No doubt, all of us like to host and attend the BBQ parties and we already know that the quality of food never comes from the flimsy grills. So, everyone wants a grill that fits the individual budget and cooking needs. On that note, we have compiled a list of best gas grills of 2017 that are suitable for most bbq lovers. This list is gathered over multiple weeks of hard work involving self-testing in our backyards and detailed reviewing.
Best Overall: Weber Spirit E310
Coming back with a recent redesign, the Weber Spirit E 310 NG comes packed with all the amenities that can get you grilling in no time. This grill offers a 32,000 BTU per hour input, divided between 3 high-grade stainless steel burners over a combined cooking area of 529 square inches. From the side burner to the extendible stainless steel workspace (with 6 hooks), the utilization of space is improved in this model.
Unlike its predecessor, the Spirit E310 is easy to set up and the design of this grill features a user-friendly front-end control knob panel for optimal user convenience.
The porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates provide superior heat retention while the durable porcelain-enameled shroud resists to fade, peel or rust. Additionally, an electric crossover ignition system, the porcelain-enameled flavorizer bars, a center mounted thermometer and a fuel gauge are some of its worth noting features.
Best For Large Party Eat-Outs: Char-Broil Performance 650
Are you looking for a gas grill that can accommodate a large party eat outs easily? If yes, then you may know that these types of giant-sized grills are quite expensive, but Char-Broil ruled-out this phenomenon by launching the low priced Performance 650 6-Burner grill.
This new grill offers ample 650 square inches of the primary cooking area (which is sufficient to cook 25 steaks or 35 burgers) and 280 square inches of the secondary cooking area. Its main burner can exhaust 65,000 BTU while a side burner is capable of delivering 10,000 BTU.
Performance 650 uses propane tank as a fuel source and there is a fuel gauge monitor installed in it that measures the remaining fuel in the tank. The design of this grill is like its predecessor (Performance 475) but the power to size ratio is improvised which was not accurate in the previous model. Moreover, the quality of cooking grates is same as it was in performance 475 that makes it capable of retaining heat and dispensing it quickly. So, overall the upgraded model is much better than its earlier one and can efficiently handle the large party eat-outs.
Best Luxury Gas Grill: Weber Genesis II LX S-340
Weber recently introduced its LX (luxurious model) which has all those features that are not common in genesis II. The primary cooking space in this grill is of 513 square inches while the tuck-away warming rack (foldable) is of 156 square inches. There are three main stainless steel burners which provide 43,500 BTU-per-hour input however the side burner provides 12,000 BTU-per-hour input. These burners provide even heat distribution on the cooking grates so that the food is evenly cooked.
One can easily prepare side dishes and sauces with the help of flush-mounted side burner. It is equipped with the enclosed cabinet for storage and one can use easily foldable side tables to hang cooking utensils within arm’s reach. The handle light of this is quite powerful as it illuminates the entire cooking area and when the lid gets closed, the light automatically turns off to save energy.
Additionally, the cooking grates (made of high-quality 7mm stainless steel). the grease management system (saves from dangerous flare-ups and removes grease easily), the infinity ignition system (ignites the burners smoothly) and the flavorizer bars (give smoky flavor to food) are one of its remarkable features which everyone love. Though it is expensive, but luxury comes with the price. Isn’t It?
Best Tru-Infrared Grill: Char-Broil Performance 450
Those who love tru-infrared cooked food know that tru-infrared grills are not economical grills however Char-broil has introduced its new infrared grill which is quite affordable, keeps the food quality at its best and comes with the small size.
Let’s look at its design and features. With its three high-power burners and 450 square inches cooking area, it has given a tough competition to the grills of the same lineup. Its main burner is capable of delivering 30,000 BTUs whereas its flush lidded side burner offers additional 10,000 BTUs which are quite enough to cook good amount of food instantly. Furthermore, this grill offers 180 inches of the secondary cooking area along with ample side shelves that give enough space to cook delicious food.
Its convenient cart design (gives portability), Surefire electronic ignition system (provides quick spark), durable porcelain coated grates and temperature gauge are one of its additional exciting features.
Best High-End: Weber Genesis II E-310
Weber Genesis II series is one of the most durable and popular series in the weber’s line up. This series is popular for its sturdy design and grilling system. Although all the genesis grills are good but E-310 performed exceptionally well, so we decided to test this model and below is what we found.
Weber Genesis II E-310 comes with 3 stainless steel burners which produce 37,500 BTUs. It has 669 sq. in. of total cooking area that provides ample space in which 513 sq. in. is of primary cooking area and 156 sq. in. is of warming rack area.
Folding side shelves with tool hooks, open cart design, centre mounted thermometer, stainless steel heat deflectors, liquid propane fuel gauge, 168 lbs. of weight (helps in portability), stainless steel flovorizer bars, porcelain-enamelled cast iron cooking grates and 4 heavy duty wheels (in which 2 front wheels are lockable) are some of its exciting features.
Best Portable Grill: Cuisinart CGG-180T Petit Gourmet
Who doesn’t love easier and faster cooking? And what about portability?
By keeping these questions in mind, Cuisinart launched its grill that gathered a lot of satisfied customers and upon testing this product, we have found following results:
This grill doesn’t offer those features which fully functional grills offer. The reason behind this is that the manufacturer of this grill has designed it to be the most portable grill in the market so, they have sacrificed some advance level features for the sake of portability.
It just offers 145 square inches of cooking space which is no doubt too small, but you can still cook few burgers or at least 8 steaks at a time. As it weighs only 13 pounds, you can carry it along with you wherever you want and don’t get confused about its build quality because this grill is meant to survive for years, not for few months. Although 5500 BTU is not what we usually get from high-end grills but quick startup, quality cooking grates, folding legs and most importantly the price tag are what that make this grill one of the best grills in the market.
Best Value Winner: Charbroil 280
The Charbroil Classic 280 grill is something that most homeowners have grown to be fond off due to its simplicity which brings it close to practicality. This grill has all the performance to fulfill moderate barbecuing needs as it features 2 burners that produce a combined total of 26,500 BTU, which is spread over an area of 280 square inches of cooking space (on porcelain-coated wire grates).
Piezo Ignition System (for a reliable spark with every push of the button), front placed control panel (provides ease of use for the user), porcelain-coated steel lid (designed to withstand the extreme cooking temperatures), metal side shelves (that offer extra work-space with built-in handles and tool hooks), porcelain-coated grates (to prevent food sticking and are easy to clean) and two 6 inches plastic wheels (that provide ease while maneuvering) are some of the attractive features of this grill.
In our test, we have found this grill better than other low-priced grills which couldn’t even reach optimal temperature. Although, there is no built-in thermometer to measure the internal food temperature and it has fixed side shelves but classic 280 still manages to do the job, ideally for the occasional grilling. So, for the price it definitely gives value accordingly.
Best For Small Spaces: Weber Q2200
Weber Q2200 is the upgraded model of Q220 which was considered one of the best propane grills. The recent upgrade to Q2200 has awarded it some remarkable changes and improved the build quality. With just 1 touch start option, 12000 BTU power single burner and a large hood to host a full-size chicken or a large size roast, it just delivers a lot as being a portable grill.
On the other hand, it weighs 42 pounds which nobody can carry alone, but it also provides the ample 280 square inches cooking surface which no doubt is too much for a portable grill. Moreover, two foldable work surfaces, adjustable heat option, mounted heat thermometer and optional griddle section are those features which made its way to our list of top liquid propane grills.
So people who are looking for the grill that is perfect for tailgating, portable enough to fit in tight space or best for camping can consider this grill.