CLEVELAND - In the market for a new gas grill? Consumer Reports says there is a bevy of new and revamped models, including some with new features that could make for more convenient cooking.
The latest Consumer Reports "Gas Grill Ratings" feature more than 100 tested models. Among them are products from seven new brands like Even Embers, Bel Air, and Smoke Hollow, all of which offer grills in the $650 or less price range.
Pricier models can now also be seen in newer grills from established brands and include features such as LED task lighting under the lid, built-in windows, and Bluetooth temperature probes.
The standout models in CR’s latest gas grill ratings include:
$400 or less: Nexgrill 720-0830H ($270) – CR’s high-scoring midsized grill gives you four-burner capacity and very good performance.
$400 to $700: 3 Embers GAS7480AS ($500) – This midsized grill from 3 Embers, a new brand in CR’s Ratings, features a window in the lid and a lifetime burner warranty.
$700 to $1,000: Weber Genesis II E-410 ($900) – A new look for a widely sold grill, the porcelain-coated enamel lid adds a splash of color on this large model. It has a fold-down warming rack and a fuel gauge.
$1,000 and up: Napoleon LEX730RSBIPSS ($1,800) – This luxe large model is loaded with features, including a rotisserie burner, a searing burner, storage drawers, and a side shelf with a built-in ice bucket for storing drinks.
CR’s latest ratings of 100-plus gas grills, along with buying advice and a guide to choosing the best models available at The Home Depot and Lowe’s, can be found in the June 2017 issue of Consumer Reports magazine and online at CR.org.Note: reading the ratings requires a Consumer Reports subscription