The Skinny:
Top-of-the-line cooking performance; commercial quality; innovative features; stylish control knob lighting; unique two-sided grates for cooking versatility; grease management system; excellent price-point for a luxury gas grill; lifetime warranty

Things To Love:
The DCS Series 9 Evolution delivers incredible cooking performance, with innovative grilling features. The grills sleek, modern style will look great in any outdoor kitchen.

DCS Series 9 grills have stadium lighting built right into the hood. They illuminate the entire grilling area and emits a welcoming glow around the whole grill. Intuitive bezel lighting on the grill knobs glow white when the power to the lights are on. The lights change to orange when the burner is on. No more wondering if you remembered to turn off the burners.

The hood is designed to offer more room inside the grill for larger food items, and the lift-assist allows the hood to be opened easily and smoothly, using only one hand.

DCS grills are known for being high-powered machines, and the Series 9 is no exception, offering incredible cooking performance. The grill features hot surface ignition, which tends to be more reliable than spark ignition, and is powered by 304-grade stainless steel U-shaped burners that are capable of producing a wide temperature range from 300 degrees to an intense 1,100 degrees. While DCS tests and adjusts every burner at the factory, each DCS grill offers a low flame setting adjustment, allowing you to manually adjust each burner valves low setting to ensure you have the widest temperature range possible.

The grill includes unique ceramic rods beneath the cooking grates, that are spaced closely together and cover the entire grilling surface, providing an evenly heated cooking surface. Also, the ceramic rods greatly reduce flare-ups by vaporizing grease and delivering it back to your food as smoke.

If you enjoy smoking food or cooking with charcoal, the Series 9 includes a charcoal/smoker tray that can be inserted in place of one of the cooking grates and ceramic rod trays. The charcoal can be lit using the burner below. This is great for adding delicious smoke to your food while grilling, or you can use the grill as a smoker for low and slow cooking.

When cooking for a crowd, or smoking food low and slow, this grill offers a secondary cooking space that includes two stainless steel racks and a broiling pan that can be configured multiple ways. The racks are perfect for smoking, roasting, and warming, while the broiling pan can be used for catching flavorful drippings while roasting, or making sauces.

DCS' innovative, patented Grease Management System channels grease safely into the grease tray. This begins with the unique double-sided 304-grade cast stainless steel cooking grates that sit at an angle. One side of the grates have grooves that channel grease away from your food, and down into the pull-out grease tray, making clean up easier while reducing flareups. The other side is curved, offering an ideal surface for delicate foods such as vegetables or fish. If you are cooking foods that don't produce a lot of grease, the Series 9's grates can be positioned to sit flat as well.

The grill's rear ceramic infrared burner is one of the most powerful rotisserie kits I've ever used, which is powered by a water-proof motor capable of impressively turning up to 50 lbs of food. The rotisserie motor also features a handy built-in grill light. When not in use, the rotisserie rod can be snapped into place under the grease tray's handle for convenient storage.

To top it all off, DCS grills are covered by a lifetime warranty, along with a two-year on-site labor warranty, which is one of the best offered in the industry and proves that DCS stands behind the quality of their grills.

DCS makes a great add-on for the Series 9 built-in grills in the form of a side storage compartment. Conveniently store your charcoal tray and grates, or your secondary cooking racks and broiling pan when not in use.

Things To Consider:
While the ceramic radiant rods are great for producing even heat across the grilling surface, they are also breakable, and might need replacing at some point. If they break, it will usually be due to dropping something on them, like a cooking grid.

You'll Like This Grill If:
If you're looking for top-of-the-line performance, along with innovative features at an amazing price-point for a luxury gas grill.