Weber Genesis E-310
Weber Genesis E-310

Best gas grill

The highly versatile Weber Genesis E-310 is a sturdy, full-featured grill designed for consistent performance and long-term use. Reviewers say it cooks evenly and is easy to clean. Notable features include a porcelain-coated lid, cast-iron grates, a built-in thermometer and a warranty exceeding that of many other gas grills.
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Weber Spirit E-210
Weber Spirit E-210

Cheap gas grill

It's virtually impossible to find a grill at this price with such solid construction, excellent performance and a generous warranty, but the Weber Spirit E-210 delivers on all three counts. Moreover, reviewers say this grill is easy to assemble and clean and it provides great value for the cost.
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Coleman RoadTrip LXE
Coleman RoadTrip LXE

Best portable gas grill

The Coleman RoadTrip LXE gets raves from campers, tailgaters, RV enthusiasts and even from people who just need a smaller gas grill due to space constraints. It's highly versatile, taking you from breakfast to late-night s'mores. Reviewers say it's easy to use and transport and takes up little space when packed or stored.
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Big Green Egg
Big Green Egg

Best charcoal grill

The Big Green Egg is so popular with owners that its fandom call themselves "EGGheads." It's extremely versatile as a grill, a smoker and a slow cooker, and experts and owners say it excels at all three, thanks to its extremely solid construction and excellent heat retention. It comes in five sizes and is built to last forever.
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Est. $800 for large Estimated Price
Weber One-Touch Silver
Weber One-Touch Silver

Cheap charcoal grill

Professionals and consumers agree: For basic charcoal grilling, you can't beat the tried-and-true Weber One-Touch Silver. Perfect for beginners and experienced cooks alike, this grill is easy to use and delivers great-tasting meals. What's more, longtime owners say it will last for years and is a great value.
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Weber Smokey Joe Gold
Weber Smokey Joe Gold

Best portable charcoal grill

Reviewers say the Weber Smokey Joe Gold performs as well as full-sized Weber charcoal grills, which is why it's our favorite portable charcoal grill. Most owners agree that this easy-to-use model cooks evenly, feels solid and holds a lot of food -- the perfect solution for grilling in small spaces or on the go.
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Gas BBQ Grills Runners Up:

Weber Genesis S-330 Est. $950

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Weber One-Touch Gold Est. $150

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Weber Performer Platinum Est. $350

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Lodge Sportsman's Grill Est. $95

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Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Gourmet Est. $400

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Grills are an integral tool in a cook's arsenal

If you're one of those people who just love to barbeque, we've got good news. The grills category continues to improve, with models that are quicker to start, better at retaining heat and easier to clean than ever before. While gas grills are simpler to use and charcoal models better at imparting that delicious barbequed taste, recent innovations are blurring the distinction between the two types.

Charcoal grills may be considered the purist's choice. Charcoal takes longer to light than a gas grill and controlling a charcoal grill's heat isn't as simple as twiddling a gas grill's temperature dial. But enthusiasts say the extra trouble is worth it for the flavor that cooking over charcoal imparts. Charcoal grills tend to be less expensive than gas grills too, with basic models starting as low as $100 and most premium units topping out at $300 or $400. Many are built to last and they do -- for years or even decades.

Gas grills are quicker and easier to heat and require less fiddling.  It's also easier to control the cooking temperature as they have knobs more like an oven's. Many also have temperature gauges. You pay for the convenience, though, because gas grills generally cost more. You can find a few basic models starting at about $150, but most start at a few hundred dollars and go up into the thousands. Among gas grills, however, experts and owners agree that a more expensive grill doesn't always guarantee better cooking results.

Portable grills are available in both charcoal and gas models. These are great choices for camping, tailgating or picnics -- or if you just have a small patio or deck and need a smaller grill. Charcoal portables are available for less than $100, while gas portables usually run between $150 and $400. The best portable grills are small, or are designed to fold up for easy transport. In spite of their smaller size, they should offer a relatively large cooking surface so you don't have to grill too many batches to produce a family meal.

Because grills use fire or gas, it's not surprising that some models would end up on the Consumer Product Safety Commission's list of recalled products. If you're planning to buy a used model or shop at an outlet other than a conventional retailer, it pays to check the CPSC list before buying.

To determine our top-rated models, we analyzed expert and owner reviews of gas and charcoal grills, focusing specifically on performance, ease of use, safety and cost of ownership. We also considered grill prices and the relative value different models offer. Our research includes several professional test results; we also analyzed user ratings and comments on retail and opinion-based websites, which describe consumers' experiences over time.

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