The best time and place to buy a new grill

Best time and place to buy a new grill
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From days by the pool to Independence Day cookouts, summer is the perfect season to spend time having fun, relaxing and grilling out! 

If you’re in the market for a grill this year, there are a few things you should know in order to 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 year to hike up prices, but fortunately we know the best times to take advantage of markdowns!

The Clark Deals team is always on the search for the best, most current deals. In this article, we’ll cover the best time to buy a grill as well as the best places to make your purchase. Let’s get started… 

When to buy a grill 

Whether you’re shopping for a charcoal or gas grill, you’ll find better prices at certain times of the year.

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. Although the best sales may take place a little later in the year, the good news is you’re not too late to snag a bargain on a new grill!

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 an optimal time to find markdowns and rollbacks on popular grill brands.

We’ve seen great prices on Char-Broil grills as well as Weber, Kingsford, Char-Griller, Blue Rhino and more in the past!


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 price compare and grab them fast. 

Where to buy a grill 

When it comes to actually shopping for a grill, one of your first questions may be, “Where should I go?”

If you’re shopping at brick and mortar stores like Ace Hardware, Home Depot, Lowe’s and other home improvement stores, you’ll find the best grill prices during seasonal sales.

Money expert Clark Howard often shops at smaller, less-well-known stores like Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, which are great places to score big savings.

Walmart is another great place to shop for grills as many of its products are also listed online with free in-store pickup. You can typically get free shipping on orders over $35, which means most grills sold by Walmart are eligible.

If you’re used to shopping online, you’ve probably seen quite a few deals advertised by stores such as eBay and Overstock, and it’s often hard to beat the convenience of Amazon.

Prime members can usually get free shipping, while most purchases over $25 typically come with the same perk.

While shopping online, it’s important to always price compare. Use tools like Google Shopping to enter the product name or number and compare the price to other online retailers.

This is the best way to always ensure you’re paying the lowest price. Additionally, don’t forget to read the seller or retailer’s provided information on shipping, returns and warranties as well as any customer reviews.

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 

  1. Sign up for the Clark Deals newsletter to stay up-to-date on the most current deals
  2. Pay close attention to online and in-store sales around Labor Day weekend
  3. Use Google Shopping to comparison shop to make sure you’re getting a great deal
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