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Lynx Sedona vs. Weber Genesis II LX BBQ Grills (Reviews / Ratings / Prices)

Rick Medeiros  |  June 01, 2017  |  3 Min. Read

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You are probably wondering if spending over $4,000 is worth the money versus a great grill like the new Weber Genesis II LX? Well, it depends on how you grill, so we will look at both grills and then compare.

Lynx

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Lynx grills began back in 1961. For over 30 years, Lynx had been manufacturing stainless steel products for the commercial restaurant industry. These products were engineered to withstand heavy use and the test of time.

Their original vision incorporated the same standard of quality used for commercial restaurant appliances into the company’s luxury outdoor kitchen products and accessories for residential use. As of 2016, Lynx has become part Middleby Corp, which is the same parent company of Viking.

Lynx Sedona Grills

Lynx Sedona L700PSFLP - $3,960

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This Sedona is available in a range of sizes, and can be a built-in grill or a freestanding cart. Sizing ranges from 24, 30, 36, and 42 inches. All models will feature two stainless steel burners with the option of one ProSear Burner taking place of the third depending on size.

Just like Lynx's professional line, Sedona by Lynx also offers a full range of outdoor kitchen equipment to match any style. This is especially helpful if you want to do an outdoor kitchen - think of a second living room outdoors. Addtionally, you can also order an integrated rotisserie and a full line of accessories to accommodate this grill for a truly custom outdoor kitchen.

With this in mind, this grill is extremely well designed, and it features a seamlessly welded body which is visually pleasing. The spring-loaded hood is an especially nice touch, and it lifts with the touch of a finger.

The grill's exterior is made with a smoothly polished 201-grade stainless steel. Most high-end grills are made with 304 grade stainless, which is typically regarded to be the benchmark grade of stainless steel. The blue LED control panel accent lights not only to better locate your burners at night but also offer a stylish look.

Warranty-wise, Lynx is near the top in the industry. It's clear they don't want customers to become frustrated with warranty or service issues. The stainless steel body has a lifetime warranty. The stainless steel burners are protected for 12 years.

Let's breakdown the features and options of the Lynx Sedona Grills:

  • 575-1049-sq.-in. cooking surface   
  • Quality tested spark ignition system with battery backup  
  • Control illumination with blue LEDs  
  • Halogen grill surface light making it easier to avoid working in your own shadow at night.  
  • A Fluid rotating handle allows for effortless accessibility   
  • High-quality heavy gauge Stainless steel grilling grates  
  • Ceramic Briquettes facilitate even radiant heat distribution  
  • Welded construction eliminates gaps where grease and moisture can collect  

The Lynx ProSear Infrared Burner

The 23,000 BTU Lynx ProSear infrared burner is temperature variable. Unlike other sear burners that can only be set on high or off, the ProSear allows you to go from 300 to 1000 degrees very quickly.

The ProSear burner carries a lifetime warranty. You can buy a model without the sear, but even if you're a vegan you can appreciate the quicker pre-heat and uniformity and control of temperature.

Weber 

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In the early 1950's, George Stephen, a Weber employee, cut a marine buoy in half, punched in some vent holes, added legs, and the Weber grill was created. His invention of a domed shape grill with a cover to protect the food from the elements was an instant phenomenon.

Later in 1956, he redesigned the kettle grill closer to the design we know today. Similar to today, George was continuously looking for ways to improve his product.

Weber Genesis II LX Models

Now, Weber has completely redesigned their most popular grills for 2017. The II LX models were designed in the U.S. rather than China, where the other Genesis II are built.

The II LX models have a new "first strike" ignition. For the sake of comparing, high-end gas ranges have this feature for accuracy and longevity. This improvement allows for quicker ignition and better reliability.

Stainless steel Flavorizer burners, for consistency in heat, and a redesigned grease management system as also been improved in their new series.

The LX has an enclosure unlike the regular model that leaves the greased pan exposed to the elements.

You can even monitor your grill with your phone through an app. The new Genesis is also Bluetooth capable with the iGrill3 add-on, so it can advise you on temperature and other functions through alerts on your phone.

This can come in handy if you don't want to be that guy or gal who's constantly hovering over the grill at parties and missing out on all the action.

Let's take a look at all the features and options.

Weber Genesis II LX S-440 - $1,599

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Some General Features will vary based on the size of the grill (hence the ranges).  

  • Available Black or Stainless (E or S) Models   
  • Closed Grill Cabinet   
  • Stainless Steel grates   
  • 2,3,4 or 6 Burners - go with what size allows, or how many people you need to entertain.  
  • 29k-72k BTUs per hour - goes hand in hand with the size of grill.  
  • 494-844 square inches cooking area - see above  
  • Side burner station, 12,000 BTU - I know I know, you don't need the side burner. Try it out. It's not the same as you old Char-broiler and you do not have to go into your kitchen to boil your corn 
  • 1 Handle Light (2 on the 6 burner model) - Just like the Lynx, this is perfect to prevent grilling in your own shadow.  
  • Backlit knob controls are cool and effective at night.  
  • Add $100 for stainless steel  
Weber Genesis II LX Features

 
 
 
 
 
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Lynx Sedona vs. Weber Genesis II LX

Both are great grills. The LX has interesting technology with a new ignition system and the Blue Tooth app. You can actually entertain your guests and monitor your grill by an app on your phone. It's a great grill if that is just what you want to do. 

However, the Sedona is a better grill and here's why.

Lynx has the best sear, and you can sear at any temperature from 300-1,000 degrees for anything from meat to veggies. Infrared is a more focused, efficient heat than regular gas. You will cook quicker and more even. The LX only has an aftermarket plate for searing.

Lynx has more powerful burners (shown below) to cook quicker at 23,000 versus 14,500 for the LX and more evenly as well and briquettes to add more flavor when the drippings touch. 

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If you like to rotisserie meats, then Sedona is built-in versus an aftermarket rotisserie for the LX. The Sedona has a 14,000 BTU burner in the back for more even cooking as well. 

We could also talk about fit and finish as well as the one finger lid opening on a Lynx, but once again, this depends on you.

As I said the LX is a solid grill but the Lynx can sear, roast, and is more powerful than the LX. You can do way more with the Lynx Sedona.

However, it is more than twice more than the LX, so you are paying more for the upgrade

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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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