If you thought a barbecue grill was just a few hot bits of metal, Gaggenau would like to raise your expectations. The sleek design of the VR 230 is award-winning: among several Gaggenau products, the VR 230 has been honored in the oldest and most prestigous design competition in the world - the Good Design Award at the Chicago Athenaeum Museum for Architecture and Design. The multifunctional VR 230 electric barbecue grill not only brings the pleasure of barbecued meat, fish and other delicacies right into your home, it also serves as a useful second option for roasting, pot roasting and keeping prepared food warm. Each of the two 1,500W heating elements has its own infinitely adjustable temperature control. The grills sit above a stainless steel container filled with lava stones, which naturally absorb and vaporize the fat. Cleaning a grill can be a truly fearsome task, but not, unsurprisingly, with the VR 230. The transparent enamel coating on the removable cast iron grills is simple to care for. The lava stone holder has a perforated base that allows excess fat to run through into the removable, dishwasher-safe drip tray for easy disposal. A glass shot-blasted aluminum cover protects the barbecue grill after use.