Grill Check: The Best of 2018


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Summer and grilling go together like burgers and buns. We did some digging and found the best new grills on the market. Whether you’re a charcoal traditionalist or a propane master, these grills will make you want to cook out all summer long.

Charcoal Grills

Charcoal grills are great for smoking meats, and they add a unique, smoky flavor to any meal. The downside is that they can take a long time to light; plus, they get hot so they need to be monitored to maintain an even temperature. Charcoal grills have vents that allow you to control the air flow, but the best-performing grills are made from durable materials that don’t allow heat to dissipate as quickly.

Kamado Pro Ceramic Charcoal Grill

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This alien-looking contraption comes with large vents that allow superior draft control, which means you can modulate the temperature easily. The ceramic body keeps heat in, and it’s durable enough to withstand the elements. As a bonus, it has two handy shelves.

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Broil King Keg 5000

 

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Do you need a grill that can withstand the apocalypse? Look no further than the Broil King Keg. This steel behemoth has 280 square inches of cooking space, a root-draft venting system to provide precise airflow control, and a body made of solid steel, which means it retains heat well and can take anything you throw at it.

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RiverGrille Cowboy Fire Pit

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Made from steel, this awesome grill doubles as a fire pit. It’s equipped with a waterspout to easily drain after a storm, and it has an included rotisserie in case you’re struck with the sudden urge to grill an entire chicken. Cook like a cowboy!

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Propane Grills

There’s nothing more convenient than a propane grill. They light instantly and maintain even temperatures, and they’re relatively cheap to maintain. With advances in technology, some propane grills even come with infrared cooking panels for seafood and other delicacies.

Weber Genesis II E-310

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With three separate burners and porcelain-enameled Flavorizer bars built in over them, this grill can prevent flare-ups while giving your food a smoky flavor. The separate burners allow you to control the heat in different areas of the grill, and it has 513 square inches of cooking space. The stainless side shelves also give you space to store plates and hang cooking utensils.

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Lynx Sedona

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This may be the mother of all grills. The Lynx Sedona is a stainless-steel grill with a rotisserie, an infrared cooking panel for slow-roasted food, 891 square inches of cooking area, and fixed-position ceramic briquettes for even heat distribution. This grill can cook different foods at different temperatures, all at the same time, with ease. Not enough? It also has a blue LED control panel and storage underneath.

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Hamilton Beach Five Burner

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With 641 square inches of cooking space, this grill from Hamilton Beach offers the perfect combination of efficiency and robustness. It features four main burners and an additional burner on the side shelf for side dishes. The best part? It’s designed to set up and tear down in just ten minutes with a screwdriver, making it easy to transport if you’re moving.

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With so many great options, it can be hard to know where to start. As you shop for a grill, the first thing to decide is what type of fuel you want to use. Then consider how the grill will fit into your space and go from there. Now get cooking!