Great value infrared grill; evenly heated cooking surface; virtually no flare-ups; heat zone separators for multiple cooking zones; easy to keep clean; excellent customer service after the sale.
Things To Love:
Saber offers great value infrared gas grills, along with excellent customer service after the sale. However, it's Saber's patented infrared cooking system that is the heart of the grill and what I love the most about them. The 304-grade stainless steel cooking grids feature air-channels on the bottom side, which trap hot air and create an excellent surface for nice sear marks, and offer quick heat recovery when flipping your food over. The cooking grids sit on top of 304-grade stainless steel emitter plates, which cover the entire surface of the grill, allowing heat to radiate evenly across the grilling surface. This also means that any food drippings that fall between the cooking grids, will be caught and vaporized back into your food in the form of delicious smoke. The emitter plates feature tiny air holes that line up directly under the cooking grids, which focuses the heat exactly where you want it, at the cooking surface. Because this design also restricts air flow, you'll find that grease drippings, which normally cause flare-ups, are transformed into rich smoke and makes this cooking system virtually free from any flare-ups.
Saber's infrared cooking system also reaches searing high temperatures, which is great for steakhouse quality sear marks on your food. While cooking on this grill, I was able to reach a maximum temperature of 850 degrees.
Under the emitter plates, you'll find 304-grade stainless steel tube burners, each producing 12,500 BTUs of cooking power. The burners are ignited by a battery powered spark ignition. Sitting between each burner are heat zone separators, which allow you to cook with different temperature zones at once. This is great for searing steaks in one zone, while slow roasting veggies in another zone.
Another innovative feature of Saber that I love is the warming rack. While many gas grills include a warming rack, Saber's warming rack allows you to adjust it to sit inches above the cooking surface as a roasting rack, giving you extra cooking versatility. However, if you're cooking ribs or another dish that stretches across the heat zones, be sure to remove the heat zone separators so your food cooks evenly.
Saber grills also include a grate scraper tool and full width slide-out drip pan, making clean up of any grease that may fall into the firebox a breeze. It is worth noting that after multiple cooks on this grill, I could not find a single drop of grease that fell below the cooking system and into the drip pan. This is definitely a bonus if you're looking for a low maintenance grill.
We carry two collections of Saber grills; the Stainless Steel series and the Cast series. The Stainless Steel series is available in 3 and 4 burners, as well as built-in and freestanding configurations. The Stainless Steel series freestanding models include a side burner on the left shelf. This dual-tube side burner gives you cooking flexibility, and both burner tubes combine to produce 18,000 BTUs of cooking power, which is one of the most powerful in the gas grill industry.
The Cast series offers the same cooking system as the Stainless Steel series, but features a hood with cast aluminum sides and powder coated cart with stainless steel front doors, which gives the grill a different look and makes it more affordable. The Cast 500 model includes a 10,000 BTU standard side burner, while the Cast 500 L model does not include one.
Things To Consider:
Saber's firebox, heat zone separators, and drip pan are not stainless steel, but are made of porcelain coated steel, which can chip and rust over time and are only warranted for 5 years.
Also, like most infrared grills, don't expect to cook at low or warming temperatures. The lowest temperature we were able to achieve was 450 degrees.
Saber grills offer individual cooking zone thermometers that sit at grate level above each burner. However, like many gas grill thermometers, we found them to be inaccurate.
You'll Like This Grill If:
You want a great cooking infrared grill for the money, from a brand with excellent customer service after the sale.