Choosing between a gas grill and a charcoal grill is difficult and families are pretty evenly divided on the issue with reportedly 60% gas grills and 40% charcoal grills sold last year. The pure taste advantage of the charcoal grill is quite tempting, but the ease of use, time factors, detailed controls, and lack of fussiness make gas grills extremely attractive for many outdoor chefs. The single biggest advantage of a charcoal grill is that it gets much hotter than a gas grill.
The clean up requirements on a charcoal grill is enough to deter some buyers. People also appreciate the convenience of knob temperature controls on gas grills and that they warm up and cool down faster than charcoal grills. The advantages of cooking with a gas grill extend beyond convenience. A gas grill is less expensive to operate than a charcoal grill as you will spend less money on fuel.
It can be difficult to choose among the different gas grills on the market — there are a large variety of gas grills to choose from with many different features and options. It can be hard to make the right choice when shopping for a grill as there are not many ways to test them out and see how well they cook, and how well they fit the specific needs of the grill user.
With this in mind, we hope to shed some light on the options available for gas grills under $300, and look at which are the best gas grills for different situations. The $300 price point is a good balance between the high-end grills with fancy features and the low-end grills that might not be big enough or sturdy enough for your needs.