You don't have to spend hundreds for a great grill.
Our Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliance Lab looked at more than a dozen grills to find you the best models with even heating, excellent searing skills, and minimal flare-ups and smoking. Then we considered helpful extras like side tables, tool storage, concealed gas tanks, wheels for portability, and more. These are the best grills you can buy in 2020:
Best Overall Grill: Weber Genesis II E-335 Propane Grill
Best Value Grill: NexGrill 4-Burner Gas Grill
Best Gas Grill: Weber Spirit II E-310 Propane Grill
Best Grill for Beginners: Char-Broil Infrared Gas Grill
Best Portable Grill: Napolean Travel Q Portable Propane Grill
Best Charcoal Grill: Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill
Best Pellet Grill: Traeger Ranger Tabletop Grill
Best Tabletop Gas Grill: Coleman Roadtrip 225 Portable Tabletop Propane Grill
What type of grill is best?
When buying a new outdoor grill, the two biggest players are gas and charcoal, but electric and wood pellet grills are also fair game. When selecting what type of grill to buy, consider how often you'll be grilling, the amount of space you have for storage, what flavor you prefer, and the amount of time and attention you'll want to spend cooking. Here are the basics on each:
Gas grills are the most common type. Gas grills are great because they offer excellent control over cooking temp (the ability to adjust the burner knobs makes it less likely that you'll end up with burnt brisket!), plus they ignite with the push of a button, heat up quickly, and are easy to clean. It's the go-to option for no-fuss grillers who plan to barbecue frequently. Just keep in mind that you'll need fuel from a propane tank or natural gas line on your property.
Charcoal grills style require briquettes or lump charcoal to ignite. Charcoal is more hands-on and takes time to heat up and cool down but imparts a better, more barbecue-y flavor than gas because it often gets hotter. For grilling purists willing to work for it.
Electric grills plug in and can't be beat for ease-of-use or convenience — especially the grills that can be used indoors or at apartment complexes that don't allow grills —just don't expect steaks or burgers "browned" on an electric grill to taste like the ones from a real BBQ.
Pellet grills are a growing category that use hardwood pellets made out of wood scraps to heat. Pellets provide a delicious, authentic hardwood flavor to food but are costly and may be hard to track down.