The best gas grills made in America

    Impressive grills from Weber, Vermont Castings, and more

    Published: May 21, 2015 02:00 PM

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    Summer doesn't begin for a month or so but Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start, and with that comes firing up the grill and eating outdoors. The grill pros at Consumer Reports have tested over 100 gas grills to find the best and worst, including gas grills made in the USA Here's a look.

    Most gas grills are made in China, but Vermont Castings Signature Series grills are made, as the name implies, in Vermont and Weber's Summit and Genesis lines are manufactured in Illinois. They aren't cheap and you'll see some of them highlighted in "High-end grills that are worth the price."  The Broil King gas grills in our gas grill Ratings are made in Indiana.

    When we test grills we assess preheat performance, high- and low-temperature evenness, indirect cooking, temperature range, and convenience. We measure each grill's usable cooking area so you can match it to the number of people typically gathered around your table. The small grills in our tests fit 18 burgers or less. Midsized can hold 18 to 28 burgers, and large, 28 or more.  

    Weber Summit E-670

    Grills made in America

    The following grills were impressive in our tests and have overall scores of 70 or higher (out of 100). 

    Midsized
    Vermont Castings Signature Series VCS325SSP, $1,350, Recommended
    Weber Genesis S-330, $970, Recommended
    Weber Genesis E-330, $800
    Broil King Signet 90 986784 LP, $700
    Weber Summit S-470, $1,900

    Large
    Weber Summit E-670, $2,500
    Vermont Castings Signature Series VCS524SSP, $2,500  

    Beyond the border

    Our gas grill Ratings also includes Brinkmann, Char-Broil, Kenmore, Napoleon, Nexgrill, KitchenAid, and many other brands. You can narrow your choice by brand, size, and price range and use the compare tool to do just that. Check out "10 impressive gas grills for $300 or less" and "What you get when you pay $450 to $1,000 for a grill." And because running out of propane in the middle of a party is not cool, see "A propane fuel tank gauge can save your barbecue." Questions? E-mail me at kjaneway@consumer.org.

    Kimberly Janeway

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