The 10 Best Barbecues - June 2017
Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every barbecue on the market in the US to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 899 barbecues, 359 reviews and 1,310 prices. Last updated 20 June 2017.
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Choosing The Best Grill Or Barbeque
Barbecues and grills are cooking devices meant for both outside and inside cooking. They usually comprise of a metal grill suspended over a fuel source (charcoal, gas or electric). The food (usually meats) are placed onto the grill, where the high temperatures from the fuel cook it quickly and efficiently. Barbeques are the epitome of summer cooking - great for parties and quickly cooking large amounts of meat and vegetables.
The two names can be used interchangably, but here are the main differences between barbeques and grills. It's important to be clear on which type you want when buying, because outdoor barbecues generally can't be used indoors - they generate a lot of smoke, that will make a kitchen very unpleasant very quickly!
Barbeques don't require electricity - prefering to use a fuel source such as charcoal or gas. They can be significantly larger than grills, meant for cooking for families and groups, which also means they can be more expensive. Their fuel sources generate a lot of smoke, meaning the can also be used for hot smoking meat and fish.
Grills are usually smaller than barbeques and can be used inside. They tend towards either electricity or gas as a fuel source, meaning they produce less smoke, but are more costly to run. They are meant more for small families, apartments, or places where setting up a big barbeque and causing lots of smoke would be more of a challenge. This means they can be significantly cheaper: however, since they don't use charcoal or wood as a fuel, you don't get quite the same chargrilled taste as a proper barbeque.
Grills and barbecues come in all different shapes and sizes - from very small one-person grills that can only cook a couple of sausages at a time, to enormous barbeques that can easily cook entire racks of ribs or whole birds at once. The barbeques and grills on our site have a cooking surface measured in centimeters - the larger it is, the more food can be cooked at once. Smaller grills and barbeques may be marked as portable, meaning they are specially designed for picnics or outdoor parties.
As mentioned above, barbeques and grills can use several different types of fuel sources. Outdoor barbeques tend towards charcoal, wood or gas, while indoor grills tend to use either gas or electricity. It's important that generally speaking one can't be substituted for the other - so make sure you have access to a source of fuel for your chosen barbeque before you buy it.
Some of our grills and barbeques are marked as having a lid. These are extremely useful for both increasing the heat of the cooking, and limiting the smoke generated by the barbeque. They are also essential for smoking, since it traps the smoke that gives hot-smoked meat and fish their unique taste.
Grills and barbeques are extremely customisable, and come with a wide variety of extras that can help you cook more effectively. These can include a non-stick coating to the grill rack, detachable legs for larger barbeques or a double-walled 'cool touch' handles to reduce the risk of accidental burning.
Moreover, some of our models are marked as 'easy to clean' - given how messy grilling a large quantity of meat and fish can be, this is a massive boon if you're going to use your grill frequently!
Barbecue Retailers, Prices and Features
The price range of grills is from $21 to $1,500 and in total we found prices for 49 grills. On average, a new grill costs $318 and 80% of grills are priced between $50 and $776. The cheapest grill that we found is the Weber Smokey Joe at only $22, and the most expensive is the Weber Genesis S-330 at $1,500.
Barbecue Brands - Price Range
The average price of Traeger barbecues is $964 which is the highest average price of all barbecue brands. Traeger barbecues start at $800 and the most expensive Traeger barbecue costs $1,127.
The %8highest average grill price out of all brands is tepro barbecues with an average price of $776. tepro barbecues start at $776 and the most expensive tepro grill costs $776.
Big Green Egg grills start at $550 and the most expensive Big Green Egg grill costs $550. The third highest average grill price out of all brands is Big Green Egg grills with an average price of $550.
Grill Brands - Average Ratings
We have evaluated 22 expert reviews and 17 user reviews for barbecues and used these reviews to calculate the average rating for each brand of barbecue. The top three barbecue brands are Big Green Egg, KAMADO and Jamie Oliver. Big Green Egg has an average rating of 88%, KAMADO has an average rating of 85% and Jamie Oliver has an average rating of 85%.
Biggest Grill Retailers
We found 45 current offers for grills from eBay making it the biggest barbecue retailer. That is over 6 times bigger than the second biggest retailer, Air n Water for whom we found 7 current offers for grills. The third biggest retailer is .BestBuys with 5 current barbecue offers.
When Are Most New Grills Released?
Most new grills tend to be released between July and September. If you want the latest barbecue features you may want to consider waiting until July 2017. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current grills cheaper in July once the latest models have been released. Last year most new barbecues were released in August, with 44 new barbecues released that month. In July 2015 106 new grills were released making it the biggest month that year for new barbecue releases. 77 new grills were released in September 2014 making it the biggest month that year for new barbecue releases.
How Fast Do Grill Prices Drop After Release?
In the first 6 months after release, barbecues drop in price by 9% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of $27 on a typical $318 new barbecue by waiting 6 months before buying.
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Biggest Grill Retailers
The biggest barbecue retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 45 current barbecue offers from eBay. The second biggest barbecue retailer is Air n Water with 7 offers. That means eBay is over 6 times bigger than Air n Water when it comes to grills. .BestBuys is the third biggest retailer with 5 current offers.
Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Barbecues?
The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on barbecues is eBay and offers the cheapest price on 42 barbecues.
Proportion of Grills for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?
The cheapest store by number of grill for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 93.3% of its grills.