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When entertaining moves to the backyard, the grill becomes the focal point of the party. With more and more homeowners investing in outdoor kitchens, grill manufacturers have stepped up to the plate with impressive grills with top-notch construction and innovative features. You might be able to get equal cooking performance on a lower-priced grill, as Consumer Reports' tests have shown, but spending $1,000 or more will buy you an eye-catching grill that can handle cooking for a crowd.

We test gas grills that use propane, but some are also available as a natural gas model or convert with a kit for $50 to $100. You’ll never have to run out for a tank of propane, but you will need a pro to run the gas line, and the grill will be less mobile. Click the Features & Specs tab in the gas grill Ratings to see which grills have a natural gas version or can convert to natural gas.

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• Construction should be superior, using high quality stainless and lots of it, like the Weber Summit E-670, $2,500.
• Grates are heavier than on midpriced grills under $1,000 and made of stainless steel or coated cast iron.
• Fire up with an electronic igniter, usually, but once in a while you’ll see a rotary igniter, like the one on the $2,600 Napoleon Prestige Pro 665RSIB.
• Features may include searing burners, rotisserie burners with motorized spit, LED lights inside the grill so you can grill after sundown, and a pullout tray that makes switching the propane tank easier.
• Warranty on burners, the most replaced part, is 10 years or longer.

Note that high-end grills are usually sold at specialty stores and on the websites of big-box stores.

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If You Can Spend $1,000 or More

Midsized Grills (18 to 28 burgers)

Large Grills (28 or more burgers or more)

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Brand Reliability and Satisfaction

Wouldn’t you love to know what nearly 7,000 people said about their grill brand after using the grill for about a year? Readers gave Napoleon grills, for example, top marks for appearance and ease of use, and high marks for grilling performance, durability, and ease of cleaning. Read "Grill Brands: What Readers Are Saying" for a look at 14 brands. Brand reliability should be considered too and you’ll see that information in our Ratings.

More grills. Check our gas grills Ratings for all your choices, including high-end grills from American Outdoor Grill, Broilmaster, Blaze, Cal Flame, Coyote, Delta Heat, Fervor, Kokomo Grills, Saber, Swiss Grill, Summerset, and others

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