Best Natural Gas Grill Reviews and Buying Guide 2019

– Best Natural Gas Grill Reviews 2019
Even with the temperatures dropping, grilling season still burns strong with football games and dinner parties to cater. However, if your home has a natural gas line, you might be better off ditching propane and switching fuel sources. That is why we put together a list of the 5 best natural gas grill reviews of 2019. We also provide a helpful buyer’s guide and FAQ, so you can figure out what features you should actually pay more for. We think that the Genesis II S-310 and Spirit E310 are the best for most people, but you have to keep reading to see our best value and top performers.

– Best Seller
— Weber 66000001 Genesis II S-310 Natural Gas Grill
Weber is one of the oldest and most experienced grill manufacturers in the world with a history that stretches back to 1952. Granted, the company actually originated over a century ago, but back then they were just a metal works company. On top of that, Weber’s reputation sits near the top with continuous innovation starting with the development of its first product, the kettle grill. On top of that, Weber still specializes exclusively in the outdoor cooking market, providing ample confidence in their ability to produce a high-quality grill. The Genesis II S-310 natural gas grill may not be their top-tier product, but it bridges the gap between their most expensive option and their budget grill. That said, this is still one of the more expensive natural gas grills we reviewed which makes it all the more surprising it is also our best seller.

Bridging the Gap
One thing that the Genesis II S-310 natural gas grill aims to do is provide a wealth of cooking options at a more reasonable price than some of the other products we reviewed. For example, the Genesis II S-310 gas grill sports the second-best cooking area on our list with 513 sq in. This is more than enough for a decent-sized party, but the Genesis II S-310 grill also provides an additional 156 sq in with its warming rack. Combined, the Genesis II S-310 allows you to cook plenty of food and rotate it to ensure that everything finishes at the same time. That said, one of the more glaring omissions with the Genesis II S-310 natural gas grill is the absence of a side burner. This is especially unusual for a natural gas grill in this price range and will definitely limit some of your searing options.

Good Heat
While the Genesis II S-310 gas grill may not come with a side burner, it still produces more than enough heat. The 3 stainless steel burners put out a total of 37500 BTUs and can accommodate any cooking need. The Genesis II S-310 grill accomplishes this with the inclusion of infinite control burner valves that allow you to fine-tune the amount of heat used. Even better, all of the Genesis II S-310 grill’s heat will be put to good use as it comes with porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates. These grates allow the Genesis II S-310 to retain heat better than most while also cooking evenly. As if that were not enough, the Genesis II S-310 natural gas grill can also use Weber’s patented iGrill 3 feature to help keep track of everything you cook.

— Pros
Has a 513 sq in cooking area
Has a 156 sq in warming rack
Puts out 37500 BTUs
Has infinite control burner valves
Is iGrill 3 compatible
Has porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates

— Cons
Is a more expensive natural gas grill
Does not have a side burner

– Top Pick
— Weber 47510001 Spirit E310 Natural Gas Grill, Black
Weber enters our list once again, and not for the last time either, with the Spirit E310 natural gas grill that aims at a completely different market. Whereas the best seller provides ample features and specs to accommodate a wide variety of needs, it also sported a pretty hefty price tag. In order to appeal to a wider range of consumers that may not need quite as much grill, Weber makes the Spirit Series. While this grill may not have the same list-leading specs as some of the others, it does come in at a far lower price point than the best performing models do.

Solid Specs
Though the Spirit E310 natural gas grill may not necessarily blow you away with its specs, neither does it disappoint. In terms of raw cooking power, the Spirit E310 gas grill does put out a total of 32000 BTUs across 3 burners. That said, this is another grill that does not come with a side burner and does not feature a searing station. On the other hand, you should be able to cook for an average-sized party with a main cooking area of 424 sq in. While it is not the largest, the 105 sq in warming rack also lets you move the food around to keep everything cooking at the same rate. The Spirit E310 grill further enhances this control with the inclusion of Weber’s infinite control valves.

Okay Build
The Spirit E310 natural gas grill is actually an older model in the lineup which was reintroduced to account for certain issues. Specifically, the Spirit E310 gas grill does not come with the best base which is noted for rusting quickly and breaking earlier than other products we reviewed. Keep in mind, this has nothing to do with the Spirit E310 grill’s cooking portion and will definitely depend on how well you take care of the grill. In terms of the cooking components, the Spirit E310 natural gas grill made it a point to use mild steel as this material better retain heat– though it also rusts quicker, hence the base concerns. Still, the Spirit E310 gas grill steps up its heat retention further by coating virtually every relevant part of the cooking box with porcelain, including porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates.

— Pros
Is a less expensive natural gas grill
Has a 424 sq in cooking area
Has a 105 sq in warming rack
Puts out 32000 BTUs
Has porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates
Has infinite control burner valves

— Cons
Not the best base
Not the most durable

– Best Value
— Weber 48070001 Spirit II E-210 NG Mocha
Our next natural gas grill, which also happens to be a Weber, aims to offer some of the newer innovations with the upgraded Spirit line at a lower cost. While the Spirit II E-210 natural gas grill accomplishes this task, it is definitely a bit more limited than many of the other products on our list. Aside from the fact that it does not top our list in any relevant category, it also comes with some troubling flaws. That said, whenever you look for a budget-friendly product, you should expect it to come with some warts. Assuming everything works out in the beginning, the Spirit II E-210 natural gas grill is definitely our best value in an inherently expensive grill market.

Adequate Specs
Even though the Spirit II E-210 gas grill is the least expensive, it can still serve as a functional family grill. To be clear, the Spirit II E-210 is definitely not the grill you want to use for hosting a large get-together, but the 360 sq in cooking area is more than enough for a family of 4. The warming rack is similarly a bit on the small side at only 90 sq in but can do the job designed for it. On top of that, the Spirit II E-210 might put out the least amount of BTUs that we reviewed at only 26500, but it also only has 2 burners. This means that the Spirit II E-210 gas grill puts out 13250 BTUs per burner which is actually more than most of the other grills we reviewed.

Decent Build
To be clear, the Spirit II E-210 natural gas grill is not a poorly made grill, but you may have issues in the beginning. This is due to the fact that the Spirit II E-210 does seem to go through the most rigorous quality controls and regularly arrives with bent or broken pieces and components missing altogether. That said, even if you do get everything in one piece, the Spirit II E-210 grill does not retain heat quite as well as many of the others reviewed. One of the nicer qualities of the Spirit II E-210 grill is that it imports some of the more advanced features seen on significantly more expensive grills. For example, this might be one of the cheapest natural gas grills that is also compatible with the iGrill 3 feature. This is likely even more relevant for a family grill since you will not be cooking quite as much food.

— Pros
Is a less expensive natural gas grill
Has a 360 sq in cooking area
Puts out 26500 BTUs
Is iGrill 3 compatible
Has infinite control burner valves
Has porcelain-enameled cast-iron grates

— Cons
Not the best QC
Does not retain heat the best

– Runner Up
— Napoleon Grills LEX485RSIBNSS-1 with Infrared Side & Rear Burners Natural Gas Grill
Napoleon Grills is definitely an exception on our list for more than the fact that it is the only non-Weber grill. In fact, Napoleon Grills is actually a brand within the larger Napoleon company which does not simply specialize in outdoor cooking products. That said, Napoleon Grills does have a decent amount of experience with the founding of their parent company over 4 decades ago. On top of that, the Napoleon parent company does at least specialize primarily in heating with some cooling products thrown in for good measure. Even better, Napoleon wins numerous awards quite frequently and has won many awards over the last couple of years.

Serious Heat
Though natural gas grills generally allow for a larger fuel feed to account for the lower heat potential, the Napoleon Grills natural gas grill decided to take no chances. For example, the Napoleon Grills gas grill ties for first on our list with its main burners putting out a total of 48000 BTUs. However, the Napoleon Grills grill further separates itself from the pack with the inclusion of infrared burners as well. These burners put out even more heat than the standard convection burners and do so radiantly which helps keep your food juicy. On top of that, experienced cooks will rejoice with the Napoleon Grills natural gas grill inclusion of both a side burner as well as a rotisserie burner. That said, all of these additional features increase the cost of the Napoleon Grills gas grill significantly higher than most of the other products we reviewed.

Solid Build
Beyond the sheer cooking capabilities of the Napoleon Grills natural gas grill, it also sports a unique approach to its grates. To be fair, the grates could be a little bit better were they made of cast-iron as opposed to stainless steel. On the other hand, the Napoleon Grills grill is the only product on our list that uses a wave design for the grates. This allows you to cook significantly smaller pieces of food without having to worry about it falling through the grates. The Napoleon Grills natural gas grill offers a few other unique features on our list too that expand its general use. For example, this is the only option that we reviewed which includes LED i-Glow backlit knobs to make night grilling much easier. Another extremely rare feature included with the Napoleon Grills gas grill is a cold station where you can put ice for chilling drinks while you grill. Ultimately, this might be the best performing grill that we reviewed, but the price definitely reflects that too.

— Pros
Has a 485 sq in cooking area
Has a 189 sq in warming rack
Has a 12500 side burner
Has a 13500 rotisserie burner
Uses infrared burners
Puts out 48000 BTUs

— Cons
Is a more expensive natural gas grill
Uses stainless steel grates

– Also Consider
— Weber 67006001 Genesis II S-435 4-Burner Natural Gas Grill, Stainless Steel
Whereas the other Weber grills aimed to provide a solid option for both the family, small party, and budget markets, the Genesis II S-435 makes it a point to offer pretty much everything. In fact, the Genesis II S-435 is Weber’s top of the line flagship natural gas grill in the Genesis lineup. Not only does it surpass all of the other Weber grills we reviewed in terms of cooking capability, but it also tops our list in a number of the most important specs as well. However, the Genesis II S-435 does not do everything perfectly and is also one of the most expensive natural gas grills we reviewed too which is why it finds itself so far down our list. Still, it definitely has a niche for which none of the other competitors reviewed can truly match.

Party Grill
Though it is not always the most important factor to consider when choosing a grill, the maximum cooking area is definitely a priority for certain circumstances. Specifically, if you have a tendency to host large dinner parties where you grill for multiple families, you will want to make sure that your grill can handle cooking that much food. Thankfully, the Genesis II S-435 natural gas grill has you covered with a massive 646 sq in cooking area, the largest on our list. To complement the main cooking area, the Genesis II S-435 also tops our list with the largest warming rack at 198 sq in. That warming will definitely come in handy when some of the food inevitably cooks slower than the rest, and you need to let it sit for a minute before serving. On top of that, the Genesis II S-435 is also compatible with the iGrill 3 system, so you do not have to keep checking on the food and letting out the heat.

Great Grills
Speaking of heat, the Genesis II S-435 offers an incredibly robust amount of cooking options, though not all of them top our list. One of the cooking specs that do, though, is the main burners which put out a tieing first-place 48000 BTUs. Even better, the Genesis II S-435 natural gas grill also comes with a 12000 BTU side burner that includes a grilling grate, though you can also use this station for traditional cookware too. In the back of the Genesis II S-435 gas grill, you will also find a 9000 BTU searing burner, though this is a bit lower than the most experienced cooks might prefer. One thing that definitely holds some of the cooking potential of the Genesis II S-435 back is the use of stainless steel grates. While they are more than durable enough and clean up easily, they do not retain heat as well or cook as evenly as cast-iron.

— Pros
Puts out 48000 BTUs
Has a 9000 BTU sear burner
Has a 12000 BTU side burner
Has a 646 sq in cooking area
Has a 198 sq in warming rack
Is iGrill 3 compatible

— Cons
Is a more expensive natural gas grill
Uses stainless steel grates

– Best Natural Gas Grill Buying Guide 2019
— Heat
The heat from a natural gas grill is rated in BTUs, or British thermal units, and the more your grill puts out, the hotter it can get. However, this is not the full story when it comes to a natural gas grill’s temperature except for specific cooking circumstances. This is because you do not generally cook most food with an open grill the whole time outside of specific types of food. As such, making sure that a grill can retain heat and create a convection effect is arguably just as important as the total BTUs a natural gas grill’s burners can put out.
Unfortunately, there is no industry standard to measure this aspect of a grill’s temperature, though there are a few things to look out for to make sure your grill retains heat. One quality is the materials, though many new grills favor stainless steel due to its relatively low cost and convenient maintenance. The issue with this is that stainless steel does not retain heat quite as well as other metals, but manufacturers attempt to compensate for this by coating various parts of the grill’s interior body with porcelain. Another important factor that does not have a measurable standard is the quality of welds. The better welds a natural gas grill sports the less heat will be able to escape from any openings in the body.

— Cooking Area
The cooking area of a natural gas grill is rated in square inches, though some companies may rate it in square centimeters– especially if their primary market is outside of the US. Despite its name, the total cooking area can usually be broken down into two separate cooking areas: the grilling area and the warming rack. The warming rack sits about the main grilling area further away from the burners to allow you to cook different types of food at different temperatures. The warming rack is also often used to allow a transfer of foods that are done cooking to a cooler part of the grill while you finish other food that still needs to cook a bit longer.
While this is definitely an important consideration when choosing a grill, it does not necessarily follow the “more is better” rule. Instead, it is important to understand how you expect to use your grill and choose a cooking area based on that. If you regularly host large outdoor dinner parties, then you should get a natural gas grill with a larger cooking area. On the other hand, if most of your grilling is for your family or a small group of friends, paying for extra cooking space is just a waste of money.

— Cooking Stations
Though the main grilling area and a warming area are pretty much standard for most medium-sized to large grills, some higher-end models will go a step further and include other cooking stations. To be clear, not all of these stations are actually separate spaces, with some of them simply using alternative burners to achieve a different type of cooking process. That said, the most common type of additional cooking station is the side burner which is a burner located in one of the grill’s shelves. This burner can use either a grate for searing or a standard stove-type of burner for using traditional cookware.
While a side burner is generally a good feature to look for when choosing a natural gas grill, more advanced grillers might want additional cooking stations as well. One of the more common cooking stations included on high-end grills is a rotisserie station, though it may take different forms depending on the grill. Some grills cook rotisserie-style from a rear burner while others use an additional backside burner. Likewise, some grills might include a side burner for traditional cookware and also include a searing station as well. More often than not, this arrangement sees one of the back burners able to produce significantly higher temperatures than the main burners.

— Grates
Grates are part of a natural gas grill on which the food sits and technically cooks. While some manufacturers continue to innovate this component of a grill is interesting and convenient ways, the main thing to look for here is the materials. Specifically, cast-iron is the superior material for a grill’s grates due to the fact that it absorbs and retains heat better than stainless steel. This translates to more even heat distribution and ultimately cooks your food better and quicker than stainless steel– one preheated.
That said, if you opt for cast-iron grates, it is a good idea to make sure they are also protected with some kind of non-stick coating. Not only does this make cleaning the cast-iron grates easier, it also prevents you from having to go through the arduous process of constantly “seasoning” the cast-iron. Beyond the material aspect, the design of grates can actually improve the cooking experience, though it has nothing to do with the quality of cooking. Instead, different arrangements and spaces between the grates allow you to cook smaller pieces of food without worrying about it dropping through the grate.

– FAQ’s
Why a Natural Gas Grill?
When it comes right down to it, a natural gas grill is not too terribly different than a propane grill in terms of cooking. While it is true that propane produces more heat for the same volume of fuel, that is not usually much of a problem for modern grills. Instead, the reason you might choose a natural gas grill over a propane one comes down to secondary preferences that do not really impact the cooking quality of the grill. Arguably one of the biggest reasons to choose a natural gas grill comes down to convenience. Specifically, propane grills require you to constantly replace and change out the propane tank when it runs empty.
Natural gas grills, on the other hand, connect directly to your home’s natural gas line and never need their fuel source replaced. This also means that you do not have to worry about running out of fuel mid-cook with a natural gas grill. On top of that, natural gas is overall less expensive than propane as a grill fuel source, in the long run. Keep in mind, this definitely depends on how often you use your grill as natural gas grills are also generally more expensive than propane grills. Finally, even though both fuel sources are technically “fossil fuels,” natural gas is ultimately more environmentally-friendly than propane.

Which Type of Burners?
While this is not an overly common consideration, it creeps up more and more when discussing grills. Specifically, what type of heat is right for your grilling needs with the options generally being convection or infrared. To be clear, even if a natural gas grill includes infrared burners, it will also often include convection burners as well. One reason this quality is worth considering comes down to the fact that infrared burners are more often included in most expensive high-end grills. This is not always the case, but the two types of burners actual cook food differently which affects the final result.
In terms of the difference in cooking, it really comes down to how the heat is transferred to the food. A standard convection burner does not usually heat up the food directly and instead relies on heating of the air around the food which then heats the food. While this is a fairly easy and reliable way of cooking your food, it also has the flaw of drying it out unless you really know what you are doing. Infrared burners, on the other hand, do not simply heat the air around the food but radiate the heat directly into the food. This allows the food to absorb the heat more directly and reduces the amount of moisture loss when cooking.

What to Look for?
While this is technically true for all grills, regardless of their fuel source, making sure you get a grill that is hot enough is especially true for a natural gas grill. This is due to the fact that natural gas is one of the least efficient fuel sources in terms of generating heat. Keep in mind, this does not mean that natural gas is inefficient from a cost perspective, but the same amount of natural gas simply produces less heat when burned compared to many other fuel sources. That said, most manufacturers do a reasonably good job of making sure their natural gas grills put out a comparable amount of heat compared to propane or other fuel sources.
As mentioned prior, the importance of cooking area heavily depends on the circumstances in which you use your grill. On top of that, the different types of cooking stations depend more on what type of food you expect to cook. One thing that does not really change, however, is the grates where porcelain-enameled cast-iron is always superior from a heat retention and distribution perspective. While it is not inherently the most important feature, getting a grill with precise heat controls can make for a much easier cooking experience as well.

– Conclusion
In the end, the best natural gas grill heavily depends on your grilling needs, cooking expertise, and budget. With a wide range of different features, each affecting the performance and price, choosing a natural gas grill is more difficult than ever. The Genesis II S-310 offers some of the best specs that we reviewed at a more reasonable price, but does not include a side burner. For something a bit less expensive, the Spirit E310 provides solid specs but requires more careful handling. If you are looking for an even better value, the Spirit II E-210 does not retain heat as well as some but still performs reasonably well. Of course, the more advanced cooks out there should look towards the Napoleon Grills with its high heat and numerous cooking stations. Finally, the Genesis II S-435 comes includes numerous cooking stations and has the cooking area for large dinner parties.

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