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Lynx vs Viking BBQ Gas Grills (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

April 18th, 2015 | 1 min. read

By Steve Sheinkopf


Lynx vs. Viking is a comparison between two premium grill companies. It is also a comparison of two companies going in opposite directions...for now.


Manufactured in Mississippi. Started the whole outdoor craze almost 20 years ago with high output and solid stainless construction. Viking was acquired by Middleby of Ohio in February of 2013. Their quality control has suffered a bit lately, but I think this acquisition will be good in the long term for this brand.


Manufactured in California. Started a bit later and is known mostly for their weather resistent cast brass burners and easy-opening lid. Lynx has really become a very reliable band over the last few years, and it all starts with the elements.

Viking vs. Lynx - By the numbers:

viking bbq grill 42 inch VGBQ54224NSS lynx bbq grill L42PSFR2

Viking VGIQ54203REL - $5,399

(Cart BQC5420-SS-42A - $1,899)

  • Two 29K BTU Burners
  • One 30K Sear Burner
  • One 15K Rotisserie Burner
  • Total - 103K BTU

Lynx L42PSFR-2-LP -$6,199

(Includes Cart)

  • Two 25K BTU Brass Burners
  • One 25K BTU Sear Burner
  • One 15K Rotisserie Burner
  • Total - 90K BTU


Both brands have blue LED displays, which improve nighttime visibility, as well as smoker boxes which accomadate wood chips for added flavor. Adjustable temperature on the sear burner for different meats is available on both brands.

Ceramic briquettes on both units capture drippings, generates smoke, minimizes flare-ups and provides better heat distribution.


Viking uses porcelain-coated cast iron grates instead of stainless because it conducts heat better and is easier to clean. They sell stainless as an accessory.

Lynx uses the brass burners instead of stainless tubes because it holds and radiates heat better and is less likely to corrode, especially near the ocean.

Comparing the 42” freestanding grills with 2 burners and 1 sear burner: Lynx doesn’t have as much power as Viking but is a much better value with the brass burners for much less money

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Steve Sheinkopf

Steve Sheinkopf is the third-generation CEO of Yale Appliance and a lifelong Bostonian. He has over 38 years of experience in the appliance industry, and he is a trusted source of information for consumers on how to buy and repair appliances.

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