PROS / The KitchenAid gas grill cooks effectively at all temperatures.
CONS / Some of the housing is made of painted steel, which can rust if it gets scratched.
VERDICT / This KitchenAid grill has plenty of power and space to cook for a big family or a midsize party. It could last many years with proper care.
The KitchenAid 720-0787D is a reliable, midrange gas grill that generates a total of 48,000 Btu across its three primary burners and side burner. It is an attractive grill for any backyard setting. The black-and-silver housing strikes a nice contrast on this grill, though it is more susceptible to rust than other grills' housing.
Since the housing is made of a combination of high-end and lower-quality materials, like painted steel, it can rust if it is scratched – a killer of outdoor grills. Fortunately, this barbecue grill comes with a full cover that you should use anytime the grill is not in use to protect it against the elements, as well as from bumps and scrapes.
The overall functionality of this grill is quite good. It preheated to 500 degrees Fahrenheit in less than seven minutes in our test, which is just slightly below average. It effectively cooks meat on indirect heat within the 450 square inches of the primary cooking area. We could fit 24 hamburger patties on the primary grilling surface, and the warming rack can fit up to eight buns. The 12,000-Btu side burner is another nice addition that allows you to cook a variety of foods, as it expands the cooking space. It does a good job of cooking evenly. The stand has a convenient sliding tray for the propane tank, making it quick and easy to hook up, and the grill can fit into a fairly tight area, which is good for decks with limited space.
Extras for this grill are available, but you have to pay a little more to get them. This propane grill has a natural gas option, with the kit sold separately. This is a nice option if you have the capability to hook up your grill to a natural gas outlet, eliminating the need to run to the store to switch out your propane tank. Natural gas is also less expensive in the long run and better for the environment. A rotisserie option is also available as a separate purchase.
The main burners are stainless steel and covered by a 10-year warranty, which is what some of the top-rated gas grills have. Other parts have a one-year warranty. If you have questions, you can reach KitchenAid's customer service via an online contact form or a toll-free number. You can also download a PDF manual from the company's website that contains helpful information.
The KitchenAid 720-0787D is a functional, midrange gas grill. It preheats in a reasonable amount of time and cooks food on direct and indirect heat with equal effectiveness like some of the best gas grills. You can opt for natural gas or rotisserie cooking with kits sold separately. It's lightweight enough to easily wheel to any part of your yard, but you'll want to keep it covered when it's not in use to increase its longevity. Overall, it's a nice-looking grill that also cooks decently.