Most Reliable Gas Grill Brands

How to find a model that lasts based on CR members' ratings of more than 38,000 gas grills

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Compared with other appliances, gas grills take a beating.

Some of that comes with the turf. You'd never expect your fridge to hum along smoothly or your range to light effortlessly if you shifted it around your deck, moved it in and out of your garage for storage twice a year, or left it out in the rain. But that's what we ask of our gas grills—and it shows.

In Consumer Reports' latest survey, members reported on just over 38,000 gas grills. We found that many brands eventually suffer from problems with ignitions as well as with rusting and corrosion. What's more, we found that the rate of problems far exceeds other categories of appliances we test.

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"When you browse our ratings, you'll see that our survey responses have been translated into predicted brand reliability ratings for the gas grills we test," says Simon Slater, CR's associate director of survey research.

"And those ratings are now integrated into our Overall Scores, which, in turn, paint a much more robust picture of product quality," he says. These changes will help you make a more informed choice when looking for a grill that will hold up for years to come.

Specifically, the predicted reliability rating captures the estimated problem rates for gas-grill brands within the first five years of ownership.

And beyond overall reliability, the survey points to some interesting trends in what goes wrong with gas grills across the board.

Here, we highlight some of the key findings from our survey. Use them along with the advice in our buying guide to zero in on the right type of grill for you.

CR members can also access our comprehensive grill ratings to find the most reliable models that cook well, too. And below, some of our top picks from the most reliable gas-grill brands.

Ignition Problems Are Pervasive

The most widely reported problem among our members was difficulty with the ignition. Those rates ranged from 10 percent to more than 40 percent depending on the brand.

Always keep your grill covered when it's not in use, because a cover keeps water from damaging electric igniters and the batteries that power them. Our experts also suggest looking for a grill with long-warranty burners. Many carry a 10-year warranty on the burners and their parts. You can easily fix a faulty burner yourself.

What About Warranties?

Extended warranties rarely make sense for gas grills. In our survey, the median out-of-pocket cost charged to fix an out-of-warranty grill was just $54. That's less than the median price paid for an extended warranty, $71 in our survey.

On top of that, of those who bought an extended warranty that was in effect or had expired at the time of our survey, less than a third had used it to cover repairs, parts, or service.

Bottom line? Skip the extended warranty and choose a model with a strong mark for predicted reliability—we highlight six below—and, if possible, one that carries a longer warranty on the burners.

Most Reliable Gas Grill Brands

Our survey covers many of the same grill brands we test for performance, including Broil King, Char-Broil, Dyna-Glo, Huntington, KitchenAid, Member's Mark, Napoleon, Nexgrill, and Weber.

Become a member to read the full article and get access to digital ratings.

We investigate, research, and test so you can choose with confidence.