I think the $200 price point is one of the trickiest to shop for when it comes to grills. Let me explain.
This is the range in which most new grillers feel comfortable spending to get a home grill.
That means, manufacturers flood the market with grills at this price point, all with identical or nearly identical features.
Seems like a good thing right?
It actually makes the shopping process more challenging because now you have a ton of options, all claiming to be spectacular, but you don’t know which ones really live up to the hype.
So let me break it down for you, here’s what to look for and what to avoid:
At $200, a quality grill isn’t going to have all the bells and whistles like a built-in rotisserie kit, flavorer bars and a ton of space. But, if you choose the right one, it should fulfill it’s primary purpose like a champ and grill consistently and smoothly.
Ignore the marked down deals at Walmart that include everything under the sun. That’s exactly how to wind up with a cheaply-made grill that barely reaches desired temps and instead of laying down some nice sear marks on your steaks, leaves you with a floppy, unevenly cooked piece of meat.
Which grills will really perform?
I have sorted through a mountain of options and narrowed it town to the top three $200 grills: the Char Griller Grillin’ Pro, the Char-Broil 2-Burner Single Door and the Easy Assemble 3-Burner Gas Grill.
The Char-Griller is a stand-out in this category, not only for its performance, but also because it offers a generous grilling space, designed for a full-size experience at 438 square-inches, including the primary barbequing space and a warming rack measuring 192 square inches.
Char-Griller’s durably made steel casing, dual stacks and electronically operated burners ensure long-lasting, high-quality cooking experiences.
Heat distribution – of the most important things I look at when evaluating a new grill – is handled skillfully with this machine. The grill’s dual stacks distribute heat evenly, saving users from the headache of having to constantly adjust the temperature to consistently disperse the heat throughout the cooking area. The electronically-operated burners are consistent and well-made, allowing grillers to cook burgers, dogs, ribs and steaks at the right temperature, quickly.
The Grillin’ Pro also has some other smaller stand-out features that I think are worth noting:
The stay-cool hood handle eliminates unwanted heat on the outer parts of the grill during and just after use. Porcelain-made iron grates make cookout experiences pleasant, even to new grill users by eliminating sticking, allowing heat to spread evenly and having top marks for durability. The side shelf also allows a solid amount of space for cook prep and post-cooking storage. Utensil hooks on the side also offer convenient tool storage during a cookout.
As you become a more serious griller, you may want to check out Char-Griller’s Side Fire Box charcoal grilling accessory, too. This add-on lets you convert your grill into a dual gas and charcoal grill. It gives you more flexibility in grilling experience and makes it easy to get the smoky, rich taste you get from a charcoal grill.
The Grillin’ Pro from Char Grill is available on Amazon where it is ranked with a solid rating of 4 out 5 stars from over 287 consumer reviews.
The Char-Broil Classic is known for being well-made and durable, standing the test of time.
It’s porcelain and steel lid and firebox safeguard the grill externally against wear and tear. It’s internal construction is solid and easy to maintain. Basically, it is designed to be used and even a little abused.
Inside, the grill offers porcelain-covered iron grates on 300 square inches of primary cooking space and a secondary swing-away grilling surface of 120 additional square inches. The porcelain-coating prevents sticking, allowing for a smoother cooking process as well as a painless clean-up.
It also has dual working burners, which allow you to cook for a larger group easily. 30,000 BTUs of power are standard and respectable. You should expect a decent amount of heat that makes cooking quick and straight-forward.
The fold-away side shelves offer ample prep and post-grill space while still allowing the grill to maintain a compact profile.
The Char-Broil is a great budget fit and received a stellar rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. It’s a great entry-level grill that can meet any backyard griller’s needs for a solid price.
The Char-Broil Easy-Assemble 3-Burner grill, like the Classic, offers a long-lasting porcelain steel lid and firebox
The various parts have been manufactured and packaged for quick and easy user assembly. As the name suggests, set-up takes less than 15 minutes, so you are up and running almost as soon as you get the grill home.
The 3 burners are obviously the stand-out feature on this grill, including 2 main and 1 side burner with 36,000 BTUs for the main and 12,000 for the third burner.
The total cooking space measures at 380 square inch-sizes of primary and a 170 square inch secondary cooking space. The extra cooking area is especially welcome if you have a larger family or enjoy hosting barbecues with friends and neighbors. This also allows you to cook several kinds of meat simultaneously, at varying temperatures for a more customized experience.
While not related to the functional capacity of the grill, I’m also a fan of the aesthetics of the Easy-Assemble. It is stylish, sleek and pretty cool looking. I really like the matte black exterior and think it makes a nice addition to any backyard set-up.
These grills are all solid, durable, proven picks for the under 200 dollar range and would be a solid choice for any backyard grilling plans.
I am a grill freak! It's hard to pick my favorite thing to grill, but if I had to choose... it is still a tie between pork ribs and a juicy beef burger. I am currently grilling on a Weber S210(I live in a small space) but my dream grill is definitely a summit. Those things are bad ass. Anyways I would love to hear from you, leave a comment or question below!