10 Best Gas Grills Tested & Compared
In the past few decades, backyard grilling has come a long way—from a simple charcoal grill to today’s many options, like the highly popular green egg. However, one thing that hasn’t changed is that grilling brings us together; it lets us bond with friends and family and even gives us the opportunity to participate in lighthearted (or intense) grilling competitions.
Ten years ago, the best gas grills of the time were extremely expensive and not designed for long-term use. They quickly rusted and broke down, and often needed to be replaced. Thankfully, modern designs have changed, prices have become more affordable for families, and they have become more long-lasting. Nowadays, you can find options under $200 that are lower in quality but will get the job done as well as luxurious and exotic selections that have additional features many of you will find useful.
With all of the options available, we know how difficult it can be to find the best gas grills out there. So, below we have compiled a list of the top 10 best Gas Grills currently available this season. Our list includes grills on both the low and high end of the cost spectrum, so there is something that will appease all types of buyers. Read below to find which option is best for you.
- Weber Spirit II E-310
- 10 year warranty
- Coleman RoadTrip X-cursion
- Best portable grill
- Char Broil Performance 475
- High quality grates
10 Best Gas Grills
Weber Spirit II E-310
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.
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 enough for a large family or get together. It features the GS4 grilling system--which has a grease management system, an improved infinity ignition, and a 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.
Three burners with 529 square inches of cooking space and 30,000 BTU of heat.
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.
- 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
- No side burners
Coleman RoadTrip X-cursion
This grill's dimensions are 33.8 x 13.5 x 19.1 inches, weighs 51.2 pounds and features 285 square inches of grilling and cooking space.
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 backseat 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 instantly clean it after each use.
This grill delivers 20,000 BTU's and 285 sq inches of cooking space.
This grill comes at a great price given its portability, durability, and cooking space and options.
- 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
- Lid doesn’t fully close
- No built in thermometer
- No storage space or additional trays
Char Broil Performance 475
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.
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 lacking 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 lacak 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.
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.
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.
- Terrific grate design
- Easy to clean
- Great side burner
- Lacking proepr BTU output
Napoleon Prestige Pro 500
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.
The 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 provide 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 sauces. 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.
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.
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.
- Composed of high-quality stainless steel
- Plenty of excellent rotisserie attachments
- Sizzle Zone is great for searing and sauces alike
- Smoker included in the rear of the grill
- High-powered main burners
- 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
Broil King Regal S490 Pro
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.
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.
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.
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 is equipped with a full rotisserie kit so that grillers have versatile cooking options.
- Dual-tube burner design
- Rotisserie kit
- Linear-flow control valves
- Even cooking
- Power output can be lacking
Delta Heat Grill on Cabinet with Infrared Rotisserie
This grill offers 525 square inches of grilling space and 174 square inches of warming space.
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.
This grill has 3 burners, each of which produces 20,000 BTU's of heat--for a grand total of 60,000 BTU's. It also has wheels, so you can move it around if you need to.
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.
- 525 sq inches of grilling space
- 174 sq inches of warming space
- 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
- Has wheels
- Sleek design
- Takes up a good bit of space
Weber Spirit E-310
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.
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.
It's 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.
The grill is made with three stainless steel burners for 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.
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.
- Cooks food perfectly
- Rust-proof design
- Reconfigured burner orientation for proper heat distribution
- Compact size
- Plenty of cooking space for a whole family
- Higher price than other entry-level models
Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living 3-burner
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.
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--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 protect it from the outdoor elements and safely store it outside.
Compact size and designed for small patios and decks. 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.
Highly affordable and comes with a lot of great storage and heat retaining features.
- 3 burners with 12,000 BTU’s each
- Compact size
- Has wheels
- Push button ignition system
- Retains heat and flavor
- Storage space
- Comes with a cover
- Can rust over time if you don’t consistently cover it
- Does not have additional features—such as the ability to roast or sear.
Weber Genesis II LX S-240
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.
The grill consits of the new GS4 system which includes an infinity ignition, brand new stainles 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.
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.
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.
- Designed with GS4 grilling system for functionality
- Dependable infinity ignition
- Grease system directs grease away from burners
- Plenty of storage space
- temperature gauge in hood may be too high for an accurate read
Napoleon Rogue 425
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.
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.
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 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.
- Terrific grate design
- "Sizzle Zone" for added cooking space
- Double-walled hood for heat retention
- "Sizzle Zone" is comprised of cast iron grates which cooks food unevenly
The Criteria We Used to Find the Best Gas Grills
Finding the right grill size is an important feature to consider because it determines if a grill will fit your grilling needs. Larger families find gas grills with little cooking space don’t suit their needs–they end up having to grill their food in shifts, which takes much longer.
It’s important to ensure the grill’s features will meet your specific grilling needs as well. For example, If you want to cook steaks often you will need a more sear that will deliver. This up-and-coming feature has become highly popular and useful for anyone that likes to grill a lot. There are also grills that offer several cooking style options–such as those that can also roast and 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 all of the unnecessary features.
The power output is extremely important, especially when considering how many people you want to feed at once. If it has limited BTUs, it won’t cook as quickly, especially with there is more food on the grill or when cooking denser meats–like whole chickens or roasts. Consider what your cooking needs are to determine if it’s right for you.
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-level or luxury models–and each of these will be mentioned. If you only need an entry-level grill, luxury lines may have too many unnecessary bells and whistles so more affordable options may be the best way to go for you.
Other Important Factors to Consider
Is this grill portable?
Does the grill’s design make it easy to move it around your deck or patio or completely take with you? Just because a grill has doesn’t necessarily meant it’s simple to move, especially on rougher surfaces. If you are looking to keep 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.
How many people do you need to feed?
If you’re cooking for more than a few people, you will probably need a grill that includes around four burners. Two or three burners is best for a small family, but more than that and there won’t be enough power to evenly and properly cook your food.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the benefit of infrared heat versus gas heat?
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. What’s the best way to store the grill?
Many grills come with grill covers that you can use to store your grill if you need to leave it outside. Other grillers choose to bring their grill inside when not in use or during the cold season–which may be the prime method of maintaining your grill’s integrity.
Q. How do we monitor food temperatures?
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?
Sometimes, depending what was cooked, scrubbing your grates with a grill brush will be enough, However, you will typically need to deep clean your grill at least once or twice a year–sometimes more, depending on how frequently you use it. Always ensure that your grill is unplugged while 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?
This depends on your budget and what you’re looking for in a gas grill. Decide which features you need and/or want and this will help you determine which grill is right for you.
Q. Can gas grills travel in a car?
Many gas grills will fit in a large SUV or truck when you first make your purchase. After that, you will need to be careful if you decide to transport it because it may damage some of its components. That being said, there are are travel gas grills to choose from–these are compact and can be easily transported between locations.
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