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Grill Buying Guide

Grill Shopping Tools

Step 3: Lift Out the Cooking Grates

Time to Go Grill Diving

Under the grates youʼll find some type of system to disperse even heat across the cooking grates and to control flare-ups.

Inverted V-shaped Metal Bars

This design is the best at channeling food drippings and preventing flare-ups.

Catch Pan

Look for a pan that is more than one inch deep that can be accessed easily from the front of the grill.

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