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The Right Grill for Every Type of BBQ Master

Looking for the perfect grill? Here's how to find an affordable grill that has all the features you need—and none you don't. 

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Not everyone needs a super deluxe grill with all the bells and whistles. There are plenty of grill models out there to fit every lifestyle, whether you’re a pro searching for a bigger model or an apartment dweller looking for a tabletop barbecue. Find the features and price range that are right for you with these shopping tips for every type of griller.

For the no-fuss griller:
If you're looking for that authentic, smoky flavor, get a charcoal grill. The classic model of charcoal grills has always been a kettle grill, which doesn’t come with extravagant features. Most have just a grate, a chamber for charcoal, a vent (or two) and three legs. The design of these well-known grills has remained almost unchanged for the past 65 years, so they must be doing something right.

For the backyard weekend warrior:
If you're going to be at the grill every weekend cooking up a storm, then you should opt for a grill that has least 360 square inches of cooking surface. You'll be grateful later when you have enough room for all your corn, burgers, hotdogs and kebabs.

For the on-the-go griller:
If you’re tailgating or going camping, you can take a portable grill along with you. They can be charcoal or gas, depending on what you want. Look for ones that are lightweight and choose a size that fits your needs. Someone cooking for a small family of four will need a much different grill than a frequent tailgater cooking for 20 of her friends, so be sure to check the features.

For the small-space griller:
If you don’t have a huge yard for a grill, choose an electric grill. Many can be used indoors or outdoors as long as you have an outlet nearby. You’ll get the same grill marks as a traditional grill and some grills even have a tray to catch grease.

For the adventurer:
If you can make a simple wood fire, then you can have a grill. Just place a heavy-duty grate over the fire to create an impromptu outdoor grill. This is a popular option for people that already have an available firepit in their backyards.

For the busy family griller:
Try a gas grill. You won't need to light the charcoal, wait for it to heat up or clean up ashes afterward. Gas grills will always be a bit more expensive than their charcoal counterparts because of the convenience, but you can find one under $100 if you look for models with just two burners.