SAN ANTONIO – As we head into prime grilling season, Consumer Reports put gas grills to the test.
Testers put grills through some tough temperature tests to see how hot they got after the typical 10-minute 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," said Sara Morrow, with Consumer Reports.
The tests found that consumers may want to reconsider how big a grill they buy. The $3,200 Napolean Prestige Pro (665RSIB) is the only large gas grill that earned a recommendation.
Consumer Reports found you’ll get more bang for your buck with a recommended mid-sized grill. Those can typically hold about 18-28 burgers at once — still plenty of space to cook for a crowd.
The $1,200 Weber Genesis (II LX S-340) earned a spot on the recommended list. It offers an add-on module called the iGrill3, which connects to an app that tells you everything from your food’s temperature to how much gas remains in the tank.
Consumer Reports tests found you don't need to spend nearly that much for a good grill. The Nex-Grill (720-0830H) from Home Depot costs just $270. It’s ready to grill in 10 minutes and holds an even temperature.
If you are short on space, Consumer Reports recommends the smaller Char-Broil (463675517) for $300.
If you’re a fan of charcoal grilling, Consumer Reports recommends taking a look at the 18-inch Weber Kettle Grill. For about $80, you get even heating and a good choice for grilling up basics such as burgers and hot dogs.
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