There are many reasons to consider purchasing a USA-made grill for your backyard. First and foremost, it feels great to support American businesses. A close second however, is the fact that products made in the USA are known for their superior quality. Why by two made-in-China when you have can one made-in-America?
The American backyard barbecue is world famous, and that outdoor grilling flavor is an American staple. For the summer of 2020, grill with the sense of pride that comes with cooking on a product made in the USA.
Granted, there are many overseas brands that can provide a decent grill, but some of these brands rely on cheap labor and inferior materials.
With the USA made grills, you might have to shell out more money, but you’re paying for unmatched quality. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that easy to pick out the top 5 USA-made grills available online. There really are not that many options out there.
In fact, many grills are produced by American companies, but they are manufactured outside the country. Others have their parts made overseas, and then they are constructed here.
That’s why you won’t see big names like Big Green Egg, Weber, or Traeger on this list.
We tried hard to make this list accurate, and we listen to the comments. If you find one that isn’t made in the USA any more, let us know!
We picked 5 of the best USA grills we could find available online, that way you don’t have to wait six feed behind someone in Home Depot for 2 hours trying to buy one you need. I’ll bet you the sales rep couldn’t even tell you if the grill was made in the USA anyway…
There are a variety of styles below, from a stripped down basic charcoal grill to a 2-burner small backyard gas grill! Pick the one that fits your personality, your backyard size, and your grilling style.
Top 5 USA Made Grills
- Huntington 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill
- Americana The Swinger Grill
- Primo 778 XL Ceramic Smoker Charcoal Grill
Holland Freedom Grill
- PK Grills Griller & Smoker
All these are good sizes for the average back-yard griller, with the Americana brand being more versatile for taking on the road, like to the park or on a camping trip.
The Huntington doesn’t have great reviews, but it’s the the only inexpensive American made gas grill we could find.
Our personal favorite however, was the PK Grill & Smoker because it’s a charcoal-style grill (better flavor!), plus a smoker in one grill. It’s also portable, meaning it’s ready for your next camping trip or tailgate party.
Do you have another USA-made grill you’d like to add to this list? Please let us know in the comment section below.
1. Huntington 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill
This grill looks like the stereotypical gas grill that you’d have in your backyard during a fourth of July party. When starting the Huntington, all you’ll have to do is push a button. No need for burning paper inside the grill or pouring excessive amounts of lighter fluid to maintain a fair temperature. The Sure-Lite push button ignition system will quickly get the grill to a high heat level.
Every area of this grill has been built with durability in mind. The oven is made of a die-cast aluminum, while the control panel has a black powder coat applied to it. The powder coat helps protect against rust. On top of that, you won’t have to worry about the shelves breaking down after extended use, as they are made with a high-quality weather-resistant material. This is the perfect solution if you regularly leave your grill outdoors in harsh weather.
The front handle is heat resistant, so you’ll be able to check on your cooking meat no matter how overwhelmingly hot the grill becomes. No worry of burns on your hands and no more need to put on gloves every time you want to see how things are going under the lid.
- Easy to start
- Heat resistant handle
- Two surfaces on left/right for setting gear
- Average-sized cooking surface
2. Americana The Swinger Grill
The next option is the Americana Swinger – which has an old-school look that perfectly defines a USA-made grill. The cooking surface is about 332-square inches, so you’ll have some breathing room when cooking for an average-sized group.
The surface should be able to fit a reasonable amount of meats without any difficulty. The rugged wooden side tables will also give you some more space that can be used for food preparation. Unlike some of the foreign grills, this American grill will be able to avoid burnouts with the elevated fire grates.
You can take this grill wherever you need to go thanks to its portable features. When it’s time to move the grill to its next destination, you can fold the wood side tables to reduce the overall size. From there, the two wheels on the bottom will be able to help you roll the grill to your destination without straining yourself.
The adjustable air vents and tilt-away hood will allow you to check up on your food without any crazy flare-ups that could potentially hurt you. The combination of portability, ease-of-use, and a generous cooking space help make this one of the best USA-made grills available.
- Generous cooking space
- Adjustable air vents
- Durable side tables give users more space
- Difficult to assemble
- Rusts easily
3. Primo 778 XL Ceramic Smoker Charcoal Grill
The first thing you’ll notice about this grill is the ceramic exterior finish. The Primo 778 XL is made with a superior ceramic finish that boasts a protective and scratch-resistant porcelain glaze.
You get 400-square inches of space available to cook on. This alone should be plenty of space, but you can add more. Using the rack extensions, you can increase the size up to almost 680-square inches. This is perfect for large families or backyard gatherings.
One potential disadvantage is the high price of this grill. In fact, this grill has the highest price on the list, but the cost is justifiable for two main reasons. First, the ceramic material is incredibly durable. Second, the American craftsmanship typically results in a higher price.
- Plenty of cooking surface
- Durable ceramic exterior
- High price
- Difficult to put together
4. Holland Freedom Grill
Nothing says, “American made” more than a grill named “Freedom.” The Holland Freedom is the last grill on this list and a worthy option to consider. It comes with a 5-year rust warranty that will cover your grill if it deteriorates from the consistently harsh weather.
Speaking of warranties, the cooking grid is covered with a lifetime warranty. That’s right, if your cooking grid becomes defective, you’ll be able to get a new one regardless of how long it’s been. The good news is that this part of the grill is made of stainless steel, so it’s unlikely that rust will accumulate and therefore you probably won’t need to exercise the warranty.
Monitoring the grill temperature will be far from a hassle thanks to the thermometer built in the lid. The thermometer is located right at eye level on the aluminum lid, in between the two vents. The grill also has a rotary spark igniter that will make lighting the grill an effortless process rather than a vexing chore.
Between the two shelves and a condiment tray, this high-quality American made grill provides you with all the essentials needed to enjoy yourself in the summer sun.
- Easy to read thermometer
- Wheels offer mobility
- High price
5. PK Grills Griller & Smoker
- Griller and smoker in one
- Built from heavy-duty cast aluminum
- Ready to cook in 10 minutes
- Used in grilling competitions
- Rust-preventing hinges
- Great airflow control and heat prevention
- Multiple color options
- Non-traditional look
- Silver finish may need to be washed before use
This is a new addition to our list, and is a lesser-known brand as well as grill. The lack of “fame” doesn’t stop it from getting awesome reviews on at grilling and smoking competitions, as well as on Amazon.
This grill is built out of cast aluminum, which has pros and cons. On the good side, it won’t rust, and even the hinges are part of the cast so you won’t have issues with bolts rusting after years of use like with most other grills. Even so-called “stainless steel” grills will cut corners on joint areas which is where they’ll fall apart first. The downside to aluminum is that if you are smoking in the Winter, you’ll lose more heat than with other materials, so you may have to do more babysitting.
Also, you might not be able to tell from the picture above, but this is a portable grill too. The grilling portion can be taken out like an “egg” style grill and placed in the back of your truck, separate from the stand. That means you could potenitally even take your grill in any SUV or sport utility vehicle for camping, or to a tailgating event!
Though this grill looks a little non-traditional, it’s a favorite of mine on this list.
Buying USA Made Grills
When coming to a final decision for the best USA made grills, there a few factors to consider. The quality of your grill is one of the most important things to look for. Luckily for consumers, USA made grills are known to have excellent, long-lasting quality.
One factor to think about is the cooking surface area. Primo and Holland both have decent sized cooking area while the Americana and PK Grills have less surface area. If you plan on cooking for a large group, more space is always better.
While most USA-made grills are built with high-quality materials, rust and durability should also be a concern. The Holland Freedom grill comes with a 5-year rust warranty and a lifetime warranty on the grates. PK Grills is built out of cast aluminum, including the joints, so rust won’t be an issue here.
Portability may also be a concern, especially if you need to transport the grill. The Swinger grill is the most portable option on this list, but several others also include wheels on the legs to help you move the grill. PK grills have a good system for breakdown for when you want to take your grill on an adventure. The cast iron will be be heavier than cast aluminum though!
Watch out for fakes!
I don’t mean they are fake grills. I mean they are not really made in the USA, as you or I would understand it. Phrases like “Designed and Supported in the U.S.A.” are pretty easy to interpret, while others slogans may be more cryptic.
This is why I had to remove Weber grills from my USA-made list. They used to be made in the USA, but it seems that they are now assembled in the USA from parts made overseas. Their choice of phrasing is “Made in the U.S.A. incorporating globally sourced component parts.”
The famous Big Green Egg also fits into this category, bearing the name of the United States, but actually being produced in Mexico. For an egg style Golden’s Cast Iron grill alternative, try instead. It won’t come cheap though, costing a whopping $1700 for the egg with cart.
About USA Made Grills
Outdoor grilling has been a phenomenon in the United States for decades, so using a grill made in the U.S. is ideal for those who want a genuine grilling experience. One reason the USA made grills have become popular over the years is that some people want to feel as though they are supporting American businesses, but there are plenty of other reasons to think about buying American.
Let’s not forget, many of these American brands back the quality of their grills with extended warranties. These warranties will help cover the replacement of parts if they rust or become damaged.
Obviously, these grills are meant to be used outdoors. The use of propane, wood, or charcoal grills indoors is a hazard that should be avoided. If you prefer to grill indoors, then we suggest you examine our list of the best ceramic grills for indoor cooking.
Now for the downside. It is very likely that you will be paying a higher price for an American grill than a foreign grill. This is a result of the quality in which your grill is made. Grills made outside the United States, particularly in China, typically utilize cheap labor to get their products built quickly and cheaply. Many people in the U.S. are against this form of labor, so they feel as though it is better to purchase a grill made at home, even if it costs a bit more.
Overall, the lesson here reflects the old saying of “you get what you pay for.” If you couldn’t care less about your grill lasting a long time, then maybe these grills don’t fit your agenda, but if you want the most for your money then the USA made grills will get the job done for you.
If you want to celebrate America’s holidays the right way, do it with an American made grill. Not only will you be enjoying great food with friends and family, but you will also be supporting the companies that keep the economy going.
The Weber E-310 is made in China and has been for some time
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Looks like you are right. I just took for granted that all Webers were still made in the USA. Though I don’t have a source, I found this discussion and this talking about Weber GENESIS Grills being made in China. I’m not sure if that’s all Webers or just some. This article from Forbes reads like an ad but claims that Webers are “mostly” made in the US, and it was published in 2013. I’ll update the article!
Webber is made in China and IMO, the quality is not as good and it is a shame that this once great grill company has sunk to making their stuff in CHINA. Shame.
5 letters………. G R E E D
And dumb trade policies and agreements for a long time with China
Where are DCS and Blackstone grills made?
Found out they are made in China?
I’m all for American made .I know it will cost more that’s ok worth it for the quality. I buy American when I cam.
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what about Green Mountain Grills? I love my green mountain made in the USA pellet grill.
GMG grill are made in China
After the Corona virus( made in CHINA)……. I will pass on any grill ………NOT MADE IN AMERICA🇺🇸
Agree, too bad I can’t find an American made pellet grill. Will not buy “Made In China”
CA has a warning on pellet grills, says that cause cancer
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Anything with smoke causes cancer. Many metals have this label too. So does coffee. Anything roasted has carcinogens.
My Yoder pellet grill is made in Oklahoma
MAK Pellet Grill
I have a MAK Pellet Smoker. It does everything I need. I have a Two Star General and it is the best performing grill I have ever owned. Made in Oregon. The temperature control is the best. At the lower temperature settings, I can BBQ slow and low, as well as sear steaks and create wood fired pizzas at the highest temperatures. I purchased an upper grate insert to create a second level in the smoker along with 2 rib racks. This allows me to double my BBQ capacity for ribs, pork butts, and briskets and I can bake 2 pizzas at a time. I purchased 2 meat probes. They work fantastic and are very accurate. I made my own smoker box for the grill, so that I could customize it to my liking. I also made my own thick griddle insert.
The only problem I had, was some moisture got into the auger and ignitor box area during a crazy storm we had with driving rain. It plugged everything up. When I fired up the pellet stove the next week, I had an explosion in the box, which blew open the smoker/warmer lid open and bent it. I had to clear the auger and ignitor box and everything was back to normal. So I would check the ignitor box and auger each time, especially after a large rain.
I could not get the lid replaced but I still love this grill.
John Francis Miller
Broil King pellet grills…USA.
A B C anyplace but china
ABC………..anywhere but China.
Pass it on.
I read that PK Grills are made in China, if so should not be on the list
Does this mean that for all these grills all the parts are made in the USA and the grill is not merely assembled in the USA? Thanks!
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As far as I could tell, these are all manufactured in the USA unless I otherwise state in the review. This was what I could find in my research. I even removed a Weber grill recently because I found out they no longer manufacture them in the USA (they used to!)
This isn’t completely true.. I work for a tool and die shop in Grand Rapids, Michigan and we’re building a tools to manufacture Weber parts. Webers main suppliers are located in Illinois and Grand Rapids. That goes for the metal parts at least.
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Hm. Well I’m hearing conflicting reports. Thanks for adding your info though. People can do their own research and make up their own minds!
How could you leave off Yoder Smokers? Even their pellet grills electronics are US made, granted the chips are probably from overseas but that can’t be helped. Those things are built like tanks. I was stunned that my YS640 weighed almost 600 pounds.
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Thanks for the tip bob! I’ll have to look into those. Haven’t heard of them til now.
Not sure how you overlooked Hasty-Bake Charcoal Ovens. It is a grill/smoker and has some neat features like a lift mechanism that raises and lowers your coal 14″, side load for fuel, etc. It is the OLDEST grill maker in the US, made in Tulsa OK. Been around since 1948. Amazing Ribs has great reviews on them.
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Thanks for the recommendation Sandra!
I purchased a Kudu grill for my son based on your review. I particularly wanted a grill made in the USA. When the grill arrived the box clearly stated Made in China. The arm that holds the cast iron pan was welded on incorrectly and can flip over. I have sent it back and requested a refund. I purchased it through Amazon. We are all disappointed as the concept is great, but we found the construction to be inferior.
The people at Kudu have not responded to us at all.
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I’ve emailed them. I saw a post on their Instagram a while back, so maybe they meant that only some components were made in the USA, or maybe they source parts from China then assemble in the USA. I’ll remove them from this list if they are not manufactured in the US.
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Fixed. I originally saw something on their instagram, but I guess it was a hat they were selling that was USA made, or perhaps that their company was located in the USA. It was strange that when I originally emailed them a year ago about being featured in my USA-made list, they didn’t correct me. Either way. I contacted them, confirmed that it’s China-made. I’ve removed it from the list.
Should have boxed it up and sent it right back to them. Amazon is the worst place to buy anything. They do not disclose where any of their products are made, and the owner of the company is a staunch liberal that funnels Amazon money into left wing super-PACs, not to mention that he also owns Washington Post and is now looking to buy CNN. Enough said.
I just wanted to let you know that not all items made in China are junk. Yes there are a lot that are, but there is a lot that are not. My company manufactures some of the top grills in the world, but our factory is in China. We source parts from all over the world, Italy, Germany, Asia, Brazil, and yes USA etc.. There is no factory in the world like ours, all of our customers offer full un-conditional lifetime warranties on all of their components ( I am not sure of any American company that can say that ). Our factory is all robotic consisting of all German made equipment. Our materials that we use consist of either SUS304, SUS316, Aluminum Valves & Regulators as well as Brass fittings. I try to buy US made products when possible, but if there is an import product that is made better I will go with that to make my money go further. Even though the product is made overseas, it is still a domestic company that has brought the item to the USA. So either way you are still supporting Americans by buying their products. Just my opinion, not trying to argue but pointing out that you have to weigh your options and get what is best for you.
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What’s your company’s grill called? Share a link!
I realize not everything from China is junk however I avoid buying China made products because I don’t want to support a communist country that is trying to destroy the US. They are the enemy like the Soviets were in the say.
100% thank you
Finally a like minded individual who understands that there are two issues pertaining to Chinese Products.
First the obvious; their products consistently are inferior to manufactured products from anywhere else in the world. I’m so tired of manufactures making the statement that their products are; “manufactured under strict quality requirements…….blah blah blah. They have no quality control, and I have yet to buy a toaster or anything else that lasts longer than six months. Pure garbage.
But secondly and more important is the fact that this communist government is staunch anti-American in everyway. Anything pro-American they are against it. They are taking billions of American dollars and building up their military why, “to protect themselves………BS. They have been stealing our technology for decades and the manufacturers are too greedy to resist the urge to use them. They have shot down our spy planes and held the pilots captive while the stripped the plane. They are expanding in the South China Sea, and lied it was for passive reasons and have since been observed building military installations. There is so much to write about them this comment field cannot begin to contain it all.
Smarten up America! Refuse to buy anything made in China Virus Land, and force the greedy manufacturers to bring the production back the the USA. I will gladly pay double, triple, whatever I have to to buy a product that is MADE in the USA. NOT assembled here with Chinese parts, but actually entirely Made In The USA!
Are we enemies to you? We are surrounded on all sides by NATO troops and missiles, you impose sanctions in an attempt to destroy our economy, and instead of developing, we also spend money on weapons to protect ourselves from you. However, I love American products, I have an American TAHOE machine, an American Big Green Egg Grill (made in Mexico), BUCK knives, and now I want to buy a real American smoker, so I came to this forum to choose the best! Greetings from Moscow (Russia) – Alexander
Your co.company sucks
That’s fine, but we prefer American Made, over China Made.
Then explain why your company is in China. Is it to use lower cost labor and exploit workers? Tax reasons? Everyone has a good excuse for destroying American manufacturing which is why the middle class will no longer exist. Corporations lobby to move offshore and sell everyone on how it is better for everyone. Refuse to by CHINA products. That is the only way this will change. Keep your comments about China off a website promoting USA made products!
Everything made in China is junk
If you truly want to be considered a domestic company, which any intelligent person can see that you are not, then you need to have a factory here in the USA employing DOMESTIC workers assembling DOMESTIC products made from DOMESTIC materials.
If your company is located in China, it most definitely DOES NOT manufacture even close to the “top grills in the world”.
My sister just purchased a Weber kettle grill from Home Depot. The first one was broken in the box. It is much cheaper Quality than my parents 33 year old American made and produced weber.
Given what China stands for, and having unleashed the last 5 pandemics on the world (Bird Flu, Swine Flu, SARS, MERS, and now Covid-19), why would anyone by anything from the world’s biggest enemy?
What I’ve seen they say there American made.. https://www.oldsmokey.com/pages/about-us
Huston TX.. didn’t know if anyone could confirm.. the say they been around for long time but I never heard of them.
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Looks like they are made in the USA! I like their “beer can chicken holder” idea LOL
When companies realize that we are not buying the fact that Made in China is Ok, then they will realize that we actually CARE where things are made and WHO makes them.
Broil King grills are made in Tennessee and Ontario, CA
John B (Weber Grills)
May 11, 2020, 9:34:27 AM CDT
We apologize for the delayed response! Our Consumer Care Team’s highest priority remains helping Weber family members with their grilling questions. Due to the pandemic, inquiries have grown. We appreciate your patience and are dedicated to helping address your questions as quickly as possible.
Weber grills are designed and engineered in the USA, incorporating globally sourced parts.
Go-Anywhere, Spirit, Spirit II, and Limited Edition Red Kettle series of Weber grills are assembled in China, incorporating globally sourced components.
Our Q, Summit, SmokeFire, and all charcoal series models (except for Charcoal Go-Anywhere & the Limited Edition Red Kettle) are made in Illinois, incorporating globally sourced components.
Between November, 2018 and November of 2019, Weber used a “dual source” approach to the manufacture of Weber’s Genesis II series gas grills.
Some of the Genesis II grills are manufactured at our plant in Palatine, Illinois incorporating globally sourced component parts. Some of our Genesis II grills are manufactured in China. The quality of the Genesis II grills are identical, no matter where they are sourced from, and the warranty you receive with a Genesis II grill is also identical. Please check the box of a Genesis II series grill and there will be a “Statement of Origin” that identifies the location where the Genesis II grill was manufactured.
As of November 2019, all Genesis II models are again manufactured in Illinois.
Our accessories are designed and engineered in the USA, and many of them are sourced and manufactured outside the USA.
Please let me know if you have more questions.
Associate Global Product Manager, Global Product Management
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Thanks for the clarification Gerard.
If I understand it correctly, only the Weber Grills Genesis II are designed, engineer, and manufactured in the USA, but all weber grills use globally sourced parts.
Is that correct?
Made in the USA is the only way to go! Taking care of my neighbor in
the great United States of America is the right thing to do. Plus the
quality cannot be matched by the garbage put out by China and other
countries. They could care less about quality, safety, durability and
honest business. I had to save up to buy the PK. But now I will grill
with the confidence that my fellow Americans will earn the pay they
deserve to feed their families, too!! Stop buying foreign crap! They
laugh at us because they are cheating us and now with coronavirus,
literally KILLING US! Wake up America, PLEASE!!!
Maybe it’s time for Weber Grills and any other company selling products in the USA begin making their products with real Americans!!
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I couldn’t agree more. I’d pay more for a grill made in the USA
I can’t seem to find a clear answer anywhere! What about Blackstone? I know they are manufactured in the US, but are their parts from China?
Blackstone is chinesium made.
http://www.blazngrillworks.com/ Really great pellet grills quality and results!
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Nice! I like the Blazin’ Slam in the Black Cherry finish. Looks awesome. Made in Nebraska!
Is that you Blaniac?!?….From Minnesota???….If so….small world buddy!!!
Sure is Tom! Looking for Made in the USA and this grill beats them all!
I can not have open flame and am looking for USA made electric grill, does this exist?
I’m thinking of buying a Vermont Castings Vaguard 4 burner grill…are Vermont Castings bbqs made in USA…or assembled in USA like Weber models…can’t find updated info
I have a Vermont Castings 3 burner gas grill I bought 20 years ago. It’s been a fantastic grill but I’m ready for a new one so I found the Vanguards online at Vermont Castings BBQ website and fell in love with the look and design. I was ready to pull the trigger but found out they are now made in China.
K A Heindl
Why Weber? Why globally source?
Weber was a great product. Using marketing spin to trick buyers. Now their grills Have unreliable parts, spirit rusts quick, as based on customer reviews on Weber site, amazon and others. Weber sure did not lower their price using inferior materials, locating factory in China. So profit margin went up, quality down.
Thank you for this article. Had planned to get Weber and now Off to get me a Huntington.
Regards, VA griller
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Yes, I agree. This is very disappointing from Weber.
I love my Wilmington grill. Made in NC. All stainless including the burners
Looking for a gas and charcoal combo made in USA grill. Any suggestions…
It’s so sad that a Made in USA BBQ Grill is so difficult to find
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I agree. It’s an American hobby!
Aussie Grill by Meco sold at WalMart or Lowes made in TN.
Simple gas and charcoal grills for under $100
Made in USA!!
What about Napoleon grills?
Made in Canada except their lower priced Rogue series are made in Commy land -China
I’ve been searching for a flat top grill (griddle grill) made in USA. I’m trying to avoid just ordering a flat top piece to fit my grill. Any insight would be appreciated.
Yup from what I’ve read, Weber blows big chunks now. They sold their soul. a lot of consumers that owned Weber when they still made quality stuff still have those grills and they’re still working today. I am one of them but mine has finally come to it’s end after 19 years! The trouble is most folks think they’re going to get that same quality Weber grill and even recommend a Weber to others because of their experience with the once well made iconic USA brand only to find out a few short years later they’re throw away items like most appliances being built these days. So after researching it appears most everything not just grills are being made in China and they’re all throw away items built to last 3 or 4 years max. What a joke!
MHP grills made in USA
Phoenix replaced the Holland
All usa made lifetime warranty
Get ready to take PK Grills off your list. Currently only the real ‘Original’ is partly made in America and soon to be replaced by the China made ‘New Original’ PK300. All the other models such as the PK360, PKGO, PK300 and the Franklin models are made in CHINA.
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This list is becoming smaller and smaller…