Great Gear for a Backyard Barbecue

Turn up the fun at your cookouts with wireless speakers, cookware, an air fryer, and more that do well in CR's tests

A family enjoying a backyard barbecue

Backyards are taking on an extra-important roll this year, because many folks are staying home more due to the pandemic.

And what better way to chill than to have a barbecue? It's one of the few things you can do with family and friends where you can still maintain social distancing guidelines and have a great time. 

More on Grills

The grill might have the starring role at a barbecue, but your next cookout can get a boost from some top-tier supporting actors. CR tests tons of products that can help you pull off the perfect party, including camerasBluetooth speakersair fryers, and even cookware to heat or serve your sides outdoors. We've also tapped our experts for their best tips on making a backyard oasis this summer. 

Here, we highlight six top-scoring products from Consumer Reports' tests that can take your cookout to the next level. If you're in the market for a new grill, our buying guide is a great place to start. CR members can also jump right to our ratings of more than 200 grills.

Top-Scoring Products for Your Barbecue

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Lodge Cast Iron Pre-seasoned

Price: $25

Cooking evenness
Browning
Searing
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GoWISE GW22731

Price: $80

Controls
Cleaning
Noise
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Kodak PixPro SP1

Price: $155

Picture quality
Display quality
Versatility
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Made By Design (Target) Stainless Steel

Price: $110

Sauce simmer
Handle sturdiness
Handle temperature
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Brita Stream Rapids OB55

Price: $30

Flavor and Odor Reduction
Flow rate
Clogging
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JBL Pulse 3

Price: $130

Sound quality
Versatility
Ease of use
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Editor’s Note: This article also appeared in the July 2020 issue of Consumer Reports magazine.

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