We Tested the Best Gas Grills Under $2,000—and a Weber Was Our Winner

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Best Gas Grills

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Purchasing a gas grill can be an expensive proposition especially once you go over $1,000, so you want one that’s going to get the job done and look good, too. The old saying that “you get what you pay for” is definitely true when it comes to gas grills. An inexpensive grill can definitely get the job done, but if you love to cook in the great outdoors, consider investing in a pricier grill. Typically, more expensive units will have more bells and whistles as well as a longer warranty (often 10 years or more on components).

Higher-end grills also have more BTUs for more flexibility in cooking. They include features, such as side burners, sear stations, or a rotisserie for roasting whole chickens. Plus, manufacturers have seriously boosted the style factor since we’ve all been spending more time in our backyards in recent years. Don’t forget that even though these grills are under $2,000, they still require at least some assembly. Read the instructions carefully, set aside plenty of time to put it together, and enlist a helper so you can get grilling faster.

Best Overall

Weber Genesis EX-325S Propane Gas Smart Grill

Weber Genesis EX-325s Smart Gas Grill


What We Like
  • Amazing performance

  • Ample amount of cooking space

  • Easy to assemble

  • Digital control panel

What We Don't Like
  • Can't control burners from the app

  • Would benefit from an additional sear burner

The Weber Genesis EX-325S gives you just about everything you will need from a modern grill. There's built-in thermometers that are actually accurate‚ the efficient burners light up at the push of button, the assembly is painless, and it connects to your phone. We spent two weeks testing it out and could find hardly any flaws, making this worth the investment

The Weber Genesis line is known for its power and size, with the EX-325s providing you with 39,000 BTUs of power spread over a 513-square-inch primary cooking space and an expandable 274-square-inch warming rack. Two-thirds of the lower rack is the sear zone, which gave us a lovely seared steak, though we did wish it included an additional burner. The high-performance burners were extremely easy to regulate with only slightly more-heated areas directly above them.

Integrated into the extra-large side table is the digital control panel, which connects to the two included probe thermometers. You can monitor the temperatures via the smartphone app, but you do have to walk over to the grill to control the individual burners. You'll also find detailed setup and maintenance instructions in the app so even beginners will know how to keep this grill good as new.

Price at time of publish: $1,179

Cooking burgers on Weber Genesis EX-325S during testing

The Spruce Eats / Russell Kilgore

Dimensions: 61.5 x 27 x 48.5 inches | Cooking Area: 787 square inches | Burners: 3 | Power: 39,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 3 years (Weber Connect); 10 years (cooking grates, burner tubes, Flavorizer bars); 12 years (lid, cookbox); 5 years (all other parts)

Best Combo

Lifetime 4-Burner Gas Grill and Pellet Smoker Combo

Lifetime 4-Burner Gas Grill and Pellet Smoker Combo


What We Like
  • Ample space for grilling and smoking

  • Smoking chamber is separate from grill

  • Can be monitored via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi

What We Don't Like
  • Only 8,000 BTUs on main burners

  • No adapter for natural gas

If you only have space for one grill and want to do more than just grilling, a combination model is the solution. We like this gas grill and pellet smoker combo since it's powerful enough to excel on both fronts, plus it has smart technology and practical design features. This is also great for cold-weather smokers since the gas hook-up helps regulate the smoker's temperature.

You'll find 742 square inches of cooking space spread over four burners, with enamel-coated grilling racks and an LCD screen to easily set the temperature where you need it. You can also connect the display to the included probe thermometers, or monitor everything on your smartphone. In addition to the side-hopper and propane tank storage, this has a storage box hidden beneath one of the side tables, plus three tool hooks.

Price at time of publish: $1,299

Dimensions: 59 x 24.5 x 50.5 inches | Cooking Area: 742 square inches | Burners: 4 | Power: 36,000 BTUs/hour | Hopper Capacity: 20 pounds | Temperature Range: 180 to 700 degrees Fahrenheit | Warranty: 3 years (auger, fan, electronics); 5 years (all other parts)

Best Smart

Weber Genesis EPX-335 Smart Grill


Home Depot

What We Like
  • Comes with Weber Crafted frame kit

  • Large side burner

  • Fully-enclosed storage locker

What We Don't Like
  • Fewer BTUs than other grills at this price point

With many of the same features, and performance, as the Weber EX-325S, the EPX-335 takes it up a notch with all the bells and whistles available for the Genesis line. It includes three high-powered burners, a sear zone, and the Weber Connect smart tech—but it doesn't stop there.

Built into the left side of the grill is a 12,000-BTU side burner, which sits above the enclosed storage locker so you can keep all your supplies on hand. What also fits perfectly in the locker is the included Weber Crafted frame kit, a special cooking grate that provides a better performance when used with certain cookware. Lastly, if you're a fan of grilling after dark, this grill comes equipped with lighting around the controls and motion-sensor lighting on the interior. This grill truly has it all.

Price at time of publish: $1,699

Dimensions: 61.5 x 27 x 48.1 inches | Cooking Area: 787 square inches | Burners: 3 | Power: 39,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 3 years (Weber Connect); 10 years (cooking grates, burner tubes, Flavorizer bars); 12 years (lid, cookbox); 5 years (all other parts)

Best Built-In

KitchenAid 4-Burner Built-In Gas Grill Head


Home Depot

What We Like
  • Infrared sear station and rotisserie burner

  • Ample BTUs

  • Easy to install

What We Don't Like
  • Instructions printed around knobs

  • Not weather-proof

If you prefer the look of a built-in grill, this easy-to-install model packs up to 71,000 BTUs plus a 13,000-BTU infrared ceramic sear station, and ceramic rotisserie burner, though you need to buy this additional kit for your roasted chickens. Beneath the 691-square-inch main cooking area are angled deflectors that redirect drippings so they’ll burn off and yield a smoky flavor to whatever you’re grilling.

The four main burners are made with KitchenAid's Even-Heat system for uniform heat distribution across the stainless steel grids. It’s designed for propane, but a natural gas conversion kit is included if you plan to have your plumber connect it to your home’s gas lines. One complaint from reviewers is that this isn't weather-proof. You'll need to make sure your outdoor kitchen is protected and keep this covered when not in use.

Price at time of publish: $1,198

Dimensions: 39.8 x 25.5 x 24.5 inches | Cooking Area: 931 square inches | Burners: 4 | Power: 71,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 1 year (searing burner, rotisserie burner); 3 years (stainless steel parts, grids); 10 years (stainless steel tube burner); 1 years (all other parts)

Best Griddle

Blackstone 1963 Pro 28-Inch Rangetop Griddle

Blackstone 1963 Pro 28-Inch Rangetop Griddle


What We Like
  • Two 15,000-BTU side burners

  • Wind guards and a hood

  • Magnetic bars for holding tools

What We Don't Like
  • Tricky assembly

This flat-top griddle from Blackstone can do everything a grill can do, and more. It's just as powerful as the others on this list, with the additional of two powerful side burners and probably way more storage than you need underneath. Those two burners are perfect for deep-frying your sides and this comes with the necessary basket.

The advantage of a griddle is that it can be used for so many dishes from morning eggs and pancakes to smash burgers and skewers. This has some great high-end features for the humble griddle. There's built-in wind guards plus a protective hood, and it's super easy to adjust the three main burners. We also like the magnetic tool holder, a unique way to store your utensils. Some reviewers have commented that assembly can be tricky, and it might be worth calling in a professional if you have a natural gas hookup.

Price at time of publish: $1,078

Dimensions: 68.2 x 27.5 x 41.4 inches | Cooking Area: 612 square inches | Burners: 5 | Power: 72,000 BTUs/hour | Warranty: 1 year

Final Verdict

Our best overall choice is the Weber Genesis EX-325S Propane Gas Smart Grill. Its amazing performance wowed us during testing, and it has all the space you need. For something more versatile than "just" a grill, we like the Lifetime 4-Burner Gas Grill and Pellet Smoker Combo.

How We Selected

To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best gas grills over $1,000 on the market, evaluating their key features—like performance, features, and capacity —in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. Other items were fully tested by our Lab team, who tested the grills for two weeks to accurately assess their attributes. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.

What to Look for in a High-End Gas Grill

Number of Burners and Size

One of the most important things to consider when purchasing a new grill is its size and how many different burners it offers. The more burners that you have access to will not only increase your grilling surface area, but you’ll have the ability to create a variety of heat zones. Having the ability to create low, medium, and high heat zones is ideal if you’re going to be cooking a variety of foods at one time, like burgers, hot dogs, and veggies, and keeping things warm as they’re done cooking.

Two burners still allow you to create two different heat zones, but it is more limiting than having three or more. You can buy a grill with upwards of six or eight burners, but just keep in mind that these grills start to become extremely large, so make sure that you have the outdoor space. Having this many burners would be great for outdoor entertaining and large parties, but could be excessive if you don’t cook for that many people.


Not all grills are made of the same materials, and the material that a grill is made of will indicate not only its durability but how well it is able to maintain heat evenly. Cast aluminum fireboxes are ideal because they aren’t going to rust (which is especially common if you live in an area with lots of precipitation and the grill sits uncovered) and they’re extremely durable, lasting anywhere from 5-10 years. On the other hand, carbon steel grills can be prone to rust, thus making them far less durable than cast aluminum. On top of its durability issues, it is not as efficient in maintaining high heats.

Special Features

All grills come equipped with a different set of tools, designs, and features. You should make note of any wheels or cart options on the bottom of the grill, which is great if you plan to move the grill around. Also, look to see if there are any sliding tables or prep areas and storage cabinets or shelves under the grill. Always understand what the cleaning system entails. Is there a drainage system and grease tray that pulls out for easy cleanup? Keep an eye out for other features like an internal thermometer gauge and any other cooking accessories, like brushes, griddles, alternate grates, or pizza stones.


How do you clean a gas grill?

Like most cleaning chores, it’s easier to keep up with this task and clean it after every use rather than waiting until stuff is caked on. Follow your manufacturer’s recommendations for best results (search online for your owner’s manual), but generally, you can clean the exterior with warm, soapy water for porcelain lids or stainless steel cleaner on stainless lids. Next, fire your grill up to full temperature for about 30 minutes to help any grease or sauces burn off. Then, use a stainless steel wire brush to scrape off residue. If it’s still icky, use a bit of degreasing soap, such as Dawn, in a bucket of warm water and dip the brush into the soapy water before scrubbing the grates. You also can use a wet/dry vac to clean out any big chunks—but only when the grill is cold.

Can you use your gas grill as a smoker?

Although the gaps around the lid and burners of a gas grill allow smoke to seep out, you can imbue food with a very mild smoky flavor on a gas grill, though it definitely won’t be as intense as what you can achieve with a dedicated smoker. Preheat your grill for about 10 minutes, and fill a smoker box or aluminum pan covered with foil (with holes poked in the foil) with wood chips that have been soaked in water for about 30 minutes; you want smoke, not flames, when you put the chips in your smoker box. Place the box in the grill, close the grill lid, and wait until smoke comes out of the grill. Now put your food in the grill, turn the burner under the smoker box on, and keep the lid closed as your food cooks. The closer the food is to the box, the smokier it will taste.

How do you light a gas grill?

Most gas grills come with a push-button ignitor. First, always keep the lid open when lighting a grill—this is the most important step so gas doesn’t build up. Turn all the burner knobs off. Now open the valve from your gas source (propane or natural gas), turn on one burner, wait 5 seconds for gas to get to the ignitor, and then press the ignitor button. You should hear a slight “whoosh” as the burner ignites. Turn on the remaining burner knobs. If the grill doesn’t light, wait 5 to 10 minutes before trying again so the gas does not build up. You also can check to see if the battery needs to be replaced behind the ignitor button.

What can you cook on a gas grill?

Actually, the question should be what can’t you cook on a gas grill? Basically, you can cook almost everything—don’t be afraid to experiment. Beyond steaks, hamburgers, and hotdogs, try grilling homemade pizzas directly on the grates, vegetables, such as broccoli, sweet potatoes, or endive, fruits, such as peaches or apples, and seafood, such as mussels and salmon. You can even lightly toast sturdy desserts, such as pound cake topped with grilled plums.  

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Sara Tane is a private chef and food writer and has written nearly a dozen buying guides for The Spruce Eats, understanding what consumers and cooks need to consider before making a new purchase for their culinary adventures. After researching gas grills, charcoal grills, budget grills, and portable grills, she can help you find the best outdoor cooking setup for your home.

This roundup was updated by Arricca SanSone, who has been grilling since she owned her first tiny hibachi in college. She’ll grill anything, but her favorite food to grill is homemade pizza with veggies and herbs from her own garden. She is a health and lifestyle writer for Prevention, Country Living, Veranda, House Beautiful, PureWow, and many others.

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Arrica Sansone is a health and lifestyle writer with a focus on home and garden.
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