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Grill Buying Guide

Grill Shopping Tools

Your grill can make or break your next barbecue.

Grills are not complex machines, but understanding the basics of grill construction can help you get the best grill for the money. We’re here to make simple work of finding the right grill with the Anatomy of a Gas Grill and our Five-Step Inspection.

Just follow our lead, below.

Gas Grill Anatomy

Learn the basic anatomy of a quality gas grill.

  1. Grill Hood

    The main function of a hood is to keep the heat from escaping.

  2. The Cooking System

    The cook box rests in the cart, and houses the components of the cooking system.

    1. Your food rests on the cooking grates.
    2. Metal bars, lava rocks, or ceramic briquettes disperse heat from the burners to the cooking grates above. At the same time they deflect drippings from food to prevent flare-ups.
    3. The burner tubes create heat.
  3. Grease Management

    The grease management system collects and funnels grease into a catch pan.

The 5-Step Inspection

Dive a bit deeper into finding the right gas grill—from craftsmanship to construction to durability—with our Five-Step Inspection.

  • Is it sturdy enough?

    The Wiggle Test

    Grab the grill by the sides and shake it a few times. A well-built grill should feel solid and sturdy. Learn more

  • Let’s see what’s inside.

    Check Under the Hood

    First, you’ll see the cooking grates. Pick them up and inspect them—quality materials will last longer. Learn more

  • It’s time to go grill diving.

    Take Out the Grates

    Below, you should find a system of v-shaped inverted metal bars to deflect and vaporize food drippings. Learn more

  • The burning heart of your grill.

    Take Out the Metal Bars or Briquettes

    Look at the burner system which should consist of two or more burners running the length of the cookbox. Learn more

  • Review the warranty.

    Think About Who Made the Grill

    Research the manufacturer and look into their customer service support and warranty. Become an informed shopper by visiting their website. Call their customer service line to see what type of support you’ll get after the sale. Learn more