Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM 3 Burner Pedestal Gas Grill Review

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Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM 3 Burner Pedestal Gas Grill Review
8 Total Score
  • Small footprint with folding side tables
  • Visually attractive
  • Three 10,000 BTU burner elements
  • Designed to be durable
  • Large grill grates

In recent years Kenmore has started to make a name for itself in the outdoor grill niche. They do so by offering high-quality units with tasteful visual appeal, yet don’t sacrifice the functional nature of the grill.

It comes in a few different colors

  • Pearl – PG-4030400LD-PE
  • Black – PG-4030400LD
  • Mocha – PG-40304OOL
  • Red – PG-4030400LD-RD
  • Azure Blue – PG-4030400LD-AZ

In the case of the Kenmore PG-4030400LD, you get a pedestal style grill with dual folding side shelves. This lets you minimize the overall footprint, making it a great option for decks and patios with limited space. The pedestal was also designed to be just big enough to hold a 20-pound propane tank.

It even has two smooth-rolling casters and two feet, which lets it move around surprisingly smoothly for an 88-pound gas grill. Though the casters are a little on the small side, which could make for a bumpy ride on a rough patio or a deck with widely spaced boards.

The exterior of the Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM is a blend of commercial-grade stainless steel and protective azure powder coat. Not only does this extend the overall lifespan, but it also gives it the kind of visual appeal that can turn it into a conversation starter the next time you host a cookout.

The lid is also made from double-walled stainless steel with azure blue powder coat. This helps maximize internal heat retention, which is nice for low-temperature grilling or hybrid grilling. There’s also an accurate thermometer build in.

In the firebox of the Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM, you’ll find three independently controlled stainless steel propane burners. Each is rated to produce up to 10,000 BTUs of heat per hour. The spacing between them allows you to create two different heat zones for cooking different foods at the same time or to set the gas grill up for hybrid grilling. Each can be fired up via an electronic ignition system.

For a gas grill that was designed to have a minimal footprint, there is an awful lot of space under the hood to grill meat. The primary grill grate measures in at 408 square inches and the warming rack is 144 square inches. Both of them are coated in a durable protective layer of nonstick porcelain.

Construction & Ease of Assembly

The commercial-grade stainless steel and the azure protective powder coat give the Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM a stunning appeal on your deck or patio. It also speaks to the overall build quality, engineering, and material selection. Even the protective nonstick porcelain on both the primary grill grates and warming rack speaks to a long-term return on your investment.

Assembly can be a little bit complicated with the Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM. There are a few places where the instructions might not be completely clear, and the side tables can be a little bit fiddly to install correctly the first time. Still, with some tools, you already have laying around the house and perhaps a second pair of hands, you should be able to get the Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM put together in a little over an hour.

Grilling Performance

The 10,000 BTUs of heat produced by each of the three independently controlled stainless steel burner elements gives you an impressive 30,000 BTUs of heat per hour. This means you have all the heat you need to sear off steaks and chops, while also being very thermally efficient.

There’s enough room on the porcelain coated primary grill grate and enough space between the independently controlled burner elements to create two distinct heat zones. All you have to do is leave the middle burner element off. Then you can set one side for high heat, the other for low heat.

The lid is double-walled, which further adds to the thermal efficiency of the Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM. The ability to retain heat well not only reduces the total volume of propane you use in a single grilling session, but it also makes it easy to cook things like beer can chicken or a whole butterflied bone-in chicken, without overcooking it.

Grilling Areas

The primary grill grate measures in at 408 square inches. The warming rack adds another 144 square inches for a total of 610. Both are coated in a protective layer of nonstick porcelain.

Special Features

The folding side tables with tools hooks are a nice touch for saving space. It certainly helps move the Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM up the list if you have a small deck or patio.

The porcelain coating on the 144 square inch warming rack might not seem all that impressive, but a lot of the competitors at this size and price point just offer a chrome-plated or stainless steel warming rack.

Ease to Clean

Kenmore’s engineering team seems to intuitively understand that convenience and ease to clean are strong selling points for any gas grill. To that end they made the Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM very easy to clean. The porcelain coating on both grill racks makes for the easy release of even traditionally sticky foods like skin-on chicken, while also making them very easy to scrape down.

The interior of the firebox is gently contoured to divert most of the grease and drippings toward the internal grease trap.

Warranty

The Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM comes with a 1-year warranty on parts, components and finish, and a 5-year warranty on the stainless steel burners. This is a little bit less on the parts compared to the competitors who usually offer 3-years of coverage on everything. Though the 5-year coverage is more than the competition. As long as you take care of it, the Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM will take care of you.

Conclusion

The Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM is tastefully designed and thoughtfully engineered to both look good and give you a lot of grilling room, without taking up a lot of space on your patio. It’s durable, thermally efficient, and easy to clean.

The casters and feet are a little bit small, which can make it tricky to move across an uneven patio. The assembly can be a little frustrating in spots, and the warranty protection is a little out of the norm. Still, there’s a lot of long-term value and stunning looks in the Kenmore PG-4030400LD-AZ-AM to make it worth your money. Especially if you have a small deck or patio to host it.

 

8 Total Score
Visually stunning gas grill that's also a good value

PROS
  • Small footprint with folding side tables
  • Visually attractive
  • Three 10,000 BTU burner elements
  • Designed to be durable
  • Large grill grates
CONS
  • Small casters are hard to move
  • Tiered warranty
  • Assembly is a little tricky
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