Pros: Propane Charcoal starter, ash catcher, lid holder all built in
Cons: Expensive, on the small side
I bought this grill on a whim back in April because our LP grill was dead. 3rd LP grill by CharBroil that I've owned that's just fallen apart.
The Performer just looks cool to begin with. But when you dig a little deeper, you realize that it really is form meets function.
From the lid holder on the side to the charcoal bin to the ash catcher, this charcoal grill has it all.
I think the best feature in my opinion is the propane charcoal starter. I have a Weber Charcoal Chimney which I use for my small Weber Kettle and my new WSMs. The propane starter on the Performer is what sold me on going back to propane.
The side table is great too! I do all my prep on this table even if I'm not using the Performer.
There are some downsides to this grill though.
The biggest is the price. When I was all done, I ended up spending close to 400.00 on this grill. I could have bought a mid range Weber propane grill for that (and I almost did...)
The other downside is the setup. This thing took nearly an hour to put together because the directions weren't quite clear on several steps. That and one of the holes was off just enough to be a pain.
That being said, it's a charcoal grill. The food is spectacular on it. I can use it for indirect cooking and even smoking if I want.
If you're looking to replace your propane grill but don't want the hassle of lighting charcoal and trying to prep your food and then run to the grill, this is the grill for you.