Consumer Reports Rates Gas Grills

Grilling season is heating up and there are plenty of options when it comes to barbecues.

For those who prefer gas over charcoal, Consumer Reports tested several mid sized grills for safety and durability.

Topping Consumer Reports’ list, the Weber Genesis II. The grill gets high marks from Consumer Reports for temperature performance, temperature range and sturdiness.

The Weber Genesis II costs about $1,000 and comes with a 15-year warranty, according to Joseph Scarpantonio, owner of True Value in Wethersfield.

Consumer Reports also liked the Char-Broil Signature. The company said it’s excellent for large cuts of meat that need to slow-cook and has a top-rated surface temperature.

Consumer Reports' budget-friendly pick is the Nexgrill, which is available at Home Depot. Consumer Reports says it heats up evenly and outperforms some more expensive grills.

Scarpantonio's own pick is the Kenmore Elite with stainless steel grates, under-hood lights and side burners.

It costs about $800 and comes with a 10-year warranty.

A Consumer Reports survey of grill owners found that most get at least five years out of their grills. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help extend its life.

Whichever grill you choose, Scarpantonio says safety is a must. When starting a gas grill, turn on the propane tank first, then turn on the burners before igniting a fire, Scarpantonio said.

“But if you turn on the propane and then go to the knobs and turn them on and get sidetracked, the propane is coming out. So, it's building with propane. Then, when you go to light it, it causes a flash. Even worse, you never want to light a grill with the cover down," he said.

If you’re worried about assembling your grill properly, Scarpantonio says an employee will come to your house and do it for you.

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