The Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 is a compact but rugged portable infrared grill that’s a great addition to outdoor trips. It may not be built for attractiveness, but it’s reliable and durable, which is far more important for an on-the-go grill. Everything about this grill says ‘sturdy’, from its mostly cast aluminum construction to solid legs and handle. Portable grills aren’t usually as powerful as their full-sized counterparts, but the Char-Broil Grill2Go actually gives it a good go.
Its limited size means it’s not the best choice for party-sized cookouts, take a look at our list of the best infrared grills (opens in new tab) for larger size options, but it’s an excellent choice for the more adventurous amongst us who still want delicious grilled food away from home, without lugging around something larger and more liable to denting.
Char-Broil Grill2Go X200: Pricing and value
The Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 offers great cooking power considering both its size and price point. At around $200, it’s not an expensive option and easily rivals other grills at the same price point, including the Char-Broil Patio Bistro Electric Grill (opens in new tab). Char-Broil has focused on construction over features on this model, so you’re mostly paying for durability and cooking power.
Unlike electric grills, you’ll need to factor in the cost of portable propane gas cylinders, and if you want to use full-size canisters you’ll need to pick up a hose adapter too. Gas-powered grills do tend to be more powerful though, so for many, the extra cost is more than worthwhile.
Char-Broil Grill2Go X200: Features
The Char-Broil Grill2Go is brilliantly sturdy. A die-cast firebox and strong aluminum lid allow it to take more than its fair share of knocks and bumps without breaking - a much-needed feature in a grill designed to be moved about and taken on the road.
It’s also really compact, great for taking it on adventures outdoors as well as useful for anyone who just wants a small grill for their balcony. Unfortunately, the legs don’t fold away so it’s the same size no matter whether it’s ready to grill or packed away for the next adventure. As a portable grill, it’s also annoying that the grease trap isn’t more firmly secured as it can fall out when on the move.
The heating element of the Grill2Go X200 can produce up to 9,500 BTU worth of cooking power, a little on the low side, but it can still get up to strong heat, it just takes a little longer. Heat consistency across the grill is really good, Char-Broil’s TRU-Infrared technology is designed to eliminate hot and cold spots alike for a more even cook across the grill. Its cooking power leans more towards the hot and fast end of grilling, which is great for searing steaks but it can be tricky cooking anything low and slow, although the temperature gauge helps manage this.
Char-Broil Grill2Go X200: User reviews
The Char-Broil Grill2Go X200 tends to score an average of 3.9 out of five with users at Walmart. Reviews tended to applaud the sturdy build and how it cooks well in very little time. A lot of reviewers used this grill regularly on camping trips and found it could handle repeated transportation and heavy-handling use over years. Users liked that it was easy to move and quick to set up.
In terms of cooking performance, users said that it cooked evenly, with the grill managing to prevent heat flare-ups from affecting their food. Reviews noted that the food cooked was juicy and well-cooked, although they needed to be careful as hotter temperatures could burn food quickly.
The biggest criticism of this grill from users was that it tends to burn really hot and they struggled to get it to cook at lower temperatures. Some also noted that the flame kept blowing out whenever they tried to lower the temperature.
Overall, users were really positive about this grill, with quite a few noting that it had been bought for trips, but had gone on to replace their home grill.
Should you buy the Char-Broil Grill2Go X200?
This is a rugged, solid grill that can be thrown in the back of a car and set up quickly when you arrive at your destination, ready to sear some steaks. It’s also equally at home in a small balcony space, where it can quickly be stored out of the way. For the cooking power and ease of use, it offers great value. For users hoping to do lots of slow grilling, it might be too hot.