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Otto Grill vs Otto Lite (2020): What’s the Difference?

Otto Wilde is a relatively young company. It was founded in 2015, and despite its age, it has made one of the most popular salamander grills around: the Otto Grill. Soon after, this OFB or over-fired broiler was followed by a more streamlined version called the Otto Lite.

The burning question then is, what’s the difference between them? Obviously, the younger sibling is more affordable with fewer features, but that’s just scratching the surface. We take a closer look at the two to give you a clearer idea of their ins and outs.

Otto Grill vs Otto Lite Comparison Chart

ModelOtto GrillOtto Lite
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PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Dimensions (W x H x D)16.7″ x 11.6″ x 17.3″16.7″ x 11.6″ x 17.3″
Weight39.7 lbs.37.5 lbs.
Cooking Area12.8″ x 10.4″12.8″ x 10.4″
Burners2 separately adjustable infrared gas units2 overhead ceramic burners
Fuel TypePropanePropane
Ignition2 piezo ignitors1 piezo ignitor
Maximum Temperature1,500°F1,500°F
Grate TypeCast ironCast iron
Warranty2 years on all parts2 years on all parts

Main Differences

Both the Otto Grill and Otto Lite measure the same and use the same type of fuel.

Otto Grill vs Otto Lite Main Differences
On paper, how the Otto Grill (left) differs from the Otto Lite (right) seems simple and clear, but there’s more to it.

Going by the technical details, the Otto Grill and the Otto Lite only have a few differences here and there. First off, the former is heavier and uses infrared gas burners and two piezo ignitors. Meanwhile, the latter is equipped with two overhead ceramic burners and only one piezo ignitor.

Beyond those are where the distinctions become more apparent. The Otto Lite doesn’t have a detachable top or stageless height adjustment. You also can’t set different temperatures for each burner. It goes without saying that you can do all those things with the Otto Grill.

As for their similarities, they can both go up to 1,500°F and reach that temperature within three minutes. Their measurements are also the same, including their cooking area and cast iron grate. Both use propane as well.

Cooking Performance

The two can cook a mean steak with bold sear marks.

Otto Grill vs Otto Lite Cooking Performance
Unlike the Otto Grill (left), the Otto Lite’s (right) burners can’t be adjusted separately.

In terms of cooking performance, you probably won’t notice much of a difference, unless you’re dealing with two kinds of meat that cook at different rates or temperatures. For instance, chicken will take more time rather than steaks, and the ability to set different temperatures for each burner can come in handy in situations like that. In short, you lose out on a bit of flexibility here.

Other than that, you can expect more or less the same experience. Both have the same maximum temperature and cast iron grate for bold sear marks. The space you’ll be working with is the same too, or in other words, you can fit about two large porterhouse steaks on either one.

Ease of Use and Other Features

The Otto Grill packs more features than the Otto Lite.

Otto Grill vs Otto Lite Ease of Use and Other Features
Only the Otto Grill (in photo) has a removable top and stageless height adjustment.

This is where the difference becomes all the clearer. The Otto Lite doesn’t have a detachable top, and that means it’ll be more difficult to clean it. On top of that, it doesn’t feature stageless height adjustment, so you won’t be able to adjust the height of the grate without taking it out first.

Both do have the safety feature that shuts off the gas when the burners go out, so there’s that.

Portability and Warranty

The Otto Lite weighs less than the Otto Grill.

Otto Grill vs Otto Lite Portability and Warranty
The Otto Grill (left) and the Otto Lite (right) come with a two-year guarantee on all parts.

One advantage the Otto Lite has over the Otto Grill is it’s technically more portable. That’s because it’s lighter, but that isn’t saying much. The difference is barely 2 lbs., after all.

However, their dimensions are the same, and they’re compact enough to take along, say, a camping trip.

Last but not least, Otto Wilde offers a two-year warranty on all the parts of either grill.

Verdict

The Otto Lite is a lot cheaper, but you’ll be missing out on the features that make the Otto Grill enticing.

The Otto Grill isn’t exactly the cheapest salamander grill around, making the Otto Lite an appealing alternative. However, if you’re going for the more affordable route, you won’t be getting separately adjustable burners, a detachable top, and stageless height adjustment, all of which are pretty nifty to have.

If more features don’t matter to you, then the Otto Lite is your best bet. You’ll be saving a couple of hundred bucks that way. But if you ask us, we’ll go with the Otto Grill. Its flexibility and easier cleanup just make it too hard to pass up.

FAQs

📌 What’s the difference between the Otto Grill and Otto Lite?

The Otto Grill has more features than the Otto Lite, including separately adjustable burners, stageless height adjustment, and a detachable top for easier cleanup. It also uses infrared burners and two piezo ignitors, while the lite version uses two ceramic burners and one piezo ignitor.

📌 Which is better, the Otto Grill or the Otto Lite?

The Otto Grill is better than the Otto Lite because it has more features. However, it’s more expensive, not to mention that the two are pretty much the same in terms of cooking performance.

📌 How long is the warranty on the Otto Grill and Otto Lite?

Otto Wilde offers a two-year guarantee on all parts of the Otto Grill and Otto Lite.

📌 How hot can the Otto Grill and Otto Lite get?

Both the Otto Grill and Otto Lite can go up to 1,500°F and reach that temperature in only three minutes.

Last update on 2020-09-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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Vincent Lanaria
Vincent Lanaria

Senior Editor, researcher and writer passionate about running, cooking, and how technology mixes with the two.