If your backyard becomes your main hang out spot over the summer, it’s only natural to explore the world of outdoor cooking. But, if you’re trying your hand at grilling for the first time, it’s essential to buy the right grill model. Plus, no outdoor space is complete without the perfect grill, which will be cooking up delicious eats all season long.
If you’re ready to buy a grill, there are a couple of questions to keep in mind before you start shopping.
What grill is perfect for your outdoor patio? Do you enjoy cooking? Is combining technology and smart grill features ideal for your cooking methods?
The reality is, there is a lot to consider when you’re about to buy a grill. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, we want to help simplify your grill buying process from start to finish.
If you’re overdue for a grill upgrade or are trying your hand at grilling for the first time, take a look at some of our ‘smoking hot’ tips for how to buy a grill perfect for your lifestyle.
The best place to begin your grill buying journey is by selecting a grill type. There are so many types of grills available, shopping can be overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what you’re looking for. Before you shop, it’s important to explore the most popular grill models, to see which one is perfect for your patio.
As one of the most popular grill models on the market, gas grills are easy to use, heat up quickly, and have minimal cleanup. If you enjoy entertaining guests or want to cook with ease, gas grills may be an ideal choice for your outdoor patio. Plus, many gas grills offer high tech features such as temperature regulation and digital controls. Gas grills are great for the cooks who want to simplify their work, without compromising the food.
If you enjoy smoky flavors in your food, charcoal grills should be a top contender when you go grill shopping. Most charcoal grills have smaller designs, which are great for those smaller patio spaces that don’t have room for additional features. The best part about charcoal grills? They’re very reasonably priced, so you’ll be able to grill up delicious eats, without frying your wallet. If you’re a fan of informal get-togethers, or if you’re someone who doesn’t entertain often, charcoal grills are a great grilling option. We have a selection of the best charcoal grills designed with you in mind, including trusted brands like Green Mountain and Kamado Joe.
Ceramic grills are highly versatile and are a great grill for anyone’s backyard. They’re perfect for meals that require high heat searing or hours of slow cooking. You’ll always have food packed with flavor, because ceramic grills are known for retaining heat and moisture, because of their construction. Their wide domed top lets heat move freely throughout your grill, so everything cooks to perfection. If you’re a fan of outdoor cooking and have previous experience on the grill, ceramic grills would be a great contender for your backyard. Quality ceramic grills will last a lifetime and can be full of features that make the charcoal and wood grilling experience better.
Wood pellet grills are another type of grill a griller looking to expand their horizons would enjoy. Wood pellet grills are normally heated by wood pellets, which are very similar to rabbit food, that are released and ignited within your grill’s burn box. Wood pellet grills give your food a variety of flavors profiles because various pellets produce different tastes. If you’re comfortable around the grill and want to experiment with your food, this might be the perfect option. Most pellet grills excel at low and slow cooking but a few models feature high heat searing.
Once you narrow down the type of grill you’d like, it’s time to consider it’s additional features. Maybe you’ve never had a grill with high tech features before, like infrared burners, a rotisserie or internal temperature controls. But, if you’d like to, now you can!
Most grill models include various features that can simplify your outdoor cooking, and make your cooking experience more enjoyable from start to finish. Depending on the type of grill you want, it’s important to tell your grill expert the features that matter most when you’re cooking. They’ll take the time to find a model that combines everything you’re looking for.
Some exciting grill features to keep in mind include:
If you love the idea of incorporating high tech grill features, or would prefer to keep things simple while you cook, our team of experts will work with you to find the perfect model for your backyard. There’s bound to be a grill model packed with your cooking essentials.
Before you buy a grill, think about your patio or deck. It’s important to consider how much space you have, and take the proper measurements of your patio. One of the first questions we’ll ask you when you start shopping is how much grill space you require, so we can find a model and size that works for you.
Now, most grill dimensions factor in things like warming racks or side burners to increase their square inches, so we’ll take that into account while you shop. Your cooking area is important, but large grills aren’t everything. Finding a size that suits your needs is our number one priority.
If you’d like the ability to entertain, we’ll find something that suits your space and cooking requirements. Don’t worry too much about the logistics - that’s our job.
If you already have a budget in mind, we can find a way to work with that price point while you shop. However, if you want additional grilling features, you’ll have to be flexible when it comes to your overall price. Luckily different grill models have various price points, so you’ll be able to find a grill that works for you, and still get everything you’re looking for.
However, just like with all investments, it’s important to think about the quality of your grill. The better the model, the greater the chance that you’ll have it for years to come, so make an investment that will last.
Another important part of your grill buying process: consider the fueling method, and it’s overall cost. Most gas grills are powered by natural gas or a propane tank, but wood pellet and charcoal grills require different sources of heat to cook your food. These will all vary in price point, do account that into your overall budgeting.
Depending on your budget, it’s important to find a grill that will cook, sear, and smoke your food to perfection. With our team of grill experts, we’ll be able to find a model that’s perfect for you.