Best Gas Grills for $400 or Less

CR's tests find that you don't have to spend a lot to get a solid model

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Gas grills can cost as little as $100—or north of $3,000. Paying more generally gets you premium finishes and features, but our tests have found that it doesn’t always get you better performance.

Even with supply chain issues and product shortages, you can find a grill that earns top marks in some of our most crucial tests—for evenness, temperature range, and sturdiness—and rates well for predicted reliability that won’t break the bank. In fact, in the popular $400 and under price range, you can expect to see models from widely sold brands such as Cuisinart, Even Embers, and Monument Grills.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the very best gas grills for $400 or less in small and medium sizes. And while you won’t find any large grills in our ratings for less than $400, there are a handful that hover just above. If you’re unsure which size you need or which features matter, start with our grill buying guide. CR members can also jump right into our grill ratings to compare models.

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Wondering what to expect at this price? “For $400 or less you won’t see high-end finishing touches like LED task lighting, pullout drawers, or trays for propane tanks,” says Mark Allwood, the market analyst who oversees grills for Consumer Reports. “But if you’re a first-time buyer, you can get a good grill for a great price, then next time decide if you want to trade up to a model with more features."

Aside from features, price can sometimes be linked to the quality of construction.

We currently have more than 200 gas grills in our grill ratings, dozens of which are $400 or less. Consumer Reports tests new gas grills each year at every price level. This year we’ve already tested more than a dozen 2022 releases.

The five gas grills featured here are some of the very best from that group. Prices can change through the season, of course, so you might see ones that shift slightly above $400—or can be had for less.

Best Gas Grills for $400 or Less

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Paul Hope

As a classically trained chef and an enthusiastic DIYer, I've always valued having the best tool for a job—whether the task at hand is dicing onions for mirepoix or hanging drywall. When I'm not writing about home products, I can be found putting them to the test, often with help from my two young children, in the 1860s townhouse I'm restoring in my free time.