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Although we love the extra flavor that charcoal grilling provides, the convenience, precision, and speed of gas grills simply can’t be beat. While it’s easy to toss some hot dogs and burgers on a grill for a cookout, shopping for a grill though … not so much. From big brand names like Weber, to lesser known grill manufacturers like Nexgrill, we sifted through hundreds of grills to help you find the best one for you, your budget, and backyard.
Even if you don’t have a yard, don’t let the size of your outdoor space prevent you from enjoying a mouthwatering grilled steak. We’ve made sure to include a portable grill that’s great for those who are short on space. Our colleagues at Popular Mechanics and Good Housekeeping also helped us decide on a mammoth-sized one that'll make a Food Network star jealous, and an apartment friendly pick that'll work perfectly on a small balcony. Get your propane ready, ‘cause it’s barbecue season!
Weber’s latest Spirit series grill offers unrivaled performance, a luxurious-looking but durable exterior, and an easy assembly for a fair price. It has three stainless steel burners for a total output of 30,000 BTU per hour, and it evenly cooks food with very little flare-up. Its compact size accommodates most patios or balconies, but you still get 424 square inches of cooking space and an additional 105-square-inch warming rack — that's plenty of room for well over a dozen hamburgers, a large brisket, or for searing five steaks. Its three-burner design allows for individual heat settings, which comes in handy. For instance, you can sear fish on medium-high heat on one side and grill veggies on low heat on the other. The Spirit’s cast-iron cooking grates are reversible, easy to keep clean, and provide stellar searing marks — thick or thin.
The grill is on wheels and sports an open-cart design that’s equipped with three hooks on its side to keep all your barbecue tools within reach. It also features a convenient folding table for holding plates or trays. Your gas tank hangs from the right side table, so that one doesn’t fold down, but it does have a tank scale for letting you know how much fuel you have left.
This grill comes in four colors: black, ivory, red, or sapphire blue. If you want to take precision to the next level, Weber also makes an iGrill 3 thermometer (sold separately), so you can track the temperature of four pieces of meat — even when you step away from your grill. It sends you a push notification via a smartphone app once your food reaches the perfect, safe temperature to serve, too.
Note that the grill doesn’t come with a cover to protect it against the elements, so you'll have to purchase one separately.
Despite no cover, this grill is the best one you can buy. This Weber model offers superior craftsmanship, a generous 10-year warranty, and exceptional grilling performance.
Best Budget Buy
For the grill master on a budget, we recommend this entry-level option from Char-Broil. It may not offer as impressive of a performance as more expensive models, but it's a no-frills grill that comes at a great value. You'll get 475 square inches of space to grill your meats or veggies, a side shelf to plate your meals or rest your tools, and a side burner that’s perfect for sautéing onions. It’s equipped with four burners, plus porcelain-coated cast iron grates that are rust-resistant and easy to clean.
We’re big fans of the grill's electronic ignition and sleek stainless steel finish — both features are difficult to find at this price point. There’s even a temperature gauge mounted to the grill’s lid, so you know when it’s preheated or too hot and putting you at a higher risk of overdoing your steak. The grill rests on two 6-inch wheels for easy portability, but it doesn't come with a cover to protect it against precipitation.
This 10-burner behemoth from Napoleon isn't for the faint of heart (or pocketbook). However, its interior light, backlit control knobs, and integrated wood chip smoker tray are just a few reasons why this grill is worth splurging for. It has everything you need and more — you get an entirely stainless steel construction with sleek chrome accents, infrared burners, an integrated ice bucket, towel racks, side burners, and a rotisserie function.
The grill can even be used as a smoker or like an oven to bake bread, pizza, or even cookies. As you can expect with 10 burners, the grill offers plenty of room. You get 1,245 square inches of cooking area under its dual lids — that’s enough space for over 50 cheeseburgers. If you need to feed an army or want the greatest grill in the neighborhood, this is the one for you.
Best Large Grill
Another Weber grill worthy of your consideration, the Genesis II was the top performer during our colleagues’ tests over at Good Housekeeping. They called the grill “totally dependable” and loved its handy extras, like its fuel gauge for easily checking how much gas is left in the tank and its lighted control knobs for grilling when the sun's down. We have to agree, this grill is hard to beat — especially for those who want more room and are willing to pay a higher price than our best overall pick.
This one offers 20% more space over our best overall pick — that’s 669 square inches of total cooking area. To break it down even further, you get 513 square inches of cooking space in addition to a 156-square-inch warming rack area. It’s equipped with three high-performance stainless steel burners and porcelain-enameled "flavorizer bars" to make for one of the best grilling experiences you can get. We would have liked to see a side burner for making side dishes or keeping sauces warm, given that the grill costs $200 extra than our best overall pick. However, the grill offers better performance, plenty of storage space for pans, trays, or utensils, and an easy-to-access, externally mounted propane tank. Plus, it sports a sturdier build that should last you for years.
Best Portable Grill
Perfect for smaller backyards or entertaining areas, this portable and colorful tabletop gas grill comes in a variety of colors, like red, black, and stainless steel. Don't let its size fool you — you can still totally grill up to eight burgers or a few steaks, six chicken breasts, or up to 4 pounds of fish at once! It offers 145-square-inches of grilling area, which is plenty for a small barbecue at the park. This Cuisinart features a 5,500 BTU stainless-steel burner and an even-heating porcelain-enameled grate, which ensures a premium grilling experience without getting your meat stuck.
The grill is small enough to use on any tabletop or deck, plus its lid is attached, so that won’t use up any precious counter space or make your cooking area cluttered. The grill’s legs fold down, and you can carry it like a suitcase after it cools off. Whether you’re car-camping, tailgating, or at the beach, this portable pick will allow you to take your grilling to a whole new level.
Best for Apartments
For those who are tight on space and want an apartment- or balcony-friendly gas grill, we recommend this two-burner from Char-Broil. It's only 27 inches wide, and it offers a durable stainless-steel construction. Despite its narrow footprint, you still get 350 square inches of cooking space — ample room enough for 15 burgers. Plus, it provides 135 square inches of a warming rack space that’s perfect for toasting buns or warming sides.
We were happy to see this grill has a removable grease pan that’s porcelain-coated, which makes it much easier to clean. It also features a convenient electronic ignition system that's fast and reliable. You get two stainless steel shelves for holding plates and trays, as well as a cabinet with a door at the bottom of the grill. However, after stowing your propane tank, there’s just a little bit of extra room for a few utensils.