Expect the small to large grills in this price range to be well-built. Many of them take their design cues from pro-style ranges. Here is where you start to find features touted to make grilling easier.

Construction

Go with a stainless steel cart with an enclosed cabinet and, if possible, drawers. All the visible seams should be welded to provide a clean look, and the cart should be sturdier than thin-gauge painted-steel carts assembled with nuts and bolts.

Grill carts should have metal casters rather than plastic ones.

As the grill price goes up, construction under the hood should improve. Ideally, you want a firebox made of heavy-duty stainless steel.

Convenience Features

Storage drawers are handy for keeping spatulas, tongs, and other utensils within easy reach.

If you enjoy grilled food with a smoky flavor, pick a grill with a smoker tray. It holds wood chips and can enhance the food’s flavor (though not as much as a dedicated smoker).

Several grills in this price range are meant to boost your grilling confidence with the help of a WiFi or Bluetooth thermometer. It lets you keep an eye on the internal temperature of the meat without opening the lid and letting the heat escape.

Performance Upgrades

Boasts about high Btu, or British thermal units, might sound impressive but aren’t a reason to choose one grill over another. These figures are a measure of how much heat a grill can generate, but our tests find that a higher number doesn’t guarantee faster preheating or better cooking.

Infrared technology isn’t the reason to select a grill, either. Our tests have found that infrared grills perform no better or worse than typical gas grills.

Before You Buy

Be sure you’re getting a 10-year burner warranty. Given that grills tend to be bigger and heavier in this price range, ask whether assembly is included in the price. Same goes for delivery options and their fees.

Impressive Grills at This Price

Nineteen of the more than 130 gas grills in our ratings cost between $700 and $1,000. Here are eight high-scoring grills, in order of least to most expensive by size. 

Small (room for up to 18 4-ounce burgers)
Char-Broil SmartChef 463346017, $800 
Weber Genesis II LX S-240, $1,000

Midsized (room for 18 to 28 burgers)
Weber Genesis II E-310, $700
Napoleon Rogue R425SBPK, $750
Napoleon LEX485RSlB, $1,000

Large (room for 28 burgers or more)
KitchenAid 720-0893, $800
KitchenAid 720-0856V, $900
Weber Genesis II E-410, $900 

See our full gas grill ratings for more options. Use the filter to narrow your selection by price, brand, and size, and the brand-reliability info to help you choose. Our gas grill buying guide will get you started.




Editor's Note: This article also appeared in the June 2017 issue of Consumer Reprots magazine.