Top 5 Best Charcoal Grills 2017

When it comes to choosing the perfect charcoal grill for you, there are various factors to consider before making your decision and because of that it is more often than not very troublesome to pick the one you actually need. And if you have a lot of money waiting to be burnt, you can just choose the most expensive one. But it gets tricky when you don’t want the expensive one but the best one for you, depending on your usage and on your pocketbook; and as most of the charcoal grills out there offer various different features and have their own pros and cons, we have done the work for you.

What is Charcoal Grills?

A charcoal grill is basically a barbecue grill which uses charcoal to provide the heat. They use either commercially available charcoal bricks, or the natural lump charcoal as their fuel source. These charcoal, when burned, radiate the heat which cooks the food.

This type of grill is very popular in many regions because the flavor of charcoal grilled food is much better than gas cooked ones. You might argue that it takes more time to light this up and requires more maintenance, but charcoal grills are cheaper than their gas counterparts, are much simpler and provide much more firepower when compared to gas. And all this is without us considering the beautiful taste that charcoal grilled food has.

Charcoal grills also provide you more freedom and is technically safer when compared to the gas designs, which require a constant heavy supply of oxygen to prevent flame-outs (which can be hazardous).

1. Char-Griller 2-2424 Table Top Charcoal Grill and Side Fire Box

Char-Griller Table Top Charcoal Grill
The top seller in charcoal grills, this is the ultimate portable grill. At approximately 40 pounds, made of heavy steel with 250 square inches of grilling space, and with the ability to be converted to a side fire box, this charcoal grill is most suitable to be carried around for picnics or camping. It’s easy dump ash pan also makes it very easy for you to clean it up.

What we liked

  • Very portable and suitable for camping and picnics.
  • Can be used as a side smoker.
  • Made of heavy steel and has cast-iron grills.
  • Easy to clean.

Possible Cons

  • Some buyers have complained of the paint peeling off and rusting.

2. Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill

Weber 741001 Charcoal Grill
A very popular choice among Weber enthusiasts, this charcoal grill stands up to its reputation. With 363 square inches of grilling space on a 22-inch diameter steel-plated grate with rust resistant vents, porcelain-enamelled bowl and a lid with reinforced-glass and nylon handles and an aluminium ash-catcher, this is a very good choice for backyard grilling. It also has a truly ingenious One-Touch cleaning system which makes cleaning hassle-free.

What we liked

  • Innovative One-Touch cleaning system.
  • Highly adjustable, offering best in class performance.
  • Lasts long.

Possible Cons

  • Some buyers have complained of this grill catching fire as the lid does not seal the base completely.

3. Weber 15502001 Performer Deluxe Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Copper

Weber 15502001 Deluxe Charcoal Grill
Another beautiful product by Weber, this charcoal grill is one of the best ones on the market. Having a cooking area of 363 square inches on a 22-inch diameter porcelain-enameled bowl and lid, this offers enough cooking space for even a large family of 5-6. It also has an electronic “Touch-N-Go” ignition system and an aluminized steel One-Touch cleaning system with a high capacity removable ash catcher which ensures that ash won’t fly around your porch. It also comes with a removable LCD cook timer and a built-in thermometer to make cooking a breeze.

What we linked

  • Easy to assemble.
  • Large cooking space.
  • Electronic ignition and one-touch cleaning.
  • LCD timer and a built-in thermometer.

Possible Cons

  • Removing ash tray is a little difficult.
  • Price is a little high.

4. Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill

Weber Go-Anywhere Grill
In this case the name says it all. This is truly a go-anywhere charcoal grill. At just around 15 pounds, this is an extremely light product and still offers a 160-square inch of steel-plated grilling space. The lid has a glass-reinforced nylon handle which does not heat up during cooking. The two adjustable dampers, each with three vent holes, regulate the flow of air efficiently and ensures safety of the grill. It is also porcelain-enamelled which prevents rusting and fading.

What we linked

  • Extremely lightweight and very portable.
  • Fast cooling.
  • Performs almost as well as bigger grills.
  • Easy to assemble.

Possible Cons

  • The legs are flimsy and this does not hold a lot of weight.

5. Weber 1211001 Jumbo Joe 18-Inch Portable Grill

Weber 18-Inch Portable Grill
This is another very portable grill by Weber and at approximately 18 pounds, this grill offers a 240-square inch grilling area and is for those who are looking for something extremely portable but do not want to go for the tiny Go-Anywhere charcoal grill. It has an 18.5 inch diameter steel-plated cooking grate and a porcelain-enameled bowl and lid. The aluminium dampers and ash catcher is rust resistant and the glass-reinforced nylon handle does not heat up while cooking.

What we linked

  • Very lightweight and portable.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Not as small as the Go-Anywhere model.
  • Air-tight lid.

Possible Cons

  • The bottom of the grill exposes hot ashes from the grill so you have to be careful while operating it.

Ending

On an ending note, it can be said that whether you are an enthusiast griller, or just want to experience grilling, be it in your backyard or in picnics, you can safely choose one from the list above and rest assured of your satisfaction. If you want something very light and very portable you can choose the Weber Go-Anywhere model which is extremely light and can cook food for a three-member family easily. If you are an enthusiast, however, such small models won’t satiate your desires and you should go for the Weber Performer Deluxe edition which has all the features to make your enthusiast heart happy.

For small backyard grilling, or if you are looking for something portable but not as tiny as the Go-Anywhere, you can choose from the other grills that we have included in our list.

We have broken it down for you so that it becomes easy for you to make your decision. Go through the various pros and cons of each of the models and decide which one is the best for you. Hope this was of help. Thank you for reading this!

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