With summer just around the corner, I plan to buy a new BBQ grill. My old grill took a beating last winter (R.I.P.), and I want to replace it in time for the May 2-4 weekend. Since a full-size BBQ is no small investment, so I wanted to do my research and figure out what is the best BBQ to buy.
Sounds simple, right? Not exactly.
I started with a basic question: what is the best BBQ to buy? Since most of my friends are renters (and most landlords are not keen on balcony fires), I went to the internet in search of the best grill reviews.
It turns out there is a lot more to buying a BBQ than choosing between propane or charcoal. I quickly realized I would need to ask myself a spread of other questions before I could figure out what is the best BBQ to buy.
Based on the best grill reviews I’ve read, here’s a list of other factors you should consider when deciding on a new BBQ:
- Size: How many meals do you plan to cook at once? While the extra-large, multi-level grills are enticing, they are not right for everyone. The rule of thumb for BBQ size is to have 50 square inches of cooking space for every portion of food. If you only cook for small family, a smaller grill will better suit your needs.
- Quality of Materials: A BBQ should be safe, stable, and built to last. Stainless steel costs more upfront, but it lasts longer than aluminum and sheet metal. You should also watch out for sharp corners and edges, and be sure the grill will not tip over easily. This is something you can only test in-person, so it is good to check out the grill at a local retailer before you order it online.
- Temperature: Most BBQ grills have an adjustable temperature, but some models offer a wider temperature range from others. You will want to pay attention to this if you plan to cook foods that need a precise temperature, like fish.
- Burners: In general, BBQ owners end up replacing burners more often than any other part of the grill. Check out the best grill reviews to see how long the burners usually last for other users. A good burner should last at least 10 years.
- BTU: British Thermal Units (BTU) indicate how much gas a BBQ grill uses and how much heat it can produce at the highest setting. 40,000 BTUs is enough for chicken and vegetables, but you will need about 60,000 to cook tougher cuts like steak.