Coleman RoadTrip LXX ReviewPrice: $220 List | $164.57 at Amazon Pros: Dependable, easy to start, two burners with independent controls for each, thermometer, large grilling area, high BTU output
Cons: Heavy, challenging to lift into a trunk by yourself, difficult to clean the space underneath the grill plate
Bottom line: A good, sturdy and reliable grill with tons of cooking space; it'll roll easily to your picnic or tailgate area.
Weight (pounds): 49.8
Cooking surface area (inches): 285 sq in
The RoadTrip LXX is the winner of our Editors' Choice award. It starts easily, heats up fast and hot, has a large 285 square inch grilling surface, two independent burners, and a thermometer for ultimate control. 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 Blackstone The Dash, but it is more sturdy and durable, has a larger cooking area, and a much higher BTU output.
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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 22,000 BTU's which is the highest amount of heat output of all the products tested.
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 STOK Gridiron 1-Burner and the Cuisinart All Foods Roll-Away have the next highest BTU output both at 15,000 BTU's.
It's easy to start the LXX with its Instastart push button ignition. The PerfectFlow technology and built-in thermometer also provide consistent regulation of the temperature.
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 recieved 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. But it has wheels, so it is manageable.
If you have a high truck bed or large trunk, you might consider enlisting a second set of hands for the lift. The Cuisinart Petite Gourmet is the lightest model we tested weighing in at 15 pounds and the Cuisinart All Foods Roll-Away is the lightest stand alone cart style product tested and is almost ten pounds lighter than the LXX.
Ease of Transport
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. To properly lift this grill unit up and lock it into the upright position, you must first step on the handle.
Once you step on the handle and very carefully lift up the grill unit, the stand legs will be in the proper position for latching. Your instincts may want you to grasp hold of the handle and attempt to disengage the locked-together stand legs and try to set the unit upright. Bad idea. This can cause the whole unit to become extremely top heavy and flip over backward. This can be downright dangerous if the lid is not locked and the grill plates are inside.
Going from the standing position to the collapsed position, make sure that when you take the top end of the wheel side out of the hooks underneath the right side of the grill that you don't let go of it. Keep your left hand on it and gently set it down into the folded position where it will lock into place.
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 recieved the highest score 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. The grate can be seasoned since it is cast iron and 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. 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 recieved higher scores in this metric than the LXX. The STOK 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 the lowest wind resistance score of all the products tested.
At $220, the LXX is one of the three most expensive grills we tested. Check out the Weber Q 1200 which is the same price and won the Top Pick award for Tabletop Grilling. But, 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 stainless steel coated pull-out side trays.
The Coleman RoadTrip LXX Grill is a pretty sweet and versatile product. It's reliable, doesn't have any quirky attributes and grills hot and evenly. 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 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.
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.
— Valentine Cullen
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