I have the expensive one and here are my quick thoughts on it. First, it’s not stainless for those who care. Second, in my second season and the electric starter still works (pretty unusual for an outdoor grill). Third, the “infrared” is just an extra plate with tiny holes in it that keep the flame from directly consuming your dinner. Four, the infrared plate means you have to take it out and clean it off every three to five grills. Five, the grill has dials but practically speaking, it has two temps: off and HOT!
But here’s the thing. First, it cooks things better than any grill I’ve ever owned. Meat remains juicy while cooking through. Much easier to cook with then my Weber that sits next to it. Also, the plate with holes in it let’s me dump woodchips into the grill for smoking purposes, which is awesome. Lots of clean up but awesome.
And finally, it was cheap. I could buy two for the price of one Weber. I don’t expect it to last beyond four Seasons but aside from the environmental issues of a “disposable” grill, I felt it financially justifiable.
I bought it pre-assembled btw.
Typed in my mobile so forgive any typos.