The Best Outdoor Grills of 2017

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It's a grilling season and if you are looking for a new outdoor grill or just want to upgrade the old one, we offer some of the best grills in a variety of fuel options, styles, and sizes to suit your cooking needs. The fuel type is one of the most important things to consider before you buy an outdoor grill. There are a lot of debates about which one is the best option - gas, propane, electric, or charcoal grills. Each type of grill has its own advantages and disadvantages. So, it all comes down to your personal preferences and which type of grill suits your needs the most.

To take the stress out of shopping, we are going to walk you through the advantages and disadvantages of each type of grill and offer you some of the best outdoor grills to choose from.

Charcoal Grills are preferred choice for people who love the distinct taste and smoky flavor that they add to the food. Most charcoal grills are constructed from metal or ceramic material and operate on lump or charcoal briquettes, producing more smoke than any other type of grill. (Lump usually burns hotter than briquettes.) These type of grills also produce higher heat than gas grills and reach hot temperature (500F to 700F) which is great for searing steaks. Although, charcoal grills require time to light the charcoal and need 15 to 20 minutes to reach the cooking temperature. Charcoal grills are very easy to maintain because of the simple construction and are less expensive than any other outdoor grill. Although, you'll have to clean the ashes often and brush the grates every time after using the grill.

Natural Gas Grills require the installation of a gas line, although most of the grills can be converted to propane. Gas grills are one of the most popular choices due to convenient easy controls that they provide. Designed with knob controls, gas grills allow adjusting the flame for precise temperature control. So, turning the heat up or down is as simple as turning a knob. In addition to that, gas grills are very easy to start, requiring only 10 minutes to heat up. Most of the gas grills are designed with metal plates or ceramics for maintaining a steady temperature, eliminating the cold spots and flair ups. Additionally, gas grills usually come with drip trays, which can be easily cleaned after grilling.

Liquid Propane Grills are the most popular choice today. These type of grills come with the tank filled with liquid propane, which can be conveniently placed underneath or beside the grill, depending on the model. Many people prefer propane grills over gas grills because they are very easy to install by connecting the tank directly to your grill. In addition to that, propane grills contain more energy (2500 BTUs) than gas grills (100 BTUs). This means that propane grills produce higher heat and cook faster than gas grills.

Electric Grills are a great alternative to gas and charcoal grills, providing a clean and safe option for grilling. Designed with electric heating elements, this type of grills are a convenient solution for urban dwellers who want to grill but are held back by fire safety regulations. Electric grills work with an electric outlet and can be used on unconventional outdoor living areas, such as balconies and rooftops. These type of grills are very easy to control and provide an even heat distribution, although they can't reach as high temperatures as gas and charcoal grills.

Pellet Grills have unique designs, which combine the benefits of charcoal smokers, gas grills, and kitchen ovens in one unit. Basically, pellet grills are a standard grill, but with an additional side-box attachment that allows for adding in pellet wood chips. They are designed with digital control system and feature induction fan, which provides a precise temperature control for even cooking results while adding the smoke for creating the smoky flavor.

Take a look at our selection of outdoor grills in various fuel options:

Primo's charcoal grill is a great option for people who love the smoky flavor of the grilled food that only charcoal grills can deliver. Designed with ceramic walls, this model captures the heat and distributes it evenly for even cooking results, locking in the moisture and enhancing the flavor of the food. In addition to that, the unit features a unique oval shape offers exceptional cooking efficiency and true two-zone cooking. The charcoal grill features 660 sq. ft. of cooking space and offers features including a cast iron top vent, easy-to-read thermometer, reversible cooking grates, and a stainless steel draft door.

Napoleon Prestige P500 freestanding gas grill is a great addition to any outdoor kitchen with its durable construction and the superior performance. Designed with rust and corrosion-resistant stainless steel body and porcelainized cast iron cooking grids, Napoleon's 65" outdoor grill is built to last. This outdoor gas grill is a convenient solution when grilling for crowds. It offers a spacious 500 square inches of grilling area, as well as 9-inch deep warming rack, and side shelves with integrated beverage holders for additional flexibility. The unit features 4 main burners, as well as side and rear infrared burners for the cooking versatility. In addition to that, the unit comes equipped with heavy duty rotisserie kit and 4 forks utilizing the rear infrared burner that is perfect for broiling. This gas grill with Jetfire Ignition System will let you sear food quickly with only one burner or cook for crowds by using all four of them.

Blaze liquid propane outdoor grill a great option if you're looking for a built-in grill for a seamless integration into your outdoor kitchen. The 40" built-in model is also available in gas fuel option and features a spacious 915 sq. inches of total grilling space along with a warming rack. The grill provides a superior performance with 5 commercial quality 304 stainless steel burners, each delivering 14,000 BTUs of power. In addition to that, the built-in grill features 10,000 BTU infrared rotisserie burner for grilling versatility. Designed with heat zone separators, the unit provides two individual temperature zones, allowing to cook different types of food simultaneously. The removable warming rack is perfect for keeping food heated while you grill. The unit also provides a full-width drip tray for a quick and easy clean-up.

Coyote's Electric grill is the best option for apartment and condominium dwellers who need to rely on balconies and terraces for their outdoor space. The 19" electric grill is designed with high-quality 304 stainless steel for the maximum durability and can be used on a tabletop or installed on the pedestal for more flexibility. The unit offers 156 square inches of cooking area with 5,000-hour heating element that reaches up to 550 degrees of Fahrenheit maximum temperature. In addition to that, the electric grill features a Ceramic Flavorizer, which ensures a better heat distribution, resulting in perfectly juicy burgers and steaks. For added safety, Coyote electric grill features the 60-minute timer, which shuts off the grill automatically if the grill is left on by accident.

Pit Boss pellet grill is a great option for people who enjoy grilled food with the flavor of natural wood pellets. This wood pellet grill features 700 square inches of total cooking surface to cook a wide variety food. The grill offers a heavy-duty 16-gauge steel construction and features 2 large metal wheels for moving the unit easily. Searing a steak, baking pizza or cookies is easy with digital controls, which provides a precise temperature control for the optimal cooking results. The grill can reach up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. You can easily monitor the temperature with Dome Thermometer that is built into the hood. The pellet grill also features a fan forced convection, which eliminates the need for rotisserie and provides even cooking results at all times. Additional features include a flavor-enhancing grease tray, which directs the grease to the grease bucket while adding the flavor to the food.

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