The top 10 gas grills between $250 and $500 on the market for 2014. If you are looking to purchase a new grill for between $250 and $500 (based on typical selling price) then these are the one you should be looking at. In this price range look for a basic grill that can cook and last around 5 years.
For more advice on gas grills in this price range see my Gas Grills between $250 and $500 Buyer's Guide.
Weber-Stephen Products Company
Typically Home Depot sells a special or deluxe version of some of the line of Weber gas grills. For 2014, the Spirit grills have Weber's Gourmet BBQ Accessory System added for no extra price. Similar to the standard Spirit E-210, this model has a special porcelain coated cast iron cooking grate with a removable center piece that can be swapped out for a large number of accessory cooking equipment including a pizza stone, chicken roaster, and the griddle that is included in this package.
Onward Manufacturing Company
There are a lot of 3-burner gas grills on the market for under $500USD these days. Most are not well made or designed. The Broil King Signet is not one of these grills. The superior burner design provides even heating, the heavy cast iron cooking grates give excellent heat transfer, and the fire box design holds in heat for versatile cooking abilities. Now available at Lowe's for $400USD, this grill is a fantastic value.
This is Napoleon's entry into the small grill market for those people who want a full function gas grill, but don't need or want something large. This simple, 2-burner grill has Napoleon quality in a mini-size. Of course, this isn't the least expensive grill of this type, but it is one of the better ones. Perfect for the terrace, small patio, or balcony where gas grills are allowed, the LA200 is a good grill in a little package.
Onward Manufacturing Company
Onward Manufacturing is one of the largest grill producers in the world and their Broil King line represents some of the best grills for the price on the market. The Monarch series is towards the lower end of this line, but still a great quality grill. This size is perfect for the average griller, the heat is even and strong, and the construction is excellent. This model certainly competes with similar sized products from Weber.
GHP Group Inc.
The small space grills started showing up a few years ago, marketed to people who simply don't want or don't have room for a traditional full sized gas grill but still wanted full sized grilling. This model from Dyna-Glo is a very basic gas grill with two burners and pretty much nothing else. Sold at various locations, including Lowe's, Home Depot, and Walmart, this gas grill is designed to give you the impression of quality and while it isn't a bad grill, it is typical of the mass market grills we have seen too much of in recent years.
Char-Griller has been making low priced charcoal grills and smokers for a few years and has recently started making gas grills. This gas grill is built on the modified body of the smallest of their charcoal grills, basically replacing the coal grate with three burners. In addition they have put on a 12,000 BTU side burner. This means a heavy thermal painted steel grill body and porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates on a gas grill. Surprising this actually works quite well for a low priced (typically under $200) gas grill.
The Char-Broil TRU-Infrared represents an innovative approach to an inexpensive all infrared gas grill. This unit uses a simple sheet of perforated stainless steel to convert the output of a standard gas burner into infrared energy. This unit has three burners that put out only 30,000 BTUs under 500 square inches of cooking space but can still reach temperatures around 700 degrees F. You also get the standard Char-Broil side burner. Unfortunately this grill is constructed from low quality and thin stainless steel limiting its durability. Each burner has an individual temperature gauge.
The KitchenAid 3-burner is a classic gas grill with specifications similar to many of the better grills in this price range. Don't buy this grill because of the KitchenAid name. KitchenAid didn't design, manufacture, and doesn't support this grill. Aside from that, this isn't a bad grill for around $500USD (available for much more in some locations). Of course it isn't a great grill either.
This compact three burner gas grill was designed to ship directly to consumers limiting the size and weight of the unit to something most shipping companies would transport. Even with these limits this 3-burner gas grill produces high, even heat and works very well as a basic grill for around $400. With additional features (purchasable anytime) you can give this grill a side burner, stainless steel cooking grates, a full sized griddle and much more.
Recently a major grill maker told me that the future was in accessories. The Stok Quattro may just be the perfect design for this. With removable cooking grate sections you can convert to use a griddle, vegetable basket or pizza stone without turning off the grill or even stopping cooking. The unique design of this grill gives you a tremendous amount of versatility in a complete unit. The best part is that all these extras come standard so the $400USD price tag gets you everything. Hopefully Home Depot, the exclusive dealer, will have replacement parts and maybe even more toys to play with.