Buying a grill can be a bit stressful, especially with so many different types and brands available. So, how do you choose one without losing your mind in the process? It’s actually easier than you think.
The first thing to consider is what kind of grill you want. Each one has different benefits and flaws to consider.
Gas grills use either propane or natural gas for fuel. Propane grills require removable or refillable tanks, while natural gas grills have a line that can be attached directly to your home line. Both options burn clean, with little mess to clean up afterward. They can also be lit quite easily, giving you complete control over the temperature at all times. These types of grills come with multiple burners, plus have extras like side burners and rotisseries if you want them.
Charcoal grills use either lump or bricket charcoal to fuel them. You can even add some wood chips if you like that smoky flavor in your meat, similar to that of a smoker. They don’t flare-up the way a gas grill will since any drippings from the meat will be absorbed into the charcoal pores. The downside of these grills is that they can’t maintain the heat the same way and require a bit of finesse to use properly.
If you don’t have easy access to gas or charcoal, an electric grill is another option. They can be plugged in pretty much anywhere you have an outlet. They don’t create any smoke or harmful fumes, so they are also useable indoors, unlike other grills. Most electric grills are small and light, so they are great for small spaces or traveling. And because there is no open flame, they aren’t a fire hazard.
Other Things to Consider
Once you’ve decided on your grill, you need to consider a few other important factors before you buy one.
The first is the price. Barbecues can be expensive, but you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to get a good one. But be prepared to spend at least a few hundred bucks for a quality grill.
Another thing to think about is how much room you have. If you have a huge backyard, you can pick pretty much any kind you like. But for limited space on a deck or apartment balcony, you need to measure how much room you have to spare and buy your barbecue accordingly.
The size of your barbecue should also accommodate how many people you’ll be feeding on a regular basis. If you are only cooking for yourself or for two, a small one is a great option. But for large families, you’ll need a grill rack that can hold enough food to feed everyone at once.
You should also check out the materials used to make the barbecues. If they use a lot of nuts and bolts, they may require constant maintenance to ensure they won’t fall apart. Welded seams are best, with no sharp corners or edges to cut yourself on. Stainless steel is also a must, but make sure it isn’t just a coating or rust could be in your future.
Be sure to pick a quality brand with a decent warranty. The longer the warranty, the more peace of mind you have. And be sure the warranty covers everything and not just certain parts of the grill.