Posted by Tracy Hollander
When comparing the Fire Magic Echelon E660i to the Aurora A660i you will see from the above illustration that the features are almost identical. The main difference is the design of the grill. The Echelon has a more sleek and rounded contoured design to the control panel while the Aurora is more angled.
The Echelon also features Angled Halogen 12 Volt Internal Oven Lamps, Master Power Switch, Charcoal/Smoker Basket, Recessed High Efficiency Stainless Steel Foam Rotisserie Back-burner with Cover and a Super High Torque Motor and Spit Rod with Meat Prongs and Counter Balance.
The price in the infographic is effective Oct 1, 2018 so if you are considering a FireMagic Grill, do so before the price increase.
If you purchase by September 30, 2018 the Echelon is $4,904.50 and the Aurora varies from $3597.20 (no Rotisserie) to $4,166.70 (with Rotisserie).
The Cast Stainless "E" Burners are made from 1/4" thick cast 304 stainless and weigh over 10 lbs. They feature a lifetime warranty to the original purchaser. A protective lip above the ports, protect clogging from grease.
The cooking grates are a heavy duty diamond sear grate. These grids feature a smooth flat top surface allowing for more food to surface contact. They are made from 304 stainless and have a lifetime warranty.
The heat distribution system is FireMagic's legendary Flavor Grids. They allow heat to rise from burner to cooking grids and disperse heat quickly. You can even put wood or charcoal directly on them for multi-fuel grilling. They are made from 16 gauge 304 stainless steel and are warrantied for 5 years.
The ignition system is Hot Surface and requires 120v on both units
Which do you choose?
While both grill are beautiful, The Echelon Diamond Collection is the top of the line luxury grill in the FireMagic line-up. It will come down to budget and aesthetics. Both grill lines feature amazing built-in accessories including side burners, power and searing burners. The Echelon has a built-in Teppanyaki Griddle that the Aurora line does not have (as of yet).
FireMagic Grill Warranty :
LIFETIME WARRANTY - Cast stainless steel burners, Diamond Sear and rod stainless steel cooking grids, and stainless steel housings.
FIFTEEN (15) YEAR WARRANTY - Brass valves, inner liners, manifold assemblies, and backburner assemblies (except ignition parts).
FIVE (5) YEAR WARRANTY - Flavor grid and infrared burners
Applies to the original purchaser only.