Honestly, it is easy to say that the old grill will last for one more season however, grills are a big part of the quality of grilling that it is perhaps better to go ahead and retire the old one. New grills take advantage of the latest innovation and changes that can solidly improve your grilling experience and thus improve the taste and flavor of your favorites.
Charcoal, Gas or Both?
This is perhaps the central question and one that many people get hung up on when purchasing a new grill. Most of the debate revolves around two aspects, flavor, and time. Gas does take less time to heat up and there is a flavor difference between the two, but that can be fixed easily.
Adding a bowl of water and wood chips to the gas grill pretty much equates to the flavor of charcoal with one exception. Those who use charcoal briquettes have chemical fillers in their charcoal and thus, this added flavor will not be there. All of this does not imply that gas is better, only slightly different.
Of course, you can opt for the combination grill, which offers both charcoal and gas grilling and if you do a lot of grilling it is certainly worth the time to look into this type of grill. Combo grills offer the best of both words and are more suited to today’s hectic time scheduling. Which means on days where time can be an issue, fire up the gas side and on days where you want a longer approach, fire up the charcoal side.
Naturally, you can use both sides at the same time for an even richer experience. Honestly, unless you have a strict preference as to a fuel type, the combination grill is the better choice.
What About Ceramic?
Going with a ceramic grill is kind of like opting to purchase a Prius, it is a lifestyle choice. Ceramic grills are great and they can cook pretty much everything but they do have a steep learning curve and are more expensive than many gas, charcoal and combination grills.
If you constantly love to cook outdoors, regardless of season, then you might consider a ceramic grill. If you just like to grill burgers and hot dogs and the occasional steaks and ribs, sticking with what you know might be the better choice.
Beware Of The Brand or Off Brand
When considering to purchase a grill, research the specific model you are looking at. Sure, you can buy by the brand but the reality is models can differ significantly within the same brand. Some companies will manufacturer models here and some overseas so it depends on the model specifically.
Brand shopping for grills is not what it used to be. When you look at the different models, see what other people have to say about them. Do they heat well? Light fast? These questions and more can often be answered by different reviewers. Just remember, that all reviews are based on their needs and that it might differ from yours.
Something that is important is the consideration of accessories. Every grill should have a grill cover and many require this to be purchased separately. Also, there is a good chance your grilling tools need to be updated. Even if you don’t want new tool, the cover is almost a necessity.
Modern grills can last much longer than their older counterparts but only if protected from the elements. A grill cover goes a long way to keeping the moisture and other elements away from your grill’s material and thus prolongs the life of the grill. This is not something to over look. Thus when looking at grills make sure to include and consider the corresponding grill cover. It is usually best to get one that is made specifically for your model, so you can be sure it fits properly.
Ok, so you know to consider your choice of fuel, going with a combo or not and how to look at the different models regardless of brand. The final point and the one that matters most is get what you are happy with. When looking at grills, realize that this is going to be with your for years and you have to be happy with it, otherwise you won’t have the desire to use it.
Regardless of what anyone else says or what their opinion might be, your grill is your grill and as long as you are happy with your choice, that is all that matters. Sure, ask around, check the net, research the different models but in the end it is up to you as to your perfect grill. Don’t worry about the neighbors grill or keeping up with anyone else, it is your money, your investment and your time so get one that you feel like you will happiest with.