The propane grill is currently without a doubt one of the most popular types of grills and that’s what my today’s buying guide to propane grills will be about.
In this article I will present all the important information and tips that will help you pick the best propane grill based on your expectations.
There are many types of propane grills, and each of them differs in terms of size, function, price range, number of burners and much more.
I have prepared a list for you of the top rated propane grills, which will certainly prove themselves in many different places and situations.
In the second part of the article you will find the key facts and tips on what to pay attention to when choosing your first propane grill.
Best Propane Grills of 2019 - Comparison
|Weber Spirit II E-310||Check on Amazon →|
|Weber Genesis II E-335||Check on Amazon →|
|Char-Broil Performance 300||Check on Amazon →|
|Weber Summit S-470||Check on Amazon →|
|Weber Q2200||Check on Amazon →|
|Coleamn RoadTrip 285||Check on Amazon →|
Best Propane Grills: Top 6 Picks
There’s a whole lot of propane grills on the market, but I have only picked the six best options that are definitely worth your money. Before making the final choice, remember to carefully analyze your needs, especially take into account what you are going to cook and how much.
1. Best Overall Weber Spirit II E-310
The number one out of all propane grills, the Spirit II series offers all the best things, which are effectiveness, efficiency, speed, functionality and great quality of workmanship backed with whole 10 years of warranty, and all of that for a relatively affordable price.
There is no doubt that Weber is the king in this category, but with the Spirit II series they raised the bar so high that currently there’s no other manufacturer that could compete with a propane grill from Weber.
Spirit II E-310 is phenomenal, it comes with three burners ( my recommended amount ) and enough space to grill for a large number of people. The size is perfect in my opinion, not too big, not too small – a universal one, with a total of 529 square inches of cooking area.
That many burners combined with a large area give plenty of opportunities in cooking, being able to create different heat zones is a huge advantage.
The most important thing in a propane grill is the burners, and in this grill you can expect very strong and malfunction-free burners that warm up the entire surface of the grill fast and evenly.
The entire structure is very well thought-out, when it comes to the design it is obviously up to debate – personally I like it. Folding side shelves, hooks to hang tools on, a place to store things, large wheels or the thermometer on the lid are all elements that improve convenience.
Weber Spirit II E-310 is also compatible with iGrill, a multi-functional wireless thermometer sold separately. It also comes with a GS4 Grilling System that includes four elements, that used to only be available in the much more expensive Genesis series.
To me, it is the best propane grill in every regard, especially considering how much it offers for this kind of money – the cooking comfort is very high-level. I’m glad about the warranty period being this good ( 10 years ) and about the well though-out structure with useful elements. Very high quality for a decent price – that’s the easiest way to describe this grill.
2. Upgrade Pick Weber Genesis II E-335
A great choice for those a little more demanding and expecting even more interesting features while maintaining high enough quality.
Of course one has to expect a significant increase in price, but I think that everything that Genesis II E-335 comes with is worth it.
First and foremost, the new variation of Genesis II introduces more configurations, which allows you to choose not only the number of burners, but also the color, style or additional burners.
Out of many configurations available, I picked Genesis II E-335 for you, why?
For many reasons, the first is that I know that not everyone will like the open structure style which is why this time Weber allows to choose between the open cart design and cabinet. I have to admit that I like them both a lot, but the latter is more inviting thanks to the front door.
Another reason is the additional burners, which the Genesis series truly lacked. I’m talking about the sear burner and the side burner, both burners are very useful when cooking and I’ve been waiting for a long time for Weber to introduce them into their Genesis II series.
I especially like the sear burner, which works great when grilling steaks or hamburgers, giving them phenomenal sear marks.
Just like in Spirit II E-310, you also have three main burners with slightly higher power at your disposal here. Their job is to warm up the about 20% bigger ( compared to Spirit II E-310 ) main cooking space.
All the other features remain the same as in the Spirit II series, compatibility with a separately sold thermometer, GS4 grilling system, hooks, wheels etc.
The only difference is minor elements such as more solid handle, thicker lid or Enclosed Storage.
Of course the Genesis II series is also covered with whole 10 years of full warranty, which ensures safety of your investment.
The changes introduced, such as additional burners, have made the Genesis series from Weber unique again. It’s a suggestion for decided and experienced grilling enthusiasts who perfectly know what they want. It is also a great choice for everyone who values high quality and functionality that is still affordably priced.
3. Budget Pick Char-Broil Performance 300
A very simple, small-sized and efficient grill, my favorite out of the entire offer by Char-Broil, a company that specializes in manufacturing inexpensive gas grills. I won’t lie that I was pretty surprised with it as it is a gem among all models from Char-Broil.
It isn’t big, which makes it perfect for a small backyard or terrace or simply if you normally cook for 1-2 people and don’t need a huge grill.
Two burners still make it possible to create two independent heat zones, creating perfect conditions even for smoking.
A simple structure equipped with the essential elements that increase the convenience when cooking.
The two folding side shelves provide a lot of working space, and behind the front door you will find space to store tools. Four wheels in the structure’s base for better mobility and a thermometer on the lid so that you can monitor the temperature inside the grill.
That’s it – as you may have noticed, there are no extra features or gadgets.
Char-Broil Performance 300 is a very simple grill that only comes with the bare essentials. That way the manufacturer could focus on better execution of the grill as a whole while still maintaining a low price.
In practice, it turned out brilliant, the grill is fast, small-sized and solidly built. A great choice for someone who wants simplicity while still having efficiency.
4. High-End Pick Weber Summit S-470
A luxurious version of the propane grill for those most demanding, one of the most expensive grills on the market. The Summit series was created for people who love luxury and splendor – there are no discussions about the price here, as that’s an option for those to whom the price doesn’t matter that much.
It is pretty big but it mostly owes its high price to all the gadgets it has, some of them can’t be found in any other grill.
Lots of cooking space, efficiency, quality of workmanship and versatility are the main advantages of Weber Summit S-470.
The grill’s entire structure was equipped with as many as 8 burners, half of which are regular burners that are there to warm up the grill’s entire surface – at this kind of size they handle the task perfectly.
The other four burners, on the other hand, differ from one another, each of them was made with other task in mind. They are what gives this grill its value, making it very versatile and interesting to those who like gadgets and experimenting when grilling.
Let me list them all:
Side Burner – A simple burner located in the side shelf, it is hidden under a lid which gives you some extra working space when the burner is not in use.
Smoker Burner + Smoker Box – You want to give your food an even better flavor? For that purpose, use the smoker box to fill it with wood chips and start the smoker burner. The warmed up wood chips will start producing smoke, which will enrich the flavor of your food.
Sear Burner – Everyone loves delicious sear marks on food’s surface, the sear burner makes it incredibly easy and fast to make them. The sear burner can reach a very high temperature in a very short time, which is especially useful when cooking large quantities of food.
Infrared rear mounted rotisserie burner – This solution significantly increases the abilities of your grill and improves the diversity in the menu, allowing you to prepare a completely different food to that from a regular grill.
On top of that, Summit S-470 has a lot of more or less important elements that improve the cooking convenience. Different types of handles, hooks, plenty of space behind the front door etc.
In terms of quality, it is the high tier, but what makes it stand out the most are its features. Not many grills can do this much and have this many different and multi-functional burners.
If you’ve been a grilling enthusiast for a long time, maybe it’s finally time to get yourself a luxury grill equipped with tons of gadgets that give you plenty of options when it comes to diverse cooking.
5. Best Portable Weber Q2200
My favorite portable grill – I value it for its quality and versatility. Weber Q2200 was designed not only with cooking away from home in mind but also any place where size matters a lot.
The whole structure doesn’t take much space after folding the side shelves, so once you’re done cooking you can store the grill away, which means it won’t always occupy space on the terrace or in the backyard.
Another advantage is that, combined with a Q Portable Cart ( sold separately, unfortunately ), it makes it possible to cook like on a regular full-sized grill.
Q Portable Cart is also foldable, which makes it work great both at home and away from home.
For a mobile grill, it offers quite a lot of space, 280 square inches of cooking area is big.
It only has one, yet very strong burner and speaking from experience I can confirm that it is great at achieving high temperatures in a short time.
An important element is high quality porcelain grill grates that make real grilling possible.
One burner means you can’t create different heat zones, which is a small downside.
A huge upside, on the other hand, is the solid build and high quality, the main body made of cast aluminum is very durable, so you don’t have to worry about damages during transport.
All those advantages are backed with whole 5 years of warranty.
Weber Q2200 is a solidly built mobile grill that can convert into a full-sized grill, offering similar experiences and possibilities.
Let me remind you that the grill operates on disposable LP cylinders but you can easily use 20lb tanks if you buy a converter that is sold separately.
6. Great for Camping Coleman RoadTrip 285
Another small-sized propane grill, this time actually designed mostly with cooking away from home in mind. Of course it will also work indoors but most of its advantages relate to cooking away from home.
A significant upside is the integrated folding stand that you don’t have to pay for separately. Once you’re done cooking you just have to fold it, then its shape resembles a suitcase with wheels and a handle.
I am not sure how this kind of solution will withstand a period of 5 years of regular use for example, but I have to admit that it is very creative and unique.
Coleman RoadTrip offers 285 square inches of cooking area which is a very good result for a mobile propane grill.
Under the lid you will find as many as 3 independently controlled burners which is a surprise to me and a huge upside as well. Such configuration allows to create different heat zones, which increases versatility.
On top of that, besides regular grill grates you have the option of cooking on a griddle ( sold separately ), for those who don’t know what I’m talking about I suggest watching a video on YouTube. Cooking on something like that gives much bigger opportunities, you can cook eggs, pancakes or any small food.
All those advantages make it a very versatile grill that is perfect for camping where it’s not just about mobility, but also versatility and functionality.
Buying a propane grill should be an easy task, and yet the reality is different, especially if you’re a beginner.
Did my suggestions make you confused and now you still have no idea which propane grill will be the best for you? No problem, below is the second part of the article in which you’ll find nothing but the information and tips that you should take into account when shopping.
How did I pick the best ones ?
When creating the list of the best rated ( by me ) propane grills, I try to take as many aspects as possible into account. First I create a general list featuring the most popular models, then I gradually eliminate the ones that don’t pass my selection process.
I obviously take into account the price to quality ratio, the price range, quality of workmanship, extra features, mobility, warranties and many more.
Already having a list of about 10 models, I move on to the practical tests, the purpose of which is to pick several best propane grills out of all available on the market.
How I Test ?
That’s simple – I start by assembling each of the grills and at this stage I can already see the quality of workmanship. Then once I have all the grills ready, I set the same temperature on each of them and measure how long it takes to reach it.
In the next stage I move on to grilling the most popular food. That’s the deciding stage as it clearly shows how the grill works in practice.
The last stage is just cleaning up, this is when you can see how the manufacturer handled the problem of accumulating grease and other food remains and whether the grill is easy to clean and how long this activity takes.
Propane or Natural Gas ?
At this point propane is still much more popular despite a growing number of people who decide to go for natural gas.
Both types have their upsides and downsides that have a decisive impact on the choice. Natural gas is more cost-efficient and convenient, but it requires installing a gas line right at the start by a qualified technician, which costs a lot. Another downside is limited mobility, the grill can only be kept in places where it has access to a natural gas pipeline.
When it comes to propane, you can start cooking once you buy a full tank, which despite its weight provides you with mobility. You can change your place of residence any time you want or simply take the grill to the other end of the backyard. An unquestionable advantage of propane is mobility, there are portable grills that utilize propane available in small and lightweight tanks.
A common downside is the price difference that works against propane, as well as having to monitor the amount of propane left in the tank in order to avoid an unpleasant surprise halfway through the cooking ( running out of fuel ).
What to look for in Propane Grill
Budget – I have to make it clear right away that the price range for new propane grills is very broad. You can buy a small-sized and simple grill very cheap or spend a fortune on a high-quality, big grill filled with different features and gadgets. It will be easier for you if you define your budget for a new propane grill right from the start.
Size – An important aspect when choosing a new grill, think about how many people you cook for and how much space you have in your backyard. Be aware that the bigger the grill, the higher the price, the more place it takes and the more fuel it consumes. It also means more cleaning so choose the grill size wisely, taking into account how many people you cook for.
Number of burners – When it comes to a full-sized propane grill, my recommendation is at least three burners but if you don’t cook often and not in large quantities, two burners will be enough as well. I mostly mentioned three due to the benefit in form of controlling as many as three independent heat zones. It makes grilling much more interesting and more versatile, you can even create perfect conditions for smoking.
Mobility – You want to have a very convenient and effective grilling away from home? Or maybe you have a very limited space in the backyard, on the terrace or on the balcony? In both cases you need to look for a small-sized gas grill or a dedicated camping grill. In both cases I recommend checking out two mobile grills ( Weber Q2200 and Coleman RoadTrip 285 ).
Extra Features – Most gadgets only increase the convenience and fun in grilling while also impacting the grill’s final price significantly. If you have a very limited budget then forget about extra features, a simple grill allows to cook food just as good. If you’re already experienced or simply expect something more, though, the Genesis II series is a great choice for you to start with. Still not enough? In that case, you are certainly going to be interested in the richest series of propane grills – Weber Summit. I have to warn you, though, these are very expensive items for those with a big wallet.
Warranty – There is nothing worse than seeing that something is wrong with a grill that you’ve just bought. Most manufacturers carefully check if everything is okay before having a grill sold, but there is always the risk that an employee won’t notice some minor detail/defect. That’s why I encourage you to check the manufacturer’s warranty, what it covers and how long it’s valid. When you spend a lot of money, you have the right to demand an adequate warranty. As of now, the winner on the propane grill market in this regard is definitely Weber, which offers whole 5-10 years of warranty for most grills in their offer.