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The Best Gas Grills You'll Find at Lowe's

Plus a few models from CR's tests that you'll want to avoid

Gas grills for sale at Lowe's

Walk into any home improvement center and you’ll see an armada of grills—a sure sign of spring. Home Depot and Lowe’s alone account for more than 40 percent of gas grills sold in the U.S. Consumer Reports’ secret shoppers buy grills there, too, ensuring that we test the same grills you’ll see in stores.

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Lowe’s offers more than 100 gas grills in stores and online. Not every grill is a winner, so we highlight models at each price range and in each size that are worth a look below.

“Lowe’s offers one of the broadest selections from Broil-King and Char-Broil, two brands that are exceptionally popular with CR members,” says CR market analyst Mark Allwood. “But don’t buy based upon those brand names alone—not all their models fare well in our tests.”

If you plan on shopping for your next grill at Home Depot or Walmart, we’ve got you covered there, too: Check out our expert picks for the best gas grills at Home Depot and the best gas grills at Walmart (plus, in both cases, models we’d steer clear of).

If You Buy a Gas Grill at Lowe’s

Consumer Reports’ secret shoppers offer these tips for a better shopping experience at Lowe’s. 

In a Store
• Check inventory online before you shop. The grill you want might be in a store near you. If it’s not, Lowe’s will ship it free of charge to a store where you can pick it up.

Check the grill’s dimensions on Lowe’s website or on the grill’s summary page in our gas grill ratings. Lowe’s offers free assembly of full-sized grills and says its stores usually have assembled grills on hand.

Check your cargo space. Lowe’s will deliver the assembled grill to your home free of charge if it costs $499 or more. Otherwise you’ll pay a delivery fee, or you can haul the grill home yourself. (If your car is not big enough, you can rent a truck at some store locations for $19 for the first 75 minutes.)

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 Lowe’s customer service (800-445-6937). If the wait for a replacement part is too long, call the manufacturer directly to see whether you can get one sooner.

Worst Gas Grills at Lowe's

Char-Broil Advantage 463642116 
Price:
$200
CR’s take: This inexpensive option from Char-Broil misses the mark. In our tests, it heats unevenly, which is enough to steer you toward other options. It’s also not as sturdy as the best grills; it flexed a fair amount in our sturdiness test. A better bet is the top-rated small Char-Broil below for $100 more. 

Master Forge Island Grill BGA179A
Price:
 $1,200
CR’s take: This freestanding outdoor kitchen is attractive, but it struggles in a number of crucial performance tests. It earns some of the lowest marks possible for evenness and was only average at things like preheating and cooking at a broad range of temperatures—save your money for other summer fun.

The Best Gas Grills at Lowe's

Read on for ratings and reviews of the best gas grills we’ve tested that are available at Lowe’s this year. Among the top performers were four small, four midsized, and two large gas grills from brands including Char-Broil, Weber, and 3 Embers.

The Best Small Gas Grills at Lowe's

Char-Broil Signature 463675517
Price: $300
Overall Score: 71
CR’s take: This small Char-Broil delivers pretty even heat across the cooking surface and has an impressive temperature range, allowing you to cook a broad variety of foods. Preheating was Very Good in our tests, but give the grill a bit longer than 10 minutes to get hot. There are two burners, stainless grates, an electronic igniter, and a 10-year burner warranty—handy, considering that’s the part that needs to be replaced most frequently. The four casters make it easy to move, too.

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