More than 40 percent of gas grills sold in the U.S. come from home center giants Home Depot and Lowe’s. Home Depot alone has about 190 models*, dozens of which can be found on the floor of your local store. Of course, not every grill it sells is a winner.

To help you avoid losers and narrow your selection, take this Consumer Reports reference guide with you to the store.

Below are our experts' picks at each price range in each size from Home Depot (Lowe’s is up next). Rest assured that every one of them scored Very Good in our ratings.

In-Store Grill Finder

Small Grills (up to 18 4-ounce burgers)

Midsized Grills (18 to 28 burgers)

Large Grills (28 or more burgers)

If You Buy a Gas Grill at Home Depot

To ensure that we test the same grills available to you, Consumer Reports uses secret shoppers to purchase grills in stores and online. Here's their advice for making it a smooth experience:

In Store

• Check inventory online before you shop. The grill you want might be in a store near you. If it's not, Home Depot will ship it free of charge to a store where you can pick it up.
• Check the grill’s dimensions on Home Depot’s website or on the grill’s summary page in our gas grill ratings. Assembly at the retailer is free, and the company says most grills are ready the day of purchase.
• Check your cargo space.
You’ll need an SUV or a pickup to haul the grill home. You can also rent a truck at some store locations ($19 and up) or pay to have the retailer deliver an assembled grill to your home. The delivery fee varies by market, but in most locations it’s $79.

Online

Check the box before you start assembling the grill to make sure all the parts are included and not broken or damaged. If something is missing, call Home Depot's customer service (800-430-3376). If the wait for a replacement is too long, you might try calling the manufacturer directly and pleading your case to get one sooner.
Check your address: Beginning in May, Home Depot will offer in-home grill assembly to online buyers in the Carolinas, Central Texas, and South Florida for $79 and up.

Coming soon: Best Gas Grills at Lowe's.

*Correction: An earlier version of this article indicated that Home Depot sold 400 gas grills.