grills

Coleman Road Trip LX Review

Though it has a bit of an awkward setup, the Coleman Road Trip LX performs reliably.

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Overview

Good performance at low temperatures, but this grill struggled to produce consistent high temperatures.

Heatup Time

The LX was fairly quick to heat up, taking 4 minutes and 50 seconds to reach our low fire test temperature of 325°F, and 4 minutes and 17 seconds to reach the high fire test temperature of 625°F

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Low Fire Cooking Performance

We found that this grill performed well in our cooking test, where we test how long a number of hamburger patties will take to cook. We found that these would take just under 9 minutes to cook. We did find that there was some difference between the time for each patty to cook, though, with the quickest taking under 8 minutes, while the longest took just under 10 minutes.

Low Temperature Uniformity

We also measure the temperature at several points across the cooking grate, and look at how uniform the temperature is across the grate. Here, we found that the temperature varied somewhat, especially between the two sides of the grill, with the grate side getting rather hotter than the other side.

Low Temperature Consistency

Although the temperature was not that consistent across the cooking grate, we did find that it did not vary much over time: the temperature over our 15 minute test period only varied by a small amount, which should lead to consistent cooking.

High Fire Cooking Performance

When we cranked up the controls to set the grill to cook at high temperature, we found that our test food (a number of meat patties equally spread over the surface of the grate) was cooked very quickly, taking just under 8 minutes to cook all of them. The patties were also all cooked at an equal speed, so everything should be ready at once.

High Temperature Uniformity

We found poor uniformity across the cooking grate on this grill running at our high fire temperature, with the variation across the grill being somewhat wider than we like to see.

High Temperature Consistency

Although the temperature was rather variable across the grate, it did not vary much over time, with the temperature remaining fairly constant over the 15 minutes that we run the test. This means that your food won't be subject to any major changes in temperature and should cook evenly.

Case & Handle Temperature

Grills get hot, but a good grill should try and keep the heat inside the case. We found that while the temperature of the handle remained cool, the case itself got extremely hot, reaching a scorching 582°F at maximum, which is hot enough to cause serious burns. So, this grill should be used very carefully.

The image below was taken with an infrared camera to show the heat levels of the lid. The numbers at the bottom indicate the temperature scale.

IR Photo

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Performance
  4. Features & Usability
  5. Conclusion
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