Gas grills

What's behind our gas grill Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 166 models in gas grills to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    This is based on performance, features, and convenience. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Preheat performance
    Evaluates the temperature and evenness over the grill's surface after a 10 minute preheat using thermocouples. It also gives an indication how quickly the grill reaches its maximium temperature.
  • High temp evenness
    Evenness of heating over the grill's surface at the highest setting, using thermocouples.
  • Low temp evenness
    Evenness of heating over the grill's surface with all main burners set to low, using thermocouples
  • Indirect cooking
    This indicates grill temperature when only one or two of the burners are on, to represent a cooking task where the food is placed between or alongside the direct flame.
  • Temperature range
    Reflects how wide a temperature span the grill offers by comparing temperatures at the high setting and low setting using all the main burners.
  • Convenience
    Factors include grate material, wheels or casters for moving the grill, and useful features such as electronic ignitor.



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Recommended gas grills

Recommended gas grills are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
  • Buying Guide
  • Price & Shop
While it might seem like shiny, large, feature-laden gas grills have taken over the backyard barbecue, our battery of tests shows that a higher price tag doesn't guarantee better grilling. Many lower-priced gas grills have at least some stainless trim, along with side burners and other perks once found only on the priciest gas grills. If you're looking for information about gas grills, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ gas grill reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our gas grill buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased Ratings and gas grill reviews to help you choose the best gas grill for your needs.

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Stainless 463645015 [Item #606687] (Lowe's)
This Char-Broil small sized grill has the following:
  • 255 sq. in. of cooking area.
  • 2 main burner(s)
  • Converts with natural-gas kit

Gas grill buying guide

You don't need to spend a fortune to get great-tasting burgers, steaks, and chicken at your next barbecue. Nor do you need to sacrifice style. As you'll discover in this grill buying guide, many lower-priced models around $300 or so now have at least some stainless-steel trim, side burners for side dishes, and other perks once found only on the priciest grills. Keep the following tips in mind when shopping.

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