Grilling is cool, cleaning the grill is not so. In fact, it is probably the most hated part of this leisure activity. Thank to an inventor a robot can do the job for us from this summer.
Grillbot made its first appearance at the end of 2012, but it rather looked funny than serious. Then it got a home page and they started to take pre-orders. Although I was skeptical about the robot even after seeing the demo video, Ethan woods, the inventor brought fully functional robots to CES this year.
The small plate sized robot is made of heat resistant plastics and uses three wire brush rolls to scrub the grill. Put it on the grill, select the desired working time (10, 20 or 30 minutes), close the lid and you are done - says the short introduction. Grillbot will crawl randomly on the grill surface and scrub off all the burned grease from the grill. Grillbot works on all grill types including gas and charcoal grills.
The brushes are removable and dishwasher safe. The robot uses no chemicals or any other liquid for the cleaning, it simply automates the regular brush cleaning. A set of three from the normal brushes cost 13 bucks, while the stainless steel version is slightly more, $15. According to Ethan, the brushes should be replaced once a year, but I guess it really depends on how often the grill is used.
The final product uses rechargeable lithium-ion battery, opposed to the D size batteries that were in the preproduction version. This new battery provides 4 hours of work time, so a mid size grill can be cleaned approximately 12 times before the robot needs recharge.
The Grillbot is already available for sale, but the price increased from $100 to $120, most probably as a result of the battery modification. The company now works on the European distribution channels, but they hope the robot will be available on the old continent soon. The price will be somewhere between 130 and 140 Euros.