Consumer Reports Recommends Top Grills

Sizzling burgers on the grill can set the stage for happy summer memories. But for manufacturers, these have not been the happiest of times. Sales and prices have mostly stalled. That, as Consumer Reports points out, can be great news if you're in the market for a new gas grill.

Fire-up the barbecue -- grilling season is upon us! Consumer Reports has turned up the heat, to help you find the best gas grill, for your outdoor feasts.

They tested more than 100 gas grills, from brands like Kenmore, Weber, Char-Broil and Broil-Mate to find the hottest choices.

One test uses sensors to measure the temperature at various points on a grill's cooking surface. That data is then used to create temperature maps.

"This temperature map is showing a hot area right in the center of the grill's surface, which can be two or 300 degrees higher than this area on the outside. What you really want is a grill with a nice, uniform surface temperature," explained Tara Casaregola or Consumer Reports.

Chef Aaron McCargo, Junior says 'even-cooking' is an important key to his special ribs.

"When you have an uneven grill, you tend to get some raw parts and that's not what you want to do when you're grilling," Chef McCargo said.

For large grills, Consumer Reports says this Kenmore is a great choice. It earned high scores for evenness and a separate side burner is a nice feature. It's sold at Sears for 700 dollars.

Most people opt for a mid-size grill. This highly-rated 550-dollar Weber Spirit is widely available. It heats quite evenly and has cast iron grates.

For a smaller grill, Consumer Reports recommends this 200-dollar Broil-Mate, available at Home Depot. It's still a decent size and also delivers very even heating.

So spark some interest in your summer cooking, with the right gas grill.

Wondering if your grill is a goner? Yellow or uneven flames can mean it's time to clean the burner ports. A toothpick can help clear them. If that doesn't solve the problem, or you spot corrosion, it could be time for new burners. They are the most frequently replaced grill part and can be under warranty from the manufacturer for 10 years or longer -- which means replacing them could be free!

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