Buying a gas grill can be a scary thing, especially if you don’t know exactly what to look for. With so many different gases on the market, each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
The cost of gas grills can range from as little as $100 to over $6,000. Well, you need to set your budget on how serious you plan to make the grill.
The more often you grill, the fewer people you cook for, and the fewer items you need, the more expensive your grill can be.
It is important to note that if you are looking for an inexpensive, entry-level grill (think under $300), the place to cut and save money is on other items – grills that cost less but still have a lot of bells and whistles. Whistles have low quality components.
For more cooking, such as year-round daily use, regular BBQ with extended family and friends, and neighborhood cookouts, you can expect to spend a lot of money to get a solid grill with some useful extras and a large cooking area.
It’s okay to branch out from some fancy gadgets if your budget is tight, but if you invest in a good quality grill and maintain it properly.
Types of gas grills
While you may be familiar with the charcoal grill vs gas grill debate, you may not be fully aware of the different types of gas grills and their pros and cons. Here are three common types of gas grills to consider:
Propane gas grills:
propane grills run on a refillable tank that can be filled at your local propane dealer. These grills are usually freestanding or portable grills on wheels that can be moved around your yard. Perfect for those who don’t want to have their grill in a fixed location, and those without a natural gas hookup.
What to look for in a propane grill:
check whether or not a propane tank is included when buying your propane grill. If not, buying a different one can add another $20 to $30 to your total cost.
Natural gas grills:
natural gas grills do not require gas tanks because they hook up directly to the gas line from your home. If you already have natural gas in your home, using these grills will be less expensive than propane in the long run, and you won’t have to worry about refilling propane tanks or running out of gas while cooking.
Grill spot tip:
Natural gasolgrill has many advantages, but if you don’t have a pre-existing natural gas line, you may be better off choosing propane. Installing a natural gas line can be expensive and messy, especially if your home is far from a distribution hookup.
Convertible gas grills:
many manufacturers, instead of making both propane and natural gas versions of their grills, now offer what is called a convertible gas grill. Out-of-the-box, these grills are designed to work with propane.
However, with the purchase of a do-it-yourself gas conversion kit, the grill can be converted to use natural gas instead.
Learn more about the different types of gas grills.
Gas grill size is usually determined by the number of burners the grill has. The number of burners does not always indicate the amount of cooking space the grill provides, but knowing how many burners the grill has is still a useful guide. Usually, fewer feet means a smaller cooking area, but it is not unusual to find 4 and 5 burner models with the same cooking areas.
Consumer reports has created a useful size classification system based on how many burger patties a barbecue can fit and has divided grills into three categories:
holds 18 or fewer burger patties. These grills are perfect for small kitchens and are great if you don’t have a lot of space to store your grill. They are also usually portable due to their small size, and they are usually cheaper if your budget is low.
holds among 18 to 28 burger patties. That is the maximum popular grill length and is generally the right length and price range for maximum grillers. The price and features covered run the gamut from mid-range and restricted capabilities to excessive-end and well decked out.
holds 28 or more burger patties. These grills are usually for serious grillers only, as they are very large-offering a large cooking area and a high number of burners-and are usually very expensive.
The features you need will largely depend on your cooking style and your budget. Grill items include items such as:
- Smart grilling units
- Side burners
- Rotisserie burners
- Ovens are warm
- A rotating rotisserie car
- Infrared ceramic burners for grilling meat
- Smoking trays for tasting meat
- Features always add to the price of your grill. Just choose grills with features you know you’ll use, and remember that some of these features can be purchased as extras later if your grilling needs change.
The stability of things
The durability and longevity of a gas grill comes down to a few things: the quality of its components and materials, and how you take care of it.
When choosing a well-designed grill with quality materials is one way to ensure years of enjoyment, keep in mind that it still needs to be covered to protect it from the elements and regularly cleaned and maintained. Even low-end grills can endure many seasons if you take care of them properly.
Which BBQ should I buy?
You should buy a BBQ that meets your cooking needs, which means a gas grill that:
- It fits in your budget
- It’s big enough for the people you usually cook for
- It has features that you will definitely use
- It is easy to use
- It burns quickly
- He has easy temperature control