Best grills: from charcoal and pellet to the finest gas models

The best grills to transform your backyard cooking, from design-led gas models to electric alternatives and hybrid options

Weber Genesis II Smart Grill EX-315 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill
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Equipping yourself with the best grill for your backyard will ensure your cookouts are amazing year after year. While the height of grilling season comes just once a year, it's always a brilliant time to invest in a new BBQ appliance ahead of summer. But how to choose? Grills aren't one-size-fits-all, with gas, charcoal, pellet, electric, and even tabletop options to choose from.

Tested and approved by our own experts, we have assembled a guide to choosing the very best grill for your needs from top brands like Weber, Everdure, Char-Broil, and Traeger. And while grills are usually a significant investment, we've made sure to include products at a variety of price points to suit every budget.

Keep reading to see which products we rate as the best grills and if you want to narrow the search, you can head to our guide to the best gas grills.

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Best grill overall

Weber Genesis II Smart Grill EX-315 3-Burner Liquid Propane Gas GrillLivingetc badge – tried, loved

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1. Weber Genesis II Smart Grill EX-315 3-Burner Gas Grill

Best grill overall

Specifications

Type: Gas
Surface area: 669 sq in
Dimensions: H47 x W59 x L29in
Weight: 188lbs

Reasons to buy

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Impressive cooking area
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Smart functions
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Side burner

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly takes time
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Not the easiest to store
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Expensive

We've given this impressive grill from Weber full marks, after finding it super-convenient to use whether we were searing burgers or roasting an entire chicken. The smart grill takes out the hassle, plus it offers plenty of space to cook all sorts of food in comfort. The compatible app even allows you to get real-time alerts and reminders when it's time to flip.

Though sizeable, the Weber Genesis II EX-315 is compact considering everything it has on offer. It should fit nicely tucked into a corner of your patio, with heaps of storage underneath for your tools to live. Its sides, unfortunately, don't fold down, but a 'secret' side burner more than makes up for the space taken up.

Livingetc rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Best portable gas grill

Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill

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Best portable gas grill

Specifications

Type: Gas
Surface area: 320 sq in
Dimensions: 42.7 x 22.1 x 14.7in
Weight: 49lbs

Reasons to buy

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Good price
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Portable and easily stored
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Handy prep surface

Reasons to avoid

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Not as compact as other portable grills

Grilling isn't just for the yard - the Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill lets you make tasty food wherever you go. Easy to use and easy to clean, it's not as compact as other portable or tabletop grills, but its fold-up design means it can be stored and transported whenever you want. There's even a handy prep surface, and we managed to set it up in around five minutes.

As said, the Weber grill isn't lightweight, but it's perfect for tailgate parties or for transporting in the car. We were impressed with how uncomplicated the whole experience was, and we rate the Traveler as the best portable gas grill option that dispenses with some of the unnecessary fuss.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of stars | read our full Weber Traveler review

Best hybrid grill

Char-Broil Gas2Coal 3-Burner Liquid Propane and Charcoal Hybrid Grill

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3. Char-Broil Gas2Coal 3-Burner Gas and Charcoal Hybrid Grill

Best hybrid grill

Specifications

Type: Hybrid
Surface area: 420 sq in
Dimensions: H47.5 x W52.5 x L24.6in
Weight: 110lbs

Reasons to buy

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Side burner and warming rack
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Easy to use and clean
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Good price

Reasons to avoid

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Arms can't be taken down for storage
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Assembly took some time

Designed to run on either gas or coal, the Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill is perfect if you want the benefits of both methods in one package. We cooked a lot of different foods on the grill to give it a fair shot, from meat and fish to veggies and found it simple to light and easy to use in gas grill mode. Charcoal needs 15 minutes to heat, and you'll want to open up the lid for 5 minutes before cooking.

A warming rack can be used to keep food warm, and we found it ideal for toasting our burger buns. It's not the fanciest-looking grill on the market, but its versatility could make up for the aesthetic shortcomings. Be sure you have space in your yard, though, as its arms don't fold down. It does, however, have wheels for easy movement.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

An ideal entry-level gas grill

Weber Q3200

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An ideal entry-level gas grill

Specifications

Type: Gas
Surface area: 393 sqin
Dimensions: H43.5in

Reasons to buy

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Striking looks
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Even heat distribution and dual heat zones
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Durable and easy to clean
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Fold-down side tables for extra workspace

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't fold down for easy storage
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Plastic look won't suit everyone

The Weber Q3200 gas grill is a perfect entry-level gas grill, cooking meat, veggie skewers, chicken, and more during our testing day. It's a small and lightweight gas grill with a kind of retro-futurist design that evenly spreads heat and creates excellent grill marks for that delicious charred flavor. A big drawback for us was that it didn't fold down, which meant we had to find space for it.

That said, we were impressed with how the two gas burners could be controlled independently, which is helpful for cooking meat on one side and veggies on the other at the same time. There's also a handy resting platform to keep cooked food warm until you're ready to eat. The porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates were easy to clean, and the built-in thermometer and grill handle make it easy to monitor food even when it's getting dark.

Livingetc rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars | read our full Weber Q3200 Gas Grill review

Best portable charcoal grill

BergHOFF LEO Portable Tabletop BBQ Grill

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5. BergHOFF LEO Portable Tabletop BBQ Grill

Best portable charcoal grill

Specifications

Type: Charcoal
Surface area: 5.4 sq in
Size: H8.7 x W13.8 x D13.8in
Weight: 11lbs

Reasons to buy

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Sleek, lightweight, and portable design
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The Cork lid doubles up as a heatproof mat

Reasons to avoid

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Limited use 
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Expensive for its size
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The carry handle isn't the best

Our second portable grill on this list, the BergHOFF LEO Portable Tabletop BBQ Grill, takes the label seriously with a carryable design and diminutive overall size. It doesn't offer as much space for cooking as others, but it holds its own when it comes to portable outdoor cooking. It also takes up zero floor space on your patio, balcony, or terrace.

Whether you’re heading off for a relaxing day on the beach or a picnic in the park, the BergHOFF portable grill could become your favorite cooking companion. We tried it out with burgers, kebabs, chicken thighs, halloumi, corn, and more besides. Everything came out tasting good, but it was harder to achieve this without a lid. Chefs need not apply - this is made for basic cooking.

Livingetc rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Most stylish gas grill

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FURNACE Gas Grill

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Most stylish gas grill

Specifications

Type: Gas
Surface area: 452 sq in
Dimensions: H42 x W51.7 x L29.3in
Weight: 64.2lbs