The Cost of Grilling
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Extra features are typically found on more expensive grills.
Grill prices can range from $50 to $10,000, with factors like construction materials, fuel and size playing a big part in how much you'll pay.
If you want a charcoal grill, prices start at $50. Anything north of $200 is usually considered high end. Charcoal grills are normally either freestanding or portable; however, some are connected to a work station unit. Those models, as well as charcoal grills that come in exotic shapes, usually cost between $200 and $500. While you'll typically see charcoal grills constructed from aluminum, cast iron or porcelain enamel, ones that have stainless construction can be priced in the low four-figure range.
For gas grills, $200 is usually the starting price for full size units. Between $200 and $500, you'll find gas grills with plenty of options: construction that ranges from aluminum to stainless steel, Btu outputs up to 50,000, as much as 700 total square inches of space, side burners and rotisserie rods.
When it comes to grills in the $500 to $1,000 range, don't expect options to be better across the board. For instance, if space is what you want, there are grills in this price range with nearly 900 square inches to cook on. Others will have four or more burners and around 75,000 Btus. Options like side burners, rotisserie rods and smoker boxes will be available. Expect better construction in this price range, usually marked by high-grade, stainless steel parts. You'll also find grills with warranties of 10 or more years.
At $1,000 and up, you'll start finding grills with lifetime warranties and even higher grade parts. This price range also has more custom options, like infrared burners or laser-cut grates. Some models can be built into outdoor countertops, while the cart models feature more storage space and butcher block cutting boards on the side. Burners on these models can provide more than 100,000 Btus and over 1,000 square inches of cooking space. High-end grills are often built-to-order, not mass produced on an assembly line, and this is reflected in the price.