Now is the best time to shop for grills—here's what to buy
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While it might seem counterintuitive, fall is a great time to invest in a new grill. It serves as a potential great gift for someone, prices are down with the onset of the colder weather, and stocking up now can save you from having to make a hasty replacement next year. Plus, if you’re planning on having Thanksgiving outside or cooking outside for most of the holiday season, now might be a perfect time to invest in some new equipment.
Whether you're committed to portability or a devotee of charcoal grilling, there's sure to be a great option on this list for you. Be sure to check out our guide to grilling in the winter before you get started.
1. A wood-burning pellet grill that can sear and smoke
Pellet grills can be a bit on the pricier side compared to gas grills, but for good reason. Pellet grills are designed with not just grilling, but cooking in mind. Their shape allows them to be perfect for activities like smoking, searing, and even baking. This pellet grill from Traeger comes well-reviewed and gorgeously designed, with attention paid to every small detail.
2. The charcoal grill of your dreams
There's nothing more classic than a squat little charcoal grill hanging out in someone's backyard, and the Webber Master Touch Charcoal Grill is a perfect fit if you're looking for a reliable upgrade at a lower price point. Coated with porcelain enamel for even heat distribution and designed to be easy to clean, this charcoal grill was a reviewer favorite for its longevity and great accessories.
3. The best gas grill for a tailgate
Football season is not the same this year for obvious reasons, but the outdoor grilling fun doesn't necessarily have to end. This portable gas grill was the best portable gas grill we tested and is perfect for taking on the go, with cast-iron grilling grates and a burner with great heat distribution. If your tailgating group is smaller for obvious reasons this year, this grill is suited to cooking up food for a small crowd.
4. A more classic tailgate option
If you're more of a classic kind of griller, that loves the mingled joys and variabilities of charcoal grilling, this is the perfect tailgate grill for you. The Weber Jumbo Joe Charcoal Grill is classically designed with a stay-cool lid and a lock to make it even more portable and easy to use. When we tested the Jumbo Joe we loved it for its easy-to-control airflow and excellent price.
5. The reliable, fun grill
This is for someone that definitely wants to treat themselves to an appliance that will work for them. While this Weber Genesis Gas Grill won our affection as an upgrade from our best gas grill for a reason. It's sleek, sophisticated, and configured for Bluetooth thermometers for the ultimate in a luxurious cooking experience. When we tested it we loved that it was built to last. The Genesis Gas Grill is currently on sale, so grab it before it's gone!
6. A super adorable grill from a great brand
We loved the Big Green Egg when we tested it, and within the kamado grill universe, Kamado Joe puts out plenty of incredible products. Its Kamado Joe Classic line puts out a similar product to the Big Green Egg, with all the great trimmings like heat deflectors, a flexible cooking rack, and more.
It's worth noting that Kamado grills are hard to nail down and go in and out of stock frequently at most retailers that sell them, so be sure to do your research if you're committed to Kamado.
7. A luxurious gas grill with rotisserie capability
There's nothing like meat on a stick, and with this Weber Summit grill, you can accomplish your rotisserie dreams and more. Complete with rods and bars for cooking and even heat distribution, this grill is sure to wow friends and family with its many features and customizable functions.
8. A toned-down charcoal grill
This is what I envision when I think of barbecues... mostly when I envision old-timey Fourth of July setups or 50s TV backyard cookouts, but still! This bare-bones charcoal grill from Weber comes at a great price and is a gorgeous deep red color that's sure to spruce up your backyard food prepping scene.
9. A portable pellet grill for a luxurious camping trip
If you love camping but hate sacrificing the quality of your usual at-home grilling set up, look no further than the Davy Crockett portable pellet grill. This grill has WiFi capabilities and can be monitored from your phone. It also boasts dual voltage control that allows you to operate it using electricity from things like car batteries, car accessory outlets, and more. This grill might make a great gift for someone that's looking for an upgrade to their camping kit.
10. The aesthetic gas grill
Sometimes, you need a product that will not only function properly, but also fit in with the aesthetic you're busy cultivating in your household. The Weber Genesis II line is a very reliable product for all your grilling needs, and this version comes in a muted, warm copper color that's sure to fit right in with a warmer color palette. Reviewers love the Genesis II E-315 for its high-temperature performance and heavy-duty construction.
11. A grill for the person that wants all the burners
Is the rule with burners something like the rule with computer monitors, i.e., the more you have, the closer you are to taking over the world? If so, this Weber Genesis grill will put you closer to world domination. With 4 stainless steel burners, a side burner, and a sear station burner, this grill is sure to offer you all the space you need to whip up a masterpiece. You can also control this iGrill compatible setup from your smartphone in the event that you want to keep an eye on your meat probe from the warmth of your house.
12. A gas grill that looks like a character from Wall-E
This grill is not only extremely functional, but it's also extremely cute. Weber is well-known for crafting lower-cost gas grills with high-performance standards, which is where the Q 3200 Gas Grill comes in. Efficient, designed for mobility, and literally built for grilling during the darker months with the inclusion of a light, this is a great option if you're shopping for gas grills at a lower price point. Reviewers loved the space-saving design of this model and recommended it for the ease with which it can be moved from place to place.
13. A smaller, fancier pellet grill
If you prefer your pellet grills smaller and far more WiFi capable, this is the grill for you. We discussed the Traeger Ironwood 650 when we were checking out the Weber pellet grill, and noted that the Weber grill might have served as a dupe for the original Traeger model. If you're a fan of the pellet grill and want something with a few more bells and whistles, the Ironwood 650 might be a great fit.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.