Bob Vila Radio: Buying a Grill

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Jun 19, 2013 5:06 PM

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If you’re shopping for a new gas grill this season, you can pay anywhere from $100 to more than $10,000. You usually get what you pay for, but good grilling is really more about the cook than about the equipment, so don’t buy more grill than you need.


Listen to BOB VILA ON BUYING A GRILL, or read text below:

If you never prepare more than a couple steaks at a time, you probably don’t need that oversized model. While some models offer more BTUs–or heat output–it’s how well they’re designed to retain heat that determines how well they’ll cook your food. So don’t buy on the basis of BTUs alone.

Stand-alone, portable models are fueled with propane. Less expensive models are made of cast aluminum with steel burners. You’ll find longer-lasting stainless-steel housings and brass burners as the price goes up. You can find grill accessories like rotisseries, smoker boxes, side burners and infrared burners for any cooking style.

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening—or reading—to Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day.

For more on grilling, consider:

Pick the Right Grill
Bob Vila’s 5 “Must-Do” Projects for May
Great Options for Grilling