Best Gas Grills to Buy at Home Depot

Jene J. Long

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More than 50 percent of gas grills sold in the U.S. come from the home center giants Home Depot and Lowe’s. Home Depot alone carries hundreds of models, dozens of which can be found on the floor of your local store. Of course, not every grill it sells is a winner.

Consumer Reports tests dozens of new gas grill models every year. This year we’ve already added over 25, and as of early June our test engineers are in the process of building and assessing about 20 more for this season. That’s on top of the nearly 200 that are already in our ratings.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of the very best gas grills at Home Depot, including models from our latest tests. If you’re unsure which size you need or which features matter, start with our gas grill buying guide. CR members can also jump right into our grill ratings to compare models

Even if you’re uncomfortable at the thought of shopping in person during the pandemic, you can still buy a grill. Home Depot has more than 300 models on its website. It also offers curbside pickup. With either of those options, be ready to tackle assembly yourself

“Home Depot offers an exceptionally broad selection of models, particularly online,” says Mark Allwood, a CR market analyst who oversees grills. “The website tends to include offerings from really premium brands as well, including Napoleon.”

If Home Depot is your go-to, this CR reference guide will help you narrow your selection and steer clear of the losers. If you plan to buy your next grill at Lowe’s or Walmart, we’ve got you covered, too. Check out our expert picks for the best gas grills at Lowe’s and the best gas grills at Walmart.

If You Buy a Gas Grill at Home Depot

To ensure that we test the same grills available to you, Consumer Reports’ secret shoppers purchase each one we test, either in-store or online. Here’s their advice for making it a smooth experience:

In-store
• Check inventory online before you shop. The grill you want might be in a store near you. If it’s not, Home Depot will ship it free of charge to a store where you can pick it up.

• Check the grill’s dimensions on Home Depot’s website or on the grill’s summary page in our gas grill ratings. Assembly at the retailer is free.

• Check your cargo space.
You’ll need an SUV or a pickup to haul the grill home. You can also rent a truck at some store locations ($19 for the first 75 minutes) or pay to have the retailer deliver an assembled grill. The delivery fee varies by market, but in most places it’s $79. You can have most grills delivered unassembled at no charge. If you opt to rent a vehicle to move an assembled grill, check our quick guide to killing coronavirus in a car

Online
Check the box before you start assembling the grill to make sure all of the parts are included and nothing is broken or damaged. If something is missing, call Home Depot’s customer service (800-430-3376). If the wait for a replacement is too long, you might try calling the manufacturer directly and pleading your case to get it sooner.

Check your address. Beginning last May, Home Depot started offering in-home grill assembly to online buyers in the Carolinas, Central Texas, and South Florida for $79 and up. If you go that route, consider ways to stay safe when an assembly or repair person comes to your home

Best Gas Grills at Home Depot

We test grills from nearly every brand sold at Home Depot, including Napoleon, Weber, Char-Broil, Nexgrill, KitchenAid, Huntington, and Dyna-Glo. Read on for ratings and reviews of the best grills we’ve tested that are available at the home improvement giant this summer.

One of the models below is exclusive to Home Depot. But for the rest, don’t assume that Home Depot will always offer the best deal. It’s possible that competing retailers might stock the same model at a lower price.

Worst Gas Grills at Home Depot

Worst Small Grill
Cadac Stratos 98700-23-01
Price: $300
CR’s take: The Stratos struggled to heat evenly in our tests, earning one of the lowest scores of any model we’ve seen in recent years. That shortcoming alone would be enough to caution you against this model, but it also turned in only average performance in our temperature-range test. 

Worst Midsized Grill
Dyna-Glo DGF510SBP (Home Depot)
Price: $200
CR’s take: It’s easy to see why this Dyna-Glo is tempting. At $200, its big, five-burner surface seems to offer a lot for the money. But under those grates, we found a grill that struggled to heat evenly or cook well over indirect heat. It also lacks the ability to cook at a broad range of temperatures.

Worst Large Grill
Royal Gourmet HG6000
Price: $840
CR’s take: The Royal Gourmet is a beautiful-looking grill, but those looks are deceiving. Despite its solid construction, it struggles to heat evenly, plus it lacks the ability to cook at a broad range of temperatures. Given that there are plenty of other great picks at Home Depot for less, we don’t recommend it. 

Worst Gas Grills at Home Depot

Worst Gas Grills at Home Depot

Both models below bombed in our evenness test. Without an even cooking surface, you can’t even make the basics, like burgers or hot dogs, without burning them in some spots and leaving them undercooked in others. 

From the ‘Consumer 101’ TV Show

Sturdy construction, even heating, flare-up reduction—Consumer Reports experts explain to Jack Rico, ‘Consumer 101′ TV show host, what to look for when buying a gas grill.

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