The sunnier, warmer weather is sure to help kick-up grill sales. Whether you're replacing an old, worn-out model, or want to upgrade to something different, here are some things to keep in mind before you make your next grill investment:
1) Decide what types of cooking you want to do with your outdoor cooking unit. If you only want to grill food at high temperatures, a gas or charcoal grill might be your best choice. However, there are some high-quality pellet grills that do achieve grilling temperatures.
According to the Hearth-Patio-Barbecue Association, the average household has 2.5 grills.
There are a lot of choices in outdoor cooking devices. Gas, charcoal, pellet and wood. Each has it's pros and cons. The trick is choosing a unit that will be suit the type of cooking you want to do, or want to master.
2) How big an area do you have dedicated to your outdoor cooking? It makes no sense to purchase a humongous sized barbecue or grill if you have a small patio or deck. Take measurements before you head to the store, and take a tape measure with you to confirm whether the grill you are looking at will fit in the space you have available for it.
3) What's your level of cooking expertise or experience? Don't waste money purchasing a grill that is way over your head. Sure, it's okay to purchase the latest and greatest and grow into it, just make sure you don't purchase a grill that will overwhelm you and take away from your enjoyment of cooking outdoors because it's too darn complicated.
4) What's your budget? Remember, you get what you pay for. Grills selling for under $300, are not going to last more than 2-3 years. My motto is, "Quality only hurts once!" Yes, your initial outlay may be more, but you're also purchasing a better quality product.
With having some sort of budget in mind, you can narrow down the field of choices and go up from there.
5) Quality. Many grills that tout stainless steel components or body, in fact are not true stainless steel Here's an easy test---take a magnet with you. It won't stick to real stainless. The best consumer grade of stainless is 304, the same type used in home appliances.
6) Accessories. If you're not going to use a side burner or rotissery, than don't spend the money on it. Look for models where you can add these items to your grill if you want them later on.
7) Ask your friends. You might luck-out and discover that someone you know owns the model of grill you want to purchase. Ask them if you can cook on theirs and see how you like it. Ask how long they've owned their grill. Would they purchase it again?
8) Check Internet barbecue and grilling forums and do some research prior to narrowing down your hit list. See what others have to say about the quality, reliability, customer service, etc. of the grill model(s) you're interested in.
There are a ton of grill choices today. Narrowing down your selections can be daunting. By doing some research before you step into the store, arm yourself with knowledge and decisions of what you're looking for, how much you want to spend and the type of cooking you want to do.
Doing so will help make the grill selection easier, and lead to a happy purchase.