What is the best Natural Gas Grill on the market? Jeez what a question. Why don’t you ask me something simple like, what’s the best film ever made, who’s the most beautiful woman on the planet, or how to find Big Foot?
Like all those three questions, you can ask 100 people and get 100 different answers, and they would all be right to some extent. Having test driven a lot of grills – and I mean A LOT of grills, I think I’ve got a pretty good handle on what is out there at the moment, and these three are right up there at the top of the BBQ list. If they aren’t the best on the market, then they’re pretty damn close.
So what makes a grill a great grill? What makes it jump off the shelf and say buy me? And more importantly, what then makes you go and tell everyone who will listen to go out and buy it because it’s just so darned good?
Those same 100 people would probably come up with nearly 100 different answers.
When I look at trying to find the perfect grill, I come at it from a slightly different angle. First of all, does it provide a good experience, and what doesn’t it do?
Bear with me. Let’s start with the second of those questions. Whenever you read reviews of BBQs and grills, or you ask your buddies about their latest 8 burner they’ve just shelled out half their mortgage payments on, they will tell you things that it does that it shouldn’t. It gives you hot spots. Its flare ups look like it comes with its own light show. It rusts after 3 months. The fat drips onto the gas pipe. The wheels break when you try to use them as actual wheels. I could go on, but you get my drift.
If you can find a grill that does none of those things then you’re on the right track.
The second thing is a bit trickier to explain.
Does it provide an enjoyable experience? Yes, I know at the end of the day you’re cooking meat, but there’s a world of difference in driving from A to B in a Porsche, and doing it in a Hyundai.
Does the grill have little features, which will just make you nod and smile?
Does it have the sort of looks that will make people want to have their photo taken next to it? Or want one of their wives draped over it like an Italian sports car?
OK, I may be getting carried away, but you get my drift right?
Finally, all of these grills can also be used with propane, but I’m concentrating on the natural gas versions – and they are different models, and aren’t interchangeable so make sure you know your requirements before diving in. As far as I’m concerned, natural gas is far superior, if only for the convenience. Who hasn’t had they favorite people around; the steaks are looking almost done, before an impromptu trip to the camping store is suddenly called for? Anything that can cut that out is alright in my book.
The first on our list of best natural gas grills is one of two Webers, which isn’t a surprise, they’ve been leading the field in grills for as long as I can remember. So what sets the Summit apart from all the others in this range?
Have a look. Just look at it. I was joking about having your photo taken next to it, but this grill’s looks are enough to make you stop and stare.
There will be people out there – and rightly so – asking what does almost $2000 worth of grill give you?
6 Stainless steel burners is what it gives you. 60,800 BTUs is what it gives you. That’s probably in line with what the space shuttle produced! But it gives (or rather it doesn’t give you!) a whole lot more. You are going to want to make more friends just to see if you can try and fill the 800 plus inches of cooking space.
For those of you who haven’t cooked on 6 burners, you haven’t lived. It takes outdoor grilling to a whole new level. But all that heat is no good to man nor beast if you can’t control it, and that is something that you don’t have to worry about here. Each burner is independently controlled, and there’s even a high-powered sear burner. This means you can cook to demand for those who like a little extra heat on their steak without charring everybody else’s food.
The temperature gauge is also the most accurate out there, which is important. The gauge is there for a reason, so use it.
The main thing you get for your money though, is piece of mind. You can get on and cook and you know your day isn’t going to be ruined by your grill not doing what you bought it for, and putting everything else aside, that is the most important thing.
Finally, and I don’t want to get hung up on the money, but it is a valid point, when you get one of these beasts, you’ve got it for life. I’ve heard of people handing down their prized grills to their kids! Replacing your cheaper grill every few years soon negates the initial outlay, so you think you’re saving money, but you actually aren’t.
The 6-620 is often referred to as the crown jewel of the range. Try it and you’ll see why it’s the best natural gas grill. Just make sure no one tries to steal it.
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The little brother of the Summit, this may be, and it comes in at half the price, but the Genesis is a fantastic outdoor grill, perfect for those not quite ready to shell out for the S- 620 (despite my comments!) or for those who haven’t got the space for the larger models.
So, are you settling for second best by going this route? No, not at all. Yes, you are switching from 6 burners and everything that provides, to three burners, but these provide you with 38,000 BTU. It’ll reach 600 degrees in under five minutes which is pretty damn speedy in anybody’s book. The sear burner even pushes the temperature up above 700 degrees.
OK, you are also reducing the amount of cooking space you have to play with, but you’ve still got more than 500 inches of primary cooking area, and the side burner is way big enough to accommodate a 12” frying pan, so don’t start thinking you’re going to have to start making compromises with this.
My one criticism, and maybe that’s too strong a word for it, is that though the overall design and construction is very solid, the steel in parts is thinner than some of the other models, especially on the hood. That said, this grill is still going to be around in a couple years time and cooking strong.
When you cook with this, as with all Weber’s, you know you are going to get the same results every time, which, at the end of the day, makes you look good. And that’s what it’s really about right?
Last, but by no means least, is this fantastic little number by Dyna-Glo. This isn’t here simply as a cheap option, and the fact that I’ve included a grill that you pick up for a little over $400 bucks shows just how good it is. It would have been one of the best gas grills under $500 as well if it weren’t for its bigger brother, the Dyna-Glo DGE 5 Burner Gas Grill.
For a four burner grill, the Dyna-Glo produces a lot of heat and quickly, so you don’t feel you are compromising with power, if you are used to a larger model. Most grill masters like to sear their meat and this grill does that perfectly, and you don’t have to feel that you are limited when it comes to space. There is more than enough for the a solid party, but at the same time the grill doesn’t take up your entire patio.
I couldn’t help myself, but I spent a lot of time trying to figure out where they had compromised and saved money. And I’m still looking. This gives you the feel that you are cooking on a very high quality piece of machinery. The grill cover, for example ,would be more than at home on a model three times the price, and that’s often something that lets models at this price range down. The ignition is fantastically solid, the temp gauge is spot on. I could go on, but you get my drift.
I haven’t even mentioned how good this grill looks. I’m not going to compare it to the Weber, that would be unfair, but it is still a fine looking machine that you would be more than proud to show off in your backyard on summer afternoons.
Down sides? OK you’ve twisted my arm. It suffers very slightly with the occasional hot spot, but that isn’t across the board.
Judge this on its quality alone, and you can’t fail to be impressed.
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!