Weber: Weber is the classic American charcoal grill-maker (they also make gas and electric models) and their site offers a grill selector where you can input your requirements and preferences. Shown: Weber 741001 22-1/2" One-Touch Silver Kettle Charcoal Grill, $90.
Fuego: Spearheaded by Alex Siow and Robert Brunner — the former Director of Design at Apple and partner at Pentagram — Fuego is a new company that's positioned itself at the forefront of high-style gas grilling. Shown: Fuego EG02AMG Element 21-Inch Dual-Zone Gas Grill, $500.
Char-Broil: They market themselves as an affordable brand that specializes in electric grilling technologies. They explain their Infrared system: "Fed by the flames, these surfaces get super hot super quick." Shown: Char Broil Patio Bistro Infrared Electric Grill, $181. What Do You Want to Cook? For hamburgers and hot dogs, a classic kettle grill is fine. If you want to cook a whole bird or roast, you might want a model with a rotisserie. For someone who's into searing and cooking side dishes on the grill, consider an option with a griddle.
Lodge: If you're cooking a small meal, Lodge makes heavy-duty camp grills with two adjustable heights for cooking over charcoal. These are simple, classic designs that use heavy cast iron walls to retain even, consistent heat. Shown: Lodge Logic Sportsman's Grill, $107.
Big Green Egg: The Kamado-style Big Green Egg is a charcoal grill, but it's able to maintain consistent low temperatures for a long time, so it works as a smoker as well. Starting at $700, it's large enough to cook a whole turkey.
Grillworks, Inc: The Grillery Standard is a handmade charcoal grill that includes a cast aluminum crankwheel, which lets the grill-master adjust the height of the food over the flame. Designed for gourmet grillers, it sells for $2,475. How Much Space Have You Got? If you've got a tiny apartment with a balcony, a gas grill might not be the best option, since gas can flare up and isn't safe in a tight urban space. If you've got a big backyard, your options are broader. If you've got no outdoor space at all, a portable grill that you can take to the park or the beach might be your best choice.
Vermont Castings: Highly rated by Consumer Reports, Vermont Castings' gas grills are made in Canada. They tend to be big, beautiful, and kitted out with lots of slick features. Shown: Vermont Castings VCS301SS 301 Signature Series, $945.
Coleman: If you're looking for a grill that's portable but still big enough to cook burgers for a family, Coleman makes collapsible standing models designed for campers. Shown: Paul Jr. Designs Coleman RoadTrip Grill, $200.
Crate and Barrel: One of the most popular portable charcoal grills is Weber's Smokey Joe, a tabletop model that's small enough for a beach or a balcony. Shown: Bodum Fyrkat Green Grill, $59.95. What's Your Budget? In general, the higher the grill's price, the more bells and whistles it includes and the more likely it is to be made from higher-end materials like stainless steel. A basic charcoal kettle grill might be cheaper than a propane grill with a rotisserie and side burners, but for someone who prefers that classic smoky charcoal flavor, it's a better buy.
Well Traveled Living: This company makes smart, modern, and affordable portable grills. (You might remember their folding notebook grill, released a few years back.) Shown: Ceramic charcoal HotSpot Large Yakatori Charcoal Grill, $36.
The Portable Kitchen: Sleeker than your average backyard standup, this cast aluminum Grill and Smoker PK99740 sells for $280. They say: "The heavy cast aluminum construction reflects heat... causing food to cook more evenly without constant turning or repositioning."
Viking: If you really want to shell out some cash on a shiny new grill, Viking makes some beautiful stainless steel outdoor ranges equipped with rotisseries and seamless finishes. Shown: 41" Ultra-Premium T-Series Grill with TruSear Infrared Burner, $4,880. - Originally written and posted by Sarah Coffey for Apartment Therapy Marketplace Related: Product Review: The Element Grill by Fuego (Top image: Fuego Element Grill)