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Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 159 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.
  • Evenness performance
    Evenness of heating over the grill's surface at the highest and lowest setting using all main burners plus the evenness after a 10 minute preheat, using thermocouples.
  • Preheat performance
    Evaluates the temperature after a 10 minute preheat using thermocouples. It also gives an indication how quickly the grill reaches its maximum temperature.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Looking to buy a new gas grill? You've come to the right place. Consumer Reports tested over 100 gas grills to find the best and worst. Our tests included portable, small, midsized, and large gas grills, ranging from $140 to $2,600. They're from Weber, Char-Broil, Brinkmann, Kenmore, Napoleon, Vermont Castings, and other brands. Some grills dazzle, others disappoint, and our tests found that performance wasn't tied to price. Consumer Reports' gas grill reviews gives you honest buying advice that you can trust. We provide unbiased ratings to help you choose the best grill for your budget and your needs and use our gas grill buying guide to learn about features.

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6256595 [PG-4030800LS] (KMart)
This Kenmore medium sized grill has the following:
  • 385 sq. in. of cooking area.
  • 4 main burner(s)
  • Converts with natural-gas kit

Gas grill buying guide

How much do you want to spend on a gas grill and how long do you expect it to last? Most gas grills sold cost less than $300 and are used for 3 years on average, according to the Hearth, Patio, and Barbecue Association, a trade group. If you're hoping your grill will last longer then check the construction of the grill when shopping--nudge from several points to test sturdiness. The more stable, the better. Note the burner warranty (we point this out in the Features & Specs Ratings information for each grill we test). Burners are the most replaced part and a short warranty is a hint that this grill may not last many years. If you keep it maintained, that is. Keeping your grill clean and in tip-top shape not only improves the flavor of grilled food, but also helps extend the life of the grill. Here's what you'll want to consider.

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