Best gas grills 2023: Livingetc's tried and tested guide to a surefire sizzling summer

This is the year of the gas grill, as backyards are being elevated into entertaining spaces no matter how big or small they are. Here is our edit of the very best, all tried and tested by the Livingetc team

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There is no bigger design trend at the moment than the elevation of the great outdoors. It speaks to how we all want to live - relaxed, comfortable, sociable - and for how we want our homes to be places we enjoy.

And central to this is the rise and rise of the gas grill - gone from a piece of kit that stays covered to an integral hub that home lives are being built around. The place we gather, that needs to look as good as the taste of the food it creates.

So we're pretty serious when it comes to finding the best grills. We wanted to find grills that were easy to set up and use, had the aesthetic chops to sit pride of place in the backyard and - of course - cooked great food.

These grills have all been put through their paces, graded on such variable as how they look, how easy they were to put together, what they were like to clean and to cook on. We've tested everything from burgers to joints of meat to veggies, and come up with a metric that has helped us rate the very best. Now it's just up to you to pick your menu and get the summer started. 

The best gas grills in 2023

Livingetc knows design. We spend hours testing and comparing the latest products, bringing only our edit of the very best to you. Find out more about how we review.

We've rated the best models from brands like Everdure, Weber and Char-Broil, having assembled them and used them to cook burgers, sausages, veggie skewers and spatchcock chickens.

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1. Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 burner gas BBQ

Best - and best looking - gas grill

Specifications

Surface area: 960 inches squared
Number of burners: 2
Power: gas canister (not included)
Ready to use: 5 - 6 minutes
Color: Hood comes in orange, mint or graphite

Reasons to buy

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The best looking gas grill on the market
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Gives really good char lines to food
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Easy to control
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More affordable than most gas grills
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Light and super easy to move around

Reasons to avoid

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Cleaning the intricate grills is a little tricky
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Difficult to put together

When our editor Pip Rich was testing several gas grills at the same time, this one came out on top. 'Not only is it compact, easy to move around and heats to cooking temperature in a record 5 minutes but it's also the best looking gas grill on the market,' Pip says.

While testing it, he was impressed at how quickly it got to full heat - a super-quick five minutes - and how easy it was to wheel around. But mostly, he liked it because it looked good. 'It looks like a 1950s American diner. Like The Jetsons have imagined a future where a grill takes mere moments to heat up. Like a mid century designer had an understanding of modern technology. And the orange feels very right for now,' he said.

It's also one of the cheaper gas grills on the market, making the Everdure FORCE a solid purchase that is unlikely to be beaten.

Livingetc rating: 4 out of 5 stars | See our full Everdure FORCE gas grill review

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

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2. Weber Genesis II Smart Grill EX-335 3-Burner Propane gas grill

A good overall gas grill

Specifications

Surface area: 669 sq in
Burners: 3
Dimensions: H47 x W59 x L29in
Weight: 188lbs

Reasons to buy

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Good control over cooking
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Large cooking area
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High-quality build
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Smart features

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly requires two people for some parts
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Expensive

The Weber Genesis II EX-335 is a high-end addition to any outdoor living space. From a design perspective, this grill has style, durability, and excellent functionality. The build quality is great, but the overall shape is a little boxy. The three stainless steel burners and cooking grates provide exceptional cooking performance and versatility.

Upon testing, we were impressed with advanced features like the Grill 3 app-connected thermometer system, which allows you to monitor the cooking process remotely. The dedicated searing burner also adds extra heat to ensure the perfect finish on your steaks.

We think the EX-335 is a superb choice for those who appreciate excellent design, high-quality build, and performance. Whether you're a seasoned pitmaster or a novice outdoor cook, this grill has everything you need.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Weber Traveler Portable Gas Grill

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3. Weber Traveler Portable gas grill

Best portable gas grill

Specifications

Surface area: 320 sq in
Burners: 1
Dimensions: 42.7 x 22.1 x 14.7in
Weight: 49lbs

Reasons to buy

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Portable and travels easily
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Well-built
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Generous cooking area for a portable model
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Even and consistent cooking
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Simple to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Quite expensive for a portable model
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Assembly can be tricky
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Limited cooking area
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Could have more temperature controls

Weber is a trusted name in the grilling world for a reason, and their top portable offering - the Traveler Gas Grill - doesn't disappoint. With its sleek and stylish design, the grill is ideal for those who value a combination of form and function.

While testing, the burner provided enough heat for an even cooking experience, and the porcelain-enameled grates didn't stick. Plus, the built-in thermometer made it easy to monitor the temperature throughout, ensuring that our food was perfectly cooked.

The compact size and carry handle make it ideal for camping trips or tailgating, while the high-quality construction means it can hopefully hold up to regular use. We loved it so much after testing it won the top spot in our guide to the best portable gas grills.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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

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4. Char-Broil Gas2Coal hybrid grill

Best hybrid grill

Specifications

Surface area: 420 sq in
Burners: 2, 3 or 4
Dimensions: H47.5 x W52.5 x L24.6in
Weight: 110lbs

Reasons to buy

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Dual fuel design
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Good-sized cooking area
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly is fiddly
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Gas and charcoal can't be used at the same time

A versatile addition to your outdoor cooking set-up, the Char-Broil Gas2Coal grill allows for an easy transition from classic gas cooking to the smoky, intense flavors achieved from using a charcoal model. The dual fuel options provide a unique and convenient experience for both novice and experienced grillers.

When testing, we were impressed by the ample cooking space on offer - perfect for hosting large cookouts or preparing multiple dishes at the same time. You also get two side shelves for added convenience, making it easier to prep and handle food.

"I love this BBQ for the convenience of cooking with gas with the option of throwing on some authentic smokey charcoal,' says Millie Fender, our head of reviews. "Assembly took a while but was totally worth it, and the arms are great for storing plates or utensils while you cook up a storm."

The Gas2Coal is a well-designed and practical option for those who don't want to choose between gas and charcoal, with a stylish black and stainless-steel design, generous cooking space, and double the functionality. Hop over to our guide for more on the best charcoal grills.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Everdure by Heston Blumenthal FURNACE Gas Grill

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Most stylish gas grill

Specifications

Surface area: 463 sq in
Burners: 3
Dimensions: H42 x W51.7 x L29.3in
Weight: 64.2lbs

Reasons to buy

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Stylish design
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Fast heating and convenient features
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Simple to clean drip tray

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Challenging to assemble

If there's anything that Heston Blumenthal is known for, it's his innovative and experimental approach to cooking. So, when we were asked to review the Everdure Furnace gas grill, we jumped at the chance. Upon opening the box, we were pleasantly surprised by its sleek and modern design, with the Furnace's die-cast aluminum body finished in a striking mint color (it's also available in orange and black) that really stands out.

But it's not just about looks - the Furnace is packed with features that any grill enthusiast would love, including a fast ignition system, attractive lattice on the plates, and impressive cooking power.

"The Everdure Furnace is a smart bit of kit, for someone who is serious about grilling rain or shine," says our editor Pip Rich, who tested this himself. "It's not cheap, but it knows how to cook, and is so easy to use that perfect grilling is basically assured."

After using the Furnace for a few weeks, we're confident in calling it one of the most well-designed gas grills on the market. Its precise temperature control and the large cooking surface made it perfect for us.

Livingetc rating: 4 out of 5 stars | See our full Everdure FURNACE gas grill review

Pip Rich cooking on the Heston Everdure gas bbq

Our editor Pip Rich cooking up a storm on the Heston Everdure Furnace

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6. Weber Q 3200 gas grill

The ideal entry-level gas grill

Specifications

Surface area: 393 inches squared
Number of burners: 2
Ready to cook on in: 15 minutes
Dimensions: 55.5 H x 50 W x 30 inches D

Reasons to buy

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One of the most affordable gas grills
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Really easy to move around
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Ideal for small backyards

Reasons to avoid

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The plastic frontage and wheels don't look very stylish
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Its lightweight frame doesn't seem like it'll withstand strong weather

Weber are the the first name anyone thinks of when it comes to gas grills. It's the Farrow and Ball of barbecues. The Amazon of alfresco feasting. The, well, the Weber of grilled sausages. It's because it offers so many different models, spanning the range of hi tech and highly affordable, from sleek to cheap. And because, on the whole, it gets it right.

The Weber Q 3200 is at the more affordable end of the spectrum. From around $400 - and keeping in mind your average gas grill is anywhere from $800 and up - it's a relatively entry-level option for anyone who just wants to wave some tongs around and serve up a few beef steaks. 

But that affordability comes with a few drawbacks - of course. The design is a little flimsy and the plastic doesn't feel super-sturdy. But it's the best two burner grill at this end of the market, ideal for first timers who want to grill and don't need any bells or whistles.

Livingetc rating: 4 out of 5 stars | See our full Weber Q3200 review

Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Gas Grill

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6. Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner gas grill

Best 2-burner gas grill

Specifications

Surface area: 360 sqin
Burners: 2
Dimensions: H44.5 x W48 x D27in
Weight: 103lbs

Reasons to buy

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Rust-proof lid good at retaining heat
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Compatible with smart iGrill temperature monitoring
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Compact for smaller spaces

Reasons to avoid

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Smaller cooking area

The Weber Spirit Classic E210 is a great choice for those who don't have too much space, as its two burners provide ample cooking space with a warming rack to allow you to cook in shifts if necessary. The grill also has an in-built thermometer, rust-proof lid, and a fully-portable frame, making it simple to move in and out of storage when the summer months dry up.

Convenient side shelves have hooks for storing accessories, and porcelain-enameled cooking grates - dubbed 'flavorizers' by Weber, are designed to add smoky barbecue flavor to meals.

Livingetc rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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7. Napoleon Phantom Rogue SE 425 gas grill

Impressive tech but pretty expensive

Specifications

Cooking capacity: 710 inches squared
Number of burners : 5
Power: gas canister (not included)
Ready to use in : 8 minutes
Color: matte black

Reasons to buy

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Additional infrared heat panel
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Gets hot really fast
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The wavy lines of the grill are easy to clean
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Simple to use buttons

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Not the most stylish

Why might you want a infrared heat panel on the side of your gas grill? That was the question our editor Pip Rich had when he was testing this at his home. 'The panel gets so hot, and so is amazing for specialty cuts of meat,' he says. 'You can cook a thick steak all the way through so quickly that the inside stays medium rare while the outside gets beautifully charred.'

Pip's other big plus point for Napoleon's Phantom Rogue was the wavy design of the grill itself. 'They were quite wide and so they dispersed the heat really well, and also were super-easy to clean,' he says.

However, for one of the more expensive gas grills on the market, it's not one of the most aesthetic. 'I think it would blend into an outdoor kitchen really well,' Pip says. 'And I can see it sitting unobtrusively next to an outdoor countertop. But as a standalone piece its a bit too boxy for my tastes.'

Livingetc rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. See our full Napoleon Phantom Rogue SE 425 gas grill review 

About this guide

We like to get hands-on experience with all the products featured in our round-ups, and this guide to the best grills is no exception. Many of the products you see in our list have found their way into the backyards of our writers and editors, and we aim to get hands-on experience with everything we feature. 

The things we look out for go beyond aesthetics and product descriptions, and we ultimately want to find out which gas grill can help our readers cook up a delicious feat. We consider overall size, price, and practicality. We keep you - the reader - at the very front of our minds throughout, thinking through what makes a big-ticket investment the very best purchase. For more info, see our guide on how we review.

Weber Genesis II Smart Grill EX-335 3-Burner Propane Gas Grill being tested in writer's home

The Weber Genesis II Smart Grill EX-335 being tested in our writer's home

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How to choose the best gas grill for your backyard

Size
When selecting a grill, its size is a crucial factor to consider. The grill's dimensions must be considered to ensure it is a good fit for your yard or patio space. Choosing a grill with the correct measurements is critical for those with a limited area in mind. In addition, the size of the grilling area is also an important consideration. The number of burners on the grill can reflect this.

If you plan to entertain family or friends during the summer, choosing a grill with ample cooking space is best. However, remember that you may only sometimes need to use all the burners, especially if you're only cooking a couple of burgers. If you're energy-conscious, choosing a grill with an appropriate number of burners is recommended based on the size of your family.

Check out our exploration of gas vs. charcoal grilling options for more eco-friendly grilling options.

Storage
If you plan to keep your grill outside all year round, portability may not be a significant concern. However, for most people, moving their grill to a different location, such as the garage, or taking it with them on camping or beach trips is a nice feature.

Certain gas grills have extendable sides that can be lifted to provide additional storage or cooking space. These sides can be lowered when not being used, making the grill more compact and easier to store. Gas grills with a trolley are popular as they provide storage space for the gas canister and can even come with shelves to store grilling tools like spatulas and carving knives. 

Extras
If you want a versatile grilling experience that allows you to cook your entire meal in one place, consider investing in a gas grill with side burners. With this helpful feature, you can cook up various side dishes and sauces while you grill your main course, ensuring that everything is hot and fresh when it's time to eat.

The convenience of not having to run back and forth to the kitchen is hard to overestimate, and with many models to choose from, you're sure to find one that fits your needs. Pair your grill with comfortable and stylish garden furniture to create the perfect outdoor dining area.

Char-Broil Gas2Coal 3-Burner Gas and Charcoal Hybrid Grill being tested in writer's home

Our reviewer grilling up some scallops and sausage on the Char-Broil Gas2Coal

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What's the difference between natural gas and propane grills?

You will find two types of gas grills in your search - those that use natural gas and those that use liquid propane. Choosing one over the other doesn't impact the taste of your food but will alter the way your source your fuel and how much you pay. You can read more about the differences between the two in our guide to natural gas grills vs. propane.

What is the best gas grill?

Your choice of the best gas grill for you will depend on things, including the space you have, your budget, and how stylish you want your outdoor appliance to be. We rate the Weber Genesis II EX-335 the best overall because of its quality build and performance, along with smart features and generous cooking area, but those who need something more portable might want to go for something like the Weber Traveller.

Charcoal loyalists could opt for the Char-Broil Gas2Coal hybrid grill for the best of both worlds, and anyone who wants a grill that looks amazing while it cooks their steak should consider Heston Blumenthal's Everdure Furnace.

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie is the head reviewer at Future Homes and has been writing about gas grills for years. She has tested many and knows the differences between each one. 

Pip Rich
Pip Rich

Pip has been writing about design for 20 years, and also written an award winning cookbook in 2014. He knows how to create convivial spaces and what kit is needed to cook brilliant meals on. 

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Millie Fender
Head of Reviews

Millie is the Head of Reviews on the Homes Ecommerce team at Future. She started writing for Livingetc in 2021 after working as a staff writer for another Future brand. Specialising in indoor and outdoor cooking, Millie is always testing kitchen appliances like juicers, stand mixers, and pizza ovens. She loves finding renter-friendly ways of adding her own touch to living spaces, and browsing the property market for houses with larger kitchens.

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