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The Best Barbecue Grills on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. And while we’ve written about BBQ accessories and the best small grills for tiny apartments, even asked pitmasters about their favorite grilling tools, here we’ve gone deep into the best barbecue grills and smokers on Amazon, according to the people. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best charcoal grill

Weber 14401001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black
$149 at Amazon

“First off, I have to tell you that this is the first grill I have ever used. As a single woman, I was never interested in grilling until I bought a house two years ago and built a deck in the backyard. With all that outdoor space to enjoy, I just knew I needed a grill for entertaining (and feeding) family and friends. … As my brother and dad arrived to my house yesterday for our Memorial Day BBQ, each were skeptical about this charcoal grill because they have propane grills at home and like the convenience of them. ‘It will take an hour to get to coals ready,’ said my brother. ‘Those burgers are way too thick to cook through. They’ll be raw in the middle,’ said my dad.

Both were surprised when the charcoal was ready within about 20 minutes using the chimney. And after getting some nice grill marks on both sides of the burgers, I put the lid on and closed the vents to let them finish cooking the middle of the burgers in a lower heat. The burgers turned out perfectly! The best compliment was Dad and others asking me how I grilled these thick burgers so well without burning them to dust. It’s all in the vents! And I think investing in an awesome grill helped, too.”

Best charcoal smoker grill

Camp Chef PG24DLX Deluxe Pellet Grill and Smoker BBQ
$449 at Amazon

“I’ve had this BBQ for a couple months now, and I can’t say enough good things about it. I’ve been barbecuing and smoking meats for many years, but now that I have a pellet grill, I’ve become like an addict. I’ve probably done at least two dozen pork ribs, three packets of briskets, two beef short ribs, four pork shoulders, countless chicken drumsticks, hot links, sausages, a couple pizzas, artichokes, corn on the cob — all in just the past eight weeks. Everything I’ve cooked on it has been amazing. … The best thing about pellet grills is that it’s like a slow cooker. You can throw a piece of meat in there, and go to bed or go to work, and it’ll be perfectly cooked when you wake up or get home. This grill gives me that authentic BBQ style food that I love, without having to dedicate all the time to tending to the fire.”

Best ceramic smoker grill

Char-Griller E06614 Akorn Jr. Kamado Kooker Charcoal Grill
$159 at Amazon

“This little grill/smoker is great! It is well-built and assembly took me about 20 minutes. Temperature control is very easy and it held 225 to 250 degrees for hours on end for low and slow smokes. The cast-iron cooking grate is nice and thick and sturdy. Lots of people say to use lump charcoal and [it] is recommended by the manufacturer, but because this grill can hold temperatures very well and takes a lot less fuel I use Kingsford charcoal with no problems at all. If you need a grill/smoker to cook for two to four people, this is what you need. It is simply the most efficient and easy to use grill/smoker for the money.”

Best charcoal smoker

Weber 721001 Smokey Mountain Cooker 18-Inch Charcoal Smoker
$299 at Amazon

“How many times can I say awesome? Good temperature control, easy to use, produces awesome smoked meat. Produces smoked pork that friends of ours deem the best they have ever eaten. In the year we’ve owned it, we haven’t gone outside the box very much (mostly pork and a chicken), and we’re not smoking meat every weekend, but we do love it. We’ll get more adventuresome in the future. You do have to learn the art of temperature range control (use the bottom vents!) and how often to check or add charcoal, but it wasn’t insurmountable, even for a Neanderthal like me. … We are so glad that we choose this unit!”

Best outdoor grill island

Weber 15501001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black
$399 at Amazon

“I started with charcoal grilling on a Weber kettle and always loved it but wanted more work space. The Performer Deluxe has work space in spades, and I love it! This is a well-known grill, so I won’t get too wordy. As a summary for those with short attention spans, just buy this grill, I can’t see you regretting the purchase, there is just so much to love. … Overall, my cons are small and almost nitpicks. The fact remains that this is the best grill I have ever used, bar none. You can grill, braise, broil, smoke, and cook low and slow. I’ve made some amazing food on this grill, and I’ll be doing it for years to come since this grill is built to last.”

Best gas grill

Weber 46510001 Spirit E310 Liquid Propane Gas Grill, Black
$599 at Amazon

“Love it, love it, love it. Little pricey but worth every penny. There is no question Weber makes some of the best grill products in the world. I was a charcoal guy once but for convenience, I bought the gas grill. The first time I used the grill, the meat could not have been cooked so perfectly. … The design is solid, the parts are solid and heat is pretty solid as well. There isn’t anything I can find that need to be improved.”

Best gas smoker

Cuisinart COS-244 Vertical 36” Propane Smoker, Black
$145 at Amazon

“This was my first time using a gas-powered smoker. I typically have always used a charcoal-based smoker. Overall I am extremely pleased with the results. This is a low maintenance smoking method and with the abundance of tips and recipes online it’s hard to mess food up. I used the additional water pan that was provided solely for water and used the black pan just for wood chips, and it was smoking in a matter of minutes. Heat loss was minimal; however, it was a very warm day. The one noticeable thing about this product is the door as it very solidly built. This is a very sturdy item and I was able to fit four slabs of ribs with room for more.”

Best electric grill

George Foreman 15-Serving Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill
$79 at Amazon

“Love this grill! Simplicity is golden. No fuss and very little mess. No running around for charcoal or propane and clean up is easy, especially when you have the convenience of grilling right outside your door. But this is also good for indoors and versatile to be used on your countertop if needed. I was hesitant at first because we really wanted a propane or charcoal grill for our patio, but our apartment complex doesn’t allow either of them. This electric grill was the perfect solution for health, ease, and personal convenience.”

Best portable charcoal grill

Weber 10020 Smokey Joe 14-Inch Portable Grill
$30 at Amazon

“This is a great sized little grill to set on a small tabletop out back, or even on the ground. It’s easily portable, so you can store it in a shed or garage without any issue and without taking up too much space. It has plenty of surface area assuming you aren’t cooking for a ton of people, and it gives the ability to make amazing meals for as little as one person, which can be tough to do on the large full size grills. I bought this as a gift for my mom, and she’s loved using it so far. I would definitely purchase this again.”

Best portable propane grill

Weber 51060001 Q1200 Liquid Propane Grill
$199 at Amazon

“Absolutely amazing little grill. I live in an apartment complex and we use this thing two to three times per week and have also used it on the beach. It is nice and compact, but at the same time can easily fit six chicken breasts or six burgers. Love the fold-out trays to put plates, sauces, utensils, or anything you need while cooking. The whole grill feels very solid, and I never feel like it is going to tip over like some other portable grills. The grill gets hot in six to eight minutes and can easily hit the 500-degree mark when turned on high for some nice searing. One of my favorite features of this grill is the design of the grates. They are set in such a way that food drippings do not drip onto the gas burner below. … Also, spring for a fun color. The great smell and fun color will attract new friends if camping or traveling!”

Best hibachi grill

Lodge L410 Pre-Seasoned Sportsman’s Charcoal Grill, Black
$86 at Amazon

“I have been wanting a new Lodge grill for a while. Having a Hibachi in the ‘70s when we were first married and remembering all the fun the two of us had when cooking on it sparked my interest in getting a new one. Now that it is just the two of us again after so many years, we went for it. We have cooked on it five times now and have found it so much better that our big gas grill. It is cast iron and a good quality, we will never have to buy another tank of propane! Love the size and portability and the chimney we bought for lighting charcoal with newspaper fits perfectly on grill grates.”

Best tabletop charcoal grill

Char-Griller 2-2424 Tabletop Charcoal Grill and Side Fire Box
$66 at Amazon

“This grill works great. Room for direct and indirect cooking. Great for camping, charcoal is contained which is important when camping in dry areas. Line bottom of charcoal tray with foil and makes clean up very easy. Slightly heavier than most small grills, attribute this to quality materials, well worth the few extra pounds.”

Best tabletop gas grill

Cuisinart CGG-200 All-Foods 12,000-BTU Tabletop Gas Grill
$153 at Amazon

“I moved to a townhouse so I had to downsize my grill. I did a lot of research on the smaller grills, and this one had the best reviews for keeping even heat. This grill does not disappoint. I have grilled chicken, steak, and vegetables and everything comes out perfect. I love the side tables that fold out and the grill tray that comes with it. The grilling surface is very large which is a plus. … I am so happy with this grill. It works well and looks great, too!”

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The Best Barbecue Grills, According to Amazon Reviewers