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Best Gas or Charcoal Grill Under $1000

GAS GRILLS $500 – $1000+

WEBER SPIRIT NATURAL GAS GRILL

 

PROS: WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS GAS GRILL

You get everything you need straight out the box without any additional parts necessary for purchase for your natural gas connection including the gas hole itself.

Once put together it works like a charm. Heats up fast and produces a nice, hot fire for all meats (burgers, dogs, steaks, chops, the whole nine yards, including veggies).

What we love best about it is that it’s all natural gas powered so you don’t have to worry about cumbersome tanks to buy, refill, or carry around. Very nice, large grilling service, too.

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAD TO SAY

“Nice machine, exactly as advertised. Looking forward to many years of happy grillin.” – Amazon Customer

SPECIFICATIONS

Color: Metal Grey and Black, Dimensions: 32 x 52 x 63 inches, Material: Steel, Weight: 124.8 pounds, Manufacturer: Weber

CONS: WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

The biggest reported negative is that the sides do not ‘fold down’ so as not to take up as much room when not in use.

BOTTOM-LINE: THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

It’s hard not to fall in love with this grill. Weber makes it fun to ‘grill again’ without any hassles. If you had intensions of grilling 2 to 3 times per month, expect to be out on your patio or back porch grilling 2 – 3x per week!

For a few bucks extra you can grab the accompanying cover and/or grilling set, too.

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SMOKE HOLLOW 4-IN-1 GAS, CHARCOAL, SMOKER AND SEARING GRILL

 

PROS: WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS GAS GRILL

Who said a “jack of all trades is a master of none”?” Clearly, they never got their hands on the this puppy. It does EVERYTHING – and it does it RIGHT! Gas for grilling, charcoal for the classic flavor, smoking for depth and richness, and searing for steaks and burgers that really does a bang up job. It can also be converted to use natural gas eliminating the need for a liquid propane or gas tank altogether.

You can easily accommodate peoples grilling preferences with the use of a single grill in-one; a perfect grill to showcase your chops!

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAD TO SAY

“I like the grill, because I like the gas/charcoal grill combination.” – Ken

SPECIFICATIONS

Color: Black, Dimensions: 54 x 23 x 82 inches, Material: Aluminum, Weight: 218 pounds, Manufacturer: Smoke Hollow

CONS: WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

Though set-up is fairly simple with a two-person team, it can take several hours to put together. Expect to make it an afternoon to evening project. We’d like the gas side to kick out more BTU’s. Lastly, the metal is not as heavy as stand-alone smokers.

BOTTOM-LINE: THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Be sure you invest in a quality cover to keep water off it so it won’t rust out so fast if you intend on stretching out its lifespan for the next 8 – 10 years. Overall, this is a solid, sturdy grill worthy of purchase.

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MHP IN-GROUND POST NATURAL GAS GRILL W/ STAINLESS GRIDS

 

PROS: WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS GAS GRILL

Made in the USA, the MHP In-Ground Gas Grill has a heavy duty, cast aluminum grill housing, stainless steel cooking grids and burner, and a right folding side shelf.

Unlike most stand-alone gas grills that rust and rot from the inside out due to cheaper modern materials and various weather elements, the MHP holds its own for many, many years with little to no maintenance. No need to maneuver heavy chunks of metal and plastic around, simply walk over to this grill where its stationary, usually a porch or patio, and turn on the grill for your cooking pleasures.

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAD TO SAY

“These are amazing grills! They are simple and last forever.” – J. Marken
CONS: WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

One customer mentioned that it was “not as big as he thought it would be”. Although Amazon doesn’t give “exact” measurements, you could always contact the manufacturers themselves for accurate sizing if necessary. Also, the thermostat collects condensation occasionally.

BOTTOM-LINE: THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

If you’re looking for a simple and convenient grill with an in-ground option, this is the grill for you.

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WEBER GENESIS II  E-310 LIQUID PROPANE GRILL

 

PROS: WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS GAS GRILL

Aside from its open card design, easy assembly, instant ignition, tuck-away warming rack, and porcelain-enameled, cast iron cooking grates, the Weber Genesis II like the Incredible Hulk, Hercules, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Superman of grilling machines wrapped up in a small, portable powerhouse package.

It’s advanced technology and build quality out-performs most any other gas grill on the market today at similar price points and above. Clearly much attention was paid to the engineering, construction and manufacturing of this quality produt.

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAD TO SAY

“WOW ! What a nice grill.” – M.M. (Amazon Customer)

SPECIFICATIONS

Color: Smoke, Dimensions: 26 x 39 x 33 inches, Material: Metal , Weight: 189 pounds, Manufacturer: Weber-Stephen Products

CONS: WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

This is an upgrade from the popular “Genesis” series so many of the issues that were wrong with the first edition are either fixed or were considerably improved in the Genesis II. However, the cartoon illustrations could be improved to more accurately describe wiring and brackets.

BOTTOM-LINE: THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

This model comes in either liquid propane or natural gas for your convenience and your choice of a two-burner, three-burner, four-burner, or 6-burner.

Given the heavy competition in the grilling industry Weber models have made a name for themselves as the “Bentley of Grilling Machines for Ford Prices”. Overall, you’ll be pleased with this purchase for many years to come.

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NAPOLEON MIRAGE PROPANE GAS GRILL W/ REAR INFRARED BURNER

 

PROS: WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS GAS GRILL

We appreciate the large side and drop trays to hold cans, sauces, and pans, and dishes while cooking. It’s built solid and sturdy with enough room beneath for storage. It only takes roughly 3 – 4 hours to put together alone (half the time with a partner).

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAD TO SAY

“The grill took some time to put together but is study and nice quality of stainless steel.” – LadyDoo

SPECIFICATIONS

Color: Metallic, Dimensions: 64 x 27 x 50 in, Material: Stainless Steel, Power Source: Propane, Weight: 199 pounds, Manufacturer: Napoleon

CONS: WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

One customer mentioned having to replace the burners, knobs and gas switch panel once during the first two years of ownership. However, it appears to be an isolated incident as the majority of customers were pleased with this model after longer periods of usage.

BOTTOM-LINE: THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

As a side note it’s worth mentioning that you will definitly want to consider investing in Napoleon’s full length grill cover to slow down aging, prevent excessive rusting and keep your grill looking brand spanking new many years later as if you just purchased.

Overall, this is a solid higher-end gas grill to own that’ll make you the grilling champ amongst your neighbors. It does its job well. It gets ‘hot’ quick and is designed to endure heavy and regular usage.

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KENMORE 6-BURNER STAINLESS STEEL GAS GRILL W/ FRONT STORAGE

 

PROS: WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS GAS GRILL

There are several things we love about this grill, one of which is that it’s easy to light and comes with a handy electronic ignition.

To help resist normal ‘wear n’ tear’, the doors, control panel and side fascia are powder-coated, also making it easier to clean and maintain along with a grease tray and cup to make it an even easier task.

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAD TO SAY

“I have had my grill for 9 years and is still perfect” – Amazon Customer

“I had it for 4 years and it’s awesome!” – Daniel Cooke

SPECIFICATIONS

Color: Metallic, Dimensions: 75.1 x 21.8 x 45.4 in, Material: Stainless Steel, Power Source: Propane and Natural Gas, Weight: 180 pounds, Manufacturer: Sears

CONS: WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

There are currently zero negative reviews from customers about this product.

BOTTOM-LINE: THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Though it’s not as popular as some of the other reviews on this page, Kenmore’s grill makes a GREET barbeque!

It gets hot fast (we know how ugly keeping a bunch of hungry people waiting for a grill to warm up can be), it cooks beautifully, and there’s plenty of room to place many huge chunks of meat; saving you time on the grill and giving you more time to enjoy your creations with your family and friends.

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CHARCOAL GRILLS $500 – $1000+

ALL-IN-ONE KAMADO PRIMO ROUND GRILL AND SMOKER W/ CRADLE SHELVES, ASH TOOL, AND LIFT

 

PROS: WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS CHARCOAL GRILL

The Kamado’s highly efficient with coal use and built to last forever. You could pass it on for generations and it will never rust out or get old. The design is simple and virtually indestructible. You’d have to run an army tank over this thing to destroy it.

Holds temperatures well allowing you to cook for hours without additional coals. You’ll never have to ‘worry’ if your meat is over or under cooked. Very flexible grill. Bake pizza, grill streaks and cook mac n’ cheese.

As for assembly, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a grill as easy to assemble as this. Four nuts, a few bolts, and that’s it. You’re done. Maybe 5 minutes tops from the moment you open the packaging.

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAD TO SAY

“Awesome grill. Best deal for a ceramic grill/smoker I’ve seen anywhere.” – Amazon Customer

SPECIFICATIONS

Color: Black – Dimensions: 30 x 30 x 40 inches – Material: Ceramic – Power Source: Charcoal – Weight: 240 pounds – Manufacturer: Primo Grills

CONS: WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

Lacks a firebox divider. A minor inconvenience.

BOTTOM-LINE: THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Made in America that comes with a 20 (twenty) year warranty, there’s no question this is one of the most ‘priciest’ grills today, however, it’s also one of the BEST, highest quality grills as well. You will NEVER need any other backyard grill because it does everything a grilling aficionado could ask for and more. You get what you pay for and this grill was designed to end your ‘search’ and disposal of cheaper, lesser quality grills flooding the market.

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NAPOLEON MIRAGE CHARCOAL GRILL W/ REAR BURNER

 

PROS: WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS CHARCOAL GRILL

This is a high-end, VERY nice looking grill. It’s constructed with “near” precision and the stainless-steel, which prevents rusting, is packed on heavy giving it the majority of its weight. The handle which raise and lowers the charcoal bed is simple and sturdy along with the removable ash tray making the cleanup process as easy as it gets.

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAD TO SAY

“Excellent quality, attractive and very easy to use – works perfectly every time” – Amazon Customer

SPECIFICATIONS

Color: Black – Dimensions: 50 x 68 x 25 inches – Material: Ceramic – Power Source: Charcoal – Weight: 240 pounds – Manufacturer: Primo Grills – Cooking Surface: 845 square inch cooking surface; 605 square inch grilling surface; 240 square inch secondary cooking surface.

CONS: WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

May not completely reduce flares for the price point. Tends to be enough oxygen to support a strong fire inside so extra precautions must be taken so as not burn food.

BOTTOM-LINE: THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

This is one of the best quality charcoal grills you’ll ever own. It did better than we expected, though we admit it’s not the “best” grill we’ve had the pleasure of using. That honor goes to other grills on this review list. However, it’s attractive and very functional. It’s worth the price, though we feel it could be a “little less” given a few issues in design.

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CROWN VERITY PORTABLE STEEL CHARCOAL GRILL

 

PROS: WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS CHARCOAL GRILL

This charcoal grill is a ‘massive’ 72′ inches wide while offering an impressive 60′ inch grilling surface specifically for mid to large sized parties and/or events and experienced grill masters.

Crown Verity’s Portable Steel Charcoal Grill is for the charcoal grilling fanatic constructed from solid 14 and 16 gauge cold rolled steel with a high heat enameled finish for the utmost in durability.

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAD TO SAY

“Love it!” – Adam Julius

SPECIFICATIONS

Color: Black – Dimensions: 74 x 28 x 34 inches – Material: Steel – Power Source: Charcoal – Weight: 184 pounds – Manufacturer: Crown Verity

BOTTOM-LINE: THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

If you frequently host mid to large size parties and/or events and you’re quite proficient on a grill, this model would be perfect for you to use.

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HASTY-BAKE CONTINENTAL DUAL FINISH CHARCOAL GRILL

 

PROS: WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS CHARCOAL GRILL

We appreciate that we’re allowed to raise and lower the firebox to make steaks taste so good it outperforms 4 and 5 star restaurants. This puppy performs under any weather conditions – rain, snow, sleet, or shine.

Lastly, it takes relatively few coals compared to most charcoal grills out there to keep consistent heat for longer periods of time.

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAD TO SAY

“Great grill for different styles. The staff is friendly and available to answer questions.” – B. Haines

SPECIFICATIONS

Color: Black (base) – Dimensions:  23″L x 16″D x 43″H – Material: Stainless Steel/Nickel Plated Grills – Power Source: Charcoal – Weight: 110 pounds – Manufacturer: Hasty-Bake Inc. – Cooking Surface: 504 square inches (289 sq. in. primary cooking area)

CONS: WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

It takes a bit of time for the grill to cool down after extended use. Also, a bit of rust tends to form in areas where the paint eventually chips away due to heat.

BOTTOM-LINE: THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

Overall, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with this understated grill and it’s performance not to mention it has one of the best warranties we’ve seen. You’ll thoroughly enjoy this grill and it will make a solid addition to your backyard.

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PIT BOSS – KAMADO BBQ CERAMIC GRILL 22″ – 24″ COOKER

 

PROS: WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS CHARCOAL GRILL

This grill utilizes very little charcoal to keep temperatures at a steady rate compared to traditional grillers and smokers because of the ceramic construction and insulation attributes that makes this griller so unique.

The Pit Boss comes with stainless-steel hardware and bolts on the hinges and rings to prevent rusting. Ashes are easy to remove because the air intake on the bottom of this unit has no lip. It’s also equipped with a convenient hinged double deck grate so you can add or remove charcoal far easier without taking out the grates.

All in all this is a solid grill worth nearly double than current asking price.

WHAT CUSTOMERS HAD TO SAY

“Stands up side by side with BGE (Big Green Egg)…and a lot cheaper!” – A.F.G

“This is an amazing grill! We have been 100% happy with it …” – Barbara L. Mick

SPECIFICATIONS

Color: Black – Dimensions:  52 x 29.1 x 45.9 inches – Material: Ceramic (Exterior), Wood (side panels) – Power Source: Charcoal – Weight: 178.6 pounds – Manufacturer: Pit Boss – Cooking Surface: 567 square inches 2 tier-cooking space

CONS: WHAT WE WOULD DO DIFFERENTLY

There are reports of buyers having to make a few minor tweaks on their purchase (re-drilling a hole or two, use of silicone sealant to calk the bottom vent, etc.) but these were minor quips.

BOTTOM-LINE: THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

One customer did a dry run on temperature control was surprised at how easy and effortless it was to maintain total control. He smoked ribs for several hours at a consistent 275 degrees with very minor fluctuations in temperature. This is the perfect Komodo for someone on a budget.