Full Review – Napoleon Rogue XT 425
Napoleon is one of the largest gas grill makers in the world. They make grills ranging in price up to several thousand dollars. The Napoleon Rogue XT 425 is a much more budget-friendly gas grill. With the searing side burner, this model with its stainless steel components comes in around $1,000USD. That might not seem cheap, but when you add up the quality, capabilities, and durability, it is one of the best gas grills for the price.
There are several versions of the Napoleon Rogue XT 425, including a black porcelain version and one without the side burner. I’ll talk more about the side burner in a minute. What I want to point out is that when you compare this grill to its most obvious competition, the Weber Genesis S-335, the Napoleon is larger and more powerful. Plus, the Weber only gives a small, standard side burner.
What’s Inside the Napoleon Rogue XT 425
For the most part, the Napoleon Rogue series of grills are pretty typical. You get three stainless steel burners in this particular model. They produce up to 42,000 BTUs under 425 square inches of primary grilling area. That’s a good number. You get fast heat-up times and plenty of power for searing.
There are a couple of standout features on this grill, however. The first thing you might notice is Napoleon’s waver pattern grill grates. Napoleon says that they increase the contact between food and metal, which is true. It isn’t much of an increase, but for most gas grills, it is the grates that produce the most searing. What I like about these grates is that they make it harder for food to fall through. Ever grilled asparagus?
The other feature on this particular model is the infrared searing burner. You can use this for doing intense searing for a restaurant-style steak. It is powerful and simply fun. True, it isn’t big and you won’t be able to cook more than a steak or two at a time, but in my opinion, it is worth every penny. Of course, you don’t have to get this side burner and can save yourself $200USD by getting the model without it.
If you are in the market for a gas grill in the thousand dollar price range you need to look at this grill. Yes, it is made in China, but so is the comparable Weber. In fact, you won’t find many North American-made grills in this price range. The quality of the construction is here though. The Napoleon Rogue XT 425 is powerful and versatile. It is available in propane or natural gas and there is a full rotisserie kit available from Napoleon.
Specifications – Napoleon Rogue XT 425
- Three 14,000 BTU stainless steel tubular burners
- 425 square inches of primary grilling space for a total cooking area of 571 square inches
- 42,000 BTU maximum output from the main burners
- 9,000 BTU infrared sear station side burner
- Electric (AA-Battery) ignition
- Stainless steel wave pattern cooking grates
- Stainless steel, cast aluminum, and porcelain-enameled steel construction
- Also available in a black enamel version
- Compatible with Napoleon’s cast iron charcoal trays
- Sold as propane or natural gas – Not convertible
- Infrared side burner available
- Cover, propane tank, and rotisserie sold separately
- Made in China by Napoleon Grills
Napoleon Rogue XT 425 Gas Grill
The Napoleon Rogue XT 425 Gas Grill is the best gas grill for the price. It has the power, construction quality, and features that make it stand out against the competition. And that includes the ever-popular Weber Genesis Gas Grills. This particular model has stainless steel where it counts for both quality and appearance. Note, this is not a full stainless steel gas grill. You won’t get that in this price range. Some parts are enameled steel and cast aluminum. But this grill looks great.
The Rogue is also powerful. In fact, it is considerably more powerful than most of the gas grills it is in competition with. Also on this model, is an infrared searing side burner that you can use to heat a large pot, or cook a steak on. Yes, you can reverse a sear on this grill without having to move to a different cooker or wait for it to heat up.
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