Grill Buying Guide

Step 1: The Wiggle Test

Good Grills Don’t Wiggle

Step right up, grab the handle or the sides, and give it a good shake. Does it feel solid and firm? It’s a sign of quality.

Frame Construction

Look for welds versus screws for added strength.

Heavy Metal

For stainless steel hoods, look for heavy-gauge stainless steel.

Casters and Wheels

Casters should be up to appliance standards. Will it move easily on your patio? Are there at least two locking casters to prevent the grill from moving?

When is a Wheel Not a Wheel

When it breaks and can’t go around and around.

Wheels may seem like an unimportant detail, but they’re not. This is an area where many manufacturers cut corners. Check out the quality of casters and wheels. Casters should be up to appliance standards. Wheels should be designed to survive extreme hot and cold temperatures so they don’t crack or break.

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