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Gas Grills: Expert and User Reviews

By: Kelly Burgess on April 26, 2017

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Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated

This comparative review includes evaluations of about 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. A comprehensive buying guide that describes key features and evaluates brands accompanies the ratings.

Séamus Bellamy, May 6, 2016

TheSweethome.com has tested a number of grills over the years, and Weber charcoal grills are their top pick in all three categories here. Their decision has been made by testing over a period of several year, as well as research and interviews with experts.

Editors of Cook's Illustrated, May 2015

In this report, Cook's Illustrated editors rate seven charcoal grills according to grilling performance, heat retention while barbecuing, 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.

Editors of Good Housekeeping, June 2015

While there are some older reviews in this roundup, dating from as early as 2008, there are also more recent reviews from 2015. Each grill is tested and ranked on a 5-star scale. Pros and cons are noted, but they aren't specifically ranked against other grills. Only gas grills are tested here.

Alan Henry, May 27, 2016

These top five grills were chosen based upon a poll of LifeHacker.com readers. Each pick includes a review that explains what those who voted for each grill like about it. Among the top five are the Weber Original Kettle, the Weber Genesis Series, and the Big Green Egg.

Editors of AmazingRibs.com, As of April 2017

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. Expert reviewers are knowledgeable and often have hands on experience with the grill they review.

Valentine Cullen, June 28, 2015

With its focus on camping-related equipment, OutdoorGearLab.com rounds up the 5 best portable and travel grills. Testing is thorough, and the grills are rated and ranked against each other. Pros and cons are noted.

Kit Buchan, July 13, 2014

In this round up of grills, focusing on low, slow cooking, for the British paper The Guardian, American chef Neil Rankin, an acknowledged expert in barbecue-style cooking, names his top five picks for grills. Although this was written for a British publication, these grills are widely available in the U.S. and include the Big Green Egg and the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.

Contributors to Amazon.com, As of April 2017

Amazon.com offers the largest number of user reviews for gas and charcoal grills and smokers we found, including at least a few comments for almost every model sold. The reviews here provide useful information on the longer-term performance and durability of the grills. Amazon.com carries virtually every brand available, as well as a wide range of grill accessories.

Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of April 2017

HomeDepot.com carries a wide assortment of grills, which are easy to search for by type, with a top pane for sorting by propane, charcoal, wood, etc. While many brands are represented, Weber grills generally account for the highest ratings from a large sample. Char-Broil and Brinkman models also earn high scores.

Contributors to Walmart.com, As of April 2017

Walmart.com 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 Lowes.com, As of April 2017

Like HomeDepot.com, Lowes.com sells a number of grills in various brands and sizes. Weber and Char-Broil are popular here, but some get only a few reviews, others earn hundreds of ratings.

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