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Napoleon Ultra Chef UP405RB Review

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from viewing as part of this site because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

Our Verdict

The Napoleon Ultra Chef is a versatile grilling machine that cooks evenly and has powerful main burners that come with a lifetime warranty.

For

  • The Napoleon Ultra Chef includes an infrared rotisserie burner and natural gas hookup.

Against

  • This gas grill could use a bit more cooking space and the side burner has to be bought separately.
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Napoleon Ultra Chef image: This gas grill can generate up to 59,000 BTUs across its three primary burners.

Napoleon Ultra Chef image: This gas grill can generate up to 59,000 BTUs across its three primary burners.
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Napoleon Ultra Chef image: The unique wavy porcelain-coated cast iron grids retain heat well and are easy to clean compared to other surfaces.

Napoleon Ultra Chef image: The unique wavy porcelain-coated cast iron grids retain heat well and are easy to clean compared to other surfaces.
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Napoleon Ultra Chef image: The Ultra Chef’s temperature gauge will help you find the right temperature to cook your meat just right.

Napoleon Ultra Chef image: The Ultra Chef’s temperature gauge will help you find the right temperature to cook your meat just right.
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Napoleon Ultra Chef image: The infrared rotisserie grill allows you to multi-task by slow cooking chicken as you grill steaks below.

Napoleon Ultra Chef image: The infrared rotisserie grill allows you to multi-task by slow cooking chicken as you grill steaks below.
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Napoleon Ultra Chef image: The burners generate 59,000 BTUs.

Napoleon Ultra Chef image: The burners generate 59,000 BTUs.
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Napoleon Ultra Chef image: This is the Ultra Chef rotisserie kit which is a great extra with this grill and will allow you to slow cook meat to perfection.

Napoleon Ultra Chef image: This is the Ultra Chef rotisserie kit which is a great extra with this grill and will allow you to slow cook meat to perfection.

Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from viewing as part of this site because it has been discontinued. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.

Napoleon has a reputation for building long-lasting, durable gas grills. The Napoleon Ultra Chef is no different. The reputation is solidified when they offer a lifetime warranties the main burners. While the cooking area on this gas grill could be better, but it will still complement your backyard ensemble well with some nice features to recommend it, such as a rotisserie burner.

The three primary burners on the Napoleon Ultra Chef gas BBQ grill can generate up to 59,000 BTUs. This grill also features a 14,000 BTU stainless steel rear rotisserie burner with infrared technology. This burner alone provides a big bonus for the Napoleon Ultra Chef gas grill. Rotisserie burners are a rare find in gas grills, and infrared technology helps to spread heat evenly across the burner. You can also purchase an optional side burner for this gas grill, but it does not come standard.

The Napoleon Ultra Chef gas grill has a good amount of cooking space, but when compared to the higher-end Napoleon grills, it appears limited. The primary cooking area is 405 square inches with 102 square inches of warming rack space. This grill has enough room to cook several items at once, but if you're looking for a gas grill with space to spare, the Ultra Chef may fall short of your expectations. However, additional features on this gas grill make it a competitor, including a built-in heat gauge, side shelf space, and a natural gas option. Much like the rotisserie burners, natural gas hookups are a rare find in gas grills. We were impressed with the natural gas option on the Ultra Chef.

The cooking grates on the Napoleon Ultra Chef gas grill are made of porcelain-coated cast iron. The porcelain coating on these grids helps prevent food from sticking to the grill, and the cast iron material retains heat exceptionally well. The housing material on this gas grill is stainless steel, which helps prevent rust and wear on the outside and inside of the grill. The stainless steel shelves contain integrated tool hooks, which provide convenient access to your grilling tools.

Napoleon grills come with a lifetime burner warranty, so you can be assured that the primary grilling capabilities will remain vital throughout the life of the grill. Parts are covered for two years, which is common for gas grills. Napoleon has an excellent presence online. The website contains a helpful FAQs section along with videos for several of their gas grills. There is a manual available online, and if you need direct assistance, you can contact the company by email or telephone.

The Napoleon Ultra Chef gas grill has several features that make it a standout option for your barbecuing needs. The infrared rotisserie burner and natural gas options are a unique touch, giving it the versatility you may not see from other grills. The cooking space is a bit limited, but the three primary burners provide plenty of heat, and are backed by a lifetime warranty. The Napoleon Ultra Chef is powerful, built to last, and will make any grill enthusiast happy.