No one makes grills like Weber, and Weber grills still dominate this report, with the newly redesigned Weber Spirit II E-310 taking over the top spot in gas grills. However, if you just need a grill for occasional use, or are trying to watch your budget, we recommend a variety of grills for families and budgets large and small.
Best gas grill
Newly redesigned for 2018, early buzz regarding the Weber Spirit II E-310 is very promising. With a total cooking area of 529 square feet, it’s large enough to cook for about four people, and is easy to use and clean. It’s also backed by a long warranty, good customer service, and replacement parts are widely available. In other words: it will live to cook for years. It comes in both propane and natural gas versions and in four colors.
Best value gas grill
If you need a bigger grill, but don’t want it to take too big of a bite out of your wallet, experts say you’ll love the 644 square inch (total cooking surface) Nexgrill 720-0830H Gas Grill. Experts say it’s a great value, with one calling it, “a steal for its price.” It gets good ratings from many owners as well. Features include four interior burners, a side burner and an attractive, stainless steel housing.
Best charcoal grill
Experts agree: for the improved ease of use, it’s worth the $50 price bump to trade up to the Weber Original Kettle Premium from the Weber Original 22-inch Kettle (Est. $100) [B00004RALU]. And the Premium is still a terrific value since Weber grills last for decades. It performs equally well at direct or indirect grilling, and is also a great smoker. The 22-inch Kettle’s 363 square inch cooking space can handle a large quantity of food, and it’s easy to assemble, use and clean.
Best portable gas grill
The Weber Q 1200 is the grill you want if you have a small space and want a quality, top-performing gas grill for that space. It heats evenly and excels at all types of grilling tasks; with fewer flare-ups than other grills. There are also a few nice features, such as an electric ignition, fold down side tables and thermometer to let you know when it’s hot. Although it weighs 30 pounds, the side handles make it easy to carry.
Best portable charcoal grill
The Smokey Joe 14″ Charcoal Grill is a scaled-down version of the iconic Weber Original Kettle Series, and reviewers say it works just as well as its big brother. Its light weight and small size make it highly portable, and it’s equally popular with tailgaters, campers and those who live in homes or apartments with limited outdoor space. Many say they’ve had their Smokey Joe for many years and it cooks as well as it did on day one. Owners also say it’s easy to use and clean.