Are you envious of that stainless steel behemoth of a gas grill your neighbor has chosen to decorate his backyard with? When it comes to grills, you’ve got a number of choices – charcoal grills, gas grills, or portable or tabletop grills.
Charcoal grills usually sell the cheapest and on a good day, you can probably get a decent one for $20. The best gas grills could go up to $1000. If you want to get a good deal, you’ll have to pick the right time to buy a grill.
The Worst time to buy a grill: March To June
Think of a lazy summer afternoon where you don’t have anything to do but hang by the pool. The best way to complete the ensemble is to call some of the friends over, grill up a few steaks and serve them with some cold ones.
There’s no doubt summer is the best time to have an outdoor barbecue. However, this is also the season where everybody else wants to buy a grill as well. Demand is soaring and retailers are no stranger to this fact.
As a result, prices will be the highest they ever are, barring a few days very early in the summer.
Tips To Buy A Grill in March to June
Although, grills are most expensive during this season, this is also the season when they are sold the most in number. Hence, if you look hard enough, you’re bound to come across a few good deals.
If you really desperately want a grill early in the Summer, you can look up used grills on Craigslist or refurbished ones on Amazon.
Summer is also moving season for most families in the US. So they would want to get rid of their old belongings. So keep an eye out on Facebook as well. If luck is really on your side, you could probably find a great deal in a garage or a yard sale.
The Best Time To Buy A Grill: July To September
Late summer and early fall is the best time of the year to buy grills. That’s because retailers would want to hold clearance sales to get rid of all their grills before the winter. At this point, you’re bound to find great deals on all floor models.
Now, some people are averse to floor models because they have been moved around a lot and may have dents and scratches. In my opinion, it’s still a lot better than buying it online, where you can’t look, touch or feel the grill.
Be sure to stay haggle your way down to a reasonable price. There’s no reason for shop owners to not sell you the grill because if they don’t, it’ll just be stuck around until next year.
July 4th Sale
It doesn’t get more American than celebrating Independence Day with some grilled ribs and a side of ham. If you can wait around till this date, you would definitely get the biggest discounts possible. Walmart, on this day, could offer up to 50% off on this day.
Another day you would want to look out for is Labor Day. Labor Day could have even better deals than July 4th. However, it does come pretty late in the calendar. Depending on where you live, barbecue weather might well have been over. However, if you’re somewhere, like in sunny California, there’s still a number of weeks of sunshine left.
Clearance Deals: Mid Fall
If you’re in the mood for some indoor grilling, end-of-season sales might be just what the doctor ordered. You get some of the best deals on portable and indoor grills at this time of the year.
That’s not to say, you don’t get discounts on outdoor grills too. But you have to be careful that you don’t wait too long, as stores will usually be clearing their merchandise out for holiday items.
If you do wait for this time of the year, make sure you know exactly what you want to buy beforehand – the size of the grill, whether it’s charcoal, gas or an electric smoker. Look up the details online, see the prices in the summer and you’ll know how much the prices go down in late September.
General tips on buying a grill
Buying a grill can’t just be an impulsive decision. Before buying a grill, know what kind of items you’ll be grilling on it. If the grill is good enough to grill ribs on a daily basis, it’s definitely good enough to grill chicken, salmon, turkey and hamburger buns as well.
If you’re grilling vegetables, you might want to look at grills that have a side cooker for vegetables. Otherwise, you’ll have to spend a lot of time grilling the meat and vegetables separately.
Also, unless you’re the kind that likes to have a barbecue every weekend, there is no need to get a fancy, gas-powered grill. Charcoal is how it’s been done over the ages, and you should be fine with it too.
Things get a little more complicated if you’re getting a smoker though – as there are electric, charcoal, wood and gas smokers. Remember, there is no explicit need to buy a smoker as you can just turn your grill into one, as long as your grill is big enough.
So, there you have it. A few tips and tricks so that you can make the most of your purchase.
Happy grilling everyone!