Welcome to grill heaven. Here’s your ice cold beer and membership card as a Grill Master.
I’m only sort of kidding.
The $2,000 price point is where you end up with the grill of well, everyone’s dreams. The grill all your neighbors drool over. The grill your friends gather round to drink beer. The grill that makes you crave good weather and afternoons outdoors.
If you are in the market for a new grill around the $2,000 mark, you’re going to get more than just the basic features. You’re going to enjoy an experience.
Grills at this price point are all going to do the everything extreamly well: Quick heat up, even cooking without hot spots, generous cook space.
If you’re going to commit to spending $1,000+ on a big bad grilling machine, you need to know you’re investing in the best.
That’s exactly why the PRO-500 from Napoleon tops our list.
We love this grill for a whole list of reasons, but really it comes down to these factors: quality of build, included features and overall size. These are the primary criteria we look at for any category BUT they really have to measure up for this price point.
We’re picky when spending in this range, but the Napoleon meets and exceeds every expectation we have for a luxury grill and you’re going to feel the same.
So what is the PRO-500 packing?
This is a big grill. Is it the biggest grill we review on this site? No, but it’s definitely in the upper range when it comes to size with 900 square inches of total cooking area. You’re also looking at 4 stainless steel main burners at 20,000 BTUs each for a total of 80,000 BTUs of power per hour.
This grill also comes with two bonus burners, a lidded infrared sizzle zone side burner that goes 0-1800 degrees in 30 seconds, perfectly suited for searing or side/sauce prep and another infrared rear burner especially for rotisserie. It is very much designed to function as an outdoor kitchen so you can cook an entire meal on it, including mains, sides and even dessert if you’re feeling ambitious.
Napoleon also includes all the standard and non-standard luxury features you could expect at this price-point: matchless push button ignition with an extra fast heat up, a precision lid-mounted thermometer, interior lighting, a truly beautifully designed roll top lid and stainless steel cooking grids, tube burners, sear plates and main basin.
The classic wave cooking grids are a Napoleon signature and are designed to give you a perfect cook and sear.
One of my favorite features are the lighted control knobs that you can customize to your preference with a bunch of color options. There’s also a nice safety feature where knobs will glow red when the gas isn’t fully turned off.
The overall design of the Napoleon is shiny and expensive feeling. Stainless steel and chrome finishings are the name of the game. The lower cabinet is just the right size for hiding the propane tank and any other grilling must haves. The side shelves also come equipped with towel bars and tool hooks for storage.
This is a piece of performance machinery meant to provide an outstanding experience on every level. If you have the budget to spend, it’s a no brainer.
In Weber’s line-up of Grills, the S-435 Genesis falls toward the middle in terms of price and size. For a moderate price tag, this grill is roomy, high quality and ready to tackle any family or neighborhood get together.
The Genesis line all comes with a similar frame, materials (think lots of stainless steel) and the GS4 grilling system for a higher end experience.
This model offers 4 primary burners with a combined output of 48,000 BTUs, a infrared side burner for whipping up a great sauce with 12,000 BTUs, and a 9,000 or a slew of grilled chicken breasts. It offers 646 square inches of grill space (that fits up to 28 burgers!), porcelain enameled cast iron cooking grates, and a stainless steel lid designed for maximum heat retention.
The optional fold down warming rack is perfect for keeping food warm if you’re grilling up a feast and the enclosed lower storage offers tons of space for storing grills tools.
The Genesis is also mobile ready! You can check temperature through an app on your phone, so you can literally toss a turkey in that beast, walk away and come back when you know it’s done. What a time to be alive.
This grill does not come with the rotisserie kit included, which is a bit of a bummer at this price point, but it gets top marks for everything else I think you should expect in this category.
Another winning grill rounding out our top 3, the Broil King is a great choice if you’re looking for a grill with an extra burner but don’t quite need the professional level of the finishings and build offered by the Napoleon.
I like to think of the Regal as the grill for the everyday, longtime grill man. You’re not a rookie, but you aren’t looking for luxury – you’re here for power, consistency and space.
This grill delivers on all counts.
As I mentioned the Regal offers five main stainless steel tube burners at 11,000 BTUs each for a combined 55,000 BTUs over 625 square inches of primary cooking area. Like the Napoleon, you’ll also see a lidded 10,000 BTU side burner (no infrared here though) and a 15,000 BTU rear rotisserie burner.
The cooking grids are all solid 9mm stainless steel that Broil King contends are 56% heavier than comparable grill models for thick, even searing and overall consistent cooking. The Flav-R-Wave cooking system is designed to give you perfect results on steaks and is known for durability.
The Regal also has fun light up knobs, though they steel a consistent blue instead of changing color based on whether the gas is still on. You’ll also see matchless push-button ignition, linear flow valves with 180 degree sensitive’s-touch control, a lid-mounted temperature gauge and a stainless steel cook box.
There are two permanent side tables with towel racks and took hooks allowing for ample prep space. A double door lower cabinet hides your propane tank and protects it from exposure while also giving you some extra storage room for all your must haves. This grill is also on locking casters so maneuverability is pretty great.
The Broil King Regal is a great grill if you’re looking for a larger model that has a moderate price tag and high marks for durability and consistent, even cooking.
This is a natural gas option from Napoleon and a beautiful stainless steel grill if you’re looking for a quality build and high-level cooking experience.
With the Napoleon, you can expect a huge grilling space, coming in at 920 square inches of primary cooking area, with stainless steel wave cooking grids, 6 burners, a crazy 90,500 BTUs of power, a ceramic infrared bottom and rear burner, a range side burner, a quick starting Jetfire ignition system, and lighted control knobs,
Some fun perk features we especially like that you don’t see on most other grills are an integrated ice bucket and a cutting board for easy, quick meal prep while you’re grilling.
The Genesis E-335 is another excellent option from Weber and is a solid pick if you’re looking for something a little smaller than some of our earlier picks.
For a 3-burner, it’s roomy, offering 335 square inches of primary cooking area with an additional 178 square inch fold-away warming rack for toasting buns or keeping veggies warm while you finish up a few steaks. Porcelain-coated cast iron cooking grates cover the space and provide a consistent, even cooking surface.
The power on the S-335 is also solid at 39,000 BTUs for the main burners plus an additional 12,000 on that lidded infrared bonus side burner and 9,000 on the dedicated sear station burner. The sear station burner is a great bonus and designed to provide quick, perfect sear marks on whatever meat you’re working with to finish it off.
Like all of Weber’s grills, this one comes with their signature Flavorizer bars to vaporize drippings and infuse the aroma back into the meat, stainless steel burner tubes for optimal gas flow from back to front, and their infinity ignition system for consistent, quick start ups.
My favorite perk? The iGrill 3 app-linked thermometer so you can monitor temps from your phone. We are living the future, folks.
Overall construction is just what you would expect from a Weber and this price point: high-quality stainless steel designed to last many, many seasons. The overall hood is solid stainless as well as much of the front fascia. The stainless side tables also provide hooks for tools and the cabinet style offers ample storage down below.
The Elite from Kenmore is another beautiful grill with a huge cooking surface and all the stainless steel you could hope for.
The construction on this grill is pretty close to pro-level with stainless steel used pretty much everywhere: lid, handles, wire warming rack, 430 grate bottom panel, 8mm cooking grates, flame tamers, doors and frame. Chrome-plated zinc alloy knobs finish off the look.
In terms of size, the Kenmore ranks up there with the big boys at 832 square inches of total cooking area with 5 main burners made with 304 grade stainless steel tubes. Power comes in at 12,000 BTUs per burner, including a lidded infrared side searing burner and a back rotisserie burner.
You’ll also find all the standard add-ons like matchless push-button ignition, a precision lid-mounted thermometer and 2 built-in halogen lights for low-light grilling.
Two side shelves allow ample room for prep and a dual-door lower cabinet hides away the propane tank, protecting from the elements and allowing for some extra storage space for grilling essentials.
This is another exceptional product from Lion that hits all the marks for quality and performance, but falls lower on our list simply due to the price tag and because it’s designed to be a built-in for a more integrated outdoor kitchen set-up.
Lion makes our favorite built-in grills and the 90823 really ranks up there with the very best.
Notable features of this model include 5 cast stainless steel burners, 90,000 BTUs of total cook power, a massive 1,030 square inches of cooking space, commercial grade stainless steel construction, an adjustable warming rack for added cooking space, and a smoker box.
This model also includes an infrared rotisserie back burner.
I also have to note, this grill is perfect for the craft beer lover, it has a built in bottle opener that just takes it to a whole other level for me. Genius.
The E-640 version of the Genesis is an incremental upgrade on the S-435 we talked about in the #2 spot and the E-610 just above. The outer construction and inner workings are almost identical, with a few small upgrades.
What can you expect to see enhanced on the E-640? The overall cooking size is larger at 770 square inches (same as the 610). The power is also amped up on this model, with 72,000 BTUs for the main burners (the 610 has 69,000), but the side burner remains the same at 12,000 BTUs. The only other upgrade is a second handle light (the 435 only has one), which is a pretty minimal bonus.
If you’re considering this model, it’s really only to snag some extra cooking space and a little more power over the S-435 and E-610 versions of the Genesis.
Holland offers another luxury gas grill with lots of cooking space and power.
The Freedom grill comes equipped with a ton of convenience features, driven by consumer wish lists and demand.
You’ll find that Holland guarantees a no-flare up cooking experience, offers a cast iron burner with a lifetime warranty, a stainless steel cooking grid, a rotary spark igniter, one temp setting, pop up side trays for prep work, and a hood mounted temperature gauge.
This grill doesn’t rank higher up mainly due to having only a single burner and the lack of stainless steel in the build. While it’s a solid pick, it just has too much aluminum and not enough space for our liking.
Most of the grills on this list can be converted, but if you’re looking for a natural grill ready to go, the 32” Lion is a no-brainer. This is a commercial grade set-up using 304 stainless steel throughout for maximum durability.
In terms of size and power, you’re looking at four cast stainless steel tube burners delivering 60,000 BTUs of total power with an additional back rotisserie burner at 15,000 BTUs. Total cooking area is 647 square inches, which is enough to feed your own family and a few neighbors.
An oversize temperature gauge mounted on the lid, interior lighting, and stainless steel cooking grates finish off the feature list. Lion also offers two stainless steel side shelves with towel racks and a double door lower cabinet for storage. Heavy-duty locking casters finish off the base.
And my favorite feature? A side-mounted bottle opener for keeping a nice, cold beer at the ready.
This is a solid high-end natural grill option with some serious professional finishings.
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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!