Best barbeque grills
(KBOI-TV) - If barbecuing fuels your passion, a good grill can really turn up the heat. To help you find a good one, Consumer Reports tested 150 grills.
"We also looked at a grill's ability to handle searing versus slow cooking, and also at how evenly the heat is distributed," said Dan DiClerico of Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports used sensors to measure the temperature on all parts of the cooking surface.
Low-performing grills show hot and cold spots. On a good grill, the heat is distributed well. That means steaks will cook evenly on different parts of the grill.
"Grills come in all sizes. Medium ones are the most popular. And we found three great choices," DiClerico said.
A Nexgrill for $270 at Home Depot scored highest.
"It's got great temperature range. You can cook food quickly with direct heat or slowly using indirect heat for larger cuts of meat," DiClerico said.
It's outfitted with stainless-steel grates, which require less maintenance than cast-iron ones. Another Consumer Reports Best Buy - a Backyard model for $150 at Walmart. A Char-Broil for $170 dollars, also sold at Walmart scored high as well.
All three are conveniently equipped with side burners for sautéing or boiling.
Consumer Reports did find two grill brands to avoid - Kenmore from Sears and Member's Mark sold at Sam's Club. Consumer Reports' survey of its subscribers found they are more repair-prone than many of the other brands, and it does not recommend them. After all, whatever grill you get, you want it to keep working for years to come.