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Picking the Perfect Grill

Gas or charcoal?
If you’re on a tight budget, charcoal is your best bet. While some gas grills are lower in price, you’ll get a much better grilling experience out of a sturdy, inexpensive charcoal grill than a basic gas grill.
 
The moderate price range gives you plenty of grills to choose from. Small to mid-size gas grills fit this price point as well as most charcoal grills. 
 
Just because you spend a lot on a grill doesn’t mean you’re going to grill the perfect steak every time you cook out. The higher priced grills typically come with more bells and whistles, but make sure that the features fit your grilling needs.
 
Charcoal: Big or Small?
No matter the size, charcoal grills usually burn at the same heat. So size and shape are the main factors you need to consider.
 
Typically, the smaller the grill, the less amount of time you should leave your food on the grates.  The closer the grates are to the coals, the easier it is to sear or burn foods if you’re not paying attention.
 
The larger the grilling surface, the more food you can cook at a time. Barrel charcoal grills can hold the most food, where kettle and kamado grills have less grilling space but they give you the ability to cook for longer periods of time since they have a greater distance between the grates and the coals.
 
Gas: Portable or stationary?
This mostly depends on if you’re planning on grilling on the go or keeping it on your patio. 
 
For tailgaters, affordable portable gas grills are a fan favorite. Portable grills are the least expensive on the gas grill price spectrum, so if you’re looking for a small grill that will get the job done, this is the grill for you. 
 
Stationary grills tend to be more sturdy and durable than portable grills. Grills with stainless steel bodies and seamless construction are the most sturdy and safe.
 
Charcoal: Barrel, Kettle or Kamado?
Barrel grills are typically the least expensive option when it comes to charcoal grills. Barrel charcoal grills can hold the most food thanks to its bigger cooking surface, but barrels do require more charcoal than other grills. 
 
Kettle grills are smaller than most grills, so they are perfect if you’re trying not to take up too much space in the backyard. This also means that there is less grilling space, so kettles can cook less food at once. The shape of the cooking chamber allows for more space between the food and the coals, making kettles great for prolonged cooking. These grills are also less sturdy thanks to their three leg design.
 
Kamado grills are the most expensive style of charcoal grill. Kamados have much thicker walls and retain heat more efficiently and effectively, giving you the most temperature control. Their unique heat retention and air flow control allows you to cook an array of foods like baking fresh bread and grilling pizzas. Similar to the kettle design, these grills are great for long-term grilling but they hold less food at a time than your typical barrel grill.