Consumer Reports Grills Up Ratings For Gas Grills
Posted May 10, 2002 10:56 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — One of the best smells of summer is food cooking on the grill.
checked out 21 gas grills for performance including Char-Broil, Weber and Sunbeam. The prices ranged from $120 to $2,200.
Testers found new grills, even the less expensive ones, offer more features, like stainless-steel trim and side burners. Another convenient feature is the battery-operated pushbutton igniters.
But features aside, how well do the grills operate?
Testers came up with a high-tech machine to see how evenly the grills heat.
Sensors monitor the temperature and the information is then fed into a computer. Different colors show the temperature on the grill's surface.
All the grills fell within a good temperature range. After cooking chicken, burgers and salmon steaks, testers found nearly all the grills cooked evenly.
recommends the $200 Sunbeam Grillmaster 6522. It has some nice extras, like a side burner and an electronic starter.
also recommends the Weber Genesis Silver-B is an excellent grill, but it is more expensive at $450. It has many nice features, including a fuel gauge, a fold-down front shelf and a removable grill base for easy cleaning.
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