Posted by Tracy Hollander
In this post we are going to go over the features of two leading brands with one major distinct difference : One is made in China and one in the USA. This comparison is not an apples to apples comparison of outdoor appliances. As Blaze would be in the same category as Coyote or Summerset and Lynx to Alfresco, FireMagic or Twin Eagles.
Burners : Blaze uses a Cast Stainless Burner producing 18,000 BTUs while Lynx uses a Proprietary Cast Ceramic Burner that produces 25,000 BTUs. The Cast Ceramic Burner produces a unique flame unlike any burner on the market. Both offer lifetime warranties on their burners.
Heat Distribution : Blaze uses Flame Tamers and Lynx Briquette Trays. Ceramic Briquettes have the best heat distribution and radiation.
Ignition : Blaze uses a Flame Thrower Ignition while Lynx uses the Hot Surface Glow. Read our post on Flame Thrower Valves to get an understanding of how they operate. The biggest disadvantage to this ignition is if the electrode needs replacing, you must replace the entire valve. This is the only ignition system that requires a valve replacement to repair the electrode.
Why is there a huge difference in price? One Grill is imported and one is US Made
While Blaze has done an amazing job at marketing their brand, many consumers do not realize that that the grill is imported. While there is nothing wrong with purchasing imported products ... we do want to mention that we are the largest grill repair shop in South Florida and one of the leading internet parts retailers and what we find with the imported grills is parts availability. You could be months waiting for parts and that could mean months without your grill. Yes, we did say months. The Blaze Professional Grill is not a true "commercial quality" product like the Lynx.
Lynx is the worlds leading US manufacturer of Grills and Outdoor Kitchen Accessories. They have been in the outdoor appliance industry since the late 90's. They currently share the same owner as Viking Products. They are designed, engineered and manufactured in California.
If Lynx is not within your budget, you must consider Sedona by Lynx it is what we consider to be the "Best Bang for your Buck" US made Outdoor Grill.
Though we realize that not everyone has the budget of Lynx, there are lower priced (yet high quality) options available (AOG or Sedona by Lynx). In our opinion, if you are going to spend almost $3800 on a Blaze, you are better to spend $3349 on a Lynx. You may not get as large of a grill but it will be a much better quality product.
We are authorized service/warranty reps for Lynx and we pretty much know this grill inside and out. We have sold Lynx Grills since the inception of their Premier series.