Consumer Reports: Best Summertime Gas Grills!

3:13 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, Consumer Reports tests on more than 100 gas grills. Some are loaded with features, but you don't have to spend top dollar to get a grill that sizzles.

For convenience, more people are grilling with gas these days.

Consumer Reports tested dozens of gas grills that cost under $200 to over $2,000 dollars.

Some grills do more than the basics, like ones with a rotisserie. Some also have a side burner, perfect for keeping a pot boiling. You'll even find an oven in several Kenmore grills.

Things can heat up in Consumer Reports' labs.

Testers apply thermocouples to the grates to measure how evenly a grill distributes heat.

In a recent Consumer Reports reader survey, they found most gas grillers preheat their grill for five to ten minutes before cooking.

So testers preheat the grills for ten minutes to see if that's enough, measuring the temperature and evenness across the grates. Some grills did better than others.

Consumer Reports top-rated two Weber grills. This mid-sized Weber Spirit goes for around $600 and preheats quickly and evenly.  So does this smaller Weber Spirit for $450.  Both do an excellent job at high and low temperatures; perfect for grilling a summertime feast!

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