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Gas Grills: Expert and User Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on April 24, 2018

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Editors of Consumer Reports, Not Dated

This comparative review includes evaluations of more than 160 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. Very few are actually recommended, however.

Tim Heffernan, Lesley Stockton, Michael Sullivan, March 6, 2018

Wirecutter has tested a number of gas grills over the years, cooking a wide variety of foods and judging both performance and convenience. Elsewhere on the site they apply the same diligence to full-sized charcoal grills and both gas and charcoal portable grills. In addition to hands on testing, they spend many hours researching and interviewing experts.

James Aitchison and Keith Barry, Jan. 5, 2018

Reviewed tests and recommends a number of grills -- full-sized gas grills here; full-sized charcoal grills and both gas and charcoal portable grills elsewhere on its site. While details are brief, some helpful testing notes are included as well as a list of notable features.

Editors of Popular Mechanics, Aug. 2, 2017

A wide variety of grills were tested for this roundup, including gas, charcoal, pellets and wood-burning grills. Each grill is presented with testing notes, likes and dislikes, a star rating, and editors make it clear whether it's a good choice or not.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated, May 2016

In this report, Cook's Illustrated editors rate six gas grills according to design, grilling performance, indirect cooking, cleanup and durability. Only two are ultimately recommended. Elsewhere on this site, both charcoal and portable grills are tested and ranked.

Betty Gold, Feb. 22, 2018

After extensive testing at the Good Housekeeping Institute, Betty Gold rounds up the top performers, with testing notes and highlights of that grill's attributes. While both full-sized and portable grills are included, it only looks at gas grills, not charcoal.

Meathead Goldwyn, As of April 2018

AmazingRibs.com offers a resource for shoppers looking for grills, smokers and more. The site includes buyer's guides, in-depth reviews, and roundups covering hundreds of grills. There is a limit on the free articles you can view in the reviews section though; full access requires a subscription -- $23.95 for a year.

Valentine Cullen, Jan. 29, 2018

With its focus on camping-related equipment, OutdoorGearLab rounds up the eight best portable and travel grills. Testing is thorough, and the grills are rated and ranked against each other. Pros and cons are noted.

Contributors to Amazon, As of April 2018

Amazon offers the largest number of user reviews for gas and charcoal grills we found; some popular grills earn thousands of reviews. The reviews here provide useful information on the longer-term performance and durability of the grills. Amazon carries virtually every brand available, as well as a wide range of grill accessories.

Contributors to Home Depot, As of April 2018

Like Amazon, Home Depot carries a wide assortment of grills and they get plenty of detailed reviews. Unlike Amazon, some reviews are culled from the manufacturer's website -- particularly in the case of Weber grills. However, reviewers can also say if they would recommend the grill to others.

Contributors to Walmart, As of April 2018

Walmart sells a wide variety of grills, and many get dozens or hundreds of reviews. This is a particularly good site for lower-priced brands, like Char-Broil and Masterbuilt, as well as lesser-known brands.

Contributors to Lowe's, As of April 2018

Like Home Depot, Lowe's often imports reviews from the manufacturer's website, but many are also unique to Lowe's. This is a good resource for grills that are made exclusively for sale by Lowe's, of which there are a surprising number.

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