You may notice that the grill section at your local home center looks a little different this spring. The 2017 fleet of gas grills is filled with new brands, revamped models from old brands, and new features meant to make grilling easier—and maybe even make you a better cook.

“There’s just a lot more to choose from this year, even from long-established brands,” says Mark Allwood, a ­senior market analyst at Consumer Reports.

Among the more than 100 gas grills Consumer Reports tested were seven new brands, all of which offer models in the highly competitive price category of $650 or less and some of which have features often reserved for pricier ­models. New grills from these and established manufacturers feature LED task lighting under the lid, built-in windows for peeking without letting the heat ­escape, and Bluetooth temperature probes that ping your phone when the bourbon-­marinated tender­loin is cooked just right.

Grill giant Weber revamped its widely sold Genesis line for the first time in about a decade. Certain changes are improve­ments, such as moving the propane tank to the side to free up storage space under the cart. Others not so much: The back panel of the LX cabinet models is attached with plastic fasteners instead of bolts, which could explain why it’s already coming off on one of our test models through typical use.

“Construction quality varies widely among the models we tested,” says Cindy Fisher, Consumer Reports' test engineer for grills. “Some are wobbly and made of lower-quality parts, while others feel solid from the lid down.” Her advice? Be sure to look at a grill’s construction before you buy.  

Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the June 2017 issue of Consumer Reprots magazine.