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It’s always good to keep your personal interests in mind when you’re shopping for the Best Grills. For example, if you like football or camping, then maybe looking at the Best Camping Grill would be beneficial. To this end, the Coleman Roadtrip X-Cursion Propane Grill should be on your list of considerations as both a camping grill and tailgating grill.

Why We Like It – Coleman Roadtrip Grill

The Coleman Roadtrip Grill is essentially an updated model of the Roadtrip LXE that shares many of the same features and specs. It’s exceptionally large grilling surface is great for camping and tailgate parties and it’s still powerful enough to rival larger, freestanding barbecues.

Pros
  • Very Powerful for a Portable Grill
  • Wind-Resistant
  • Porcelain-Coated Stainless Steel Grates
Cons
  • No Charcoal Options
  • Heavy
  • Only One Side Table

Power/Heating

The Coleman Roadtrip Portable Gas Grill can deliver an impressive 20,000 BTU’s of power across one elongated burner. While this is the average for large, freestanding barbecues, it’s an exceptional amount of power for portable grills. But if you don’t really need that much power for your outing, consider the Blackstone Table Top Grill.

Size/Versatility

The Coleman Roadtrip sports a very impressive 285 square inches of cooking space. The Weber Q1200 has 100 square feet less cooking area than that and it can still comfortably fit four medium-sized steaks and some veggies, so imagine how much the Coleman Roadtrip full size grill grates can manage. The one downside is that it’s not a charcoal grill, so you’re stuck with needing to buy propane tanks.

Durability

While it may be lighter than the LXE, the Coleman X-Cursion is still one of the heftier portable grills around at 43 Pounds. This means it’s not going to be as easily portable as the Weber Q1000, for example. But it’s not all bad. It’s greatly wind resistant, and the porcelain-coated cast iron grates not only distribute heat evenly so it’s not all concentrated to one side but add to the life of the grill plates too.

Ease of Use

The side tables make for convenient areas to place your grilling tools and cooking spices. However, there’s only one side table now instead of two, which seems like an odd design choice. The cast iron grates are also easier to clean thanks to the porcelain coating, and set-up is as easy as sliding out the legs from underneath the grill. Of course, if there is a picnic stand or some other surface available, you can leave the grill in the collapsed position.

Value

If you’d like, you can also purchase the swaptop interchangeable cooktops to allow you to switch grill grates out for griddle and stove grates. Now, you will be able to simmer and sear instead of just sear. Making rice dishes, stews, or boiling water for coffee, tea, or oatmeal is now infinitely easier. And for a minor bonus, you can choose whether you’d like it in black or blue.

Coleman Roadtrip Grill Wrap Up

It would have been cool if the Coleman X-Cursion had a charcoal option, this way it could have been a true camping man’s grill, but I’m not going to dwell too heavily on that. The fact is the grill produces freestanding barbecue heat with larger-than-average portable grill space into a worthy package. Some design choices are odd though, such as taking away one of the side tables. I guess you’ll have to hold your drink now while you grill.

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Michael Iaboni

Michael Iaboni is a Canadian Freelance Writer and Editor. He graduated from York University with a Degree in English and Creative Writing and then attended Queen's University where he obtained a Professional Editing Standards Certificate. He is a member of Editor's Canada and, in his spare time, enjoys reading, writing, soccer, and gaming.

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