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Getting the Best Gas Grill for Your Money

Getting the Best Gas Grill for Your Money By Sarah Clark
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Gas grills range in price from $100 to more than $1,000. Understanding the difference among low, medium, and high-priced gas grills can help you choose the backyard barbecue that's right for you.

Getting a more expensive grill doesn't necessarily translate into better grilled foods. Unless you plan to entertain large groups of people, you may be able to get along just fine with a moderately-priced grill.

Low Cost

Basic barbecues or gas grills will cost anywhere from $100 to $300 and will generally serve four to six people. They probably won't have any features to make grilling easier, such as drawers and side burners. And they may not come with rotisserie capabilities either. Less expensive models will have porcelain-coated steel grates, which can be easy to clean but may chip over time or break if dropped.


If you want a barbecue with a couple of bells and whistles that can also serve up to 15 people, a mid-priced grill, ranging from around $300 to $500, may be a good choice. On a mid-priced model, you may find attractive features such as burners with longer warranties, a rotisserie or smoker tray, and higher quality grates made of stainless steel.


Barbecues costing more than $500 will come equipped with many grilling amenities, such as warming racks, side burners, and greater control over heat distribution. Storage space will also be more spacious and accommodating of condiments, plates, and grilling gear. Life-time burner warranties, stainless-steel construction, and stainless-steel cooking grates are also common advantages of higher-priced grills.

Natural Gas Grills

Some grill aficionados prefer to use natural gas instead of propane-powered grills. This prevents the inconvenient eventuality of running out of propane while you're grilling. Natural gas grills run off the gas used in your home, ensuring that you always have a reliable source of gas for your grill. You'll find that many natural gas versions of grills are available to serve this growing market.

About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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