2015 Top 10 Best Value Gas Grills
We love Weber gas grills and they have always held several spots in our Top 10 Best Values list because they are built so well, come with great warranties, and Weber is renowned for its tech support and huge inventory of parts going back many years. This year they secured two spots. But competitors are turning up the heat. Check out our 2015 picks from lesser known Broil King, Napoleon, and Saber. Broil King has found a seat at the table and is now on showroom floors at Lowe's. All produce high quality grills with good warranties helpful customer service and all are worthy of your consideration. Saber's Edge Grill is a sleek, technologically advanced infrared grill that communicates with your smart phone to display temperature, burner on/off status, fuel level and more.
A dizzying array of gassers is available with prices from under $200 to over $20,000. Many low and moderate cost models don't get hot enough to do a good job searing steaks, but those with special sear burners can. Of all the accessories, that's the one we think is most important, special burners that get hot enough to brown a steak better than normal burners.
Many feature smoke boxes, and gas grills, with a little practice, can produce lovely smoked meals, but their extensive ventilation means the use a bit more wood than charcoal grills or smokers.
Watch out though because cheap manufacturers often include bells and whistles like cut-rate sear burners, side burners, and rotisseries to entice you to buy their flimsy, low quality junkers built with low grade stainless steel held together with crumby fasteners that will rust and break apart after a couple seasons.
When it comes to grills, bigger is better. We recommend you go for at least three burners so you can cook with a hot zone and a not so hot zone. This 2-zone system allows you better temperature control and it is a necessity if you hope to do more than burn hot dogs and burgers.
And regardless of the price you pay, the dial thermometers attached to the hoods are poor quality. It is not unusual for them to be off by 50°F. We strongly recommend that your budget include a good digital thermometer with a probe that can be placed on the cooking surface.
For other things to look for when you are shopping, read our article on understanding gas grills, with an explanation of how infrared burners work, ignition systems, and how different types of gas grills cook. It also explains that you should not pay attention to BTU ratings on the specs because they can be misleading, and how you can calculate "flux", a much more useful number which we provide in our reviews. Click here for tips on setting up and using gas grills.
At AmazingRibs.com we have created a huge Equipment Reviews section with a searchable database of hundreds of reviews and ratings of smokers and grills. From it we have drawn our list of Top 10 Value Gas Grills for 2015. To say whittling this list down to 10 models was tough is an understatement. Go to any big box store and you'll trip over all the different gassers being displayed, and that's just in the parking lot. In making our selections we tried to cover a wide range of designs and prices and pick the best of breed. Globalization had a significant impact on gas grill manufacturing. Many are now made in China and even All-American companies like Weber do some manufacturing and sourcing of components outside the USA. Canadian companies are also coming on strong with great cookers that deserve consideration.
A basic low priced gas cooker with a design that was typical of the first gas grills made in the early 1960s: Cast aluminum body and an old style 40,000 BTU Dual-H burner. Cast aluminum holds heat well and the H-burner is actually two U-shaped burners fused together with a separate control knob for each side. Broil-Mate could have saved their money and yours by leaving off the useless hood heat indicator. A good digital thermometer is required to achieve your goal of BBQ domination. You could easily walk past this plain little grill in favor of a big shiny model that was made cheap to sell cheap and carries a one year warranty, but if you're shopping in this price range you would do well to stop and take a look. Broil-Mate's aluminum housing will not rust and comes with a limited lifetime warranty on the cook box, 5 years on burners and stainless steel components, and 2 years on everything else. Broil-Mate is one of five grill brands owned by Canadian BBQ manufacturer and distributer, Onward Manufacturing. Click here to read our complete review of the Broil-Mate 165154 LP Gas Grill.
Broil King Signet 20 $399 - 2nd Year On Our List!
We went looking for everyman's gas grill: one with decent size, great performance, quality construction backed up with a great warranty, and a lower MSRP, than our benchmark Weber Spirit E-310, (see below). We found Broil King's Signet 20. Patented dual-tube burners deliver even temps with a wide range, quality cast aluminum housing carries a Limited Lifetime Warranty and it has drop down side shelves with built-in condiment trays. This grill is a steal for the money. Not as easy to find as the Spirit E-310, but worth the effort. Click here to read our complete review of the Broil King Signet 20.
Char-Broil Commercial Stainless/Black 3-Burner Gas Grill $399 - 3rd Year On Our List!These Lowe's exclusive infrared grills have been redesigned for 2015 with a few new features like upgraded grates and a fuel level gauge. Infrared heat is intense, high temperature radiant heat, but Char-Broil's Commercial grills allow you to dial it back for low and slow roasting as well. The cast iron cooking grates on Char-Broil's Commercial line rest directly on top of stainless steel radiant plates that cover the entire grill area. There is almost no exposure to direct flame from the gas burners below and, consequently, very little exposure to hot air convection heat that dries up moisture in foods. The result is no flare-ups and juicy meats. Click here to learn more about infrared, convection heat, and the thermodynamics of grilling. Since the radiant plates are less than an inch from the cooking surface, you can do some serious searing. Cleaning the cook surface is a little different because juices and marinades don't drip down and burn up; they collect on the radiant plates in the channels between the grates. Char-Broil includes a fork like scraper to address this. An added benefit to this design is low fuel consumption. The radiant plates get mighty hot with relatively low BTU output burners. Click here to read our complete review of the Char-Broil Commercial Stainless/Black 3-Burner Gas Grill $399.
Yes Broil King has really captured our attention. Their blossoming relationship with Lowe's brings a quality gas grill line that runs neck and neck with our beloved Webers to neighborhoods across the country. The Baron 440 is a good sized, good looking 4-Burner with BK's patented Dual Tube Burners that are designed to even out gas pressure from front to back and provide consistent temperature across the cook surface. The cook box is deep and the hood is high. Many believe this design is ideal for large roasts and turkeys. Broil King is Made in North America with production spread between Canada and the USA. Click here to check out our full review of the Broil King Baron 440.
Weber Spirit E-310 3-Burner $599 - 3rd Year On Our List!
So why does this Weber Spirit, cost so much more than the Char-Broil and Broil-King grills above? Because Weber is the gold standard for backyard grills. It's hard to beat their design, construction, warranty, and customer support. For most Weber owners, we're preaching to the choir. People are willing to spend more for the Weber name and they are rarely disappointed. Spirit is Weber's entry level gas grill. For 2013 it was redesigned with significant upgrades that bring it closer in features and performance to their more sophisticated Genesis line. A big change is reconfiguration of the old fashioned burner layout. Burners used to connect from left to right with control knobs on the right side shelf. New models are brought up to date with burners that connect from front to back and control knobs on the front panel. This setup is not only better for 2-zone cooking, but frees the right side shelf for beverages, bowls and cutting boards. A nice feature is Weber's in cart LP tank fuel gauge that gives an approximate indication of fuel level by weight. Made in China. Click here to read our complete review of the Weber Spirit E-310 3-Burner.
Although Napoleon sightings are rare south of the Canadian border, they produce quality products and are essentially Canada's answer to Weber. The Legend LA300 is one of their mid-size, mid-range gas grills. Stainless steel cook box, cart, doors and side shelves with a heavy gauge steel lid. Napoleon's characteristic Wave Cooking Grids on LA300 are porcelain coated cast iron and will produce cool curved sear marks on your steaks. This is a good looking grill that lists for a couple hundred dollars less than the comparable stainless steel Weber Genesis. Click here to read our complete review of the Napoleon Legend LA300
Weber Genesis EP-330 3-Burner $999 - 3rd Year On Our List!
Genesis is one of the most popular gas grills in America. Known for solid construction, performance and attractive appearance, it's the grill you buy when you grow up. The 330 features a sear burner and side burner. While side burners are nothing to get excited about, when it comes to searing steaks you can never have too much sizzle. The sear burner really bumps up the versatility and appeal of this cooker. EP models are only sold by independent hearth and patio dealers so you cannot pick one up at your local hardware store. They are worth seeking out though because, unlike other Genesis grills, EPs come with long lasting stainless steel rod grates and flavorizer bars: a significant upgrade. Put it all together and you have the premier model of Weber's Genesis line. Made in the USA. Click here to read our complete review of the Weber Genesis EP-330 3-Burner.
Modern Home Products WNK4 $1,044 - 3rd Year On Our List!
Modern Home Products pioneered the first gas grills in the early 1960s. This model harkens back to those days with a classic, super thick cast aluminum cookbox that is virtually indestructible and carries a limited lifetime warranty on just about everything. Instead of flavorizer bars over the burners to protect them and incinerate drips, it uses rust-proof, kiln fired, porcelain coated ceramic briquettes. Although the standard dual control H-shape burner has decent output, we recommend you upgrade to a hybrid model which replaces the H-burner with two cast stainless steel burners and one infrared burner for searing. The appearance may lack sizzle, but people who own these heavy aluminum grills often get hooked on the way they cook. If you could see it through their eyes, it wouldn't look like a big black box at all. Still made in the USA in Antioch, IL. Click here to read our complete review of the Modern Home Products WNK4.
Napoleon Prestige P500RSIB $1,400 - 2nd Year On Our List!
Napoleon offers a great selection of beautiful gas and charcoal grills that are well made with useful features. The Prestige P500RSIB comes loaded with four 12,000 BTU main burners, an 18,000 BTU rotisserie back burner
Saber dubs their new Edge Grill "A Smarter Barbecue". It employs a similar infrared burner design present in all Saber Grills, but Edge leaps into the future by offering a real-time interactive grilling experience. A free app that may be used with Android and iOS mobile devices and tablets can:
- Display burner on/off
- Display fuel level
- Display battery life on the Edge LCD Screen
- Display temperature
- Receive alerts for pre-heat readiness and temp changes
- Access recipes and Instructional videos
- Store your recipes and share via social media
An LCD screen on the grill control panel displays grate temperature, fuel level, burner on/off status and battery life. All Saber grills are made of top quality 304 stainless steel. With solid construction and excellent fit and finish, Saber presents fierce competition to other brands in this price range. This eye-catching, technologically advanced, infrared gas grill will surely appeal to the tech/geek in us all. And with this low price, you can get one for each of your homes. Click here to read our complete review of the Saber Edge Grill.