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Published on April 19th, 2013 | by Patricia

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Best Gas Grills for the Money

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Summer is just around the corner! It’s almost time for beach days, family vacations, and backyard grilling with friends. And for once in your life, wouldn’t you like to have the best gas grill for your money? A grill that cooks your steaks and hot dogs to such perfection that it elicits envy in the heart of all who partake in your mouthwatering creations? A grill that is ready at a moment’s notice to make you the life of the party?

You’re in luck, because we’ve put together a list of the best gas grills that are perfect for all of your summer plans.

“Why a propane gas grill?” you ask

Propane grilling is about as hassle-free a grilling experience as you can find. With charcoal you have to: buy a bag of charcoal beforehand, presoak the charcoal with lighter fluid, and let the coals heat up. Once the coals are ready, temperatures can vary greatly – resulting in half your burgers being crispy black, while the other side comes out half-cooked.

With a propane gas grill, temperature is dispersed evenly, and you can make temperature adjustments on the fly with the twist of a nob. With a propane grill life is a little simpler: no messy charcoal ash, no singed eyebrows from too much lighter fluid, just a flip of a switch – or the push of a button – and you are well on your way to grilled perfection.

About road trips, and vacations – Propane grills can be a much more portable alternative to charcoal grills. For your next camping trip, imagine waking up and having eggs and bacon for breakfast. Sure, you can go the primitive method and use a griddle over your campfire – but who wants to do that all the time?

With your portable propane grill it’s like taking a piece of your kitchen with you – allowing you to eat well, while saving time and energy that you can use to explore the beauties of nature around you.

Or, imagine grilling hamburgers and hotdogs right on the beach, so you never have to leave that perfect spot you arrived early to claim. Additionally, a tank of propane – while more expensive than a single bag of charcoal – will last for many grilling sessions, saving you money in the long run, which you can put towards that vacation you always wanted.

Which Gas Grill Is Right For You?

When deciding which grill to buy, you need to consider two important things:

1. Your Plans For The Grill

  • What type of grilling do you plan on doing?
  • How many people do you plan on grilling for?
  • Where do you plan on grilling?
  • How portable does the grill need to be?

2. Cooking Area

  • How big is the grill’s cooking area?
  • How many burners does the grill have?
  • Is there enough room to cook – and prep for – the type of occasions you plan on using your grill for?

These are the questions you should be asking in order to ensure that you pick the grill that’s best suited to your particular needs. If you are going to be grilling primarily outside of the stadium before the big game, then you want to make sure that your grill is easy to transport, yet has enough cooking area to feed your tailgating buddies. On the other hand, if you plan on grilling solely at home, you want a sturdy well-built grill – a grill that can handle the weather. Additionally, the extra features that larger backyard grills have can make preparation and clean up much easier.

Don’t let price be your sole determining criteria for making a purchase. A quality grill, built from durable materials, which is designed for the environment in which you plan on using the grill, will end up saving you money and hassle in the long run. While price should not be your determining factor, we realize that it certainly plays a role. As such we’ve put together these lists of best gas grills that are perfect to fit your price range.

Best All Around Grill – Weber Q3200

Weber Q3200 Portable 393-Square-Inch 21700-BTUWeber Q3200 Portable 393-Square-Inch 21700-BTU

Weber’s goal has long been to revolutionize the backyard barbecue. They have accomplished this goal many times over and they are considered by many to be the best gas grill manufacturer on the market. With the Q3200, Weber has, once again, proven to be the leader in innovation in the grilling industry.

Available as a natural gas or propane grill, this grill is full-sized – with a cooking area of 393 square-inches, plus a heating area of 69 square inches, which gives it a total cooking area of 462 square inches. While it’s not the biggest grill on the list, it’s certainly large enough to cook for the entire family.

The real kicker is that Weber has made the Q3200 portable. When you decide to take the grill on the road, just loosen the stability bolts that attach the grilling surface to the stationary cart, and your grill can be brought along with you, wherever you decide to go.

When attached to the stationary cart, the Q3200 is solid, durable, and great for your home’s patio or backyard. The cart provides an ingeniously designed storage space for propane tanks; two removable, folding, work spaces; hooks for your grilling tools; and a removable catch pan which makes cleaning-up after your done a much simpler task.

Whether it’s backyard grilling, tailgating, or camping, the Q3200 is a great grill that’s capable of handling any situation and reasonably priced with free shipping.

The Best Propane Gas Grill For The Money

Coleman RoadTrip Grill LXEColeman RoadTrip Grill LXE

The best value grill on the list is hands down the Coleman RoadTrip. At under $150 and with free shipping, the RoadTrip is an absolute steal. Coleman has taken everything you love about the backyard barbecue, folded it into a neat little package, and put it on sturdy wheels.

The RoadTrip’s scissor-folding support legs easily fold down into a compact form, which makes for great vehicle storage or even for using on a countertop. Its 285 square-inch cooking area is much larger than most portable grills, making it perfect for small groups. Additionally, Coleman offers a variety of alternative cooking surfaces, which allow the grill to function as a griddle or stove, increasing its already stellar functionality.

Picnics are just that much better with the RoadTrip. Imagine picnicking with your significant other in a secluded outdoor location, however, instead of dining on a cold sandwich, you are each enjoying a freshly grilled steak. With this portable Coleman, taking the backyard barbecue with you is possible wherever you go.

Best “Best-Selling” Propane Gas Grills on Amazon

Since Amazon is the world’s largest online retailer – with millions of customers – looking at the best sellers, of any of their products, is a good way to gauge the quality of your next purchase. I looked at Amazon’s best sellers and compared them with my own personal experiences to come up with this list of the best best-selling propane grills on Amazon:

Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods 12,000-BTU PortableCuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods 12,000-BTU Portable

Weber 46510001 Spirit E310 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, BlackWeber 46510001 Spirit E310 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Black

Coleman RoadTrip Grill LXEColeman RoadTrip Grill LXE

Weber Genesis E-330 637-Square-Inch GrillWeber Genesis E-330 637-Square-Inch Grill

 

Best for Tailgating – Cuisinart CGG-200

Perfect for tailgating, the Cuisinart CGG-200 is a sturdy, multi-purpose grill that manages to pack a ton of features into one lightweight package. The CGG-200 sports a large 240 square-inch cooking surface – plenty of room for grilling out with 8 of your closest friends or family members. Its one-handed ignition system means you can start grilling with ease. Add on the optional leg-stand and this great little portable grill suddenly pulls double-duty as a highly capable backyard grill.

Best For Backyard Family Dinners – Weber 46510001 Spirit E310

When the founder of Weber Grills – George Stephen – created his first grill, his goal was to bring his family together for an excellent backyard meal, and the Spirit E310 is perfect for doing just that. With a 424 square-inch cooking area, a 105 square-inch warming zone, and two stainless steel prep tables, this grill has more than enough space to cook the entire family’s meals. It also comes in several variations: you can get it with either 2 or 3 main burners and with or without an extra side-burner.

Best For Getaways – Coleman RoadTrip Grill LXE

Coleman is known for making rugged products that are great for people who like to leave the doldrums of suburban life behind and escape into nature every now-and-then – the RoadTrip Grill LXE is no exception. Once you get to your chosen destination, fold down the RoadTrip’s convenient pull-behind handle, and you’ll find the handle transforms into a set of collapsible scissor legs – which fold out to support the grill. If you’re pulling this grill behind you, no matter where you go, you’re going to be eating like a king. It even comes in 7 different colors!

Best For Inviting the Whole Neighborhood – Weber Genesis E-330

The Weber Genesis E-330 is huge. It features: a 637 square-inch cooking area, a side burner for sautéing veggies or cooking other side dishes, a “Sear Station” burner which lets you crank up the heat in a hurry for perfectly seared entrées, six tool hooks for holding all the tools you’ll need for cooking a variety of items at once, and two large stainless steel workspaces for prepping and plating. With the Genesis E-330 you can make sure everyone at your next block-party is well fed quickly – letting you get back to the party!

Get Shopping for Your Next Grill!

This summer, do yourself a favor: plan your next vacation or block-party, kick that old rusted charcoal grill to the curb, and get yourself a propane gas grill. Their quick, hassle-free cooking, portability, and simple clean up will have you wondering why you hadn’t gotten one sooner!

Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!

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About the Author

I'm Patricia Baker, a kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom. I enjoy researching and writing product reviews as a way to help other consumers (like myself) make informed decisions.



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