Costco Just Released Its Own Kirkland Grill, and Shoppers Have Mixed Feelings About It

published May 31, 2023
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Are you even participating in the summer season if you aren’t outside grilling? Of the numerous outdoor activities available during the summertime, nothing beats having friends over for a barbecue. Whether you’re poolside, by a lake, or just grilling on your front porch or stoop, having a proper grill not only elevates your cooking, but it also garners you a certain level of unspoken respect amongst your neighbors. 

This summer, Costco is putting the “pro” in propane with the release of the Kirkland Signature 6 Burner Gas Grill — and trust me when I tell you, this grill delivers some serious bang for your buck. Originally spotted on Costco Hot Finds, the six-burner, 63,000 BTU gas grill comes stocked with 737 square inches of cooking space; a 13,000 BTU infrared top sear burner; LED knobs that change color when on and off; and a grill cover, to boot. This stainless steel behemoth not only looks sleek, but it will also make you want to dress the part while using it. 

“It should come with a free pair of New Balance shoes and cargo jean shorts to complete the look,” commented one user, while another backed up the claim that it may actually be worth the purchase by saying,“Still rockin’ my Kirkland grill from 2002, hand-me-down from family — changed burners a few times and running strong!”

Some users were quick to express their distaste for the grill, though, with one commenter pointing out that the “grill grates and burners will rust in 2 years if left outside. Worth it at $300, not $800.”

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Another commenter on Reddit noticed how the “stainless steel grates look like they are a common size, the triangle flame guards also looked to be a common size and the venturi that make the fire are individual tubes that can be replaced one at a time.” Going on to note that while the grill is “very pricey,” it’s made well and “looks very easy to service.” The number-one selling point for the commenter (and many other fans of the new grill), however, seems to be the stainless steel grates. 

Other Redditors, however, believe that if you’re going to spend your money on any grill at Costco, you’re better off going with another brand like Weber. 

Between having a top-sear burner which allows you to broil meats and char vegetables, a warming rack for keeping food hot and ready, and “flame tamers” — which keep the heat distributed evenly when the burners are on — it seems that any downside to this grill is met with an equally convincing upside. And if this grill seems like a match for you despite the high price point, then taking care of it would be a priority in order to ensure potential years of use, especially at that lofty $799 price point. 

Whatever grill you end up going with, though, just don’t forget to pick up Costco’s newest BBQ item that fans are calling “amazingly delicious.”