Are you ready to char, broil, and smoke some good meals such as vegetables, meats, and seafood? I’ve talked a lot about some different grill models that are available, but today I’d like to focus on the price range category for the best grills under 200 dollars that are currently available. This price range is generally for folks who would like a little bit more than the bare minimum, or who are upgrading or replacing a previous dilapidated or poorly performing grill.
Here are the grills I picked for you today.
Best Grills Under 200 Dollars
|Weber Q1200 Propane Grill||20.5 x 40.9 x 24.6 inches||4.7/5|
|Char-Griller 3001 Gas Grill||42 x 25 x 50 inches||4.1/5|
|Char-Broil Performance 300 Gas Grill||24.5 x 42.9 x 44 inches||4.3/5|
Best Grills under 200 Dollars
Take a look at what these grills have to offer and which features they have.
The Weber Q1200 (model 51010001) is a compact liquid propane model that comes in purple, black, blue, green, yellow, pink, red, and white. It has 1 stainless steel burner at 8,500 BTU, which is started by a push-button ignition system. The grilling grates are cast iron and porcelain enameled, with the cooking space measuring 21 inches long by 16.5 inches deep – about big enough for four decent sized pork chops, three to four chicken quarters, or two small chickens, though the lid isn’t tall enough for beer can chicken recipes.
If you think the bigger is better, listen why you should get a smaller grill like this Weber model.
This grill has two side workstation tables that can be folded down for a more compact size when storing. The lid has a built-in thermometer, the push button to ignite is on the front, and the control dial for the burner is actually on the side of the grill.
What issues does this grill have?
Now, normally a common problem with little grills is that plastic parts will melt or catch fire, but the Weber Q1200 does not have that problem. It does have a problem that hits every now and then with a bad regulator attaching to the liquid propane tank.
What type of person is this grill for?
This grill really only has space for 1 or 2 people, so it’s not a good fit for a whole family. Because of its compact size and ease of stowaway, it would do well for someone who doesn’t have space for a full-size grill, or who can’t leave their grill outdoors. RVers, camping folk, and apartment dwellers might find this grill just their pace. At 8,500 BTU it will do a pretty decent job cooking and it won’t take too long.
Char-Griller Grillin’ Pro
The Char-Griller Grillin’ Pro (model 3001) is a propane grill with three burners at 12,000 BTU each, and a 4th side burner at 12,000 BTU, started by a push-button electronic ignition system. The grilling grate is 438 square inches and porcelain enameled, with a swinging warming rack that’s 192 square inches. The grill is big enough to cook eight to twelve very large hamburger patties at once, depending on your spacing and warm about five slices of bread at the same time.
This is a full grill that’s free-standing at a comfortable height. It has two side tables with hooks at the ends, one of which has a closing compartment for the 4th burner, so that it doubles as both. The lid has a thermometer. The front of the grill is heat shielded, but it is big enough to put your propane tank on the bottom shelf.
Is this grill really a good buy? What problems does it have?
This grill has some issues that aren’t quite a fault of the grill itself but are more common for all grills. For example, the Amazon free assembly program isn’t quite streamlined right. Another issue is that grills that are returned sometimes aren’t properly processed, resulting in new grills being shipped out with used ones on occasion.
The grill assembly process is okay, set aside a few hours to get it ready. The wheels aren’t the best, and like all grills, this grill will rust if left outside and open to all the elements. When not in use, put it in a cool, dry spot with its grill cover to help preserve its life.
What kind of person is this grill best for?
The Grillin’ Pro is great for someone who wants an upgrade or replacement as a propane grill. It’s got enough room for two to four people and its side burner is a great place for cooking skillet dishes with the main meal. This would be a good backyard grill for someone who likes the convenience and control of propane burners. Check other gas grills that are available on the market.
The Char-Broil Performance (Model 300) is a two burner liquid propane grill at 12,000 BTU each burner. It has a push button to start the electronic ignition. The cast iron porcelain coated grilling grate is about 16 inches long by 19 inches wide for a total of 300 square inches, along with a warming rack that measures about 13 inches long by 7 inches wide for a total of about 91 square inches.
The entire grill is porcelain coated for added ease of cleaning, durability, and aesthetics. There are two end tables that collapse downwards for a smaller folded footprint. The grill rests on four rolling casters instead of the traditional two wheels and two peg legs. The bottom of the grill is completely encased for the safety of your propane tank and the lid has a thermometer.
See how easy it is for you to handle this Char-Broil grill.
This grill has some factory quality control issues that can cause some grills to come with missing, dented or bent parts that may not line up properly. There are also some issues with the regulators failing or being defective, resulting in a grill that won’t heat up hot enough, or won’t heat up at all. For any of these issues, simply contact the manufacturer with your warranty and they will help you.
Who is this grill for?
The Performance model is made by Char-Broil, just like the Grillin’ Pro, which is similar in size and functions. However, the Performance has a smaller footprint with more elegance than the Grillin’ Pro, so I feel the Performance is more for someone who likes to grill but wants to be fancier and have nicer slimmer aesthetics. This grill’s size makes it a nice fit for a family of one to three people.
Remember that some grill problems will persist universally through every grill make and model, such as rust, and that their problems are simply solved by taking good care of the grill, such as putting it away in a quiet spot away from the weather, and using a grill cover. Regulators and ignition systems are prone to fail either early on or to last many years before needing replacement parts, and this is a normal occurrence, too.