Summer is the perfect season for exciting get-togethers with friends and family. That is why you will begin to see deals for grills after the 4th of July.
However, the best deals still lie ahead as weeks of good grilling are yet to come.
In today’s article, we are going to find out when is the best time to buy a grill, as well as the tips in choosing the best grill for yourself. Stay tuned!
When Is The Best Time To Buy A Grill?
When to buy
The best time to buy a grill should fall around late summer and early autumn.
What you should do is to spend some time in summer researching different models and brands to find the most suitable grill, and when times come, you know what to do folks!
Promotional discounts can be seen at any time of the year, especially in early summer. But that’s just retailers marketing strategies to make you think you’ve got the best deals of all.
The truth is, the off-season is the best time to save the most. So, expect to see massive discounts from brands in August and September.
In honor of Labor Day Weekends, various brands usually give 15-25% off sale. This is a great time for you to shop for a new grill as there will be optimal markdowns and rollbacks, even on popular brands like Char-Broil, Dyna-Glo, or Weber.
Now, what kind of grill do you want to buy? A charcoal grill? A gas grill? Or a smoker? I already mentioned the best time to buy grills above, but there are certain times to buy a specific kind of grill as well. Check em’ out!
Charcoal grills: As charcoal grills are the most common, you’ll see deals for them pretty early.
Charcoal grills are also the cheapest of all; a small decent charcoal grill can cost around $30 while bigger ones can cost up to $75-100 or more. And if you’re going for the looks and feels of those ceramic-coated grills, you’ll have to pay a few hundreds at the least.
The best time to buy a charcoal grill is early to mid-summer, which is around May, June, and July.
Gas grills: Gas grills are the second most common grills, coming in all shapes and sizes.
When buying a gas grill, people usually pay close attention to whether it is substance consuming or not, and substance here can be propane, natural gas, or combinations of gas, wood, and charcoal.
Gas grills also have a price range, from around $15 for a portable unit to a few hundreds for more high-end ones. And just like charcoal grills, expect to see deals for gas ones in early to mid-summer.
Smokers: It can be a little overwhelming when it comes to choosing smokers as they work in gas, charcoal, wood, and even electric arrays.
It’s hard to say when is the best time to get these specialized units as the deals tend to spread from early summer to early fall.
If you’re not in a rush then you can wait until grills go on clearance, which is from early to mid-fall (September to December).
This is the time when brands only have a few machines left and they’re very much likely to give extra discounts, especially gas-powered models.
Where to buy
Walmart or The Home Depot are the two chains that we found to offer the most deals with a wide variety of different types.
If you want to shop online, Amazon and eBay tend to propose with lots of appealing promotions.
Tips when Shopping for a Grill
- Make sure you’re well aware of the product you’re buying as well the pros and cons of it because most companies don’t let you return discount products.
If you’re buying a new grill because the old one stopped working, think of the reasons why it broke and what you’re looking forward to seeing in the new grill.
This will save you so much time from choosing back and forth as there is a variety of models available on the market.
If this is your first time buying a grill, think of the type of food you enjoy best and how you want it to be cooked. Smoking? Grilling? Searing?
After making everything clear out, you can buy the one to suit your needs at ease.
- Don’t be afraid to bargain; you’ll never know what you’re going to get until you ask.
- Don’t wait too long thinking the price can drop more. The sale season can end before you even notice.
Buying a Used Grill – Yes or No?
To be honest, no.
We suggest you buy a small grill if your budget is limited rather than buying a used one. As I mentioned above, gas and charcoal grills are the ones you should take into consideration as they have a lot of models available on cheaper ends.
But if you decide to buy a used grill, the seller should provide a receipt at the least to gauge the age of the grill, and zoomed-in pictures to see the conditions, thus to tell the abuse and use by looking at it.
After purchasing it, use the oven cleaner to give some good scrubs to the grill and fire it up a few times for 30 minutes or so too see if it still can work decently and as well burn off chemicals from the cleaner.
And that’s pretty much everything you need to know when choosing the best time to buy a grill. Fun fact: have you ever noticed things just coincidentally become more expensive when you need them?
It’s important that you check the price regularly to get the best deal. Have fun grilling, and thank you for reading!