Sales of gas grills skyrocket in the summer months as more and more people go outside to cook. It used to be buying one was fairly simple. These days grills are coming with more and more features, complicating the buying decision. Consumer Reports tested over two dozen to find the best.
Gas grills are big business —almost 10 million were sold last year alone.
Consumer Reports John Macchia (PRON: MOCK-ee-uh) tested 25 from names like Char-Broil, Weber and Jenn-Air. Prices ranges from 125 dollars all the way up to 1,600 dollars.
The biggest ones can cook more than 30 burgers at a time, while the smallest grills can handle less than 15.
First testers checked the features on the grills.
One has high-tech infrared heat. Ceramic plates glow red hot — heating up to over 1,000 degrees.
Then it came to the most important test of all — cooking food. Testers grilled chicken breasts and salmon steaks, which cook over low heat, and hamburgers, which need a higher heat to cook properly.
Testers found porcelain-coated cast-iron grates heated evenly and cooked without sticking.
In the end, testers found you don't have to break the bank to get a grill that sizzles.
If you're looking for an average-sized grill, Consumer Reports found a Best Buy. For 200 dollars, the Fiesta Optima gives you lots of warming-rack space as well as a side burner.
Consumer Reports did find an average-sized grill that rates excellent across the board. The Jenn-Air JA460P has
porcelain-coated burners and lots of shelf space, but doesn't come cheap. It costs $600. You can find it at Lowes — or online at lowes.com.