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Our In-Depth Review Of Gas, Charcoal and Electric Grills

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What To Do When You Want A New Grill

When deciding what is the best grill for you, there are several things to consider.  That’s why we put together these gas grill reviews while also taking a look at charcoal, electric and other various types. The first decision is which type is best for you? As you will read each have their specific advantages.

Another thing to take into consideration is the space you have to use your grill in.  Some of these grills are big monsters and maybe not suited to a small garden or patio area.  The amount of people you are usually catering for can give you another thought about what kind of grill will be ideal as most all models give you an idea of the grill space they have.

Gas Grill Comparison Chart

ProductLengthWidthHeight# of BurnersPrice
Weber Genesis 6531001 E-330 637-Square-Inch 38,000-BTU Liquid-Propane Gas Grill, Black3060643$$$

Weber Genesis 6570001 S-330 Stainless-Steel 637-Square-Inch 38,000-BTU Liquid-Propane Gas Grill

Weber 46110001 Spirit E210 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Black

Char-Broil TRU Infrared 3-Burner Gas Grill with Side burner

Char-Broil Classic 480 40000 BTU 4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner

Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living 30,000 BTU-2-Burner Propane Gas Grill

Dyna-Glo DGE530BSP-D 5-Burner 62,000 BTU Propane Gas Grill with Side Burner

Char-Griller 3001 Grillin' Pro 40,800-BTU Gas Grill

Budget is always a consideration when making a purchase, but there is a gas grill for every budget.  And if you are looking for a multi-function grill which can be taken away on vacation, then there are models which are perfect for this.

There may even be restrictions on what type of grill you can operate depending on where you live from local laws.

Firstly we are going to look at that first consideration; what fuel to buy.


When it comes to convenience, gas wins.  With a self-sufficient propane model, the fuel goes where the grill goes.  There are more gas grills on the market than any other type which means a greater range to pick from and a large coverage of different budgets.

Best High End Gas GrillBest Economic Gas GrillBest Budget Gas Grill

Most gas grills are ready to go in around ten minutes with an electric ignition system guaranteeing a safe start-up.  It is usually easier to adjust the cooking temperature to ensure the best results and often have built in thermometers to assist in this.

Gas grills need a bit of space to operate, and it is essential that they be kept away from structures for fire hazard reasons.  There are a variety of features which come with a gas grill if this is suitable including side burners, rotisserie kits or even multiple burners.

Some of the best gas grills will also have grill lava rocks or flavourizer bars to help add the authentic charcoal flavoring to the food.  This works the same as charcoal where the fat and meat juices drip onto the hot rocks which then smoke the food and add the flavors.

Another feature of gas grills are drip trays which help collect the fat which falls off the cooking and means it is easier to collect and clean the grill.

Natural gas

As well as propane gas, there are also natural gas grills which come with the option of being fitted to the natural gas mains.  While this connecting needs to be done initially by a professional, once this is in place it is a simple matter of connecting up the grill, and you have an instant result.  These grills can be even more economical to run but cannot be transferred anywhere other than where they are connected to the gas mains.


  • Gas grills are more expensive than charcoal but propane is cheaper than charcoal
  • Natural gas is another option available which needs to be connected to the mains
  • Gas grills are quick to start and to turn off


When it comes to the traditional flavour of barbecuing, then charcoal is the one.  The taste given to food by a charcoal grill cannot be copied by another means.

Charcoal Grill Comparison Chart


Weber 1481001 Performer Platinum Charcoal Grill, Black

Char-Griller 2828 Pro Deluxe Charcoal Grill

Char-Griller 2123 Wrangler 640 Square Inch Charcoal Grill / Smoker

Weber 741001 Silver One-Touch 22-1/2-Inch Kettle Grill, Black

Weber 1351001 One-Touch Gold Kettle Grill, 22.5-Inch, Black

Char-Griller 1515 Patio Pro Model Grill

Weber 441001 Silver One-Touch 18-1/2-Inch Kettle Grill, Black

Meco Series 4100 Model 4106 Square Utility Charcoal Grill, Red

Charcoal usually comes in two types: briquettes and lumps.

  • Lumps are just that, lumps of charcoal which has nothing added to them and are random in size and shape.
  • Briquettes are uniform in size and shape and can sometimes have additives in them to help them burn better.

Air vents are the way a charcoal grill controls the temperature inside.  Vents can be opened to make charcoal burn faster or closed to reduce the heat generated.  It is always best to light the grill with the vent open.

The downside of charcoal is you need to anticipate that you are going to need the grill because it will take at least 20-30 minutes to get to cooking temperature.  Nor can it simply be switched off when you are finished.

On the turn side, a charcoal grill can keep smoking food gently or be stoked occasionally then brought back to life if more food is required a little time later.  Cleaning a charcoal grill is more of a challenge than a gas or an electric one for the same reason that it creates a unique taste; smoke from coals.  Many come with ash collectors but will need to be cleaned thoroughly each time to avoid spoiling food next time around.

Types of charcoal grills include freestanding grills which consist of a stand with a grill and basin above to hold the charcoal in and come in square or circular models as well as half-barrel styles.  Oil drum grills are larger and distinctively shaped which offer the largest grill area of the charcoal grills.  Charcoal kettles are probably the type of grill people imagine when they think of a grill; a circular body with fitted hood which traps heat inside to raise the temperature and cook the food.

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  • Charcoal grills are cheaper to buy than gas grills but charcoal itself is more expensive to buy than propane tanks
  • Charcoal grills also tend to be smaller and therefore easier to store when not in use
  • Charcoal grills come in freestanding, oil drum and kettle style
  • Charcoal is available in two types; lumps and briquettes


The outdoor electric grill has the least authentic grill taste but can be set up and used almost anywhere, as long as there is access to an electrical source.  They heat up in no time but often don’t reach the highest temperatures that gas and charcoal grills do.  This means they may not be perfect for searing meat but will easily do a wealth of other jobs.

They are also ideal for people with a small space for grilling such as a balcony or if you find yourself restrained by local laws.  They are economical to run as no source of fuel such as propane tanks or bags of charcoal are needed.

Indoor electric grills come in two main categories; open and contact grills.  The contact grill works by sandwiching the food between the plates to cook it while the open grill will work similarly to a stovetop pan.  Contact grills often come with interchangeable plates for different cooking types such as grilling, griddling and cooking paninis.

Electric Grill Comparison Chart


Meco 9325 Deluxe Electric Cart Grill, Satin Black with Garnet Accent Band

Char-Broil TRU Infrared Electric Patio Bistro 180 Grill

Weber 55020001 Q 2400 Electric Grill

George Foreman GGR50B Indoor/Outdoor Grill

The nature of electric grills also means they heat universally without hot or cold spots which can lead to unevenly cooked food.  They are also easier to clean with just warm water, and a cloth and most have built-in drip trays to collect fat and liquids.

While electric might not produce the flavour of charcoal, it also does not produce the smoke and fumes of a charcoal grill.  This means that your party won’t be disturbed by clouds of smoke!

Best High End Electric GrillBest Economic Electric GrillBest Budget Electric Grill


  • Electric grills can function anywhere as long as there is an electricity source
  • They work quickly and are easy to clean
  • They do not produce smoke or fumes

General grill features

There are some features which cross ranges so we will give you an idea of what some of these terms mean.

Porcelain enameled grills

These are metal grills which have been coated with hardened glass in a similar manner to the inside of ovens.  This is a non-toxic coating that won’t burn or rust and is easy to clean and long lasting.  It also presents a smooth surface which food is less likely to stick to.

Warming racks

A warming rack is a smaller secondary grill which usually is positioned above the main grill and is ideal for keeping food warm when it is cooked while other foods catch up.

Temperature gauges

If the grill has a hood, then it can feature a temperature gauge to monitor internal heat.  This means you can monitor when the grill is at ideal temperature to cook with.

Across this site, we are going to look at all the different aspects of grills from gas grill reviews  to charcoal and electric reviews, as well as many things in-between.  There is a wealth of different brands which specialize in different areas of the grill markets while others cover something for every taste.

We will study grills from the small indoor kitchen grill which can be taken in the RV on vacation up to the biggest event grills which can cater for large numbers of people at a garden party.

At the same time, we will provide information on what the terminology you will run into when purchasing a grill, so you know what it means to you.

We will be looking at different prices, sizes and feature to provide you with as much information as possible so you can make an informed decision about which grill is best for you.

Be sure to check out our brand grill reviews for Char-broil, Weber, Brinkman, Dyna-Glo, Napoleon, Treager and George Foreman.

If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please drop us a line, we’re here to help. Thank you for utilizing our website and happy grilling!