Grill Buying Guide: Which Type of Grill is Right for Me?
Comparing the Most Popular Grill Types on the Market
Can’t decide what type of grill to get this season? Our experts have created this guide to selecting the perfect grill based on your budget, cooking style, and goals.
In This Guide:
Charcoal Grills | Gas Grills | Pellet Grills | Egg Style Grills
When you think of grilling, most of us think of charcoal grilling. Using lump charcoal or charcoal briquettes, these grills can be found on back patios, tailgating parties, and camp sites around the country. While the egg-style grills are a premium grill, often the most affordable type of grill will use charcoal.
Most charcoal fans love these types of grills because you can cook with either direct or indirect heat, the versatility, or the flavorful, juicy meat it produces.
Benefits of Charcoal Grills
- Afforable options
- Dual cooking zones for indirect heat
- Cooking versatility
It is hard to beat the convenience of gas grills. With instant ignition and the ease of switching propane bottles, it’s no wonder why many homeowners opt for a gas grill.
Gas grills are popular for their ease of use, the speed of getting to heat, and how well it performs for high-temperature cooking.
Benefits of Gas Grills
- Fastest to light and heat up
- Easy to use
- Great for high temperature cooking
Rising in popularity in recent years is the pellet grill. Pellet grills burn 100% hardwood pellets as fuel, which is great for adding rich smokey flavoring to your meals. Plus, you can adjust the flavor based on the type of wood pellets you use.
Most pellet grills use indirect heating, which is perfect for smoking or slow cooking at low temperatures. They also provide a more even temperature across the cooking surface if you prefer grilling.
Benefits of Pellet Grills
- Consistent cooking temperatures
- Easy to light
- Delicious smoke flavor
Egg Style Charcoal Grills
Kamado style grills, also known as egg style grills, are similar to charcoal grills, but with a few distinct differences. First, egg grills use lump coal instead of the more common charcoal briquettes. Second, the egg’s shape and ceramic material makes it much better at retaining and regulating heat than a normal steel charcoal grill. Egg grills are more versatile, allowing you to grill, smoke, bake, sear, and barbecue your food.
Benefits of Egg-Style Grills
- Excellent heat retention
- Consistent, even heating
- Flexible cooking options
Lehigh Valley’s #1 Grill Store
With two locations (Allentown & Easton), Green Acres Outdoor Living is Lehigh Valley’s top grill store. We carry a full selection of gas, charcoal, and pellet grills in a variety of price points, sizes, and features. As an authorized dealer for Big Green Egg & Traeger, we also carry specific attachments to enhance your grilling experience. Plus, we have all the grill accessories you need, including fuel, wood chips, and seasonings. We also deliver – with delivery and setup of your new grill in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.