In the ongoing debate between gas vs. charcoal grills, it's not hard to see why some people prefer gas grills. Gas grills are easier to set up, easier to tend to, and have a shorter clean-up process than its charcoal counterpart. If you're in the market for a gas grill, make sure you buy a durable unit made from quality materials. The last thing you want to do is buy a grill that falls apart after a few months of use. Even if you're on a budget, you can still find a top-caliber gas grill for an affordable price. We've tested and narrowed down the best value gas grills for you.
Top Gas Grill under $500
The Weber 4710001 grill is one of the best natural gas grills you can get. It has a sleek, modern look that looks great on any deck. It won't take up your entire patio, but at the same time it's not by any means a small grill; the Weber boasts 360 square inches of cooking area. A nice touch is the porcelain-enameled cooking grates, which won't rust. Porcelain-enameled flavorizing bars are also included. This unit turns on with the push of a button using an Electronic Crossover ignition system. The weber can quickly become very hot and does a great job of retaining heat. Combine the two and you essentially have a convection oven; quite a versatile grill! This natural gas grill will last you several years, at least 10 years, since the grill comes with a 10 year warranty. Make sure you have natural gas plumbing installed, or else you'll end up with a $469 patio ornament.
- Sturdy Construction
- Easy temperature control
- Fast heating
- The handle can become hot
- Bullet Point 2
Best Gas Grill under $300
The Dyna-glo premium two burner grill created a nearly perfect, affordable grill for home use. This grill comes in many different variations, such as the option to choose between a model that uses natural gas or propane gas. Depending on your grilling needs, this grill can be bought with as little as two burners or as many as five. Keep in mind that the more burners you purchase, the pricier the unit. Assembly is easy and instructions are straightforward, requiring no more than a screwdriver. This unit has a heavy stainless steel lid that does a great job of conserving heat, You can monitor how hot the grill gets through an built-in thermometer; at 15,000 BTUs per burner, it can get hot pretty quickly. The porcelain coated cast iron grates won't rust and leave a nice sear mark on your meat. The only qualm we had about this grill was that it was not water proof and could get damaged during a storm if not covered well.
- Maintains great heat
- Reaches high temperatures
- Enclosed area for propane
- Temperature knobs plastic
- Space at back of grill can be a challenge if food gets stuck
Best Gas Grill Under $200
Even though the Char-broil is the most affordable grill on this list, it's not lacking in quality. It is a three burner propane gas grill with a side burner. Each burner operates independently from the others. This grill gives the impression of taking up little space while simultaneously providing ample cooking space. Setting up the grill couldn't be easier, since the majority of pieces snap on or slide-in together. The Char-broil heats up in a matter of minutes and tops out at 700 degrees Fahrenheit. Our only complaint about this grill was that the legs came a bit bent, but it was easily fixed with a pair of pliers. When it comes to affordable grills for beginners, this grill is the best in terms of quality and price.
- Easy to construct
- Three burners
- Consistent heat
- Igniter lower quality
- Flimsier than higher priced items
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