Gas Grills Review

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Why Use a Gas Grill?

It just isn't summer without barbecues, and a gas grill is the core to any summer party. The Gas vs. Charcoal debate is ongoing, but gas grills do have significant advantages. Gas grills heat up more quickly than charcoal grills yet still provide the unique grill flavor that you cannot achieve with an electric grill. Furthermore, gas grills can reach very high temperatures while retaining heat, giving you the power to grill for the whole neighborhood.

In our evaluations of gas grills, we found the Napoleon Mirage, the Napoleon Prestige Pro and the Weber Summit to be the best mid-range propane gas grills. You can also read about the other top gas barbecue grills outside of the top three, along with our articles on gas grills and grilling.

Gas Grills: What to Look For

Propane-fueled gas barbecue grills offer unmatched speed and convenience, but there are certain things you can look for to determine which gas grill will give you the most bang for your buck. When looking for a gas-powered grill, pay attention to these few key items and you'll be on your way to hosting the best BBQ parties your block has ever seen.

Power & Temperature
One of the main things manufacturers like to display when promoting a grill is its BTUs (British Thermal Units). This is a measurement of the heat generated per hour by the burners. Furthermore, a BTU is the amount of heat it takes to raise the temperature of a pound of water one degree Fahrenheit. While this specification can tell you how hot a grill can get, it isn’t the only thing you should be looking for. Other important aspects include how many burners the grill has, the type of fuel it uses, the type of ignition is uses and if it features a rotisserie burner, a sear burner or infrared technology.

Grill Features
One of the worst things that can happen at a backyard BBQ is running out of space on the grill. A large primary cooking area is important to make sure you can cook for as many guests as possible, and a spacious warming rack will let you slowly melt the cheese on your hamburgers while you finish cooking the last couple of patties. In addition to this, some grills are available in both liquid propane (LP) and natural gas (NG) models, whereas others allow you to convert the propane grill into a natural gas grill. This kind of versatility is important to help you get the grill power you need.

Construction
High-quality materials make all the difference in the longevity of your gas grill. Stainless steel is resistant to rust. Cast iron grates hold heat for a long time and are able to sear your food better. In addition, a porcelain coating will help keep food from sticking to the grates. The importance of the size of the grill will vary depending on where you are trying to place the unit. Be sure you have enough space to keep your grill a safe distance from your house and other structures.

Help & Support
If you need help with your grill, it’s important that you can easily contact the manufacturer and get a quick response. In addition, an online manual will ensure you can always find the instructions, even if you lose the physical copy. Finally, a lengthy warranty on the burners and other parts of the grill inspires confidence that you and your gas grill will be cooking together for a very long time.

Follow these guidelines and your gas grill hunt will lead to excellent results. To find out about all the latest technology news and other reviews, be sure to check out our Facebook Fan Page and follow us on Twitter @TopTenREVIEWS.

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Power & Temperature
Primary Burner BTUs 48,000 56,000 48,800 55,000 48,000 38,000 59,000 50,000 50,000 30,000
Number of Primary Burners 3 4 4 5 4 3 3 4 5 3
Side Burner BTUs 12,500 12,500 12,000 10,000 10,000 12,000 14,000 10,000 12,000 13,000
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Grill Features
Primary Cooking Area (Square Inches) 485 600 538 625 480 507 504 500 530 500
Warming Rack Area (Square Inches) 190 322 112 250 205 130 102 195 178 180
Temperature Gauge
Side Shelf
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Construction
Height (inches) 61 51 57 49 56 65 62 49 53 55
Width (inches) 65 74 66 69 45 60 48 56 47 46
Depth (inches) 25 27 30 25 23 30 24 25 23 22
Weight (pounds) 180 282 250 251 116 190 120 185 108 136
Housing Material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Porcelain-Coated Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Porcelain-coated Cast Iron
Cooking Grate Material Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Stainless Steel Porcelain-coated Cast Iron Porcelain-coated Cast Iron Stainless Steel Porcelain-Coated Cast Iron Stainless Steel Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel Burner
Help & Support
Burner Warranty Lifetime Lifetime 5 Year 5 Year Lifetime 10 Year Lifetime 10 Year 5 Year Lifetime
Parts Warranty 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year 1 Year 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year 1 Year 1 Year
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