Spring is here (a little late and slow going) and it’s time to really start thinking about grilling more and more. What’s that you say? You need to get a new gas grill? Your old one is busted/lost/stolen/too small/not cutting it? Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to hook you up with all kinds of info on the best rated gas grills. More info than you can shake a stick it. But not so much that you get lost. We’re even going to throw in several recommendations at each price point if you keep on looking.
Okay. First up. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel here. If you’re looking for a general grill buying guide, then go check out The LTB Buying Guide Part 1 if you’ve already got a grill and are looking to upgrade. Never bought a grill? Then you’ll need The LTB Buying Guide Part 2. Once you get done there, come on back over here. Don’t want to sift through all that and want to get straight to the nitty gritty? Excellent. We like your style.
We are going to expand on this article a bit further down the road with some more choices but essentially if you’re looking to buy a gas grill you’ll need to figure out a few things first.
Portability – do you need to lug it around? Do you want the option? If you’re looking for something that is easy to move and maybe take to a friend’s house, tailgate party, a picnic in the park or whatever, then you’ll need to take a good hard look at portable gas grills. They have their drawbacks, size being the biggest one, but if you’re looking for something that can move around easily then a portable gas grill can’t be beat. Yes, we do love portable charcoal grills as well, but they are more difficult to clean up and carrying around the charcoal is messy and heavy.
Price – what can you afford? This is going to be the biggest determining factor over BTUs, size and other assorted features. Are you looking for something in the 300-500 dollar range? 500-800? 800-1000? Over 1000? Well, you’re going to have lots of choices. Let’s start taking a look at the options you’ve got.
Best Rated Gas Grills Under $300
Honestly, at this price range, you are probably better off going with charcoal. Yes, you can find gas grills under 300. You can even find gas grills under 200. But that doesn’t mean they are going to be great quality or last very long. As mentioned other places on this website, the LTB crew recommends going with major brands over store brands whenever possible. Why? Quality and replacement parts are the two biggest reasons. If you’re looking for a cheap gas grill, consider something by Brinkmann, Char-Broil and even Broil-Mate. These companies are likely going to be your best choices.
If you want a more in-depth look at some nice options in the under $300 range, check out the post we did over here.
Still Want A Gas Grill Under $300?
We also highly recommend that if you’re on a budget and have your heart set on a gas grill, go with a portable gas grill instead. You can get a higher quality grill at a price more in your price range if you start looking at portables. Yes, they are smaller. Yes, you won’t be able to cook as much at one time. But you probably won’t be needing to replace it in a few years like many of the other gas grills in the budget range.
Best Rated Gas Grills Under $500
Once you start looking in the 300-500 dollar range, you can begin to get some decent grills. Most major manufacturers offer grills in this price range, albeit smaller and with fewer features when compared to their pricier cousins. Don’t get suckered into buying something with lots of features at this level either – the company likely skimped somewhere else when adding in all the fanciness. Go for brand name and quality build in this price range. A 5 – 10 year warranty is likely to be found on these grills as well with a few being made in North America, although many will be made in China. Of course, our name brand recommendation still stands here, perhaps more than the other price ranges. The grills we like in this range are from Char-Broil, Broil King, Dyna-Glo and Weber.
Best Rated Gas Grills Under $800
Bumping up from the 300-500 range into the 500-800 range is going to bring lots more options. Stainless steel is going to be more prevalent here but don’t rush out and buy all stainless. The quality of the steel can be lower than higher priced grills so be wary. More features are going to be found on these grills (side burners, rotisseries, infrared heating, etc.) but the most important feature is how well it cooks. If you’re at a store, open it up and take a look at the quality of manufacture. If it looks and feels cheap it probably is, regardless of the price. Broil-King is heavy in this range, as is Weber. And if you’re looking for a Napoleon grill, (ahhhh, Napoleon) then this price range is the lowest you can go to get one.
Best Rated Gas Grills Under $1000
While there doesn’t seem to be much of a price difference between 700 and 800 dollars, there is a decent jump in features and quality in the grills in the two different price ranges. Better quality steel can be had, but we still recommend on how it cooks and satisfies your need for features than how shiny it is. Remember – all that shinyness can turn to rust if it’s not taken care of or if the steel is lower quality. Buy well in this price range and your grill will stay with you for many years, properly taken care of, of course. Weber, Broil-King and Napoleon – seeing a pattern?
Best Rated Gas Grills Under $2000
Originally I had split this up into two sections (under $1500 and under $2000) but it was kind of a waste of space. There isn’t that much of a difference between these two price areas to justify separating them. Why? The major brands competing here are all going to be the same. If you find a grill you like for around $1300 then odds are good the same company will produce a highly similar grill with some extra niceties for about 500 bucks more. The reverse is also true – find a nice grill just under two grand and the same company is likely to have a very very similar grill closer to the one grand mark with a few things missing from the higher priced grill.
Why is this price range a good range to be buying a grill in? Well, in many ways, it is kinda the sweet spot for gas grills. You’re going to be getting a good quality grill that will last for quite some time. Major manufacturers are going to offer good service and replacement parts for these for years to come. You’ll be able to get some good features that you want that will actually work well as opposed to some of the less expensive grills. Just remember that you’re still getting what you pay for and although 1000 or 2000 bucks is a lot of money, in the grill world it’s still budget. Uber-wonder-grills (Amazon link) can run 10 times this price.
Like we said – spend a bit more and get a bit more fancy. Spend a bit less and get yourself a great grill but maybe without all the fancy that comes with putting up another 500 or 800 bucks. That being said, here’s some of the grills we like the looks of in this range. In this price range, we can only get behind two manufacturers – Weber and Napoleon.
So, there you have it in a nutshell – our recommendations for best rated gas grills at a number of different price points. Make sure to fully realize what you’re buying; you can’t get a super high quality fancy grill for next to nothing. Understand that the price is going to be the biggest factor in the initial quality of the grill. After that, how well or poorly you take care of your new gas grill is going to have a big effect on how long it lasts you. Good luck!
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