Best BBQ Gas Grills for 2012 – Part 2

Continued from Part 1

Napoleon Terrace SE325 – $ 499 (including cart)

Pros: Napoleon quality in a minified package that’s perfect for small spaces; 2x 13,500-BTU burners; 325 sq. in. main cooking area, 435 sq. in. total; cast iron grates hold heat, and porcelain coating makes for easy cleanup; side tables fold down to minimize storage space.
Cons: due to small size, not as powerful or versatile as bigger grills; LP only; some accessories must be bought separately (cover, tank, rotisserie).
Overall: if you need a quality grill for a small space, this is the one. Napoleon has an excellent reputation, and this well-crafted “little wonder” is no exception.

Napoleon Terrace SE325 BBQ Gas Grill

Napoleon Terrace SE325 BBQ Gas Grill

Saber SS 500 3-Burner – $ 1,400

Pros: AISI 304 stainless steel construction; burner + infrared emitter design excludes the possibility of flare-ups; 3 separate independent cooking zones with independent electronic ignition and individual temperature gauges; 24,000-BTU main cooking area + 18,000-BTU side burner; 675 square inches total cooking area.
Cons: bottom cart panels are somewhat flimsy; sold only through specialty retailers.
Overall: expensive but well worth it, easy to use, flexible arrangement and plenty of power.

Saber SS500 3-Burner BBQ Gas Grill

Saber SS500 3-Burner BBQ Gas Grill

Solaire Portable Go-Anywhere SOL-IR17B – $ 329.00

Pros: stainless steel construction; mounting options including RV & boat; LP fuel with NG conversion option; less than 20 lbs and compact size (21” wide x 13” deep x 12” high); uses 1-lb propane tank; 14,000-BTU main burner.
Cons: pretty expensive for a small portable grill; smallish cooking space – 155 sq. in.
Overall: when space is at a premium, such as in an RV, boat, or city apartment, and money is not an object, this grill is a great choice.

Solaire Go-Anywhere Portable BBQ Gas Grill

Solaire Go-Anywhere Portable BBQ Gas Grill

Weber Summit S-420 – $ 1,150.00 to $ 1,500.00

Pros: lighted handle for nighttime cooking, 538 square inches of primary cooking space, 48,000 BTU’s, stainless-steel bars, LED tank scale, excellent build quality & customer support.
Cons: no infrared, relatively wide & heavy (66” wide and 250+ lbs).
Overall: excellent all-around grill from a company with a great reputation.

Weber Summit S420 BBQ Gas Grill

Weber Summit S420 BBQ Gas Grill

Weber Genesis E-330 – $ 799.00

Pros: 10,000-BTU “sear station” for locking in the juices; side burner for more versatility; LP or NG fuel options; solid construction and excellent customer support; 10-year warranty on burners, and 2 years on most other parts.
Cons: 38,000 BTU total power is subpar for a grill of this size; 507 square inches of total cooking area is average.
Overall: rear and side burners make up for low power of main cooking area. If you prefer reliability and versatility over sheer power, this is the midrange grill for you.

Weber Genesis E330 BBQ Gas Grill

Weber Genesis E330 BBQ Gas Grill

Weber Spirit E-320 – $ 549.00

Pros: porcelain-coated grates for longer life.
Cons: slightly underpowered – 36,000 BTU’s, relatively small cooking area –  424 square inches.
Overall: yes, this is the 3rd Weber grill in this lineup. What can we say? Weber’s been making cooking equipment since 1952, and that kind of experience makes for great products. The E-320 is a simple, reliable grill for small parties, and the porcelain-coated steel housing & grates should last a long time.

Weber Spirit E320 BBQ Gas Grill

Weber Spirit E320 BBQ Gas Grill

This marks the end of our Barbeque Gas Grills Review 2012. We hope you’ve found this review informative & useful.
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Best BBQ Gas Grills for 2012 – Part 1

June 23rd is National BBQ Day! Nothing says summer like the smell of barbeque in the air – and nothing is as convenient as a gas-fired grill. Electric grills don’t give you the flame-broiled taste, and charcoal grills are messy. A modern gas grill can be the centerpiece of your backyard party, and a great way to spice up family meals with seared steaks and juicy burgers. Here’s a review of a dozen great grills in the low-to-mid price range.

Note: most grills use Liquid Propane (LP) fuel, which is contained in a separate tank that needs to be refilled. Homes with natural gas heat can use the Natural Gas (NG) conversion kits to connect the grill to the gas line – lower cost than LP, and there are no tanks to refill. Most major grill manufacturers offer an NG conversion kit.

Broil King Sovereign 90 987744 LP – $ 850.00

Pros: includes motorized rotisserie kit; rear burner; lid-covered side burner; lightweight but sturdy stainless-steel construction; 72,000 BTU’s of power; large warming rack;
Cons: primary cooking area is relatively small – 450 square inches.
Overall: versatile and roomy; rotisserie and large warming rack; only 150 lbs.

Broil King Sovereign 90

Broil King Sovereign 90 BBQ Gas Grill

Broil King Monarch 40 934664 LP – $ 435.00

Pros: cast-iron grate for heat retention & sear marks; lightweight (95 lbs); small and portable;
Cons: LP only (no NG option); relatively small cooking area (350 square inches); 35,000 BTU’s is slightly underpowered.
Overall: best option for small parties or small spaces.

Broil King Monarch 40 BBQ Gas Grill

Broil King Monarch 40 BBQ Gas Grill

Char-Broil Commercial 500 463244011 – $ 250.00

Pros: powerful for its size – 50,000 BTU’s; LP or NG fuel; large cooking area – 500 square inches; limited lifetime warranty on burners; cast-iron grates for heat retention; stainless-steel lid.
Cons: no separate rear burner.
Overall: if you don’t need fancy options like rotisserie and separate burners, this “no-frill grill” offers a surprising amount of power and space for its size & price.

Char-Broil Commercial 500 BBQ Gas Grill
Char-Broil Commercial 500 BBQ Gas Grill

Ducane Affinity 4100 – $ 529.00

Pros: stainless-steel construction; 2 side shelves; 48,000 BTU total power; 693 square inches of total cooking area; LP or NG fuel options; stainless-steel cooking grate.
Cons: no side burner, power is average for its size/price; less than impressive website support.
Overall: only 4 burners, but gets the job done. If you need something simple and easy to use, with high quality, for under 600 bucks – this is the grill for you.

Ducane Affinity 4100 BBQ Gas Grill
Ducane Affinity 4100 BBQ Gas Grill

Master Forge Split-Lid SH3118B – $ 329.00

Pros: sear burner with separate lid; 49,000 BTU is relatively high power, and 535 square inches of cooking space is plenty for its size & price; LP fuel with NG conversion option.
Cons: steel grill is not rust-resistant; customer support is unimpressive; sold only at Lowe’s.
Overall: sear burner can be used separately without firing up the entire grill, offering a way to cook a quick meal while saving fuel. Construction quality is OK, not as good as most of the other grills in our lineup, but it  offers plenty of power & space for its size. Best choice for the sub-$400 category.

Master Forge Split-Lid BBQ Gas Grill
Master Forge Split-Lid BBQ Gas Grill

Napoleon Mirage M485RSIB – $ 1,050.00

Pros: infrared rear & side burners for more versatility; 74,000 BTU’s total, stainless-steel.
Cons: main cooking area is relatively small for its class – 485 sq. inches.
Overall: good power, solid construction, flexible cooking surfaces. Rotisserie add-on option.

Napoleon Mirage M485RSIB BBQ Gas Grill
Napoleon Mirage M485RSIB BBQ Gas Grill

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New Photos – 48″ Master Wall high-performance range hood

The Master wall range hood features an additional rear filter panel that brings suction closer to the cooktop, making it perfect for heavy-duty cooking. By almost doubling the filter area, and capturing the smoke/steam/grease immediately, the Master designer rangehood by Futuro Futuro provides an unbeatable combination of Italian style and performance.

Its linear design makes it easy to integrate into cabinetry, creating a custom ventilation solution that looks and works great. With the optional 24-dish capacity Dish Rack, you can create a professional-style cooking station that keeps dishes within easy reach – and the kitchen air clean.

This model is available in multiple versions – check out the product pages for exciting new photos!

Preview photos – check out the product pages for MANY more:
 
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New Photos – 36″ Connecticut Wall classic style range hood

Designing a country-style, classic, or provincial kitchen? You’ll need an effective kitchen hood. The Connecticut range hood by Futuro Futuro can be painted, stained, and customized to fit any decor. It’s made in Italy from the highest-grade materials, and includes a powerful yet quiet blower motor.

Customization options include:

  • Choice of 3 frames – solid “Gardenia”, stylish “Tulip”, or geometric “Malizia”.
  • Hood body can be painted any color to accommodate any kitchen design.
  • Trim frames are solid wood, polished and ready for staining to match the cabinetry.

Being completely customizable, the Connecticut range hood is the ideal finishing touch to any country/classic kitchen. Check out the multitude of photos on the product pages for some creative ideas:

 

 
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New Photos – 28″ Ellipso stainless-steel range hood

Its unique elliptical shape, combined with the shine of the highest-grade AISI 304 stainless steel, gives the 28″ Ellipso Island range hood an aesthetic appeal like no other.

Soft white fluorescent light illuminates the cooktop evenly, and the advanced Perimeter Suction filtration system draws in air around the entire edge of the unit, providing uninterrupted capture performance. Powered by a 940-CFM ultra-quiet blower, and featuring touch-sensitive electronic controls, the 28″ Ellipso Island range hood by Futuro Futuro is the epitome of Italian design & engineering.

This model’s image gallery has been expanded with new photos - visit the product page to see them all!

28" Ellipso Island - designer stainless steel range hood by Futuro Futuro

28" Ellipso Island - designer stainless steel range hood by Futuro Futuro

 
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