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Best Gas Grills for $400 to $700

You'll find a wide selection of models in this price range

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There's plenty of choice when it comes to gas grills between $400 and $700.

"This price range is where you really see your options start to open up," says Mark Allwood, a CR market analyst who oversees gas grills. "You can get a top-of-the-line small or midsized grill, or a solidly built large model. Just don't expect lots of bells and whistles if you go big—you'd have to spend close to $1,000 for most top-tier large grills."

Also keep in mind that a big bulky grill doesn’t necessarily have a large cooking surface, which is why we group the gas grills in our ratings according to how many four-ounce burgers they can hold.

If you're in the market for a new grill, start with our buying guide to nail down what size you need and zero in on features that matter to you. Below, learn what to expect from models in the $400 to $700 range. CR members can read on for our top picks for gas grills in this category. 


Construction

Expect a sturdier grill, perhaps one with welded joints. A quick look will tell you whether they’re welded or bolted together.

The more stainless steel a grill has, the more the grill costs, usually. The stainless might be only on the lid—the part you notice first. Heavy stainless or cast-iron grates should be the norm, so pick them up and make sure they have a nice heft.

Check the burners, with the same thing in mind: They should be heavier than the ones on cheaper grills.

Keep an eye out for a grill with a 10-year warranty—you’ll start to see them at this range. A long warranty is always a good sign that a grill is built to last


Convenience Features

As prices increase, grills should become easier to use. You want a cart with four casters, or at the very least, two casters and two wheels, making the grill easier to move.

Look for a side burner for boiling corn or cooking pasta. Having it right there reduces runs to the kitchen.

You’ll see some pullout grease trays in this price range. They make it easier to clean up meat drippings from the bottom of the firebox. A fuel gauge will help remind you when it’s time to refill your propane tank.

You can expect most grills in this category to have an electronic igniter, which makes lighting easier.


Before You Buy

Given that a grill in this price range should last longer, pay particular attention to fit and finish. Look for sharp corners or exposed edges that could cause accidental cuts. Grip the handle to see how close your knuckles come to the lid.  


Best Gas Grills for $400 to $700

Our gas grill ratings include more than 100 models. CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of our high-scoring grills between $400 and $700.

Best Small Grill

Weber Genesis II E-210
Price: $500
Overall score: 67
CR's take: This smaller version of Weber’s flagship gas grill is nicely made, with thoughtful touches you won’t find on cheaper grills. It’s got fold-down stainless warming racks (perfect for keeping hamburger buns warm) and a side-mounted propane tank that's easy to access. It lacks a side burner and has an open cart under the grill (pricier Genesis models have a closed frame with metal doors, so you can store grilling tools in the cabinet). This Weber Genesis cooks evenly, both with direct heat and when used for indirect cooking. But it’s slower to warm up than other models, and it doesn’t offer as broad a temperature range as the best small grills.

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