Buying a Grill

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Grilling is a culinary treat for your senses. Bask in the smell of char-grilled steaks wafting through your backyard, the sizzle of fresh burgers on the hot grill grates and the glow of embers igniting the coals. There's nothing quite like the feel of a juicy burger just off the grill in your hands as you taste its smoky flavor.

Why buy a new grill?

With additional gadgets and accessories, you can do more with your grill than you ever imagined possible. From grilling and smoking to searing and toasting, your grill can become the primary culinary appliance in your outdoor kitchen.

Modern gas grills offer an easy conversion that connects them to your natural gas line, saving money and time that you would otherwise use to purchase and replace propane tanks.

New grills come in a variety of sizes that can enhance your outdoor cooking experience. From large, built-in grills to small, portable models, you can find the grill that suits all of your culinary needs.

Cooking outside makes for easy cleanup. Instead of scrubbing pots and pans after dinner, just give your grill grates a pass with a wire brush after cooking and they'll be ready to go for your next grill session.


Features of new grills

Technology and add-ons for your grill

  • Infrared grills use infrared technology to produce an even and rapid radiant heat
  • Gas grills can have a British Thermal Unit (BTU) output of 7,500 BTU/hour to 45,000 BTU/hour, depending on the number and type of burners.
  • Rotisseries are grill add-ons that rotate to slowly cook food for a tender and juicy result
  • Smokers are grill apparatuses that cook food in a low-heat, smoky environment for a unique flavor
  • Dual fuel grills are grills that can easily be converted from propane to natural gas
  • Side burners are standard stovetop burners attached to the grill
  • Sear burners are designed to rapidly seal moisture and flavor into your meat

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Types of grills

Gas grills

Gas grills fire up with the use of liquid propane (LP) or natural gas. Whether you have a propane tank or you hook your grill up to the natural gas from your home, these grills heat up quickly with the push of a button and turn of a switch.

  • Price range: $100-$1,000
  • Total cooking area range: 150-800 square inches

 

Gas grills are best for . . .

Busy grillers: If you're always on the go, you want to be able to prep and cook whole meals in under an hour. Gas grills heat up quickly, so your grill is ready when you are.

 

Temperature sticklers: With up to six burners on a gas grill, you can adjust the temperature of each individual burner so that you can cook foods requiring different amounts of heat at the same time.

Top Products:

Kenmore 6 Burner Stainless

Kenmore 4 Burner Stainless with Searing Side Burner

Kenmore 5 Burner with Ceramic Searing Side Burner and Rotisserie


Charcoal grills

Charcoal grills use the heat of burning coals underneath sturdy grates to heat food. Charcoal grills often reach high temperatures, allowing you to sear meats with ease.

  • Price range: $50-$300
  • Total cooking area range: 150-700 square inches

 

Charcoal grills are best for . . .

Traditionalists: The classic flavors and aromas that come from charcoal grilling offer a nostalgic experience for people who have grown up with or always loved this type of grill.

Budget buyers: While some professional charcoal grills vary in price up to and above $800, most charcoal grills for the home are moderately priced.

Top Products:

Vision Grills Kamado Pro

Char-Broil Kettleman

BBQ Pro Kettle Charcoal Grill


Electric grills

Made famous by George Foreman, electric grills offer the ease of grilling with a uniquely designed small kitchen appliance that you can use anywhere. Look for indoor and outdoor electric grills to create delicious dishes without the use of coals or gas.

  • Price range: $125-$200
  • Total cooking area range: 150-350 square inches

 

Electric grills are best for . . .

Winter grillers: When the snow is knee deep, and grilling outside is unlikely, you can prepare your favorite dishes on an electric grill from the comfort of your kitchen.

Health conscious grillers: Many electric grills are specially designed to sit on an angle so that grease and excess fats drip downward into a drip pan, producing healthier meals.


Bottom Line

When it comes to choosing the ultimate grill for your home, you want to make sure that you can get all the features and accessories that you want. For full outdoor kitchens, a gas grill is going to be more convenient, offering the widestvariety of additional accessories, including rotisseries, sear burners and side burners. For grill chefs that love the aromas and flavors of smoky charcoal-kissed meals, a charcoal grill is definitely the way to go. For year-round grilling, an electric grill offers indoor and outdoor capabilities. Of course, you can always invest in more than one grill so that you have options every time you cook.