We always get asked: “What is the best barbecue to buy?”
Our answer: It really depends on your wants and needs. You can spend $15,000
on the top of the line high end luxury barbecue (that has all the bells and
whistles), or spend $300 on a common one (with the basic needs for
grilling). The prices vary dramatically because technology has improved
over the years and there is a huge transformation in barbecues today. They
are bigger, heavier and more high tech then ever before. Prices now range
from $300 to over $15,000!!!
Which barbeque to buy really depends on your needs.
Here are some pointers to look for when choosing what is best for you…
Things to consider:
You get what you pay for.
Support the Canadian and United States manufacturers.
These manufacturers have a long, trusted history in the industry. They
make good quality barbeques that are strong, long lasting and technologically
advanced. Parts can be replaced easily if necessary and accessories are
Look at the construction of the grill and the material used: Manufacturers
use things like plastic, aluminum, brass, and stainless steel with all different
grades. It is very important that when you are looking at the unit that
you “kick the tires”, get a feel for the barbeque:
Inspect the burner. Burners are usually cast iron, brass or stainless
steel. Look for stainless steel. It is better because it will last
longer and it is easier to maintain. Make sure it is large enough to
distribute heat evenly. It should cover 80% of the base of the barbecue.
Remove the grills and feel the weight. The grills can be made of
nickel wire, cast iron or stainless steel. The heavier the grills, the
better. This helps to retain the heat and distribute it more evenly.
Lift or move the barbecue. You want something heavy for
stability. Make sure it does not wobble and is sturdy.
Ask about the grade of stainless steel. A gauge of 302 S/S or higher
is what you should be looking for.
If aluminum is used for the lid or the base: Look for a heavier and thicker
grade. This way there is less chance of it cracking or warping due to the
The plastic used should be durable, heat resistant and fade resistant.
Remember to ask about parts being readily available if necessary.
Look at the size: How many people will you be cooking for at once? Do you
have a big family? Do you like to entertain? These are things that must be
considered when buying a barbecue.
Look at the number of BTUs (British Thermal Units). This is the amount
of heat energy that is produced by the barbecue. Think about the types of
food you plan to cook on it. If you will be barbequing a lot of heavy
meats (eg. steak), then a barbeque with a high BTU (50,000 and up) is needed for
grilling and searing your steaks. If you plan do a lot of light meat (eg.
chicken and fish) or vegetables, you can opt for a barbeque with a lower BTU
You have 2 options to choose from: Natural Gas or Propane.
It comes from natural gas. It is liquefied and stored in a
Benefits: barbecue can be moved to different areas;
Downfall: must be refilled regularly or you may run out, may be a hassle to
connect, disconnect and transport.
Benefits: more economical, never run out, safer because it is not pressurized
in a canister;
Downfall: initial cost may be expensive to hook up, limited to one area, can
only move barbecue around a couple of feet.
Look at accessories. Many customers that buy add-ons such as side
burners, rotisserie burners and other “toys” never use them. There are so
many different accessories available today. It is important to decide if
you will need and actually use them before adding them on.
Ask about the warranty. A good basic warranty would be 5 or more years
on the burners, 10 or more years on the outside casting and one or more years on
the whole barbeque.
Look at your budget: What can you afford? Remember: You get what you pay
for! Spending a little more now may save you a lot later!
Lastly: You’ve invested good money on your barbeque: make sure you
maintain it, like you would any important purchase. Your car needs tune-ups, your
home needs fix-ups, your lawn needs maintenance, and your barbeque does too. You
wouldn’t cook in a dirty pot, so don’t cook in a dirty barbeque. Make sure
you have your barbeque maintained regularly. We offer the very best
maintenance and service for your barbeque!
Things to be aware of (especially when buying an import):
Cost: Imports tend to cost much less, but the quality of the
barbeque is not the same and ultimately you may end up paying much more
in the long run.
Replacement parts: It’s usually a problem to get them because they rarely
sell the replacement parts. If the part is not available, you may have to
replace the whole barbeque
Craftsmanship: Imports tend to use a cheaper grade of stainless steel,
aluminum and plastics. This is how they are able to cut costs.
Imitations: Consumers tend to be fooled into believing they are getting the
same quality but are not.