Best Buys for Grills

May 12, 2009 10:57:43 PM PDT
As we head into the summer months, grilling can be a great way to mix up the menu. It's also easier on the pocket-book.Anne Agostino has had her grill for five years. And although she cleans the grill after every use, she's going to need to replace it soon.

Anne Agostino said, "If I would've taken care of it I wouldn't need to be buying a new one now."

Consumer Reports' John Macchia tested dozens of grills and says with a little extra effort you can enjoy your grill for years to come. Along with cleaning the grill after every use, you want to make sure you periodically check for gas leaks.

An easy way to do that is to mix a small amount of dishwashing liquid and water, then spray the mixture along the hose and over connections.

"If you get any bubbling, that means you have a gas leak. You either need to replace the hose or tighten your connections," said Macchia.

But if you're like Anne and you're looking for a new grill, there are a number of ways to save. First, you'll see plenty of grills out there with extra large cooking areas. But do you really need that? Another money saver, skip options you'll never use.

"If you don't need a rotisserie burner or a side burner, save your money," said Macchia.

Consumer Reports' tests found several grills that cook as well as ones that cost twice as much. This Kenmore model 16641, is a best buy at $350 dollars. And this Charbroil Commercial Series is also a best buy, at $300 dollars.

Both grills can handle high temperatures without excessive flare up and turn out great tasting steaks, chicken and fish.

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