Best Gas Grills of 2017

Danny Chadwick
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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

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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