Nothing says summer like food sizzling on the grill. Here in the US and Canada, this Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. It’s also a great time to score a deal on a new grill, since Labor Day is when big-box repair stores clear out their summer inventory. It can be overwhelming though—which is the right grill for you?
We have been testing grills for more than two years—searing, smoking, grilling, and even baking on them—to find the best choice for everyone. Below, you’ll find our top picks for each category (charcoal, gas, pellet, hybrid, and other types) as well as a few alternatives, plus general buying tips if none of these capture your fancy.
Updated August 2022: We’ve added the Traeger Timberline.
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