Boasting over 1,000 square inches of stainless steel cooking deck, a built-in cutting board, drink cooler, searing station and a heavy duty rotisserie kit with counter balance and four forks the Napoleon Prestige Pro 600 gas grill will elicit the kind of envy from guests that comes from having one of the absolute best outdoor cooking appliances made. With uncompromising quality and equally uncompromising price tag, the Napoleon Prestige Pro 600 is for people who cook outside, a lot, and want the very best.
Where do you begin with a grill like the Napoleon Prestige Pro 600? The word that comes to mind is “wow” and that word keeps resurfacing the longer you look. Let’s start with the basics.
No one is going to mistake the Prestige Pro 600 for a portable grill. Tipping the scales at nearly 300 pounds this is a heavyweight backyard cooking machine that can be used as a freestanding pedestal grill or permanently mounted and converted to natural gas.
The outside is all high-quality stainless steel and chrome, brighter than the bumper off a brand new ‘57 Chevy Bel Aire. Because the lid is so big Napoleon had to put it on a roller hinge, otherwise some people would have trouble lifting it. The lid has to be big to cover 1,062 square inches of cooking space and to provide enough room for the rotisserie.
Underneath the bling the Prestige Pro 600 is powered by six stainless steel burners brought to fiery life by electronic ignition. Up above on the cooking deck is composed of 9.5mm stainless steel cooking rods in the distinctive Napoleon wave shape.
If the feature list stopped there the grill would still be impressive but we’re just getting warmed up. Besides the massive cooking deck the Prestige Pro 600 has a side infrared searing burner. Odd that Napoleon didn’t use the same wave shaped rods as the side burner instead of mixing straight and wave sear lines, but that’s a minor point.
Besides the side burner you’ll also find a recessed cutting board and a drink cooler, something I wish more manufacturers would include. There’s also a little side shelf for sauces, spices and rubs. Another feature that’s very attractive is the ability to add a charcoal tray and cook over a combination of gas and charcoal. Ingenious for people who really like the taste of charcoal but don’t like to wait around all day for the grill to get hot.
Another Excellent feature is the infrared burner for the rotisserie. If you want the true rotisserie chicken, like you get at the store, this will give it to you. I love rotisserie cooking and fixed everything from poultry to leg of lamb, hams and standing rib roasts.
Overall the Napoleon Prestige Pro 600 is a triumph of backyard cooking technology and is one of my personal favorites so far. The price tag is a little steep, so you have to live somewhere you do a lot of outdoor cooking to justify the expense. With a grill like the Prestige Pro 600, there’s no such thing as too many people at your barbecue party and you can expect a lot of grill envy from the neighbors. With a limited lifetime warranty the Prestige Pro 600 may literally be the last grill you’ll ever need to buy.
Pros and Cons:
● Large cooking deck
● 6 burner
● Built-in rotisserie
● Solid construction
● Mix of straight and wave rods between searing station and cooking deck
● Expensive for many budgets
The Napoleon Prestige Pro 600 is hands down one of the best backyard cooking appliances I’ve had the pleasure to review. From the massive stainless steel rod cooking deck to the six independently controlled burners, the Prestige Pro 600 has everything you could ever want in gas grill and a few features even I might not have thought about. With a retail price tag near $2,500, this grill is definitely not for everyone. But if you live somewhere you can cook outside all year, then you owe it to yourself to at least give the Napoleon Prestige Pro 600 a close look.
Maximum Heat: Up to 96,500 BTU’s
Cooking surface: 1062 square inches