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Although not as popular as those manufactured by Weber, grills made by Holland still have many fans all over the country. One of the most interesting things about this company is that it gives its products patriotic names, such as the Liberty or the Independence grill. The model we’re about the review is no exception to this rule – its name is Holland the Freedom Grill.
This value-priced model comes with a number of convenience features and offers solid performance. Some of its most significant advantages include a 20,000 BTU cast-iron burner, heavy-duty construction, thermometer mounted on the lid, rotary spark ignitor, stainless steel flame deflector, and many other features.
The company is quite proud of the products in their Liberty Line, as they’re selling considerably well when compared to their older Apex and Epic grills. One of the reasons behind this is precisely in the fact that these new models come loaded with bells and whistles – just like the Freedom grill.
In the following paragraphs, we’ll take a closer look at these features. Our goal is simple – to find out this model’s value for the money. If you’re interested in buying a Holland grill, keep reading. This just might be the model you’ve been searching for.
This is a liquid-propane gas grill manufactured by the Holland Grill Company (North Carolina).
- 400 square inches of cooking space
- Cast iron, stainless steel, and aluminum as build materials
- Stainless steel cooking grid
- 20,000 BTU cast-iron burner
- Rotary spark ignitor
- Lid-mounted thermometer
- Heavy-duty wheels for portability
The company decided to listen to its fans and add a couple of convenience features. The model is quite similar to Liberty grill, which is still one of Holland’s most successful products. However, Freedom is a newer and better model, and as such, comes at a higher price.
Why Get It?
One of the first things to notice about this grill is its simple yet functional design. Coming in full black, the Freedom looks quite similar to most other gas grills on the market. It’s a square-shaped model with two chimneys and two caster wheels, and looks just like we expected it to look. As we already mentioned, all three grills in Holland’s new lineup look quite similar to one another.
Fortunately for those looking for longevity and durability, this is one of Holland’s sturdiest grills yet. The primary build materials here are stainless steel, cast-iron, and aluminum. Combined, they give this model the necessary sturdiness that one expects from a grill coming at this price.
For example, the unit’s support pillar, side-shelf brackets, and body wrappers are all made from aluminum. The same goes for body end panels, which have been manufactured from cast aluminum and are powder-coated. Freedom’s burner, on the other hand, is made out of cast iron and is guaranteed for the life of the appliance. We were quite pleased to see the heavy-duty aluminized steel base, which is also powder-coated for added durability.
Each of the grills in the new range features a single cast-iron burner, and Freedom is no exception. With the output of 20,000 BTUs (British Thermal Units), there’s no need to worry about performance. Moreover, the burner comes shielded by a stainless-steel, flame-deflecting housing.
Another excellent feature is the company’s propriety aluminum drip pan. As you can already guess, its job is to catch the food particles and falling grease. By doing this, it prevents them from hitting the flame and in that way prevents dangerous flare-ups.
Although this might seem insignificant, it is, actually, one of Freedom’s best features. Flare-ups can be really nasty, as they appear quite quickly and pose a direct threat to the food you’re cooking. These intense flames can quickly ruin the meat, leaving it with a thick layer of dark smog all over it.
The cooking area of this grill is a sizeable one, at 400 square inches. It allows the user to easily cook two turkeys or four chickens at the same time. This makes it an ideal choice for larger families. However, the model is also highly suitable for large outdoor gatherings.
With it, you’ll be able to quickly prepare large amounts of typical tailgating meals, such as hot dogs or burgers.
One-temperature cooking is another feature of this model, allowed by the on-off valve. We also liked the presence of a convenient rotary spark ignitor. As you can already guess, it provides a quick start and is bound to be appreciated by the less patient grilling enthusiasts. The unit’s NuSide side shelves also deserve words of praise, as they’ve been approved for direct food contact.
Another advantage worth mentioning is the presence of heavy-duty caster wheels. These allow one to move the Freedom grill from one place to another easily. This kind of portability is essential to most potential buyers. The model’s weight of 210 pounds would make it very difficult to move around if it weren’t for the wheels.
When it comes to other features, one that deserves a special mention is undoubtedly the lid thermometer. It’s an invaluable feature to all those who want to be really precise when preparing their favorite meals. Although not the most accurate thermometer out there, it still does its job pretty well.
We also like how easy it is to control the unit. The control knobs are straightforward and easy to figure out. There is also a convenient utensil holder, as well as the stainless-steel towel bar handle.
The model’s two chimneys create a consistent and even temperature that’s effortless to maintain. This makes Freedom an excellent choice for cooking steaks.
Warranty & Accessories
Holland the Freedom comes accompanied by an exceptional warranty deal. First of all, there’s a limited 5-year warranty against burn out and rust-through for the top and bottom shelves.
Secondly, all of the unit’s functional parts are covered by a 1-year warranty. Finally, there’s a generous lifetime warranty on the cast-iron burner and the stainless steel cooking grid.
There aren’t many accessories available for this grill, and Holland’s special canvas cover is probably the most useful one. Made out of coated polyester fabric, its job is to protect the model from the elements and other outdoor wear and tear. It comes with robust side clasps that prevent the wind from blowing it off.
Pros & Cons
- Excellent construction quality
- 20,000 BTU cast-iron burner
- Sizeable cooking area – 400 square inches
- Aluminum drip pan prevents flare-ups
- Food-contact approved side shelves
- Rotary spark ignitor for quick ignition
- Heavy-duty casters for portability
- Generous warranty deal
- Overall 88% 88%
- Difficult assembly
“I always loved Holland grills. Freedom is my second one and it suits my grilling needs quite well. Every single meal I fix with it turns out just how I want it. Even though putting it together is somewhat difficult, the cooking qualities that it offers are outstanding. So far, I’ve prepared vegetables, hot dogs, chicken, hamburgers, and ribs with it, and they all turned out beautifully. I also like how Freedom can be used for smoking and steaming too.”
This gas grill can be used for a myriad of different food-preparing operations. This kind of versatility is probably its most significant advantage. It’s an excellent choice for those looking for an all-purpose cooking station.
What to Watch Out For
Unfortunately, Holland the Freedom is quite a costly grill. The primary reasons behind its high price are quality construction and multi-functionality. I
f you’re looking to save some money, this model probably isn’t your best choice.
Unfortunately, the assembly of this unit was made unnecessarily complicated. This is mainly due to the presence of many washers, bolts, and nuts in one unsorted bag. Putting all of this together is quite time-consuming, and can also be frustrating to all those who never assembled a gas grill before.
A Piece of Advice
Never avoid cleaning your Holland the Freedom. Cleaning is never an exciting task, but it’s simply something that has to be done. Not only will the extra residue cause your favorite food to stick, but it will also cause it to cling onto unwanted flavors.
Keeping the grates clean is essential to having a well-functioning and useful grill. The stainless steel cooking grid found on this model is best cleaned by using a simple grill brush. Make sure that the grates are completely dry before you start scrubbing to prevent any rust.
It’s pretty safe to say that Freedom is yet another excellent grill in Holland’s newest lineup. Not only does it feature quality construction, but also provides performance that’s guaranteed to leave you speechless. Holland the Freedom is a real all-purpose cooking station and one that excels at every task you throw at it.
If you have the money and don’t mind a lengthy assembly, consider this model for purchase. It is very versatile, exceptionally easy to use, and should serve you for the years to come.
The generous warranty deal inspires confidence in the model’s durability while its innumerable features effortlessly justify the high price.