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10 Best Grills of 2023, According to Expert Testing
Gas, charcoal and pellet grills at every price point.
We updated this article in March 2023 to make sure all of our picks were up to date and in stock. We also added more information to each description based on extensive testing done by the Good Housekeeping Institute. We added a pick for the best small grill and updated our best portable grill and our best pellet grill.
Grilling outside is one of our favorite ways to cook and it's great whether you're a beginner or a pro. We love how quickly recipes cook over an open flame, how low-fuss they are to prepare (and clean up!) and how they explode with flavor, especially when you use a good grill.
The definition of a good grill varies depending on the type of grill you choose but, after testing more than 80 grills in the Good Housekeeping Institute since 2011, we've learned that all good grills have a few things in common: they're easy to use, can achieve a good sear and maintain temperature well.
To come up with our list of best grills, we referenced our archives and conducted tests on more than 45 new grills over the past three years. We've tested an assortment of full-sized gas grills, charcoal grills, pellet grills, Kamado-style grills and almost 20 portable versions. Each was scored on how evenly it heated, how well it seared, how quickly it cooked a variety of foods and more. We also took note of smoking and flare-ups and assessed multiple ease-of-use features like tool holders, storage space and more. Here are the best grills you can buy in 2023, according to our testing. Each grill in this roundup was tested in our Lab and continues to be used by consumers so we can continue to report back on the grill's longevity and long-term user experience.
Our top picks:
Best Overall Grill
Weber Genesis II EX-335 Natural Gas GrillShop at AmazonShop at AmazonRead more
Best Value Grill
Nexgrill 4-Burner Propane Gas Grill$349 at Home Depot$349 at Home DepotRead more
Best Charcoal Grill
Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill$219 at Amazon$219 at AmazonRead more
Best Propane Grill
Weber Spirit II E-310 Propane Grill$549 at Amazon$549 at AmazonRead more
Best Grill for Beginners
Char-Broil Commercial Tru-Infrared Gas Grill$449 at Lowe's$449 at Lowe'sRead more
After our picks, read on to learn more about how we tested outdoor grills and what to look for when shopping. You can also learn about our favorite grill accessories like top grill baskets and best-tested grill brushes.
How we test grills
In the Good Housekeeping Institute, we've tested more than 80 grills since 2011, including gas grills, charcoal grills, Kamado grills, pellet grills, electric grills and portable grills. (And that number doesn't even include indoor grills!) To determine which new grills to test, we first scour the internet and popular retailers for newcomers, keep our eyes peeled at industry trade shows like CES and the Builder's Show and communicate with brands to learn about their latest models and innovations. From there, we request samples to test and either put them together ourselves or hire an outside company to help. When we assemble the grills ourselves, we take notes on how easy or hard it is and record how long it takes, but we don't score the process since it's easy enough to buy grills pre-assembled (which we recommend!) and everyone's skill level (and patience level) is different.
When we test grills, we assess performance and ease of use. For gas grills, we cover the surface with sliced white bread to determine how evenly the grill distributes heat. We cook steak and chicken to evaluate how quickly they cook with the least amount of flare-ups. We cook steak and chicken on charcoal grills as well, but we weigh ease of use more heavily since it's harder to control charcoal as a variable. When we test pellet grills, we cook steak, chicken and ribs.
In terms of ease of use, we value clear instructions, labeled parts and simple assembly. We also consider helpful accessories like shelves, side tables, tool holders, built-in thermometers, wheels, types of igniters and more. After we complete our testing, we compare all of our notes to determine which performed the best.
What to look for when buying the best grill
?? Fuel type: The first thing to consider is what type of grill you'd like. The two main types are gas and charcoal. Gas is easy to use while charcoal is trickier to master but delivers a smokier taste. There are also Kamado grills that use charcoal and pellet grills that use wood pellets. (More on the pros and cons of each below.)
?? Size: Once you narrow down the type of grill you'd like to buy, think of how much room you have to use and store it, as well as how many people you're cooking for at a time. Three-burner gas grills are ideal for families of four or fewer but can still handle the occasional party. A 22-inch diameter is common for charcoal grills. If you don't have a lot of room, consider a portable grill that's typically much smaller but does the trick in terms of turning out a delicious meal.
?? Accessories: While side shelves and tool holders may not seem important, they make the overall grilling experience smoother. We also like shelves underneath the grill for storage, a quality set of wheels, tank holders for gas grills and more.
What type of grill is best?
When buying a new outdoor grill, the two biggest players are gas and charcoal, but electric, Kamado and pellet grills are also fair game. When selecting what type of grill to buy, consider how often you'll be grilling, the amount of space you have for storage, what flavors you prefer and the amount of time and attention you'll want to spend cooking. Here are the basics on each:
?? Gas grills are popular for good reason. They offer excellent temperature control, plus they ignite with the push of a button, heat up quickly and are easy to clean. It's the go-to option for no-fuss grillers who plan to barbecue frequently. Just keep in mind that you'll need fuel from a propane tank or natural gas line on your property.
?? Charcoal grills use briquettes or lump charcoal as fuel. Charcoal is more hands-on and takes time to heat up and cool down, but it imparts a better, smokier flavor than gas because it often gets hotter. It's best for grilling purists.
?? Kamado grills use charcoal to heat but are often made of ceramic and have thicker walls than classic charcoal grills. They can reach very hot temperatures, like a pizza oven, and they retain heat well for low-and-slow smokes.
?? Electric grills plug in and can't be beat for ease of use or convenience — especially grills that can be used indoors. Just don't expect steaks or burgers cooked on an electric grill to taste like the ones from a real BBQ.
?? Pellet grills are a growing category. They use electricity and hardwood pellets made out of wood scraps to heat. Pellets provide a delicious, authentic hardwood flavor to food but can be costly.
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Nicole Papantoniou is the director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliance and Culinary Innovation Lab, where she oversees all kitchen appliance content and testing. This is her fourth season testing grills for Good Housekeeping, and she has had her hands on 40 grills and counting. She's a trained cook, recipe developer and grilling aficionado.
Nicole (she/her) is the director of the Good Housekeeping Institute's Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab, where she has overseen content and testing related to kitchen and cooking appliances, tools and gear since 2019. She’s an experienced product tester and recipe creator, trained in classic culinary arts and culinary nutrition. She has worked in test kitchens for small kitchen appliance brands and national magazines, including Family Circle and Ladies’ Home Journal.
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