Recently purchased this Charbroil grill as my other one didn't work any more. I have had this type of grill in the past and have found them to work reasonably well for basic grilling needs. If you are an expert triller, this, however, would nit be a good choice as it is,limited in space and features. Performance Performs well. Doesn't flare up very often if youmare careful to keep the element and grill clean. Starts well - except the automatic starter never seems to last very long on these grills. Versatility It's good for grilling on your patio or backyard. Not very moveable for hauling other places. You can cook a variety of meats and veggies, but, again, if you are a sophisticated griller, this is too basic for you. Ease of Use Pretty straightforward in its use. Ease of Cleaning Best to clean often as otherwise the cooking element gets clogged up and flares up much more often otherwise. Durability Considering that this grill isn't overly expensive, it's about as durable as one can expect. I usually count on these grills lasting a couple of seasons and the plan on getting another. Design Design works well for basic grilling needs.