Consumer reports latest tests of gas grills reveal you don t have to spend thousands to get a grill that delivers.
Grill season is in full swing at consumer reports headquarters. Testers are busy putting gas grills through some tough temperature tests.
These thermocouples keep tabs on key performance factors
We measure how hot the grill is after ten minutes - that s your typical pre-heat time. We also look at how even the heat is across the cooking surface and we test how well a grill can handle the task of indirect heating which is that low temperature you need to slow cook something like ribs.
The tests found you may want to reconsider how big of a grill you buy. This 3,200-dollar Napoleon Prestige Pro is the only large gas grill that earned a recommendation.
Consumer Reports says you ll get more bang for your buck with a recommended midsize grill.
Our tests find that grills in that mid-size range can typically hold about 18-28 burgers at once. That s plenty of space to cook for a crowd.
This 1,200-dollar Weber Genesis earned a spot on the recommended list. It offers an add-on module called the Igrill3 - it connects to an app that tells you everything from your food s temperature and when it s done to how much gas remains in the tank.
But Consumer Reports tests found you don't need to spend nearly that much. This Nex-Grill from Home Depot costs just 270-dollars. It s ready to grill in ten minutes and holds an even temperature.
And if you're short on space consider this smaller char-broil. It costs about 300-dollars, heats up evenly and offers a wide temperature range so you can cook a variety of foods.