If you’re new to grilling or looking for a new grill, the abundance of options on the market can makefeel overwhelming. It’s hard to know whether to go for a gas grill (fueled by propane or natural gas), , , or perhaps even a .
Gas grills are a great place to start for new grillers and make a great upgrade, too. They are simple to use, easy to control and roomy enough to feed the whole family. We put six of the best-selling modelsthrough their paces at the CNET Smart Home to help you find the best gas grill. After cooking up 12 racks of ribs, 18 whole chickens and 96 burgers, here’s how it all shook out.
Note our original list included the DynaGlo 4-burner (DGE486GSP-D) and Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living 3-burner (DGB390SNP-D) among our top picks. These models are now discontinued, and we’ve updated our recommendations accordingly.
If burgers are the mainstay of your cookouts and backyard barbecues, this Weber gas grill is a great choice. In fact, it’s a great choice for cooking all around. Weber’s 10-year warranty applies to all its grill parts, so you’ll be set for years to come, even with heavy use (like, if you let no weekend go by without having a chance to char-broil some burgers). Its consistent performance in our testing delivered burgers with a good char and a slightly pink center.
The Spirit II E-210 is also one of Weber’s iGrill compatible models, an additional accessory line that includes Bluetooth temperature probes you can monitor via a companion app. If you’ll be preparing dishes that require more time on the grill, the iGrill system will help you keep an eye on things from a distance.
At $379, this gas grill sits in the middle of the affordability spectrum. The cons are you that you won’t get a side burner or a cabinet to hide your propane tank, though there is a rack to hang it on with a sliding gauge mechanism. Still, I was pleased with the searing and even cooking across this Weber model, and I’d recommend it to anyone who dreams of the perfect Saturday spent grilling.