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10 Best Gas Grills Tested & Compared

last updated Oct 17, 2018

Over the past couple of decades gas grills have come a long way; from the classic charcoal grill, to the sometimes exotic, stainless steel, and feature-packed luxury grills of today.

What hasn't changed is that grilling is something that can be counted on to bring us together. Whether it's family and friends in your backyard, or even sharing with strangers in the park, there's just something about grilling that and eating with people that unites us all.

Even just 10 years ago gas grills were still pretty expensive without being high-quality or designed to last over the years. Those grills rusted quickly, broke down often, and needed to be replaced fairly frequently.

Thankfully with modern design and materials the grills of today have come down in price while going up in quality, and today it's easy for the average family to find a great grill that will work well for their needs for around $200 or less. Or if you have the desire and the budget, you can opt for a more luxurious grill with all sorts of fun features to play with. Our list brings you the best of a wide price range of gas grills. Read on and have fun finding the best grill for you. Bon appetit!

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Last Updated: October 16, 2018
By EJ Callanan:

In this update we brought you more up to date information on new grilling technology in our Criteria section, and be sure to read our FAQ's for some good tips on using your new grill and keeping it looking and working like new for years to come.

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In Depth Review Top 10
  • Weber Spirit II E-310
  • Napoleon Prestige Pro 500
  • Coleman RoadTrip X-cursion
  • Char Broil Performance 475
  • Broil King Regal S490 Pro
  • Delta Heat Grill on Cabinet with Infrared Rotisserie
  • Weber Spirit E-310
  • Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living 3-burner
  • Weber Genesis II LX S-240
  • Napoleon Rogue 425
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Top 10 Picks

1. Weber Spirit II E-310

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
92
Weber Spirit II E-310
Size
95
Features
90
Versatility
95
Portability
85
Value
95
best offer for today
$499.00
Pros:

Highest heat consistency score

Sears, roasts, and grills

Cooks up to 12 burgers at a time

Can hold 4 additional patties in the warmer

Great for families and get togethers

Grease management system

Compact size

Highly durable

10 year warranty

30,000 BTU’s of heat

Cons:

No side burners

As the top-rated gas grill for this year, the Weber Spirit II E-310 comes highly recommended and has earned the number one spot on may lists besides ours. It has earned the highest heat consistency score and comes with many additional features that make it multi-functional and highly versatile. Its predecessor also has a spot on this list, which demonstrates what a great choice this grill and company truly is.

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Size

This grill offers 529 square inches of cooking space, which fits up to 12 burgers on its main grill and an additional 4 patties on the warmer. While this is not the largest option, it is more than enough for family BBQ's and allows you to get a lot grilled in a short amount of time. Its full dimensions are 52 x 26 x 57 inches.

Features

This gas grill offers several useful features, and it sears, grills, and roasts. It has ample grilling space in which you can easily cook quickly for a large family or get together. It features the GS4 grilling system, which has a grease management system, an improved infinity ignition, and porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates. It is the perfect size for any patio or porch space and is easily portal thanks to its large wheels. This grill is also highly durable and utilizes high-quality materials and is built to last.

Versatility

This grill has three burners with 529 square inches of cooking space and 30,000 BTU of heat, and reviewers remarked that they were able to sear things well on high heat while also cooking low and slow.

Portability

While the Spirit II does have wheels, it's not really portable, and people remarked it's best to have someone help you move it even just a little way.

Value

At $500 this is an excellent gas grill option. You can get it as a propane grill if you prefer. It also comes with a 10-year guarantee.

2. Napoleon Prestige Pro 500

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
89
Napoleon Prestige Pro 500
Size
95
Features
95
Versatility
95
Portability
70
Value
90
best offer for today
$1,999.00
Pros:

Composed of high-quality stainless steel

Plenty of excellent rotisserie attachments

Sizzle Zone is great for searing

Smoker included in the rear of the grill

High-powered main burners

Cons:

Grill stays hotter towards the back of the grill

Warming rack warps if left attached while using rotisserie

cast iron grates in Sizzle Zone can burn meat prematurely

Napoleon is Canada's version of Weber: a household name that sets the backyard grilling standard. The Napoleon Prestige Pro 500 Gas Grill is a high-quality cart-mounted gas grill at a great price. It comes with plenty of features so grillers can cook plenty of different foods and have it all come out tasting great.

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Size

The Napoleon Prestige Pro 500 Gas Grill comes with 500 square inches of main cooking space, plus 260 square inches of warming area for a total 760 square inches of cooking area.

Features

There are four stainless steel tube burners with up to 48,000 BTUs. Each burner can be lit either individually or all at once with a reliable ignition. The stainless steel wave cooking grate provides excellent sear lines for restaurant-quality food. The grill also comes with a stainless steel rear infrared burner with 18,000 BTUs that can function as both a smoker for smoking or roasting with the rotisserie kit discussed below.

Another of the Napoleon line, this grill also has a "Sizzle Zone" side grill. It can reach over 1000 degrees and sears two steaks very well. Unlike some infrared grills, the temperature on this one can be reduced which is a great feature for cooking things slow and low or keeping them warm. The Sizzle Zone has a heavy cast iron grate, just like the Rogue, which can burn the meat prematurely. Reviewers replaced this heavy grate with a wire metal grate which slows the cooking time. By flipping the meat often, buyers can produce restaurant-quality steaks with no problem.

There are four stainless steel burners over the main burners, plus three more in between the burners to reduce hot spots and providing more surface area for juices to vaporize on. One unfortunate side note is that the heat still seems to remain hotter towards the back of the grill.

The stainless steel rotisserie burner comes with a rotisserie motor, spear, counterweight and two forks. A basket is available for purchase that will wrap around the spear, plus an available attachment that will hold kebab skewers on the rotisserie itself.

Versatility

The main burners have 12,000 BTUs, the rotisserie burner has 18,000 BTUs and the infrared side burner has 14,000 BTUs. The grill comes with plenty of high quality 304 stainless still, including the grilling grates, plus in the roll-top lid. The lid comes with a second layer of stainless steel to help trap heat. There are multiple zones which let you cook different things at different times and temperatures.

Value

This is an excellent mid-level grill with plenty of functionality. With grilling, smoking, searing and rotisserie options, this a fantastic go-to grill for all outdoor grilling needs. And at a great price, buyers can't go wrong. It does have a higher price tag, but the grill is designed to last, so buyers will get their money's worth time and time again.

3. Coleman RoadTrip X-cursion

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
87.2
Coleman RoadTrip X-cursion
Size
71
Features
81
Versatility
92
Portability
97
Value
95
best offer for today
$172.99
Pros:

285 square inches of cooking space

Can be assembled in about 45 minutes

Collapsible and compact—can fit in the back seat of a car

Interchangeable cooktop

Easy to clean

20,000 BTU’s

Ignition button system

Cons:

Lid doesn’t fully close

No built-in thermometer

No storage space or additional trays

This is one of the best portable grills out there. It' fun, simple, and easy to use, features a collapsible design and goes just about anywhere, and is super affordable.

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Size

This grill's dimensions are 33.8 x 13.5 x 19.1 inches, weight 51.2 pounds and features 285 square inches of grilling and cooking space.

Features

Although it's portable, this simple to use grill is highly effective and has additional features you will love. It has an interchangeable cooktop--it comes with grill grates but you can swap it out with stove grates or a griddle top, both of which you can purchase separately. It also has 2 adjustable burners with 2 different temperature zones to choose from. It's ignition button system also eliminates the need for any lighters or matches and makes it even easier to get everything started. Its collapsible design allows it to become compact enough to fit comfortably fit in the back seat or trunk of your car, which means you can take it virtually anywhere. This grill is also easy to clean and comes with a removable grease pan so you can easily clean it after each use.

Versatility

This grill delivers 20,000 BTU's and 285 sq inches of cooking space throughout and is easily adjustable for high heat searing or low ans slow cooking..

Value

This grill comes at a great price given its portability, durability, and cooking space and options.

4. Char Broil Performance 475

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
86
Char Broil Performance 475
Size
90
Features
90
Versatility
80
Portability
80
Value
90
best offer for today
$193.03
Pros:

Terrific grate design

Durable

Easy to clean

Great side burner

Cons:

Low BTU output

Many manufacturers are trying to build quality grills under $200 and the industry is getting rather competitive. Enter the Char Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Cart Gas Grill. While the power output may be lacking, the cast iron grates more than make up for the issue. Food cooks very well on this model and the side burner is more than just decoration. It can cook full meals while adding to the main cooking area.

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Size

The Char Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Cart Gas Grill comes with 475 square inches of cooking space, plus it includes 175 square inches on the Swing-Away Rack available above the main cooking area. The whole grill weighs approximately 104 pounds which is relatively light for a gas grill.

Features

With four burners included in the grill, the Char Broil Performance 475 4-Burner Cart Gas Grill only puts out 36,000 BTUs across four 9000 BTU burners. For proper cooking, grills need 47,000 BTUs (100 BTUs needed for every square inch of cooking space). Therefore, the grill is lacking in energy output which can cause unevenly cooked food.

The grates with this grill are terrific. They're made out of high-quality cast iron at just the right thickness to help disperse the heat. The cast iron retains heat better than stainless steel and disperses it across the surface much faster and more efficiently. With the grates filling in for the lack of heat, food comes out tasting great. The side burner puts out 10,000 BTUs, but it is made with the same high-quality grates and has a smaller surface area. This means there's a better power-ratio so it can also cook steaks.

The Swing-Away Rack can be used as a warming rack or it can fold away into the lid for storage. It can also be detached if you want it completely out of the way.

Versatility

The versatility of this model is good but not great. As mentioned power output is a bit low, so searing steaks really well can be difficult, although the side burner can work well for that believe it or not because it has the same heat output in a smaller space.

The grill itself is made with 430-grade stainless steel which is typically reserved for the infrared model showing this grill was built for durability. However, the cart is made out of thinner steel in order to cut costs which should be kept in mind.
The main four burners put out a total of 36,000 BTUs which traditionally is not enough. They should put out at least 47,000. The side burner puts out 10,000 BTUs which isn't much, but it's made of the same grates as the main burners and has a smaller surface area to make up for the lack of power.

Value

Even though the power output was lacking, the grates make up for the heat dispersal issue by retaining heat and spreading it evenly over the main cooking area so food is cooked appropriately and evenly. Everything else on the grill is great, and for the price, this grill is a great deal.

5. Broil King Regal S490 Pro

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
85
Broil King Regal S490 Pro
Size
94
Features
95
Versatility
95
Portability
66
Value
75
best offer for today
$1,045.67
Pros:

Dual-tube burner design

Rotisserie kit

Linear-flow control valves

Even cooking

Cons:

Power output can be lacking

The Broil King Regal S490 Pro 4-Burner Gas Grill is the apex of the Regal line coming encased in stainless steel. This grill comes with excellent temperature control and plenty of different cooking options so you can use the grill multiple times throughout the week without having to repeat meal selections. It has a terrific design and will last for years to come.

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Size
Four main burners provide 500 square inches of cooking space, plus the side burner includes an additional 196 square inches for a total of 695 square inches of cooking area.

Features
This grill features four 12, 250 BTU dual-tube, stainless steel burners. They have a maximum output of 49,000 BTUs. The main burners come with a dual-tube, stainless steel design which equalize pressure inside the burner providing even heat flow from front to back. The control valves are designed with an even, highly precise flow which gives the buyer extreme control over the heat settings. With four burners, this gives complete control over the exact temperature from very low to very high.

The grill comes with a full rotisserie kit with a rear mounted burner. It works as well as most infrared burners, but has the durability of a high-quality stainless steel burner. The brass-capped side burner puts out 10,000 BTUs and is mounted in the left side table with a flush-mounted cover. It's strong enough to heat a small skillet or sauce pan.

Specs
Four dual tube stainless steel burners with 12,250 BTUs each for a total of 49,000 total BTU output. The brass-capped side burner provides 10,000 BTUs. The stainless steel rotisserie provides 15,000 BTUs.

Value
The Broil King Regal S490 Pro 4-Burner Gas Grill is a great grill for those who are looking for a dependable grill. Its power output is lacking for those who want to host large parties, but it's great for those wanting a weekend grill out. It provides dependable, even heating for quality food. The grill gives the buyer complete control over heat settings, and it's equipped with a full rotisserie kit so that grillers have versatile cooking options.

6. Delta Heat Grill on Cabinet with Infrared Rotisserie

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
83.8
Delta Heat Grill on Cabinet with Infrared Rotisserie
Size
95
Features
95
Versatility
95
Portability
64
Value
70
best offer for today
$3,348.00
Pros:

Infrared sear and rotisserie zones

3 burners that provide 20,000 BTU’s of heat each

Electronic ignition system

Double lined hood to retain heat and flavor

Interior lights

Wheels

Sleek design

Cons:

Takes up a lot of space

Expensive

If you are looking for a luxurious high-end option that will last you for years to come and offers numerous cooking features, then the Delta Heat Grill is the perfect option for you. This grill is pricey, but can do virtually everything and will help you entertain large parties easily.

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Size

This grill offers 525 square inches of grilling space and 174 square inches of warming space.

Features

This grill features 3 gauge stainless steel U burners along with a ceramic radiant grilling system. It also provides you with an infrared sear zone as well as an integrated rotisserie burner where you can cook up a whole chicken. It has an electronic ignition system, so you won't need any matches or lighters to get it started. Its double lined hood also allows it to retain heat and preserve the flavor of your food. It has a double door cabinet and interior LED lights so you can continue cooking even after the sun has gone down.

Versatility

This grill has 3 burners, each of which produces 20,000 BTU's of heat--for a grand total of 60,000 BTU's. Reviewers were able to maintain different heat zones on the grill for different cooking styles. It also has wheels, so you can move it around if you need to.

Value

Expensive, but well worth the investment if you are looking for a grill that has all of the additional features this one has to offer.

7. Weber Spirit E-310

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
82.8
Weber Spirit E-310
Size
88
Features
79
Versatility
84
Portability
81
Value
82
best offer for today
$449.00
Pros:

Cooks food perfectly

Rust-proof design

Reconfigured burner orientation for proper heat distribution

Compact size

Plenty of cooking space for a whole family

Cons:

Higher price than other entry-level models

This grill may have a higher price tag than others on the market even though it's an entry-level gas grill, but this is because Weber is a backyard grilling staple within the industry. Weber has been a household name for over 60 years, and they still deserve that right. The Weber Spirit E-310 3-Burner holds up to that reputation and will provide a quality grilling experience every time.

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Size

The Weber Spirit E-310 3-Burner is the largest in the Spirit line with 424 square inches of primary cooking space, plus a 105 square-inch warming rack.

Features

The 2013 model reconfigured the burner layout. Burners used to connect from left to right with control knobs on the right, but the new Spirit burners organized them from back to front with control knobs on the front. This frees up work space on the side shelf, plus creates greater performance for cooking indirectly or two-zone.

The grill also includes black porcelain-enameled grates, flavorizer bars, housing and a single door storage cart with a stainless steel work surface. It does a great job at cooking perfectly-prepared hamburgers and outdoes others on barbecue chicken and whole-roasted chickens.

Its small size is perfectly designed for any patio or deck space while providing a perfectly large cooking space for plenty of food. It's firebox is rustproof and cast-aluminum which means it will last for years--solving a common problem for many gas grills.

Versatility

Versatility is a good trademark of this grill, and you'll easily be able to sear a steak on one side while slow roasting corn on the other. The grill is made with three stainless steel burners for a total output of 32,000 BTUs. The burners are organized back to front rather than past methods of left to right for better heat distribution.

Value

The Weber Spirit E-310 3-Burner may have a higher price than other entry-level gas grills on the market, but buyers know the Weber name means quality. It provides terrific food for plenty of people and its design is built for longevity.

8. Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living 3-burner

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
80.4
Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living 3-burner
Size
80
Features
74
Versatility
73
Portability
82
Value
93
best offer for today
$233.00
Pros:

Affordable

3 burners with 12,000 BTU’s each

Durable

Push button ignition system

Retains heat and flavor

Comes with a cover

Cons:

May rust over time if you don’t keep it covered

Does not have additional features such as the ability to roast or sear

The Dyno-Glo is an excellent option for those of you looking for something affordable that is also durable and effective. This grill is easy to use, compact, and has wheels so you can move it around easier.

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Size

This grill offers 390 square inches of primary cooking space and a total of 507 square inches in total area for cooking space. Its total dimensions are 22.82 x 49.14 x 45.05 in.

Features

This grill button utilizes an ignition system that is easily activated with a push button. It also has a porcelain enameled cast iron grate for optimal heat and flavor retention. It has additional storage space such as tool hooks, side shelves, and a towel bar. It is made of highly durable materials and comes with a high-quality cover so you can safely store it outside while protecting it from the elements.

Versatility

The compact size, which is perfectly designed for small patios and decks, still lets you cook on both high and low heat, although users found it difficult to consistently keep the flame super low. It has 3 burners that provide 12,000 BTU's each and a hood with a double wall liner that allows it to retain heat. Also comes with a temperature gauge.

Value

Highly affordable and comes with a lot of great storage and heat retaining features.

9. Weber Genesis II LX S-240

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
78.2
Weber Genesis II LX S-240
Size
80
Features
81
Versatility
84
Portability
81
Value
65
best offer for today
$999.00
Pros:

Designed with GS4 grilling system for functionality

Dependable infinity ignition

Grease system directs grease away from burners

Plenty of storage space

iGrill-capable

Cons:

Temperature gauge in hood may be too high for an accurate read

Expensive

The Weber Genesis II LX S-240 Gas Grill is built well and designed to last. It's a smaller grill compared to many on this list, but don't let the size fool you. It has plenty of functionality and turns out evenly cooked food every time.

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Size

The Weber Genesis II LX S-240 Gas Grill main grilling area has 380 square inches of cooking space, plus a second grilling area with 114 square inches of additional space.

Features

The grill consists of the new GS4 system which includes an infinity ignition, brand new stainless steel high-performance burners, revolutionized flavorizer bars with a flame-view window and a grease management system. It comes with two stainless steel, high-performance burners with 29000 BTUs. The grill includes 7mm stainless steel cooking grates as well as stainless steel heat deflectors that retain and distribute heat evenly for proper grilling.

The side burner comes with 12,000 BTUs of power which is more than many side burners on this list. This is plenty for cooking additional steaks or burgers. The included warming rack inside the main grilling area adds an extra 114 square inches for a total 494 square inches of cooking space. This space can also help keep food warm while the rest of the food is prepared. The grease management system is a minor side note but a terrific feature as it directs grease away from burners for easy clean-up.

The cabinet comes with two interior shelves for storage, and the propane grill is stored on the side of the grill which frees up interior space. There are an additional two shelves on the side for adequate prep space, plus the left shelve folds down for storage. It also comes with iGrill capability so you can manage your grill on a mobile device.

Versatility

Highly versatile and customizable, this grill gets high marks from reviewers for being able to cook many different foods at different temperatures. The main two burners come with 29,000 BTUs and the side burner includes 12,000 BTUs. The warming rack adds additional 114 square inches inside the main grilling area. Two side tables add proper space for prep.

Value

The Weber Genesis II LX S-240 Gas Grill is a great entry-level grill that provides dependability. It doesn't have any extra bells or whistles, but it cooks great food evenly and quickly. It may have a higher price tag, but with the price comes great quality. It also comes with a limited 2-year and 10-year warranty, depending on the part, for added peace of mind.

10. Napoleon Rogue 425

The rating is based on the average rating (1-100) from all the criteria in which we rated this product.
77
Napoleon Rogue 425
Size
81
Features
84
Versatility
92
Portability
53
Value
75
best offer for today
$899.00
Pros:

Terrific grate design

"Sizzle Zone" for added cooking space

Double-walled hood for heat retention

Cons:

"Sizzle Zone" is comprised of cast iron grates which some reviewers said cooked food unevenly

The Napoleon Rogue 425 is a smaller and slightly stripped down version of the Napoleon Prestige which is also included on this list. It's designed with quality material, it comes with plenty of cooking space, and turns out high-quality, evenly cooked food every time.

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Size

The Napoleon Rogue 425 Gas Grill comes with 425 square inches of main grilling space, plus 200 square inches side searing space for a total 625 square inches of total grilling area.

Features

The grates are made of long-lasting, high-quality 7.5mm stainless steel rods with Napoleon's iconic wave pattern. It also comes with five stainless steel heat tents which cover each burner and the spaces between them. This helps sizzle any drippings for enhanced flavor by transferring the moisture back into the meat. The heat tents also help disperse the heat evenly across the grill.

Napoleon also included their "Sizzle Zone," generally known as a sear burner, a 9,000 BTU infrared burner included in the left side shelf. Most gas grills include these sear burners in the main cooking area. But this setup provides two separate cooking areas that can be used at the same time. This is great for meats that will need two distinct temperatures for proper cooking (reverse sear steaks, for example). One setback, however, is that the sear burner is made of cast iron which makes definitive grill marks that strongly contrast with the rest of the meat: this means that a lot of the meat will be left undeveloped.

Versatility

Each of the three main burners are 12,000 BTUs each. The "Sizzle Zone" consists of 9,000 BTUs and is located in the left side shelf. This means that you can easily sear meats and other items while slow cooking others.

Value

This is a great grill for the price. The lid is designed to retain and hold heat well. It provides multiple grilling-style options with plenty of cook space to feed a whole family at once. The price is at the higher end, but for good reasons. It's a high-performance grill set to deliver.

Criteria Used for Evaluation

Size

Choosing the right grill size is an important thing to think about because it determines if a grill will fit your needs. If you have a larger family or will otherwise will be frequently feeding large amounts of people will want to get a larger grill. For our ratings of this criteria, a higher score means a larger grilling surface.

Features

It’s important to ensure the grill’s features will meet your specific grilling needs. For example, If you like to cook steaks often you will need a grill that gets really hot for searing the meat, and if you like to make bbq, you'll want something that will let you cook at a nice low temperature for a long period of time.

There are also grills that offer several other cooking options such as roasting and/or include a rotisserie kit. On the other hand, if you are simply looking for a gas grill that will allow you to cook burgers, for the most part you may be able to purchase a more affordable grill without a bunch of extra features.

Versatility

If you want to be able to use your grill for more than just grilling burgers, for example if you want to go low and slow while making bbq, or even cook a pizza on your grill (which is amazing, you need to try it), being able to easily control the grill's heat over different parts of the grilling surface is extremely important. If a grill has limited BTUs, it won’t cook as quickly, especially when there is more food on the grill or when cooking denser meats like whole chickens or roasts.

For this criteria we looked at whether or not a grill will allow you to manipulate the heat over different zones of the grilling surface. In the end you will need to consider what your cooking needs are to determine if a grill is right for you or not.

Portability

Does the grill’s design make it easy to move it around your deck or patio or even to take with you to a park or the beach? Pro tip: just because a grill has wheels doesn’t necessarily meant it’s simple to move, especially on rougher surfaces. If you will be keeping your grill in the same place this feature may not be as important, but if you want something portable then we recommend you research the grill’s overall portability.

We've done a lot of this work for you already. The portability score for each grill in our reviews are higher the easier a grill is to move or even take with you.

Value

We’ll summarize the previous sub-topics to help you decide if the grill will meet your cooking needs as well as let you know if there’s a warranty included from the manufacturer. Some of the grills are entry level while others are mid or luxury models, which will be mentioned in our reviews. The price doesn't always reflect the true value of a grill however, as there can be a wide variance if the quality of the materials, construction, bonus features etc. that contribute to to the ovearall value of a product.

If you only need a grill for grilling burgers for a few people focus on a less expensive grill without all the bells and whistles.

Other Factors to Consider

Capacity

Before buying your new grill it's important to think about how many people you'll be feeding. If you’re cooking for more than a few people, you will probably need a grill that includes at least four burners. Two or three burners is best for a small family, but more people than that and there won’t be enough power to evenly and properly cook your food.

Style

If you're one of those people whose living spaces have to be just so, you'll be thinking about the style and appearance of a grill before you buy. We think that these days most grills look pretty cool, and our list includes a variety of styles and finishes. You should be able to easily find a grill that will fit in with your outdoor decor.

Weather Resistance

If you want to keep your grill looking and working well for years, you'll want to think about how weather resistant it is, where you store it, and if you'll be keeping it covered.

Even if you'll be keeping your grill under an overhang or other outdoor shelter, if you want it to last for as possible think about keeping it covered when it's not in use. Some of the options on our list come with covers, but the covers are also affordable, pretty standard, and easy to find.

Other things you can do to keep your grill like new is to buy one with weather resistant materials to start with, keep it under cover while outside, and using a cover.

Frequently Asked Questions

q: What’s the best way to store the grill?
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Many grills come with grill covers that you can use when storing your grill if you need to leave it outside. Other users choose to bring their grill inside when not in use or during the cold season which may be the best way to keep your grill in good shape.

q: How do you monitor food and grill temperatures while using the grill?
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Some grills come with hood thermometers to gauge food temperature. However, these are sometimes too far away from the heating element or food to properly gauge temperature. An external or hand-held thermometer may be the best way to go if you’re unsure.

q: How do you clean a gas grill?
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Sometimes, depending on what was cooked last, scrubbing your grates with a grill brush will be enough. We like to let the grill get nice and hot for 5-10 minutes and then use a wire grill brush. In addition, you will need to deep clean your grill once or twice a year or more, depending on how frequently you use it. Always ensure that your grill is unplugged during cleaning and follow the instructions provided from the manufacturer. This ensures you safely clean your grill as well as prevent any damage you may cause if you don’t follow the directions.

q: What is the best affordable grill?
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This depends on your budget and what you’re looking for in a gas grill. Decide which features you need and want and this will help you determine which grill is right for you.

Our list has a wide price range, and we're sure you'll find the right one for you.

q: What is the benefit of infrared heat versus gas heat?
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Infrared technology uses an electric or gas element to heat a solid surface and then radiates infrared waves into the food. Temperatures can get higher which means faster cooking. Convection cooking with gas heats the air around the heating element which rises and circulates around the food.

q: Can gas grills travel in a car?
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When you first buy them most gas grills will easily fit in their original packaging in an SUV or truck.

Once it is assembled, some caution is needed when transporting your gas grill. Make sure the grill is well secured with ratchet straps and/or bungee cords so it won't slide around or fall out of the vehicle during travel.

That being said, there are a couple of travel gas grills to choose from on our list that are compact and easily transported.