma, but it is more sturdy and durable, has a larger cooking area, and a much higher BTU output. As compared to the Editors' Choice-winning Napoleon TravelQ, the Coleman is less expensive but is heavier, bulkier, and less sophisticated regarding cooking performance.
Coleman RoadTrip LXE Review
Cons: Heavy, difficult to clean, rattly
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Coleman RoadTrip LXE
|Price||$229.95 at Amazon||$249.99 at Amazon||$209.00 at Amazon||$150 List|
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|Pros||Dependable, two burners, thermometer, large grilling area, high BTU output||Excellent cooking performance, smaller and lighter than most||Super non-stick grill surface, easy to clean, snazzy side tables, excellent temperature control, wind resistant, always starts first try||U-shaped burner puts out a ton of heat, evenly||Great value, secure lid, good size and heat output, stainless throughout|
|Cons||Heavy, difficult to clean, rattly||Moody wind performance||Heavy, no lid latch, disposable aluminum grease trap inserts fly away in the wind, can be challenging to attach disposable propane canister at first||Rattly construction, large packed format||Burner easily disengaged, imprecise burner control|
|Bottom Line||A good, sturdy and reliable grill with tons of cooking space; it'll roll easily to your picnic or tailgate area.||Napoleon makes “no holds barred” grills for your backyard and for professional applications. Their travel version brings high end performance to a quite portable format.||Great grill with good temperature control and awesome porcelain-enamel coated cast iron cooking grates that clean up in a snap.||A price-point grill with some of the amenities of top-of-the-line models.||This is the best value in a portable grill we've seen.|
|Rating Categories||Coleman RoadTrip LXE||Napoleon TravelQ 285||Weber Q 1200||Camp Chef Portable BBQ||Smoke Hollow 205|
|Output Power (25%)|
|Cooking Area (20%)|
|Wind Resistance (10%)|
|Specs||Coleman RoadTrip LXE||Napoleon TravelQ 285||Weber Q 1200||Camp Chef Portable...||Smoke Hollow 205|
|Cooking surface area (inches)||285 sq in||285 sq in||189 sq in||200 sq in||205 sq in|
|# of burners||2||2||1||1||1,u-shaped|
|Grill material||Aluminum||Porcelainized cast iron||Porcelain-Enameled Cast Iron||Nickel plated stainless steel||Stainless Steel|
|Packed Size (inches)||37" x 19" x 11.5"||24" x 20" x 10"||15" x 26" x 14"||22" x 14" x 15"||27" x 17" x 12"|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Coleman LXE approximates the size and power of your home grill, in a form factor that is portable in certain situations.
The grilling surface is solid in the middle and features a grate around the outsides, so it's more of a griddle in the middle and a grill around the perimeter. At 285 sq in, it grills a fair amount of food. If you're cooking for 10+ persons, stick to your ginormous sized backyard grill. If you're cooking for 4-6 people, you'll do just fine with the LXE.
The LXE puts out an impressive claimed 20,000 BTU's which is the highest amount of heat output of all the products tested. Our anecdotal testing suggests that this otherwise unconfirmed BTU rating is a little generous. Regardless of the actual BTU rating, the Coleman produces all the heat any of our testers needed. It doesn't run overly hot, and it doesn't gobble up a lot of fuel. The temperature is easy to control, and the fuel output is smooth and consistent. The option to run just one burner can save fuel and cool things down when necessary.
The LXE is comparable in actual heat output to the Editors' Choice Napoleon TravelQ 285. Close behind are the STOK Gridiron and the nearly-full-size Cuisinart All Foods Roll-Away
The PerfectFlow technology and built-in thermometer allow consistent regulation of the temperature. The dual, round burner heads beneath a somewhat rectangular grilling surface provide space to separate foods requiring the hottest heat from those that require less intensity.The LXE has two burners, which makes it easy and fuel efficient to turn off one burner if you only have a small amount of food to cook. The Weber Q 1200 and the Napoleon both received a high score in this metric. The Weber grate is the same temperature over the entire cooking surface, and the Napoleon is the only other contender tested that also has two burners which make temperature control a breeze.
At 43 pounds, the LXE is one of the heaviest contenders we tested. The wheels make it a little more manageable. If you have a high truck bed or large trunk, you might consider enlisting a second set of hands for the lift. This grill is easy to move from place to place in the folded position (think rolling from car to picnic site) or even in the upright standing position (think from one side of your patio to the other). Do take caution when attempting to lift it from its folded position to the upright standing position without first reading the directions. The lid locks easily and securely.
The Cuisinart Petite Gourmet and Top Pick Primus Kuchoma are among the lightest models we tested. The Kuchoma weighs only 10 pounds. The Cuisinart All Foods Roll-Away is a lighter cart-style product tested and is almost ten pounds lighter than the LXE. The Editors' Choice Napoleon TravelQ offers cooking performance slightly ahead of that of the Coleman in a much lighter and more compact package. The Napoleon can be purchased, as we did, in a table-top form or as a folding roll-away version.
The stand is very convenient, especially if there is not a picnic table or sufficient surface available. Once unloaded the wheels do make it easy to roll to your desired cooking area and it's nice not to have to carry it from car to picnic table. It does make a lot of noise when rolling over uneven surfaces. Don't forget to take out the grease trap before collapsing and transporting this or any of the products we tested. The STOK Gridiron 1-Burner is the easiest cart-style stand up grill tested to transport.
The porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates are easy and nice to cook on. It doesn't necessarily need to be cleaned immediately after every time you grill. Before grilling the next time just heat it on high and scrape it with a grill brush. If you choose this option though, realize that the compartment underneath the grate must be cleaned out on a regular basis. How often depends on how much you use it. The LXE has three handy hooks placed right in front to hang your grilling tools from.
You can also purchase a griddle for this product separately to cover one or both sides. While we didn't test this in person, we read a lot of rave reviews about the Swaptop interchangeable griddle cooktops while researching for this review.
The STOK Gridiron 1-Burner received higher scores in this metric than the LXE. The STOK fared well because it has a circular section in the middle of the grate that is removable and can be changed out with nine available grate inserts that are sold separately. The inserts include different things such as a pizza stone, cast iron kettle and more.
This product had no trouble handling winds that were strong enough to lift up a patio umbrella that still had a massive base attached. Don't try this with the Cuisinart All Foods Roll-Away Portable Gas Grill though; it received much lower wind resistance scores.
The RoadTrip LXE is a pretty sweet and versatile product for tailgating and for use in a small apartment with a patio. It is largely reliable and doesn't have any quirky attributes and grills. The LXE could do well as part of your tailgating or camping collection. It's great for RVing, picnicking, and beach day excursions. It could also be a great addition to your apartment or condo patio. While researching this product and working with a diverse review team, we discovered that many people prefer it in the backyard over their giant backyard patio grill. If you do plan on or find yourself using this product on a very regular basis, we recommend buying a three or five-gallon propane tank and adapter hose.
At $250, the LXE is one of the four most expensive grills we tested. You get what you pay for, and the LXE doesn't skimp on quality. It has a high BTU output, grills quickly and evenly and it has some nice features like the built-in thermometer, grill tool hooks, and pull-out side trays.
The RoadTrip LXE is a great grill. It starts easily every time, heats up fast and hot and grills evenly. We loved the dual burners with independent controls and the built-in thermometer. The LXE is a sturdy, well-built product that is easy to use and very reliable. If you'll be moving it around a lot, though, beware that it's pretty heavy.
— Jediah Porter