Splurge vs. Steal: Grills

Whether you’re a master of backyard barbecue or just looking for ways to cook up a good burger, a grill may be just what you need to spruce up your spring.

Steal: Called the Perfect Flame, this gas grill has lots of cooking space and five stainless steel burners. It’s $499 at Lowes (locations in Maryland, DC, and Virginia).

Splurge: Want a grill with serious frills? The Viking 41-inch Ultra-Premium T-Series grill is loaded with features like a stainless steel warming rack, an electronic ignition, and a removable smoker box. This grill may carry a hefty price tag ($6,894), but it’s designed to create a topnotch grilling experience. Available at Smith & Hawken in Georgetown (1209 31st Street, NW; 202-965-5960).

For a guide to summer grill gear, check out grill-buying tips from the May 2006 issue of The Washingtonian.For more posts on real estate and home design, click here.

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