Natural Gas Grill Reviews

Natural Gas Grill Reviews

For many of us, there’s no better way to bring everybody together than with a cookout – a great opportunity to invite all your friends and family to hang out and catch up over some expertly-grilled hamburgers and franks. And it pays to have the right kit for the job: whether you’re looking to invest in your first outdoor grill, or have just retired an older model and are keen for an upgrade, the market is saturated with high-quality grills at a range of prices which should suit most wallets.

Despite charcoal and propane being historically the most common fuels used in grills, an increasing number on the market rely on natural gas to ignite and fuel their burners. Like propane, natural gas is a green fuel in terms of greenhouse gas and carbon monoxide emissions, but natural gas is much more cost-effective. When most grills were rigged to use only propane, the cost of switching to natural gas offset the lower fuel costs, but as more and more grills are rigged for either natural or dual gas, the increase in value-for-money is proving attractive to consumers.

Big names in grilling – like Weber, Broil King and Napoleon – offer a range of natural gas grills. Below are some of the best models on the market.

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NameCooking Surface (Square Inches)Our Rating
Weber Q 32004689.6 / 10
Weber Genesis II LX S-3406699.4 / 10
Lion Premium Grills L750008309.4 / 10
Broil King Crown 206359.4 / 10
Broil King Signet 3903869.2 / 10
Napoleon Triumph 4956659 / 10
Weber Spirit E-3105299 / 10
Napoleon Prestige 5007608.6 / 10

Weber Q 3200

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  • The 2-wheeled trolley this natural gas grill is based on does make the Q 3200 trickier to maneuver through tight spaces than 4-wheeled models. Once you’ve got the grill set up in place, however, there’s little danger of it rolling away; unlike a 4-wheeled trolley, should you forget to apply the wheel locks.
  • The Q 3200 uses 2 stainless steel burners to heat a total of 468 square inches of cooking space. The heat distribution is good enough to cover the area with only 2 burners, but be aware that there are larger natural gas grills available if you know you’ll be catering some truly epic parties.
  • The electronic ignition system avoids one of the common complaints about gas grills – that getting them going is an arduous, and sometimes dangerous, task. One touch is all you’ll need, every time, with Weber’s electronic ignition. The burner valves are simple to use, making temperature control straightforward.
  • Weber have made some interesting design decisions to minimize the overall weight of the Q 3200, improving the ease with which it can be moved around. The lid and body both use aluminum, and the frame itself is a glass-reinforced nylon hybrid which gives impressive strength for such a lightweight material.
  • The low weight of the Q 3200, coupled with the 2 foldable and detachable work tables, makes it extremely portable for what is still a large natural gas grill.
  • Weber have included other features to improve the ease with which you can use your Q 3200, including an integrated lid thermometer and a lighted grill handle.
  • Price: as mentioned above, there are cheaper natural gas grills available; but not as many as you might expect, and certainly not many with a brand and reputation like Weber behind them. For a quality lightweight natural gas grill that’s still got plenty of capacity, the Weber Q 3200 is an option worth seriously considering.

The Weber brand is associated with good quality grills, and while the Q 3200 is one of their cheaper offerings, it won’t break the Weber reputation. There are more affordable natural gas grills available on the market, but this is one of the cheapest to come attached to such a renowned brand name, and so is worth investigation for that reason alone.

The Q 3200 uses 2 stainless steel burners to heat a total of 468 square inches of cooking surface; less than many natural gas grills, but enough to cater for a small cookout without any trouble. The trolley on this hooded grill uses 2 wheels rather than 4, reducing its maneuverability but increasing stability once the Q 3200 is in place.

Overall, this is a grill which has been designed with convenience in mind: an electronic ignition system, removable folding work tables, lighted grill handle and aluminum-nylon exterior construction all contribute to making the Q 3200 a simple and flexible product that looks more expensive than it actually is.

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Weber Genesis II LX S-340

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  • The heavy use of stainless steel throughout the Genesis II is a big positive for the grill, enhancing its look but more importantly providing additional durability and resistance to corrosion compared to other metals. When you’re looking to spend a significant amount of money on any consumer product, it helps to know that it’ll last a long time: put simply, stainless steel grills outlast the competition.
  • Not only the cooking grates, but also Weber’s Flavorizer bars and the rest of the grease management system, are made using stainless steel. This adds years to the natural lifespan of the Genesis II, while the Flavorizer bars produce a rich, smoky flavor which is hard to find away from the grill.
  • The Genesis II has been made with mobility and ease of use in mind: Weber made the original design choice of using a welded tube frame to reduce the weight of the item, while the 2 oversized caster wheels make a big difference to stability once you’ve positioned the grill where you want to use it.
  • This is a natural gas grill which is not only highly mobile but easily storable, on account of its low 29” width once the side table is folded away. If you’re working with limited space, the Genesis II is an even more attractive option than it would be otherwise.
  • 3 stainless steel burners do a good job of distributing heat across the 669 square inch cooking surface, which should provide more than enough space for your cookouts (unless you’re in the habit of inviting the entire neighborhood). The one-touch Infinity ignition system is another major time-saver, bringing the days of fumbling around with a lighter to an end.
  • Weber’s attention to detail runs throughout the Genesis II: the temperature control dials and stainless steel lid handle have all been fitted with lights, helping you to grill in low-light conditions while contributing to the overall high-end appearance of the unit.
  • The cabinet inside this grill’s trolley is impressively spacious, containing more than enough room for a whole host of cooking tools and implements.
  • The stainless steel lid on the Genesis II is higher than that on most comparable grills, making this a great choice if you plan on doing a lot of broiling or roasting outdoors. It’s got room to roast some pretty big birds, and the lid’s stainless steel construction will help to reflect and trap heat inside the head.
  • If you own Weber’s iGrill 3 thermometer – or are planning on buying one – you can rest assured that the Genesis II is fully compatible. Once set up, the iGrill 3 allows you to read the temperature inside your Weber grill on your smartphone – a handy tool and a smart bit of tech rolled into one.

Well-known grilling brand Weber offer grills in a range of styles and at a wide variety of price points. The Genesis II LX S-340 is one of their premium models, and Weber have gone all-out on cramming every last feature they could think of into this natural gas grill.

This is a stainless steel grill through and through, with stainless steel – resistant to rust and corrosion – being used for the burners, cooking grates, grease management system, lid and handles. The Genesis II is definitely an investment, but Weber’s commitment to quality and workmanship mean it’s one which should keep paying off for a long time.

Even the basics have been done with attention to detail: the trolley underneath the grill itself is made using a welded tube frame, reducing the overall weight and so increasing mobility, and it features 2 large caster wheels in place of the usual 4 for added stability.

With 669 square inches of cooking surface (including a warming area), this is an extremely high-quality natural gas grill which will more than cover most people’s grilling needs. It’s a high-tech bit of kit, too: the Genesis II is compatible with Weber’s own iGrill 3 Bluetooth thermometer, which lets you synchronize your grill with your smartphone to get a precise temperature reading in your pocket.

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Lion Premium Grills L75000

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  • This is a commercial-grade product, and it shows. The all-stainless-steel construction has the effects of making the L75000 incredibly strong and durable (and resistant to rust); but it also makes the grill look great, both before and after it’s been installed.
  • 4 stainless steel burners distribute heat across a total of 830 square inches of cooking surface. This is one of the largest grills on the market in this style and price range, so it’s impressive that it still manages to do a good job of spreading heat across the stainless steel cooking grates.
  • Lion Premium Grills have built an integrated temperature gauge into the L75000, making it easy to see how your food will be cooking inside and helping you time meat to you and your guests’ liking.
  • 2 interior lights not only improve the overall look of this natural gas grill, adding a touch of modern style to the timeless steel look of the L75000; they also help when grilling in low-light conditions, helping you keep cooking even after the sun’s gone down.
  • The stainless steel, commercial-grade temperature dials give you minute and precise control over the heat given off by the burners, helping you turn out quality food and satisfy your guests time after time.
  • The lid handle on the L75000 is full-length, spanning the entire width of the lid and allowing you to open it with ease wherever you’re positioned. Although this may not seem like a major selling point, it’s yet another example of the attention to detail Lion Premium Grills have put in to ensure that this natural gas grill provides a great user experience along with impressive cooking results.
  • Lion Premium Grills, perhaps with an eye on the four-figure price tag attached to the L75000, have bundled some additional value-for-money with their grill. Included as standard with the L75000 are a motorized rotisserie, grill cover, smoker box, grate remover and bottle opener: together, they broaden your options at the grill and help you keep it clean and rust-resistant for longer.

Lion Premium Grills, as the brand name suggests, make premium grills which are also seriously impressive, heavy-duty bits of kit. In fact, they advertise their L75000 as “the heaviest in its class”; which should give you some idea of the target market for this particular natural gas grill.

It’s a built-in model, so it’ll need to be fixed onto a custom base or installed in an outdoor kitchen – this is not the choice for anyone looking for a quick and simple grill. It’s not cheap, either: this is a commercial-grade outdoor grill with a price tag to match.

Assuming it’s within your price range, however, this is a hallmark product from Lion Premium Grills: its all-stainless-steel construction (including the cooking grates), commercial-grade burners and temperature dials, full-length lid handle, interior lighting and staggering 830 square inches of cooking surface all combine to create a grill that’s hard to fault.

It’s hard to deny that this is a heavy-duty grill for a heavy-duty griller, and it would be harder still to argue against anyone buying the L75000 – assuming, that is, that their wallet’s big enough.

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Broil King Crown 20

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  • The Super 8 Infinity burner in the Crown 20 gives all-round even heat distribution, and can be ignited with the single touch of a button – it’s easy and effective.
  • This is a hooded natural gas grill which needs to be built into – or onto – a base before use. For that reason, this is not the grill for someone who wants to start grilling straight away; but because it needs to be based, you get a lot of grill for your money. Broil King have made your life a little easier by including a post extension: this can be mounted under the grill and used to fix it into a brick or concrete base, if you don’t have the time or inclination build something more bespoke.
  • 635 square inches of cooking surface is impressive, and gives you more than enough cooking area to feed a small army.
  • The deluxe Perma-Mold drop-down side shelves make the cook’s life a lot easier, allowing easy storage and access to various ingredients and implements. The Crown 20 also comes complete with tool hooks and storage bins, increasing your versatility in your outdoor kitchen and improving the overall user experience.
  • The heavy-duty cast iron grates Broil King tend to use in their grills work well here, conducting heat and holding it for some time once the burner has been switched off. The stainless steel Flav-R-Wave strips included will burn off excess fat or grease coming off the grates, infusing whatever’s cooked on the grill with a unique and irresistible smoky flavor.
  • The Crown 20’s hood is made from Broil King’s own Therma-Cast aluminum, which has been treated to improve its insulating properties, trapping heat inside the grill when the hood is down. Broil King’s choice of aluminum for the hood also serves to make it extra light, further improving the overall ease of use and feel of this natural gas grill.

British manufacturer Broil King specialize in grilling and broiling, and the Crown 20 is very much a specialist product. It’s a built-in grill, meaning it needs to be built into or fixed on top of a base: while this will be unappealing to anyone who wants a grill that’s ready to go out of the box, it has real upsides.

One is price: the Crown 20 is still not an inexpensive grill, but it costs a lot less than similarly heavy-duty items that come with their own trolley or cabinet base. The other is durability: grills which are built to be mobile will sometimes prioritize portability over longevity, a compromise built-in grills don’t have to make.

If you want to get serious about grilling and aren’t planning on relocating any time soon, a built-in natural gas grill is worth considering; and for the price, the Broil King Crown 20 is one of the best around. With a Super 8 Infinity burner giving total heat distribution at the touch of a button, and 635 square inches of cooking surface allowing you to cater even for large gatherings, this is a grill that will almost certainly meet your needs.

From the Perma-Mold drop-down side shelves, to the heavy-duty cast iron cooking grates, to the Therma-Cast aluminum hood which keeps heat in when you’re broiling, the Crown 20 is a high-end and feature-packed outdoor cooking device which should last you for many years to come.

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Broil King Signet 390

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  • The Signet 390 is a hooded natural gas grill in the trolley style, with 4 attached caster wheels which can be locked once the grill is set up in place. The caster wheels provide much-needed mobility for positioning and moving the Signet 390, allowing you to store it out of the way of the elements when not in use.
  • There’s little variation in appearance from one natural gas grill to the next, so even relatively minimalist designs can be quite eye-catching if they do something different and do it well. The Signet 390 marries clean stainless steel with serious black, creating an overall look which will fit in with any outdoor kitchen setup while also looking great on its own.
  • 3 stainless steel Dual-Tube burners provide an impressive amount of heat with an unmatched degree of distribution, ensuring your food gets cooked properly wherever you place it on the grill. The 386 square inches of cooking surface should be enough for most grillers, too.
  • Broil King aren’t known only for grilling, but also (as their name suggests) for broiling: they’ve included one of their rotisserie burners and a full rotisserie kit with the Signet 390, meaning you can easily set your grill up to roast birds; or anything else you care to broil.
  • The heavy-duty cast iron grates do a great job of conducting heat to your food, and hold their heat for a while even after the burner’s off. The stainless steel Flav-R-Wave strips included with the grill work to burn off any excess fat or grease coming off the grates, infusing your foods with a deliciously succulent smoky flavor that’s hard to beat.
  • Broil King’s own Linear-Flow valves provide you with precision temperature control, allowing you to grill exactly as you want.
  • The Sure-Lite electronic ignition system removes much of the hassle traditionally involved with older, less functional gas grills, meaning you can be up and grilling in no time at all.
  • Broil King have included an integrated deluxe Accu-Temp thermometer, letting you gauge how your food is cooking and time steaks and burgers to perfection.
  • The trolley on this natural gas grill is a heavy-duty cabinet with ample storage space inside, for grilling tools and implements and anything else that might come in handy.
  • Broil King have taken an entirely sensible safety precaution, given the all-metal construction of the stainless steel lid, by coating the lid handle in Cool-To-The-Touch thermonylon.

Broil King are a UK-based brand specializing in barbecue grills and related products. The Signet 390 is one of their most popular products, and is available at a midrange price point – not cheap enough to be mistaken for an entry-level product, but not expensive enough to qualify as a luxury one.

The Signet 390 is an impressively competent hooded natural gas grill, coming packed to the rafters with features and patented Broil King technology. One thing to note is that this is on the smaller side as far as trolley-style outdoor grills go, with around 386 square inches of cooking surface in total: that’ll be more than enough for most people, but anyone who goes big at cookouts might be better off looking elsewhere.

If the Signet 390 is big enough for your needs, you can feel confident when it comes to value for money: Dual-Tube burners, Flav-R-Wave strips, Sure-Lite ignition, Accu-Temp thermometers and Cool-To-The-Touch handles – Broil King rule when it comes to grilling technology, and the Signet 390 doesn’t disappoint.

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Napoleon Triumph 495

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  • A total of 5 stainless steel burners provide evenly-distributed heat across 665 square inches of cooking surface. This includes a side burner and a side plate, which further increases the versatility of the Prestige 495: the side burner can be used for warming, or it can allow you to perform two different cooking tasks simultaneously on the grill.
  • The caster wheels on this natural gas grill’s trolley can be locked to hold the grill firmly in place. When unlocked, they make the job of maneuvering the grill into and out of position considerably easier.
  • The foldable side shelves on the Prestige 495 improve the versatility and mobility of the grill, making it easy to use or store even in tight or tricky spaces.
  • This is a good-looking grill, with a clean stainless steel cabinet topped with a black-painted lid. It looks smart, it looks cool; and it looks a little different, which has to be a good thing in a market dominated by plain and unremarkable products.
  • Napoleon have included an integrated temperature gauge with the Prestige 495, allowing you to easily check on the temperature under the lid and making broiling with your grill a more straightforward task.
  • Napoleon’s proprietary Wave grates – reversible cast iron grates, coated with porcelain to aid conduction – evenly distribute heat across the cooking surface, and throughout the head when the lid is lowered. The stainless steel searing plates included with the Prestige 495 further increase your versatility when grilling, allowing you to seal in flavor before shutting the lid and roasting.
  • The one-touch Jetfire ignition system makes life easier when it’s time to turn the grill on, minimizing the all-too-common complaint about gas grills that igniting them can be a frustrating hazard. Napoleon haven’t stopped there when it comes to making your life easier, though: there’s even an integrated bottle opener to help get the party started.

Napoleon are known for producing high-end products for outdoor living, and one look at the price tag on the Triumph 495 with Side Burner confirms that this is a high-end product. Price alone is no guarantee of quality, of course; but Napoleon have gone out of their way to ensure that the Triumph 495 provides value for the serious investment they’re asking.

This is a hooded natural gas grill on a caster-wheeled trolley, with a stainless steel body and a black-painted lid; an unconventional take on a conventional look, which stands out in a crowd and can serve as the centerpiece for any patio or outdoor kitchen.

It doesn’t just look nice: a stainless steel body and burners sit under porcelain-enameled Wave grates (Napoleon’s own technology) which offer an impressive 665 square inches of cooking surface altogether.

Napoleon have designed the Triumph with portability in mind: not only are the caster wheels of unusually high quality, the attached side shelves can be folded away to ensure that this grill can fit into smaller spaces than the 56 inch width it occupies when fully extended.

Taken as a whole, Napoleon’s Triumph 495 is a natural gas grill that’s been well-made in every sense: it doesn’t reinvent the wheel and it’s not a budget option, but if it’s in your price range it’s an option you should seriously consider.

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Weber Spirit E-310

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  • The front-locking caster wheels on this grill’s trolley make a big difference in terms of stability and safety once you’ve got your Spirit E-310 in place and are ready to start grilling. When unlocked, the free-spinning caster wheels help maneuver the grill into position or stow it away after use.
  • The 3 stainless steel burners in the Spirit E-310 are durable and resistant to rust and corrosion. As the burners are often the weakest link in a gas grill, this will have a real positive impact on the longevity of this Weber product. The one-touch crossover ignition system, and simple dial temperature controls, mean the burners aren’t just long-lasting but are easy to use, too.
  • 529 square inches of cooking surface in total will be more than enough to cater for most cookouts. If you plan on grilling for any particularly large gatherings, you might push the Spirit E-310’s capacity, but there’s enough grill here to feed a whole lot of people.
  • The 6 integrated hooks for storing grilling tools and implements is a simple feature, but one that can make a big difference in terms of storage and ease of use.
  • The Spirit E-310 features two stainless steel work surfaces, for storing and preparing ingredients. Be aware that these work surfaces aren’t foldable or detachable, so you won’t be able to reduce the total 52” width of this natural gas grill to fit into tighter spaces.
  • Weber have made clever use of porcelain in this natural gas grill. The cast iron cooking grates have been porcelain-enameled, improving the rate at which they conduct heat. The Spirit E-310 also includes porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars, which turn excess fat and grease into succulent smoke.
  • Weber’s grease management system ensures that any fat and grease not turned into smoke by the Flavorizer bars will be funnelled away from the grill, avoiding flare-ups and prolonging the life of the stainless steel burners still further.
  • The Spirit E-310 includes an integrated lid thermometer, giving you a reasonably accurate gauge of the heat inside.

Weber are a well-known and well-reputed brand when it comes to grilling: the Spirit E-310 is one of their midrange offerings, costing more than an entry-level natural gas grill but considerably less than some Weber products.

This a trolley or cabinet-style hooded grill, with ample space inside the trolley itself to store whatever grilling tools or implements you might need. There are even six hooks available to hang various tools from.

With 3 stainless steel burners and a total of 529 square inches of cooking surface, this is a competitive natural gas grill in terms of capacity and heat distribution, and it comes with a number of patented Weber features to boot; including Weber’s Flavorizer bars and proprietary grease management system, to maximize flavor and minimize flare-ups.

This isn’t the cheapest natural gas grill on the market, but for the price, it might be one of the best.

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Napoleon Prestige 500

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  • The caster wheels on the Prestige 500’s trolley can be locked, making sure the grill stays in place when you’re ready to use it. The wheels make a big difference to portability and storage, too, helping you roll the grill into place and take it away again when the cookout’s over.
  • Premium stainless steel is used throughout the Prestige 500 (although it should be noted that some components, including the cooking grates, use cast iron). In terms of strength and resistance, the steel used in this natural gas grill is hard to beat. It’s also been treated to be even easier to clean than stainless steel usually is: most surfaces can be simply wiped down with a damp cloth when cool.
  • A massive 760 square inches of cooking surface allows the Prestige 500 to cook up to 30 burgers at once, meaning you should be able to keep the whole party fed without too much trouble.
  • Given that you can cook some serious quantities of food on this natural gas grill, it’s good that Napoleon have included a chrome-plated warming rack to keep food hot after cooking, along with side shelves for tool and ingredient storage.
  • Napoleon’s own Lift Ease roll-top lid takes all the effort out of lifting what is a very big lid, making this an exceptionally easy grill to use, even over long periods. The lid also comes with an integrated temperature gauge, helping out when you’re broiling or trying to cook a steak just so.
  • The porcelain-enameled cast iron Wave grates are designed to aid with ventilation as well as conduction, helping hot air circulate around the grill when the lid’s down and ensuring that your roasts benefit from the same even heat distribution as your grilling.
  • Napoleon have included stainless steel searing plates with the Prestige 500, allowing you to sear cuts of meat or vegetables either before or after roasting and seal in flavor.
  • Napoleon have tricked out this natural gas grill with a whole host of features, including the one-touch Jetfire ignition system and their own Smoker Tube, which helps turn excess fat into flavor-enhancing smoke.

Napoleon are a premium brand associated with outdoor living, and the Prestige 500 is a natural gas grill looking to live up to their reputation. This is a premium product available at a premium price, but Napoleon certainly aren’t just charging for the name: the Prestige 500 is a cabinet-style hooded grill with 4 locking caster wheels (for combined maneuverability and stability), and it’s packed with Napoleon’s own proprietary technology.

From the Lift Ease roll-top lid to the porcelain-enameled Wave grates to the Jetfire ignition system, the Prestige 500 is a product that oozes quality. At 65 inches wide including the side shelves, it might not be the best choice when space is at a premium, but if you need to feed the masses – Napoleon boast that the Prestige 500 can grill 30 burgers simultaneously on its 760 square inches of cooking surface – you might struggle to find a better choice than this grill.

It’s even been treated to be not just durable and resistant but also easy to clean, meaning that an investment in the Prestige 500 can keep paying off for years to come.

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What are natural gas grills?

Grills are most popularly used to cook meat, but can typically be used to cook almost anything you could cook in an indoor oven. They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and are also fueled in different ways.

Charcoal grills are the most basic available, whereas most gas grills have traditionally used propane – cleaner and simpler than charcoal, but more expensive and sometimes difficult to source. Natural gas grills blend the ease of using propane with the ease of finding charcoal: they require setup, in the form of a gas line out to your porch or patio (or wherever you plan on setting up your grill), but from there you can hook your grill up to your home gas supply without needing expert help. Once set up, the savings in terms of resources and time are considerable, and so natural gas grills have become an increasingly popular option on the outdoor grill market.

The two most common designs for natural gas grills are the same as those for propane-fueled grills. It’s a simple difference: hooded or open?

Hooded grills, as the name suggests, feature a hood which can be raised or lowered as you require. This lets you make the most of the natural gas grill’s power and versatility, allowing you to broil and steam and smoke as well as grill; as long as the hood’s got enough head space to do everything you want to do. If made from the right materials, hooded grills will also tend to last longer than their open relatives if left out in the open.

On the other hand, open grills tend to be the cheaper choice, so if you only plan on using your grill for grilling, you may decide a hood’s not worth the added expense. Be aware that if you do decide to store your grill outside while not in use – or if it’s a built-in model which can’t be moved once installed – the materials it’s made from are even more important than they would be otherwise: in particular, stainless steel should be a priority for any working components which will be exposed to the elements.

Some grills, of course, are more portable and easier to stow away than others. Most large grills sold today will come with some kind of caster-wheeled trolley to help maneuver them into position; and tabletop grills are an increasingly popular option, for consumers who want the ease and power of a gas-fueled grill with the convenience of something truly portable.

Natural gas grills are available in both varieties, from the smallest tabletop models to hulking stainless steel brutes that wouldn’t look out of place in a commercial kitchen. If you’re in the market for a new grill and decide natural gas is the way to go, you’ll be spoiled for choice.

Why buy a natural gas grill?

Natural gas grills are only one of the options on offer if you decide you want a new grill, but there are a host of good reasons to buy one.

  • Outdoor grills of any kind are essential for cooking outside. Make the most of the good weather and turn cooking itself into a social activity, and then relax and enjoy a freshly-cooked meal in the fresh air.
  • The ability to cook large quantities of food outdoors is the perfect excuse for socializing, whether hosting a cookout or (with one of the portable tabletop grills) tailgating. Limited kitchen and oven space tends to mean dinner parties are restricted in how many people you can invite – buy a large enough grill and you can have the whole family over!
  • A reliable, good-quality outdoor grill can be a lifesaver if your indoor oven is electric and the power goes out. If you live somewhere power cuts are a part of life, this might even be your number one reason for investing in a grill.
  • The metal used for the bulk of most outdoor grills – whether stainless steel or cast iron – tends to hold heat for a significant period of time, allowing you to keep cooking for as long as you need (even after the burner’s been turned off). If stainless steel is used, the grill will also be resistant to corrosion.
  • Compared to charcoal grills, gas-fueled grills are easier to get running and control the temperature of. They’re also much easier to clean, making them an all-round more convenient option.
  • Between the gas-fueled grills, natural gas stands out as a winner over propane partly due to its convenience. If you’ve already got a gas line out to your porch and patio, you’re ready to go and can readily fuel your grill from your home supply. If you haven’t, you may want to enlist some professional help to get one set up; but after that, you can wave the issues with cleaning charcoal and obtaining propane goodbye.
  • Natural gas also beats propane when it comes to cost-effectiveness over time. Both propane and natural gas are classified as green fuels when burned, but natural gas provides better value for money in the long run.

Things to consider

If you’ve decided a natural gas grill is just the thing for your next cookout, there are a number of things to consider when you come to compare individual models.

  • Materials. There are a few different materials used in the construction of natural gas grills. The majority of the construction of the grill will be metal; either stainless steel or cast iron. Stainless steel tends to cost more, but it stands up better against rust and corrosion. Other materials used to make natural gas grills include porcelain, sometimes used alongside iron in the construction of the cooking grates, and hard plastic in the grill’s exterior. Pay particular attention to the material used for the grill’s burner: this is the most-replaced part in modern outdoor grills, so look for a burner that’ll last and you can be confident in your choice.
  • Hood. This is a simple one: do you want your grill to have a hood? Hoods tend to increase cost, but add protection from the elements and greatly broaden the range of cooking tasks you can perform with your grill.
  • Workmanship. How well-made is the grill? A famous brand name and high-grade materials don’t mean a lot if the piece hasn’t been assembled with the care and attention it deserves.
  • Size. A larger grill allows you to cook greater quantities of food for more people; but it also costs more, uses more fuel, and takes up more space. If it’s large but has caster wheels for increased mobility, it might not matter how much space it takes up in the yard; but there’s still no point buying something way too big for what you need.
  • Assembly. Will the grill require assembly upon delivery? If it will, is that something you’re willing and able to do, or will you need to pay out a second time to get a professional to do the job for you? Factor assembly costs – whether financial or physical – into your final decision.
  • Features. Modern natural gas grills can come equipped with all sorts of features, designed to make the grill more effective and your life easier. Some of the more common features include electronic igniters, side burners, LED lighting, fuel gauges, and easy-access gas compartments. Some people will find some features more useful than others, so think about what you’d appreciate on your grill before shopping.
  • Needs. That is, your needs – how many people will you typically be grilling for? What do you like to cook? Do you only want to grill, or do you want to use your natural gas grill for steaming or broiling too? How big is your budget? Know what you want and know your limits, and you’re much more likely to be happy with your final purchase.
  • Safety. Particularly important if you have children and/or pets, it’s always worth thinking about how safe the grill will be to use. Does it ignite easily? Does it feel stable, or does it wobble anywhere? If it’s on a trolley with caster wheels, do the wheels lock in place and stay locked? Besides gas leaks, the biggest dangers around natural gas grills involve instability and poor construction, so make sure you trust the product you’re going to buy.
  • Extras. Has the manufacturer bundled in any extras with the grill to increase the value you’re getting for your money? Some of the more common packaged extras include cooking tools and implements, trolleys for storing ingredients and cooked food, cookbooks, and a heavy-duty cover for the grill itself. These extras shouldn’t be enough to make up your mind, but they may tip the balance in favor of one model over another.
  • Price. Some of us will be more concerned about price than others, but whatever your budget you’ll do well to have a rough idea in mind of how much you want to spend before you start shopping. Expect a decent natural gas grill to cost upwards of $250, with larger high-quality models costing over $1000 and luxury grills ramping the price up sharply from there.

Risks and warnings

  • Like any cooking device involving heat and inflammable fuel, natural gas grills are items which are dangerous if misused. Wherever and whenever you use your gas grill, it should be used responsibly and with respect.
  • Make sure to set your grill up on an even, stable surface. This is easiest with tabletop grills, or when setting a larger grill up on a level man-made surface like a patio. If you’re going to be cooking on uneven ground, take care to make sure your grill is stable and secure before you fire it up.
  • Anything involving fire is potentially dangerous to children and animals, so if either of them will be around while you’re grilling, make sure you’re aware of where they are at all times. If they’re old enough, children can be educated about the dangers of a grill in use – some animals might be safer if removed from the area while you’re grilling.
  • Natural gas burns, which is why it’s being used in your grill, but it also means you have to be alert for gas leaks. If you start to smell gas, switch the grill off immediately and find out the source of the smell. Unless you’re able to identify and resolve the issue, don’t switch the grill on again until you’ve had someone with the appropriate expertise take a look.
  • To preserve the lifespan of your natural gas grill, make sure to clean it regularly and store it responsibly. This will mean you get the best value for money from your grill, and it’ll also keep it safe for longer.