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Hestan vs. Lynx Professional Grills (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Rick Medeiros  |  June 25, 2019  |  6 Min. Read

Lynx  |  Professional Grills  |  BBQ Grills  |  Hestan

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If you are looking for a premium grill, you'll step into the world of higher output, faster cooking, and better searing capability.

The best brands are Lynx, Kalamazoo, DCS, and Hestan for premium grills. Among the best BBQ grills, Weber has always dominated the lower to mid-priced grills, while Lynx and Kalamazoo have been on the cutting edge of professional.

Hestan vs. Lynx Professional BBQ Grills

Hestan vs. Lynx Professional BBQ Grills

 

In 2017, Hestan launched a trendy yet different professional grill. Many people compare Hestan vs. Lynx in the store, so it seems fitting to write a comparison.

In this article, you will learn the critical features for both Hestan and Lynx, followed by a side-by-side comparison. As of 2018, Lynx has also made a significant radical change to its burner.

First, let's look at both brands starting with Lynx Professional Grills.

Lynx

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For more than 30 years, Lynx Professional Grills, founded in 1996, has been manufacturing stainless steel products for the commercial restaurant industry.

These products were engineered to stand up to heavy use.

The Lynx founders were committed to incorporating the same high standards used for commercial restaurant products.

Since then, they have improved the grill and were the first to have an easy opening cover, LED lights, and the variable sear.

Lynx has a better-infrared sear because you can change the temperature from 300 to 1000 degrees perfect for searing a variety of food. Vegetables and fruits brown at lower temperatures and proteins at higher temperatures.

Most manufacturers offer one or two temperature choices for searing.

Lynx professional grills are available in 5 different sizes.

Lynx-L54TR

  • L27TR - $3,549
    • 27" Built-In Grill - 1 Trident w/ Rotisserie, NG
  • L30TR - $4,159
    • 36" Built-In Grill - 1 Trident w/ Rotisserie LP
  • L36TR - $5,859
    • 36" Built-In Grill - 1 Trident w/ Rotisserie LP
  • L42TR -$6,849
    • 42" Built-In Grill - 1 Trident w/ Rotisserie NG
  • L54TR -$7,819
    • 54" Built-In Grill - 1 Trident w/ Rotisserie LP

Features:

  • Cast ceramic burners at 25,000 BTUs EA
  • Control illumination with blue LED's
  • Halogen grill surface light
  • Heat stabilizing design
  • Temperature gauge
  • Fluid rotation handle
  • Lynx Hood Assist Kit
  • Stainless steel grilling grates
  • Dual-position rotisserie with heavy-duty, 3-speed motor and rear infrared burner (14,000 BTU's) Heavy-duty welded construction eliminates gaps where grease and moisture can collect
  • Premium smoker box included
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Overview

Lynx currently dominates the industry with its professional grills. Lynx, known for their brass burners, introduced an industry exclusive in 2016 - the Trident Infrared Burner.

This allows the entire grill surface to sear meats at high heat and cook fish and chicken at lower temperatures. The burners range from 300-1,000 degrees just like their regular infrared sear.

However, in 2018, Lynx changed its cast brass burners to ceramic. All metal can corrode over time, even cast. Ceramic could be great because it should not corrode, but it can break (in theory).

They also make their entry-level line known as the Lynx Sedona, which is cheaper to import.

This is their older grill line featuring 23,000 BTU burners instead of the PRO's 25,000 BTU and lighter in overall construction with their more former and less powerful sear station.

Hestan Grills

Hestan Grill

Hestan is a subsidiary of Meyer Corporation, the largest cookware supplier in the U.S.A. Before producing outdoor kitchens, Hestan's engineers studied alongside chefs in commercial kitchens for many years.

They adapted the restaurant kitchen based on how chefs cook. The grills are manufactured entirely in the company’s 70,000+ square-foot, state-of-the-art headquarters in Anaheim, California.

The Hestan professional grills are available in 3 sizes. 30, 36, and 42 inches:

30-inch professional Hestan Grill Top wihtout Cart
  • GMBR30 - $4,949
    • 30-inch professional Hestan grill top without Cart (featured above)

Hestan GMBR36CX2

  • GMBR36 - $11,738
    • 36" Hestan Outdoor Grill with Double Side Burners
  • GMBR42 - $12,638
    • 42" Hestan Outdoor Grill with Double Side Burners

The color options are extra.

Features:

  • Heavy-duty Horizon Hood ™ opens easily with spring-assisted hinges and holds it in place at your desired height for easy access.
  • Halogen Stadium Lights™ illuminate the entire cooking area with motion-activated under-hood lighting.
  • Patent pending ceramic infrared top burner delivers 12,000 to 18,000 BTUs – perfect for searing/finishing and cooking with the included rotisserie.
  • Trellis Burner™ design delivers 25,000 BTUs of high-performance power with more excellent heat coverage and precision control.
  • DiamondCut Grates™ create a superior grilling surface and better heat distribution with ultra-heavy-duty 5/16″ stainless steel (lasered in-house).
  • High-performance variable ceramic infrared sear burners offer 25,000 BTUs each.
  • Flip-to-clean radiant tray with monogrammed ceramic briquettes generates smoky flavor from drippings.
  • Concealed whisper-quiet rotisserie motor system features a chain-driven, single-speed, 6 rpm, 50-lb motor.
  • Patent-pending stainless steel DiamondCut™ warming rack is lasered in-house with three vertical positions and offers concealed storage when not in use.
  • One-push automatic ignition system fires up the grill with a single click.
  • LED front control panel lighting makes controls easy to operate even at night.
  • Available in Natural Gas (NG) or Liquid Propane (LP).

Overview

Style and performance: Hestan's professional grills also can be custom tailored with colors to make your own.

Hestan (along with DCS) has the most potent rotisserie burner. At 18,000 BTU, it will quickly and more evenly cook the meats on your rotisserie.

Hestan-Grill-Rotisserie

Hestan Rotisserie

The rotisserie is hot enough to be used as a secondary cooking surface for parties.

However, the thick diamond cut grates hold a sear adequately without having to buy an additional sear burner.

Hestan-Grill-Grates

Hestan Grates

Both brands have briquettes over their burners and can be flipped over for cleaning.

Budget-Friendly: The Hestan Aspire

Hestan's entry-level line, known as the Aspire, features standard 304 stainless burners at 23,000 BTUs. You can order this grill with five custom finishes instead of the 12 on the pro series. The rotisserie burner also drops from 18,000 to 14,000 BTU.

You can read more about all of Hestan’s grills, including the Hestan Aspire, by clicking here.

What's the difference between Hestan and Lynx Pro Grills?

 

    Hestan GMBR36

   Hestan GMBR42

Lynx L36ATR

Lynx L42ATR

Fuel Type:

Natural Gas (NG) or Liquid Propane (LP)

Natural Gas (NG) or Liquid Propane (LP)

Natural Gas (NG) or Liquid Propane (LP)

Natural Gas (NG) or Liquid Propane (LP)

Grill Type:

Built-In or Freestanding

Built-In or Freestanding

Built-In or Freestanding

Built-In or Freestanding

BTU Output

(Main Burners):

Up to a total of 75,000 BTU

Up to a total of 75,000 BTU

Up to a total of 69,000

Up to a total of 69,000

Smoking Capabilities:

Not Integrated 

(Surface Accessory)

Not Integrated

(Surface Accessory)

Yes

Yes

Rotisserie:

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Side Burner:

Optional

Optional

Optional

Optional

Infrared:

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Finish:

12 Designer Color Options

12 Designer Color Options

Stainless Steel 

Stainless Steel 

Warranty:

1-year parts and labor

1-year parts and labor

1-year parts and labor

1-year parts and labor

I’m sure you have noticed these grills have many similarities - high-quality construction, stainless steel grates, and high-powered sear stations, to name a few.

However, let’s cover how the Lynx and Hestan pro-style grills differ.

Lynx has ceramic burners, and Hestan's are Chromium, which resists tarnishing and has a high melting point. This will stand up to the elements better in variable weather like the Northeast.

Ceramic is a new burner in the industry as of 2018, but both burners will have lifetime guarantees. However, ceramic breaks if it's dropped or mishandled.

All-Gas vs Infrared Searing on Grills

 

Lynx does make an all infrared sear. However, infrared is a hot, direct heat. You will cook faster with an infrared burner. However, you can also burn your food more quickly as well, so be careful.

The Hestan has thicker grates to absorb heat for searing without the possibility of burning foods like an infrared.

Lynx has more options, all sear burners, all burners or a combination of both. Hestan has chromium burners with a sear zone.

Conclusion

Lynx grills are still good, but they may have fallen behind to the newer grills like Hestan with better grates, rotisserie, and an 18,000 vs. 14,000 BTU secondary infrared rotisserie burner.

If you like to cook fast, consider an infrared grill.

Lastly, before you decide on a professional grill, make sure you compared it to a less expensive top of the Line model, like the Weber Summit. It does have less power than a pro but has useful features for half the money.

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Rick Medeiros

Rick Medeiros has over 10 years of appliances sales experience and is in the appliance sales department at Yale Appliance + Lighting. He enjoys travelling, live music and learning to play the guitar.

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