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If you’re in the market for a new grill or outdoor kitchen, then you will have likely come across two specific brands, Alfresco and Fire Magic Grills.
Both of these definitely fall into the luxury category and are two of the top end appliance brands on the market.
Each are similar to one another in price point, however they do differ in terms of aesthetics, core features, and extra features.
If you need some guidance in comparing Fire Magic and Alfresco, you've come to the right place! We made this resource to compare and contrast the two brands to hopefully help you determine which is the better fit for your outdoor kitchen project.
Before we actually go ahead and look at some of the key benefits and features of the products, let's have a quick overview of each of these brands.
Alfresco is well known in the grilling industry, having been established in 1999. They have quickly become one of the most popular brands out there, being made exclusively in the United States.
Their grills are used in a whole host of well-known establishments, including TGI Fridays, California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, and Applebees to name a few.
It is no surprise then, that the products that Alfresco produce are truly meant to provide a culinary grade experience for you - whether in a residential or commercial setting.
One thing that really sets Alfresco apart from other brands is their extensive offering of integrated outdoor kitchen products. Whether it's refrigeration, prep centers, trash chutes, or a simple access door, Alfresco gives you the option to create a truly customized outdoor kitchen.
You can either purchase freestanding grills from their huge range, or portable ones that are easy to maneuver.
They come in all sorts of sizes, with some standing at 30 inches, some at 42, and some reaching 56 inches tall.
They are all either fitted for natural gas or propane, with 2, 3, and 4 burners.
All of Alfresco's grills are made in the USA from 304 stainless steel, so are designed to stand the test of time.
Fire Magic Grills are manufactured by R.H. Peterson, an American company that has been a staple in the outdoor kitchen space for decades.
All Fire Magic Grills are made in the USA and come loaded with features and a luxurious, modern look that integrates nicely into just about any patio setting.
They have a range of different kinds of grills on the market that aren’t limited to gas alone, they also have electric, charcoal, and dual-fuel models.
They have a range of different grill products in their market that are split into different series - such as the Echelon Diamond series, and the Legacy series.
For the most part, each series offers a wide range of grill sizes and features.
For example, the Echelon Diamond freestanding grill stands at a whopping 48 inches, whereas some of their smaller models measure as little as 24 inches, making them super compact.
Fire Magic is also unique in that they offer what we think is the best drop-in grill on the market. These grills are unique because they install almost completely flush with your countertop and are set back away from the edge of your counter.
Now that we’ve given you a good overview of both brands, and a brief history of each of the companies, we can move on to look at some of the grilling products produced by Alfresco and Fire Magic.
We’ve taken a closer look at a few of their most popular grills on the market below.
Alfresco's flagship grill is their built-in ALXE gas grills - with the most popular sizes being the 36 and 42-inch options.
These grills can be configured for either propane or natural gas, depending on what you need at your set up.
ALXE grills are made from incredibly high quality material, constructed from 304 stainless steel which means that you’ll be firing up this grill for years to come.
It also has hell-arc hand-welded seams, with no mechanical fasteners to guarantee its durability. This means there is absolutely no heat or moisture escaping through seams.
Interior halogen grill lights and amber backlit knobs are included standard. A rotisserie kit and rear infrared burner also come with all ALXE grills!
One of our favorite features unique to Alfresco is their wood chip drawer. This drawer has a tiny burner that will heat wood chips, producing smoke, which in turn gets funneled to the main cooking area to flavor your food.
Features We Love
The Echelon Diamond series from Fire Magic has an incredibly beautiful & sleek design that makes it aesthetically pleasing to the eye.
Not to mention, it comes with the option to add a viewing window or an upgraded digital thermometer to the grill.
These features are unique to Fire Magic, and so is their cooking grate. Each of their grills come with cooking grates that are actually flat on the top, which maximizes the contact area made with your food. Ultimately, this leads to a stronger sear and more flavor on your food!
It has comfortable knobs that are designed ergonomically for your touch, with flame safety icons included.
In addition, it has a quantum back-burner which means you can get much more BTU heat for quick and efficient rotisserie cooking.
Features We Love
It's rare to find a built-in charcoal and gas combination grill, and Fire Magic have absolutely nailed it with this unit.
The product features a superior Diamond Sear cooking grind, that features a design with bars that have a completely smooth surface top.
These bars ensure the best possible grilling experience, as they’ve been shaped to transfer heat all the way from the burners to the surface that you’re cooking on.
This product is also powered by gas fuel on one side, for the associated ease and simplicity of cooking this way.
The other side of course features a large charcoal tray where you can build a fire and cook over a smokey flame.
This grill also features 12V interior halogen lights, which allow you to grill during those darker evenings outside.
Made of thick 304 stainless steel, it comes with a lifetime warranty that promises that this grill is built to last.
The knobs which have been installed in the grill have a smooth, comfortable grip and flame icons for your safety.
The grill is also incredibly accessible with a 90 degrees easy access lid.
Features We Love
Alfresco has a 56-inch all grill unit, but this one which comes with a side burner is one of our favorites.
As a side burner is one of the most popular outdoor kitchen products, Alfresco took it upon themselves to create one unit that is essentially a 42-inch grill with a side burner attached to it, all-in-one.
This product has once again been made from 304 stainless steel to guarantee its durability - and it's backed by a lifetime warranty.
It comes with all of the features you expect from an ALXE grill - ergonomically placed knobs that are resistant to corrosion, and placed accurately to ensure your ease of use. It also has a ceramic 5 way heat distribution system that completely eliminates any cold spots in your food.
LED lights are positioned above so you can see exactly what you’re doing.
Features We Love
Both of these grills are extremely high performing and will give you an excellent grilling experience.
If you want to know which you should buy, there are a few points to consider.
Both of these grilling brands, being high-end, are on the pricey end of the spectrum.
They do however, pretty much match each other in price (depending on the model), so if you want to buy one, you’ll find that they pretty much cost the same amount.
Fire Magic and Alfresco's extra features are definitely different from one another, so at the end of the day the better value may come down to which features speak to you more.
It's worth pointing out here that both Fire Magic and Alfresco have sister brands - AOG and Artisan, respectively. Check out the below resources for more on how these brands compare:
Both brands are made from high quality 304 stainless steel and are backed by a lifetime warranty.
Alfresco differentiates itself with hand welded seams, which require no mechanical fasteners.
In terms of ease of use, Fire Magic is so good because of their easy to use lids that fold up to 90 degrees to provide easy access. Their buttons have also been designed to fit comfortably with your fingers, along with having fire hazard symbols for your safety.
Again, at the end of the day both brands deliver on build quality so the choice comes largely down to personal preference.
At the end of the day, it's hard to go wrong with either of these brands. There is a reason both have been around for a long time and are regarded as two of the top luxury outdoor kitchen brands.
With that said, each brand has their own aesthetic and unique set of features.
Have more questions about Fire Magic and Alfresco? Reach out to us and our team of experts will be happy to help you decide between the two.