Nexgrill Neevo 720 Plus Smart Grill Review
Have you ever been grilling and wished you could roast some fries or tater tots at the same time without going inside?
The Neevo 720 Plus from Nexgrill could be just what you’re looking for.
This smart grill has an air fryer attached to it.
It’s also a “smart grill” which means you can set a temperature and monitor it via digital controls or from an app on your phone.
So let’s go through this grill and see how smart it is, and if you want to see my video review, I’ve included that below.
Nexgrill sent me this grill for free in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Overview and first impressions
The Neevo 720 has almost 720 square inches of cooking space and a nice little warming rack.
As far as the BTUs, we have 22,000 on the left-hand side and 22,000 on the right totaling 44,000 BTUs which is pretty good for a pit this size.
It took me a little bit to get used to cooking on the Neevo because of the modulating gas valves. If you’re only cooking between 200-450°F, only the left horseshoe burner will work.
If you want both burners to cook you have to set the temperature between 450-600°F, or if you run with the lid open and both burners should stay on.
At first, I wasn’t that excited about the air fryer, but after using it a few times I’m hoping that more grill manufacturers start putting them on their grills.
It’s so easy to make your burgers and start some tater tots in the air fryer at the same time.
The only downside about having a smart grill is that you need access to power to be able to run it. For a grill this size, that isn’t going to matter but if you don’t have power nearby this pit might not be for you.
You get a nice little spice rack so you can go ahead and throw some of your rubs in there while you’re cooking. The grill comes with one probe, but it’s got four probe ports, and this is just a standard probe, so you can either go and pick up a couple more from the NexGrill website or check out your local box store.
It’s also got a cabinet, plus it’s got two side shelves, and the one on the right has three hooks to hang some tools, so you have plenty of storage and prep area.
The hood has a nice big glass window, so you can see through it when you’re cooking.
What I like:
- Air Fryer – It turns out that having an air fryer built into my grill was more convenient than I expected.
- Size – Even with the air fryer taking up a chunk of space, you have plenty of real estate left for grilling food.
- Self-cleaning mode – Activate when you’re finished cooking, and the grill will try and burn off any grease or food residue, just like a pyrolytic oven would.
What I don’t like:
- Automatic burners – I had issues with one burner shutting off when the temperature was set to 425 degrees. This was my mistake as the manufacturer specifies you need to set the temp to 450 or higher to keep both burners running, so this is something you’ll need to be aware of.
- Needs power – Not a major for a grill this size, but may impact where you can place the grill
Assembling the Neevo 720 Plus was pretty simple. It took my boys about an hour and a half, and the most time that they spent actually assembling the cart.
It does help to have two people to do the assembly because when you put the cooking unit on top of the cart you might have to wiggle it around or maybe stretch a few pieces to make it fit.
The very first thing that I did once we had this all assembled is I downloaded the next Grill app to my phone.
Then I did what I like to call the burn-off. On every new pit that I ever get, I always want to make sure that I’m burning out any oils or impurities from the actual packaging process inside that pit.
I ran the grill for an hour at 450 degrees, and once that was done I was ready to start cooking on it.
Cooking on the Nevo 720
Starting the Neevo is pretty simple.
The first thing you have to do is turn it on then, then to ignite the burners, you hit the mode button. It’ll click a little bit, and then you’ll hear the burners ignite.
The Neevo has a nice LED controller you can see temperature readout for any probes you have plugged in. You just use a button to cycle through each probe.
The way the burners work does take a little getting used to.
The default setting for one burner is 300 degrees for two, it’s 450 degrees.
If you set the temperature too low and close the lid, the second burner (the one on the right) will turn off to bring the temperature down.
If you leave the lid open, it won’t shut off, as it’s always trying to get up to that temperature. You’re going to have to plan out your cook. If you’re doing a whole bunch of burgers you’re probably going to leave the lid open.
If you’re only doing a few chicken wings and you want to cook them direct you’re going to want to put them on the left-hand side because that burner isn’t going to shut off.
If you need to move the grill around the caster wheels are okay but only two of them actually swivel and lock. With a pit this big I really wish that all four casters would swivel 360 degrees it just makes it a lot easier to move the pit around.
I like how the gas tank is stored underneath the grill and how you lock up this little wing nut so if you’re moving around, the tank isn’t bouncing all over the place.
The app works well and can be used to check the temperature of the grill, the temp of any of the probes you are using or even change the temperature.
You can also set a timer on it, and shut down the grill when you’ve finished cooking.
How well does the air fryer work?
The air fryer has seven cooking modes, and it comes with a nice little baking sheet pan and a basket.
You have this little adjustable rack in case you want to broil on it, and obviously, your little sheet pan and basket fit in there real nice.
The air fryer has a 13.8-quart capacity, although I think that’s a little exaggerated. To be honest with you, I don’t think you’re going to be able to stuff it full.
The air fryer works great every single time we used it we had success, and it’s really simple to operate. Just pick whatever cooking mode that you want to do, set your temperature and the bonus is you can also set a timer.
This grill has a self-cleaning option, so after you get done cooking, just go ahead and press that in, and once it’s all done, it’ll shut off automatically
Your grease catch is also located in inside the cabinet and this is something that you’re going to want to clean out every three or four cooks or maybe after one cook if you have this whole little pit filled up to the max
Should you buy the Neevo 720 Plus?
So, what’s my opinion on the next real Nevo 720 plus?
It’s pretty positive. Once you figure out that it’s not going to run both burners at 400 degrees or even 425 degrees just run both burners at 450°F, and up, and you’re fine.
If you’re going to cook something indirect it’ll work great. I like hearing those modulating valves work because then I know it’s smart enough to adjust to where it has to be.
It’s easily got enough cooking space for a family of four, and the air fryer livens up your cooking experience. Being able to cook french fries or tater tots while you’re watching your burgers grill is something I’m going to miss on other grills.
This grill is perfect if you don’t have a large kitchen, as you can now do more meal prep outside.
The build quality is pretty solid, plus the handles are solid, and they’re far away from the pit, where they’re not going to actually start to absorb too much heat.
The only thing I’d like to see Nexgrill upgrade is better caster wheels and a way to override the modulating valves.