5 Things to Consider When Buying a Grill

Do you want to bring the heat when it comes to backyard grilling? Then you need the perfect grill. With so many different choices out there, it's easy to become overwhelmed, get frustrated and then just settle. Here's a simple guide with 5 things to consider when buying a grill.

1. Cooking Style

The first thing to think about is what style of grilling suits you best. 

Gas grills are the most popular grills sold on the market. They offer exceptional flavor,versatility, and convenience.

Charcoal grills are also a popular choice for people looking for a strong smoke flavor, customers often purchase a charcoal tray in addition to their gas grill for the best of both worlds

Pellet grills are a great option if you want a true hardwood flavor that is superior to charcoal grills. Some even offer an integrated Wi-Fi controller giving you the ability to control your grill from anywhere you desire and send alerts to your phone when your food is cooked to perfection!

Along with your preferred cooking style, you should consider the heating system of the grill. Most common grill heating systems are either direct heat, indirect heat, or a combination of both. Direct heat grills use a stainless steel flame tamer over the burner to help distribute heat and cut down on flare-ups. Indirect heat uses a briquette system that absorbs the heat and radiates it upwards towards the cooking surface distributing the heat evenly (more so than direct heat systems in most cases).

No matter what your cooking style almost all of our grills are available either built-in or on a cart.  If your building an outdoor kitchen or just looking for a grill on a cart the same considerations can be applied.

2. Components and Features

When looking at the components and features on a grill, always check the main components for quality before getting sold on add-on features:
  • Burners: 304 or Cast Stainless Steel Burners
  • Grates: 304 Stainless Steel Grates (Thicker Grates = Better Heat Retention + Restaurant-Quality Sear Marks)
  • Grill Cooking System: (Indirect Heat, Direct Heat, or A Combination of Direct and Indirect) 
  • Stainless Steel Grade: 304 Stainless Steel Grill Body
Modern grills are more advanced than ever, just about any feature you can think is being incorporated by grill brands. Some of the amazing features offered are:
  • Infrared burners
  • Storage cabinets and drawers
  • Side burners
  • Side shelves for keeping accessories and spices handy
  • Heat shielding
  • Rotisserie
  • LED exterior lighting and interior halogen lights for grilling at night

3. Brand Reputation

Before making any purchase, one of the most important things is making sure you are buying from a reputable brand. How long has this brand been in business?

Construction design, materials used, and craftsmanship make the difference between a durable grill that will stand the test of time or one that will perform poorly and need to be replaced in a few years.

Seamless construction of stainless steel with welded joints are sings of a well-built grill. If you’re unsure, please take a look at our favorite premium brands page.

4. Country of Origin

The most common argument for buying American made products is the superior quality of American manufacturing. Buying American-made in the grill industry is preferred by most consumers and in our opinion very important when it comes to durability and longevity.

That being said, if the price plays in an important role in your decision, purchasing a grill that is made overseas may be the best option to balance both value and quality.

5. Warranty

A company that really believes in their products will offer a great warranty. The type and length of the warranty is an important factor in making the right choice when purchasing a grill. It speaks volumes about the quality and expectations a manufacturer has for the performance and longevity of their grill.

Bottom Line

The best way to ensure your satisfaction with the perfect grill is to give us a call at (844)305-0125 and consult with the outdoor kitchen professionals. They can advise you of the latest features and top manufacturers that have the right grilling equipment to match your personal grilling style.