Gas BBQ Grills: Ratings of Sources
Total of 13 Sources
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by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentThis comparative review includes evaluations of 167 gas grills in a variety of price ranges and sizes. Grills are rated on factors including high-temperature cooking, low-temperature cooking, indirect cooking and convenience. A comprehensive buying guide that describes key features and evaluates brands accompanies the ratings.
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated
Our AssessmentIn this report, Cook's Illustrated editors rate seven charcoal grills according to grilling performance, heat retention while barbequing, cleanup and quality of construction. The editors also weigh in on factors like design and ease of assembly in their comprehensive report. Four of the tested models are either recommended or highly recommended.
Before You Buy a Gas Grill
by Derrick Riches
Our AssessmentThis article provides links to Derrick Riches' picks for the best gas grills in six price categories. He also provides a buying guide specific to each price category and a list of his top small grills. The commentary contains useful insider information. In general, Riches says that Weber grills are more expensive, but have better quality than other brands. Riches updated this report for 2014.
Top 10 Charcoal Grills
by Derrick Riches
Our AssessmentDerrick Riches presents his top-10 list of charcoal grills. While the report is undated, he mentions in an introduction that his picks are current for 2014. Five models - the Weber One-Touch Silver, Big Green Egg, Old Smokey #22, Portable Kitchen Cooker and Hasty-Bake Legacy 131 - earn his highest rating. Riches doesn't explain his rating criteria clearly, but he has more than 15 years of experience critiquing grills, so his reviews are worth consulting.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com offers the largest number of user reviews for charcoal grills we found, including at least a few comments for almost every model sold. The comments here provide useful information on the longer-term performance and durability of the grills. Weber grills get the most reviews and the highest ratings. The Lodge hibachi grill also gets high ratings from a significant number of users.
Grills & Accessories
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentWalmart.com sells a wide variety of grills, although many garner only a handful of user reviews. Nevertheless, a few mid- and lower-priced models receive a significant amount of user feedback and high average ratings. They include the Weber One-Touch Silver, Go-Anywhere Gas Grill and Q-320, as well as Char-Griller, Coleman and George Foreman models.
Charcoal & Wood Grills
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHome Depot carries a wide assortment of grills, with some models garnering only a few reviews and others accumulating more than 100. While many brands are represented, Weber grills generally account for the highest ratings from a large sample. Char-Broil and Vision Grills models also earn high scores.
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLike its direct competitor, Home Depot, Lowes.com sells a number of grills in various brands and sizes. Consumers have clearly chosen the Char-Griller Charcoal Grill as the best-rated model here, giving it a perfect score with more than 200 reviews. Three Weber models come in as close seconds; though they haven't amassed as many user reviews, they each get perfect scores as well.
by Contributors to HayNeedle.com
Our AssessmentFormerly known as GrillsDirect.com, HayNeedle.com is a retailer that deals with anything for the home, including grills and patio furniture and other outdoor living-related items. It's a great source of user opinions. Many grills sold here have accumulated at least a few user reviews, but only a handful receive high scores and more than 50 reviews, including several Weber models.
Big Green Egg Large Egg Reviews
by Contributors to SmokingMeatForums.com
Our AssessmentAs its name implies, SmokingMeatForums.com is dedicated to discussing all things barbeque, from recipes and tips to product reviews. This is a great resource for finding information about specific grills and how true grilling enthusiasts view their performance.
by Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Our AssessmentViewpoints.com isn't associated with any particular online retailer; instead, editors collect user opinions about various products in survey-like reviews. The Big Green Egg Extra-Large receives just over 20 reviews and gets a very high average rating of 95 points (out of 100). The Big Green Egg Large earns a 96-point rating, but with fewer reviews. A variety of Weber grills earn scores of 90 points or higher with more than 50 reviewers posting ratings.
Portable Charcoal Grills
by Editors of Cook's Country
Our AssessmentEditors from this sister publication of Cook's Illustrated evaluate six portable charcoal grills, judging them on factors including portability, durability and cooking performance. Two of the models tested earn unqualified recommendations. Testing criteria are indirectly explained in the introduction, although the actual process isn't clear.
Green Eggs and Hamburgers
by John T. Edge
Our AssessmentJohn T. Edge describes how the Big Green Egg is winning fans across the country, among both consumers and commercial restaurant owners. While he quotes users, Edge performs no formal product testing or comparative reviews that include competitive products.