While your author is normally a fan of robot slaves of any description – and grilling-related technology, he is struggling to foresee any scenario where this robotic grill cleaner could be considered useful. The problem is not the product itself, per se but rather what it does: cleaning my grill is the one household chore that brings me pleasure… but then again, I own a modestly sized grill. Would cleaning a Weber Ranch Kettle be as enjoyable? I very much doubt it.
The product description on Hammacher Schlemmer gives a pretty good rundown of what the Grill Cleaning Robot does:
The device has three electric motors and a built-in CPU that rotate three cylindrical brushes to propel the robot across the grill grates and remove burnt bits of food and grease in just a few passes. The brushes’ brass bristles won’t scratch stainless steel or porcelain surfaces and they are removable and dishwasher safe. The device can be set to clean for 10, 20, or 30 minutes and its rechargeable battery provides up to four hours of power after a four-hour charge via the included AC adapter. For use on warm grills below 250° F, the robot will sound an alarm if the cleaning surface is too hot.
All that is pretty cool, but what it seems to me that in utilizing the Grill Cleaning Robot, you would be sacrificing the zen-like experience of brushing down a hot grill, for the mundanity of plugging the thing into the charger, unplugging it, taking out the brushes, sticking them into the dishwasher, taking them out of the dishwasher and sticking them into the robot… and the stress of making sure that the grill is not to hot. Me, I like to keep my barbecuing simple and uncomplicated.