You can find some terrific gas grills at your local hardware store, and a dizzying array of options at home centers like Home Depot and Lowe's. And then there's Walmart and other discount stores, which ring up nearly 30 percent of all grills sales, according to market research firm Mintel. Consumer Reports' secret shoppers head to Walmart too. They want to be sure that we test the same grills that you see in stores and online.

Walmart says it offers hundreds of gas grills. "The stores usually offer gas grills that are around $100 to $400, from brands such as Better Homes and Gardens and Char-Broil," says Mark Allwood, a senior market analyst at Consumer Reports. "Online, you have a lot more to choose from, including Weber, with prices all the way up to $2,000."

Not every gas grill Consumer Reports tests is a winner, so our grill pros selected models that deserve a look at various prices in each size we test. All were very good performers overall in our grill tests. They appear below from the least to most expensive within each group.

In-Store Grill Finder

Small Grills (up to 18 4-ounce burgers)
Char-Broil Performance 463673517, $170
Weber Spirit E-210 46310001, $480 
Weber Genesis II LX S-240, $1,000

Midsized Grills (18 to 28 burgers)
Expert Grill BG2824B, $150 (Walmart exclusive)
RevoAce GBC1748WS, $150 (Walmart exclusive)
Char-Broil Performance 463376017, $215
Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living DGB390SNP-D, $250
Weber Spirit E-310 46510001, $500
Weber Genesis II LX S-340, $1,200

Large Grills (28 burgers or more)
Char-Broil Performance 463276517, $380 
Weber Genesis II LX S-440, $1,600 
Weber Genesis II LX S-640, $2,000

Attention Walmart Shoppers

Consumer Reports' secret shoppers offer these tips for a better shopping experience at Walmart. 

In Store

  • Check inventory online before you head to the store. The grill you want might be in a store near you. If not, Walmart will ship it to a store where you can pick it up, and you won't have to pay a shipping fee.
  • Check the grill's dimensions on Walmart's site, or on the grill's summary page in our gas grill ratings.
  • Check your cargo space. Walmart offers free assembly but does not deliver assembled grills to residences. You'll need an SUV or pick-up to haul home an assembled grill. Walmart doesn't rent trucks.

Online

  • Check if free two-day shipping applies to the grill you're considering. You'll see this called out on Walmart's website.
  • Check if shopper discounts apply. Walmart recently introduced discounts for customers who order online but arrange to pick up the item at the store. We saw savings up to $15. Think of it as steak money.
  • Check the contents of 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 Walmart's customer service (800-925-6278). If the wait for a replacement part is too long, call the manufacturer directly to see if they can ship it sooner.