Whether you’re a beginner at barbecuing or an experienced grill user, one thing is for certain: there’s a wide range of grills to choose from. If you’re in the market for a new grill, finding something that’ll meet your barbecue needs and look nice out in the yard is important.
As with any big consumer decision, it pays to do your homework and know what you’re looking for when you go shopping. We’ve done some of that homework for you; below you can find the best stainless steel grills on the market.
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|Name||Fuel Source||Our Rating|
|Weber Spirit S-210 Gas Grill||Gas||9.4 / 10|
|Char-Broil Classic 4 Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner||Gas||9 / 10|
|Blackstone 36-inch Stainless Steel Griddle||Gas||9 / 10|
|Pit Boss Grills Stainless Steel 2-Burner Portable Grill||Gas||9 / 10|
|Fox Outfitters Quick Grill||Charcoal||9 / 10|
|Cuisinart Chef’s Style Stainless Tabletop Grill (CGG-306)||Gas||8.6 / 10|
|Smoke Hollow 205 Stainless Steel Gas Tabletop Grill||Gas||8.6 / 10|
|Dyna-Glo Black & Stainless 5-Burner Premium Grill||Gas||8.4 / 10|
|Camco 57305 Olympian 5500 Stainless Steel Portable Grill||Gas||8.2 / 10|
From simple charcoal kettle grills to huge gas giants decked out in stainless steel, there are grills on the market to match most tastes and wallets. That’s why the first and most important thing to have in mind when looking for a grill is how you plan on using it. How many people will you typically be grilling for? How regularly will it be in use? What are you going to be cooking on it?
These are the most basic questions, but it’s worth thinking about your grilling needs in as much detail as you can: if you have any particular flavors or effects you want to achieve with the grill (smoking meat, for example), you’ll need to keep an eye out for grills designed with that feature.
There’s a lot of choice out there, and thinking about what you want out of a grill will help you start narrowing your options down. What size of grill you opt for will depend largely on how many people you’ll be grilling for: a small portable model will do fine if it’s just for your family, but if you plan on inviting the neighborhood over then a larger grill will be better suited to your needs. Size will also affect price, so if your budget’s tight you might be best starting your search at the lower end of the spectrum.
The second big decision when shopping for grills is fuel type. There are two main choices for grill-users – gas or charcoal – and both have their strengths and weaknesses.
Gas’ big appeal is speed and convenience: with a gas burner, it’s as simple as turning the gas on and igniting, and you’re ready to grill. Conversely, charcoal grills require you to wait for the charcoal to catch fire and then burn hot enough for you to start cooking.
The main advantage charcoal grills have over gas barbecues is flavor, which should be a major consideration when shopping for any kind of cooking device. Charcoal grills provide a uniquely smoky barbecue flavor which gas grills simply can’t match. Of course, this has its own downside: scrubbing carbon off the grill after use is an experience gas grill-owners are quite happy to miss out on.
After size and fuel type, there’s the question of style: what type of grill would be the best fit for you and your needs? There are a few different styles out there with a lot of variation in terms of shape and size, so take the time to find something that fits.
Kettle grills are typically smaller and charcoal-powered, with a bowl-shaped charcoal receptacle and a bowl-shaped lid which aids smoking when closed.
Kettle grills are really the smaller relative of hooded grills, which tend to be larger and can be either gas- or charcoal-powered, and are fitted with hoods which can be closed and sealed. The hood helps with smoking meat and locking in flavor, as well as with temperature control.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for something a little closer to the old-school fire pit – or if you just aren’t big on that smoky flavor – an open grill offers easy access while cooking at the expense of a hood. Be warned that you’ll need to invest in a good-quality cover if you want to keep an open grill outside in all weather.
Besides size, fuel type and style, there’s one big decision that hasn’t been covered, and it’s arguably the most important issue when it comes to grills. The material your grill is made out of will make a big difference in terms of cooking, maintenance and storage; not to mention cost.
Although some grills are made out of more exotic materials – including porcelain – most of us will be faced with a choice between two metals; cast iron or stainless steel.
If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need to be convinced of the value of a good grill. Cookouts are great social events, a chance to eat good food and connect with people. As you can’t very well host a cookout without one, the grill is a summertime social necessity. They aren’t just for cookouts, of course: they’re a useful backup oven in the event of accidents or breakages.
So you know you want a grill, and you know why you want a grill. Hopefully you’ve thought about your grilling needs, the size and style of grill you’d like, and even which fuel would be best for powering it. That leaves you with one big question: cast iron or stainless steel? Both metals have reasons to pick them, so again it will at least partly depend on your needs and budget. But what reasons are there for choosing stainless steel over cast iron – or vice versa?
If you’ve decided a stainless steel grill is the grill for you, there are a number of things to keep in mind when you’re researching different models.