If you’re looking for a new grill, do your research on the various types available before deciding. Between gas, charcoal, and electric-powered grills, it’s tough to know which are the best types of grills to choose for your household.

This article covers the different types of grills to choose from to help you decide which model is suitable for you.

Best Types of Grills


Charcoal grills require the most work to get started, but they’re a great option for infusing smoky flavor and experimenting with different wood chips and fuel sources. A charcoal grill is excellent if you like a portable, easy-to-setup option that adds great flavor.

Charcoal grills are easy to set up, pack up, and take anywhere. However, prep and cook times will be longer, and charcoal may have inconsistent heating, making it more challenging to cook your food evenly. Charcoal grills are an affordable, easily portable option for the campsite or the backyard.

Types of Grills Fueled by Gas

If you prefer an easy-start option rather than the hands-on needs of a charcoal grill, a gas/propane grill may be the best choice. A gas grill connects to your home’s gas line or a propane tank.

Unlike a charcoal grill, you only need to turn a knob and press the ignitor to start grilling. It’s a better option for quick dinners because of how easy and fast the grill heats up. Additionally, the heat from a gas grill is more consistent and better distributed, making it an excellent option.

Electric Grill

Electric grills are a great option for easy, consistent heating surfaces that can be taken anywhere, even indoors. While other grills must stay outdoors in open spaces, you can safely cook from anywhere on an electric grill without danger from smoke or fuel.

As long as you have a power outlet, you can fire it up anywhere and start searing your favorite grilled foods. Flameless grilling is safe for indoor use, easier to maintain and clean, and the weather outdoors won’t put a damper on your plans.

Different Categories of Grills

While the grills listed above are the most popular, they can be further divided into different categories. Depending on the type of grilling you’ll be doing, you’ll have to decide which grill category is best for you. They include:

  • Open grill: Open grills feature a box-like bottom where the fire burns and a grill top where the food rests directly above the fire. The charcoal grill is the most popular in this category.
  • Covered grill: a common grill style, the covered grill is found in most backyards, patios, and decks. The benefits of covered grills range from controlling temperature and keeping the weather out to containing smoke and turning the grill into a smoker.
  • Smoker: Technically, a smoker is not a grill. However, it has found a place in today’s homes and restaurants and is famous for slow-cooking tough cuts. Typically, a smoker will have a separate fuel chamber from the smoking chamber. This type of ‘grill’ cooks under low heat for extended periods and is most famous for infusing grilled food with deep, smoky flavors.

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