Dyna-Glo DGP350NP-D Gas Grill Review
Grills don't have to take up the entire deck.
Despite the "common man" vibe that often accompanies grilling outdoors, we've seen a lot of stainless giants that wouldn't look out of place on the patio of a second-home. The Dyna-Glo DGP350NP-D brings some of that highbrow attitude with a heavy stainless exterior, sturdy food trays, and strong performance—only in a smaller package that's designed not to hog the entire deck.
Design, Features, & Usability
Easy to use, with some flaws to give it character.
Relatively small and mobile, the two-burner Dyna-Glo DGP350NP-D doesn't have the features of a more substantial grill—though you wouldn't expect it to. But even with the straightforward design—requiring just a Phillips screwdriver for assembly—it took 74 minutes for us to put it together, around twice the 30-40 claimed in the manual. The design features large wing-like side trays, which jut out to provide a convenient staging area, though they are a bit cumbersome to maneuver. Aside from gas grill standards like thermometer and trays, it's a simple setup.
The grill features simple push and turn ignition system controls, which run two p-shaped burners. We found they could deliver 27,635 BTU/hour each from a liquid propane tank stored below. With the tank hogging most of the space in the compartment, there isn't a whole lot of room for storage, though there's probably enough to fit the grill brush and spatula. The grill cover is easy to lift up, and we're taken with the foam handle—especially because it didn't overheat in our test.
Cleaning the Dyna-Glo DGP350NP-D isn't too challenging. The 335 square-inch enameled cast-iron grates came away easy, after unhooking the warming area's shelf. Users can access the drip pan through the back, though it would be very difficult to remove it before cool down, since this involves lifting a cup of grease with a metal handle.
Not particularly spacious, but it sure preheated quickly.
We were able to fit five test patties onto the grate without cramming them on. Clearly, all but the smallest nuclear families will want to eat more than this in one go, making this grill less than ideal for big get-togethers. If you own this grill, you may want to plan a less formal barbecue where food doesn't need to be done and served at the same time.
The cooking performance itself wasn't particularly uniform, with hot spots directly over the burners. Uniformity isn't always good—people often purposely stack coals to one side to get heat variation in a charcoal grill—but in a gas grill whose burners are on the same settings, you want the grill to deliver similar temperatures across the grill, so you don't have to move food around too much to get consistent results.
This relatively mobile Dyna-Glo seems like a versatile grill with a small footprint.
The Dyna-Glo DGP350NP-D's good combination of mobility and size makes it a decent choice as an all-around grill. It's not small enough for impromptu tailgating, but it's certainly easy to move and its price tag of $249 isn't too hard a hit. Though a bit Spartan, we especially liked the especially large grilling area, and were impressed by the quick preheating performance from the two burners. We expect some people to go larger or smaller, but this grill should be a good choice for a relatively infrequent griller.
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