Pros and Cons of the Various Grill Types

July 11, 2018

Choosing a grill can seem overwhelming, there are several options available, and all have their own pros and cons. Do you prefer flavor over ease and speed? Or do you want something you can fire up quickly and maintain with little maintenance? Which grill you choose is completely dependant on your own preferences and needs.

Let’s look at some of the pros and cons of each type of grill.

Pros and Cons of the Various Grill Types


Charcoal grills are a great option for cooks who like to take their time and focus on flavor. Charcoal imparts the most flavor into the meat as it cooks by far, but it also takes the most time to heat up, and to cook.

In addition to adding a smoked flavor to the food as it cooks, charcoal is also a very economical option for grilling. Not only are charcoal grills generally less expensive, their fuel source, charcoal, is also more economical than gas. Charcoal grills are best for families who plan to spend time outside cooking, slow-cooking, or grilling for flavor over ease.


Gas grills are a great option for families who want to cook faster, with less set up and clean up. A gas grill can be turned on with the turn of a knob, and the temperature can be controlled easily for more precise grilling.

For families who want to cook quickly without waiting for the charcoal to heat up, or the cleanup afterwards, gas grills are a better option than charcoal. Gas is a more expensive fuel source than charcoal though, so that should be taken into consideration.


Electric grills are another option, though less popular than charcoal and gas. Electric grills also heat up quickly and offer precise cooking with less mess than the other grill options, but tend to be more expensive. Additionally, electric grills require an electricity source to run, so access to an outlet can be an issue for some.

Whether you want to slow cook some ribs, or quickly heat up some burgers on your grill, there is a good option for everyone. If you are in the market for a new grill, but aren’t sure which type of grill is the best option for you, call us at Fireside Stone and Patio today.

We’d love to help you determine which type of grill is the best fit for your lifestyle and your budget. We are a Maryland grill supplier with experience and knowledge on all the types of grills available, and we’d love to help!