Gas BBQ Grills: Ratings of Sources
Total of 17 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThe latest roundup at ConsumerReports.org includes ratings of well over 100 gas grills in a variety of price ranges and sizes. The ratings chart ranks models included in Consumers Union's ongoing testing program, pairing some of them with models that are similar enough to be expected to perform similarly. Grills are rated on factors like performance at high and low temperatures, as well as convenience.
Gas Grill Reviews of all Major Brands, Makes and Models
by Derrick Riches
Our AssessmentDerrick Riches is a grilling enthusiast and industry consultant who has been covering gas grills for About.com for more than 10 years. He provides links to all of his reviews of gas grills. There's even a list of discontinued grills, along with his original review of each in case you see it for sale on Craigslist or eBay. Reviews of some major brands, like Weber, are grouped together under one link. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Before You Buy a Gas Grill
by Derrick Riches
Our AssessmentThis article provides links to Riches' picks for the 10 best gas grills in six price categories, most of which have been updated for 2012. He also provides a buying guide specific to each price category and a list of his top-10 small grills. The commentary contains a lot of insider information. In general Riches says that Weber grills are more expensive, but have better build quality than other brands. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Great Grills (Under $500!)
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentThis two-part article focuses on four gas grills that cost less than $500, and three that are "worth splurging on." All have been tested by the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, and each model gets a short review that includes comments about how easy it is to use the grill and navigate its manual. Among gas grills under $500, the Char-Broil Commercial Series Grill with Infrared is deemed best overall; the Brinkmann (810-2410-SB) is the budget pick. The Ducane Affinity 3100 is highlighted as a "no-frills performer"; a Weber grill is selected as the ultimate "super splurge" model. We aren't sure whether or not other gas grills were compared to these and didn't make the cut.
Best Outdoor Grills
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentThe Good Housekeeping Research Institute tests 14 outdoor grills (both gas and charcoal), ranging in price from $100 to $1,000. They select five models -- three of which use gas -- as the best, and slip an extra gas grill in as an all-around pick. The Weber Genesis EP-330 is specifically identified as a "splurge buy," and the Kenmore 02579797 earns an all-around pick for its "good grilling for less cash."
Grills to Go
by Editors of Men's Journal
Our AssessmentThese portable grills were obviously tested at some point; the unidentified author makes a few comments about how each performed, including negative comments where appropriate. However, no real details are provided about how the grills were tested. Each grill receives a rating, but otherwise there's no direct comparison between models.
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com is a useful site to consult, since you can search gas grill offerings by average user rating. Several grills have enough ratings to give a good picture of what users think of them. Char-Griller models do well, especially the Grillin Pro 3001 and the Duo Gas and Charcoal grill. The Grill Master 720-0697 and the Master Forge SH3118B also get high ratings from a number of users.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentWeber grills are popular with Home Depot customers, receiving the most reviews and the highest ratings. The Weber Q-320, for example, earns an average score of 4.8 out of 5 stars from more than 130 users; Weber Spirit E-310 and E-210 grills get the same rating from more than 120 and 160 reviewers, respectively. The Weber Q 200 Portable Gas Grill gets a 4.6-star average ranking from about 20 reviewers, making it by far the best-reviewed portable gas grill on HomeDepot.com. Although other brands, including Char-Broil Red and Brinkmann, have received good ratings from Home Depot reviewers in the past, they aren't even on the radar this year.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart sells gas grills made by Weber, Coleman, Brinkmann and others. Many of the grills have few if any customer reviews, but a few have enough to give an indication of how they perform in daily use. Weber grills dominate the rankings; the most popular model is the Weber Q 320, with a near-perfect score from more than 60 reviewers. Two of the most popular portable models according to Walmart.com customers are also by Weber: the Go-Anywhere Gas Grill and the Q100.
Grills $170 to $600
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentOnly a few grills -- all portable, lower-priced models, save one -- have more than a handful of user reviews posted on Epinions.com. Two Coleman RoadTrip models get good reviews, the 9949-750 and the 9941-768, as does the Weber Q 220. [LM4]
Fired Up: Which Portable Grill Cranks Up the Heat?
by Jude Stewart
Our AssessmentJude Stewart brings together a group of friends to test portable grills. Both gas and charcoal models are included in the testing, and all are rated on a scale of 10 for taste, convenience and performance. The Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Grill is obviously the best-reviewed gas grill of the bunch, even though the testers had problems with its push-button igniter.
Barbeque Season is Heating Up
by Vicky Sanderson
Our AssessmentVicky Sanderson recommends various types of grill: portable, eco-friendly, mid-priced, premium and "alternative." Although she provides a brief description of key features, there's no indication that the grills have been tested or compared to other products. Some of the grills, such as the Napoleon Travel Q and the Weber Genesis series, are available in the United States.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com sells several brands of gas grills, but the most popular and best-rated grills on the site are made by Weber. The newer Weber Genesis series models are for sale here, but have relatively few user ratings at this point. Two grills from non-Weber brands manage to stand out, with an average rating of 4.5 stars after well over 100 user reviews: the Cuisinart CGG-200 and the Coleman RoadTrip 9949-750 LXE.
Outdoor Gas Grills
by Contributors to GrillsDirect.com
Our AssessmentWeber grills sweep the top ratings from this online retailer. The biggest standout is the Weber Genesis E-310, with a 4.8-star average rating after more than 70 reviews. The Weber Q 100 and Weber Q 220 are the most popular portable gas grills; the Weber Q 100 only gets a little more than a dozen reviews, but receives a near-perfect rating.
by Contributors to Sears.com
Our AssessmentSears.com sells a number of gas grills, including Weber, Kenmore, Coleman, and Char-Broil. Many grills get at least a few reviews, but three stand out with a 4.5-star rating and about 30 or more user reviews. Weber grills are popular here, but they don't dominate the reviews as much as at other online retailers.
Gas Grill Reviews
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com asks consumers to submit survey-like reviews of how their gas grills perform. These reviews aren't tied to any particular retailer, but once again, Weber grills occupy many of the top slots. The Weber Spirit E-310 is a clear standout, with a score of 91 (out of 100 possible) from nearly 70 users. Two other Weber models also made the cut thanks to higher scores, although they receive fewer reviews.
Gas Grill Reviews
by Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Our AssessmentBuzzillions.com aggregates reviews of gas grills from many online retailer sites. We've already evaluated many of these reviews directly through the originating retail sites, so much of the information here is redundant; however, a visit to Buzzillions.com is a great way to quickly take in overall consumer opinion about a given grill.