Coleman RoadTrip LXE Review
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 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 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.
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 Coleman 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 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 favorable reviews about the Swaptop interchangeable griddle cooktops while researching for this review.
This product had no trouble handling winds that were strong enough to lift up a patio umbrella that still had a massive base attached.
The LXE is one of the 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. 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.
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