Finding Best Gas Grill
The criteria mentioned in the matrix are the most essential factors that you should keep in mind before buying a grill. We did, however, prioritize the options available by narrowing down the whole list with models that received the most consumer reviews and highest ratings. Even though there are more grills available on the market than we listed in our comparison, we included the best picks with the most variety among the top manufacturers and price ranges. We will also provide you with further in-depth analysis for each of the gas grills we consider to be the best of the best and the reasoning behind each pick.
When shopping for a gas grill, the most expensive grill on the market isn’t always the best out there; you can find grills with the same features and power at lesser prices. The same goes for the cheapest; you might end up buying junk that doesn’t last long and fails to give you the grilling experience you’re looking for! That’s why it is so important to be aware of what you are buying and be knowledgeable of the key features you should be looking for when buying and investing in your gas grill.
So to get to the meat of the matter (unavoidable corny grilling joke), it’s always best to look for gas grills that offer the following:
- At least 2 heating areas. This is an essential consideration, especially dependent on how much you grill or for how many you’re typically cooking for. If you’re only going to grill for small family, then you can save the money instead of paying for extra grill space that you wouldn’t utlize. If you are often grilling for a larger group, or that capability is important to you, then this is an essential feature.
- Capable of using both propane and natural gas. Some grills may need additional parts and accessories for them to work with both options, which can be an extra expense. Natural gas costs less in the long run, but having the flexibility to use either is a nice feature to keep in mind.
- Easy to empty and clean drip pan. The lifespan of your grill depends on how well it is taken care of. Bearing this in mind, it is best to keep your grill covered when stored and regularly clean the drip pan. Convenient access is key so that clean up is quick and easy.
- Average BTU. British Thermal Unit or BTU indicates the grill’s gas usage and heating potential. It is important to note that having grills with high BTU capacity doesn’t guarantee faster preheating or better cooking. However, as a rule of thumb, look for grills that have an equivalent of 100 BTUs per square inch; or if not, at least be in the range of 80 to 100 BTUs per square inch to maximize your grill and get the best heat to energy useage ratio.
- Sturdy construction and quality material. Grills boasting stainless steel construction can’t guarantee they will no longer rust, especially for lower end stainless steel options. Some manufacturers claim their grills are stainless steel, but fail to mention that only some parts are made of stainless steel while the rest are just painted with a steel frame. On a side note, if you try to put a magnet beside the grill and it sticks, most likely this is low grade stainless steel and has different metals mixed in. Thick metals are also less prone to discoloration. Try and press the grill in the middle of the hood, if it doesn’t budge, the metal is most likely thick and of a higher grade.
- Features! Does it have side tables, a smoker box, storage? But keep in mind, more features will mean higher cost. Make sure you look for features that are really useful and essential to your needs. A feature that we think is extra nice to have is built-in gas gauge and thermometer, this helps to easily control and monitor heat of the grills. We also like the addition of side tables to add more work space, and a smoker box with dedicated burner and rotisserie attachment for all types of cooking options.
- Brand name. It is not unnecessary to look for grills that are manufactured by well-reputed brands. Parts that you might need to replace for your grills will be easier to find and getting good customer service is really a big help especially if you need to make use of the product’s warranty.
There are still more factors to consider but knowing these basics are enough to get you through in finding the best gas grills. We think it can be a good idea to check out the grills in actual stores first just to have a chance to look over what you are purchasing in person. Once you have an overall idea on the grill that you would like to buy, that’s the time you canvass for a lower priced offer for that grill on the market. We recommend going online and buying through Amazon since they often give discounts from the retail price you find in stores.