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Best grill covers 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]Last Updated January 1, 2019
Best grill covers of 2018
I must say I am quite a fan of grill covers, so when the question “What are the best grill covers available on the market?” came to my mind, I excitedly started gathering information together with personal experience to write this article in the hope that it may help you find the suitable grill covers. The “Total” indicates the overall value of the product.
Check them out and decide which one suits you the best to splurge upon. Welcome to my website! If you plan to buy grill covers and looking for some recommendations, you have come to the right place.
Test Results and Ratings
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№1 – Grillman Premium
Why did this grill covers win the first place?
I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. The rear part fits perfectly! It is mounted really tight and reliable. The product is very strong. Its material is stable and doesn’t crack.
Why did this grill covers come in second place?
The design quality is top notch and the color is nice. The material is pretty strong and easy to wash if needed. I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money.
Why did this grill covers take third place?
It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built.
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Grill Friends Silicone Brush
Pros. They keep rain, snow, wasps, birds, and other vermin out. If you have a shinyt stainless steel rig, it will keep it shinier. An expensive grill under cover will attract fewer thieves.
Cons. They are a bit of a pain because you have to wait til the grill cools and they gather rain when left off. But they can also trap moisture and humidity underneath and actually encourage rust and mold growth. For these reasons I cover only my grills and smokers that can collect water on the inside like my Weber Smokey Mountain, my Hasty Bake, and my pellet smoker (if the pellets ever melt and then dry out, getting your smoker up and running is an all day sucker).
Weber’s Grill Pan Sears and Allows Smoke Through
You need a good cast iron griddle. Especially if you like fish, burgers, grilled sandwiches, home fries, or pancakes. Coat the flat side with oil, and you can sear fish so it is golden and crispy on the outside just like that great pan-seared fish you get in restaurants. Throw some dried herbs onto the flame, and you’ll get a whisp of smoke in the meat.
You can even bring it indoors and it will straddle two burners. Use the flat side for pancakes. Flip it over and you get grill marks and conduction cooking from the ridges on steaks, burgers, or asparagus, and the fats and juices drip into the grooves where they vaporize and flavor the meat and cook by radiation.
This is a very handy tool. One word of caution. You may need two. If you use it for fish a lot, the flavor will remain on the surface, even after cleaning, so you won’t be able to use it for pancakes.
I keep a cooking diary. In it I write down vital info about every cook so I can learn what works and what doesn’t. OK. So I’m anal. But being anal got me this gig. The two most important variables to track in any cook are time and temp. So I used to wear a stopwatch around my neck when I cooked. Click when I fire up. Click when it is up to temp. Click when the meat goes on. Click when I add more wood or charcoal. Click when I turn. Click when I sauce. Click when I take it off. But have you seen the new digital stopwatches? They are a real pain with faaaar too many features and bells and whistles. My last one sat in my desk between cooks and beeped every hour and the only way I could make it shut up was with a hammer. True story. Now I use the very sinple user friendly Timestick.
Knob Where You Need It Makes Grilling Safer And Easier
Dishwasher safe stainless steel with OXO’s popular nonslip rubber handles, they are the winner of the Tylenol/Arthritis Foundation Design Award. They are spring loaded and the ends are scalloped for better gripping. There is a loop for hanging and a mechanism that locks them in closed position for storing (which has failed after several years on all three pairs that I have). Regardless, they are still my faves. I just store them with a cardboard toilet paper core over the ends.
LamsonSharp Fish Tongs
Here’s how to make two perfectly toasted panini style grilled sandwiches at once. Use this old fashioned double pie iron, originally designed for filled pies, for everything from Grilled Cheese to Pulled Pork.
Bayou Classic 8.Quart Cast Iron Dutch Oven
Forget the fancy high end pricey Le Cruset French Oven, this is the one you want for cowboy cooking and camping, and it comes in handy around the house. It’s perfect for whole chickens or slow braising in the oven or in the grill.
When a recipe calls for garlic to be crushed, minced, or pressed, I use a garlic press. A good garlic press releases more oils and flavors than mincing with a knife and pressed garlic coats the food more evenly than mincing.
Digital kitchen scale
I don’t know how I lived without a good, accurate digital kitchen scale for so many years. It is so important. Look at salt for example, cup of table salt has almost twice as much salinity as a cup of Morton’s kosher salt because Morton’s kosher salt has more air space between the grains. But a pound of all salts contain exactly the same amount of sodium chloride.
Grandma’s Secret Spot Remover
The instructions say that all you need is just a drop. Sure. I used three drops. My shirt came out so clean I could not find where the stain had been originally. So I tried it on a dress shirt, but fearful it would ruin it, I used only one drop. Again, the grease was gone! So I hauled out all my saucy and greasy shirt, 1in all, put Grandma to work, tossed them all into one tub, and before long, I had a new wardrobe. Utterly amazing stuff. And just for the record, I have been doing my own laundry since I went away to college, even through 40 years of marriage. May be a contributing factor to our longevity.
Even my wife is impressed with Grandma. She has used it on some of her finery including her Mom’s table cloth with ancient spaghetti stains, stains that Oxi-Clean, her go to remover, couldn’t handle.
Size and Shape
In order to find a grill cover that fits it is imperative that you know the exterior dimensions of your grill. If a grill cover is too large, it will not stay in place when the wind picks up; if it is too small, then it will quickly show signs of wear and tear on the edges and corners.
The shape of your grill is also a key consideration when shopping for a cover. If you own a Big Green Egg, for example, a rectangle shaped grill cover will not work. Fortunately, the Big Green Egg manufacturers custom made grill covers for each of their grills. By choosing the proper shape cover, you will ensure that there is not excess material that can catch water and be battered in the wind.
Most manufacturers sell covers specifically built for their grills. Purchasing a cover this way will ensure that it fits your grill properly. If the manufacturer does not make a grill cover for you barbecue, then look for a generic one that is has the proper dimensions.
This may be the most important key to choosing a good grill cover. One of the major problems that I have had with grill covers is that they don’t stay on during wind storms. A good grill cover will have either an elastic bottom or tie string to secure the bottom of the cover to the grill. This will keep the cover from blowing off. Some models even come with actual hooks or strings that attach to the grill.
If you can’t find a grill cover that you like with some type of tie down, you can secure it by placing bricks along the base of the grill and on the side burner and/or shelf. This type of securing should be a last resort, because condensation can built up underneath the bricks over time, which can cause your grill to rust.
Things to look for
Fuel. Fuel. Decide if you want gas, charcoal, wood pellet, or electric. Let’s do a process of elimination.
Electrics do not impart the same flavor as grills that actually have combustion going on, like charcoal, gas, or pellets. Combustion gases create flavor. Nor do they get hot enough to get red meats to a dark brown surface without overcooking the interior. I recommend them only for people in buildings where gas and charcoal are not allowed.
Charcoal grills provide the most authentic barbeque experience and taste, and are typically the least expensive to purchase of all the grills. They will require a fuel of some kind such as charcoal briquettes. They can take some time to get up to temperature and offer less temperature control than electric and gas models. Typically, they are quite portable due to their smaller size, and some models are tabletop or come with a stand.
Electric grills run the middle-of-the-road in terms of cost, and require only a standard electrical outlet to operate. They allow for precise control of heat and are available in tabletop or freestanding models. Some electric grills can even be used indoors, but be sure to check your user manual first.
Gas models are typically the most expensive, but offer more features than charcoal and electric models. They require a fuel source such as natural gas or liquid propane in order to cook foods. They typically heat up fairly quickly, and can often be purchased with grill accessories such as a side burner for cooking with pots and pans. They are available in both tabletop and freestanding varieties.
With the above information in mind, in no particular order here are 4of the grills that we consider the best, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.
Weber 74100Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill
This original kettle-style charcoal grill boasts a 22-inch diameter that provides 36square inches of total cooking space. The cooking grate is made of durable plated-steel and the vents are rust-resistant for years of reliable use.
Weber 121020 Go-Anywhere Charcoal Grill
This tabletop charcoal grill doubles as both a cooking grill or a smoker depending on your needs, and features a compact design that’s easy to set up nearly anywhere. It is compatible for use as a smoker with the Chargriller Pro Deluxe, Wrangler, Outlaw and Duo.
Weber 44100Original Kettle 18-Inch Charcoal Grill
This original kettle-style charcoal grill boasts an 18-inch diameter that provides 240 square inches of total cooking space. The cooking grate is made of durable plated-steel and the vents are rust-resistant for years of reliable use.
How we tested
Over the course of four days, we put our gas grills through a battery of tests designed to demonstrate their qualities and highlight their differences. We cooked burgers on high heat to see how well they seared meat and how even and intense a heat they could generate across the whole grate surface. We slow-grilled cut-up chickens to see if the grills could hold a low temperature evenly across the whole grate. And we roasted whole chickens indirectly on both low and high heat to see if they could create browned skin and perfectly cook meat without charring. Sam Sifton, editor of the Cooking section of The New York Times (parent company of Wirecutter) joined us for these tests.
A good sear and no flare-ups: signs of a good-quality gas grill.
The Spirit E-3also exhibited the most consistent heat across the entire cooking surface.
The Spirit E-3also exhibited the most consistent heat across the entire cooking surface; among the competition, the Napoleon model in particular had noticeable cool spots toward the front of its grates. To a degree, all grills suffer this problem, because the burners don’t extend all the way to the front of the firebox, but the Spirit offered the most consistent heating across the entire grate surface. After minutes, the burgers at the rear (the hottest part of the grill) were medium-well and those at the front were medium-rare to medium (this difference might even be handy, if your diners have various preferences). On the Napoleon grill, on the other hand, some of the front burgers were nearly raw in the center, while the rear burgers were well-done. We were surprised that the Spirit once more outperformed, if only slightly, its larger, more powerful cousin, the Weber Genesis II; again, our theory is that the Spirit’s smaller firebox reflected more heat onto the grate surface.
The Weber Spirit E-3produced beautiful barbecue chicken, with crisped skin and caramelized sauce.
The Broil King ran too hot even on its lowest setting, turning out charred chicken and sauce.
During the low-and-slow grilling of the cut-up chicken, the Spirit held almost perfectly steady at 37°F, requiring almost no fiddling with the burner knobs—a quality it shared with the Genesis II. Both produced perfect barbecue chicken. By contrast, the Napoleon grill struggled to produce crisp, browned skin, and we soon discovered why: Its built-in thermometer was registering 50 degrees hotter than the actual temperature inside the grill. The result was flabby barbecue. The Broil King model had the opposite problem, running way too hot, as high as 450 °F, even with the burners on low. The result was charred chicken and burnt sauce.
Flaws but not dealbreakers
The Weber Spirit E-310’s side tables are fixed in place with bolts—they don’t fold down for storage, so you’re stuck with the full 51-inch width. Fold-downs would save only about a foot, so it’s not a huge deal, but they would be a nice option.
Weber gas grills come with a simple scale for weighing the propane tank, to give you an idea of how much fuel you have left. The Spirit E-310’s is mounted high up inside the grill cart, and we found lifting the tank onto the scale’s hook difficult; it would be impossible if the tank had the wrong sort of handle (they come in various designs, and some are too big). You may have to guess the fuel level by weighing the tank in your hands.
We wish Weber would take a cue from some competitors (including Broil King) and make the bars of its warming racks run front to back, parallel to the main grates. That way, you could easily slide a spatula under stuff that’s warming. As it is, the warming-rack bars run edge to edge, and you have to awkwardly jimmy a spatula in there sideways.
Weber 710Grill Cover for Spirit 220 and 300 Series
Second, clean your grill before or after every use. Joe Salvaggio of Big Apple BBQ recommends turning the burners to high and closing the lid for minutes after you’re done cooking—and then just turning them off and walking away. Next time you cook, brush the cold, soot-covered grills clean, wipe them with a wet paper towel or rag, and then proceed. That goes against the common advice, which is to clean the grates while they’re hot; Salvaggio has found that doing so more easily damages the porcelain coating on cast-iron grates, allowing rust to form.
Check the grease trap after every use (or before every use), and don’t let it get too full. If it spills over you’ll be cleaning grease out of the inside of your grill for an hour.
If a burner seems to be running cool or creates patchy flames, use a thin piece of wire (many grills come with one on a chain) to clean out the gas ports, the little holes. There’s nothing inside the burners to break, so don’t feel like you have to be delicate.
Take the battery out of the igniter before you store the grill long-term. Batteries can burst and corrode the igniter contacts.
About once a year (usually before winter storage), many grill enthusiasts do a deep clean of the whole grill, soaking the grates in hot soapy water and scrubbing them, and scrubbing down the firebox and rinsing it with a hose. That’s probably good practice.
The grates also take a beating, and eventually most start to rust. That’s not necessarily a problem in itself, as you can oil iron grates and season them as you would a cast-iron skillet. But if they were originally porcelain-coated (as our pick and upgrade’s are), you may get chips of porcelain in your food, and that’s not a good thing. Again, you can replace them with factory parts or third-party alternatives.
Cast-iron grates; porcelain-coated.
Ash catcher is easy to remove and replace on charcoal side.
Propane side features push-button ignition for easy lighting.
Heavy; 14lbs., but is built well and can stand the elements with a suitable cover, so it shouldn’t need to be moved often, anyway.
While it isn’t the best side-by-side model you’ll find, it is definitely one of the most affordable. In fact, this grill is cheaper than most comparable models purchased separately. We recommend the Char-Griller 5050 to anyone who loves propane and charcoal equally, but doesn’t want the hassle of two isolated grills.
You can use whichever option you prefer independently, or use any combination to add the perfect finishing touches to your culinary masterpieces.
Side-by-side design; one grill runs on gas while the other runs on charcoal.
Firebox/smoker is offset to the side and features draft control.
Gas side has three stainless steel burners; 10,000 BTUs.
Charcoal side features adjustable tray to move heat closer/further from grate.
Ample cooking space (1,43square inches total): about 500 for each grill, a little over 200 for the smoker area, and about 200 for the searing burner. Note: surface area measurements are estimates.
Grates are cast iron; porcelain-coated.
Extremely heavy at 21pounds, but does come with 4-wheeled cart for easier transport.
This grill is practically an outdoor kitchen: with so many functions in one work space, it’s hard to imagine any frequent griller without it! It’s affordable for a hybrid, but especially one with the additional smoker and searing boxes on the sides. We recommend this to anyone who enjoys all aspects of outdoor cooking, and who don’t mind spending a bit more than a standard hybrid would cost them.
Weber Spirit E-310
Although it seems pricey at first glance, when it comes to quality for the price, experts and owners agree that the Weber Spirit E-3is a great value. It’s large enough to cook for about four people, and is easy to use and clean. It’s also backed by a long warranty, good customer service and replacement parts are widely available. In other words: it will live to cook for years. It comes in both propane and natural gas version.
Nexgrill 720-0830H Gas Grill
If you need a bigger grill, but don’t want it to take too big of a bite out of your wallet, experts say you’ll love the 62square inch (total cooking surface) Nexgrill 720-0830H Gas Grill. It’s both Recommended and a Best Buy at ConsumerReports.org, Good Housekeeping calls is “a steal for its price” and it gets good ratings from hundreds of owners as well. Features include four interior burners, a side burner and an attractive, stainless steel housing.
Gas grills are the most convenient type because they heat so quickly and are easy to use: they feature knobs just like an oven’s. Many gas grills also have temperature gauges so you know when it’s at the optimal temperature (although they get terrible reviews for accuracy, so you might want to invest in a dedicated meat thermometer, which we cover in a separate report). Gas grills are versatile and can be used for both direct and indirect cooking, just like a charcoal grill — except instead of fiddling with moving charcoal around, you just have to turn off the heat on one side for indirect. You can also buy smoker boxes that hold wood chips and can be set on the flames to impart a more traditional barbecue flavor to your food.
Charcoal takes longer to light than a gas grill and controlling a charcoal grill’s heat isn’t as simple as turning a gas grill’s temperature dial. But enthusiasts say the extra trouble is worth it for the flavor that cooking over charcoal imparts. Most charcoal grills are versatile too, and can be used as smokers. Many charcoal grills are built to last for years or even decades.
While charcoal grills can often be used as smokers, a dedicated smoker will maintain a low, slow temperature better than a grill. Most people think of smokers as strictly for large, tough cuts of meats like ribs or brisket, but, in fact, smokers are quite versatile — you can even make pizza in a smoker. Many grilling aficionados say they never knew what they were missing until they added a smoker to their backyard.
Freestanding, the classic charcoal grill is simple: it has a firebox to store the charcoal fire right below the grill grates. Some of the higher end models feature maneuverable fireboxes to adjust the distance between the fire and grill grates.
Why You Need Grill Covers To Protect Your BBQ Smoker
If you have spent your money on buying one of the best quality grills, then you must also make sure that your investment is well protected from the environment. One of the best ways of protecting your grill is by purchasing one of the grill covers that goes well with the model of your grill. It prevents your grill from things that could cause a lot of harm to your product or shorten its lifespan, and thereby, increase the durability of the product. It also helps you preserve its new and shiny look for many months to come, rather than the worn out look that is caused by the outside elements.
Unlike pockets, I would say air vents is something you should look for when shopping around for best grill cover for winter. You want to have air flowing through your grill to prevent condensation. If there is condensation and moisture all the time, your grill might get rusty even though you protect it using a waterproof grill cover. Another benefit of having air vents, is that on those windy days, it will be more difficult for your cover to be blown away. In case you are asking how many air vents you need, I would say around air vents is about the right number.
Talking of winds, straps are definitely useful to keep your grill cover in place. Some of the covers, do come with straps but one can easily overlook this aspect when shopping around for the best grill cover. A good grill cover will come with elastic cords, as these are much easier to keep the cover tight down in place. Straps can also prevent animals going under your cover, which can potentially damage it.
Without a doubt, the fuel and type of grill you use can have a major impact on the flavor of food. Without a doubt, gas grills are more popular than electric grills. However, the best grill for you will depend on a number of factors, such as your residence and the type of foods you want to cook. Here is some information about the advantages and disadvantages of gas and electric grills so that you can make the right decision for your needs.
How to Sear on a Gas Grill
First of all, you need to pick the right cuts of meat to sear. In general, thicker cuts of poultry, steaks, and fish are best for searing. You can also sear scallops and swordfish steaks if you and your guests are craving seafood. Any tender steaks should work well for searing.
Undoubtedly, the key to searing is heat. You will need temperatures to reach at least 400 degrees Fahrenheit. You will know the temperature is adequate if you hear the meat sizzle aggressively when it hit the grates of the grill. Some great gas grills have a sear burner that provides the perfect temperature for searing. Of course, you can always create this heat yourself with a gas grill.
You should sear your seafood or steak for no more than three minutes on the first side. Flip the meat over and have the other side cook for another one or two minutes. You want the surface of the meat to be crisp and brown. Be sure not to flip the seafood or steak too soon. If you want to see if the crust has formed yet, you can lift the corner of the meat. Once both sides of the meat are seared, move the food to a cooler part of your grill. That way, the indirect heat will finish cooking the meat.
Be sure you use a meat thermometer to ensure safe internal temperatures are attained. The outside of the meat could be brown, but the inside could still be quite rare.
Polyester Grill Covers
The main advantage of the polyester grill cover is the durability and the light weight. If you live in a particularly humid climate, you will also be happy to know that polyester covers dry quickly. You can use polyester grill covers in any climate or weather, such as winter frost, extreme summer heat, and heavy tropical rain.
Canvas Grill Covers
Canvas is a heavy-duty material that is frequently used for shoes, boat sails, and camping tents. Canvas grill covers are an excellent choice because they are durable and can be treated to be fireproof and waterproof. Canvas grill covers tend to be cheaper than covers made from vinyl or polyester.
The inside lining of a grill cover will have a major influence on how well the cover stand up to exposure, tears, and fading. You should ensure that the lining of a grill cover is not prone to mold or mildew. Fleece linings are particularly likely to foster mildew and mold. Certain linings are also more prone to harboring insects. PVC, nylon, and polyester are usually preferred for the inside lining of grill covers.
The ceramic grill is the most versatile and effective type of charcoal grill because the ceramic chamber retains heat and moisture more efficiently than any other charcoal grill option.
Not only can these charcoal grills be used for grilling and smoking, but for baking pizza at 500 degrees as well. This is made possible by the excellent heat retention properties of the ceramic shell that can produce temperatures of up to 750 °F.
Barrel grills are the kind of grill that look like someone sliced a steel barrel in half lengthwise. It’s hinges are attached so the top half forms the lid and the bottom half forms the charcoal holding chamber.
The vents that control airflow and temperature are cut into the top and bottom of the barrel. A chimney to control smoke from escaping attaches to the lid.
With the lid closed, heat can then be controlled with vents. Other designs may contain other features such as a smoke box, but the same basic barrel design does not change.
The key to the kettle grills’ cooking abilities is its shape. The kettle design is meant to distribute heat evenly.
When the hood is down on the grill, it prevents flare-ups from dripping grease by controlling oxygen intake, and allows heat to circulate around the food as it cooks. It also holds in flavor-enhancing smoke produced by the dripping grease and smoldering charcoals.
Lump Charcoal also is very responsive to oxygen, making it easier to control temperatures. Lump contains no chemicals or fillers to help light up or burn longer.
In the end, lump charcoal is easier to light, burns hotter and is a cleaner option than other standard charcoal briquettes.
Charcoal briquettes have been compared to by users as the fast food of charcoal.
Briquettes emphasizes uniformity in size, burn length, and light up easy. However, some of the chemicals used to create those characteristics are hazardous to your health during the early burning stages.
Plate setters are a flat piece of ceramic made by Big Green Egg that is placed inside the grill just above the charcoal fire. It keeps direct flames off your food creating a more consistent temperature throughout the interior of the grill. Plate Setter’s also allow you to place pizza plates or racks on top to hold ribs.
Cooking in the dark is a recipe for burnt BBQ! A grill light, either attached or free standing, is key for grilling at night. Invest in one and you will thank yourself over and over.
Cast Iron Cook Grids
Fire starters that you break off work best so you can strategically place your hot spots evenly. Three evenly spaced, two inch square cubes are enough to get a solid base heat. These fiber blocks burn clean and can get your grill started quickly and safely.
Covers & Drawers
Protect your grill. When you are not using it, a grill cover is a necessity to sheild your grill from the elements.
Shop all combination microwaves
A standard microwave which can also work like a convection oven but with quicker cooking times. It can heat, roast, brown and crisp food allowing you to use it the same way you would your standard oven. Yes, that does also mean you can cook a roast dinner in it (if you get a big enough size).
The power of a microwave is measured in watts. The more watts a microwave has, the faster it can cook.
Introducing the Weber Smokey Mountain
The iconic Weber Smokey Mountain has built up a massive cult following among smoked meat enthusiasts. One of the main advantages of buying one is that there is so much knowledge available online for getting the most out of your WSM.
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your grill covers wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of grill covers