SPECIAL REPORT: Best in Grills

July 19, 2016

Summertime is the height of grilling and barbequing season. Whether it’s a holiday, a get-together with family and friends, or just an attempt to keep the heat out of the kitchen, consumers love any excuse to fire up the grill. Many are also looking for products that can make the most of their time spent outdoors. That’s where hardware retailers and lawn and garden centers can help.

Grill Trends at the 2016 National Hardware Show®

Grill-TrendsThe 2016 National Hardware Show® did not disappoint when it came to products for outdoor cooking and entertaining. The ever-popular tailgate area showcased several new and updated products for retailers to consider bringing to their stores. Some of the trends throughout the Show were:

Top Rated Grills for 2016

TopRatedGrillsMany customers are seeking the best-reviewed and best-rated grills on the market. Fortunately, retailers can turn to Consumer Reports magazine for the latest information on certain products. For the grill category, Consumer Reports tested over 100 gas grills, rating them in five separate areas as well as giving them an overall performance rating (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/home-garden/lawn-garden/gas-grills/gas-grill-ratings/ratings-overview.htm). According to their findings, the following grills ranked first in overall performance:

Additional recommended gas grills included models from brands such as Weber (http://www.weber.com/), Charbroil (http://www.charbroil.com/products/gas-grills?gclid=CLuhkaSr6c0CFZeEaQodKIMKDA), Broil-mate (http://www.broilmatebbq.com/), and Backyard Grill.


Potential Add-OnsPotential Add-Ons for Backyard Grilling and Tailgating 

Consumers purchasing new grills might also be looking to expand their purchases, picking up additional items such as utensil sets, kabob racks, grate cleaning brushes, and more. Popular add-ons include:

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