Best Gas Grills for $1,000 and Up

These impressive high-end models are built to last

Spending $1,000 or more on a gas grill opens up your choices to beautifully built, large models packed with features such as interior LED lighting, a pull-out garbage bin, built-in storage, and more. Rotisserie lamb, anyone?

"In addition to having lots of features, nearly any grill you buy for $1,000 or more will also have an optional kit allowing you to convert it to run on natural gas," says Mark Allwood, the market analyst who covers grills for Consumer Reports. "You'll have the added expense of running a gas line outdoors, but that may be worthwhile with a pricier grill, because you'll probably have that grill for years."

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Consumer Reports recently updated its gas grill ratings and changed how it calculates Overall Scores. They now include ratings for owner satisfaction and predicted reliability. So you can use our gas grill ratings to find a new model that not only cooks well but will also perform as promised for many years to come.

If you’re debating what type or size of grill will meet your needs, start with our gas grill buying guide, then browse our comprehensive grill ratings. Below, you’ll see what kind of construction and features you can expect from a grill that's $1,000 or more. 

Consider Convenience and Features

Consider whether you prefer not to have to refill a propane tank. Almost all grills tested in this price range also come in a natural-gas version or can be converted to natural gas with a kit that costs about $50 to $100. You’ll need a professional plumber to run a gas line, however, and you won't be able to move your grill once it’s installed.

Grills in this price range could help you expand your culinary repertoire with a rotisserie burner. The motorized spit slowly cooks whole chickens and roasts. For grilling after dark, look for LED lights inside the hood and behind the controls. They run on batteries, so keep extras on hand.

Look at Construction

The best gas grills for $1,000 and up should have heavier-gauge stainless steel, and more of it. Insist on top-notch fabrication with seamless welds; nothing should be shoddy. 

As a result, grills at this price almost exclusively earn a rating of Excellent in our sturdiness test. 

Heavy-duty grates are the norm, and another must. Burner warranties of 10 years or longer are typical, so watch out for manufacturers that skimp with shorter ones.

Five Standout Grills for $1,000 and Up

Below, CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of five grills that cost $1,000 or more and score Very Good or Excellent overall in our tests. They're listed here in CR rank order.

To give you a sense of capacity for each model, we include the number of burgers (patties 4 inches in diameter) you’ll be able to fit. If you want even more choices, check out our gas grill ratings.

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Sturdy construction, even heating, flare-up reduction—Consumer Reports' experts explain to Jack Rico, "Consumer 101" TV show host, what to look for when buying a gas grill.

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