Posted on June 14, 2017
The 9 Best Gas Grills of 2017
Maybe you've been put off in the past by the hassle of working with charcoal. If that's you, then think about gas grills as a powerful alternative.
You wouldn't be alone in making that choice. In 2016, 57.7% of the grills sold were the gas variety.
It's not surprising. The gas models offer simple temperature settings, even heat, and ease of use.
So if you want to avoid the age-old problem of lighting a charcoal grill - and keeping it lit - then read on to learn more about the 9 best gas grills you should consider this summer.
This gas grill is a true beauty combining high-quality materials with a 425 sq. in. main grill surface.
It features four burners and stainless steel sear plates that stop flare-ups.
If you find yourself looking for extra space while cooking, the Rogue 425 has you covered. Just flip down its folding stainless steel side shelves.
The Rogue 425 also boasts an infrared side burner which is great for your quick-to-boil needs. Its built-in thermometer helps make cooking easy.
If you're really torn between gas grills and charcoal, the Napoleon has another ace up its sleeve. Its optional tray turns the grill into a charcoal pit.
Napoleon is a Canadian brand and well worth the extra investment for the higher quality and better reliability.
At around $300 less than the stainless steel version, the Rogue 425 in black might be a better option for you.
The only differences between the two models are the color of the finish and the type of side burner. The stainless steel version uses infrared heating while the black model uses standard gas blue flame burners (like the ones you would have in your home).
You can save even more money by dropping to the base Rogue 425.
All you need to do is plan where it will fit into your outdoor kitchen setup.
One thing you might want to look for when you're checking out grills is flexibility. The Broil King offers that with the inclusion of a rotisserie burner.
You also get four main burners, along with a side burner. There's plenty of storage space and room for all of your tools.
On the downside, its heat distribution can be uneven.
But if you're willing to find the hot and cool spots, you can cook medium-rare and well-done meat at the same time.
If you need a really large cooking area, you may worry that you'll have fewer gas grills to choose from.
The KitchenAid grill can help you out. Offering 555 sq. in. of cooking area, it boasts five main burners, along with infrared side burners.
It takes 10 minutes to preheat and you should be able to cook over 28 4oz. burgers at once. The KitchenAid 720-0893 is perfect for family gatherings or street parties.
The KitchenAid is exclusive to Home Depot so you might want to check the next grill as an alternative.
The Weber name is synonymous with grills and for good reason. They're well known for reliability and high-quality materials.
The Weber E-410 is perfect if you need to cook a lot at once. It comes with a huge 615 sq. in. of cooking area, protected with coated-cast-iron grates.
It has four main burners and a fold down warming rack. There are no side burners on this model.
If that's not a deal-breaker for you, then it's worth considering.
Weber makes a whole range of gas grills, as you saw in the previous entry. The Spirit series is their entry-level line.
Don't mistake that for poor quality though. The Spirit comes with a 10-year warranty against rust or corrosion. Parts are easy to source from authorized dealers.
The E-310 comes with plenty of features, including a 529 sq. in. grill and three burners. The grates and exterior are porcelain-coated, giving extra protection.
With gas grills this accessible, it's hardly surprising that 62% of households that own a grill use a gas-powered model.
Buying a gas grill doesn't have to put a dent in your bank balance. The Huntington 630124 lets you enjoy the benefits of grilling at a lower price.
Offering 230 sq. in. of cooking area, it features three main burners and coated steel grates that make cleaning easy. It also features a side burner.
Don't let its smaller size fool you.
It's large enough to let you cook up to 18 4oz burgers in one go.
With a large 465 sq. in of cooking area and 5 main burners, the Dyna-Glo is great for cooking a lot at once.
It also boasts a rotisserie infrared burner which is perfect for spare ribs. The Dyna-Glo is easy to clean and offers an even heat.
The Dyna-Glo is also a good choice for those new to gas grills. It features a push-button electronic ignition and an integrated temperature gauge.
We've kept the most expensive until last. But this beauty is king of the gas grills for a reason.
With a huge 615 sq. in. cooking area, this large sized grill is perfect for community gatherings.
It features 4 main burners and a side burner. Its electronic ignition makes it easy to light while its stainless steel grates are easy to clean.
It comes with a fuel gauge so you never run out mid-BBQ. Even better, it has a natural-gas version available in case you don't like using propane.
Think about the material the grill is made of, where it is manufactured and the warranty. Napoleon has the Best warranty of all the Grills mentioned. Stainless steel is easy to clean and maintain. Finding replacement burners is straightforward.
Cast iron burners are more fragile but they retain heat better. So you can cook at lower temperatures if necessary.
Check out our guide to gas grill burners for more information.
Decide which size grill you'll need. Be realistic about it. If you're only cooking for a family of 4, you don't need a behemoth that can grill 28 burgers at once.
Bear in mind the amount of space you have available in your yard too.
And whichever model you buy, please follow our gas grill safety tips!