The 6 best (and most affordable) outdoor grills to get you ready for cookout season

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The weather is heating up, which can only mean one thing – it’s almost grilling season! Whether you live in a small apartment with little to no outdoor balcony or backyard space or a family home with a yard, one thing’s for certain – everyone loves a deal.

Since most outdoor grills usually retail for $500 and above, most folks tend to shy away from shopping around for more affordable options. Seeing as researching for the most affordable-yet-high-quality options can be a chore, we’ve gone ahead and done the grunt work for you, landing on these six best picks.

With all retailing for under $170 — and as low as $100 — these grills serve different purposes but are all customer-approved. From the overall shopper-favorite Royal Gourmet Charcoal Grill with a built-in smoker to this George Foreman option that gives you the best of both worlds (it has both indoor and outdoor capabilities) with an over-8,000 five-star reviewer count, these outdoor grills will have you grilling all summer long without draining your pockets.

Check out these top-selling options in more detail below, complete with a defining customer review.

1. Best Overall: Royal Gourmet Charcoal Grill With Offset Smoker, $129.99

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The Royal Gourmet BBQ Charcoal Grill also functions as a smoker. The Amazon’s Choice product also includes a smokestack, temperature gauge, scald-proof handle, side air vent and more.

Top Review:

“Great grill, worth every penny. Overall, it’s probably the best offset smoker combo grill for the price.”

2. Best Charcoal: Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, $165 (Orig. $174.99)

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The Weber Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill is an Amazon-recommended product with over 6,000 five-star reviews and comes in three colors: black, copper and green. It holds up to 13 burgers and features a one-touch cleaning system with a high-capacity ash catcher.

Top Review:

“If you’re old school and still using charcoal, this is the best choice. You can control the air and even add charcoal through the little doors in the grill. The ash can eliminates the ashes from blowing all over your patio furniture.”

3. Indoor and Outdoor Option: George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill, $110.50

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The George Foreman Indoor/Outdoor Electric Grill is also Amazon-recommended and comes in black and silver. Though compact, it serves more than 15 people and gives you high-quality grilling with no charcoal, propane or flare-ups. It currently has over 8,000 five-star reviews on Amazon.

Top Review:

“This is the perfect grill for [an] apartment balcony. It was easy to clean and it’s really non-stick. In comparison to other brands, this actually heats up the plate instead of heating lights. It cooked really well and was very easy to install.”

4. Best Gas: Char-Broil Classic 360 Three-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill, $159.99 (Orig. $169.99

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The Amazon’s Choice Char-Broil Classic 260 Three-Burner Liquid Propane Gas Grill has porcelain-coated grates and a swing-a-way rack for warming. It also has three steel in-line burners for cooking and a porcelain-coated steel lid and firebox that stands up to the elements.

Top Review:

“This is a great, simple grill. I’ve been using it for 12 months now and it never disappoints. With three burners, it is big enough to easily cook for six adults. Because it isn’t huge, you can move it around easily.”

5. Table Top Pick: Royal Gourmet Portable 24-Inch Three-Burner Table Top Gas Grill/Griddle With Cover, $99.99 (Orig. $139.99)

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The Royal Gourmet Portable 24-Inch Three-Burner Grill And Griddle is perfect for tabletop grilling and is actually the most affordable of the bunch. The Amazon’s Choice product has three separately controlled burners, a porcelain enamel griddle top, a side grease cup to collect oil while cooking and more.

Top Review:

[I] cook on it more than the stove now. Absolutely love this little hibachi. I cook on it three to four times per week now. Cooked about everything on it. [It] sears steaks and seals in flavor. [My] son-in-law is a chef, and now he wants one.”

6. Best Portable Option: Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Gas Grill With VersaStand, $133.10 (Orig. $179.99)

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The Cuisinart Petit Gourmet Gas Grill With VersaStand features a twist-to-start electric ignition and precision temperature gauge to give you the ultimate temperature control. It’s also compact enough to take anywhere, weighing only 17 lb. For added convenience, it comes with a stand that sets up and breaks down in seconds.

Top Review:

Excellent gas grill. Freaking love this grill! It is sturdy and allows me to cook everything I’ve tried without much prep or a watchful eye. I’ve taken it camping and found that it is portable and easy to set up and move.”

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