Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, hanging out at home has become the new normal. If your plans include spending time relaxing and grilling out this spring and summer, it may be time for a new grill.
If you plan to buy a new grill this year, there are a few things you should know so that you get the best deal. For example, have you ever noticed that things tend to be more expensive just when you need them?
Need a New Grill? Here’s the Best Time and Place To Buy One
Retailers know the best times of the year to hike up prices — especially on hot items. Fortunately, we know the best times to take advantage of markdowns!
The Clark Deals team is always on the hunt for the best, most current deals. In this article, we’ll cover the best time to buy a grill and the best places to make your purchase.
When To Buy a Grill
Whether you’re shopping for a charcoal, gas or electric grill, you’ll find better prices during certain seasons and holidays. So when is the best time to buy a grill?
There are many promotional markdowns and competition during early summer, but buying off-season is always the best time to save the most.
In recent years, we’ve actually seen the best deals on grills during early fall.
While there are tons of great deals available on grills right now, we expect to see the best prices in August and September.
Labor Day weekend is a great time to shop for a new grill. Many retailers offer sales in honor of the holiday, and this will be a great time to find markdowns and rollbacks on popular grill brands.
Even after Labor Day, you’ll see prices on grills continue to fluctuate and drop as they become clearance products and retail stock clears out. When you see these deals, be sure to compare prices and grab them fast.
Where To Buy a Grill
When it comes to shopping for a grill, one of your first questions may be, “Where should I go?”
If you prefer shopping at brick and mortar stores, you’ll find great deals at home improvement retailers like Ace Hardware, Home Depot and Lowe’s. Be sure to keep an eye out during seasonal sales for some of the best prices at these stores.
Here’s where we’ve seen the best deals on grills since 2016.
In addition to Home Depot, Walmart is another place to consider while shopping for a grill, as many of its products are listed online with free in-store pickup. You can typically get free shipping on orders over $35.
If you’re used to shopping online, you’ve probably seen quite a few deals advertised by on sites such as eBay and Overstock, and it’s often hard to beat the convenience of Amazon. Additionally, we’ve seen several great one-day deals on grills posted at Woot, which is owned by Amazon.
Amazon Prime members can usually get free shipping. But even if you’re not a Prime member, you can often get free shipping if you spend $25 or more.
While shopping online (or in-store) it’s always important to compare prices, and tools like Google Shopping can help. Then use CamelCamelCamel to see previous markdowns on the grill. Using these tools, it’s easy to determine if you’re shopping at the best place and at the best time to buy a new grill.
Two more tips: Don’t forget to read the seller’s information on shipping, returns and warranties. And read the customer reviews; they can be very helpful when you’re shopping online.
Ultimately, the way to get the best deal on a grill this year is to check prices regularly.
Action Plan: 3 Steps To Find a Great Deal on a New Grill
Whether you have time to spare or you’re hoping to purchase a new grill as quickly as possible, there are always ways to make sure you aren’t overpaying. If you’re ready to buy a new grill but you still aren’t sure where to start, follow these steps:
- Sign up for the Clark Deals newsletter to stay up to date on the most current deals
- Pay close attention to online and in-store sales especially around Labor Day weekend
- Use Google Shopping and CamelCamelCamel to comparison shop to make sure you’re getting a great deal
The more time you give yourself to shop, the more likely you are to find a great deal on a grill you love.
If you can wait, you’ll find the best prices in August and September. Specifically, keep an eye out around Labor Day weekend. If you need to shop earlier, you’ll start seeing deals on grills pop up around March.
When it comes to where you should make your purchase, it all depends on the final price. We recommend checking out places like Ollie’s Bargain Outlet as well as brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers.