Stainless steel has moved beyond the kitchen and onto the patio. Sales of stainless steel grills are sizzling.
Most are pricey, $1,000, $2,000, even $3,000, but Consumer Reports can save you a bundle if you love that stainless steel look.
Consumer Reports just tested barbecue grills and says you don't have to pay top dollar to get a very good stainless steel grill.
This Thermos Grill is $400 at Target and a Vermont Castings is $400 at Home Depot.
Besides being stainless steel, they have other pluses. They have the two best kinds of grates for searing and keeping temperatures even."
Vermont Castings' grates are coated cast iron. Thermos's grates are stainless steel and an electronic igniter on the Thermos makes start up easy.
The Thermos also has a 10 year warranty on the burners and that long of a warranty is usually only available on higher priced grills.
In addition, the Thermos grill has a side burner that can be handy for keeping food warm or cooking up mushrooms or side dishes. The thermos grill earned very good scores for grilling and evenness of heating.
As for the Vermont Casting grill, it did an excellent job of grilling and even heating. Consumer reports named both grills, “Best buys.” At $400, they cost far less than most other stainless steel grills.