The Coleman RoadTrip LXX starts easily, heats up fast and hot, has a large 285 square inch grilling surface, two independent burners, and a thermometer. The LXX 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 Eureka Gonzo, 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 285, the Coleman is less expensive but is heavier, bulkier, and less sophisticated regarding cooking performance.
Coleman RoadTrip LXX Review
Cons: Heavy, challenging to lift into a trunk by yourself, difficult to clean the space underneath the grill plate
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Our Analysis and Test Results
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 LXX.
The LXX puts out an impressive claimed 22,000 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 LXX 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 LXX 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 Smoke Hollow Vector Series both received a high score in this metric. The Weber grate is the same temperature over the entire cooking surface, and the Smoke Hollow is the only other contender tested that also has two burners which make temperature control a breeze.
At fifty pounds, the LXX 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.
Safety Note about the Coleman RoadTrip LXX. This grill is easy to roll from place to place in the folded or even in the upright standing position. However, it is a bit of a challenge to lift it into and out of a trunk, and it is downright dangerous to attempt to raise it from folding position to upright position without reading the directions first.
The Cuisinart Petite Gourmet and Top Pick Eureka Gonzo Grill are the lightest models we tested, weighing in at 15 pounds. The Cuisinart All Foods Roll-Away is a lighter cart-style product tested and is almost ten pounds lighter than the LXX. The Editors Choice Napoleon TravelQ offers cooking performance slightly ahead of that of the Coleman in a much lighter and more compact package.
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 Blackstone The Dash received high scores in this metric because it is so light and can be easily carried by its handle or pulled like a travel suitcase. 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 LXX 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 and the Smoke Hollow Vector Series received higher scores in this metric than the LXX. 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. The Smoke Hollow has a unique cooking area that doubles as a smoker.
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 LXX is a pretty sweet and versatile product. It is reliable, doesn't have any quirky attributes and grills. The LXX 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 $220, the LXX is one of the four most expensive grills we tested. You get what you pay for, and the LXX 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 LXX 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 LXX is a sturdy, well-built product that is easy to use and very reliable.
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