One of the best gas grills for $400 or less
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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.

You can find a grill that earns top marks in 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 Char-Broil, Huntington, Nexgrill, and Weber.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the very best gas grills for $400 or less in small, medium, and large sizes. If you’re unsure which size you need or which features matter, start with our gas 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 nearly 200 gas grills in our grill ratings, about 70 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 2021 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 far less.

Best Gas Grills for $400 or Less

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