Nothing says summer like steak and salmon on the grill. Chef John Cavallo cooks something for everyone.
John Cavallo says, "I got salmon, some steaks, we're doing some grilled peppers, make everybody happy."
For convenience, more people are grilling with gas these days. Consumer Reports tested dozens of gas grills that cost under $200 to more than $2,000.
Some grills do more than the basics - like this one with a rotisserie. It also has a side burner - perfect for keeping a pot boiling. And you'll find an oven in this Kenmore grill!
Celia Kuperszmid-Lehrman with Consumer Reports says, "We were able to bake a pretty good cake in the oven, though the bottom was darker than one we baked in a regular oven."
Things can heat up in Consumer Reports' labs. Testers apply thermocouples to the grates to measure how evenly a grill distributes heat.
This image shows even heat. But this image shows that the grill has hot and cold spots across the surface of the grates.
Pre-heating is important, too.
Celia says, "In a recent Consumer Reports reader survey, we found most gas grillers preheat their grill for five to ten minutes before cooking."
So testers preheat the grills for ten minutes to see if that's enough, measuring the temperature and evenness across the grates.
Some grills do better than others.
Consumer Reports top-rated two Weber grills. This midsized Weber Spirit goes for around $600 and preheats quickly and evenly.
So does this smaller Weber Spirit for $450. And both do an excellent job at high and low temperatures... perfect for grilling a summertime feast!
You can find those Weber grills at Home Depot, Lowe's, Walmart, and at independent retailers.
They come with a long, ten-year warranty on the burners, which is the most frequently replaced part.