Best Gas Grills for $700 to $1,000

These business-class grills have impeccable construction, extra features, and serious good looks

A Genesis II, one of the best gas grills in the $700 to $1,000 price category

You can expect quite a bit more from a gas grill in this price range than you can get for just $100 less. Most models should be well-built, and some small and midsized contenders will be packed with premium features.

“You’ll see smart capabilities, pullout propane tank shelves, and design informed by pro-style ranges,” says Mark Allwood, the market analyst who oversees grills for Consumer Reports. 

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Allwood also says that most models in this category can be converted to run on natural gas, which makes sense. If you’re serious about grilling, you don’t want to be constantly running errands for propane.

Consumer Reports has updated its gas grill ratings and changed how it calculates Overall Score. The score for each grill now includes 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 that also will 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 $700 to $1,000.

Look at Construction

Opt for a stainless steel cart with an enclosed cabinet and, if possible, drawers. All visible seams should be welded for sturdiness and a clean profile. Welded carts should be noticeably sturdier than thin-gauge painted-steel carts assembled with nuts and bolts.

If your budget falls between $700 and $1,000, you should expect metal casters rather than plastic ones.

And as the cost goes up, construction under the hood should improve. Ideally, you want a firebox made of heavy-duty stainless steel.

Sturdiness also improves with price—the vast majority of grills in this price range earn a rating of Very Good or Excellent in our sturdiness test. Lift the lid halfway and force it side to side to see how much the frame twists. Ensure that wheels are on tight. CR members can also check the sturdiness scores of different models in our comprehensive gas grill ratings

Consider Convenience

Storage drawers are handy for keeping spatulas, tongs, and other utensils within 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, or a kamado-style grill like the Big Green Egg).

Several grills in this price range are meant to boost your grilling confidence with the help of a WiFi or Bluetooth thermometer, which lets you check the internal temperature of meat without lifting the lid (and letting heat escape).

Be Skeptical of Btu Counts and Infrared Burners

A boast of high Btu, or British thermal units, might seem impressive, but it shouldn’t be a reason to choose one grill over another. Btu indicates how much heat a grill can generate, but our tests find that a higher number doesn’t guarantee faster preheating or better cooking.

The same is true of infrared technology: It isn’t a factor that you should base your decision on. Our tests find that infrared grills perform no better or worse than typical gas grills.

Stellar Grills for $700 to $1,000

Below, CR members can read on for ratings and reviews of six grills, ranging in size from small to large, that cost from $700 to $1,000 and score Very Good or Excellent overall in our tests. They're listed here in order of CR rank.

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

Best Gas Grills for $700 to $1,000

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