Barbecuing and throwing tailgate cookouts seem to be more popular than ever. Which is one reason why I’m reviewing this Coleman NXT 300 grill. Another reason is because it’s a great grill, with loads of features I know is going to be of interest to some of you. So let’s take a closer look.
Setup and Design Features
Assembly is very easy. There are around eight different pieces to put together, and it comes with instructions if you’re a first timer when it comes to assembling grills. But it couldn’t be any easier, and it’s designed to be lightweight so you won’t have to struggle.
There isn’t much I can say outside of attaching the legs, the main grill and tray, the lid, and folding out the legs to stand it up. There are some additional accessories like grill covers to hold different pots and a travel cover, these are available at an extra cost and not essential.
When folding down the grill to pack it away you’ll notice only one side tray slides in, the other tray is above the legs and protected when the legs lock into place. It all works well, and makes for an easy to carry unit.
When it comes to cooking, you have 321″ sq of grilling space. So you can cook up to 18 burgers at a time which I’m sure you’ll agree is pretty useful. The grilling surface is porcelain-coated, which is great for high-temperature cooking and easy to clean.
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There are 20,000 BTU’s under the hood, you ignite the burners with an electric push start button and the control knobs are responsive.
A couple more nice touches include a thermometer on the outside of the lid so you can keep an eye on the temperature without lifting the lid, and a swivel grease cup that does a good job at capturing cooking grease.
Dimensions: 15″ x 20.8″ x 28.8″, and weighs 10 pounds.
Those who are familiar with the Coleman range of stoves and grills will be aware there is a NXT200 model. The only differences between the NXT200 and the NXT300 I’m reviewing here being that this model has some lights on the control knobs so you can see them as the night draws in. Plus the NXT200 has some red coloring, while this model is solid black.
You may also be thinking this grill is similar to the Coleman Roadtrip LXE, which it is. However it’s a step up from the LXE, and does come in at a higher price point to reflect this with some neat added features that I think are well worth the extra. Such as the thermometer, larger cooking surface, and higher quality finish.
The NXT300 isn’t the most powerful grills in its class, but it produces more than enough power in my opinion. However if you’re looking for something a little bigger and more powerful, there are slightly larger more aggressive models like a Browning Explorer. But you’re stepping into a different class of 2-burner standalone grills there.
- Powerful output
- Affordable price point and good value for money
- Electric auto-ignition starter
- Can hook up a 20 lb tank with an adapter from Coleman
- Legs rely on gravity as opposed to locking in place
- 321″ sq grilling space is smaller than some other similar priced models
It’s worth mentioning that the side tables come covered with a protective plastic sheeting. You need to peel this off before using the grill as users have seen the plastic melt and damage the side tables if not removed. The tables are stainless steel, so they hold up well and are easy to clean without any protective covers.
Coleman NXT 300 Grill Summary
As mentioned earlier, the NXT fits nicely between the smaller RoadTrip and the larger standalone 2-burner stoves and grills. You can hold some pretty big cookouts and easily serve 6-8 people, and it’s easy enough to set up and use from the trunk of your vehicle or take with you on a hike. It ticks a lot of boxes and is worth consideration if you’re in the market for a grill.
Coleman have a solid reputation for making high quality and reliable grills, and the Coleman NXT 300 Grill is among their best models. The feedback from users is positive, it has all the features you’d expect from a high-end grill, and stacks up well against other models in its class. There is a slight trade off on power and size to make the grill more portable, but that’s a worthwhile trade in my opinion.
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