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I own a large Grill Dome and an XL BGE. The BGE has a much more durable finish. My GD had the paint peel off of it. It really chapped my fanny. I did find that a large was a little smaller than I wanted, so when I went looking for a larger grill, I did not even give GD a second chance, as their customer service is not what the GD forums brag it to be. So I bought a BGE, and love it. The temp control on the BGE is much easier. My GD liked to wonder a bit. The fit and finish on the GD's isn't as good as the BGE, when you truely look closely. The BGE is like Ronco. Set it and forget it. However they both cook equally good food. Neither one is noticeably better than the other as far as cooking is concerned. One more thing then GD ceramics are not twice as thick as some of the YouTube videos suggest, the thicker part is only in the band/hinge area. So don't worry abbot a GD being better, as it is not, it's just a little different. Wait until your friend has something crack and then ask him what the shipping cost is to get the new part to his/her house. I will say that it is good to see competition for BGE, as it forces manufacturers to make better products and we....the consumers win.