Maybe you are a fan of grilling all year round, but for many of us spring and summer are the best times for barbecue. And if your grill has seen better days, Consumer Reports is here with recommendations from the latest tests of charcoal and gas models.

If you love this smoky barbecue flavor, charcoal grilling is probably your best choice. You can keep it classic with a kettle grill as recommended by Weber 22-inch 14401001 for $ 220.

For even better performance, pay attention to the Dyna-Glo DGN576DNC-D with the highest rating for $ 290, which gets “Very Good” scores for uniformity and indirect cooking. In addition, its design makes it very easy to add charcoal, adjust the pan and clean.


If you prefer to cook on the grill at the touch of a button, CR has found dozens of gas grills that can be recommended and you won’t have to spend thousands. The Nexgrill 720-1046 for $ 450 heats up quickly and gets an “Excellent” rating for durability and indirect cooking. It is also very good for equality and temperature range.

If you really want to perfect your grill game, a grill camado is definitely for you. But they are not cheap! The recommended 18-inch KJ23RHC Kamado Joe Classic II costs about $ 1,300. These grills use charcoal and get very hot for things like pizza on wood. They can also keep the temperature low for things like slow smoking brisket.

Whatever type of grill you choose, don’t forget about safety. CR says be sure to keep it at least 10 feet away from your home or anything flammable, and clean the grill every time you use it.


CR says cleaning the grill helps maximize its performance. If you do this while the grill is still hot, it’s much easier. For steel gratings, use a wire brush. And for grilles with a porcelain covering choose nylon brushes. You can go to our website to watch another video with additional tips on cleaning the grill.

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