September 10, 2018
In our last blog post, we went over the top signs that you might need to buy a new grill. If any of those signs matched you and your grill, you might have started researching new grills to buy. But, this is not always an easy process. There are so many grill buying questions to ask when you are looking for a new grill. To help you out, Breakaway has put together a list of the top 10 grill buying questions. These are the most important considerations for buying the right grill for your situation and budget:
Our List of the Top 10 Grill Buying Questions:
What is Your Budget?
One of the top grill buying questions you will consider when researching a new grill is price. How much do you want to spend? How much can you afford? Think about what you are comfortable spending on a grill and figure out which grills fall into that range. Remember though: you get what you pay for. The cheapest grills will break down quicker than the more expensive and high-quality grills. Grills range in prices from around $200 to over $5,000.
What Type of Fuel Can You Use?
Next, you will need to consider the type of fuel your grill will use. This could be propane, natural gas, charcoal, or pellets. Do you have a natural gas hookup or are you planning on getting one? Would you prefer to hook up a propane tank or use charcoal? Natural gas grills require a natural gas line to be connected to your grill. Getting the natural gas installed will be costlier at first, but you will probably save money in the long run. With propane tanks, you will eventually run out and you will need to swap in a new tank. Do you want to have big barbecues? If so, then you would need to consider getting a pellet grill capable of smoking meat.
Where do you live? If you live in a house, you can get whatever kind of grill you want. However, if you have an apartment, your grilling options are limited. As we went over in a previous blog post about grilling safety tips, you cannot grill inside with a gas or propane grill. Instead, in this situation, you could buy a grill suitable for indoors, like an electric grill.
Where Should You Buy Your Grill?
Where should you buy your new grill? There are a lot of options out there, so this is one of the most common grill buying questions that people must answer. There are big box stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Walmart that offer huge deals. But, as we explained in a previous blog post, big box stores often have inferior products and fewer grill service and installation options when compared to small and specialized grill businesses.
So, we think you should really consider buying your new grill at a local, expert grill retailer like Breakaway. We are an expert at grilling. This is what we do for a living and we have expert “grillologists” that can assist you in your purchase.
How Big of a Cooking Area Do You Need?
How much food are you going to be grilling at a time? Think about the size of the grilling area that you need. If you plan on entertaining a lot of people every weekend or you want to grill a turkey at Thanksgiving, maybe you need a larger grill cooking space.
However, if you think you will only be cooking for yourself and a handful of other people, then you could probably get away with a smaller cooking space. Obviously, the bigger the size of your cooking area, the more expensive your grill will be.
What Overall Grill Dimensions Can You Fit at Your House?
When considering your next grill, you should think about the amount of space that you have on your deck or patio for the grill. What are the actual dimensions of the space that the grill will need to fit? You should measure the space and record the measurements. Then, bring those measurements to the grill store or reference them when browsing grills online. As with a lot of other considerations, the bigger your grill’s overall dimensions, the more it will cost.
What are the Best Grill Materials?
When looking into grills, you should consider the materials that the grill is made. For example, the most durable grills are made of stainless steel or cast aluminum. Of particular interest, keep an eye on the materials of the grill’s grates and exterior.
Generally, stainless steel will be more expensive than if you chose another option. But, regardless of the type of materials, take care of your grill. Clean it regularly. If you are smart about the upkeep of your grill, it will last longer.
How Durable is the Grill?
A big factor with grill durability is the brand you buy. Stay away from store brands from big box stores. These will be difficult to find replacement parts. Instead, go with popular name brands from top grill manufacturers. These grills will have replacement parts and customer support if you ever run into an issue. Store brands will often change and the big box stores may not be able to support you if you run into any grill repair problems.
Consider buying your grill from a local small business like Breakaway instead. Breakaway carries name brands only, often with warranties. If you run into any grill repair issues, you can find help through the manufacturer, or Breakaway’s expert grill repair specialists – called “grillologists.”
How Much Heat Capacity Do You Need?
What kind of heat do you need to have on your grill? How many BTU’s? Think about how much heat you need and make sure that the grill you choose can reach that temperature. For example, if you want to cook steak, then your grill should be able to reach a high temperature, about 600 degrees. As you consider this and other grill buying considerations, make sure your grill can handle the amount of BTU’s you need.
What Grill Features Do You Want?
Are there some bells and whistles that you want on your next grill? For example, for gas grills, are you looking for additional features, like side burners, extra storage space, illuminated cooking spaces, propane tank pullout tray, duel fuel valves, or heavy duty grates?
For charcoal grills, this could be easy-to-clean ash trays, easy-open grates, multiple vents, wheels for the legs, and adjustable height cooking grates.
This really only matters if you have a higher budget. Keep in mind that more features will end up costing you more money. If you are looking to just buy a basic grill, you are not going to find many crazy features.
Is There a Grill Warranty Included?
If the grill manufacturer has a warranty that will cover replacement parts, this will help if there are any unforeseen issues with your grill. You would rather not spend extra money on grill parts, especially if they shouldn’t have needed repair that soon in the first place. Ask your “grillologist” at Breakaway about the warranties available on popular grills.
Breakaway: Cape Cod’s #1 Grill & Patio Superstore
This blog post is meant to make it easier for you to think about what you need for your next grill. If you have more grill buying questions, feel free to reach out to us and ask. We want you to be satisfied with your next grill purchase. Breakaway is Cape Cod’s #1 grill superstore. With two stores conveniently located for all towns and communities on the Cape, in South Dennis and Mashpee, we have everything you need to help you during your grill buying process. Our “grillologists” are extremely knowledgeable and can assist you with all your grill buying questions. Working with manufacturers directly, we carry only the best and most popular grill brands, like Weber, Saber, Huntington, Broil King, and more.
Breakaway offers full-service delivery options for grill products. Full-service delivery includes assembly, delivery, a new filled 20 lb. propane tank or bulk hose (for applicable equipment), and removal of your old grill. Our highly-trained delivery team is experienced with installing and servicing all types of grills. When you choose the full-service delivery option with Breakaway, you can trust that your equipment will arrive safely and be installed to your complete satisfaction. Whether you live in Sandwich, Harwich, Wellfleet, Yarmouth, or anywhere else on the Cape, we can deliver your fully assembled grill to you. Give us a call at 508-398-3831 or contact us for more information.