I have two of the finest liquid propane gas grills on the market today. I am going to give you the goods on both of these fine grills and determine the overall best of the best. These professional specimens are well made with outstanding options, and I am going to compare them for you. The Char-Broil Performance vs Signature Series gas grills is manufactured with serious griller in mind. You will become the master of the backyard BBQ with either of these grills on your deck or patio. So read up on the good, the bad, and the tasty, and I will have my decision by the end.
Char-Broil Performance vs Signature Series
|Performance IR 300 2-Burner Cabinet||Performance IR 450 3-Burner Cabinet||Performance IR 500 3-Burner Cabinet||Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325|
|Primary Cooking Area Size, (L x W)||17.3-in x 17.2-in||26.6-in x 17.3-in||29.2-in x 17.3-in||23 x 46.8 x 47.2 in|
|Main Burner BTU||18,000- BTU's||24,000- BTU's||27,000- BTU's||18,000- BTU's|
|Side Burner BTU||N/A||10,000- BTU's||10,000- BTU's||N/A|
|Warranty- Burners||5 Years||5 Years||5 Years||10 Years|
|Warranty- Grates/Emitter||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||3 Years|
|Warranty- Lid/Firebox||2 Years||2 Years||2 Years||3 Years|
|Warranty- Other Parts||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year|
|Gross Weight||89 lbs||116 lbs||132 lbs||107 lbs|
I am going to compare these very different grills and try to choose the best grill that the people at Char-Broil have to offer. Professional Series, Signature Series, what is so special about these gas grills? And what special features are going to tip the scales in favor of one or the other? I’m no professional chef, but I’ve hosted a cook-out or two. And after cooking on each of these grills, I can easily tell you what I think the better grill is. But first, let me show you how I came to my decision.
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Char-Broil Performance vs Signature Series: Amount of Cooking Space
Amount of cooking space is important for many reasons. If you plan on feeding a lot of people and entertaining often, then you may want a larger grill. But if you’re a loner, or maybe it’s just you and your partner, you might be happier with a smaller grilling surface.
The Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Gas Grill has a huge 475 square inches of cooking space. That’s a bunch of burgers and dogs. With another 175 square inches of space on the porcelain-coated swing-away rack. You can feed many people quickly with this bad boy.
The Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill has 325 square inches of cooking space. It also boasts of a 120 square inch warming rack. Though not as large, it will still do the job. Especially if you don’t mind standing at the grill longer. After all, a great grill chef will sample his food often. Sometimes by the time I’m done grilling I’m already full.
The Char-Broil Performance 475 wins the battle of cooking space
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Char-Broil Performance vs Signature Series: BTU’s
BTU’s are the maximum amount of heat the grill produces. This really only matters for bragging purposes. You will never cook at the maximum temperature or everything would be burnt up and inedible. It really sounds good though when you are describing your new grill to the guys at work.
The Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Gas Grill has 36,000 BTU’s of available heat in the main grill. It also has a 10,000 BTU side burner available for your favorite sauce or side.
The Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill has 18,000 BTU’s for you to play with. No side burner is available on this grill.
I will have to call this a draw because you only need enough BTU’s to cook with not melt steel. Neither gas grill wins this feature comparison.
Signature Series vs Performance: Side Burners
Side Burners area nice option. You can basically cook an entire meal outside if you wish.
The Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Gas Grill has a convenient 10,000 BTU side burner.
The Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill has no side burner
The Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Gas Grill wins this category by default
Performance vs Signature Series: Physical Size
Physical size is going to matter more for personal taste and area limitations. Or maybe you don’t want to wear yourself out moving your grill around. I will cover this feature though so you won’t have to research it later.
The Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Gas Grill is bigger overall and heavier as well. If you don’t plan on moving your grill around much, or you have loads of room, this gas grill is perfect in that regards.
The Char-Broil Signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill though smaller does a great job for the size. If you are limited on space, maybe the balcony of your apartment, or a small patio, or deck, then this gas grill is a way better option.
Once again a tie because it will rely on your personal preference or need.
Char-Broil Performance vs Signature Series: The Finish
The Finish is important for the life of your grill. And the longer your grill lasts the more money you will save in the future. We all like to save money. And nobody wants to go grill shopping every couple of years because your grill rusted out and is falling apart.
The Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Gas Grill has a durable black porcelain-coated surface with a stainless steel handle.
The Char-Broil signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill is made from rust-resistant stainless steel.
The Char-Broil signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill wins easily. When stuck out in the elements, the stainless steel will last longer.
Char Broil Performance vs Signature Series: Preheat Times
Preheat Times can be important if you are a person on the go. If you want a grill cooked a meal after work, you don’t want to wait around for the grill to warm up. Maybe you have some unexpected hungry company that can’t wait all night for some grillables.
The Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Gas Grill will warm up rather quickly and get you cooking in under ten minutes.
The Char-Broil signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill gets hot almost instantly. It seers in the juices and really does a great job with no wait time.
The Char-Broil signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill wins again. When it comes to preheating time, this Tru-Infrared grill is unmatched.
Char Broil Performance vs Signature Series Cooking Methods
The Cooking Methods what is going to separate these two grills the most. Convection vs. infrared, what is better?
The Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Gas Grill cooks with a convection type of heat. Similar to your oven, it’s a type of indirect heat. Meaning that the heat surrounds the food, and the source never comes into contact with the food.
The Char-Broil signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill uses TRU-Infrared technology. It’s a radiant type of heating method
The Char-Broil signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill has the upper hand here as well. The TRU-Infrared cooking system cooks the food more evenly with better control of the temperature. It eliminates cold spots on the grill and uses less gas in the cooking process. Flare-ups are nonexistent because of a barrier between the food and the flames. The Char-Broil signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill sears in the flavor and juices giving you a near steakhouse quality on those chops or steaks you throw on there.
Pros and Cons
There are pros and cons with both gas grills. You may like the smaller grill for its features but have a great big family and need the extra cooking space. Or if you don’t have the room for the bigger grill, you may have to sacrifice for the smaller one. You can cook a lot more variety of food on The Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Gas Grill. The Char-Broil signature TRU-Infrared 325 2-Burner Gas Grill is great for burgers, steaks, and pork chops, but if you want to cook a roast you will need your oven. The total lack of flare-ups on this grill makes it a great grilling choice. The side tables fold down as well. And the black finish looks great on The Char-Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Gas Grill. But if you scratch it, or the finish flakes off, it won’t take long to rust.