Best Grill Deals for Memorial Day 2022
CR helps you find savings on gas, charcoal, kamado, and pellet grills that perform well in our tests
If you’ve been thinking about buying a grill, early spring may be a great time to get the model you want at a discount. Consumer Reports tracks the prices of everything we test, and we’ve seen that grills tend to be on sale throughout May. As we get closer to Memorial Day, we’re starting to see more discounted models on sale. So if the grill you’re looking for isn’t on sale, check back often.
We’ll be updating this list all season long to bring you the best deals for great grills from CR’s tests. And because a deal is not just about the price, we look at not only the cost but also our ratings and test results for every charcoal, gas, kamado, pellet, and portable grill we test, as well as manufacturers’ suggested retail prices, to determine whether a discount is really a good deal.
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The Weber Spirit E-210 is a spiffy, well-polished grill in a small package. It gives an above-average performance when it comes to evenness, our most crucial test. Weber is also near the front of the pack when it comes to owner satisfaction and brand reliability, with top ratings for each. The sale price at Lowe’s matches the best we’ve seen this year.
CR’s test results: Weber Spirit E-210
The Char-Broil Kamander is one of four nonceramic kamado grills in our ratings, all of which score very similarly. It hits the sweet spot between price and performance. It’s made from double-walled stainless steel, with a powder-coated finish.
On high heat, the Kamander can get to 1,000° F—helping it to char pizza crust perfectly in our tests—and earns high scores for cooking performance. Like ceramic models, it has upper and lower dampers for controlling airflow, but because of its metal construction, it’s far lighter than most kamado grills, weighing in at 115 pounds.
CR’s test results: Char-Broil Kamander 17302051 kamado grill
The Cuisinart CGG-306 is a high-end portable grill with lots of stainless trim and rotary igniters. It’s a strong performer across the board, earning an above-average rating for evenness, convenience, and temperature range. Plus, it gets hot quickly, earning top marks in our preheat test. Clip the on-page coupon for the full savings at Amazon.
CR’s test results: Cuisinart CGG-306 Portable Grill
If you love cooking over charcoal but haven’t bothered to upgrade, this barrel grill, one of the best charcoal grills CR has tested, will be a step up from that rusty old kettle grill. This is the standard sale price we tend to see throughout the season, but it may get $50 to $60 cheaper closer to Memorial Day weekend. The grill performs well in CR’s tests for cooking evenness, convenience, and cleaning. And it has a built-in bottle opener, a fun perk.
CR’s test results: Dyna-Glo DGN576DNC-D charcoal grill
The Kamado Joe Classic II is the best kamado we’ve seen. It offers countless features that make grilling and smoking easier than with other models. For starters, it has a spring-assisted lid that holds in place at any height, whereas most grill lids are either open or closed. The lid also locks, helping control airflow and, in turn, temperature. The upper and lower dampers are easy to adjust, and it has split racks that allow you to cook foods at different heights, so you can sear a steak and cook chicken with indirect heat at the same time. And it’s one of the few models that features a pullout ash tray, helping it earn an above-average rating for cleaning.
CR’s test results: Kamado Joe Classic II
If you’re looking for no-frills performance at a great price, let us direct you to the Megamaster 720-0983 midsized grill. It lacks the fit and finish of other models—it’s black with an open cart as opposed to stainless steel—but it makes up for it with price and performance. It has six burners and two side shelves. And it earns strong marks across the board, including a top rating for indirect cooking, which is crucial for favorites like ribs and pulled pork, both of which need to cook low and slow.
CR’s test results: Megamaster 720-0983
This Permasteel gas grill straddles the line between small and midsized grills. We classify it with other small models, but it has three burners and a decent cooking surface. It has two side shelves, a partly enclosed cart, and locking casters. Performance is solid, with above-average ratings for all four of our primary cooking tests, though it musters an average rating for sturdiness.
CR’s test results: Permasteel PG-40301-BK