We are often asked, “Why one grill is so much more expensive than another grill?” Many people look at a grill and really can’t see the difference. So, I thought I would take a few minutes to talk about this.
Lets start with the stainless steel. Not all stainless steels are the same. They are made up of various elements with different percentage mixes. The better grills are made of 304 stainless, which has less iron in it, but more nickel and chromium. This makes the metal more corrosion resistant and….. more expensive. The gauge of the stainless steel is also important. It increases the longevity or life of the grill. The thicker the stainless steel, the more it will hold up to extreme heat. Again, the heavier the gauge, the higher the cost. Some grills are double walled in the hood and sides. As you would expect, double walled adds cost, but also adds to the quality.
Burners are a very important part of the grill. Some are cast and some are tubular. Some are made of stainless steel, while others are made of brass or cast iron. The brass and stainless steel cost more but hold up better-- again, the heavier the gauge, the longer they last. The S/S tubular burners seem to heat up faster, but I don’t favor either cast or tubular over the other. Pay attention to the warrantees too. I favor the longer warrantees on the burners. Some manufacturers offer life time warrantees.
Grates are another important consideration when picking a grill. I like stainless steel grates over cast grates or powder coated metal grates. The heavier gauge grates will last longer. Again, check the warrantees.
Other features that increase the cost of a grill are lights in the grill and lights on the knobs, the type of igniters, rotisserie motors and rods, infrared back burners for rotisserie cooking, briquettes vs. flavorizors, smoker boxes, hood assist systems and even digital temperature indicators. Most of these items are very nice to have and improve the grilling experience.
So, when you’re determining which grill to buy, make sure your sales representative shows you the differences between the grills you’re considering and explains the features to you to help you choose a quality grill that will last!