Decide on the grill type: Charcoal, gas or electric? Determine what grill options, such as side burners, rotisseries or infrared burners you need for the foods you like to cook. Do you ace the basics or are you a gourmet griller?
Give a nod to style. Will the grill be the focal point of your backyard or patio, or will it just be a side fixture?
How much can you spend? Grills can range from less than $100 to thousands of dollars.
Consider the size of the grill's cooking area. Do you grill just for the family, or do you often host larger groups?
For more buying information, check out the Web site of barbecue expert Craig Goldwyn at amazingribs.com.