Grill Buying Guide
The top-rated BBQ grills (below) are a great choice for most outdoor cooks.
1) Dyna-Glo DGN576SNC-D Charcoal Grill | 2) Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill | 3) Pit Boss Grills 440 Pellet Grill | 4) Blackstone 36 inch Gas Grill Griddle Station | 5) Pit Boss Grills 72820 Pellet Grill | 6) 3D smokeless electric grill infrared heat grill | 7) Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Electric Grill | 8) iHOMEARD BBQ Grill Foldable Charcoal | 9) Brentwood TS-640 Electric BBQ Grill | 10) Excelvan Indoor Electric Barbecue Grill | 11) Delonghi BG24 Perfecto Indoor Grill | 12) Presto 09020 Electric Indoor Grill | 13) SUPER SPACE 3 Burner BBQ Gas Grills | 14) Char-Griller 16620 Charcoal Barbecue Grill | 15) Weber 15301001 Charcoal Grill | 16) Portable Combination Charcoal/Gas Outdoor Grill | 17) Bull Outdoor Products 69008 Grill | 18) Pit Barrel Cooker Package | 19) Char-Griller 5050 Duo Grill | 20) Coleman RoadTrip LXX Grill | 21) Char-Broil Charcoal Grill, 780 Square | 22) Pro Series Charcoal Wagon BBQ Grill | 23) Blackstone Grills Tailgater – Portable Gas Grill | 24) Kamado Joe KJ23RH Classic Joe Grill | 25) Char-Griller 2828 Charcoal Grill | 26) Z GRILLS Wood Pellet BBQ Grill and Smoker | 27) Char-Broil Charcoal Gas Hybrid Grill | 28) Magma Products, A10-918-2GS Gas Grill | 29) George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill | 30) George Foreman Electric Quesadilla Maker | 31) Livart LV-982 Electric Barbecue Grill | 32) Commercial LP Gas 8-Burner BBQ Grill |
What Size Grill Do I Need?
The primary factor in determining grill size is cooking area. Cooking area is expressed in terms of square inches. A typical three burner gas grill features 450-500 square inches of cooking area, which is generally sufficient for the average household. People that entertain often or have large families may want a grill that offers five or six burners and features 550-650 square inches of cooking area.
In addition to cooking area, the footprint of a grill should be considered. Most barbecue grills feature side shelves that can be removed or collapsed. As a safety measure, manufacturers require the grill to sit 2-3 feet away from the house and other combustible materials. It’s important to ensure that your deck or patio can accommodate your new grill’s wingspan prior to purchasing.
A variety of accessories are available to enhance a grill’s cooking area without increasing its footprint. For example, a half shelf can provide up to 50% more cooking space by adding another level to the cooking grid. Another example is warming rack which hangs from the top of the grill. This rack, set further away from direct heat, is ideal for toasting food items at lower temperatures.
Which Fuel Type is Best: Natural Gas or Liquid Propane?
While liquid propane has been the standard fuel type for many years, an increasing number of customers are having natural gas lines installed. The advantage of using natural gas is having a constant gas supply. Liquid propane tanks require maintenance as they must be exchanged periodically when the tank runs out.
However, despite the extra maintenance required with LP tanks, there are still advantages to using them. Propane grills can be easily re-located and the cost of using liquid propane tanks versus installing a gas line is far more economical. LP tanks have also been standardized, making them adaptable to fist most gas grills.
Grills must be ordered with a specific fuel type: natural gas or propane. With rare exception, it is not easy to convert from one fuel source to another. If the need arises to alter the fuel type after original purchase, conversion kits can be purchased at additional costs. The process of conversion can be labor intensive, even with the aid of the kit.
What Color & Design Options are Available?
While cooking performance is the top concern of grill manufacturers, they are also making efforts to transform what was once considered a backyard eyesore into an attractive, stylish outdoor fixture. To achieve this, today’s grills are designed using a combination of porcelain enameled steel and polished stainless steel to accentuate contours and curves. Many models are constructed entirely of stainless steel for a more sophisticated, commercial appearance.
Much like indoor appliances, an increasing number of custom colors are introduced each year in the grill lineup. Green, copper, cobalt blue, brick red, and bronze are just a sampling of color choices. These models often use stainless steel as an accent color, providing striking contrast in the overall grill design.
Some brands offer a wide selection of built-in grills which allow for ultimate flexibility in design. Built-in grill heads or storage cabinets can be inserted into a prefabricated island area – generally built of brick or stone. Built-in grills are best used in an outdoor kitchen setting. If the prefabricated area is made of a combustible material, such as wood, insulation jackets can be purchased at an additional cost.