Just in time for Memorial Day weekend-Consumer Reports' test results on more than 100 gas grills. Some are loaded with features, but you don't have to spend top dollar to get a grill that sizzles.
Nothing says summer like steak and salmon on the grill. Chef John Cavallo cooks something for everyone.
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 over 2-thousand dollars.
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 over in one Kenmore grill!
Celia Kuperszmid-Lehrman of 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. One image showed even heat. But another image shows that the grill has hot and cold spots across the surface of the grates.
Pre-heating is important, too.
Lehrman 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. The midsized Weber Spirit SP-320 46700401. It goes for around 600 dollars. It preheats quickly and evenly.
So does the smaller Weber Spirit for 450 dollars. It is model E-220 46310001.
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.