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If you need a new grill this year, it’s time to make a move.

“July Fourth is a great time to buy a grill because most retailers are starting to scale back their in-stock inventory," says Mark Allwood, CR’s market analyst who oversees grills. "They're offering discounts to make room for seasonal items stocked in the fall."

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In addition to reduced prices on great grills, he adds, you’ll also encounter cheaper charcoal, discounted tongs, and even promotions such as free propane or comped delivery and assembly.

Before you start shopping, check out our grill buying guide to get a feel for what kind of grill is right for you.

Below, we’ve highlighted top models available at Home DepotLowe’s, and Walmart. Together, these three behemoths sell more than 60 percent of all grills in the U.S. And each has the lowest prices we've encountered anywhere for the July Fourth holiday, on many of the models that fare best in our tests.

In addition to scouring the hundreds of deals at these retailers, we've also looked to smaller stores like Ace and True Value. They're offering deals too, but their selections are more limited. And rather than cutting prices, their deals tend to include extras, like free delivery and assembly, or free propane tanks with models above a certain price.

All of the models listed below are on sale now and will be through the holiday weekend. Some of the sales extend even further into July.

If you find other options on sale, make sure to check any discounted grill against our comprehensive grill ratings to see how the model stacks up.

Best July Fourth Grill Sales at Home Depot

The home-center giant has marked down 71 grills and accessories over the holiday weekend. Most of the savings are on grills, including gas, charcoal, kamado, and pellet models. And most of the savings top out at around 15 percent. Here, we've highlighted three of the best deals on models that perform well in CR's tests.

3 Embers GAS7480BS
The deal:
$648.89 at Home Depot
Savings: $72.10
This midsized 3 Embers grill represents one of the best July 4 discounts we've seen at any retailer. It has integrated stainless steel storage drawers and a clear glass viewing window built into the lid. It’s also solidly built, earning a rating of Excellent in our sturdiness test. And it is no slouch at cooking, either: Our test engineers found that it cooks exceptionally evenly and preheats fast, too.

Nexgrill 720-0898
The deal: $249 at Home Depot
Savings: $80
The midsized Nexgrill is an understated performer worthy of consideration. The savings are huge this holiday, especially given that it's a bargain at its everyday price. It earns a rating of Very Good in our preheat test, getting hot in a mere 10 minutes, so you can start cooking faster. It has an integrated thermometer and a side burner, and its six burners carry a 5-year warranty.

Royal Gourmet MG5001-R
The deal: $569.99 at Home Depot
Savings: $30
The Royal Gourmet MG5001-R is a brawny midsized gas grill with lots of features and admirable performance. This amounts to 5 percent off the regular price on a grill that rarely goes on sale, which is why we opted to include it on this list. It earns a rating of Very Good for preheat performance, which means the grill gets hot enough to cook well in only 10 minutes. It has five burners, a large cooking surface, and a built-in rotisserie.

Best July Fourth Grill Sales at Lowe’s

Lowe’s has only a modest offering of grills on sale this holiday, which may be in part because the retail giant started carrying grills year-round several years ago. It's offering discounts on only eight grills this holiday. Here, we've highlighted the best deals on three grills to consider from the home center.

Char-Broil Performance 463342119
The deal:
 $219 at Lowe's
Savings: $71
This Char-Broil is relatively inexpensive to start with, so the $71 discount is huge. This grill heats evenly and allows you to cook a broad variety of foods with ease—it earns a rating of Very Good for its temperature range. Features include four burners, coated cast-iron grates, an electronic igniter, and a 10-year burner warranty.

Weber Spirit II E-210
The deal: $349 at Lowe's
Savings: $50
It's hard to find a steep discount on most Weber models, and the sale on this Spirit means you can snag a great deal on a grill that's a good value at full price. The discount amounts to 12 percent off the everyday price, which is hard to find on any Weber model. This grill is a strong performer, with a rating of Very Good for evenness. It has two burners, coated cast-iron grates, and a 10-year warranty on the burners. 

Weber Spirit II E-310
The deal: $449 at Lowe's
Savings: $50
Like the smaller Weber above, this Spirit is an exceptionally good deal. It delivers even heat across the cooking surface, with a rating of Very Good in that test. Plus, it offers an impressive temperature range. Like all Weber models, this one is a solid value and comes with a 10-year warranty on the burners. 

Best July Fourth Grill Sales at Walmart

Walmart has marked down 112 gas grills for July Fourth, along with a handful of charcoal and kamado models, and even some portables. Here are three of the best deals we've spotted on gas grills.

RevoAce GBC1729W
The deal: $135.99 at Walmart
Savings: $15
Though $15 may not seem like a lot of savings, you have to remember that you're actually getting about 10 percent off a grill that's already one of the cheapest options out there. Despite it's low everyday price, this RevoAce is a decent performer—it even earns an Excellent rating in our preheat test, meaning it gets hot within 10 minutes. It has three burners and coated steel grates.

RevoAce GBC1748WS
The deal: $150 at Walmart
Savings: $29
Even at its regular price, this grill bests models costing four times as much, so what's not to love about $29 in savings? It's small and has no frills, but it still earns solid marks, including a rating of Excellent in our preheat test.

From the 'Consumer 101' TV Show

Sturdy construction, even heating, flare-up reduction—Consumer Reports' experts explain to "Consumer 101" TV show host Jack Rico what to look for when buying a gas grill.

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