Weber Q Series Portable Gas Grill
The Weber Q 100 Portable Gas Grill and the larger Weber Q 220 are one of the most beloved and popular portable gas grills available today. They feature best in class grilling areas with cast aluminum construction. They have high quality porcelain-enameled iron cooking grates along with a generous 5 year warranty. When you open the cover of the Weber Q series you know it is solid. Special attention was paid to the shape of the unit to allow for efficient circulation of heat for more even cooking. This design is well thought out. The larger units have side tables that fold into the grill itself. This line from Weber has been the recipient of several awards for design and quality. Not to mention that you can even pickup the portable rolling cart accessory if you want something for the Q100 or Q200 to sit on while cooking. While not the cheapest grills on our list they very well may be the best option for many of you searching for a balance between design, quality, performance and flexibility. Use the table below to compare and contrast the different Q series models. Every single model comes highly rated and with a legion of advocates.
|Q 100||Q 120||Q 200||Q 220||Q 300||Q 320|
|Porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grate(s)||1||1||1||1||2||2|
|Main burners: BTU-per-hour input||8500||8500||12000||12000||21700||21700|
|Infinite control burner valve(s)||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Push-button ignition system||x||x||x|
|Electronic ignition system||x||x||x|
|Hose and regulator for 20-pound LP tank||x||x|
|Total cooking area (square inches)||189||189||280||280||393||462|
|Cast-aluminum lid and body||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Glass-reinforced nylon frame||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Two folding work tables with tool hooks||x||x||x|
|Two removable folding work tables with tool hooks||x||x|
|Removable catch pan||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|Built-in lid thermometer||x||x||x||x|
|Grill Out handle light||1|
|Weber Q recipe booklet||x||x||x||x||x||x|
|14.1-oz or 16.4-oz LP cylinder (sold separately)||x||x||x||x|
|Liquid propane (20-lb LP tank sold separately)||x||x|
|LxWxH inches (lid open, tables out)||20.5 x 27 x 23.5||20.5 x 40.9 x 24.6||24.3 x 51.4 x 26||25.1 x 51.4 x 26||30 x 50.2 x 55.5||30 x 50.2 x 55.5|
Things People Don’t Like About the Weber Q Series Gas Grill: Some users reported having issues with the propane regulators. Reports also say that the current revisions in the series have fixed this issue.
Fuego EP01AMG Element 13″ Portable Gas Grill
Just by the looks of it you can tell the Fuego EP01AMG Element is one cool portable gas grill. Most grills aren’t purchased on the merits of the cool factor but the Fuego is the exception to the rule. The exterior powder coated steel finish with aluminum legs that also function as a carry handle are as attractive as a design that we have on our list. The lift top design may discourage some but the simplicity of the design can’t be overlooked. The Fuego EP01AMG Element portable gas grill weighs in at a thin 13 lbs. and still has a 159 square inch cooking surface with a cooking temp of up to 650 degrees. When stored this unit only measures 14x13x10 making it the smallest portable gas grill for storage on the list. It also has an optional carrying strap that turns it into briefcase sized shoulder tote. The fact that it is sleek enough for that is quite impressive. If you are looking for ultimate portability and to be the envy of your family and friends with an impressive new gadget than this might be your next grill.
Things People Don’t Like About the Fuego EP01AMG Element: Users tend not to be impressed with the grease trap functionality and find it more costly that similar performing units.
Coleman 9949-750 Road Trip Grill LXE
The Coleman 9949-750 Road Trip Grill LXE was designed with mobility in mind. It is simple to operate and due to its portability should be ideal for road trips, RV’ing or camping. This Coleman portable gas grill is the main competition for the Weber Q series. Most people feel that the Coleman edges out Weber as it is easier to setup and use than the Weber. The Coleman offers many of the same features as the Weber with enamel coated porcelain grates, grease management, and a push button starter. This unit is a 2 burner with 285 square inches of cooking surface which may not be compact enough for some applications which is where Weber has a leg up with several options to suit a more compact application. The Coleman 9949-750 Road Trip Grill LXE heats up faster and cooks more evenly than many others on our list. It features a built in stand and it folds for simple storage.
Things People Don’t Like About the Coleman 9949-750 Road Trip Grill LXE: Some users dislike that you cannot cook with the lid down and that the side tables aren’t as sturdy as the rest of the grill. Aside from these minor complaints, most owners of the Coleman portable gas grill are pleased with their purchase.
Best Value for the Cost Conscious
Weber 1520 Propane Gas Go-Anywhere Grill – At a retail price below $75 this is by far the lowest cost option on our list and still has quality and portability on its side.
Best Value for Gadget Enthusiasts
Fuego EP01AMG Element Portable Gas Grill – With its sleek design and head turning looks this portable grill is targeting those who admire the cool factor. Not to mention it is a pretty solid performing grill as well.
Best Value for Grill Masters
Coleman 9949-750 Road Trip Grill LXE or the Weber Q Series – Either will leave the grill master inside of you satisfied, yet if you are looking for a more compact option then Weber is definitely the best choice with the Q100 or Q200 series.
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