June 17, 2024

The 5 Best Gas Grills in 2023, Tested by Experts

What to look for in a gas grill

A gas grill can be a big purchase, and there are many factors to consider. Here’s what we look for in the best gas grills:

Brand: When dealing with gas and fire, it is vital that you choose a reliable brand with a good reputation and responsive customer service. We’ve tested dozens of grill brands, and as you can tell from this guide, we’re big fans of Weber grills, but other trusted names in the grill space include Napoleon, Char-Broil, Broil King, and Nexgrill .

Size: Gas grills come in all shapes and sizes, from compact portable grills you can camp with to large built-in units. Think about how many people you will be cooking for and how much space you can dedicate. In general, a three-burner grill with about 500 square inches of grill space offers the most flexibility without being overly durable. Of course, look for smaller units if your family is small or if you don’t have much space for a grill. Most people won’t need a grill that much larger unless you’re considering built-in units.

Power (or Btu): Btu ratings are a good way to determine how much output a grill offers. Unless you’re specifically in the market for a compact or portable grill, look for options with at least 8,000 to 12,000 Btu per burner.

Fuel type: Gas grills can run on propane, be connected to your natural gas line, or both. For most people, we recommend propane gas grills, which offer more portability and are easier to use. Tapping your natural gas line isn’t a good option unless you grill several times a week, have a built-in option, or are fairly certain you’re not moving anytime soon.

Construction: Most likely, you will be leaving your grill outside in the elements. Stainless steel construction offers the best protection from the environment, although you’ll probably want to invest in a grill cover no matter which unit you buy.

Aspects: A good grill doesn’t need bells and whistles, but many people will use a side burner, propane tank holder, or storage cabinet. Remember that you will usually pay for these features.

Wheels/casters: Casters are smoother and better for even hard surfaces such as a poured cement deck or patio. For lawns, patios with pavers, and other rougher surfaces, larger wheels make moving a grill much easier.

Removable grease pan: As grease will degrade your firebox over time, a removable grease pan will help keep it clean and ultimately give your grill a longer life. If your grill doesn’t have a removable grease pan, you might consider lining it with disposable aluminum foil trays.

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