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Grill Buying Guide

Grill Shopping Tools

Step 5: Consider the Brand

Check Out the Manufacturer

Think about who made the grill.

Do you know the company name on the lid?

Will they support you down the road?

Will the company be around when you need grilling advice, assistance, or spare parts next year? Ten years from now?

Warranty

Read closely to understand what is and what isn’t covered. The best warranties are uncomplicated and are light on fine print.

Customer Service and Online Information

Look for a grill company with a hotline that lets you talk to a real person—not a machine. In fact, while you’re shopping, pick up the phone and call the customer service department. It’s a good test of how you’ll be treated after the sale. Check out the manufacturer’s website; it should help you become an informed shopper by guiding you to the grill that is right for you. The internet is also a good tool to help you judge product satisfaction. Check out online product reviews on retail sites and social media.

The 5-Step Inspection

Dive a bit deeper into finding the right gas grill—from craftsmanship to construction to durability—with our Five-Step Inspection.

  • Is it sturdy enough?

    The Wiggle Test

    Grab the grill by the sides and shake it a few times. A well-built grill should feel solid and sturdy. Learn more

  • Let’s see what’s inside.

    Check Under the Hood

    First, you’ll see the cooking grates. Pick them up and inspect them—quality materials will last longer. Learn more

  • It’s time to go grill diving.

    Take Out the Grates

    Below, you should find a system of v-shaped inverted metal bars to deflect and vaporize food drippings. Learn more

  • The burning heart of your grill.

    Take Out the Metal Bars or Briquettes

    Look at the burner system which should consist of two or more burners running the length of the cookbox. Learn more

  • Review the warranty.

    Think About Who Made the Grill

    Research the manufacturer and look into their customer service support and warranty. Become an informed shopper by visiting their website. Call their customer service line to see what type of support you’ll get after the sale. Learn more