An outdoor grill is an amazing addition to any deck, yard or patio. There is almost nothing better than having friends and family over, gathered around the table and sharing some freshly made grilled goodness. Thus, to help you find a great outdoor grill that will make this dream come true, today we are looking into some of the best grills under 200 USD on the market right now and we are presenting three of our top choices. Hopefully the information we have included here will be sufficient for you to make a solid purchasing decision that will keep paying off year after year. Without further ado, here are top picks!
Best Grill Under 2000 USD: Weber 51200001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill
Our #1 choice in the category of best grills under 200 USD goes to the Weber 51200001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill. The one we tested out was a purple and black grill with dimensions of 20.5 x 40.9 x 24.6 inches and weight of about 28 pounds more or less.
However, the same type of grill comes in a variety of other colors such as fuchsia, blue, green, orange and red, which is rather unusual and on its own could be enough to persuade some of you to go for this grill.
For the rest of you, here are some further details on its performance and features.
Firstly, let’s begin by discussing the heating capabilities of this grill. It has one stainless steel burner which produces 8500 BTU (British Thermal Unit) per hour, with the heat being distributed over 189 square inches of cooking space. The cooking grates are made from cast iron, which is also porcelain enameled to produce a smooth and even cooking surface that is easy to clean. The body and lid are made from cast aluminum. The cookbox that houses the burner, the grates and the grease management system (yes, it has one of those!) is also made of cast aluminum. It requires minimal maintenance and care. It can withstand the high heat of the grill, of course, but more than that, it presents the perfect cooking environment – when it is used with the shroud it optimizes the flow of heat so that it is evenly distributed. Thus, it is certainly safe to say that this grill is made of really good quality materials and is well designed, despite being on the cheaper side of the grills price range.
In addition to that, this grill has some really handy features. There are collapsible side tables, which really add to the functionality of the grill. There are also ergonomic side handles and sturdy front and rear cradles. Some other notably convenient features of the Weber 51200001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill have to do with its ignition and heat control valves. There is an easy start electronic ignition on this grill and it works really well – we could usually get it started on the very first pull. Regarding the heat control settings, the valves are infinite i.e. you have total control in the amount of heat you want rather than having to choose from more or less six different heat settings, as is common on many other grills.
We should also mention what is not included in the package together with the grill. The liquid propane tank is not included, so you should make sure to obtain it separately at the time you order your grill if you want to be using it as soon as possible. Liquid propane tanks of 14.1 ounces or 16.4 ounces can be fitted well and power this particular grill. Something else you might want to know if that it comes fully assembled out of the box. So the grilling fun can start right away!
There you have it – everything you need to know about the Weber 51200001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill. Now we move on to the reviews of the runner-up and third best grills under 200 USD.
Runner-up: Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods 12000 BTU Portable Outdoor Tabletop Propane Gas Grill
The runner-up for best grill under 200 USD is the Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods 12000 BTU Portable Outdoor Tabletop Propane Gas Grill, a great outdoor grill that is similar to our top choice in many respects.
For instance, it also has a stainless steel burner and porcelain enameled cast iron grates, as well as foldable side tables. It works with the same sized liquid propane canisters as the other grill.
This one also has an easy start ignition system, which you can actually spark to life with just one hand.
In terms of size, it is somewhat smaller overall with dimensions of 15 x 18.5 x 42 inches. However, it is actually heavier – it weighs about 10 pounds more than the Weber 51200001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill. Another difference is that on this one the lid and the lid handle are actually made of stainless steel rather than cast aluminum. The most significant difference between the two is that this grill has more cooking power in terms of the heat it can produce, which is 12000 BTU rather than 8500 BTU. The total cooking surface is somewhat larger as well – 240 square inches rather than the 189 square inches of the Weber 51200001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill. Thus, the Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods Portable Outdoor Tabletop Propane Gas Grill does pack a punch in a smaller package, but it can be somewhat less convenient to use due to having smaller side tables, less convenient handles etc. Also, the heat range of this grill is about 300 F to 500 F, which is great for cooking certain kinds of meat but is too high for others. Basically, it is hard to get the temperature below 300 F. Another thing to note – this one does not come assembled out of the box. The assembly process is fairly straightforward though, so that is probably not going to be a big issue.
Considering the differences and similarities between these two grills, it is hard to pick an obvious winner. Ultimately, it comes down to personal preferences in terms of which features are more important to you.
Third Best: Char-Broil 36000 BTU 3-Burner Gas Grill, 524 Square Inch with Side Burner
The last grill we really want to mention in the category of best grills under 200 USD is the Char-Broil 36000 BTU 3-Burner Gas Grill.
It is the most powerful grill in our selection, in terms of heat and cooking space, as well as the biggest.
Two char-broil burners produce heat equivalent to 36000 BTU and there is an additional side burner of 12000 BTU for heating up buns, sauces, or doing some slow cooking.
The available cooking space is 380 square inches of primary cooking space and 174 square inches of secondary cooking space, for a total of 554 square inches! That is certainly a lot more compared to the 51200001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill or the Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods Portable Outdoor Tabletop Propane Gas Grill. So it makes sense that this grill is also twice as heavy as those (65 pounds to be exact), as well as a lot bigger – its dimensions are 17.8 x 50.8 x 43 inches.
However, it is not the most expensive – actually the opposite. This is a cheaper alternative of the other two that costs about $150. With all of the above in mind, you can probably guess that there is a catch. It is not so much a catch as an aspect of the grill that makes it have the price it has – the materials used for making this grill are not as good as those of the other two we reviewed. That is understandable – otherwise this grill would be vastly underpriced! The cookbox/firebox is made of enameled porcelain rather than stainless steel or cast aluminum. The burners are not stainless steel or porcelain enameled, which means that they will probably not last as long and will be harder to clean. Still, even with all of that in mind, it is our opinion that this grill is definitely worth its price and probably worth even more! That is why we included it in the selection of best grills under 200 USD.
On that note, we shall conclude our reviews and wish you happy grilling, be it on the Weber 51200001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill or on the Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods 12000 BTU Portable Outdoor Tabletop Propane Gas Grill or on the Char-Broil 36000 BTU 3-Burner Gas Grill.