How to Buy a Gas Grill
Getting Started with the Buying Process
You’ve come to the right place if you’re in the market for a new gas grill! We’ve put together this guide to help walk you through some of the main factors you’ll need to consider as you begin researching your purchase. Although the process may seem overwhelming at first, our goal is to help simplify your buying process.
We’re looking forward to working with you, because we believe shopping for a new grill should be a fun experience, and with our large selection of grills, extensive product knowledge, and years of experience on staff, there’s no better place to buy a grill than at KickAssGrills.com.
Find the Best Grill to Fit Your Budget
Our grills range from several hundred dollars up to $15,000 or more. Unless you’re working with an unlimited budget, you’ll need to weigh different variables like grill materials, features, and other factors that will determine the final price of your grill. Fortunately, the large range means there’s a grill for everyone at Kick Ass Grills.
In our experts' opinion, there are (4) price points to categorize grills:
Budget grills are the grills that can be found at all big box stores. They’re economical and work fine as a first grill, but you’ll likely find yourself needing to repair or replace components rather quickly, as these grills simply aren’t going to last for many years like more expensive luxury grills.
Average Price Range: Under $750
Entry-Level Luxury Grills
Entry-level grills feature higher quality construction and better manufacturer warranties than most budget model grills from big box stores. These grills will typically be similar to their more expensive mid-range and luxury counterparts in many ways, albeit with slightly different construction materials used or smaller feature sets—perfect for those seeking good value for their money.
Average Price Range: $750–$2,000
Mid-Range Luxury Grills
Mid-range grills borrow some of the features from more expensive luxury grills while remaining affordable. In this category, premium features like infrared burners are more frequent. Higher quality construction materials are typically used throughout the grill, as well. These grills are great for serious grillers who want high performance without breaking the bank.
Average Price Range: $2,000–$5,000
High-End Luxury Grills
High-end grills are engineered to be the last grills you’ll ever need to buy. Only the highest quality materials are used, and many of the products are even handcrafted. These units are built to perform at the highest level and last a lifetime. These are the grills for anyone who’s looking for the best of the best products on the market.
Average Price Range: $5,000 or more
Choosing the Best Configuration for Your Space
Grills come in many different shapes and sizes, and there’s no single “best” option for everyone. Be sure to consider the size of your space, how you plan to use your outdoor kitchen, and whether or not you’ll be adding additional appliances or storage. There are four main grill configurations you’ll want to consider: built-in, freestanding, in-ground/on-post, and portable.
Built-in grills are the centerpiece of an outdoor kitchen setup. Typically, these products are built into a grill island and paired with additional appliances and storage to create a one-of-a-kind space.
Freestanding grills are what most people think of when they imagine a classic BBQ grill. With wheeled carts and integrated storage, these units make an excellent all-in-one grilling station for an outdoor space.
In-ground or on-post grills offer an excellent option for a fixed grilling station for those who don’t plan on moving their grill and want a smaller footprint. These grills are also great for special use cases like shared apartment building spaces.
Portable grills are worth mentioning in this guide because of their space-saving design. While more commonly used for tailgating, camping, and other grill-on-the-go scenarios, these units can also be a viable main grilling option for small homes and apartments with limited space.
What Fuel Type Is Best for You?
If you’re reading this, we’re going to assume you’ve already made your decision regarding whether or not you want a charcoal grill or a gas grill, so we’re going to focus on gas only for the purpose of this article. This leaves you with two options for fuel type: natural gas or propane.
Natural Gas Grills
A natural gas grill makes a great option for those who already have natural gas lines on their property. With the help of a gas professional, all you’ll need to do is run an extra gas line to your outdoor kitchen and you’ll no longer need to worry about running out of fuel at an inconvenient time.
Propane gas grills can either be connected to a large propane tank on a property or, more commonly, attached to a small 20-pound tank stored within the grill itself. When used with a 20-pound tank, these grills are easy to move around as needed, but you’ll need to monitor your fuel levels to avoid being caught with an empty tank at the wrong time.
How to Size Your Grill
The two primary factors to consider when sizing your grill are the size of your space and the number of friends and family you’ll be feeding at one time. If you’re regularly hosting parties or family get-togethers, you’ll want to make sure you can feed most or all of your guests at once. However, if you’ll mostly be serving small groups, then an oversized grill will be less efficient and may take up space that would be better utilized with additional appliances or storage.
When referring to grill size, we’ll be referring to the main cooking area widths. Keep in mind, however, that many grills will have additional cooking spaces and/or side shelves that will contribute to the overall width.
Small Grills (<24”)
Small grills are great for those who have limited outdoor space, such as those in apartments, townhomes, or condos. These grills are also great for those who are only serving small groups at any given time.
Medium Grills (24” to 36”)
Medium grills are an excellent choice for those who typically serve smaller groups but who would still like the flexibility to cook for a small party. These grills typically also allow for more varied cooking methods (like indirect grilling), and they may include additional features, as well.
Large Grills (36” to 48”)
Large grills offer full flexibility to cook for large groups, cook multiple meals at once, or to cook using various cooking methods not possible on other grills. These grills offer an impressive cooking option for those looking to go big and bold.
Extra Large Grills (48”+)
Extra-large grills are perfect for those whose house is always the go-to spot for gamedays, family cookouts, or other get-togethers. These grills are also large enough to accommodate the needs of some commercial services, as well.
Learn More About Our Grills
We hope you’ve found this guide helpful, but if you still have more questions, our blog is an excellent resource for more information about gas grills. Here are some of the best articles for you to check out next.
- What is the Best Gas Grill?
- Is a Luxury Grill Worth the Higher Price Tag?
- How to Build an Outdoor Grill Island
Get Help from a Grill Expert
If you’d like more personalized help, our product specialists are here to help! Our team has expert-level grilling knowledge and can assist you no matter where you are in the shopping process. Our team is available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time Monday through Friday. You can also contact us via our website, and we’ll be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.