On a charcoal grill, everything from evenness to temperature range is largely controlled by the charcoal itself. That led us to heavily weight design and convenience in our testing protocol. “The differences between charcoal grills are less pronounced than with gas grills, and far more depends upon how the user cooks with the grill,” says Cindy Fisher, CR’s lead grill test engineer.
But that doesn’t mean there aren’t differences between models.
Features like multiple air vents and adjustable play an important roll in turning out great food, because they let you control the heat. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the very best charcoal grills from our tests. CR members can read on for those selections, in both barrel- and kettle-style grills, or jump right to our charcoal grill ratings.