A Comparison of The Top Two American Made Built-In Gas Grills
The Alfresco Artisan 32" vs The Delta Heat 32" Grill
The Artisan and Delta Heat are two very impressive mid range grills in the outdoor appliance market.
Since the Artisan is manufactured by Alfresco, we believe that the Artisan leads the marketplace in this class of grill. Just like its parent Alfresco, the Artisan is a much easier grill to maintain and service. It is also a slightly hotter grill than the Delta Heat. With Delta Heat's upgraded lifetime warranty on their burners and added hood assist, they are quickly becoming the favorite in this segment, let's explore them in more detail!
|Number of Main Burners||3||3|
|Main Grilling Area (sq in)||540||525|
|Infrared Sear Zone||Optional||Optional|
|Burner Type||Stainless U Burner||Stainless U Burner|
|Main Burner BTUs||20,000||15,500|
|Ignition||Push Button with 110v||9 volt Electronic Ignition|
|Control Panel Lighting||Yes (Blue LED)||Yes (Blue LED)|
|Rotisserie Burner BTUs||15000||13000|
|Heat Distribution System||Ceramic Briquettes||Ceramic Briquettes|
|Alternate Fuel Insert||
|Made in USA||YES||YES|
They both share a Stainless Steel center fed U shaped burner though the Artisan puts out a bit more BTU's than the Delta Heat. Though, Delta Heat has a better burner warranty than Artisan. (Lifetime vs 15 years)
Both grills utilize a lock in place briquette tray that holds and radiates heat throughout the grilling surface. Simply turn the trays over, fire burners on high with the lid close to self clean.
Both brands have equal warranties on the trays. (Artisan - 5 Years; Delta Heat - 5 Years, excluding briquettes)
Both grills have internal lighting. Artisan only has one light whereas Delta Heat has two internal lights which makes this a better feature than its competitor.
Delta Heat uses a 9 volt Electronic ignition while Artisan uses a 110V electronic ignition (requiring electricity). The electrically powered ignition systems have been proving to be a more reliable method to lighting the gas grill. As you do not have to worry about battery corrosion. Artisan does manufacture a lower priced model, AAEP-32, that does not come with rotisserie or an internal light and utilized a 9 volt battery powered ignition system and is $1,900.
Both grills do require electricity to power the control panel lighting (LED) and interior lights.
Aesthetically, the Delta Heat has a more appealing design than the Artisan. What we do not like about the Artisan is their chrome plated knobs. They corrode in our South Florida Climate.
What we love about the Delta Heat is if you prefer to have a grill without a rotisserie, you do not lose the light features (internal and LED Control Panel) as with Artisan.
Our choice between these grills is the Delta Heat
Why buy a made in the USA grill?
First off, you are building in your grill. When you do this, you are committing to the cut out size in your steel frame and counter-top. You are investing in the structure and it is sometimes cost prohibitive to modify the structure if the appliance fails and there are no replacement parts. You want to make sure you are purchasing a good quality product,
When you buy USA made you can be sure that product support will be available for your grill. When you buy a private labeled or licensed imported grill, you have very limited (if any) product support.
When looking for a built-in grill, you should ask yourself these questions :
1. Is this built-in grill a "licensed" or private labeled product - If so, we recommend staying away from these types of grills.
2. Where is it manufactured? - If it is imported .... Keep in mind, it takes us months, yes, months... sometimes 3-6 to get a replacement burner, knob, heat plate and more. This can be extremely frustrating. Do not invest thousands of dollars in an outdoor kitchen and potentially be months without your grill.
This happens often with many imported brands. Including, but not limited to, Blaze, Bull, Lion, etc. Need a valve or manifold, you may be out of luck when purchasing an imported unit. Very seldom are these parts supported.
3. Invest a little more with a USA made product so that you can have peace of mind and protect your investment.
If you should need any product assistance, please call us at 877-983-0451.