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My wife bought me a Jackson Grill last summer and I really like it. I own the Lux 700 (4-burner). My dealer told me that because Jackson Grills is a smaller company, they're able to offer higher quality customer service if replacement parts are needed. So far its been perfect though. Cooks nice and evenly and I like the flame diffusing system and the rear infrared burner. They may not be too popular now, but seems to me like theres room in the market for this type of a smaller grill manufacturer. I think your dad made a good call!