Are you looking for a grill that won’t cost much? There are a lot of different grills out there with all kinds of gimmicks and fancy obfuscated terms. For all of you passionate grillers out there, here’s a review on the best charcoal grills under 100 dollars, which can also double as a mid-range gift-giving guide for a holiday, special occasion, or birthday.
Best Charcoal Grills Under 100
|Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill||25 x 20.5 x 38.5 inches||4.6/5|
|Char-Griller Patio Pro Charcoal Grill||31 x 21 x 44 inches||4.3/5|
|LavoHome Portable Charcoal Grill||154 square inches||4.5/5|
Best Charcoal Grills under 100 Dollars
Now let’s take a look at the features of these quality charcoal grills that you can find under $100.
Weber Original Kettle
The Original Kettle 741001 is made by Weber, a renowned grill and smoker manufacturer who’s been in the business for a long time. The Original Kettle is exactly what you’d think of when you picture a grill, except that this one is about twice as big as the LavoHome grill.
The Kettle has a 22-inch diameter (1.8 ft) steel grill for a cooking surface. The grill itself is a porcelain enameled steel, as is the standard, with glass-reinforced nylon handles with heat shield technology, all of which is a fancy way of saying that this grill is pretty normal where the bowl-grills are concerned. It also has an ash catcher tray beneath the grill and a wire rack on the bottom.
You can fit two to four whole chickens on the grill, about two enormous racks of ribs, or maybe four medium-sized ones, about twenty chicken breasts, about ten ears of corn, or a number of other foods, especially if you arrange them so that they lay along their side, mostly facing upwards.
What makes this grill better or worse than the others?
Along with its affordable price for the size, it also has a better cleaning and ash management system. Most newer Weber grills have this technology now where you can simply twist to remove an ash and debris catcher, which looks a lot like a cooking pot. But this grill has its downsides like manufacturing quality control issues, such as a missing screw. They also tend to have stability issues if you’re moving them around a lot, so just let it sit wherever it belongs in your backyard.
Who is this grill for?
This grill is best suited as a starter grill for someone who’s just learning how to hone their skills but wants to have more room on their grilling grate to serve a few more people. The ash cleaning system is convenient, but the rest of the grill is pretty vanilla standard stuff.
There’s really no shame in that, as even the best grill will still produce sub-par meat if the cook hasn’t learned all of their skills for the grill. Cooking takes a while, and grills have their own learning curve. Be patient, my skilled flame chef!
Are you a new owner of a gas grill? Check my tips on how to use a gas grill for the first time.
Char-Griller Patio Pro
The Patio Pro Char-Griller 1515 is a charcoal grill with an ample side workstation shelf ( 11 inches by 18 inches) and a drum-shaped barrel design. It’s just big enough for cooking for a family of four or 5, with a bit of space left over for vegetables. The bottom of the grill is nicely made into a wire rack for larger things, such as your charcoal briquette bag.
Getting down to the brass tax on what this thing is and does, it’s made of sturdy heavy, solid steel. That’s why the unit weighs about 50 lbs. Space wise, it does just as well as any other grill, taking up a corner that’s 31 inches wide by 21 inches deep, and for the tall folks out there, it’s 44 inches high. In feet, that’s 2.6 ft wide by 1.8 ft deep by 3.7 ft tall, which is modest considering all of the things that you can cook.
How big is the grill and how much can you grill at one time?
The Patio Pro’s cooking surface measures 18 inches wide by 31 inches long for a total of 250 square inches, or 1.5 ft wide by 2.6 ft long. The last time that I used this grill I was able to fit eight generously sized hamburger patties, twenty hot dogs or sausages, about twenty chicken drumsticks, ten or so heaping sized kebabs, six porterhouse steaks, and a whole bunch of everything else.
What’s good about it, what’s bad about it?
Like most economy barbeque grills, this one has shoddy wheels. But most people aren’t moving their grill units all around – just save yourself some anxiety and buy a grill cover, instead. It also has some quality control issues from the manufacturing plant. Aside from that, it’s a sturdy little grill that still packs a good punch when it comes to cooking for a small outdoor food party.
Also look at other quality grills that use charcoal that you might like to have on your backyard.
LavoHome Portable Charcoal Grill
This Portable 18” Grill is made by LavoHome, a manufacturer that makes a bunch of different things for the home, tool shed, and garden. When you picture a grill in your head, this grill is pretty much exactly what you’d come up with.
It’s a circular orb grill in all shiny reflective black porcelain enamel-coated steel (which is the standard for this type of grill), about 18 inches in diameter of cooking space (1.6 ft diameter), and it stands 30 inches high which is 2.5 ft tall.
Its handle is heat resistant, which is a good feature to have. It has a side vent, too. Directly beneath the grill is a circular tray for catching the ash and grease drippings. And below that, connecting the four feed in both stability and function is a bottom shelf, which is just tall enough for a big bag of charcoal briquettes. It also has wheels.
What’s so great about this grill?
You have to understand that grills can get pretty expensive the more you look for features and size. This grill is quite efficient in price versus size and features, which isn’t always given when it comes to grills. Even if you purchase this grill and decide that you don’t like it, it comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so there’s no risk for you in trying out something new. If you just want “a grill”, this guy here will do the trick without breaking your bank account.
Choose Your Grill
I hope that you enjoyed my guide for some plain and simple equipment, but still the best charcoal grills under 100 that are out there.