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The Best Gas Grills You'll Find at Home Depot

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

More than 40 percent of gas grills sold in the U.S. come from the home-center giants Home Depot and Lowe’s. Home Depot alone has about 190 models, dozens of which can be found on the floor of your local store. Of course, not every grill it sells is a winner.

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"Home Depot offers an exceptionally broad selection of models, particularly on their website," says Mark Allwood, a CR market analyst who oversees grills. "The website tends to include offerings from really premium brands as well, including Napoleon."

To help you steer clear of the losers and narrow your selection, use this CR reference guide as you shop. If you plan on buying your next grill at Lowe's or Walmart, we've got you covered there, too. Check out our expert picks for the best gas grills at Lowe's and the best gas grills at Walmart.

If You Buy a Gas Grill at Home Depot

To ensure that we test the same grills available to you, Consumer Reports' secret shoppers purchase each grill we test, either in stores or online. Here's their advice for making it a smooth experience:

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

• Check the grill’s dimensions on Home Depot’s website or on the grill’s summary page in our gas grill ratings. Assembly at the retailer is free, and the company says most grills are ready the day of purchase.

• Check your cargo space.
You’ll need an SUV or a pickup to haul the grill home. You can also rent a truck at some store locations ($19 for the first 75 minutes) or pay to have the retailer deliver an assembled grill to your home. The delivery fee varies by market, but in most locations it’s $79.

Check the box before you start assembling the grill to make sure all the parts are included and nothing's broken or damaged. If something is missing, call Home Depot's customer service (800-430-3376). If the wait for a replacement is too long, you might try calling the manufacturer directly and pleading your case to get one sooner.

Check your address. Beginning last May, Home Depot started offering in-home grill assembly to online buyers in the Carolinas, Central Texas, and South Florida for $79 and up.

Worst Gas Grills at Home Depot

Worst Small Grill
Cadac Stratos 98700-23-01
Price: $300
CR's take: The Stratos struggled to heat evenly in our tests, earning one of the lowest scores of any model we've seen in recent years. That shortcoming alone would be enough to caution you against this model, but it also turned in only average performance in our temperature-range test. 

Worst Midsized Grill
Dyna-Glo DGF510SBP (Home Depot)
Price: $200
CR's take: It's easy to see why this Dyna-Glo is tempting. At $200, its big, five-burner surface seems to offer a lot for the money. But under those grates, we found a grill that struggled to heat evenly or cook well over indirect heat. It also lacks the ability to cook at a broad range of temperatures.

Worst Large Grill
Royal Gourmet HG6000
Price: $840
CR's take: The Royal Gourmet is a beautiful-looking grill, but those looks are deceiving. Despite its solid construction, it struggles to heat evenly, plus it lacks the ability to cook at a broad range of temperatures. Given that there are plenty of other great picks at Home Depot for less, we don't recommend it. 

The Best Gas Grills at Home Depot

Read on for ratings and reviews of the best grills we've tested that are available at the home-improvement giant this summer. The selection includes small, midsized, and large grills from such brands as Huntington, Even Embers, Nexgrill, 3 Embers, Napoleon, and KitchenAid. 

The Best Small Gas Grills at Home Depot

Huntington 630124
Price: $200
Overall Score: 71
CR's take: This grill is a wolf in sheep's clothing. It's exceptionally even-heating and cooks well on low and high. It's fast to preheat, earning a score of Excellent in that test, and offers a broad temperature range for different foods. It also excels at indirect cooking. There are three burners, and the grates are coated steel. The igniter is push-button (not automatic), and because there are only two wheels, this model requires a bit of a lift when you want to move it.

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