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 find it doesn't always get you better performance.

You can find a grill that earns top marks in our most crucial tests—from evenness, temperature range, 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, pull-out 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 quality of construction

We currently have nearly 200 gas models in our grill ratings, over 80 of which can be had for $400 or less. Consumer Reports tests dozens of new gas grills each year, at every price level. This year, we’ve already tested 25, and as of early June our test engineers are in the process of building and assessing about 20 more in our labs. 

The five featured here include some of the very best from that group. 

Best Gas Grills for $400 or Less

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