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hese days,  everybody’s talking about ‘going natural.’ This can have a multitude of meanings. Some of them are perfectly ducky to talk about on a website having to do with grilling — while others? Well, not so much. But what we’re here to talk about right now is going natural with your gas grill and the best natural gas grills available today.

So why would you want a natural gas grill over the other kinds anyway? Simple. Gas grills are easier to set up. They’re cheaper to use than propane. And you won’t have all those nasty exhaust fumes at your next backyard picnic like you can with other grills. But this is by no means an exhaustive list of the benefits attached to ‘going natural’—grill-wise, that is.

Why Should I Buy a Natural Gas Grill?

There are four different types of backyard grills—gas, electric, charcoal, and portable. For our purposes today, we’re discussing gas grills, of which there are two—natural gas and propane. Naturally—and no pun intended—we’re reviewing natural gas. 

When talking about the reasons to buy a natural gas grill you must also simultaneously talk about propane grills. So what are the similarities? What are the differences? Actually, discussing the differences is the best way to understand these two grills, largely because the similarities don’t go much further than the fact that they’re both grills and they both cook food. 

The major difference between natural gas grills and propane grills is the type of gas used. Propane (also referred to as liquid propane) is liquefied petroleum (known in the biz as ‘LPG’). It’s typically a byproduct of domestic natural gas processing, and it’s stored in tanks that you must replenish when your supply for your grill gets low. Natural gas is methane; it’s what your local utility company provides for your home. 

Because you obtain natural gas from your utility company, you don’t need to continuously replenish your supply for your grill; your utility company does that. See that? We’ve already given you one excellent reason to choose natural gas over propane, and we’ve barely gotten started. 

There are, of course, other differences between these two types of grills. Natural gas grills typically are: more convenient, cheaper to operate, safer, cleaner, greener, and, yes, they’re easier on your back! 

More Convenient

First, natural gas is less complicated to use than propane. Propane tanks can be a hassle because you have the constant concern about refilling them. Once you get your natural gas grill hooked into your home’s gas supply, you don’t have to worry about replenishing it as you do with propane tanks. And you don’t have to worry about running out of fuel in the middle of a barbecue. If you’re not convinced you can do the install yourself, a best practice would be to hire a technician in your area to take care of it. Another convenient feature is a timer switch. If you have one of these installed, you’ll never have to be concerned again whether the gas to the grill has been turned off. Nice safety feature!

Cheaper to Operate

Even though like all products, the prices change throughout the season, natural gas typically is cheaper than propane. Check with your local gas company for prices to see how much your savings will be with a natural gas grill compared with having to constantly refill propane tanks. Some geological areas can see up to a one-third saving or even more between the two.

Safer

Propane is heavier than air, which means it can collect in enclosed areas and take longer to dissipate than natural gas. Gas that lingers in the air is always a safety hazard, especially during cookouts when fires can be lit here and there when people light up their cigarettes or cigars. Those fires can ignite that lingering propane without warning. Natural gas, however, is lighter than air, which means gas grills typically are safer to operate than propane grills. It is important to note, however, that safety issues can occur with all grills that contain leaks. For this reason, it is crucial to perform regular safety inspections of your grill for leaks. Additionally, always use your grill outdoors where there is enough ventilation space for gas fumes to dissipate properly. Never grill indoors—and that includes in a garage! 

Cleaner

Natural gas is a clean burner, much cleaner than propane. With a gas grill, you’ll have fewer exhaust fumes collecting in your backyard stinking up your cookout, especially on those hot, humid summer days. This means less gaseous fumes lingering over your food and irritating your guests’ eyes and lungs. 

Greener

‘Going green’ has been a concern for decades, and nowhere is it more of a concern than in your own backyard. Because natural gas is a cleaner burner than propane, its emissions are lower as well. And greener appliances typically mean more green in your pocket!

Easier on Your Back!

I’m not an exclamation-point dropper, but I just had to add one there. Back problems are huge in the U.S. If you’ve got chronic back pain, well, you just don’t need to add to it. And if you don’t have back pain, you surely don’t want to go looking for it! Propane tanks are heavy, there’s no secret there. If you don’t have to carry around propane tanks, why do it and kill your back? 

Take a Look at the Best Natural Gas Grills

Now that you have a better understanding of natural gas grills, it’s time to get down to the good part. Our review of the five best natural gas grills will help you decide which one will work best for you and your family. All of these are top-rated gas grills—but we’re not being partial; we’ve included both pros and cons as well as some of the things people are saying about them. This way, you’ll be able to make an authentic decision.

This nicely priced natural gas grill is one we think you’ll be proud to own. It has an open-cart design and a nice cooking space of 425 square inches, which is great considering its attractive price. Weber boasts it has a ‘Gs4 grilling system,’ which means improved ignition, porcelain-enameled with what they call ‘Flavorizer Bars.’ If you’re wondering what that means, we’ll tell ya—it’s their way of directing grease drippings and other particles away from the burner tubes. It’s a cool safeguard that decreases the chance of flare-ups. Of course, they don’t call ‘em ‘flavorizer’ for nothing—these babies also add just-grilled flavor to all your foods. Another great feature of this one is that its folding side table makes it easy to fit into smaller spaces. This handsome grill also comes in a variety of very sophisticated-looking colors. Finally, this one has something Weber calls, ‘Infinity Ignition.’ This means the grill’s guaranteed to ignite every time—great feature! A ten-foot flexible hose is included.

What people are saying about this grill:

  • You can cook a small turkey on it with no problem
  • Weber’s thought of everything not only in the design but also in the packaging because this one’s so easy to remove from the box
  • Everything comes out great on this grill—from steak to burgers to veggies
  • Be careful because it gets really hot really fast
  • Built to last
  • Be aware that it vents out the back
  • The whole thing is easy to clean; takes less than 15 minutes
  • Get a lot of compliments on how the meat tastes on this grill

Pros: 

  • High-quality
  • Strong and sturdy build
  • Easy to clean
  • Good-sized cooking space, especially considering the price
  • Nice price that can fit into most grill buyers’ budgets

Cons: 

  • Gets really hot really fast
  • Knobs turn a little too easily, just by mistakenly knocking them
  • Some consumers report the assemblers are not reliable concerning scheduling

The Lion Premium is a super-sized baby that almost looks like a commercial grill! In fact, its stainless steel construction really is of commercial grade, and you can tell. Sure, the price is significant compared to others on our list, but if you’ve got the budget you probably won’t do better. This premium grill has a huge cooking surface of 830 square inches. Plus, the BTUs on this one are insane at 75,000! It’s a beautiful unit that offers premium solid stainless cooking grates and a double-layer stainless steel smoker head. This one includes what Lion calls its ‘gourmet package.’ This means it comes with a smoker box, cover, rotisserie, griddle, griddle remover, and bottle opener. 

What people are saying about this grill:

  • Holds up really well, even if you use it nearly every day
  • Shrimp and fish grill to perfection
  • Solid grill, best I’ve ever owned
  • Rotisserie works great
  • Well-made, sturdy unit with quality construction throughout
  • Workmanship is impeccable
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to clean
  • Knobs can get pretty hot

Pros: 

  • Quality, heavy-duty construction
  • Excellent workmanship
  • Made with commercial-grade stainless steel
  • Food comes out tasting great
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to clean

Cons: 

  • A few users report the light goes out shortly after purchasing
  • Knobs can get hot due to the placement of vents
  • The higher price that doesn’t fit into many grill-buyers’ budgets

With a cooking area of 424 square inches, this Weber is a handsome little grill that’s perfect for everyday family grilling or smaller gatherings. It’s got side tables that make it ideal for keeping all your grilling needs together in one convenient place right where you need them. That includes six tool hooks that keep those utensils at your fingertips. Its cast-iron, porcelain-enameled cooking grates are notable for doing a great job at maintaining proper heat levels throughout. Plus, its heavy-duty caster wheels make it portable and easy to move from place to place. Finally, this one has a super-nice price that can fit into most grill-buyers’ budgets. It also includes gas hose.

What people are saying about this grill:

  • Steaks and burgers taste awesome when cooked on this grill
  • Easy to assemble
  • Well-made, durable, and does a great job cooking everything
  • Quality construction
  • Attractive
  • Heat distributes evenly
  • Better than other grills in this price range
  • I expect nothing less than 5-star quality from Weber, and this grill did not disappoint

Pros: 

  • Excellent, heavy-duty construction
  • Very well-made
  • Distributes heat evenly throughout
  • Easy to assemble
  • Cooks meat expertly
  • Nice price that can fit into most grill buyers’ budgets

Cons: 

  • Does not come with a grill cover
  • Several users report grill arrived damaged
  • Hinges can break off easily

We couldn’t resist including another attractive grill from Weber on our list. This one’s got a lot of the same fantastic features as the first one on our list. These include the Gs4 grilling system that gives includes that neat little component they call ‘Infinity Ignition, which means it’s guaranteed to ignite every time. And don’t forget the ‘Flavorizer Bars’—another awesome factor Weber includes in some of their grills. These bars direct grease and other drippings away from the burner tubes, which not only helps to add succulent grilling flavor to food but also is a nice added safety feature. This one is very nicely priced, considering what many folks are willing to pay for a handsome, well-built grill. And, when you think about that nice price you’re probably not thinking about a big 529-square-inch cooking space—but this one’s got it! It also has a convenient open-cart design and six tool hooks for accessory-at-your-fingertips convenience. This one also comes in four color options.

What people are saying about this grill:

  • Ignition is flawless
  • Controls are solid
  • My previous Weber lasted 25 years, and this one also seems to be lasting
  • Very even heat
  • Love the way it cooks
  • Small vent along back seems to be very good for keeping temps steady, even when it’s a little windy
  • Heats so evenly that everything gets cooked at the same time
  • Really holds in juices all the way through burgers
  • Gets hot a little too quickly

Pros: 

  • Solid, strong construction
  • Precise ignition
  • Solid controls
  • Distributes heat evenly
  • Holds in juices
  • Open-cart design
  • Good-sized cooking area, especially considering price
  • Excellent price that fits into most grill-buyers’ budgets

Cons: 

  • The cooking area gets hot quickly
  • A few users report having issues with free assembly

What, another Weber?! Yes, and here’s why—Weber is known in the industry for their top-rated, top-notch grills that last for years and perform well right up until they’re due to be put out to grill pasture. Again, we’ve got the Gs4 grilling system that includes ‘Infinity Ignition,’ high-performance stainless steel burners, and ‘Flavorizer Bars’ that help make grease removal easier and cut down on dangerous spark flare-ups. The open-cart design is a big plus for a lot of folks because it makes it easy to grill on and easy to work. Plus, the stainless steel side prep workspaces and hanging storage hooks are great features that add to its convenience while grilling. Finally, this gorgeous unit has a cool new thing Weber refers to as, ‘iGrill3,’ which is a digital Bluetooth thermometer that monitors food from start to finish. It displays the fuel tank levels and real-time temps all right there on your mobile device. Nice!

What people are saying about this grill:

  • Engineers of this Weber grill are the best I’ve ever experienced because building it was a pleasure
  • Absolutely love this grill
  • Heats up quickly and nicely
  • Hands-down, one of my best purchases
  • Perfect for my small backyard
  • Solid build
  • Heat distributes so evenly you can use the entire cooking area
  • Doesn’t flare up
  • Clean-up is very easy
  • Food tastes superb on this grill
  • Holds in juices well

Pros: 

  • Well-built, solid construction
  • Heat distributes evenly
  • Holds in juices well
  • Cooks meats to perfection
  • Cleans easily
  • Moderately priced, considering features included
  • Inclusion of ‘iGrill3’ for use on mobile devices

Cons: 

  • A few users report having issues with free assembly

And the Winner is ...

Well, this was one tough decision, since all these grills were chosen because they’re top-rated by consumers, they exhibit well-made craftsmanship, and they inspire grill-to-perfection results. But we do have to pick one, don’t we? Okay, if we must, our choice is …

The Weber 65010001 Genesis II E-210 Natural Gas Grill!

Why did we choose this grill? First, because it’s a Weber. In our travels, we’ve found a very small percentage of customers who aren’t totally happy with Weber grills. Folks just can’t say enough good things about them, and this one’s no different. 

We also chose it because of its many spectacular features, including that Gs4 combo of great Weber components, as well as the ‘smart’ inclusion of ‘iGrill3,’ the digital Bluetooth thermometer that monitors food, displays fuel tank levels, and real-time temps on your mobile device. 

Finally, we chose it because of its nice price-tag, particularly considering all the wonderful features. 

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