Delivery and PackagingBuyers have the option of purchasing the unit with or without expert assembly. The delivery of the Dyna-Glo Smart Living 3-Burner Grill was swift and there were no reports of damaged contents. Parts come organized and labeled. With a few large pieces and easy-to-fit hardware, reviewers found the product easy to assemble. There’s roughly about 20 pieces to put together. One person can put the unit together between a half hour and an hour with a Phillips screwdriver. Besides the warming rack, cooking grate, grill body, and the door assembly, the carton contains hardware, shelves, side tables, casters, a greased pan, grease cup, hose holder, and an AA battery. [box type="info"]An 81-page English/Spanish owner’s manual with assembly instructions includes the manufacturer's e-mail address and phone number so customers can reach customer support should they have any questions.[/box]
Construction and AppearanceUsers of the Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living Natural Gas Grill were pleased with the design and construction. It features a premium stainless steel and black finish with an easy-lift, double-wall lid. It’s also equipped with a coordinating lid-mount temperature gauge and a cabinet. Cast-iron endcaps add stability. Three chrome-plated knobs sit on the control panel with an ignition button beneath the first and second knob. Opening the single-door cabinet reveals enough room for a propane tank. The Natural Gas Grill's interior comes equipped with high-gloss, porcelain-coated cast iron grates, commercial grade stainless steel burners, and heat tents. Collapsible powder-coated side tables fold easily for storage. Integrated bars and hooks free up additional space. When extended the side tables offer ample workspace and hold up to 25 pounds. Four 360-degree casters, with two locking wheels, allow users to move it at-will.
Facts and FiguresNearly three-quarters of grill owners prefer to cook on a natural gas grill. However, space constraints may cause concern. Research shows that serious grillers want to do more than save space; they want a grill that can perform like the big boys (and girls). The Dyna-Glo Smart Living 3-Burner Grill enjoys the victory as a Compact Gas Grill Review Winner. It is small but mighty. This space-saving grill offers the conveniences of larger grills, in a compact design. A double-wall firebox keeps the heat where it belongs, so the burners can do their job and spread heat evenly across the cooking surface. Also, the double-walled firebox helps the grates retain heat. This 3-burner grill uses liquid propane and delivers a maximum output of 36,000 BTUs. Together the 390-square inch primary area and the 117-square inch warming rack total 507 square inches of cooking space. The Dyna-Glo 3-burner weighs 76 pounds and is equipped with folding side tables. It is 45.05" tall, spans 49.14" wide, and measures 22.82" deep. Heat tents protect the three commercial grade stainless steel burners and deliver high-quality performance and durability. The Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living Natural Gas Grill comes with a standard warranty. Stainless steel burners have a 5-year warranty and the grate and other parts have a 1-year warranty.
FeaturesThe modestly priced Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living Natural Gas Grill is a simple unit that offers remarkable performance. Users appreciate its compact design and flexible grilling options. To facilitate cooking, the Electro-Pulse Ignition system ignites the three burners, firing up to 12,000 BTUs each within minutes. Its unique cooking system features a double-walled firebox to minimize heat loss and enamel steel heat tends to distribute the flames evenly across the 507 square inch cooking surface. Besides protecting the burners, the tents help create a flavorful smoke from the food's drippings and transfer it back into the meat. The grates have a porcelain-enamel cast-iron construction, making the cooking surface ideal for holding heat and searing food. To keep grilling accessories organized and accessible, the unit features folding side tables with tool hooks and towel bars.
Test ResultsIn our review, users were pleased with the quality, durability, and functionality of the Dyna-Glo Smart Living 3-Burner Grill. However, the claim that it is the "next step for serious griller" may be an overreach. Reviewers noted that the grill has hot and cold spots. Nevertheless, most owners feel it provides an exceptional value, offers durable construction, and performs as well as larger grills. Expert testers note the grill heats quickly, reaching up to 500 degrees in less than four minutes. It retains heat well and does a great job of locking in the food's natural juices. However, as reviewers noted, the grill does not distribute heat evenly, directing the most flames to the unit's center. Also, the primary grilling area is not as large as other top-rated gas grills, but it still manages to hold over a dozen hamburger patties. Pros [checklist]
- Heats quickly
- Good heat retention
- Deep, slide-out grease tray with Teflon surface
- Includes AAA battery for ignitor system
- Side tables collapse for storage for to fit tight spaces
- Integrated towel bar and hooks
- Uneven cooking performance
- Grates are difficult to clean