7 Grills for 7 Homeowners: Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association Suggests Ideal Grills for Each Type of New Home

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The backyard grill is an essential step in making the new home a refuge for relaxation and a welcoming space for friends and family.

“Not all homes are the same, and neither are the people who buy them. With grills available in a variety of shapes, sizes, functions and price points, there is an ideal grill for each type of home.” - Jack Goldman, President and CEO, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA).

Big house. Small house. Barn house. Townhouse. No matter what your home purchase may be, the backyard grill is an essential step in making this new home a refuge for relaxation and a welcoming space for friends and family.

“Seven in 10 U.S. adults and 8 in 10 Canadian adults own at least one grill or smoker, and often individuals make a grill purchase when they buy a new home,” said Jack Goldman, President and CEO, Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA). “Not all homes are the same, and neither are the people who buy them. With grills available in a variety of shapes, sizes, functions and price points, there is an ideal grill for each type of home.”

Consider HPBA’s recommendations for the most ideal grills for 7 types of homeowners:

1.    Suburban Homes: For those that just bought that dream home out in the ‘burbs, complete the outdoor living space by adding a built-in-barbecue. It’s the focal point of that best backyard – great for a simple family dinner, or a neighborhood gathering.
2.    Downtown Condos and Apartments: No backyard? No problem. Consider a portable grill for weekend hikes or afternoons in your city’s parks. It’s affordable and easily storable.
3.    Country Homes: Opting for quiet life of wide open spaces and starry skies? Consider a smoker for low and slow cooking while watching the sun set over the backyard.
4.    Townhomes: Living in the city doesn’t mean one can’t partake in the grilling fun. Choose a small electric grill – affordable, compact and ideal for tight quarters, with many of the capabilities of a full-sized grill.
5.    City Houses. Nestled in a classic craftsman or mid-century modern on a postage stamp-sized lot? Consider the always classic charcoal grill, for amazing flavor and a delicious aroma that fills the entire backyard – and the neighbor’s, too!
6.    Fixer Uppers. If you buy a home with a long list of repairs, time is tight. So, go for a gas grill, simple and convenient. It may also serve as the stove and oven during a kitchen remodel!
7.    Newly-built Home. If the new home is a new build, it likely has all the latest gadgets connected homes offer. Choose a grill decked with the most high-tech features such as voice-controlled speakers that communicate commands to the grill, Wi-Fi that connects to a smartphone app, and LED lights.

This summer, HPBA is encouraging homeowners to get their backyard experience started on the right flame with its “7 Grills for 7 Homeowners” sweepstakes. For more information, visit http://www.hpba.org/Consumer-Information/All-Outdoor-Living-Products/Your-Best-Backyard/7-Grills-for-7-Couples.

About the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA)
The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), based in Arlington, Va., is the North American industry association for manufacturers, retailers, distributors, representatives, service firms and allied associates for all types of barbecue, patio and hearth appliances, fuels and accessories. The association provides professional member services and industry support in education, statistics, government relations, marketing, advertising and consumer education.

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