Barbecues review 2007

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  • Updated:2 Nov 2007
 

03.Profiles

The best

Beefmaster BMH4CS

Price: $599 Beefmaster Barbecue

Good points

  • Excellent for roasting a chicken and cooking steak.
  • Good open access to food: the food warmer swings out of the way.
  • Controls are large and clearly labelled.

Bad points

  • No side panels to protect food from draughts.
  • The stainless steel cupboard door requires extra attention when cleaning.

Sunbeam Innovo GB5100 #

Price: $999 Sunbeam Innovo Barbecue

Good points

  • Best cooking score. It’s excellent for roasting a chicken and cooking steak, and very good cooking at sausages.
  • Good open access to food: the food warmer swings out of the way.
  • Very good warranty — 20 years for frame and hood, five years for burners and flame tamers, two years for hotplates, one year for other parts.
  • Electronic ignition lights individual burners separately.

Bad points

  • The protective film on stainless steel areas is very difficult to remove.
  • The exterior stainless steel surface requires extra attention when cleaning.
  • The inside of the stainless steel hood discolours (‘teastaining’), which is difficult to remove.
  • The fat tray is awkward to remove (you take it out of the back of the trolley).
  • The thermometer isn’t accurate. Sunbeam told us their new 2007 range has a newly calibrated thermometer.

# Discontinued.

Beefeater Discovery Package 19845

Price: $999 Beefeater Barbecue

Good points

  • Excellent for roasting a chicken and cooking steak.
  • Controls are large and clearly labelled.
  • Accurate thermometer.
  • Glass viewing panel in the hood.

Bad points

  • Cooked sausages unevenly.
  • The stainless steel hood, side tables and control panel require extra effort to clean.
  • You need to remove the food warmer to have good open access to food.
  • The protective film on stainless steel areas is very difficult to remove.
  • No handles on the side table — it’s uncomfortable to grip when moving the barbecue.

 

The rest 

Jumbuck B38 Endevour 4 MK11 #

Price: $399 Jumbuck Barbecue

Good points:

  • Very good for roasting a chicken and cooking steak.
  • Cheapest barbecue tested.

Bad points

  • Cooked sausages unevenly.
  • You need to remove the food warmer to have good open access to food.
  • The hood tends to direct smoke into your face.
  • The control panel and cupboard door are stainless steel which requires extra attention to clean.
  • Thermometer isn't accurate.

Let's Live Outdoors Entertainment M55 #

Price: $449 Let's Live brand barbecue

Good points

  • Very good for roasting a chicken.
  • Good for cooking steak.

Bad points

  • You need to remove the food warmer to have good open access to food.
  • After cleaning, the instructions on control panel could be easily removed.
  • Control panel is stainless steel which requires extra attention to clean.
  • Thermometer isn't accurate.

Cordon Bleu CDH4C

Price: $899 Cordon Blue brand barbecue

Good points

  • Excellent for roasting a chicken.
  • Has a timer.
  • Two controls have an ignition to light each side separately.
  • Ceramic rocks help absorb fat and can be cleaned.
  • Glass viewing panel in hood.

Bad points

  • Cooked sausages unevenly.
  • You need to remove the food warmer to have good open access to food.
  • Stainless steel control panel requires extra attention to clean.
  • No side burner.

Jackeroo Professional 4 Titanium #

Price: $599 Jackeroo Barbecue

Good points

  • Good for roasting a chicken.
  • Good open access to food.

Bad points

  • Cooked sausages and steak unevenly.
  • No food warmer.
  • The fat tray is awkward to remove (you take it out of the back of the trolley).
  • Thermometer isn't accurate
  • No handles: you have to grip the side tables to move the barbecue, which can be uncomfortable.

# Discontinued.

 

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