Best Stainless Steel Grill Reviews 2019
Even though summer slowly fades away to make way for fall, grilling season is still in full swing. Of course, having to worry about a difficult grill that requires extensive care can be a pain. That is why we have put together a list of the 5 best stainless steel grill reviews of 2019. We also provide a helpful buyer’s guide and FAQ, so you understand what is worth paying money for and what may not be. While we think the Char-Broil and Monument Grills will work the best for most people, you have to keep reading to see our best value and top performer.
Char-Broil 463377319 Performance Stainless Steel 4-Burner Cart Style Gas Grill – Best Seller
Char-Broil is by far one of the most prestigious and well-known companies on our list, so it only makes perfect sense that they would also occupy the best seller position. With their founding in 1948 and arguably the introduction of recreational grilling into the market following the post-WWII era, Char-Broil has consistently ranked highly within the industry, winning numerous awards along the way. It does not hurt that Char-Broil has and still is focused exclusively on the outdoor cooking market, expanding into every niche with top-tier products. That said, the company still remembers where it got its start and makes it a point to offer high-end products at reasonable prices that the average person can afford.
In terms of the actual cooking specs, Char-Broil stainless steel grill. may not top our list, but they come pretty close in a number of important categories. Arguably their worst showing in this regard is still fairly good with a cooking area that can accommodate reasonably large dinner parties. For example, their main cooking area provides 425 sq in which is actually somewhat low on our list but still more than enough for a party of 8 or more– assuming you are a decent griller in the first place. On top of that, the Char-Broil Performance steel grill also offers a decent warming rack with 150 sq in of cooking space.
Beyond the cooking area, the Performance stainless steel grill also offers plenty in the way of sheer cooking power. For example, each of their 3 main burner units puts out 12000 BTUs which is tied for second on our list. It is worth noting, however, that the overall output of 39000 BTUs is just a hair under second place. Still, this is more than enough heat to make sure that all of your food is cooked quickly and evenly. Of course, the Char-Broil Performance steel grill is not done and also comes with a powerful side burner. Putting out 10000 BTUs, the Char-Broil grill’s side burner is more than capable of hanging with grills that cost twice as much. Even better, this is actually the only stainless steel grill side burner that we reviewed that comes equipped with a searing station.
Even though the Char-Broil grill offers plenty to like in the cooking department, the build could be a bit better. To be clear, we are not suggesting that the Performance grill is poorly constructed, but it is definitely not the most convenient grill on our list. For one, this grill is actually fairly difficult to assemble, though that is almost certainly in no small part due to the instructions which are not especially clear. However, even once you get the Char-Broil Performance grill assembled, it is also still one of the least portable units on our list. While it is not strictly stationary, it is the only standard stainless steel grill on our list that comes with 2 wheels instead of 4. This means that while you might be able to move it around your general cooking area, you will definitely need some help to move it anywhere else.
That said, these build issues are more about ease and comfort and do not actually affect the cooking performance of the Char-Broil stainless steel grill. In that regard, the Char-Broil is every bit worth the price and even makes it a point to account for some inherent flaws in the stainless steel design. Specifically, stainless steel is much easier to clean and maintain than some of the heavier metals used for grills, but it does not retain heat quite as well. In order to provide better heat transfer, the Performance steel grill uses burners with top-positioned flame ports. On top of that, they also provide porcelain-coated cast-iron grates, so you get an even cooking temperatures as well as grill marks.
Is a less expensive grill
Has 4 gas burners that put out 36000 BTUs
Has a 10000 BTU side burner
Has porcelain-coated cast-iron grates
Has a 425 sq in grilling area
Has a 150 sq in warming rack
Not as portable as some
Not as easy to assemble
– Top Pick
— Monument Grills 17842 Stainless Steel 4 Burner Propane Gas Grill with Rotisserie
Monument Grills is definitely not the most well known or prestigious companies on the market, but this has more to do with their relatively recent founding than anything else. Specifically, this is actually the youngest company on our list, though they definitely account for that gap with an excellent team. In this regard, some of the top executives from Home Depot’s outdoor cooking department are in charge of Monument Grills, and this experience shows clearly through this product. That is why it is not difficult for us to rate this grill our top pick, though that is definitely in part due to the value.
Part of the reason Monument Grills’ executive team started the company is because they found most of the grills on the market to be lacking. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that the Monument Grills stainless steel grill tops our list in pretty much every meaningful cooking category. For example, this grill puts out the most total heat with 4 burners emitting 48000 BTUs, but this is not enough to satisfy Monument Grills. Beyond the total BTUs, they also made sure that each burner put out a second-best 12000 BTUs each. This provides for superior cooking power, but the Monument Grills steel grill is still not finished. In fact, the Monument Grills grill provides the hottest side burner that we reviewed with 12000 BTUs– the only side burner that is rated as hot as the main burners.
While having the hottest grill in pretty much every capacity is great, the Monument Grills stainless steel grill also wanted to make sure you never lacked for space either. To this end, the 17842 steel grill also made sure to provide the largest cooking area in multiple respects. For the main cooking area, the Monument Grills 17842 stainless steel grill ties for first on our list with a whopping 513 sq in. However, not to be outdone even in the extras, the 17842 grill also comes in with the largest warming rack reviewed at 210 sq in. One thing to consider is that this grill seems to use thinner stainless steel than some of the other competitors, though that does not seem to affect the cooking performance.
Still, you will definitely want to make sure that you keep the grill covered when not in use as it is noted for rusting a bit quicker than some of the others that we saw. Regardless, this grill also takes into account the needs of cooking at night, an important consideration as the sun begins to set earlier and earlier. To this end, the Monument Grills 17842 steel grill is the only product on our list that comes equipped with LED-lit knobs. On top of that, the Monument Grills stainless steel grill also provides porcelain-coated cast-iron grates to make sure all of your food cooks evenly.
Is a less expensive grill
Has a 513.3 sq in grilling surface
Has a 210 sq in warming rack
Has 4 gas burners that put out 48000 BTUs
Has a 12000 BTU side burner
Has porcelain-coated cast-iron grates
Rusts quicker than some
Uses thinner stainless steel
– Best Value
— Cuisinart CGG-306 Professional Tabletop Gas Grill, Two-Burner, Stainless Steel
Cuisinart is likely not the first company you think of when you think of grills as they do not specialize or focus on outdoor cooking products. In fact, Cuisinart is far more well known for their indoor cooking appliances with their fame beginning when they introduced the electric food processor to the consumer-grade market. That said, Cuisinart is still one of the more experienced and established brands on our list with a history that stretches back over 4 ½ decades. Still, the Cuisinart CGG-306 stainless steel grill takes our best value spot due almost entirely to its lower cost, meaning you definitely have to give something up in the process.
A quick glance is all it takes to see that the Cuisinart grill is not like the other options on our list. Rather than using the standard grill type, Cuisinart opted instead to go with the tabletop design. To be fair, this decision definitely limits the Cuisinart steel grill in some important ways, but it also makes it infinitely easier for you to transport the grill for cooking on the go. For example, this is easily the lightest grill that we reviewed at just over 20 pounds, but it also comes in a much more compact profile. This means that a single person can easily carry the grill without any help, something the larger standard grills on our list cannot accomplish. Of course, what you get in portability you have to give up in total cooking space, though the CGG-306 stainless steel grill is no slouch in this regard.
To be clear, you likely should not try to use the Cuisinart CGG-306 steel grill for large dinner parties unless you are extremely skilled and organized with exceptionally patient guests. On the other hand, when it comes to tabletop grills, the Cuisinart grill is definitely one of the larger with a solid 275 sq in of cooking area. On top of that, the Cuisinart steel grill does not seem to have any issue with heat as the 2 burners provide a solid 20000 BTUs between them. In fact, the integrated thermometer can easily show this grill getting up to temperatures well above 600 degrees– though you will definitely want to keep a close eye on that. While those high temperatures may be great for pre-heating, the Cuisinart CGG-306 grill is noted for getting too hot and melting the plastic knobs.
Is a less expensive grill
Is more portable
Has 2 gas burners that put out 20000 BTUs
Has a compact profile
Has an integrated thermometer
Has a 275 sq in grilling area
Plastic components can melt
Has a smaller cooking area
– Runner Up
— Weber 61001001 Genesis II S-310 3-Burner Liquid Propane Grill, Stainless Steel
Few companies on our list can compete with the lineage and prestige of Weber, though the company is not inherently known for the highest-end products. That said, Weber is easily one of the oldest and most experienced companies on our list with a founding that begins in 1952. On top of that, Weber is actually responsible for the development of the kettle-style grill that first allowed charcoal grilling without having to worry about ashes blowing back onto the food. Even better, Weber still focuses exclusively on outdoor cooking products, though their lineup has expanded since their founding. The Weber Genesis II stainless steel grill could easily be higher up on our list were it not for its high price and a conspicuously missing feature.
From a pure specs perspective, the Genesis II steel grill is easily one of the better options that we found. While the total amount of BTUs released is not the highest, each burner tops out list individually by putting out 13000 BTUs a piece for a total of 39000 BTUs. As if that were not enough, the Weber stainless steel grill also provides the second-most total cooking area too. In terms of the main cooking space, the Genesis II grill ties for first on our list with a massive 513 sq in. On top of that, the Weber grill also provides a fairly large warming rack of 156 sq in, though this is nowhere near the top of our list. To make sure this large cooking space and capable burners are put to the best use, you also get porcelain-coated cast-iron grates to provide even cooking.
Hit or Miss
When it comes to top-tier features, especially for a grill in this price range, the Weber steel grill might be getting its priorities mixed up. For instance, this is easily one of the more technologically advanced options on our list with its ability to connect wirelessly. Specifically, the Genesis II stainless steel grill is the only product that can connect to wireless monitors that we reviewed. With the ability to connect to your smartphone through the iGrill 3 app, you can keep track of your food’s progress while it is cooking. This may seem like a great feature, but it also comes at the expense of one of the more common components on high-end grills. To wit, the Weber Genesis II steel grill is one of the few on our list, and the only standard grill we reviewed, to not include a side burner. This means that you will need to plan your cooking process if you want to sear your meat to trap the juices and add that browning effect.
Can use multiple fuel sources
Has a 513 sq in of grilling area
Has a 156 sq in warming rack
Is iGrill 3 compatible
Has 3 burners that put out 39000 BTUs
Has porcelain-coated cast-iron grates
Is a more expensive grill
Does not have a searing station
– Also Consider
— Broil King 922587 Baron S490 Gas Grill, 4-Burner, Stainless Steel
Broil King is an interesting company in that they originally founded in 1986 but has been bought by the Canadian Onward Manufacturing Company. All the same, the company has stayed dedicated to their focus on outdoor grilling products for the entirety of their history. On top of that, Broil King is also made in the US, so you do not have to worry about shoddy manufacturing. On the other hand, the company is known for providing some high-end products which definitely impacts the price of their products. To be fair, this could easily be our top pick were it not for the fact that the high price may not necessarily provide as good of a value to as many people. Still, the Broil King Baron stainless steel grill is a solid option for someone willing to pay top dollar for exclusive features.
Out of all the stainless steel grills on our list, none are able to generate as much total heat nor offer as many cooking options as the Broil King grill. It is important to note that the Baron stainless steel grill does not actually provide the hottest main burners, but it does come in second on our list with 40000 total BTUs. However, that is simply where the Broil King steel grill begins as it also provides 2 additional cooking stations on top of the main one. First, the Baron grill offers a solid, if standard, 10000 BTU side burner, though you will need an accessory to use it as a searing station. That said, the truly impressive addition for this grill comes from its rotisserie station which provides a 15000 BTU rear burner. In fact, this rear burner is actually the hottest burner on our list– regardless of where you look.
Another great feature of the Broil King Baron steel grill is the sheer amount of cooking area provided, though it is worth noting that it is nowhere near the largest that we saw. For the main grilling area, you get a solid 444 sq in, but the warming rack is the second-largest that we reviewed with 200 sq in. With a combined 644 sq in of cooking area, not to mention the additional side burner, you can cook for larger parties with ease. Even better, the Baron grill also provides a unique take on the grate, though it does come with a particular caveat as well. Specifically, these grates are engineered to continually baste grilling meat with its own juices using the V-channel design. On top of that, they are made out of heavier cast-iron than most of the competition and are also coated in porcelain.
Has 4 burners that put out 40000 BTUs
Has a 10000 BTU side burner
Has a 15000 BTU rear rotisserie burner
Has a 444 sq in grilling area
Has a 200 sq in warming rack
Has cast-iron V-channel grates
Is a more expensive grill
Not as easy to assemble
– Best Stainless Steel Grill Buying Guide 2019
BTUs, or British thermal units, are the standard measurement that tells you how hot a grill gets. Keep in mind, this does not necessarily tell you how well a grill retains heat nor how well that heat is transferred across the grates. However, burners that put out more BTUs will inherently be hotter than those that put out less. Still, the arrangement of the burners can also play a big role in determining how much eat actually gets to the food.
For example, the arrangement of the burners, both in regards to the grill as a whole and in and of themselves, will influence how well they heat the grill. Some burners allow the flame to originate from the top of the burner while others will have the flame erupt from the sides. While top-flame burners are generally better at heating the food, they also run the risk of flare-ups from fat and other juices dripping directly onto the flame.
— Extra Stations
While the primary cooking station is likely used more than any other and for most of your general cooking purposes, some high-end grills will include multiple stations. By far the most common in this regard is the side burner, though they do not always serve the same purpose. Some side burners are meant to be used for cooking food in a pot and will feature a burner that resembles a gas stove.
Other side burners are designed to function as a searing station where you cook meat at a much higher temperature for a short amount of time to lock in the juices and provide a flavorful browning effect. Outside of side burners, other grills will even include more elaborate extra burners for less common purposes. For example, a grill can have a burner that cooks at a hotter temperature at a distance for roasting meat.
This is easily one of the more important things to consider when grilling, though it may not necessarily be the most important factor when purchasing a grill. This is because most grills have the option to purchase better grates as additional options, though this inherently increases the price of the grill. That said, if the grill is sufficiently inexpensive to begin with, this may be a suitable route– especially if it provides a unique feature not easily found with other grills.
There are a couple of different materials used for grates, though the material our grill is based on is not one of the better ones.
While stainless steel is convenient for the grill’s body, frame, burners, and other components, it does not heat evenly enough to serve as the best grates. In this instance, you are going to want to look for cast-iron grates as they transfer heat much better than stainless steel. That said, plain cast-iron can be a pain to clean and requires regular “seasoning,” which is why you should make sure cast-iron grates are coated with a non-stick substance.
— Cooking Area
The cooking area catches a lot of the headlines when looking at grills, but it may not necessarily be the most important factor. Granted, if you regularly host large barbecues with half a dozen guests or more, chances are you should get a grill with a large cooking area. On the other hand, if you rarely cook for more than half a dozen people, a grill with a large cooking area may simply be money wasted. It is also important to remember that skilled grillers can often use the warming rack to account for a lack of cooking area. Granted, this is generally a less desirable and more stressful method, but it will work in a pinch if you only rarely cook for a large group of people.
Why a Stainless Steel Grill?
With such a wide variety of different types of grills out there, it is important to choose the right kind. Stainless steel grills carry a number of notable advantages, but they also have a few flaws worth mentioning. Arguably the best reason to choose a stainless steel grill over the other types is that it is much easier to clean. Regular steel, also called mild steel, may be a bit more durable, but it also has a tendency to get dirty easier and is more difficult to clean. On top of that, stainless steel is just as generally strong as mild steel, so you will not have to worry about overall durability.
On top of that, stainless steel is also somewhat water-resistant, though it is nowhere near as naturally resistant as aluminum. As such, you should keep a stainless steel grill clean and covered when not in use. One thing to look out for with stainless steel is heat retention. While stainless steel is better at retaining heat than aluminum, it is not as good as mild steel and pales in comparison to cast iron. This is especially true of the grates where stainless steel does not tend to cook as evenly as cast-iron.
What Type of Grill?
Though our list focuses primarily on the standard type of grill, there are a number of subtle nuances that distinguish them. For example, a tabletop grill may not be able to cook quite as much food at one time, but it is infinitely more portable than a standard grill. It is also important to remember that just because a tabletop grill may not always provide the hottest burners, the fact that the food is usually positioned closer to the burners means you should not worry about a minor difference in BTUs.
Beyond the profile of the grill, the actual fuel source is important too– though arguably less so for our list. In this instance, the difference between propane and natural gas does not amount to much from a cooking perspective. That said, it is generally much cheaper to cook with natural gas than it is propane that requires more expensive tank refills. On the other hand, propane actually provides more energy for the same amount of fuel, so propane grills will often cook at a slightly hotter temperature than natural gas ones with equal fuel consumption.
What to Look for?
Easily the most important aspect of a stainless steel grill is how hot of a temperature it can reach, though, after a certain point, it becomes less relevant. Generally, the grill needs to be able to reach a consistent temperature of about 500-degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind, many grills will be able to get to a hotter temperature than that, but that is mostly used for preheating purposes. Unless you are cooking specific meals or using particular techniques, you usually will not need a grill to cook at 600 or 700-degrees.
Beyond the temperature, getting a grill with cast-iron grates is always good because they cook the food more evenly than stainless steel. Cast-iron grates should be coated in porcelain, ceramic, or some other non-stick coating to make cleanup easier as well. Depending on how many people you cook for, getting a grill with a large cooking area may also be important. Of course, if you generally just cook for a few people at one time, this is not something to pay extra for.
As we can see, there is a wide range of different stainless steel grills that suit a myriad of different needs. If you need something small that you take with you on the go, the Cuisinart tabletop grill is a solid option. If you are just looking for a basic standard stainless steel grill, the Char-Broil is an inexpensive option. Of course, just a slight step up in price, and the Monument Grills competes with some of the most expensive options we reviewed at a fraction of the cost. If high heat and convenience are your things, the Weber is novel, though it lacks a side burner and is expensive. Finally, the Broil King provides some of the hottest temperatures, most unique cooking solutions, and high-end features– if you can figure out how to put it together.