Today I went around Costco and had to get my hands on the NexGrill fortress. The Fortress is NexGrill’s answer to Weber’s Q Series and looks like a decent little grill.
The fortress is the closest in size and characteristics to the Weber Q2200, so I think the comparison will be a bit correct. This equation is based on physical measurements, descriptions and first impressions. I didn’t toast at the fort, so I’m making some assumptions.
Here is a short video from NexGrill showing the possibilities of the fort.
Both grilles have a cast aluminium housing and cast iron grilles with porcelain enamel. The guarantees are virtually identical, with a five-year guarantee on grids and burners for both products.
The cooking area is very similar to the fort, with an area of 255 square meters and 280 square meters. – to Q2200. The grilles have a similar thermal efficiency: NexGrill offers 13,000 btu/h compared to 12,000 btu/h for the Q2200.
Both grids are fitted with lid thermometers and are designed to drain one pound of propane, but can be easily adapted for use with a 20-pound tank.
What are the differences?
Now let’s talk about the big difference… the price. The Weber Q2200 has a PRO of $299 compared to $139 for the NexGrill fortress. So the Q2200 is 115% more expensive than the fortress. Given the extreme similarity of these two grids, the price difference is very difficult to justify.
Another big difference between these grids is the burner configuration.
The fort is a grate with two independent ignition burners on each round tube. This is comparable to a single burner on the Q2200.
I like the two burner configuration on the Fortress because it offers more flexibility than the single burner Q2200. The design of the Q2200 with one burner means that the whole grill is always at the same temperature. A double burner on the fortress allows you to have a hot and a cold side of the grill, so you can grill things like hamburgers on one side and toasted sandwiches on the other. It’s a simple function that counts.
The only place where the Weber Q2200 is significantly better than the fortress is because the Q2200 has a good set of side tables. I consider this a victory for the Q2200 because you will probably use these grids on the counter and the need for side tables is not so great.
I never thought in my life I would tell someone to buy a NexGrill product instead of Weber, but in this case I see no other way out. Although I generally stay out of the budget schedules, the fact that it is sold to Costco reinforces my confidence in the guarantee and the performance of the fortress. Costco does NOT sell inferior products.
The gratings are almost identical, have the same guarantee and are almost the same size.
The extremely low price of the fortress, combined with the flexibility of the two burners, makes it a clear favourite.
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