Review of the Grillbot Automatic Grill Scrubber

Everybody enjoys a great, home-grilled barbeque (except vegetarians, of course). Whether you’re grilling for a family reunion, get-together with friends, holiday celebration, a simple dinner, grilled foods never fail to satisfy tummies and taste buds. But after the party is done and everyone’s full, no one enjoys cleaning that grill afterward.

Here’s some good news: technology keeps on relieving us from menial tasks no one likes to do. While there are robots that can vacuum, scrub floors and mop on our behalf, here comes the Grillbot – a robot that scrubs the barbecue grill for you!

The Grillbot Automatic Grill Scrubber  is a battery-powered, grill cleaning robot with three removable wire brushes that automatically cleans your barbeque grill as it rotates. Once you’re done barbequing and the grill is ready for cleanup, simply place the robot on top of the grill, turn it on and put on the barbeque lid. The robot can determine the surface temperature of the grill (ideal temperature must be less than 250 degrees Fahrenheit) and warns through the heat sensor if it’s still too hot to clean. Once it’s ready, the Grillbot will brush the grill and will spin, stop and restart randomly as the robot travels across the surface of the grill. It can be noisy, as it can bang against the lid of the barbeque grill, but it’s easier to endure than scraping off and scrubbing by hand.

With its three rotating brushes, it can scrape away grime, stuck meat scraps and cooked-on residues impressively. It can be operated via three cleaning cycles: 10 minutes, 20 minutes and 30 minutes. Simply press the power button once for 10 minutes, twice for 20 minutes and thrice for the 30-minute maximum scrub. It gives a 5-second delay so you can close the lid, and the LCD display shows a countdown. When finished, the Grillbot will beep, but you can also turn it off manually by holding down the power button.
The robot is installed with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which can last up to 8 years. Its brass brushes are easy to remove and are dishwasher-safe. You can replace it with nylon brushes if you have coated grates, or with stainless steel brushes for heavy-duty grates.

While the Grillbot can clean the barbeque grate thoroughly, it doesn’t reach the bottom. One way to resolve this is to flip the grate after one cleaning cycle and repeat. Also, expect that the robot would be greasy and grimy after just a few cleanings (and especially if you haven’t deep-cleaned your barbeque for months). You will have to remove and clean the brushes for periodic cleanup, which could get your hands dirty, and you’d also need to scrub down the rest of the robot to remove grime and dirt. But of course, it’s still an easier job to do since the hard and dirty task is already done.

The Grillbot isn’t as sophisticated and as “smart” as most robot vacuums or mops, but it doesn’t need to be. Having a simpler design makes it more affordable, plus if you’re a frequent griller, its impressive performance in deep-cleaning your grill makes it worth every penny.