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Lynx vs. DCS Professional BBQ Grills (Reviews/Ratings/Prices)

Amy Ross  |  June 27, 2016  |  3 Min. Read

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Professional grills are about solid steel construction and high output. Typically a professional grill has an output of 25,-27,000 BTU per burner versus 10,000 on a standard grill. Professional grills also feature a better sear and the ability to smoke meats.

Professional grills have become popular with the trend towards outside outside living especially down South (although ironically, this kitchen below is in Philly).

Outdoor Kitchen featuring Lynx Professional Grills

Comparing professional grills, however, tends to be very difficult. The specifications seem similar from BTU's to gauge of metal. Many grills like Alfresco, Viking, Wolf, and countless others are virtually indistinguishable from each other. You can be easily confused.

Lynx and DCS would be in that class. Lynx practically invented the professional grill, and at one time DCS was the most popular professional grill on the market.

However, there are differences between the two. Let’s have a look.

DCS

DCS is an appliance brand known for its professional style cooking products and outdoor barbecues. DCS was purchased by Fisher & Paykel, which is a conglomerate out of New Zealand known for manufacturing apartment size refrigeration, laundry, and dishwasher drawers. Fisher & Paykel is now owned by the Chinese company, Haier.

DCS began manufacturing cooking products in the late 80’s with their grill being the most popular at one time.

Take a look at their newest professional 36" grill.

BH1-36RGI (on cart) - $6,199

DCS BH1-36RGI 36 inch pro bbq grillFeatures:

  • Ceramic radiant technology  
  • Double sided stainless steel grilling grates (36" & 48" models only)  
  • Full surface searing  
  • Grease Management System
  • Griddle plate  
  • Hood temperature gauge  
  • Hybrid IR burner  
  • Metal dials  
  • One-step direct burner ignition  
  • Rotisserie  
  • Smoker  
  • Warming rack  
  • Weather resistant

DCS is designed with flexibility in mind. They are engineered to deliver functionality and power. Their new design allows you to cook a wide variety of meals at one time. This model gives you the option to cook with a rotisserie, griddle, and hybrid infrared burner. The griddle and infrared burner are interchangeable with additional cast iron grates.

This allows you to use the entire cooking surface to sear as high as 950 degrees with three 25,000 BTU burners. DCS grills are hand-finished with weather resistant metal to withstand the extreme weather conditions.

Lynx

Lynx professional grills started in 1961. For more than 30 years, Lynx had been manufacturing stainless steel products for the commercial restaurant industry. These products were engineered to stand up to heavy use and the test of time.

Lynx founders were committed to incorporating the same high standards used for commercial restaurant products into the company’s luxury outdoor kitchen products and accessories for consumers. As of 2016, Lynx is now part of Middleby Corp, which is the same parent of Viking.

Take a look at Lynx 36" professional grill.

L36PSFR2 (with cart) - $5,899

lynx L36PSFR2 pro bbq grill

Features:

  • Two cast brass burners and one ProSear 2™ Burner (73,000 BTUs)
  • 935-sq.-in. cooking surface (640 primary, 295 secondary)
  • Hot surface ignition system
  • Control illumination with blue LEDs
  • Dual halogen grill surface lights
  • Heat stabilizing design
  • Temperature gauge
  • Fluid rotation handle
  • Lynx Hood Assist Kit
  • Premium smoker box included
  • Stainless steel grilling grates
  • Dual-position rotisserie with heavy-duty, 3-speed motor and rear infrared burner (14,000 BTUs)
  • Ceramic Briquettes facilitate even radiant heat distribution

Lynx Overview Video

Lynx produces premium grills offering a durable cast brass heating element. Brass will not corrode, especially near the water. These burners will hold the heat and radiate a high temperature through the ceramic briquettes facilitating an even heat distribution.

The rotisserie system has 3 positions and has a rear infrared burner for optimal heat creating a great sear or crisp on any roast.

Lynx grills are built with a heavy-duty welded seamless construction therefore it's free of gaps and seams where moisture and grease can collect. The hood assist is a nice feature. The grill hood weighs nearly 40 lbs so Lynx has positioned springs to create a seesaw like balance when the hood opens and closes.

Three years ago, Lynx featured their new Trident ProSear 2. It is the only variable sear capable of temperatures as low as 300 degrees to a high of 1,000 degrees.

This will allow you to sear less dense foods like fruits and veggies without overcooking it.

Which is Better?

Both of these grills are solid and reliable with first year repair under 10%. The BTU is the same. The opening of the Lynx is a bit easier and the cast brass burners weathers better than any other grill.

With the BTU output being similar, the real difference is the sear. DCS is designed to sear on the whole grill whereas the Lynx will sear on roughly a third, but at a lower temperature.

So the question is: What do you sear and how much? Both are great grills.

Additional Resources

Want to learn more about BBQ grills? Read the Yale BBQ Buying Guide with differences between ceramic, gas and hybrid grills along with detailed profiles of Lynx, Alfresco, DCS, Kalamazoo, Weber, Broil King, and more. Well over 165,000 people have read a Yale Guide.

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Amy Ross

Amy Ross is an Appliance Sales Consultant at Yale Appliance + Lighting. Amy once competed in the junior Olympics and enjoys spending time with her family .

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