Best Gas Grills of 2018

Danny Chadwick ·
Updated
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Our team of expert reviewers gathered the best 10 gas grills on the market today. We assembled, tested, and used them to cook dozens of pounds of meat. At the end of our analysis, we determined that the Weber Genesis II is the best grill you can buy. This grill has consistent and even heat distribution, ample grilling space and sturdy construction. Weber stands behind this grill with a 10-year warranty, double the industry standard.   

Best Overall

Weber Genesis II

Our reviewer team was impressed by the Weber Genesis II. It scored the highest in our grilling and heat-consistency tests. A great choice for any grilling need.
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Best Value

Char-Broil Stainless

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a quality grill. The Char-Broil stainless offers four main burners and enough space for 24 burger patties. It’s not perfect, but the price is right.
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Best for Large Meals

Char-Broil Signature

Large parties, family reunions and other get-togethers demand a sizable grill. The Char-Broil Signature’s 530 square inches of cooking space means you’ll have no problem feeding a crowd.
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Our Test Results

Product
Price
Overall Rating
9.9
9.8
9.3
9.1
8.7
8.7
8.6
8.1
Heating
9.8
10
9.3
8.9
8.6
6.9
8.1
8.1
Grilling Areas & Dimensions
10
9.5
9.3
8.6
8.1
9.3
8.4
8
Grill Construction
10
9.8
9.4
9.9
9.5
10
9.5
8.1
Warranty & Support
9.6
10
9.6
8.8
8.8
9.6
8.8
8.8
Grilling Experience
100%
92%
90%
85%
80%
95%
75%
80%
Primary Grill Burger Capacity
24
20
15
15
24
20
24
15
Primary Cooking Area (square inches)
513
485
444
400
530
424
480
332
Warming Rack Area (square inches)
156
190
200
235
210
105
185
126
Warming Rack Clearance (inches)
6
6.5
5.75
4
6.5
4.5
6
5
Warming Rack Burger Capacity
6
8
5
10
10
8
10
5
Depth (inches)
29
27.25
24
23.2
27.6
32
22.75
21.46
Width (inches)
54
61.75
57
56.5
55.3
52
54.75
48.03
Weight (pounds)
150
177
154
138
143
116
120
72
Height (inches)
45
59.25
45.5
48.4
46.3
45.5
46
44.69
Main Burners
37,500
48,000
40,000
40,000
30,000
32,000
34,000
26,000
Rear Burner
N/A
N/A
13,500
N/A
N/A
15,000
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Side Burner
N/A
12,500
10,000
10,000
13,000
10,000
13,000
N/A
Total Burner Btu
37,500
74,000
50,000
65,000
43,000
49,500
47,000
26,000
Cooking Grate Material
Porcelain-enameled Cast Iron
Stainless Steel
Cast Iron
Porcelain-enameled Cast Iron
Stainless Steel
Porcelain-enameled Cast Iron
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Condiment Rack
N/A
N/A
$
N/A
$
N/A
Caster Swivel Wheels
2
2
4
2
4
4
4
4
Rotisserie Kit
$
$
N/A
$
$
$
$
Removable Drip Pan
Storage Area
N/A
N/A
Accessory Hooks
6
4
4
4
$
6
$
2
Preheat Time
8:34
3:28
11:27
10
3:02
13:07
2:44
6:47
Number of Main Burners
3
3
4
3
4
3
4
2
Heat Consistency
100%
95%
95%
85%
85%
75%
85%
80%
Natural Gas Capable
N/A
Downloadable Owner Manual
Parts Warranty
2 Years
5 Years
2 Years
2 Years
1 Year
2 Years
1 Year
1 Year
Phone & Email Support
Burner Warranty
10 Years
Lifetime
10 Years
5 Years
10 Years
10 Years
10 Years
10 Years
Best Overall

Weber Genesis II

The Weber Genesis II is a long-lasting grill that’s well-constructed and reliable, and it provides excellent heat retention. All that adds up to our best overall pick for gas grills.
One of the most critical elements of any gas grill is its ability to generate and sustain heat. The Weber Genesis II scored the highest heat consistency score of all the gas grills we tested. This is accomplished with its three stainless steel primary burners, which produce a total of 37,500 Btus of heat. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come with a rear or side burner, which would be a good addition for rotisserie and side dishes. The grilling space on the Weber Genesis II is ample. The primary cooking area is 513 square inches, and the warming rack is 156 square inches. That’s big enough to fit 24 burger patties on the main grill and six on the warmer. Our reviewers also gave high marks to this grill in their evaluation based on using the grill. It’s easy to assemble and intuitive to operate, even if you’ve never used a grill before.
Pros
  • Scored highest in our grilling experience evaluation.
  • Can cook up to 24 burgers simultaneously.
  • Hooks up to your natural gas connection.
Cons
  • No side burner for side dishes and toppings.
  • No rear burner for rotisserie.
  • No condiment rack.
$699.00Amazon
Best Value

Char-Broil Stainless

If you don’t need the absolute best, or are working on a tight budget, the Char-Broil Stainless would be a great choice. You can pick one up for less than $250, and while it’s not perfect, you get a lot for your money.
This grill offers a 480-square-inch primary cooking area. That’s enough to cook 24 burgers simultaneously, the same as the Weber Genesis II. And it does come with a side burner, so you can cook the non-meat portions of your meal as well. The total burner power of this grill is 4,700 Btus. It heats up quickly, reaching 500 degrees in two minutes and 44 seconds, but it doesn’t retain a consistent heat as well as other grills we reviewed. Like our top pick, it can hook up to your natural gas connection, so you don’t have to worry about changing a propane tank. In addition to less-than-perfect performance in our heat consistency test, it also scored relatively low in our grilling experience evaluation. However, if you don’t use a grill that often, or can get by with a few minor annoyances, it’s a good grill for the money.
Pros
  • Costs less than $250.
  • Ample grilling space with side and rear burners.
  • Preheats in less than three minutes.
Cons
  • The edges of the grilling areas don’t maintain consistent heat.
  • Stainless steel grates are harder to clean than other grills that use cast iron.
  • Requires extra kit to accept natural gas fuel.
$211.39Walmart
Best for Large Meals

Char-Broil Signature

A family reunion, block party, wedding or other big social gathering requires a lot of grilling space and power. For these situations, we recommend the Char-Broil Signature. At 530 square inches, it has the most cooking space of all the grills we reviewed.
Its four main burners produce up to 30,000 Btus. It’s ready to cook in less than three minutes. So, if speed is as much a consideration as size, that’s another plus in this grill’s column. The grill itself is constructed of stainless steel — everything from the lid and control panels to the burner knobs. The cooking grates are made of cast iron, which isn’t unusual for a gas grill, but it’s a plus because it cooks the food more evenly. If you take care of this grill, it will last a long time. Char-Broil stands behind this product with a decade-long warranty. There are a couple of drawbacks to this grill. Although it heats up quickly, it does not effectively retain that heat or distribute it evenly across the cooking space. Our reviewer team noted that the edges of the primary cooking area didn’t retain heat as well as the center.
Pros
  • A spacious 530-square-inch cooking area.
  • Folding side burner with 30,000 Btus of cooking power.
  • 10-year burner warranty period.
Cons
  • Heat retention may become an issue if you’re cooking for a long period.
  • Condiment rack sold separately.
  • Lacks a rear burner.
$476.99Amazon

Why Trust Us? 

As a matter of course, Top Ten Reviews acquires as many products as possible for side-by-side testing. During each test on gas grills, our reviewers recorded their personal experiences with each grill, what they liked and disliked, as well as noting each model’s strengths and weaknesses. In other words, our conclusions are based on hard data informed by real-life experiences.

Our gas grill evaluation team consisted of three reviewers with years of experience grilling meals for large and small occasions. They have a keen understanding of the best features for various circumstances. For instance, if you want a small patio grill for occasional use, you don’t have to go with the most expensive model – a less expensive one would do just fine. If you regularly host barbecue parties, you want one that will stand up to consistent use for several years. Our reviews will tell you what to expect from each model.

How We Tested

A team of three expert reviewers gathered 20 of the best grills on the market today. As they assembled each grill, they timed how long it took, how easy the instructions were to follow and the difficulties they encountered.

To gauge the capacity of each grill, they used 4-inch paper cutouts, in the shape of burger patties, to measure how many could be placed on the grill. They also evaluated each grill’s plates and layouts to determine which is the best for specific uses.

They used each grill to cook two burgers, two steaks, two chicken breasts and one foil-wrapped fish. They started the grill and timer, setting the temperature to high to see how long it took to reach 350 degrees. They put the meat on the grill, with the lid closed, and used an infrared thermometer to monitor the grill’s temperature 7, 14 and 21 minutes.

They compared these results with the previous year’s results of the same tests to determine if there were any significant differences with those models. 

Key Features to Look for When Buying a Gas Grill

Grilling Area
Think about the size of meals you want to prepare and purchase your model accordingly. The biggest grills can cook up to 24 hamburgers at the same time, which may be perfect for some but overkill for others. Smaller grills we reviewed can fit 15 to 16 burgers, which is probably enough for the average family.

Heat Consistency
An unevenly heated grill can cause inconsistent results in your meal. You may end up with one burger or steak burned, while the others are undercooked. Make sure you get a model that distributes heat evenly across the entire cooking space. However, if you do run into problems with heat distribution, you can probably confine your cooking to the center of the burner, where the heat will have the most uniformity.

Design
Most of the grills we reviewed are constructed of stainless steel on the outside. When maintained and cleaned properly, most of these grills will stand up to weather, wear, tear and rust. The best grills have grates that are constructed of cast iron, which delivers a better cooking experience and are easier to clean than their stainless-steel counterparts.


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