If you're new to outdoor cooking or just need to replace an old grill, the abundance of options out there can make picking the best grill feel overwhelming - it's hard to know whether to go for a gas grill (fueled by propane or natural gas), kamado grill, charcoal grill, pellet grill or perhaps a portable model.
Gas grills are a great place to start for new grillers and make a great upgrade, too. Outdoor gas grills are simple to use, easy to control and roomy enough to feed the whole family. We put six of the best-selling models you can buy right now through their paces at the CNET Smart Home. After cooking up 12 racks of ribs, 18 whole chickens and 96 burgers, here's our three top picks.
Best grill overall
Weber Spirit II E-210
CNET TAKE: If burgers are the mainstay of your cookouts and backyard barbecues, this Weber gas grill is a great choice. In fact, it's a great choice for cooking all around. Weber's 10-year warranty applies to all its grill parts, so you'll be set for years to come, even with heavy use (like, if you let no weekend go by without having a chance to char-broil some burgers). Its consistent performance in our testing delivered burgers with a good char and a slightly pink center.
The Spirit II E-210 is also one of Weber's iGrill compatible models, an additional accessory line that includes Bluetooth temperature probes you can monitor via a companion app. If you'll be preparing dishes that require more time on the grill, the iGrill system will help you keep an eye on things from a distance.
At $379, this gas grill sits in the middle of the affordability spectrum. We were pleased with the searing and even cooking across this Weber model, and we'd recommend it to anyone who dreams of the perfect Saturday spent grilling.
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