Big Green Egg (large)
This Kamado-style grill and smoker isn't the biggest on the market, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in versatility and temperature control. Its sealed ceramic chamber can cook at an incredibly high heat or maintain low temperatures for long periods without needing new coals. This gives grillers the option to sear or slow-cook meats. Big Green Egg's exterior stays cool even when grilling at temperatures as high as 750 degrees Fahrenheit. Critics say it can be fragile, however, and the Big Green Egg Company only offers its lifetime warranty for grills purchased from licensed dealers (not online). You can buy Big Green Egg in four other sizes -- mini, small, medium and extra large -- with costs that range from around $250 to over $1,000. Some reviewers are put off by the fact that all of Big Green Egg accessories are sold separately; this can add considerably to the grill's final price. If you just want a simple kettle grill that performs well, the Weber Performer (*Est. $325) gets great reviews.