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

Steve Sheinkopf  |  April 18, 2015  |  3 Min. Read

Viking  |  Lynx  |  BBQ Grills

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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

Additional Resources:

Download the Yale BBQ grill guide with specs, features, BTU outputs of every grill plus tips to buying the riight grill. Well over 80,000 people have read a Yale Guide.


A few review sites have placed this at the bottom of their articles. So here is our take: Our mission is to find reliable products for you to buy. Other review sites may say this as well.

However, we don’t love every product. Quite frankly, it costs us way too much money in repair costs to support less reliable brands.

In fact, we sell fewer brands than most appliance stores. Here is why:

We feel it is our responsibility to repair your appliances after you buy them.

We now have 30 service technicians, each averaging 8-10 calls a day Monday through Friday, plus another 110 on Saturday. That's over 30,000 service calls logged in one year.

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That is why no major retailer has a service department. It costs too much labor, money and time.

Our Blog is a bit different than most others you will read. We cannot write glowing reviews of unreliable products.

Hopefully, the bloggers and organizations who write such glowing product reviews for every brand consider servicing these products first. Only then they will understand the consequences of their marketing.

Steve Sheinkopf

My goal has always been simple: I want Yale to be the best retail experience anywhere. I have tried to create a compelling environment for customers and employees alike.

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