Napoleon Gas Grill

Last updated date: September 13, 2019

DWYM Score
8.2

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 203 expert reviews, the Napoleon Napoleon Gas Grill placed 7th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 30, 2019:
Checkout The Best Gas Griddle for a detailed review of all the top gas griddles.

Expert Summarized Score
8.4
7 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.9
61 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Uses four main burners, which ensures an even heating across the entire grilling surface. We love how it includes both an infrared side burner for specialty grilling, as well as a rear rotisserie burner. Automatic ignition system will give you a reliable performance.
- BestReviews
It really is very good. The heat output is excellent, as is the quality of the components.
- Derrick Riches
August 13, 2017 | Full review
Thankfully, the Napoleon Built-In LEX 485 comes pretty much already assembled. There are some minor parts which you will have to put together yourself, but they are backed by easy-to-follow instructions.
- The Grilling Life
July 20, 2017 | Full review
This grill is less likely to flare up with high fat content foods, but a full grill may still flare up.
- Consumer Reports
There are three stainless steel primary burners in the cookbox, surrounded by double walls to keep the heat inside where it belongs. The unusually-shaped grids (in a wave pattern) are also stainless, as are the underneath sear plates. The LEX heats up quickly, maintains heat uniformly, and grills like a dream.
- Groom and Style
August 3, 2019 | Full review
The Napoleon LEX 485 can get incredibly hot. Which is nice in a natural gas grill. Their signature “Wave” grill grates also absorb heat nicely. Just give the grill a solid 7 to 10 minutes to fully preheat, and the grates will give you a strong and visually distinctive steakhouse sear.
- Best Grill Reviews
December 12, 2019 | Full review
Both shelves have full function. One with a built in side burner and the other with an ice-well, so you can enjoy a beverage or three while you’re cooking meat! The other would be great for cooking sauces, or other side dishes to accompany all the meat you’re grilling!
- Best Kitchen Reviews
What experts didn't like
Very pricey. Probably larger than what many need.
- BestReviews
Comparable in every way except one, price. That is really the issue with Napoleon.
- Derrick Riches
August 13, 2017 | Full review
However, that much-talked about charcoal tray does not come included with the grill itself.
- The Grilling Life
July 20, 2017 | Full review
The 485 isn’t the biggest or most expensive in the LEX line
- Groom and Style
August 3, 2019 | Full review
Small warming rack
- Best Grill Reviews
December 12, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The Napoleon LEX485 gas grill with rear & side infrared burners (LEX485RSIB-1) is made With durable Stainless Steel to look good while shrugging off even the harshest weather. They have everything needed to create delicious meals with a creative flare. Ample storage provides the perfect place to tuck your favorite grilling accessories. Generous side shelves make preparing succulent feasts a snap. Stainless Steel cooking grids retain the heat & produce even cooking. For grilling after dark, The i-Glow backlit control knobs shine A brilliant blue. Four main burners provide an outstanding burner to grilling surface ratio, which means better, more even heating, meeting all of your barbecuing needs. Feed a crowd, grillingup to 24 hamburgers at once. Sear steaks, roast holiday meals, Bake desserts & breads, smoke, & even rotisserie meals using Napoleon's LEX485RSIB-1 gas grill. A double walled lid holds heat in for oven-like performance. The ceramic infrared burners provide incredible heat for the perfect crust & juiciest meat when using the infrared side burner or rear rotisserie burner. Napoleon's jet fire ignition system means fast & easy lighting every time. The LEX485RSIB-1 has everything needed for a fantastic grilling experience.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Weber Spirit Gas Grill
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 24
2. Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 36
3. Weber Genesis II Gas Grill
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 16
4. Napoleon Prestige 500 Gas Grill
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 18
5. Dyna-Glo Gas Grill
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 27
6. Masterbuilt Smoke Hollow Gas Grill
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 49
7. Napoleon Gas Grill
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 7
8. Char-Broil Performance Gas Grill
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 10
9. Even Embers Gas Grill
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
10. Nexgrill Gas Grill
Overall Score: 7.2
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Gas Griddles

Grilling delicious food outdoors has never been easier, thanks to the wide range of storage-friendly grills now on the market. You can get the same great quality in a grill that folds down for easy storage. Some grills are even portable, sizing down to make transporting to tailgating events and picnics easy.

It all comes down to taste, though, regardless of other factors. Newer grills are built to pack a great deal of flavor into the burgers, steaks, chicken and other meats you make. Grill designers understand the elements that prevent meat from drying out and build their burners and grates to match that.

Newer grills have two options when it comes to grates: stainless steel and cast iron. The latter types are often coated in porcelain for easy cleanup and better heat distribution. Both grate designs provide durability to ensure you get years of use out of your grill, even if you’re a frequent outdoor chef.

Before you buy, consider the surface area you’ll need for cooking. If you only cook for yourself or your small family, it may never be an issue. However, the first time you have a cookout, you’ll notice the size of your grill’s surface. If you plan to cook dozens of burgers, hot dogs or even a few large steaks at once, consider a grill with a larger surface area. Most manufacturers list the square inches of grill surface among their specs.

One issue many grillers have with grills is that they don’t always cook evenly. You’ll want a grill that provides the same level of heat on every square inch of the surface to ensure you don’t have to spend your time moving food around to make sure it cooks. This is especially important if you regularly cook for groups, as it will allow you to maximize the cooking space you have.

Monitoring the temperature of your items can be tough, particularly when cooking thicker meats, like burgers or steaks. Some grills have thermometers built in so you can monitor the heat on an ongoing basis. But you may also want to look into a meat thermometer that will allow you to test the temperature of your meats for doneness.

Warming centers can be lifesavers if you’re trying to balance multiple items at once. If you don’t have enough room on your grill to cook numerous items at one time, you’ll want to be able to slide some items into an area where you can keep them warm while you grill the rest of your meal.

DYWM Fun Fact

Today, we associate tailgating with sporting events and music concerts, but parties surrounding a mode of transportation date all the way back to Ancient Rome. As legend has it, after an especially chaotic chariot race, Julius Caesar held a celebration at the Coliseum, reportedly serving party foods and beverages directly out of the back of his chariot.

Tailgating has also been traced to the Battle of Bull Run during the Civil War in 1861, where revelers are said to have cheered on soldiers from the sidelines while drinking and eating from their carriages. Soon after, fans in horse-drawn carriages supposedly launched modern-day tailgating by celebrating the matchup between Rutgers and Princeton. During this event, some say they grilled sausages near a horse’s tail, launching the term “tailgating,” although many disagree with this theory of the origination of the word.

The Gas Griddle Buying Guide

  • A good gas griddle starts with its design. If you’re familiar with Weber’s Genesis line, you’ll appreciate the build of the Weber Spirit Gas Grill and Weber Genesis II Gas Grill. Both use the GS4 high-performance grilling system, with each having its own unique look. The Weber Spirit Gas Grill has three stainless steel burners and porcelain-enamel, cast-iron cooking grates. The Weber Genesis II Gas Grill features stainless steel grates and three burners.
  • The Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill and Char-Broil Performance Gas Grill both use cast-iron grates coated with porcelain for improved performance. The Char-Broil Performance Gas Grill’s grates are rust-resistant for durability.
  • If you’ve ever tried to start a grill that doesn’t have a more advanced ignition system, you know how frustrating it can be. The Weber Spirit Gas Grill uses the Infinity ignition system, which is known for providing reliable starts. The Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill features matchless ignition, which lights with just one touch. The Char-Broil Performance Gas Grill uses the Surefire Electronic Ignition System to provide one-touch start.
  • For those who regularly cook for groups, it’s important to pay close attention to cooking space. The Weber Spirit Gas Grill provides an impressive 529 square inches of grilling area, compared to the Char-Broil Performance Gas Grill’s 500 square inches and the 285 square inches you get from the Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill.
  • No matter what other features your grill has, the bottom line is how good your food actually tastes when you cook on it. You’ll find the GS4 grilling system on the Weber Spirit Gas Grill and Weber Genesis II Gas Grill provides tasty results. You’ll get moist, tender meats and extra flavor, thanks to the built-in Flavorizer bar.
  • Temperature control is also essential to delicious results. You’ll want to make sure your grill’s surface cooks evenly to avoid inconsistency. The Weber Spirit Gas Grill and Weber Genesis II Gas Grill feature precise temperature control for even cooking. The Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill uses an oval heat diffuser to keep cooking even.
  • The heat output on the Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill makes it stand out. You’ll get 20,000 BTUs of heat, making it far hotter than the typical grill. The side burner on the Char-Broil Performance Gas Grill provides impressive heat output, as well, recently having been upgraded to 13,000 BTU.
  • Putting your grill together can be complicated, so it’s important to keep that in mind when searching for a gas griddle, particularly if you plan to routinely take it on the go. The Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill is especially easy to set up, requiring you only place the foot on the towing handle, lift it until the stand is extended, lock it into place and attach the propane cylinder.
  • Temperature control is easy with the Weber Spirit Gas Grill, which provides easy-to-use knobs that make it perfect for newbies.
  • One issue with the Weber Genesis II Gas Grill is that there’s no readout on the grill itself, which means you have to use the app just to determine what temperature the thermometer is registering.
  • The nonstick surface on the Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill makes it easy to cook with a minimum amount of oil, which comes in handy during tailgating, camping or picnics at the park.
  • Cleanup is also a consideration when choosing a grill. The Weber Spirit Gas Grill and Weber Genesis II Gas Grill both use a grease management system that keeps messes to a minimum. The Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill also has a grease management system, and it can be easily removed for cleanup. The porcelain-coated grates can be wiped off with a paper towel. The stainless-steel, enameled grate on the Weber Spirit Gas Grill and Weber Genesis II Gas Grill provides years of durability. The cast-iron grill build of the Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill and Char-Broil Performance Gas Grill can also withstand years of use with little wear.
  • Warranties can also make a big difference in your confidence in a product. The Weber Spirit Gas Grill and Weber Genesis II Gas Grill come with 10-year warranties, which should see you through the life of your grill. The Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill comes with a five-year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
  • The propane tank scale on the Weber Spirit Gas Grill helps you avoid running out of propane unexpectedly, and the side tables come in handy for resting items like your grilling tools while you work. It also has a temperature probe built into the lid to help you monitor performance.
  • The Weber Genesis II Gas Grill has a thermometer on the side that monitors your food’s status and sends the information via Bluetooth. It also has a light attached to the lid, which comes in especially handy while cooking at night.
  • One of the best features of the Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill is the grill grate interchangeability, which lets you switch out your grill for a griddle surface.
  • A warming area is great for keeping items heated if everything isn’t finished at once. The Weber Spirit Gas Grill does this through a warming station, while the Weber Genesis II Gas Grill has a warming rack.
  • If you’re looking for a grill you can easily take on the road with you, the Coleman RoadTrip LXE Gas Grill is the one to consider.
  • Even if your grill stays home, it can come in handy to be able to fold it up and store it. The Weber Spirit Gas Grill has side tables that fold down when you aren’t using them, and the frame of the Weber Genesis II Gas Grill folds for easy storage. The Weber Genesis II Gas Grill has four wheels, making it easier to move than the Weber Spirit Gas Grill, which has only two wheels, requiring you to lift one side to roll it around.