There is something unique and amazing about food cooked outdoors over a fire. It’s really hard to deny this. And who in this world doesn’t like barbecue? Even if you don’t eat meat, there is still plenty of stuff you can grill to ultimate flavorfulness. And if you do, nothing will ever really compare to your favorite cut of meat made on a grill, no matter if it’s a burger or a steak. 

However, we are not cavemen anymore and that outdoor fire now comes in all kinds of forms, shapes, and sizes. Gas, wood chunks, charcoal, pellets? These are all viable and readily available options. So what kind of grill should you get? This will depend on your personal preferences and needs, but our today’s guide is designed to help you find what’s best for you. 


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We’ve done the research and checked out everything that’s available on the market. We’ve weeded out the flimsy options that are not worth the effort and tested out the best of the best. Here are 10 grill you can definitely buy and not regret it:

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Best Grills: The 2020 BBQ Top 10 – Comparison Table

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Our Pick

 

Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Touch-N-Go Gas Ignition System, Black
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This grill from Weber is crème de la crème. Besides all the important features a grill needs to have, it comes with a few unique additions.

The grill comes with 363 square inches of cooking area. According to the manufacturer, that means it can fit 13 burgers at a time. The 2-part grate this grill comes with is a part of the Gourmet Barbecue System series, which means its center part is removable, and you can replace it with a different cookware piece, like a pizza stone, wok or a griddle. These replacement parts are sold separately.

The second fancy feature of this Weber grill is the electronic Touch-n-Go gas ignition system. Forget all about the fuss of lighting coals – this model does that with one push of a button. The grill uses a 1-pound propane tank which is bought separately.

The one-touch cleaning system is another feature that makes this grill stand out. This system provides a hassle-free cleanup – it sweeps the ashes into a high capacity removable ash catcher. Then simply pull the catcher and empty it out.

The dampers located at the top of the lid allow a precise temperature control without the need of lifting the lid. If you close them out completely, you’ll cut the oxygen flow, which will help with extinguishing the coals. You can measure the temperature inside the grill with a built-in thermometer. 

What we specifically like about this Weber model is that it comes with a cart. You get an ample workspace on the right side of the grilling area, where you can prepare food before grilling, or have seasoning, grill utensils and tableware close at hand. Underneath the workspace, there’s a CharBin container, which is a handy addition for storing charcoal. It’s within arm’s reach and it keeps the coals safe from weather conditions.

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Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Touch-N-Go Gas Ignition System, Black
  • Electronic Touch-N-Go with Propane Gas powered ignition system (propane tank not included)
  • Dimensions - Lid Closed: 43.5"H x 48"W x 30"D | Weight: 91 lbs
  • 22-inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl and lid with a cooking area of 363 square inch
  • Aluminized steel One-Touch cleaning system with removable, high-capacity, aluminum ash catcher
  • Removable LCD cook timer and built-in lid thermometer

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Pros
  • 2-part grate system which allows you to prepare any type of food
  • Quick gas ignition
  • Simple cleaning
  • A charcoal container is always handy
Cons
  • The thermometer isn’t very reliable
 

CUISINART CGG-888 Grill Stainless Steel Lid 22-Inch Round Outdoor Flat Top Gas, 360° Griddle...
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This Cuisinart model gives you a restaurant-like cooking experience at your home. The first thing you notice is that it comes with a round griddle, unlike most other models on the market, which are rectangular. The griddle measures 22 inches in diameter, which is large enough for a 4-person meal. You can make anything you want, whether it’s pancakes, eggs, steaks, veggies or fish (being an option to be a good grill for vegetarians).

The griddle is powered by two burners that generate up to 15,000 BTUs each. With burners that strong, you can set up the temperature ranging anywhere from 200F to 550F. There are two knobs, which means you can manage each burner individually, allowing you to create different heat zones. The grill comes with a stainless steel lid, which allows you to steam, roast, smoke or warm up food. Of course, the lid features a steam vent, so you can easily control the airflow.

This outdoor griddle has a neat cleanup design. The grease pan surrounds the perimeter of the griddle, so you’re sure all the oil and juice drips go through it and drain into a grease cup. Once you’re done grilling, remove and clean the cup.

This griddle has a prep shelf located on the left side. It features three accessory hooks which allow you to have all of your utensils at hand. There’s also a paper towel holder underneath, so you have it close at hand if you make a mess. When it’s time to store the grill away, or you simply need more space, you can fold the shelf down. Four caster wheels allow you to easily move the griddle around and lock it in place. The griddle weighs 60 pounds, so storing it away in the garage and back outside is no problem.

CUISINART CGG-888 Grill Stainless Steel Lid 22-Inch Round Outdoor Flat Top Gas, 360° Griddle...
  • HEAT CONTROL: Two independently controlled burners provide a total of 30, 000 BTUs and allow you to control hot and cool zones on your griddle surface.
  • GREASE MANAGEMENT: The over-sized 360 degree grease pan naturally funnels grease to the grease cup for easy clean up.
  • COOKING VERSATILITY: The stainless steel lid with vent allows you to roast, steam, bake or smoke.
  • PREP SPACE: The folding prep table comes equipped with a paper towel holder underneath.
  • EASY ASSEMBLY: Assembles in 30 minutes or less!

Last update on 2020-09-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


 

Pros
  • Griddle and removable lid allow versatile cooking
  • You can create two heat zones
  • Cleanup is simple with this model
  • Accessory hooks and towel holder are always handy
Cons
  • No built-in thermometer
 

 

Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
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If you’re a fan of cooking on different heat zones, then you won’t go wrong with Char-Broil. This model from their Performance series comes with 4 burners which can be used individually. They’re made of stainless steel and can generate up to 10,000 BTUs each. They start up with a single push of a button.

The grill has 425 square inches of primary cooking area and features rust-resistant porcelain-coated cast-iron grates. This allows you to make around 20 burgers at a time. You also get a swing-away warming rack which gives you another 150 square inches for preparing sides or toasting buns. Finally, if this is still not large enough for your dinner party, fold up a lid on the left side shelf. Surprise, there’s a side burner that also generates 10,000 BTUs! You can use it to prepare sides or sauces. When not needed, fold the lid down and you have a nice side shelf for storing your seasoning or plateware.

There’s a side shelf on the right side too. Like the rest of the grill, it’s made out of stainless steel meaning it can withstand all weather conditions. The grill’s design is shiny and sleek, and it looks good on any patio. Since it’s made out of stainless steel, it’s not surprising that the grill is quite heavy. It weighs 93 pounds, so moving it around is a bit of a task. There are two 7-inch wheels on the left side to help with mobility, while the other side features two fixed feet which makes sure the grill stays in place.

With a removable grease tray and pan, cleaning is no fuss. The pan is also stainless steel-made so you can empty the grease out and clean it with a wipe.

Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
  • Power Source: Propane/ liquid petroleum gas. The propane tank is not included.
  • Exclusive Stainless Steel finish for increased style and durability
  • Reliable electric ignition to fire up your grill and 10, 000 BTU side burner
  • Porcelain-coated grease pan is durable and can be removed for easy cleaning
  • Stainless Steel burners emit flame from the top to allow for even cooking

Last update on 2020-10-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


 

Pros
  • Large cooking area
  • Up to 4 different heat zones
  • Sturdy design
Cons
  • Quite heavy
 

Blackstone 1825 36' Accessory Griddle with Side Shelf, 36 inch-4 Burner-W/New
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Griddles are probably the most popular Blackstone product, and this 36-inch griddle is their most popular model. It features 720 square inches of cooking area, which means you can make food for more than 8 people at the same time. And if they all want a different kind of meal, that’s not a problem with a griddle. You can make burgers on one side while the veggies are cooking on the other.

This Blackstone model features 4 burners that generate up to 15,000 BTUs each, making this griddle quite a beast. They’re all independently controlled so you can make different heat zones. Even though the cooking surface is large, if you’re preparing a meal only for yourself, you can use just one or two burners.
This model weighs 134 pounds, but it has high mobility. With four caster wheels, you can easily move it around the patio. Once the winter comes, you can remove the griddle top and fold the legs, so it doesn’t take up much space in your garage.

The griddle comes with shelves on each side, so you have plenty of prep space. Newer models of this griddle feature some cool accessories for grilling – the right shelf comes with a removable cutting board, so you can chop your food before tossing it onto the griddle. Underneath the cutting board there are garbage bag hooks, which allows you to easily dispose of any food scraps. Furthermore, you get a paper towel holder on the front side of the shelf. Finally, there’s also a bottom shelf, where you can store anything you might need close at hand.

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Blackstone 1825 36" Accessory Griddle with Side Shelf, 36 inch-4 Burner-W/New
  • Assembled Dimensions: 62.50" L x 36" H x 22" W | Weight: 120 lbs
  • Propane gas fueled grill. Propane tank fasteners included.
  • This unit comes equipped with a bottom shelf and a side shelf giving the user a removable cutting board, convenient paper towel holder, and strategically placed trash bag hooks PLUS Blackstone's new rear grease management system to help eliminate mess.
  • Four independently controlled 15, 000 BTU stainless Steel burners make a total of 60, 000 BTUs controlled low to high for versatile cooking options
  • This grill is simple to use and easy to assemble. Eliminate the hassle of kerosene, charcoal and matches with an easy start, battery powered push button ignition.

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Pros
  • Huge cooking surface
  • High mobility
  • Different heat zones and griddle for versatility
  • Cutting board and garbage bag hooks are a neat addition
Cons
  • Quite heavy
 

Char-Griller E16620 Akorn Kamado Charcoal Grill, Graphite
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Kamado grills are great for just about anything – grilling, smoking, even baking. The ceramic ones typically cost over $1000, but steel versions are much budget-friendly, and they work just as good. This model from Char-Griller proves that.

The body of the grill is made out of durable 22-gauge steel, and it has triple-walled insulation that retains heat well. It allows you to maintain the temperature ranging from 200F to 700F, meaning you can use it for roasting and even smoking. You can easily control the temperature by adjusting the dampers located at the top and the bottom of the Akorn. There’s also a built-in thermometer that helps with keeping a close eye on the temperature inside the grill.

This model comes with 314 square inches of cooking area, and you also get a removable warming rack which gives you additional 133 square inches. The grates are made out of cast iron, which is great at retaining heat.

With kamado grills, typically, you need to remove the grate in order to insert the coal, which appears a bit awkward. However, since the grill is so well insulated, it will retain the heat well enough that you probably won’t need to refill the coal throughout the whole cooking period. There’s a removable ash pan located at the bottom of the grill, allowing you to clean it with no fuss.

Akorn comes with two convenient side shelves that feature utensil hooks. You can fold them away when not needed or when you plan on putting the grill away. The grill stands on three legs, two of which have caster wheels that allow you to easily move the grill around. There’s also a bottom shelf which gives you some storage space.

Char-Griller E16620 Akorn Kamado Charcoal Grill, Graphite
  • 314 square inches of primary cooking space, warming rack 133 square inches for a total of 447 square inches
  • Assembled Dimensions: 45" L x 31" W x 47" H | Weight: 97.0 lb
  • Insulated design means more heat uses less charcoal and less airflow means insulated heat for juicy meat and folding side shelves
  • Cooking surface is cast iron, Body is constructed of 22 gauge steel, Exterior finish is powder coated steel, Interior finish is porcelain coated steel
  • Cart is constructed of tubular steel w/rubber wheels, locking caster on front, Indexed damper is numbered so you can note the position of the damper

Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


 

Pros
  • This grill is a great heat retainer, thus saving up on coals
  • Much affordable than ceramic kamado grills
  • Good mobility
Cons
  • Adding charcoal is a bit of a fuss
 

Weber 62006001 Genesis II S-435 4-Burner Liquid Propane Grill, Stainless Steel
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This Weber grill from the Genesis series definitely looks classy. The beautiful stainless steel design looks like it costs a fortune. To be fair, it’s a bit on the pricier side, but this grill is well worth the money.

This grill comes with 646 square inches of main cooking area and a tuck-away warming rack of 198 square inches. According to Weber, that’s enough for cooking 28 patties at the same time. If you’re throwing a barbeque party, there’s also a side burner for additional cooking space (being also the side burner grill). The side burner features a searing station (great grill for searing stakes), which is great for adding those grill marks onto your meat. The cooking grates on this grill are made out of stainless steel that warm up fast and evenly distribute the heat.

Weber grills always have some unique features. One of this model’s feature is the iGrill 3 app-connected thermometer, which allows you to keep a close eye on your food, especially when the lid is closed. You can track the temperature in real-time on your mobile device, meaning you don’t have to sit next to the grill throughout the whole cooking process.

Another cool thing about this model is the easy-to-use fuel level gauge. It’s located next to the propane tank and it lets you monitor precisely how much fuel is left in the tank. This is handy as you can anticipate when you’re about to be out of fuel.

The S-435 model has a large cabinet underneath which has more than enough room for all your tools. The side burner has a lid so it can serve as a side shelf when not needed for cooking. There’s a side shelf on the other side too, and it features tool hooks.

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Weber 62006001 Genesis II S-435 4-Burner Liquid Propane Grill, Stainless Steel
  • GS4 high performance grilling system featuring infinity ignition, high-performance burners, stainless steel flavorizer bars and a grease management system
  • 4 stainless steel high-performance burners, 1 side burner and 1 sear station burner deliver up to 69,000 BTUs of combined output
  • 7mm diameter solid stainless steel rod cooking grates provide superior heat retention
  • Ample Cooking Surface. Up to 844 sq in, including the tuck-away warming rack.
  • Compatible with iGrill 3. The iGrill 3 monitors food from beginning to end, and notifies you once it has reached the perfect temperature

Last update on 2020-09-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


 

Pros
  • Large cooking area
  • You can track the temperature on your mobile
  • Fuel level tracker
Cons
  • Expensive
 

George Foreman GIO2000BK Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, 15-Serving, Black
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Not everyone lives in a house with a backyard or a patio, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t enjoy grilling just as much. In fact, there are great electric grills on the market, and this model from George Foreman is one of those. It has a sleek design that makes it stand out between all of your other kitchen appliances. You can get it in two colors – black and silver.

This grill has 240 square inches of cooking area, and for an electric grill, that’s pretty generous. The manufacturer claims you can make over 15 servings, and while we believe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, the grill is big enough to make a family dinner. The grill is small yet powerful. It has a precise temperature probe that lets you choose from five heat settings. Electric grills are apartment-friendly so you don’t need anything larger for a daily meal. The plate on this grill features the George Tough nonstick coating, which makes cleaning a piece of cake. Plus, you don’t need to use butter or oil for grilling food. And if you do use oil, the domed lid will prevent the spatter all over your kitchen.

Even though the coating on the grill plate makes it easy to clean, sometimes the food just gets stuck on it. In such cases, you can simply remove the plate and put it under the stream of hot water.

This small grill features a removable stand, which makes it easy for you to move it from the kitchen counter to the balcony or a patio. It takes up almost no room making it perfect grill for small outdoor spaces.

George Foreman GIO2000BK Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, 15-Serving, Black
  • 15+ Servings - It’s barbecue time! The 240 square inches of circular grilling surface lets you make over 15 servings for large groups of people
  • George Tough Nonstick Coating - There’s a lot to love about this nonstick coating It’s durable easy to clean and removes the need for butter and oil
  • Removable Stand - Don’t let the weather keep you from the glory of grilling The easy-to-remove stand takes you from patio to countertop in no time
  • Adjustable Temperature Control - Perfect heat is the secret ingredient The temperature probe lets you choose from five heat settings to get great results on any kind of food
  • Apartment-Approved - Your landlord will love this grill just as much as you do The fully electric system gives you high-quality grilling with no charcoal no propane and no flare-ups

Last update on 2020-09-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


 

Pros
  • Easy to clean
  • A removable stand makes the grill take up less room
  • Can be used in an apartment
Cons
  • No built-in thermometer
 

Royal Gourmet CC1830F Charcoal Grill with Offset Smoker, Black
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What we love about this grill from Royal Gourmet is that it comes with an offset smoker chamber. If you’re not someone who smokes a lot of food, but would like to do it from time to time, this grill gives you the opportunity to do so without having to buy a separate unit. The rest of the time, you can use it just like any other charcoal grill.

There are two sets of racks on this grill. There’s a main grate which takes up 438 square inches, and it’s made out of porcelain wire. The material is great at retaining heat and it helps with locking the juices in, which keeps your meat tender. Not to mention it’s rust-resistant and easily cleaned. The grill also has a swing-away rack that gives you additional 179 square inches which you can use to keep the meat warm.

This grill runs on charcoal, and it has a 2-level adjustable charcoal pan. You can adjust the height of the pan with a lifting handle, and that way you’re in control of the internal temperature inside the grill. Furthermore, you can control the airflow by adjusting the vent as needed. Finally, there’s a thermometer on the lid that allows you to keep a close eye on the heat level inside.

The grill features two storage racks. The first one is located at the front of the grill, and that’s quite handy for preparing food – unless you’re petite. If that is the case though, this rack gets in the way of you reaching the grill which can be quite annoying. The other rack is located underneath the grill, which gives you more than enough space for charcoal bags and whatnot. Finally, in case you need to move this heavy beast, there are two wheels that allow you to drag it around the patio or backyard.

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Royal Gourmet CC1830F Charcoal Grill with Offset Smoker, Black
  • Assembling easily, adopt new process,the paint on the burn box won't flake.total 800 sq inches cooking surface, 438 sq inches of main chamber, 1/4” diameter porcelain steel cooking grates; 179 sq inches for chrome warming rack; offset smoker provides extra 183 sq inches cooking area with porcelain steel cooking grates.
  • Combination offset smoker, good for smoker and heating, side door for easy adding charcoal, air vent grants better air flow.
  • Heavy duty lid, with professional thermometer, big stack and cool-touch spring handle. Adjustable damper for better air flowing.
  • Big capacity charcoal pan, contains 5 lbs charcoal at once; lifting handles adjust the height of the charcoal for better heating
  • Steel mesh front table and bottom shelf, provide plenty of working and storage space, very easy to clean up.

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Pros
  • Offset smoker box for smoking once in a while
  • Easy temperature control with vents and charcoal pan
  • A lot of prep and storage space
Cons
  • The front rack can be in the way
 

Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
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This 3-burner model from the Classic Char-Broil series is what we’d call a great entry-level gas grill. It’s the right size and has all the most important features, all at a budget-friendly price.

This model comes with 360 square inches of main cooking area, which makes this grill a solid family option. You get an additional 170 square inch warming rack for toasting buns and preparing veggies, or when you simply need to keep the food warm while preparing something else. Both grates are porcelain-coated, which is a material that’s super easy to clean.

The grill comes with three burners that generate up to 10,000 BTUs each, making this quite a strong appliance. The burners are made out of stainless steel and feature heat tents that help with even distribution of heat. The grill works on a Piezo ignition system. This means you start it with a simple push of a button.

The rest of the grill is also made out of stainless steel, meaning it’s quite a sturdy grill. The lid and firebox are also porcelain-coated, which increases the durability even further, and allows it to withstand all the weather conditions. You don’t have to worry about your grill rusting from forgetting it out on a rainy day. (making this gas stainless steel grill a solid option)

The grill comes with a built-in cart. It features two 6-inch wheels on one side and sturdy feet on the other side. The grill weighs almost 50 pounds, so wheels are a must for mobility. It also has two metal side shelves that give you some more prep space. The only thing we’d say it could be added is a bottom shelf, for some extra storage room.

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Char-Broil Classic 360 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
  • 360 square inches of cooking space over porcelain-coated grates. Convectional cooking system
  • 170 square inch porcelain-coated swing-a-way rack for warming
  • Three stainless steel in-line burners for cooking performance
  • Porcelain-coated steel lid and firebox stand up to weather and the elements
  • Metal side shelves measure 12-inches w x 13-inches l providing extra storage and prep space

Last update on 2020-10-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


 

Pros
  • The cooking surface is a decent size
  • Porcelain-coated grates are easy to clean
  • Independently controlled burners
  • Sturdy design withstands the elements
Cons
  • A bottom shelf would be a nice addition
 

Z Grills ZPG-7002E 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker, 8 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature...
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We can’t forget about all the pellet fans out there – this pick is for you. In fact, pellet grills are the talk of the town for the last few years, and for a good reason. They’re the most versatile type of grill out there! You can grill, smoke, roast, bake, braise and barbecue. Another thing you have to love about pellet grills is how user-friendly they are – fill the hopper with pellets, set the temperature and that’s it. Z grills are the go-to brand when it comes to good pellet grills under $500. They offer high-quality products at an affordable price. This ZPG-7002E model has everything you need in a pellet grill.

This grill comes with 700 square inches of cooking surface, which is huge. You can make a meal for a large family dinner or even a BBQ party. This grill can reach temperatures ranging from 180F to 450F, which means you can cook just about anything.

The great thing about pellet grills is that they’re great for beginners. There’s an electronic auto-start ignition, digital auto temperature control and a real-time temperature display. There’s no way you can mess that up. Another great thing about pellet grills is that the weather conditions don’t affect the internal heat that much – usually, it stays within 10 degrees of the set temperature, no matter if it’s 0 or 100 degrees outside.

The hopper on this grill has a 20 lbs capacity. If you fill it all the way up, you’ll have enough fuel for around 20 hours of cooking. That’s great, since you don’t have to add more fuel in the middle of cooking. Once you’re done preparing the food, you only need to wipe down the grates and empty out the grease bucket on the left side of the grill.

Z Grills ZPG-7002E 2020 Upgrade Wood Pellet Grill & Smoker, 8 in 1 BBQ Grill Auto Temperature...
  • ★ULTIMATE 8-IN-1--Barbecue wood fire pellet grill: grill, smoke, bake, roast, braise, barbeque.
  • ★PELLET GRILL TECHNOLOGY--★ FLAVOR--There just isn’t an easier way to get the flavor of wood smoked food than with a pellet grill. Try it and you’ll taste the difference from a GAS or CARBON grill; ★ ACCURACY--Most stay within 10 degrees of the set temperature, no matter if its 10 degrees or 110 degrees outside; ★EFFICIENCY--You can cook for about 20 hours per 20 lbs. of pellets. When you do the math, you will find that pellet cooking typically costs less than a comparably sized GAS or CARBON gr
  • ★EASIER THAN YOU THOUGHT--One button starts up and temperature control eliminates starter fluid. No need to run to the local station to trade in your propane.★EASY TO USE--Electronic AUTO-Start Ignition, Digital Auto Temperature Control, LED temperature readout. Super easy cooking even for beginners. ★EASY TO CLEAN--Special Designed Waste Oil Collector to assist you with safe and easy cleanup. ★EASY TO MOVE--Upgraded cart with locking caster wheels.
  • ★2020 UPGRADE--Known Issues Fixed and More Precise Temperature Control and Pellet Feed Control System. The new upgrade digital control board auto ignites the grill and allows you to set the cooking temperature from 180°f to 450°f.
  • ★AUTOMATED ELECTRIC FEED SYSTEM--Maintains the heat within 10 degrees of the set temperature for you from 180ºf to 450ºf and produce the optimal amount of smoke. Just set it and let it work: No more babysitting. Enjoy the cooking!★FAN-FORCED CONVECTION COOKING--Eliminates the need for a rotisserie and creates a versatile environment for grilling, roasting, smoking, braising and baking.Whether you want to grill some hot dogs or slow smoke a rib roast, pellet grills can do it all with ease.★HUGE G

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Pros
  • Huge cooking area
  • Versatile cooking
  • Outside temperature doesn’t affect the heat that much
  • Digital temp control and display
Cons
  • No prep space
 

Best Grills: The 2020 BBQ Top 10 – Buyers Guide

How To Choose The Right Grill

Picking up a grill might seem like a simple thing to do, but as soon as you start researching your options you’ll realize there are so many options that it can be incredibly hard to choose. So how do you know which one to get? In this guide, we’ll cover the 4 main types of grills to help you decide which one is right for you. 

Charcoal Grills

Charcoal BBQ is the oldest type of grill out there. All you need in order to start grilling over charcoal is a simple metal container to place the coal in and a grilling rack. In fact, that’s what the cheapest versions of charcoal grills are. While these simple grills do fulfill their purpose, there is actually much more to choose from these days. 

The kettle-style grill is definitely the most popular type of charcoal grill. It was first introduced by Weber, and the Weber models remain the most popular to this day. While there are simple versions available, if you want the best of the best you’ll want to get the Weber Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill (number 1 on our list).

Besides the kettle grill, the group of charcoal grills also includes kamados. Kamados are charcoal grills with thick ceramic walls that retain heat really well. Cooking on a kamado is definitely a unique experience, but there is one thing to keep in mind: this type of grill is extremely heavy, so moving it around is not an option. 

A charcoal grill is perfect for you if: 

  • You enjoy playing with fire 
  • You believe true barbecue must be cooked over a real wood-burning fire 
  • You enjoy low and slow cooking but also want to be able to sear meat from time to time

Liquid Propane and Natural Gas Grills 

Gas grills are the epitome of modern grilling. Most gas grills come in two versions – one designed to run on liquid propane tanks and one that can be connected to a natural gas line. However, converting between those two options is also usually possible. 

Gas grills come in all shapes and sizes – from small portable units to full-sized beasts that can feed a party of 50 people at a time. The main advantage of gas grills is definitely the convenience: you need approximately 2 minutes to get your grill hot, and the fuel is virtually always available. The main downside is the lack of flavor – gas is odorless, and meat cooked on a gas grill will simply not have the unique taste of meat grilled over a real fire. 

A gas grill is perfect for you if: 

  • You value convenience and want a grill you can set up in minutes 
  • You want a versatile grill with precise temperature control 
  • You want to cook for a lot of people at a time 

Wood Pellet Grills 

Wood pellet grills are a newer type of grill that basically combines the best of both worlds. Wood pellet grills use wood pellets which are actually made of 100% hardwood (if you choose a trusted manufacturer), only ground into sawdust and compressed into pellets. These grills operate automatically, somewhat like a gas grill, but they allow you to use all-natural fuel and give a smokey flavor to your meat. Some would say it’s a win-win situation. 

A wood pellet grill is perfect for you if: 

  • You want to use natural fuel but don’t like the hassle of setting up a charcoal grill 
  • You want consistent results every time 
  • You want a grill that’s beginner-friendly and easy to set up 

Electric Grills 

Finally, there is also the option of getting an electric grill. While some would say a grill that runs on electricity is not really a grill, in some situations these can be really convenient. If you want to grill indoors, for example, an electric grill is really the best option. Electric grills are also great for RVs and boats, in situations where you have access to electricity, but would rather not carry charcoal or a propane tank around with you. An additional benefit of electric grills is that their performance is not dependent on the weather – wind, rain, or shine, an electric grill will perform just the same. Obviously, you’ll always need a power outlet in order to use one. 

An electric grill is perfect for you if: 

  • You like grilling indoors 
  • You have access to a power outlet where you are grilling 
  • You don’t like dealing with charcoal bags and propane tanks 

From the above it should be obvious – every type of grill has its advantages and disadvantages – and you should always choose one according to your circumstances. Before you settle on any grill, you should also have a good idea in your mind about what you want. How big a grill are you looking for? This will depend on the number of people you usually cook for. What kind of features do you want? Do you like smoking meat for hours on end or is searing steaks what you mostly want to do? Once you answer these questions, the picture of an ideal grill should crystalize in your mind. And you’ll probably find it in the list below.

The Final Verdict 

What grill should you get? That is a hard question to answer, and there is no single grill that is right for everyone. What the perfect grill is for you will depend on many factors involving where, when, and how often you plan to use your grill. In addition to this, personal preferences and personality traits also have a role in this decision. The point of this article was to give you an overview of the different amazing grills available, so you can get a better feel of what works for you. 

However, we won’t leave you hanging – here are two concrete suggestions. The Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill is probably the best charcoal grill in the world and it has received stellar reviews. It’s always the right choice for those who like to play with fire and believe that grilling over charcoal is the only right way. However, if you are the type who prefers the convenience of gas grills, you might want to go with the Char-Broil 463377319 Performance 4-Burner Cart Style Liquid Propane Gas Grill

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of grill is best for a backyard? 

When most of us think about a grill, we imagine backyard cookouts – and that is definitely one of the joys of owning a grill. If you have lots of space in your backyard, then you can choose literally any kind of grill you like – and each of them will have some advantages and disadvantages. 

Getting a huge gas grill is great for a backyard, but also quite expensive. Some grillers love gas girls for their unmatched versatility, but others think they create inferior flavor compared to grilling over actual wood. If you prefer grilling over charcoal, a kamado grill is also a great choice for a backyard. These grills are quite heavy, so you can’t really bring them anywhere with you which makes the backyard the perfect place to try out a kamado. 

Of course, these are just some suggestions. When it comes to your backyard, you can literally choose anything you want! 

What kind of grill is best for camping? 

When it comes to grills for camping and outdoor adventures, portability becomes the ultimate advantage. What kind of grill you can get will depend on whether you are going camping by car, or you plan to carry the grilling setup yourself. In any case, small charcoal grills are always a good choice, but some portable propane grills with 1 or 2 burners offer an easy way to cook outdoors without lagging around heavy fuel. 

What kind of grill is best for tailgating? 

When it comes to tailgating, you can get something slightly bigger than for camping. Charcoal grills and smoker grills are quite popular in the tailgating community, and that’s definitely the old school way to go. However, you can also find some portable models of pellet grills that are just perfect for tailgating. They are easy to use, versatile, and always give amazing results. The final choice depends on your personality though – it’s impossible to say which one is better objectively. 

Are expensive grills worth it?

That’s a hard question to answer but in short – most of the time they are, but sometimes they are not. If you are going to spend a large sum of money on a new grill, you should really know what you are buying. Some grills are expensive simply because of the cost of the quality materials used and the craftsmanship and in these cases you definitely get what you pay for. On the other hand, some grills on the market are ridiculously overpriced – so just be careful. 

How long do grills usually last? 

An average American will get a new grill approximately every 3 years, and you can probably expect almost any grill to last that long – even the low-budget versions. However, if you get a high-quality grill, you should be able to use it for much longer. Some units can last for at least 10 years, and sometimes even for a lifetime.

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