Hide/Show Menu
Call Us
Find a Store near you
View Cart
man grilling with family

Outdoor Grill Buying Guide for 2024

May 20, 2024

As the warm weather approaches, many of us look forward to firing up our outdoor grills and enjoying delicious barbecued meals with family and friends. However, the sheer number of options available can be overwhelming if you're in the market for a new grill.

This comprehensive guide will help you navigate the world of outdoor grills and make an informed decision that suits your needs and budget.

Types of Outdoor Grills

grill near pool

Choosing the right type of grill is crucial to ensure your outdoor cooking experience matches your needs and preferences. Here's a breakdown of the different types of outdoor grills offered by Standard TV and Appliance:

Charcoal BBQ


  • Provides a traditional grilling experience with a distinct smoky flavor.
  • Achieves higher temperatures, ideal for searing meats.
  • Offers a wide range of cooking methods, from direct grilling to slow smoking.


  • Takes longer to heat up compared to gas grills.
  • Requires more cleanup due to ash and charcoal residue.
  • Temperature control can be challenging and requires more attention.



  • Heats up quickly, allowing you to start cooking within minutes.
  • Offers precise temperature control with adjustable burners.
  • Generally easier to clean than charcoal grills.


  • Doesn't provide the same smoky flavor as charcoal or pellet grills.
  • Requires propane tank refills, which can be inconvenient.
  • Higher upfront cost compared to some charcoal grills.

Natural Gas BBQ


  • Convenient and cost-effective fuel source with no need for refills.
  • Consistent fuel supply, perfect for frequent grilling.
  • Eco-friendly option with lower emissions compared to propane.


  • Requires a natural gas line hookup, which can limit placement.
  • Initial installation can be more expensive and complex.
  • Less portable compared to LP gas or charcoal grills.

Pellet BBQ


  • Combines the flavor of wood grilling with the convenience of gas.
  • Precise temperature control for versatile cooking styles.
  • Ideal for slow cooking, smoking, and even baking.


  • More expensive than traditional charcoal or gas grills.
  • Requires electricity to operate the auger and fan system.
  • Pellet availability can be an issue in some areas.

Portable Grills


  • Highly portable, perfect for camping, tailgating, apartment balconies, and small patios.
  • Available in gas, charcoal, and electric versions to suit different needs.
  • Compact and easy to store when not in use.


  • Smaller cooking area, limiting the amount of food you can cook at once.
  • May not have the same features and power as full-sized grills.
  • Some models can be less durable due to lightweight construction.

Pro Style BBQ


  • Professional-grade construction with high-end materials.
  • Superior performance with powerful burners and advanced features.
  • Offers a larger cooking area
  • Ideal for entertaining and large gatherings.


  • Higher price point compared to standard grills.
  • Requires more space, not suitable for small patios or balconies.
  • Can be more complex to install and maintain.

Each type of grill offers unique advantages and considerations. Weighing the pros and cons of each type can help you make a decision that perfectly suits your grilling style and outdoor space.

Key Features to Consider

To ensure a seamless and enjoyable grilling experience that meets your culinary needs and provides long-lasting value, it's crucial to evaluate several key features when selecting an outdoor grill carefully.

Cooking Area and Size

  • Cooking Surface: The size of the grill’s cooking surface should match your typical cooking needs. Larger surfaces are ideal for entertaining and cooking for groups, while smaller surfaces suit family meals.
  • Primary vs. Secondary Cooking Areas: Some grills offer additional warming racks or secondary cooking areas. These are useful for keeping food warm or for slow-cooking side dishes.
  • Space Availability: Ensure the grill fits comfortably in your outdoor space. Measure the area where you plan to place the grill to avoid any spatial issues.

Temperature Control

  • Adjustable Burners: Look for grills with multiple burners that allow for precise control over different cooking zones. This is particularly important for complex cooking methods, such as indirect grilling.
  • Built-in Thermometers: Integrated thermometers provide accurate temperature readings, helping you maintain optimal cooking conditions.
  • Heat Distribution: High-quality grills offer even heat distribution, preventing hot and cold spots and ensuring consistent cooking results.

Build Quality and Materials

  • Durability: Stainless steel and cast iron are common materials known for their durability and resistance to rust and corrosion. Ceramic grills are also highly durable and offer excellent heat retention.
  • Ease of Cleaning: Grills with removable parts, such as grates and drip trays, make cleaning easier. Non-stick surfaces can also simplify maintenance.
  • Weather Resistance: Consider grills with weather-resistant finishes and covers to protect against the elements, especially if the grill will be stored outdoors year-round.

Additional Features

  • Side Burners: The extra burners on the side of the grill can be used to cook sauces, boil water, or prepare side dishes.
  • Rotisserie Attachments: These allow for rotisserie cooking, which is great for roasting poultry and meats evenly.
  • Storage Space: Built-in cabinets, shelves, and hooks can help keep grilling tools and accessories organized and within easy reach.
  • Built-in Lighting: Integrated lights are useful for grilling in low-light conditions, ensuring you can see what you're cooking at any time of day.
  • Smart Grill Technology: Some modern grills have smart features like Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to monitor and control the grill remotely via a smartphone app.

Grill Accessories

  • Essential Tools: Look for a set of high-quality grill tools, including tongs, spatulas, basting brushes, and cleaning brushes.
  • Covers and Shelters: Invest in a good grill cover to protect your investment from the weather. Consider adding a shelter or gazebo for further protection and comfort while grilling.
  • Thermometers and Probes: Additional thermometers and meat probes can provide more precise temperature readings, helping to achieve perfectly cooked food every time.
  • Cleaning Kits: Keeping your grill clean is essential for maintaining its performance and longevity. Cleaning kits with specialized brushes and cleaners make this task easier.

Top Brands and Models for 2024

These top brands and models offer a range of features to suit different grilling needs and preferences. Here are some of our top picks for 2024, available at Standard TV and Appliance:

Blaze Grills

Model: Blaze Grills Prelude LBM 25-Inch 3-Burner Gas Grill (Propane)


Blaze Grills Standout Features:

  • Stainless Steel Construction: Durable and resistant to rust and corrosion, ensuring longevity.
  • Three Powerful Burners: Delivering consistent heat for precise cooking.
  • Flame Stabilizing Grids: Minimize flare-ups and enhance flavor.
  • Easy Ignition System: Reliable startup every time you grill.

Broil King

Model: Broil King REGAL™ PELLET 500 PRO

Model#: 496911

Broil King Grills Standout Features:

  • Digital Control Center: Allows precise temperature control for versatile cooking options.
  • Heavy-Duty Pellet Hopper: Holds a large quantity of pellets for extended cooking sessions.
  • Durable Construction: Heavy-duty steel and cast iron components for long-lasting performance.
  • Versatile Cooking Options: Perfect for grilling, smoking, baking, and roasting.


Model: DCS 48" Grill, Rotisserie and Charcoal, LPG

Model#: BE148RCL

DCS Grills Standout Features:

  • Hybrid Cooking Options: Combines gas grilling with charcoal and rotisserie for ultimate versatility.
  • High BTU Output: Ensures powerful and efficient cooking performance.
  • Stainless Steel Burners: Provide even heat distribution and durability.
  • Integrated Rotisserie: Perfect for slow-roasting meats to perfection.


Model: Hestan 42" Outdoor Freestanding Grill on Cart with Door/Drawer Combo, Bora Bora


Hestan Grills Standout Features:

  • High-Performance Burners: Deliver exceptional heat for searing and grilling.
  • Stainless Steel Construction: Durable and stylish, designed to withstand the elements.
  • Ample Storage: Door and drawer combo provides convenient storage for grilling accessories.
  • Elegant Design: The “Bora Bora” finish adds a touch of luxury and color to your outdoor kitchen.


Model: Weber Genesis E-315 Gas Grill (Natural Gas) - Black

Model#: 1500011

Weber Grills Standout Features:

  • Powerful Burners: Three stainless steel burners provide consistent heat distribution.
  • Porcelain-Enameled Cast Iron Grates: Retain heat and create beautiful sear marks.
  • Built-In Thermometer: Allows for precise temperature monitoring.
  • Durable Construction: Designed to withstand the elements and deliver long-lasting performance.

Maintenance and Care Tips

Proper maintenance and care of your grill are essential to ensure it performs at its best and lasts for years. Here are some tips to keep your grill in top shape:

Regular Cleaning

  • After Each Use: Clean the grates with a grill brush to remove food particles and grease. This prevents buildup and maintains the grill’s performance.
  • Deep Cleaning: Periodically, perform a deep clean by removing the grates, burner covers, and burners. Clean each part thoroughly with warm soapy water and a non-abrasive scrubber.
  • Ash Removal: For charcoal grills, empty the ash catcher after each use. Accumulated ash can block airflow and affect grilling performance.

Seasonal Maintenance

  • Inspect for Damage: Check for rust, cracks, or other damage to the grill’s body, grates, and burners. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.
  • Lubricate Moving Parts: Apply high-heat oil to moving parts like hinges and wheels to ensure smooth operation.
  • Check Gas Connections: For gas grills, inspect the gas lines and connections for leaks. A simple soapy water test can reveal leaks: apply soapy water to the connections and look for bubbles.
  • Clean the Burners: Remove the burners and brush them to remove any blockages. Ensure the burner ports are clear to maintain even flame distribution.

Replacing Parts

  • Grates: Replace grates when they become excessively worn or damaged. Stainless steel and cast iron grates should be replaced if they are cracked or heavily rusted.
  • Burners: If the burners produce uneven flames or have significant rust or damage, it’s time to replace them.
  • Igniters: If the igniter is no longer sparking properly, replace it to ensure reliable start-ups.
  • Flame Tamers: These protect burners from drippings and should be replaced if they are deteriorated or damaged.

Protecting Your Grill

  • Grill Covers: Invest in a high-quality grill cover to protect your grill from the elements. This helps prevent rust and prolongs the life of your grill.
  • Burners: If the burners produce uneven flames or have significant rust or damage, it’s time to replace them.
  • Storage: To protect your grill from the elements during the off-season or in harsh weather, consider storing it in a garage or shed.
  • Keep It Dry: Avoid using your grill in rainy or snowy conditions to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to rust and other damage.

Safety Tips

  • Proper Ventilation: Ensure your grill is in a well-ventilated area to prevent a dangerous buildup of gases. Never use a grill indoors or in an enclosed space.
  • Turn Off Gas Supply: Always turn off the gas supply when the grill is not in use to prevent leaks and ensure safety.
  • Regular Inspections: To maintain safe operation, routinely check for gas leaks, hose condition, and overall grill stability.

With these maintenance and care tips, your grill will remain in excellent condition. Proper care enhances your grill's performance and longevity and ensures safe and efficient operation.

Explore Your Grill Options at Standard

Investing in the perfect outdoor grill can turn backyard gatherings into culinary adventures. With this comprehensive guide, you now possess the knowledge to navigate the diverse array of grill types, features, and brands available at Standard TV and Appliance.

So don't settle for a subpar grilling experience—visit our showroom today or contact us and let our knowledgeable staff guide you through the process of selecting the ideal outdoor grill that will transform your outdoor living space. Embrace the joy of grilling and create unforgettable memories with family and friends, one sizzling meal at a time.

Related readings

grill outdoor kitchen

Frequently Asked Questions About Grills

What is the best month to buy a grill?

The best months to buy a grill are August to October and during holiday sales like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

What is the best outdoor grill brand?

Top brands include Blaze Grills, Broil King, DCS, Hestan, and Weber, which are known for their quality and performance.

How many years should an outdoor grill last?

Depending on use and maintenance, a high-quality grill can last 5 to 15 years.

How do I choose an outdoor grill?

Consider the type of grill (charcoal, gas, natural gas, pellet, portable), cooking area, features, build quality, fuel type, brand reputation, and budget.

What are the different types of grills, and what are their pros and cons?

Charcoal grills offer a smoky flavor but require more time to heat and clean. Gas grills (propane/natural gas) heat up quickly and provide precise control but lack the smoky flavor. Pellet grills offer wood-fired flavor and versatility but are more expensive and require electricity. Portable grills are ideal for camping and small spaces but have smaller cooking areas and fewer features.

How often should I clean my grill?

Brush the grates of your grill after every use. Perform a deep clean every few months or more frequently with heavy use.



Shop Now
Blaze Grills Blaze 26-Inch Gas Outdoor Pizza Oven With Rotisserie, With Fuel type - Propane

Blaze Grills Blaze 26-Inch Gas Outdoor Pizza Oven With Rotisserie, With Fuel type - Propane

Shop Now
Traeger Grills Timberline XL

Traeger Grills Timberline XL

Shop Now

Your Cart

: 0

Text Us!