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Good morning. As the US rises to a new week following its public holiday yesterday, and the UK wakes to yet more discussion on the MP’s expenses scandal, no surprise Apple news is a little thin on the ground – though you may have missed the company confirming it’s aware of the Snow Leopard data-munching bug we revealed last week; also Google has lost another Apple board member.
So what have we got for you this morning? So far: Apple denounces claims it taxes labels $10,000 to carry their content in the album-saving iTunes LP format; Apple’s updated Logic, improving stability with its new patch; Windows 7 won’t hurt Mac sales any, an analyst says; iPhone is reader’s choice champion in a recent PC Mag survey; another carrier signs-up to shift iPhones in Singapore; Microsoft promises Mac compatibility in its forthcoming Office Web Apps solution; and the first Australian schools have signed-up for iTunes U. Also a couple of decent hard drive bargains in view of the ongoing Snow Leopard data-munching hullabaloo…Read on…
Reports last week based on one indie label source claimed Apple charges labels $10,000 in order to carry their releases in the multimedia-enhanced iTunes LP format. This is not the case, Apple iTunes sources today claimed.
“There is no production fee charged by Apple,” the spokesman said. “We’re releasing the open specs for iTunes LP soon, allowing both major and indie labels to create their own.”
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Apple has shipped an update to its professional audio production solution, Logic Pro, raising the software to version 9.0.2. The update improves overall stability, the I/O plug-in adds an option for latency measurement and TDM plug-ins have been improved. The update also delivers several bug fixes and enhancements.
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Analyst Brian Marshall of Broadpoint AmTech has looked at the impact of the not one not two or three but four Windows launches and “found no negative correlation between them and Mac sales”…
Mac sales jumped most after Vista’s introduction, incidentally. Better still, the analyst reckons Apple will take 10 percent of the OS market within five years.
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From PC Mag: “Like the dude, our readers’ love affair with the Apple iPhone abides, as it was the only phone brand they rated significantly better than average, making it the clear Readers’ Choice with a SBA 9.0 out of 10. Amusingly, the iPhone’s overall score went up between 2008 and 2009 even though individual ratings for coverage, call quality, and sound quality all went down! The iPhone didn’t rate spectacularly as a phone, but it received great scores as a messaging device, music player, video player, and gaming device.”
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Yet more signs of Apple abandoning its exclusive carrier strategy as telco MobileOne (M1) has reached a deal to offer iPhones in Singapore.
“M1 looks forward to offering iPhone and a range of tailored service plans to customers in Singapore. More information on pricing, tariffs and availability dates will be released in due course,” the company said in a brief statement.
The Apple mobile is presently only offered by Singapore’s SingTel, which began selling the handsets last year. With exclusive deals falling like flies worldwide, just how long will the entente cordiale last between Apple and AT&T?
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We can’t say we’re certain Microsoft means ‘will work with Mac’ or “will work a little with Mac” in the statement that the Office Web Apps will be “Mac compatible” with Macs running Safari or Firefox.
A public beta of Microsoft’s ‘in the cloud’ service (which we really, really hope works better than the Sidekick) is expected this year.
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We saw the UK begin its move to iTunes U in earnest late last year, now Australia is joining the charge to offer deep educational content to students, faculty and – well – and us – with primary and secondary schools there publishing content on iTunes U.
We think this is interesting, as we fully anticipate availability of iTunes U content to be noted as part of the push for the mythical Apple tablet, should that device ever see the light of day…
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In view of the recent alarums over the Snow Leopard data-crunching bug, we’ve dug out a couple of good deals on rock-solid back-up drives for users who really, really care about their data….(hint: Use Time Machine and a connected drive, you’ll feel so much better).
So you want your data to be Leopard-proof, right? Well, how’s about making it flame and waterproof too? Yes you can, with the ioSafe Solo 1 TB Fireproof and Waterproof External Hard Drive with 1 Year Data Recovery Service SL1000GBUSB20 (Silver). Sure, it is more expensive than ordinary drives, but if you think about the value of your work, memories and iTunes collection, perhaps it begins to make a little more sense?? Take a look all the same, there’s $14 discount and this machine will set you back $215.99.
OK, so another option for safe storage is a RAID drive, but if you’re anything like us you’ll be looking for a RAID system that looks pretty. Good news – there’s a 10 per cent discount on the Neil Poulton (he’s Scottish and has won a string of awards) designed LaCie Hard Disk MAX, Design by Neil Poulton 2TB, USB 2.0. This contains two platters and can be set-up to provide you with 1TB or rock-solid data protection. It’ll cost you £157.02, rather than the £174.53 list price. Take a look…
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Top 5 Best Chinese Smartphones for Under $200 1. Redmi Note 8
The Redmi Note 8 launched in China last month has quickly become one of the best devices you can get for under $200, and now even more so as it’s also available in a Global variant. The new device comes with a large 6.3-inch display of Full HD+ resolution with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and FHD+ resolution.
Beneath the shiny and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coated body we then find a decently powerful Snapdragon 665 coupled with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which is expandable via microSD.
The Redmi Note 8 packs a 48MP main rear camera for extra sharp photos when the subject is well lit, while in darker scenarios the pixels are combined into larger 1.6um ones for better quality. We then have an 8MP secondary with ultra wide lens, a third 2MP sensor for macro shots and a fourth 2MP depth sensor. Meanwhile at the front, we find a 13MP selfie snapper.
Finally, the smartphone packs a large 4000mAh capacity battery typical of the series and runs MIUI based on Android 9 Pie.2. Realme 5
The Realme 5 is basically Oppo’s answer to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 8. The two smartphones are indeed very similar as far as design and primary specs are concerned, with both packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 CPU and four rear cameras.
Moving onto the camera department we find a primary 12MP shooter with f/1.8 aperture, a secondary 8MP sensor with ultra wide angle lens, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth sensor.
The Realme 5 then packs a large 5000mAh capacity battery, which along with the large display makes this one of the best devices for content consumption.3. Realme Q
Another great option from Oppo is the Realme Q. Oppo’s sub-brand phone packs a powerful Snapdragon 712 CPU coupled with 4GB of RAM (also available with 6GB) and 64GB of internal storage (expandable).
The Realme 3 Pro then features a 6.3-inch Full HD+ display with a 16MP selfie snapper hidden in the notch at the top. Meanwhile on the back we find four rear cameras with a primary 48MP sensor, a secondary 8MP ultra wide shooter, a camera with telephoto lens and a macro lens.
Finally, the smartphone is fueled by a large 4035mAh battery, supports 20W VOOC fast charging and runs ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9 Pie.Gizchina News of the week
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Meizu is finally able to really challenge Xiaomi back with their recently launched Meizu Note 9. The handset does indeed feature a great Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 along with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage, all for less than $200.
Meizu’s phone then packs a 6.2-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Meanwhile cameras include a 48MP main paired with a 5MP secondary on the back and a 20MP selfie snapper in the notch at the front.
Finally the handset comes with a large 4000mAh battery supporting 18W fast charging and runs Flyme 7.2 based on Android 9 Pie out of the box.5. Xiaomi CC9E
Next we have the recently launched Xiaomi CC9e. The smartphone is equipped with a decently powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 CPU along with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (UFS 2.1). But where the CC9e shines is the display department, we indeed find a 6.09-inch AMOLED panel, which is something you don’t usually find for less than $200.
The Xiaomi CC9e, with a design inspired by Xiaomi’s Mi 9 comes with a water drop notch hiding a 32MP selfie snapper featuring f/2.0 aperture. While on the back we have three cameras of 48MP, 8MP and 2MP to snap photos with a shallow depth of field.
Other specs on the phone include a large 4030mAh capacity battery, an audio jack, IR emitter and runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie.
For the stock Android fans, please check out the Android One variant of the phone launched this past month, the Xiaomi Mi A3.Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $200 Check out our sub $100 list if you’re on a tighter budget!
Flipkart’s Big Billion Days extravaganza has been live for the past couple days, giving us access to some of the craziest deals on smartphones, electronics appliances, and fitness trackers among other things. However, if you’re a console gamer and are looking forward to playing the latest AAA titles, well, you might be in luck as Flipkart is offering discounts on them as well.Crazy Discounts on Console Games for Big Billion Days 1. Marvel’s Spider-Man (PS4)
Marvel’s Spider-Man is being dubbed as the best Marvel title to date and the game has been tallying some rave reviews from critics across the globe. It has received Rs. 500 discount for Big Billion Days and is available at an effective price of Rs 3,399.
It doesn’t follow Peter Parker’s story from the very beginning, but instead puts you at the center of an open world, doing Spidey things and fighting bad guys – of course! Even the world of Twitch was going gaga over this game when it was officially launched last month.
Buy Marvel’s Spider-Man from Flipkart (Rs 3,399, 13% off)2. FIFA 19 (PS4/ Xbox One)
Just like every year, FIFA 19 is here and it’s an upgrade over last year’s FIFA 18. If you adore sports games and have been looking to get this title, well, it has received Rs. 700 price cut and is now available for Rs 3,499 on PS4.
We’ve tried out FIFA 19 at the Beebom office and it features a refined gameplay, with better physics and gameplay mechanics. The title, this time around, also brings along a ton of new modes such as survival mode, no rules mode, and more.
Buy FIFA 19 (PS4) from Flipkart (Rs 3,499, 17% off)
Buy FIFA 19 (Xbox One) from Flipkart (Rs 3,599, 15% off)3. Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey (PS4)
This Assassin’s Creed game, as per our first impressions, looks a lot like Origins but the studio has built its most extensive map and added new RPG elements to make the game more interactive and engaging for the players. You must try it out to know better.
Buy Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey from Flipkart (Rs 3,399, 15% off)4. Shadow of the Tomb Raider (PS4)
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is Lara Croft’s latest expedition and comes as a follow-up to the Rise of the Tomb Raider, which launched about five years ago. It has received a 14% discount and is now available for an effective price of Rs 3,066.
Buy Shadow of the Tomb Raider from Flipkart (Rs 3,066, 14% off)5. WWE 2K19 (PS4)
Finally, do we have any WWE fans in the house? The latest WWE game title is here and critics are calling it the return of the series after last year’s stumble. If you’re looking to fight with your favorite WWE champions, the game is selling at an effective Rs 3,299 price.
WWE 2K19 is being dubbed as one of the best titles in the game franchise’s history by reviewers, who commend its visuals and player models. The in-ring action, career mode and all the other modes make the title stand out from the rest.
Buy WWE 2K19 from Flipkart (Rs 3,299, 13% off)
Well, if you’ve made up your mind and are looking forward to get one of the game titles we’ve recommended above, then don’t forget to try and check out using an HDFC credit/ debit card for an additional 10% discount. Go ahead and game!
The Weekender: October 11 to 14 A chocolate festival, global films, where to find a great Halloween costume
Eat, Shop, Go
Looking for fun things to do this weekend? Check out our new Thursday guide, “The Weekender.” If you have suggestions for events or places we should feature, leave them in the Comment section below.
For the Friendly Toast at One Kendall Square, Cambridge, take an MBTA Red Line train to Kendall/MIT. For the Back Bay Friendly Toast, 35 Stanhope St., take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Auditorium. Hours: 8 am to 9 pm Sunday through Thursday, 8 am to 10 pm on Friday and Saturday.
The Garment District and Boston Costume
Love to shop, but don’t want to spend a lot? Then a visit to the Garment District in Cambridge’s Kendall Square is a must. This “alternative department store” stocks a wide array of men’s, women’s, and kids’ new and gently used clothes, shoes, and accessories, most just one or two years old. But you’ll also find outfits dating back to the 1950s. Each morning, the store offers “By the Pound” shopping; 850 pounds of clothes are placed on the floor for dedicated shoppers to search through, with the purchase price based on the weight of your pile. At just $2 per pound ($1 per pound on Fridays), it’s a steal.
Check out Boston Costume, at the same address. It’s an excellent place to rent a Halloween costume. You’ll find pop culture figures, superheroes, pirates, and uniforms of every stripe, along with masks, wigs, makeup, and more.
The Garment District, 200 Broadway, Cambridge, is open Sunday through Friday, 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday, 9 am to 8 pm. “By the Pound” shopping is available Sunday through Thursday, 11 am to 8 pm, Friday, 11 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, 9 am to 8 pm.
Boston Costume is open Sunday to Friday, 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm. Take an MBTA Red Line train to Kendall/MIT and walk about a half mile.
GlobeDocs Film Festival
Find a complete schedule for this year’s GlobeDocs Film Festival here. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is at Columbia Point, Boston. For GPS, use the address 220 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA 02125. The Coolidge Corner Theatre is at 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Take an MBTA Green Line C trolley to Coolidge Corner. The Brattle Theatre is at 40 Brattle St., Cambridge. Take an MBTA Red Line train to Harvard Square.
New England Chocolate Festival
Calling all chocolate lovers: on Saturday, the Fine Cacao and Chocolate Institute hosts the New England Chocolate Festival, an all-day chocolate extravaganza, featuring 16 New England chocolate companies, along with classroom lectures, tastings, workshops, and a café serving coffee, chocolate drinks, and desserts. The website boasts a “chocolate escape room.” General admission tickets are $25 ($75 for workshops) and include access to the chocolate pavilion, café, and first-come, first-served access to other special exhibits. Find out more here.
Boston Art Book Fair
The second annual Boston Art Book Fair is this weekend at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) in the city’s South End. Sponsored by the BCA and Bodega, the event celebrates the Hub’s thriving arts scene and features more than 100 exhibitors, including artists, publishers, bookmakers, zines, and more. Visitors can participate in panel discussions, book signings, and workshops with artists and writers. On Saturday night there’ll be a premiere Boston screening of Art21 “Johannesburg.” The fair closes on Sunday with a live radio broadcast from Demo Radio on democracy and social change.
The Boston Art Book Fair is Saturday, October 13, from noon to 8 pm, and Sunday, October 14, from noon to 5 pm, at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston. The fair is free and open to the public. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Copley and walk about 15 minutes.
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The Weekender: December 13 to 16 Theater, free outdoor skating, a late-night food joint, and more
Eat, Shop, Go
Final exams begin Monday and everyone’s facing last-minute deadlines. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take some time to relax and a break from studying. Check out “The Weekender,” our weekly guide to ideas about where to eat, shop, and go, for some fun, inexpensive things to do. From theater to holiday shopping and a late-night dining destination (essential during finals), we’ve got some great ideas for your last weekend of the semester. If you have any suggestions too, leave them in the Comment section below.
With finals fast approaching, everyone’s in search of a nearby late-night dining destination. You won’t do better than Rhett’s West. This on-campus joint inside Claflin Hall offers an extension of the popular GSU eatery’s menu—from a delicious California burger with avocado, Monterey jack cheese, and cilantro crema to a green bean farro salad with kale, topped with feta, cherry tomatoes, Kalamata olives, frisse, and tossed in a citrus vinaigrette—and lots of yummy sides (recommended: the tater tots or spicy curly fries). Treat yourself to a smoothie or a milkshake while you’re there. Rhett’s West has the distinction of being the only place on campus that’s open until 3 am on weekends. And you can pay with convenience and dining points as well as cash or credit card.
Rhett’s West, 273 Babcock St., is open Sunday to Wednesday, 8 pm to 1:30 am, and Thursday to Saturday, 8 pm to 3 am. Check out the menu here.
Still trying to make your way through your holiday gift list? Head to Downtown Crossing and do some shopping at the annual Downtown Boston Holiday Market. You’ll find numerous vendors selling a wide range of goods, from custom jewelry, food, and clothing to candles, soaps, prints and maps, and more. This year’s market is held in a pop-up spot on Washington Street. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for someone else, you’re sure to find something great. And while you’re there, head over to discount stores like Forever 21, Marshalls, and Primark for more shopping.
The Downtown Boston Holiday Market, 467 Washington St., runs through January 6. The market is open Monday through Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm, and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. The market is closed on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and January 2. Find a list of vendors here. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Park Street or the Red Line to Downtown Crossing.
Looking for something to put you in the holiday spirit? You’ll find it at the Coolidge Corner Theatre Thursday night when the cinema hosts a special screening of the 2003 Christmas comedy classic Elf, starring Will Ferrell as Buddy, one of Santa’s elves who discovers he’s human. The film follows Buddy as he travels to New York in search of his father. Along the way he finds friendship, love, and (most important) the Christmas spirit.
Elf screens at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, Thursday, December 13, at 7 pm. Buy tickets here. Take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Coolidge Corner.
This blockbuster exhibition of one of America’s most famous photographers, which just opened at the MFA, not only has some of Adams’ most iconic images of nature, including Freeway Interchange, Los Angeles (1967) and The Tetons and Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (1942), but work by some 20 contemporary photographers concerned about the environment and natural resources. It also includes prints by several 19th-century government survey photographers whose work would influence Adams. It’s a dazzling show and a must for anyone interested in photography.
Ansel Adams in Our Time is at the Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., Boston, through February 24, 2023. Find directions here and hours here. Admission is free for BU students with a student ID.
Tired of being cooped up in a library or your dorm room cramming for exams? Head across the Charles River for an ice-skating outing this weekend. Kendall Square’s seasonal rink offers skate rentals as well as lessons. And if you go on Saturday, there’s no admission fee and you can enjoy the 13th annual Holiday on Ice celebration, a free skating show featuring world-class professional ice skaters.
Community Ice Skating at Kendall Square is at 300 Athenaeum St., Cambridge. Find hours of operation here. Regular one-day admission is $3 and skate rentals are $8 for students—find full information on admission and rental rates here. The 13th Annual Holiday on Ice celebration is from 11 am to 9 pm, with free admission all day, and the free skating show is at 2 pm.
The Huntington Theatre Company is known for its inventive staging of classics as well as provocative new works. Its current production, Man in the Ring, chronicles the life of six-time world champion prizefighter Emile Griffith. The biographical drama traces Griffith’s childhood in the Virgin Islands, his bisexuality, and most pointedly, the tragic 1962 prize fight that altered his life forever. The Boston Globe describes the play as “a drama of guilt and forgiveness that unfolds like a duet between the present and the past.” Students can purchase $20 tickets with a valid student ID.
Man in the Ring is at the Boston Center for the Arts Calderwood Pavilion, 527 Tremont St., Boston, through December 22. Find more information about the show and purchase tickets here. Student tickets are $20 and available for full-time students aged 25 and under with a valid ID.
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Published Jul 1, 2023 9:00 AMHow we chose the best gas grills under $1,000
The majority of the grills on this list are powered by liquid propane, which is typically what people refer to when they search for “gas grills” (at least according to Google). Some models, however, are also available in natural gas versions. You can also check out our story on the best natural gas grills.The best gas grills under $1,000: Reviews & Recommendations
Different gas grills are designed to suit different needs, so we covered the widest range of options for both backyard and on-the-go cooking.Best overall: Everdure Furnace
Weight: 84.66 Pounds
Rust-Resistant: Die-Cast Aluminum
Dimensions: 29.25″D x 51.65″W x 56.96″H
Easy to assemble
Doesn’t come with a cover
After putting it through its paces, we found a lot to like about Everdure’s Furnace—the company’s three-burner grill.
Setting the grill up took about an hour with one person, thanks to Everdure’s clear instructions, though we’d recommend using two to help lift heavier pieces and hold its body steady as you drive in screws. Its legs felt a little wobbly at first but tightened up once the grill was fully assembled. Overall, the grill felt solid, and its wheels glided over a wooden deck easily, making it easy to position the Furnace just where we wanted it.
This grill’s aluminum body serves two purposes: It allows the grill to heat quickly and prevents it from rusting. Indeed, the Furnace got hotter faster than other grills we’ve tested over the years. The flip-out side table and open shelves below the grill’s body provide plenty of storage for accessories. Our favorite part of the Furnace’s design is the cutouts in both shelves for the propane tank, which gets held to the grill using a pair of straps. It gives the Furnace a unique look.
We cooked a variety of meats and vegetables on this grill and liked the way they turned out. If you’re using a marinade with high sugar content, we recommend lightly wiping down the grill’s grates with a neutral oil to prevent sticking. With that tip aside, we got professional-looking grill marks and a quick cook on both beef and chicken and found the Furnace to have a large enough grilling area to cook for a crowd. If your guests aren’t drawn to the Furnace’s minimalist aesthetic, they’ll be sold after their first bite of food.
While the furnace is durable, we wish Everdure included a cover, given its relatively high price. This accessory will run you about $50 on its own. That aside, we can’t fault the Furnace’s performance, which is far more important to the experience of cooking outside. If you’re looking for a great-looking, fast-cooking gas grill for cookouts, Everdure’s Furnace is the first one to consider.Best smart: Monument Grills Denali D405
Weight: 116.8 pounds
Material: Stainless Steel, iron
Dimensions: 23.3″D x 57.9″W x 48″H
Can be monitored using an app
Dedicated side burner
Large cooking area
Uses Bluetooth, not WiFi
The appliances inside people’s homes are getting smarter; why shouldn’t the same revolution come to grilling? Monument Grills’ Denali D405 makes good on the promise of a smart grill with genuinely useful features.
The grill itself is a monster, with 18,000BTU (British Thermal Units) of power, a 725-inch grilling area, and a side burner for even more cooking space. The grill’s lid has a glass window, so you can monitor the food you’re grilling without letting any heat escape, and its four burners (five if you count the side burner) make it possible to create more heat zones than usual. If the Denali D405 had no smart features, it would still be easy to recommend as a grill under $1,000, but Monument Grills went the extra mile to make it a little more tech-friendly.
That begins with the grill’s digital display panel, which makes it easy to see the temperature of your grill from a distance. It can be difficult to read an analog thermostat—especially if the temperature fluctuates—so we appreciate this design choice. But the Denali D405’s real smart features come by way of a Bluetooth controller inside the grill, which allows you to turn it on, set a temperature, and have the grill make auto-adjustments to its temperature according to a digital recipe. All of these controls are accessible from within Monument Grills’ app on iOS and Android.Best portable: Coleman RoadTrip 285
Weight: 46.67 lbs.
Material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 30.25H x 19.19W x 16.13D inches
A lot of cooking space given its size
A little heavy
We selected Coleman’s RoadTrip 285 as the best choice in our guide to the best portable grills, and stand by that recommendation. Cooking on the go brings up thoughts of huddling over an open flame, but trying to manage the uneven heat source can be frustrating. Coleman’s portable gas grill provides steady, consistent cooking power from a trio of adjustable burners, which cover 285 square inches of cooking space, which is easily enough space to cook a full dinner for four people. You can fit roughly five burgers and several skewers of veggies at once. It’s a little heavy at over 45 pounds, but its legs and side tables fold into a wheelable package, much like a rolling suitcase.
Weight: 175 pounds
Material: Alloy Steel
Dimensions: 63” H x 62“ W x 31“ D
Heats up quickly
Easy to clean
Maintains very steady temperature
Sear burner allows for extra-high heat
Grease management system makes for simpler cleaning
At the top of the budget
Heavy lid is good for insulation, but slightly cumbersome to open and close
It may sit near the top of our budget here, but this high-end gas grill offers immaculate construction and impressive performance beyond what a cheap cooker can offer. Weber equipped this three-burner grill (it’s also available in a four-burner model if you don’t mind going over $1,000) with its proprietary nozzles. They provide an extremely even and consistent propane-based flame without clogging or flaring. Under the lid, you’ll find 513 square inches of primary cooking space. A large chunk of that sits over the powerful sear-zone burners, which get extremely hot for searing off steaks and other cuts that require high temperatures. The upper cooking rack actually expands to add more space when you need it and stay out of the way when you don’t.
The grill starts very easily thanks to a battery-powered electric ignition. Thanks to the heavily insulated lid, it heats up quickly and stays at a consistent temperature. The lid itself (like the rest of this grill) is very sturdy and provides a satisfying action when opening and closing. It is heavy, though, so people without reliable arm and hand strength may find it a bit much.
I cooked several steaks, more than a dozen burgers, and a full package of hot dogs at once without feeling overly cramped. The grill is also very easy to clean thanks to the grease management system, which now includes a removable tray. While the grill is excellent on its own, you can also expand your options to include a side burner and light-up knobs. Those cost extra. The grate system also allows for modular add-ons like a griddle if you want to change things up down the road.
Ultimately, this is a rock-solid, reliable grill that’s a pleasure to cook on.
Weight: 48.5 pounds
Dimensions: 24.1 x 51.2 x 43.5 inches
Char-Broil’s Classic 360 was our choice for the best budget gas grill at any price, so it’s a no-brainer here. This grill is made by American Gourmet, a subsidiary company of Char-Broil, which means it inherits premium features from the company’s more upscale models. These features include an easy-to-clean design, rust-resistant porcelain-coated grates, and stainless steel burners.
Under the hood, you’ll find burners that put off 30,000BTU of heat across a cooking area of 360 inches. Having all that power means you won’t have to wait long for the grill to heat up. This grill’s relatively large cooking area is complemented by a 170-square-inch warming rack, perfect for toasting buns or warming up sides. The grill’s piezo ignition will fire up the burner at the push of a button, while the metal side shelves offer ample prep space.
All of those features are unexpected for a grill in this price range, though there are some sacrifices Char-Broil had to make. For instance, the grill comes with plastic wheels, which will degrade over time in the rain, versus solid wheels with rubber tracks in higher-priced models. None of that impacts the grill’s ability to cook, though, so you’re giving up a few niceties for better performance.What to consider when choosing the best gas grill under $1,000
It’s hard to beat cooking backyard burgers and hotdogs, but modern gas grills offer more than an alternative heat source. We considered these factors most strongly when deciding which gas grills under $1,000. While the scope of this guide was limited by a peak price, value and cost were also weighted very heavily.Size
We recognize that not everybody has a large backyard for grilling—as someone living in a one-bedroom in New York City, I can relate—so we recommended gas grills in various sizes. Yes, full-sized grills allow you to cook for a dozen people at a time, but that may be overkill if you only grill occasionally or typically serve far fewer people. We also had to consider situations like camping, where bringing a big grill isn’t possible or necessary. Too big a grill will often cost you unnecessary money in terms of wasted fuel spent heating up unused areas of the grill.
Generally, the most important size metric is the cooking surface. You likely don’t need 1,000 square inches of cooking space if you only regularly cook for your family. But then again, you don’t want to be trying to sneak a whole cookout’s worth of meat onto 250 square inches.Weight
Similarly, you may not want to lug around a heavy grill, whether moving it around your backyard or loading it in and out of your car. There’s no getting around the fact that gas grills are typically made out of metal, which is by its very nature heavy, but we wanted to make sure there was some variety here. Our full-sized grills, for instance, range from under 90 pounds to over 170, while the portable models we recommend are both under 50.Materials
Most of the gas grills under $1,000 we’re recommending are made out of stainless steel or coated aluminum, which was done purposefully. Nobody wants to invest in a gas grill at any price only to have it rust after a couple of cooks. Stainless steel and aluminum can handle the elements (we still think you should invest in a grill cover if yours doesn’t come with one, though) without immediately showing signs of ware.Gas type
As stated above, this list primarily deals in liquid propane grills as they make up the bulk of the gas grills available on the market right now. You will find some models that are also available in natural gas versions. Many built-in grills also rely on natural gas instead of propane because they can get a steady stream of fuel directly from the utility. Here’s our list of the best natural gas grills if that’s specifically what you’re looking for.FAQs Q: How do I start my gas grill?
First, consult the manual with your gas grill to determine how to properly set up, use, and maintain your gas grill. Most models require you to feed gas through a tube to the burners by twisting a coupling that connects your fuel source to the grill, then turning on one of the gas grill’s burner knobs. Some options have a dedicated electric ignition button that requires a battery so if you can’t get your grill to start, that’s a good thing to check.Q: How should I store my gas grill?
For the best results, store your gas grill under an awning or other spot where its top is completely covered. Then, use a grill cover to provide additional protection from the elements. Ensure your propane tank (if used) will not come into contact with fire or another heat source. When you uncover your grill for the season or after a long layoff, check for bees carefully. They often enjoy the protection of the cover to get out of the elements.Q: How much does a gas grill cost?
The basic maintenance of a gas grill is surprisingly simple: Clean your grill grates after every cook, use a cover to protect it from the rain (and other inclement weather), and make sure your propane tank or natural gas line is properly connected. Whatever you do, don’t clean the grates with a metal brush. They’re common, but they’re also prone to shedding metal bristles that can get stuck in food and then annihilate your mouth.Q: How much does a gas grill cost?
This will depend on its size and features, but the gas grills we’re recommending range in price between $189.99 and $899.99.Final thoughts on the best gas grills under $1,000
Gas grills are easy to ignite and maintain, so we recommend them to those who want to host cookouts rather than serious pitmasters. The ability to have pinpoint control over your grill’s temperature—including making micro-adjustments to different sections—gives you a great amount of control (pardon the pun) over your cook. Plus, you can run a gas grill for several hours without worrying about running out of fuel or the grill getting cold. If you’re new to grilling, an inexpensive gas grill will provide you with years of cookouts with very little fuss.Why trust us
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