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The 10 Best Barbecues - June 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every barbecue on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 900 barbecues, 366 reviews and 6,380 prices. Last updated 23 June 2017.

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#1 in Barbecues
Genesis

Weber Genesis

Howstuffworks.com - Best Buy
Reviews
84
1 Award
Value for Money
96
Excellent
Features
5
Missing Some Features
Age
73
2 Years Old
Overall Score
61
Good
Yes
Gas
Barbecue
Lid
Heat Sources
Types
Cooking Station
Silver
Oct 2015
Form Factor
Colour of Products
Release Date
#2 in Barbecues
Summit

Weber Summit

Reviews
80
3 Reviews
Value for Money
4
Mediocre
Features
28
Missing Some Features
Age
86
10 Months Old
Overall Score
60
Good
Yes
Charcoal
Grill
Lid
Heat Sources
Types
Barrel
Black
Aug 2016
Form Factor
Colour of Products
Release Date
#3 in Barbecues
The Big Easy

Char‑Broil The Big Easy

Reviews
48
2 Reviews
Value for Money
97
Excellent
Features
47
Average Features
Age
92
6 Months Old
Overall Score
60
Good
Yes
Electric
Barbecue
Lid
Heat Sources
Types
Barrel
Black
Jan 2017
Form Factor
Colour of Products
Release Date
  • £299.99
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#4 in Barbecues
Smokey Joe Premium

Weber Smokey Joe Premium

Trusted Reviews - Editor's Choice
Reviews
81
1 Award
Value for Money
95
Excellent
Features
1
Missing Some Features
Age
77
1 Year Old
Overall Score
59
Average
Yes
Charcoal
Grill
Lid
Heat Sources
Types
Kettle
Red
Jan 2016
Form Factor
Colour of Products
Release Date
  • £79.99
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  • More shops: 2
  • £82.55 Amazon UK
#5 in Barbecues
31347

LANDMANN 31347

Expert Reviews - Recommended
Reviews
65
1 Award
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
9
Missing Some Features
Age
70
2 Years Old
Overall Score
53
Average
Yes
Firewood
Barbecue
Lid
Heat Sources
Types
Kettle
Black
Jul 2015
Form Factor
Colour of Products
Release Date
  • £45.97
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#6 in Barbecues
Patio Bistro

Char‑Broil Patio Bistro

Reviews
40
1 Review
Value for Money
86
Excellent
Features
36
Missing Some Features
Age
92
6 Months Old
Overall Score
52
Average
Yes
Electric
Barbecue
Lid
Heat Sources
Types
Cart
Grey
Jan 2017
Form Factor
Colour of Products
Release Date
#7 in Barbecues
Meridian

Cadac Meridian

Reviews
76
1 Review
Value for Money
40
Mediocre
Features
5
Missing Some Features
Age
71
2 Years Old
Overall Score
52
Average
Yes
Gas
Grill
Lid
Heat Sources
Types
Barrel
Stainless Steel
Aug 2015
Form Factor
Colour of Products
Release Date
#8 in Barbecues
Master

Weber Master

Reviews
56
1 Review
Value for Money
59
Average
Features
30
Missing Some Features
Age
70
2 Years Old
Overall Score
51
Average
Yes
Charcoal
Grill
Lid
Heat Sources
Types
Kettle
Cream
Jul 2015
Form Factor
Colour of Products
Release Date
#9 in Barbecues
102210

Princess 102210

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
93
Excellent
Features
89
Fully-Featured
Age
85
12 Months Old
Overall Score
48
Mediocre
No
Electric
Contact Grill
Lid
Heat Sources
Types
Tabletop
Beige
Jul 2016
Form Factor
Colour of Products
Release Date
  • £50.49
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#10 in Barbecues
BGR50

DeLonghi BGR50

Reviews No Reviews
Value for Money
66
Good
Features
100
Fully-Featured
Age
81
1 Year Old
Overall Score
48
Mediocre
No
Electric
Contact Grill
Lid
Heat Sources
Types
Cooking Station
Black
Apr 2016
Form Factor
Colour of Products
Release Date
  • £120.45
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Barbecue Brands

Find out how barbecue brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their barbecues. Click on a link to compare all barbecues made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Barbecues Price Range Average Rating
Weber logo Weber Barbecues 20 £39 - £2,671 75%
Other brands Other Barbecue Brands 134 £15 - £1,699

Choosing The Best Grill Or Barbeque

Barbecues and grills are cooking devices meant for both outside and inside cooking. They usually comprise of a metal grill suspended over a fuel source (charcoal, gas or electric). The food (usually meats) are placed onto the grill, where the high temperatures from the fuel cook it quickly and efficiently. Barbeques are the epitome of summer cooking - great for parties and quickly cooking large amounts of meat and vegetables.

The two names can be used interchangably, but here are the main differences between barbeques and grills. It's important to be clear on which type you want when buying, because outdoor barbecues generally can't be used indoors - they generate a lot of smoke, that will make a kitchen very unpleasant very quickly!

Barbeques don't require electricity - prefering to use a fuel source such as charcoal or gas. They can be significantly larger than grills, meant for cooking for families and groups, which also means they can be more expensive. Their fuel sources generate a lot of smoke, meaning the can also be used for hot smoking meat and fish.

Grills are usually smaller than barbeques and can be used inside. They tend towards either electricity or gas as a fuel source, meaning they produce less smoke, but are more costly to run. They are meant more for small families, apartments, or places where setting up a big barbeque and causing lots of smoke would be more of a challenge. This means they can be significantly cheaper: however, since they don't use charcoal or wood as a fuel, you don't get quite the same chargrilled taste as a proper barbeque.

Size

Grills and barbecues come in all different shapes and sizes - from very small one-person grills that can only cook a couple of sausages at a time, to enormous barbeques that can easily cook entire racks of ribs or whole birds at once. The barbeques and grills on our site have a cooking surface measured in centimeters - the larger it is, the more food can be cooked at once. Smaller grills and barbeques may be marked as portable, meaning they are specially designed for picnics or outdoor parties.

Fuel Type

As mentioned above, barbeques and grills can use several different types of fuel sources. Outdoor barbeques tend towards charcoal, wood or gas, while indoor grills tend to use either gas or electricity. It's important that generally speaking one can't be substituted for the other - so make sure you have access to a source of fuel for your chosen barbeque before you buy it.

Lid

Some of our grills and barbeques are marked as having a lid. These are extremely useful for both increasing the heat of the cooking, and limiting the smoke generated by the barbeque. They are also essential for smoking, since it traps the smoke that gives hot-smoked meat and fish their unique taste.

Extras

Grills and barbeques are extremely customisable, and come with a wide variety of extras that can help you cook more effectively. These can include a non-stick coating to the grill rack, detachable legs for larger barbeques or a double-walled 'cool touch' handles to reduce the risk of accidental burning.

Moreover, some of our models are marked as 'easy to clean' - given how messy grilling a large quantity of meat and fish can be, this is a massive boon if you're going to use your grill frequently!

Barbecue Retailers, Prices and Features

Grill Prices

The price range of barbecues is from £16 to £2,671 and in total we found prices for 158 barbecues. On average, a new grill costs £235 and 80% of grills are priced between £27 and £484. The Weber Summit is the most expensive barbecue that we found at £2,671, and the George Foreman 18840 is the cheapest at only £16.

Grill Brands - Price Range

Bartscher grills start at £1,623 and the most expensive Bartscher barbecue costs £1,648. The highest average barbecue price out of all brands is Bartscher grills with an average price of £1,635.

Siemens grills range in price from £618 to £618, and the average price of Siemens grills is £618 which is the second highest average price of all grill brands.

Weber grills range in price from £23 to £2,671, and the third highest average grill price out of all brands is Weber grills with an average price of £579.

Grill Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 21 expert reviews and 17 user reviews for grills available online and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of grill. Big Green Egg is the top rated grill brand with an average rating of 88%. KAMADO is the second best brand with 85% and Jamie Oliver is the third best brand with 85%.

Biggest Barbecue Retailers

The biggest grill retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 93 current grill offers from eBay. The second biggest grill retailer is Amazon UK with 57 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to grills. Wellindal is the third biggest retailer with 40 current offers.

When Are Most New Barbecues Released?

The most common period for new barbecues to be released in is between July and September. For the latest grill features you may want to consider waiting until July 2017. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current barbecues tend to drop off when the next models are released. August was the biggest month in 2016 for new grills, with 44 new grills released that month. In 2015 most new grills were released in July, with 106 new grills released that month. In September 2014 77 new barbecues were released making it the biggest month that year for new grill releases.

How Fast Do Barbecue Prices Drop After Release?

On average barbecues drop in price by 6% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of £13 on a typical £235 new grill if you wait 6 months before buying.

Lids

Removable or hinged cover for the top of a container.

Biggest Grill Retailers

The biggest grill retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 93 current grill offers from eBay. The second biggest grill retailer is Amazon UK with 57 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to grills. Wellindal is the third biggest retailer with 40 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Barbecues?

With the cheapest price on 58 grills, eBay is most frequently the cheapest barbecue retailer.

Proportion of Barbecues for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 62.4% of its grills, eBay is most frequently the cheapest grill retailer.

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