Two Weber grills get top ratings
Consumer reports tests gas grills
Just in time for summer grilling season, Consumer Reports tested more than 100 gas grills costing between $200 and $2,000.
Some grills do more than the basics, including one with a rotisserie that also has a side burner, perfect for keeping a pot boiling.
And you'll even find an oven in one Kenmore grill. Consumer Reports was able to bake a pretty good cake in the oven, although the bottom was darker than one baked in a regular oven.
In the lab, testers applied thermocouples to the grates to measure how evenly a grill distributes heat.
Pre-heating is important, too. Testers preheated the grills for 10 minutes to see whether that's enough, measuring the temperature and evenness across the grates.
Some grills did better than others.
Consumer Reports gave two of its top ratings to a pair of Weber grills.
Top rated this year: the mid-sized Weber Spirit model SP-320 46700401 for $600. The smaller Weber Spirit model E-220 46310001 for $450 also did an excellent job at high and low temperatures.
You can find those Weber grills at Home Depot, Lowe's and Walmart, and at Ace Hardware and other independent retailers. They come with a long, 10-year warranty on the burners, which is the most frequently replaced part.
On a budget? Consumer Reports' "Best Buy" was the Brinkmann 810-2545-C from Walmart for $260. However, it does not have a warranty as long as Weber's.
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