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Grilling season is here, and whether you’re shopping for the ultimate Father’s Day gift, upgrading your own grill or just getting started, you’ll find plenty of options staring back at you at your local home improvement store. There are charcoal grills, pellet grills, gas grills and smokers. Picking the best grill can be overwhelming. We put six of the best-selling grills you can buy right now through their paces at the CNET Smart Home to help you find the one that’s right for you. Twelve racks of ribs, 18 whole chickens and 96 burgers later, here’s how it all shook out.Read more:  The best way to clean gas grills and grates | Become a grill master: 5 tips for better BBQDisclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
Best overall: Dyna-Glo 4-burner (DGE486GSP-D)

Chris Monroe/CNETThe Dyna-Glo 4 burner is my top pick this grilling season. It delivered above-average results across our testing categories. It performed well in our rib taste tests, outscoring Weber, Char-Broil and KitchenAid models every time. Chicken didn’t cook quite as quickly on this grill as others, but that’s not necessarily bad news. The Dyna-Glo 4-burner gave us a bird with crispy skin and juicy meat.  In addition to 40,000 BTUs across the main burners, there’s also a 12,000-BTU side burner, perfect for heating up sauces or side dishes. This grill also had one of my favorite thoughtful extras: a sliding liquid propane tank drawer inside the cabinet for easy access.At $449, it isn’t the most affordable grill we tested or the most expensive, and the warranty is nothing to write home about. Still, this grill was a solid performer I’d be happy to have on my own patio.

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Best for burgers: Weber Spirit II E-210

Chris Monroe/CNETIf burgers are the mainstay of your cookouts, this Weber grill is a great choice. Weber’s 10-year warranty applies to all its grill parts, so you’ll be set for years to come, even with heavy use. Its consistent performance in our testing delivered burgers with a good char and a slightly pink center. The Spirit II E-210 is also one of Weber’s iGrill compatible models, an additional accessory line that includes Bluetooth temperature probes you can monitor via a companion app. If you’ll be preparing dishes that require more time on the grill, the iGrill system will help you keep an eye on things from a distance.At $349, this grill sits in the middle of the affordability spectrum. You won’t get a side burner or a cabinet to hide your propane tank, either, though there is a rack to hang it on with a sliding gauge mechanism. Still, I was pleased with the searing and even cooking across this Weber model, and I’d recommend it to anyone who dreams of the perfect patty. 

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Best for low and slow cooking: Dyna-Glo Smart Space Living 3-burner (DGB390SNP-D)

Chris Monroe/CNETDyna-Glo proved itself once again when it came to low and slow cooking. The Smart Space Living three-burner was the winner of our rib taste tests every time. Chicken on this Dyna-Glo model was average in cooking time, but was worth it for the crispy skin and tender meat. The $329 Smart Space Living 3-burner didn’t do as well with burgers as it did with chicken and ribs, but if you’re looking to cook larger cuts of meat, you won’t be disappointed. It’s also the smallest three-burner gas grill we tested, and at just 77 pounds, the lightest. This Dyna-Glo is great for someone who wants the easy indirect heat option of a three-burner grill without any extra bulk. 

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Best value: Royal Gourmet (GG3201)

Chris Monroe/CNETThis Royal Gourmet was the most budget-friendly model in our testing group. For just $200, you’ll get a grill with 413 square inches of primary cooking space, 36,000 BTUs and a side burner. You’ll also get a good-looking temperature gauge on the hood, cabinet doors to hide a propane tank, and the option for a powder-coated or stainless steel finish. The Royal Gourmet GG3201 did well with low and slow cooking, coming in second in our rib taste tests. However, burgers on high heat were extremely well done, nearly burnt, every time. If you purchase this grill, I’d keep a close eye on anything grilled above medium heat, as it tends to run hot. 

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Other grills we’ve testedThe CNET Smart Home editors have been serving up grill data for a few years now. In addition to the models above, here are the other gas grills we’ve tested: Weber Spirit II E-310: Weber’s larger Spirit II model includes three burners and is also iGrill compatible. However, that accessory costs $100, and this basic three-burner is already priced high at $449.Char-Broil Performance XL (no longer available): The $299 Performance XL was our top pick last year given its great performance and reasonable price, but this five-burner model (#463243518) is no longer available from Char-Broil’s website or Lowe’s, though the folks at Char-Broil tell me there is a nearly identical model replacing it. Char-Broil Commercial Double Header: This $700 grill is a good choice if you’re looking for large capacity. Four burners, two separate fireboxes and a side burner mean you’ll be ready for any crown.Broil King Baron S520 (no longer available): The Baron S520 tended to run hot in our testing, and we found ourselves burning food too often. You won’t get any extras either, like side burners or temperature probes, and it appears to be unavailable on Broil King’s website.KitchenAid 720-0891C: KitchenAid’s style and color options are impressive, but the performance of this two-burner grill was underwhelming in all three tests. If you’re looking for a two-burner grill, the Weber Spirit II E-210 is a better choice. Char-Broil Signature Series 4-burner This well-built and practical Char-Broil model was middle of the road in our testing. It comes with plenty of cooking space, a side burner and cabinet doors. If you’re a fan of Char-Broil’s grills, this model is a safe bet, but there are better grills from other brands for $500. How we testTo get a feel for how these grills perform in a variety of cooking scenarios, we perform three tests. Based on different meats, methods and heat settings, these tests show us how efficiently and evenly a grill does (or doesn’t) cook. RibsOur first test is ribs. It’s an anecdotal round, so there aren’t any temperature probes or software capturing specific data. We preheat each grill on high for 10 minutes before turning it down to low, indirect heat. Depending on the grill size, that means turning one or two burners off completely. We remove the outer membrane on a rack of St. Louis style short ribs and season it with an all-purpose rub we use for ribs and chicken. Then, the ribs are placed on a piece of aluminum foil and grilled for three hours. Rib testing takes three hours on low, indirect heat.
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Rib enthusiasts may not agree with this relatively short and smokeless cooking method, but it allows us to see just how well a regular grill can cook low and slow. Even with the arguable short three-hour cook time, ribs at the end of this test can be tender and juicy. A blind taste test by five selfless and dedicated (definitely not just there for the free food) coworkers results in a ranked list with the lowest scoring grill declared the winner. We repeated this test twice, you know, for science. ChickenTo test the grill with a midrange cook time and medium heat settings, we grill a whole chicken. We preheat the grill on high for 10 minutes, then turn the heat down to medium and turn off burners to create an indirect heat environment.Once we’ve trimmed and seasoned the bird, we place it in a roasting pan and insert one temperature probe into each chicken breast, for a total of two probes per chicken. To keep our results as fair as possibly, all the chickens are as close as possible to 5.5 pounds. Whole chickens are cooked on indirect, medium heat until both breasts reach 165 degrees. 
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Those temperature probes are connected to a datalogger and laptop with a software program that records the internal temperature of each chicken breast every two seconds. Each chicken cooks until the temperature in both breasts reaches a food-safe 165 degrees Fahrenheit. Chicken grilled well should have a crispy skin and meat that is cooked through fully but not dry. This test is performed in three rounds, giving us a solid average cooking time for each grill. BurgersBurgers are our final grill test. We measure out 5.3-ounces of 80/20 ground beef and press them into uniform patties. Those patties go into a grill basket and we insert a temperature probe into the center of each patty at a 45-degree angle. With the grill preheated for 10 minutes on high, the basket goes onto the grill. After six minutes of cooking, we flip the basket and monitor internal temperature. Once the last burger in the basket reaches 145 degrees, the batch is finished. A good burger in this test is one that has both a nice outside char and a slightly pink center. Burgers go on the grill over direct, high heat. 
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Burger testing points out any hot spots across the grill’s cooking surface if one burger consistently reaches 145 before the others in every round. An average 15- or 20-degree difference across the quickest and slowest patties in a batch was the norm in our testing. Red flags are raised when we begin to see differences in the 30- to 40-degree range. In this group of grills, only the Royal Gourmet gave us a real hot spot issue. A closer look at specsComparing these gas grills isn’t all apples to apples. With different grill sizes and BTU levels, a difference in performance is expected. Still, there are some observations to be made. One thing our test data highlights is how quickly a grill can cook on its own medium or high setting. That doesn’t mean each grill is set to the same preheated temperature. It simply means we turned the knobs to what each grill indicated was medium heat. The chart below compares each grill’s average cooking time for chicken and burgers over three identical tests.Average cooking times

Char-Broil Commercial Double Header

Char-Broil Signature Series 4-burner

Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D

Dyna-Glo DGE486GSP-D

KitchenAid 720-0891C

Royal Gourmet GG3201

Weber Spirit II E-210

Weber Spirit II E-310

Chicken

94 min.

75 min.

86 min.

113 min.

103 min.

73 min.

117 min.

80 min.

Burgers

14 min., 2 sec.

14 min., 54 sec.

12 min.

14 min., 45 sec.

15 min., 4 sec.

9 min., 35 sec.

13 min., 26 sec.

15 min., 44 sec.

If speed isn’t your deciding factor, don’t fear. There are other characteristics you can compare to choose the grill that’s right for you. Exactly which one is that? It depends on your cooking style. If you’re cooking for large groups frequently, you’ll need a grill with a large primary cooking surface, a warming rack and a side burner. If you just plan to use your grill for flipping a few burgers occasionally, stick with a smaller or less expensive model. Looking for a small model that gets the job done? KitchenAid’s compact size and bold color options make it a solid, stylish choice. If you want that side burner and plenty of power to go with it, the Char-Broil Commercial Double Header delivers. Otherwise, I’ll point you back to my top pick this year: the Dyna-Glo 4-burner (DGE486GSP-D).Take a look at this chart to compare size, power, warranty and more. Gas grills compared

Char-Broil Commercial Double Header

Char-Broil Signature Series 4-burner

Dyna-Glo DGB390SNP-D

Dyna-Glo DGE486GSP-D

KitchenAid 720-0891C

Royal Gourmet GG3201

Weber Spirit II E-210

Weber Spirit II E-310

Price

$749

$500

$329

$449

$279

$200

$349

$449

Dimensions (HxWxD) inches

47.8×66.3×23.5

46.2×55.2×27.5

45.7×49.6×23.0

47.0×51.2×24.6

44.69×48.03×21.46

44.9×48.8×22.4

44.5×48.0x27.0

44.5×52.0x27.0

Weight (lbs.)

215

143

77.8

101.5

72

89.3

103

114

Main burner BTUs

36,000

30,000

36,000

40,000

26,000

36,000

26,500

30,000

Side burner

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

No

Yes

No

no

Warranty

Burner: 10 years Firebox: 3 years Other: 1 year

Burner: 10 years Firebox: 3 years Other: 1 year

Burners: 5 years Other: 1 year

Burners: 5 years Other: 1 year

Burner: 10 years Firebox: 3 years Other: 1 year

1 year

10 years

10 years

Primary cooking space (sq. in.)

650

530

507

486

332

413

360

424

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