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Gas grills are the tool of choice for cooking burgers and brats in the backyard. They account for more than 60 percent of all grills sold nationally. That’s why Consumer Reports tests dozens of new gas grill models every year. This year we’ve already tested more than 25, and as of early June our test engineers are in the process of building and assessing about 20 more in our labs.
Below, we’ve compiled a list of the very best gas grills from our latest tests in small, medium, and large sizes. If you’re unsure which size you need or which features matter, start with our gas grill buying guide. CR members can also jump right into our grill ratings to compare models.
In our lab we wire the surface of each gas grill with heat-resistant thermocouples and do four temperature tests. We also assess how evenly each model heats.
That’s an important attribute when grilling for a crowd. Everything, no matter where you throw it on the grates, should finish at the same time.
“A grill also needs to preheat, just like your oven,” says Cindy Fisher, who oversees gas grill testing at CR. “Not only will a preheated grill cook more evenly, but it can help prevent food from sticking to the grates.” We measure how hot the surface gets at the 10-minute mark because that’s when our data says most folks like to start cooking.
The models featured here are among the best of the nearly 200 gas grills in our ratings—a mix of all-around top performers and high-scoring grills with competitive prices.
What Makes a Great Gas Grill?
Sturdy construction, even heating, flare-up reduction—Consumer Reports experts explain to Jack Rico, "Consumer 101" TV show host, what to look for when buying a gas grill.
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