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Grilling is one of my favorite pastimes. There are very few things that bring me more joy than putting beers in a cooler, burgers on the grill, and inviting some friends over for a night of indulgence. Yet with those joys comes a price: At the end of the night, you have to clean up. And while every dinner party ends with a need to wash dishes and clean the tables, after the barbecue, you have to clean the grill, and it can be quite an endeavor.

GrillBotHere's the Grillbot in action.Tyler Lauletta

Enter: the GrillbotThis product is essentially a Roomba for your grill, a robot designed for the sole purpose of refreshing your grilling surface so you don’t have to. It is a niche purchase, but as a person that would grill every night if he had the time, I can see the value here. So I took the product home over the weekend to try it out.

IMG_0052.JPGHere's my grill.Tyler Lauletta

Our family grill was a gift to me for my 16th birthday. Instead of a car, I got a grill. To this day, it remains the best birthday present I have ever received. I did my best to take care of it, but cleaning it was always a struggle. I often found that the tools specifically designed to do the job would only last one or two cookouts before needing to be replaced. When I left for college and my grilling became more sporadic, I stopped cleaning the grill altogether, choosing instead to fire the heat up as high as I could every time I returned home to burn away as much nastiness as I could before I began cooking.

So, after about five years without a proper cleaning and intermediate usage, this was the challenge the Grillbot was up against:

Dirty GrillBefore using the Grillbot, my grill looked gross.Tyler Lauletta

To be honest, I thought it might be an unfair fight. This product was designed to clean grills, not the mistakes of grill masters from literally half a decade ago. But I wanted to give the Grillbot a chance to truly prove itself. I charged its battery, set it to a 30 minute cycle as recommended for first-time usage, and put it to work. The bristles started rotating and I could hear the Grillbot bounce around from corner to corner of the grill, making noises reminiscent of the Willy Wonka factory. I was a bit concerned, but I let the process run its course.

Clean grillAfter using the device, it looked noticeably cleaner.Tyler Lauletta

It is safe to say that I was thoroughly impressed with the final result. I’ve had times where I spent 15 minutes scrubbing away in futility at my grill, never was I able to get it as clear as it now sits today.

While I still recognize this as a niche purchase, I will say that I am now thoroughly convinced that anyone who is willing to consider investing $100-$130 in a device to clean their grill will not be disappointed with what they get out of it. 

If you make regular use of your grill and have been looking for a simpler way to give it the care and attention it needs to keep it clean and running long term, this device is a solid purchase.

You can pick up a Grillbot for your grill at AHAlife or Amazon for around $100-$130, depending on your color preference.


 

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