OUR GRILL REVIEWS OF 2016

If you want to throw an awesome backyard party, it’s not a bad idea to buy a grill. The delicious smell of meat cooking over a hot flame signals that good times are about to begin. The only problem? It’s a bit hard to know where to start if you want to buy a new BBQ.

There are many different types of grills out there. Some of them are excellent, but others come up a bit short. That’s why we put this handy list of BBQ grill reviews together-- to help you decide which one to buy. Once you read through the information we’ve gathered, you’ll be well on your way to choosing the perfect BBQ for you.

Best Grills Comparison Table for 2016

GrillsFeaturesWeightOur RatingPrice
Classic 4-Burner Gas Grill
Char-Broils Classic 4-Burner Gas Grill
 A huge cooking surface
40,000 BTU gas grill
Stainless steel lid
 Electronic ignition system
104 pounds4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)$$$
 Kettle Premium
Weber Original Kettle Premium (22 inch)
Aluminized steel One-Touch cleaning system
Rust-resistant aluminum damper
22-inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl
nylon handles with tool hooks
37 pounds4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)$$$
Weber Spirit Liquid Propane Gas Grill
Weber Spirit E210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill
Weber's 'Flavorizer' Bars
2 Fold-Down Tables
3 Different Types of Grates
14 pounds4.5 Stars (4.5 / 5)$$$
 Weber Jumbo Joe
Weber Jumbo Joe
One glass-reinforced nylon handle
18.5-inch diameter plated
Rust-resistant aluminum dampers
Porcelain-enameled bowl
17 pounds4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)$$
 Charcoal Grill
Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill
Rectangular plated steel
Glass-reinforced nylon handle
Porcelain enameled coating
160 sq. in. of grilling surface area
15 pounds4.3 Stars (4.3 / 5)$$
Liquid Propane Grill
Weber?s Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill
 Easy to carry
Fully assembled out of box
14.1 or 16.4 oz. LP cylinder
High quality materials
27 pounds4.8 Stars (4.8 / 5)$$

First, we’ll be taking a look at some common types of barbeque grills. Then, in the next section we’ll cover some factors you should think about before you make your purchase. Finally, in the last section you’ll find a list of the 5 best grills on the market today.

If any of the grills on our top 5 list interest you, be sure to read our detailed review to get more information.

Types Of Barbeque Grills

There are 3 main types of barbeque grills: charcoal, gas and portable. Let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

Charcoal 

With charcoal, heat energy is created by burning lumps of charcoal. There are two different types of charcoal used for barbecue style cooking: charcoal briquettes and all-natural lump charcoal. Charcoal briquettes burn a bit more evenly, but fans of lump style charcoal say that it makes your meat taste better.

The best charcoal grills are made of high quality materials that resist corrosion. Some are made out of ceramic, others are made out of steel. Large charcoal grills are ideal for cooking massive amounts of food, but charcoal grills also come in small sizes as well.

The best thing about charcoal is the added flavor you get. Meat and veggies absorb the smoky tastes and aromas produced by charcoal. The main downside of charcoal is that they can get messy. A strong gust of wind can send ashes flying in every direction. Also, charcoal fuel is a little bit expensive.

If it’s a charcoal you’re looking for, be sure to check out our charcoal reviews page. There you’ll find in-depth information on the top charcoal grills on the market today.

Gas

Gas grills convert different types of gases into flames. The most popular type of gas used to power gas is propane, but some use natural gas. Natural gas and propane gas are pretty much equal when it comes to cooking. Food cooked on a natural gas tastes the same as food cooked on a propane grill.

Stainless steel gas grills are generally more durable than those made out of other materials. Stainless steel is rust and dent resistant, but cheap gas BBQs tend to fall apart after one or two seasons. It’s wise to buy from manufacturers that are willing to stand by their products. The best gas grills come with comprehensive warranties.

The best thing about gas grills is that they are super easy to use. All you have to do to light up the gas is press a button. Gas grills are also much easier to clean, compared to charcoal. On the other hand, food cooked on a charcoal tastes just a little bit better than food cooked on a gas. The best portable gas grills can be used for many different purposes.

If you’re looking for a gas grill, visit our gas grills page and read our reviews to get detailed information about the most popular gas grills on the market today.

Portable 

Portable tailgate grills come in handy when you want to cook food out of the back of your pickup truck or SUV. Small-sized charcoal grills are excellent for tailgating. Most campers, however, prefer to use a portable gas grill when they go out to spend some time in the wilderness.

Some portable grills are made out of lightweight metals, but the best portable gas and charcoal grills are made out of heavy duty stainless steel or cast iron. If you intend to use your portable a lot, it’s worth it to spend some extra money to get a high quality one. However, if you only plan on using your portable grill one or two times a year or if weight is a factor, it may make sense to go with something cheaper.

To get a full-featured, high quality portable BBQ, plan on spending about a couple hundred dollars. The average small, discount portable costs about 60 bucks. Be sure to check out our portable grills page for more info.

Weber 

Weber grills are in a class by themselves. Though Weber grills are a bit more expensive compared to ones manufactured by other companies, fans of Weber say that the extra cost is worth it. Weber enthusiasts love the classic retro look of Weber’s Original Kettle grills. If you’re looking to buy a classic All-American outdoor grill that’ll impress your neighbors, a Weber charcoal grill is the way to go.

In addition to their famous charcoal grills, Weber also produces a nice line of gas grills as well. Weber’s gas grills come with built-in flavorizers. Flavorizers vaporize liquid that drips out of your food as it cooks, sending the flavor back into your meat or veggies in the form of smoke.

If you’re interested in learning more about Weber grills, be sure to check out of Weber reviews page for more detailed information.


VALUE

Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner Gas Grill

Excellent Quality For The Money.

  • Powerful Burners
  • Lg. Cooking Surface
  • Functional Design

Our Rating: 4.5/5

COMPACT

Weber Jumbo Joe Portable Grill

Great For Small Areas & Storage

  • Lightweight
  • Small Profile
  • Lots of Horiz. Space

Our Rating: 4.3/5

CLASSIC

Weber 22-Inch Kettle Charchol Grill

Classic All-American Grill

  • Retro Design
  • Easy Assembly
  • Tough Construction

Our Rating: 4.5/5

MODERN

Weber Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

Beautiful Updated Design

  • Sleek Design
  • Easy To Carry
  • Rugged Components

Our Rating: 4.8/5

Factors To Consider Before Buying

Size

When it comes to grills, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Even though a huge backyard grill looks impressive and can cook a lot of food, you don’t need a huge cooking surface area unless you plan on hosting lots of parties.

Durability

If you know you like to grill, it’s worth it to invest in a quality product made from durable parts. Grills made from thick, high quality stainless steel or ceramic parts will last for a long time. Of course, ceramic and stainless steel grills are also a bit heavier and more expensive than their cheaper counterparts.

Price

Porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates. This type of grate is awesome at absorbing and retaining heat. If you’re looking to create beautiful sear marks on your meat, go with this type of grate.

If you want to save some money, look for discounts and grills for sale at the end of the summer season. Manufacturers often lower their prices and try to get rid of their extra grills ahead of winter.

Grate type

Porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates. This type of grate is awesome at absorbing and retaining heat. If you’re looking to                   create beautiful sear marks on your meat, go with this type of grate.

Stainless steel grates. Stainless steel grates last longer than porcelain-enameled cast iron grates. After a while, the porcelain will                   chip off and the iron will begin to rust. Stainless steel grates, however, don’t have that problem. On the other hand, stainless                           steel grates don’t hold heat quite as well porcelain-enameled cast iron grates.

Porcelain-enameled steel cooking grates. Porcelain-enameled steel grates hold heat better than stainless steel grates, but not                       as well as porcelain-enameled cast iron grates.

Special Features

Side Burners. Side burners allow you to cook up veggies or other complementary dishes while you wait for your meat to cook.

Sear Burners. Do you like to eat rotisserie style meat? If so, look for one that comes equipped with a sear burner.

Adjustable dampers. Smoked BBQ creates smoke flavored food by exposing it to wood, charcoal or some other type of                                   smoldering material. If you want to try smoking your meat, you’ll need one that has adjustable dampers. Dampers allow you to                   control the airflow inside your grill.

Infrared technology. Some modern gas grills come with infrared burners. Infrared convection cooking uses less gas and doesn’t                     dry the meat out as much.

Grease collection systems. The best gas grills are equipped with panels that prevent grease from dripping onto the burners. The                   better the grease collection system is, the less likely you are to experience dangerous flare-ups caused by grease drips.


VALUE ++

Char-Broil Classic 2-Burner Gas Grill

Very Economical, Great Starter

  • Super Low Price
  • Lots Of Features
  • Good For Beginners

Our Rating: 4.0/5

PREMIUM

Weber Original Premium Kettle Grill

Great For Small Areas & Storage

  • Retro Design
  • Easy To Assemble
  • Large Ash Catcher

Our Rating: 4.3/5

SPACIOUS

Weber Spirit Liquid Propane Gas Grill

All The Features You Expect

  • Weber Flavorizer Bars
  • 2 Fold-Down Tables
  • 3 Types of Grates

Our Rating: 4.5/5

COMPACT

Weber Go Anywhere Charchol Grill

Great For Traveling & Picnics

  • Small & Compact
  • Snap-Out Legs
  • Sturdy Steel Body

Our Rating: 4.3/5

The 5 Best Grills On The Market Today

During our research process, we took a look at some of the most popular grills on the market today. At the end of our investigation, we were able to narrow the field down to 5 grills.Each of the 5 grills we selected are great products, but they all have different strengths and weaknesses. Let’s take a closer look.

1. Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner Gas Grill

Quick Facts:

Cooking surface: 620 square inches

Type: gas, full-sized

Dimensions: 56 x 21 x 45.5 inches

Warranty type: 5 years on the burner, 2 years on the lid and 1 year on everything else.

The Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner is a handsome looking, powerful grill that can serve up lots of food at once. The burners themselves are probably the best thing about this grill. Rated at 40,000 BTU, this grill’s four burners are powerful enough to reach very high temperatures.

The Char-Broil’s cooking surface area advantage means that you’ll be able to cook a lot of meat at once if you get this grill. 620 square inches is enough to cook 15 or 20 burgers, depending on how you space them. The ability to churn out lots of meat quickly makes this grill ideal for parties, family gatherings, block parties and other events that attract large crowds of hungry people.

PROS:

  • Powerful burners
  • Large cooking surface area
  • Built-in temperature gauge
  • Attractive design

CONS:

  • Badly designed grease trap spills easily. Also, the frame isn’t as sturdy as it could be.

Best suited for:

This grill doesn’t cost a whole lot compared to other grills this size, so it’s also a good option for small businesses, churches and other organizations that are in need of a nice, large grill but don’t have the cash to buy a professional one. The burners on this grill are well-designed, powerful and built to last but the manufacturer may have cut corners on the exterior parts. So long as you’re careful with it, though, the Char-Broil Classic should serve you well for at least a few years.


2. Weber Jumbo Joe 18-Inch Portable Grill

Quick Facts:

Cooking surface: 240 square inches

Type: charcoal, portable

Dimensions: 19.8 x 20.5 x 19.8 inches

Warranty type: 10 year limited warranty

The Jumbo Joe by Weber is one of the best all-around portable grills on the market. It’s a charcoal grill, so even though you can carry this around you still get that delicious charcoal smoked taste when you cook with it. Because it shines in just about every category, the Jumbo Joe has received outstanding reviews on Amazon and other online shopping sites.

One of the best things about the Jumbo Joe is that it is big enough to serve as your main grill if you live in a small house or an apartment. Just slide it out from under the bed when you need it, and haul it out to the balcony. If you do intend to take it with you on a camping trip, just snap the lockable lid shut and stick it in the trunk of your car or truck. It weighs less than 20 pounds, so it can go pretty much anywhere.

PROS:

  • Small profile
  • Lots of horizontal space
  • Big enough to replace your outdoor grill
  • Lightweight

CONS:

  • If this grill had just enough vertical space under the lid, you could cook just about anything with it.

Best suited for:

Apartment dwellers who miss having a backyard equipped with a large charcoal grill. Even though this charcoal grill is small compared to full-size grills, it’s still large compared to other portable grills.

Another thing this portable grill could be good for is tailgating. It’s snap-lock lid and light weight make it easy to carry around.

We also like the fact that this grill was built by Weber. Weber is one of the biggest names in barbeque. The 10 year warranty on this grill is impressive and shows that Weber didn’t cut corners during the manufacturing of this grill.


  

3. Weber Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill

Quick Facts:

Cooking surface: 363 square inches

Type: charcoal, full-sized

Dimensions: 25 x 20.5 x 38.5 inches

Warranty type: 10 year limited warranty

This is it: the barbecue grill that started a revolution. If you want to own classic “all American” BBQ, the Original Kettle by Weber is the one you should buy.

If you ask a random person on the street to draw a picture of a barbeque grill, chances are high that it’ll look something like Weber’s Original Kettle. The Original Kettle’s round shape is etched into the memory of most average Americans.

Manufacturing techniques have changed quite a bit since the 1970s, but the basic design of the Original Kettle remains the same. The Original Kettle’s stainless steel shell is light, yet it is still quite strong.

Also, with this grill you get all the classic Weber features. The adjustable dampers allow you to adjust the airflow inside the grill without lifting the lid, and the duct cleaning system lets you circulate the coals through the use of a mechanical crank.

PROS:

  • Attractive retro design
  • Tough stainless steel construction
  • Easy assembly
  • Patented Weber features

CONS:

  • This is a fairly “bare bones” grill compared to others on the market today.

Best suited for:

Anyone looking for a classic, all-purpose grill that’s built to last. The instantly recognizable Weber shape will make you the envy of the neighborhood. The One Touch cleaning system makes it easy to keep the fire going once the coals die down and the adjustable Weber dampers allow you to experiment with different kinds of grilling techniques. Of course, if all you want to do is cook up some burgers and hotdogs, this is perfect for basic BBQ as well. The large cooking surface is a nice feature, too.


4. Weber Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

Quick Facts:

Cooking surface: 189 square inches

Type: gas, portable

Dimensions: 20.5 x 27 x 23.5 inches

Warranty type: 5 year limited warranty on the cook box, lid assembly, burner tubes, grates and plastic components. 2 years on everything else.

Even Weber makes mistakes. Earlier this year, Weber updated the Weber Go-Anywhere gas grill. The updates were not well received and Weber fans flocked to the internet to complain about the changes.

The Weber Q1000, on the other hand, was actually quite a big success. The Q1000 is an update to the Q100. The improvements were mostly aesthetic in nature. With the Q1000, you get a bigger handle, a sleeker design and larger control knobs. Present as always is the classic Q-series one-piece stainless steel burner, rated at 8500 BTU and the “infinite control” knob that allows you to tweak the flame until it’s just as hot as you like it.

PROS:

  • Sleek design
  • Rugged components
  • Easy to carry
  • Griddle attachment is available

CONS:

  • Large side vents reduce performance in cold, windy weather.

Best suited for:

Warm weather campers, hikers and grillers-on-the-go. This is a little pricey compared to other portables and it’s also a little bit heftier at 26.6 pounds. However, the upside is that you won’t need to worry about it breaking. The aluminum lid and cast iron porcelain coated grates are built to last, which is why Weber has offered a generous warranty for a portable grill.


5. Char-Broil Classic 280 2-Burner Gas Grill

Quick Facts:

Cooking surface: 280 square inches

Type: gas, full-sized

Dimensions: 19 x 49 x 41.5 inches

Warranty type: 1 year

The last item on our list is geared to suit the needs of beginner barbecuers. If you’re curious about barbecue cooking and you want to try your hand at it, you can pick up this Char-Broil grill for less than 100 dollars and give it a shot. Even though this is definitely not a professional grill, the Char-Broil 280 has enough features to make it just a bit better than other grills in its class.

With the Char-Broil 280 you get two fold out side shelves, a fold-out warming tray, a built-in condiment rack, tool hooks, two travel wheels and a 26,500 BTU grill. Grill pros might knock the wobbly plastic frame, but if all you want to do is cook up a few burgers for your friends every once in a while, this grill will get the job done.

PROS:

  • Super low price
  • Lots of nifty features
  • Good for beginners and casual grillers
  • Not bad for those on a budget

CONS:

  • It isn’t very durable

Best suited for:

The Char-Broil 280 is a nice basic unit that is more than capable of performing all the essential tasks associated with cooking meat on an open flame.

If you’ve never tried to grill anything before or if you are a casual barbecuer that doesn’t want to use it that often, the 280 grill from Char-Broil is worth a look. However, if you are looking for a barbeque that’ll last you five years or more you may want to go with the Char-Broil Classic.


Conclusion

Congratulations for making it all the way to the end of this barbeque grill guide! Now that you have all the basic information about the different kinds of products you might expect to find while shopping for a BBQ grill, you’re ready to make a better choice when it’s time to buy. Remember-- if you need more information about any of the barbeque grills on our list, be sure to check out its review page to get the details.