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Need a new grill for the season? Consumer Reports puts latest grills to the test

Posted at 7:15 AM, Jun 26, 2020

Do you need a new grill for the season? No worries. Consumer Reports tested some out and shares some inspiration.

Is your go-to dinner on heavy rotation these days? Consumer Reports Home Editor Paul Hope says get outdoors and start grilling.

“If you’re feeling a little stir crazy, grilling is a great excuse to get outside and do something different," Hope says.

For healthy food inspiration, look beyond meat.

Peppers, onions, eggplant, and zucchini are all great grilling options. Also tasty, leafy greens like kale and other lettuces.

Try grilling romaine for a heartier take on a caesar salad. Or, toss kale with a little olive oil and salt. Place on the grill for a few minutes and then you've got crispy kale chips.

And, if your grill has seen better days, it might be time to upgrade – which you can still do.

“In most states, home centers like Home Depot and Lowe’s are considered essential, so they are open for business. Make sure to check grill inventory online and choose curbside pick-up or delivery instead of going to the store to buy," said Hope.

This even Embers gas grill is a Consumer Reports best buy for about $400. It earns excellent ratings for evenness and pre-heat performance.

Or, consider this recommended Nex-grill deluxe, available at the Home Depot for about $500.

Both are mid-sized grills, which are good options whether you are grilling for a crowd or keeping it simple.

If charcoal is more your fuel of choice, Consumer Reports also tests those grills.

“Some people swear by the flavor of food cooked over a charcoal grill. And they’re also less expensive than gas.”

Consumer reports recommends this Weber Kettle grill for $165.

Consumer Reports says if it’s been awhile since you’ve fired up your gas grill, be sure to inspect for spider webs and insect nests as they can cause flare ups.

And check for any gas leaks, too, so you don't waste your money.