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How To Buy A Gas Grill: Gas Grill Buying Guide

These are our best gas grills, which possess extreme quality, performance, value, durability, and proven success.

1) Char-Broil Signature TRU Gas Grill | 2) Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D Gas Grill | 3) Dyna-Glo DGE Series Propane Grill | 4) Char Broil Performance 650 Gas Grill | 5) Weber 46110001 Spirit E210 Gas Grill | 6) Weber 46100001 Spirit S210 Gas Grill | 7) Coleman Road Trip Propane Portable Grill | 8) Char-Broil Signature TRU Gas Grill | 9) Cuisinart CGG-180 Portable Gas Grill | 10) Napoleon Grills Built-in Natural Gas Grill | 11) Weber 1141001 Go-Anywhere Gas Grill | 12) Weber 51010001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill | 13) Char-Broil Gas2Coal 3-Burner Gas Grill | 14) Char-Broil 4-Burner Gas Grill | 15) Char-Broil 405 4-Burner Gas Grill | 16) Char-Broil 3-Burner Cart Gas Grill | 17) Weber 62050001 Genesis II Propane Grill | 18) Char-Broil Gas Hybrid Grill | 19) Blaze Professional 3-burner Natural Gas Grill | 20) Coleman RoadTrip LXX Grill | 21) Char-Broil Hybrid Grill | 22) Char-Broil 2-Burner Gas Grill | 23) Fuego Element F21C Gas Grill | 24) Char-Broil Oklahoma Joe’s | 25) Master Cook Smart Propane Gas Grill | 26) Char-Griller 3001 Gas Grill | 27) Weber 46510001 Propane Gas Grill | 28) Char-Broil Bistro Gas Grill | 29) Napoleon s LEX485RSIBPSS-1 Propane Gas | 30) Weber 65010001 Natural Gas Grill | 31) Weber Summit 7470001 Natural-Gas Grill | 32) Blackstone Grills Portable Gas Grill | 33) Royal Gourmet 6-Burner Cabinet Gas Grill | 34) Cuisinart CGG-180 Portable Gas Grill | 35) Char-Broil 6-Burner Gas Grill | 36) Smoke Hollow 205 Propane Gas Grill | 37) Blackstone 36 inch Gas Grill | 38) Weber 46810001 Propane Gas Grill | 39) Weber 68014001 Natural Gas Grill | 40) Weber 47510001 Natural Gas Grill |

The process of purchasing a gas grill is overwhelming. With stainless steel this and infrared that, the road towards your perfect gas grill has taken a detour, wrong way, u-turn and even went down a one way street- and you have not even stepped foot in your car!

However, overwhelming can easily transition from an anxiety attack to a clear peace of mind. Following key principles, exactly like the ones below, will ensure the correct grill, at the correct price will almost appear like magic in your backyard.

Our gas grill buying guide will show you all the important aspects to consider when buying a grill. This guide below, along with Chef Tony’s video above, will take you through the process we use here at when we evaluate a grill.

Making Decisions

First, you need to think about how you’d like to cook on a gas grill. Or, as we say around here, what is your grilling style? Do you like putting your meat on the grill and walking away until it is done, or do you like cooking things fast and hot? Do you cook directly over the flame, or indirectly? Once you have figured out what you want out of a gas grill, you’re ready to go shopping.

While reading through the guide, you may see some terminology that you are unfamiliar with. Don’t worry, just hop on over to Gas Grills 101 to read all about it.

How to Buy a Gas Grill

  • Make sure the bbq grill manufacturer has a good warranty

This should keep you from having to spend money on parts that shouldn’t have broken in the first place. Look for brands with a burner warranty around 10 years, and brands with lifetime warranties- some even cover the labor for replacement. We’ve even made comparing the warranties from the top brands easy for you with our Gas Grill Warranty Comparison Chart.

  • Make sure that the gas grill burner is a good, proportional size to the grill

A lot of grill manufacturers make a large, impressive looking casting with a little burner – that means lots of hot and cold spots. The all mighty “cooking performance” does not purely depend on the number of burners or output of BTUs, but can best be described by how well heat is evenly distributed across the entire grilling surface.

  • Check out the flame taming devices and make sure they cover the entire burner

The salt and grease from the food you cook causes most of the damage to the grill. The more exposed the burner is, the faster it burns out. Always make sure the flame tamer is directly over your gas grill burner – not to the side like some grills do.

They put lava rocks to the side of the burner, and it defeats the purpose. To get maximum vaporization, you must have a good, even heat. Stay away from lava rocks. They are irregularly shaped, and do not hold heat evenly. That’s why most grills with lava rocks are a flare up nightmare.

  • Cooking grids – examine the material used to construct them

Whether they are made from stainless, porcelain coated or cast iron, most will work well as long as you clean them properly. For example, most mass merchant gas grills with porcelain coated meat grill grids tell you brush your grids off when hot.

Please, don’t do that! Porcelain is at its most fragile state when hot. Brushing the porcelain grill grids at that time will cause it to chip. Once chipped, they will rust extremely fast – and most gas grills only have one year warranty

  • Most grill housings and frames are pretty good and are usually the last thing to go

A grill’s construction is synonymous with weld. High quality grills have fully welded, highly polished seams, and double lined commercial grade 304 stainless hoods. Also, keep this in mind – your climate plays a big part in determining how well your grill will hold up.

If you live on the coast, almost everything you buy is doomed unless you buy copper. Even stainless will rust. It just takes longer, and that’s where the good warranty comes in. If you live in a high humidity state, then stainless or a thick aluminum grill normally will last longer than most of us.

  • Temperature

If you like grilling steaks, the gas grill you purchase should be able to reach at least 600 degrees. You need to get that steak on and off the grill as soon as possible so it does not dry out. A high quality gas grill will reach very high temperatures, but will also grill delicate items at low temperatures- with minimum flare-ups.

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