Best Gas Grills 2014
By Max Good
We love Weber gas grills and they have always enjoyed several listings in our Top 10 Values list because they are built so well, come with great warranties, and Weber is renowned for its tech support and huge inventory of parts going back many years. This year they again secured three spots with their three lines. But competitors are turning up the heat. Check out our 2014 picks from lesser known Broil King, Napoleon, and Saber. All produce high quality grills with great warranties and customer service and all are worthy of your consideration.
A dizzying array of gassers is available with prices from under $200 to over $20, 000. Many low and moderate cost models don't get hot enough to do a good job searing steaks, but those with special sear burners can. Of all the accessories, the one we think is most important is sear burners, special burners that get hot enough to brown a steak better than normal burners.
Watch out though because cheap manufacturers often include bells and whistles like cut-rate sear burners, side burners, and rotisseries to entice you to buy their flimsy, low quality junkers built with low grade stainless steel held together with crumby fasteners that will rust and break apart after a couple seasons.
When it comes to grills, bigger is better. We recommend you go for at least three burners so you can cook with a hot zone and a not so hot zone. This 2-zone system allows you better temperature control and it is a necessity if you hope to do more than burn hot dogs and burgers.
And regardless of the price you pay, the dial thermometers attached to the hoods are poor quality. It is not unusual for them to be off by 50°F. We strongly recommend that your budget include a good digital thermometer with a probe that can be placed on the cooking surface.
For other things to look for when you are shopping, read our article on understanding gas grills, with an explanation of how infrared burners work, ignition systems, and how different types of gas grills cook. It also explains that you should not pay attention to BTU ratings on the specs because they can be misleading, and how you can calculate "flux", a much more useful number which we provide in our reviews. Click here for tips on setting up and using gas grills.
At AmazingRibs.com we have created a huge Equipment Reviews section with a searchable database of hundreds of reviews and ratings of smokers and grills. From it we have drawn our list of Top 10 Value Gas Grills for 2014. To say whittling this list down to 10 models was tough is an understatement. Go to any big box store and you'll trip over all the different gassers being displayed, and that's just in the parking lot. In making our selections we tried to cover a wide range of designs and prices and pick the best of breed. Globalization had a significant impact on gas grill manufacturing. Many are now made in China and even All-American companies like Weber do some manufacturing and sourcing of components outside the USA. Canadian companies are also coming on strong with great cookers that deserve consideration.
Yukon Glory Stainless Steel Basket Pan Set with Chicken Roasting Rack, High-Quality, Durable, Perfect for Barbecues, Includes Warranty, Sturdy Design, Use on Any Type of Grill-Gas, Charcoal or Electric
Lawn & Patio (YukonGlory)
Bayou Classic 0880-PDQ Stainless-Steel Beercan ChickCAN Rack
Lawn & Patio (Bayou Classic)
16-piece BBQ Grill Tools Set with Barbecue Accessories Storage Case -Stainless Steel Utensils Kit- Men Complete Outdoor Grilling Set the Perfect Christmas Gifts Idea for Dad -Lifetime Warranty
Lawn & Patio (Home-Complete)
BBQ Accessories Plus Beer Can Chicken Cooker and 3 Silicone Brush Basting Set Tools for gas or charcoal grills with Bonus Recipe E Book- Great gift for that BBQ Lover
Lawn & Patio (Superum Products LLC)
Sportsman Single Chicken BBQ Cooker
Lawn & Patio (Buffalo Tools Lawn & Garden)
What is best gas grill to buy?
It all depends on your price range. Weber, Broil King, and Ducane are all great mid priced grills.