Buying a New BBQ: Here’s What to Look For

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When shopping for a new BBQ, there are certain things you should look for to ensure you choose the best one for your lifestyle, budget and preferences. Plus, when you know what to look for in a BBQ, you can make a better purchasing decision. Follow these tips to find a grill that’s going to last.

7 Things to Look for When Buying a New BBQ

1. A Fuel Source That Suits Your Lifestyle 

First, decide on the type of BBQ you want: gas, propane or electric. 

  • Gas Grills: Convenient and provide quick heating. Look for sturdy construction, multiple burners for temperature control, and features like side burners, rotisseries, and storage.
  • Charcoal Grills: Offer traditional flavour and versatility. Look for adjustable grates, airflow control, and ash management systems.
  • Electric Grills: Ideal for indoor or small outdoor spaces. Focus on wattage, cooking surface, and temperature control.

2. Cooking Area 

Consider the size of the cooking surface. Choose one that suits the number of people you typically cook for and the types of meals you plan to prepare. Don’t buy a bigger BBQ than you need, but make sure the BBQ you choose will be able to accommodate the food you cook. Keep in mind that you should also look for a grill that has space for multiple cooking zones: searing, slower cooking, and finishing.

3. Temperature Range & Even Heat Distribution 

Look for a grill that can reach the desired temperature range for your cooking needs, whether it’s high heat for searing or low heat for slow cooking. You also want even heat distribution across the cooking surface. Features like burners or dampers can help control temperature.

4. Ability to Heat & Maintain Heat

The grill you buy should be able to heat up fully within 10 minutes or so. Plus, you want to be able to maintain heat. If roasts and ribs are on your menu frequently, requiring indirect cooking, opt for a BBQ that can maintain moderate heat for a long period of time.

5. Quality Construction

Purchase a grill made of durable materials like stainless steel or cast iron for longevity and heat retention. Check the overall construction, including seams, hinges, and handles.

6. A Good Warranty 

Next, a good warranty reflects the manufacturer’s confidence in the product’s quality. And since burners are the most replaced part on a grill, prioritize one with a warranty that covers the burners. Research the brand’s reputation for customer service and support.

7. Safety Features

Don’t forget to consider safety when buying a new BBQ. Look for safety features like cool-touch handles, lid locks, and stability mechanisms to prevent accidents. 

Top Quality Grills by the Best Brands

Ultimately, the best BBQ for you depends on your cooking style, space, and preferences. Take your time to research and compare different options before making your decision. Team Harding carries only the best grills with strong warranties so you can cook assured you have the best.

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