Infrared Grills vs Gas Grills vs Charcoal Grills: What’s The Difference?

As we often say, 'nothing is constant' so everything in life needs a makeover. Therefore, when finally we are moving into a new house, and we start decorating our kitchen there are many utilities which come across our mind. One such utility is a 'Grill'.

Every home requires a grill but the big question is - Which type of grill is most suitable for our homes? If we head towards the market and land up in a grillshop, we might get confused and bring up a grill that probably wouldn't solve our purpose or would not be our 1st choice either.​

Grill Types:

Charcoal Grill

Weber 741001 Original Kettle 22-Inch Charcoal Grill


Infrared Grill

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Electric Grill, Red


Gas & Propane Grill

Blackstone 28 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station - 2-burner - Propane Fueled - Restaurant Grade - Professional Quality


There are some other types of grills in the market, WHICH ARE:

Today we will explore the top 3 grills mentioned (Infrared grills vs Gas grills vs Charcoal grills) one-by-one and point out there best features along with all the necessary details. By the end of this article, we will have a clear picture of what is the best option for our house.

Charcoal Grills

Weber 14401001 Original Kettle Premium Charcoal Grill, 22-Inch, Black


The premium feature about charcoal grills is that they best for outdoor cooking's. Charcoal grills are generally used for cooking items which takes a bit longer time.

Mostly the entire clan of charcoal grills work on similar qualities. The air intake is normally located at the bottom of the grill and is manually adjustable. Just like a wooden stove, the more air we give, the hotter it gets inside. When airgoes into the grill, it goes through by the lit charcoal and exits using the vent on the top.

Once we can maneuver the correct temperature and the quantity of charcoal is in plenty, it remains the same for the entire cooking process.

Below are some of the advantages along with dis-advantages of using charcoal grills:


  • Cheap.
  • Best for outdoor cooking.
  • Flame is really good.
  • Ideal for cooking bigger meat pieces.
  • Light in weight.


  • Highly dependent on weatherconditions.
  • Fuel cost is high.
  • Requires cleaning aftercooking.

Gas and Propane Grills

Blackstone 28 inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station - 2-burner - Propane Fueled - Restaurant Grade - Professional Quality


Gas grills are definitely scientific, all gas grills or propane grills work on a similar technology. Since gas grills are fitted with multiple burners, from the range of 2-4 or even more.

Therefore, it's less time consuming and considering a fact that we have a guest list which is bit long, it's advisable to use a gas or a propane grill to be fast. Gas grills are widely used among family people just by their virtue of been time saving gadget.

One unique factor about gas grills is that they are fitted with different accessories such as the digital oven thermometer, some have 'in-built' light attached to the grill.

Let's check out some of the advantages and dis-advantages of using gas grills:​


  • Temperature controlled.
  • No cleanup required.
  • Time saving.
  • Favorable for home use.
  • Environment friendly.


  • Take long time to cook.
  • High investment.
  • Heat not as much as compared to charcoal.

Infrared Grills

Char-Broil TRU-Infrared Patio Bistro Gas Grill, Black


In comparison with charcoal and gas grill, infrared grill is new as a technology. These grills are available in two options - gas and electric. In this method, the grill uses infrared technology as the primary source of heat or also as an optional burner.

Here the gas heats up the element which in turn radiates high heat to the food for cooking. This is also called as the solution to modern grilling. More and more people are turning to infrared grills for the benefits it provides.

Let's check out some of the advantages and dis-advantages of using infrared grills:


  • Minimal energy consumption.
  • Better searing.
  • Heats faster.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Evenly distributed heat.


  • High Investment.
  • Bulky size.
  • Health hazards.


We have looked upon 3 types of grill and have understood there structure, technology and the numerous advantages and disadvantages they carry with themselves. However to answer the big question - Which is the most suitable among 'Infrared grills vs gas grills vs Charcoal grills'? - We have to examine a lot of factors.

One thing which makes infrared a step aside from charcoal or gas grills is theradiant technology it uses. Gas or charcoal grills are the conventional or traditional form of which are been used. Here the air is the most important constituent, asit rises up and revolves around the food on the grills' grate, making the food eatable.

The bottom line or the baseline - On Which we have to decide the type of grill we want to use, are mentioned below.


When we are going to buy a grill, budget is the 1st thing we should consider about. Charcoal or gas grills are cheaper than the infrared grills.

Time consumption:

We have to keep in mind the average time which we would be spending on cooking. If we have some guests at home or we have an extended family gathering, would we like to keep ourselves engaged in the kitchen or even if it's in our backyard, we have to keep an eye on it. Here gas and infrared grills are a good option, compared to charcoal.


Already we have heard a lot about carbon foot prints and global warming, keeping these factors in mind again, charcoal is not the option to choose.


This is again a very vital factor while deciding a grill. While gas and infrared grills can be set up anywhere, for using charcoal grill, we need a bit of space. The size of gas grills depends upon the number of burners we opt for, so that much of space we have to provide.


Here also, charcoal grill gathers fewer points as compared to gas and infrared grills. Gas grills are fitted with gadgets which can calculate food temperatures; they have lighting system, to name a few.


In comparison to gas and infrared grills, charcoal grills can make a place messy with their ashes and residues. If cleanliness is a point to consider then also charcoal stands behind gas and infrared grills.

Based on all these factors, we can decide on the grill we want to go for, but whatever the type is, most important thing is to grill safely and then enjoy the food accordingly. Every grill has their own share of features and dis-comforts.

So think wisely and choose the correct one!

Megan Ann

I’m Megan Ann, mama to 2 and wife to James F. Core. I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. I try to write useful and informative articles to help you as much as I can with my knowledge. Thank you for reading.

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