A grill purchase should not be an impulse buy. Carefully weigh these considerations when shopping and researching your choices.
Space. You need open space for grilling, and space for storage, unless, perhaps, you’re a year-long grilling cook. Measure the space where you will be using and storing the grill, and take the measurements with you when you shop.
Demand. Grilling frequency and the number of guests you feed will determine the size and type of grill that can best meet your demands. Consider also your expertise using a charcoal, gas, or electric grill.
Charcoal. The clear choice of barbecue aficionados, charcoal grills have the one huge advantage: Flavor. Don’t forget to buy and use cleaning brushes for keeping the grill clean so that the previous meal doesn’t interfere with the next meal.
Gas. The popularity of gas grills reflect their ease of use offering the convenience and certainty of cooking on a gas range. If you’re grilling outdoors two or three times a week, gas is probably a better choice. For natural gas grills, you’ll have to connect to a gas line, which will limit the location of your grill.
Electric. Small, portable electric grills are selling more and offer convenience, but sacrifice that intoxicating smoky flavor in the food.
Make sure you have the utensils needed — grill sets are great choices and add to the pleasure of summer grilling.