The 3 Best Grills Under $200 of 2018

Oct 16, 2018 | Grills, Reviews

A good grill is an excellent investment. Especially when it comes time to have guests at your house. It can be a perfect thing if you can grill some steak in your backyard as you catch up. But most grills require a large initial investment. Some will have you spending a lot of money or even make you give up on the dream of ever owning a grill.

Did you know that you can get a solid grill just under $200? Cheap doesn’t have to mean low quality either. You can enjoy that juicy grilled chicken and well-marinated steak from the comfort of your house without having to break the bank.

Let us review some of these high-quality grills and see what they have to offer.

Top 3 Grills Under $200

1. Best Overall

Weber Original Kettle Charcoal Grill

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Designs don’t lie, and once you spot a classic, you buy a classic. Weber has long been known for manufacturing high-quality smokers and grills, and the Original Kettle Premium is no different. Standing on its signature three legs, two of which having wheels, it sports a beautiful black porcelain coating, both on its bowl and the lid. The lid, of course, holds the heat-shielded handle and the thermometer, as well as the most important part of any grill with a lid – a heat damper.

The grate of this bad boy is made of plated steel and is perfect for those Saturday morning barbecues. Naturally, it’s easy to clean, but then again, the whole grill is as well. Namely, the Original Kettle Premium comes with the so-called One-Touch cleaning system. This system allows you to quickly remove the ashes onto the aluminum ash catcher, which you can also remove and empty rather easily. Yes, this little Weber wonder can do quite a lot for as low as $130.

Pros and cons

  • Heavy-duty steel and porcelain materials
  • Relatively easy to clean
  • Strong plated steel grates
  • The three-legged design makes it a bit unstable

2. Best Value

Char-Broil Propane Grill

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A liquid propane gas grill, this Char-Broil product is easy to assemble and even easier to use. The Classic 360 grill has porcelain-coated grates that take up roughly 360 square inches of cooking space. That’s plenty of space for this small wonder. The grill uses three in-line burners made of stainless steel, to which it owes its name. However, you also get a smaller side burner that’s perfect for sides and sauces.

In order to prepare your food quickly, you’ll also get two side shelves on the grill’s side. Moreover, you’ll be able to switch the grill on with a single button press. This is thanks to the high-tech Piezo ignition system right there at the front of the grill.

Finally, let’s talk durability. Char-Broil Classic 360 is made of porcelain-coated steel. In other words, it’s well protected from rain, sleet, and/or snow. If you’d still like to move it away from the elements, its wheels will help.

Pros and cons

  • Easy to assemble
  • Lots of grilling space and shelves
  • Easy ignition system
  • Issues with heat distribution across the burners

3. Best in Portability

Weber Q1000 Liquid Propane Grill

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Once again we have Weber, and once again we have a liquid propane gas grill. This little wonder stands out due to its design and appearance. The cast-aluminum body and lid sport a fine gray and black color scheme, which is somewhat innovative for grills of this caliber. But not everything’s about the looks. So let’s discuss performance.

The Q 1000 has cast-iron grates enameled in porcelain. They’re very easy to clean and grill meat spectacularly well. This excellent grilling also happens thanks to the large burner tube made of stainless steel right under the grate. And speaking of “under,” the underside of the grill contains the space for the removable pan. Say goodbye to excessive dripping!

One more detail of note is that you can turn on this grill at the push of a button. In addition, the infinite control burner valve lets you control the amount of heat the Q 1000 lets out.

Pros and cons

  • Durable materials and quality construction
  • High-quality cast-iron grates
  • Infinite control burner valve for temperature regulation
  • Despite it’s small size, it’s rather heavy

What to Look For in a Cheap Grill?

Of course, the first thing you’ll look for is the price, which is why we left it out as an option. However, there are definitely some tidbits you should pay attention to before buying a cheap grill.

Burners and Heat

Before you buy yourself a grill, make sure the burners have a decent warranty. Usually, this is the part people replace most often, so keep that in mind when deciding where to spend your money.

Look for reports of uneven heat distribution. When you first get your grill you should try the bread test to see what spots of your grill cook faster. If all the toast is burned in the same way then the grill will cook evenly.

Durability

Cheap grills usually suffer from poor materials. Always take note of what the grill is made of. If it’s flame-resistant and has porcelain and stainless steel it’s usually good to go.

Stability

Grills must be stable, otherwise, they tumble and you lose a meal or two. You don’t necessarily need a stationary grill, but having an even distribution of weight definitely helps.

Fuel Source

You should also think of the fuel options, as you might save a lot of money by using, for example, a charcoal grill as opposed to a propane one. With that said, other fuel sources usually cost more and you won’t find a pellet grill under $200.

Conclusion

Not all grills are cheap and durable, but this list proves that there are definitely some out there that are worth your time. Weber Original Kettle Premium is definitely our choice for the best grill under $200, and it’s mainly because of the reasons listed above. It might not be as stable as the other two grills, but it delivers amazing food and is the easiest to clean. Ultimately, any one of these grills will give you juicy, delicious barbecued food. Considering how expensive they can normally get, owning a cheap, but quality grill is a must for most people.

Happy Grillin’!

Billy Stewart

Chef and Reviewer for Barbequesmoked.com

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