More and more people are eating out less and less. Grilling can be a great way to mix up the menu.
Consumer Reports just tested grills and has some inexpensive ones to recommend, as well as ways to keep your grill going longer.
Consumer Reports' John Macchia tested dozens of grills and says with a little extra effort, you can enjoy your grill for years to come.
Along with cleaning the grill after every use, you want to make sure you periodically check for gas leaks.
An easy way to do that is to mix a small amount of dishwashing liquid and water-then spray the mixture along the hose and over connections.
"If you get any bubbling, that means you have a gas leak. You either need to replace the hose or tighten your connections," said Macchia.
But, if you're like Anne and you're looking for a new grill, there are a number of ways to save.
First, you'll see plenty of grills out there with extra large cooking areas. But do you really need that?
Another money-saver--skip options you'll never use.
"If you don't need a rotisserie burner or a side burner, save your money," said Macchia.
Consumer Reports' tests found several grills that cook as well as ones that cost twice as much.
This Kenmore, model 16641, is a Best Buy at $350.
And this Char-Broil Commercial Series is also a Best Buy, at $300.
Both grills can handle high temperatures without excessive flare-up and turn out great-tasting steaks, chicken, and fish.
Consumer Reports says another way you can extend the life of your grill-replace the parts.
Burners, the most commonly replaced gas grill part, are available at home centers or directly from manufacturers.
The Char-Broil grill Consumer Reports recommends comes with a lifetime warranty on its burners.