You can burn up some big bucks on a new gas grill. But do you have to in order to get a
grill that delivers delicious results?
Consumer Reports tested nearly a hundred gas grills that range in price from $100
all the way up to $2,500. With some you need to factor in plenty of space. One grill
Consumer Reports tested is 7 feet long!
Testers grill a number of foods to see how well each grill performs. Steaks are
cooked to assess if flare-up is a problem. To see how evenly a grill cooks at lower
temperatures, testers grill salmon steaks as well as chicken breasts. Both those foods
can easily dry out if grill gets too hot.
And then there are tests that involve no food at all. Consumer Reports uses special
thermocouples to measure how evenly a grill distributes heat across the surface of the
grates. Some grill much more evenly than others.
Several high-priced grills were top performers, but Consumer Reports found plenty to
recommend that cost a lot less. Among them the $200 Char-Broil Classic 463211512
from the Home Depot. It rated excellent for low-temperature cooking and grilled up a
very good steak, too.
Another great buy: the $250 Brinkmann 810-2545 grill sold at Walmart.
Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances,
cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports’ website.
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