Small barbecues review

We test two-burner barbecues designed for small spaces.
 
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  • Updated:11 Nov 2008
 

03.Product profiles

Profiles - the best

Weber Q200

Price: $559 Webber Q200

Good points

  • Best overall.
  • Best for cooking performance.
  • Excellent result for roasting a chicken and cooking marinated chicken wings.
  • Very good result for cooking sausages and steak.
  • Gas bottle easy to fit, no lifting required.
  • Portable.

Bad points

  • You’ll need your own tools to assemble.
  • No hotplate provided, only a char-grill plate (though you can purchase hotplate separately).
  • No thermometer in hood.
  • Folding side tables can tilt with heavy items placed on them.
  • No warming rack.
  • The hood becomes dangerously hot.
  • No side panels to protect food and burner from drafts.
  • The BBQ isn’t completely secure when it sits on the trolley.
  • The manual Piezo button requires pressure to press.
  • Need to stoop down when lighting.

Beefeater Discovery Classic 2 Burner

Price: $699 Beefeater Discovery Classic 2 Burner

Good points

  • Equal second best overall.
  • Excellent result for roasting a chicken and cooking chicken wings.
  • Grill plate lifter tool.
  • Viewing glass in hood.
  • Very good controls.
  • Very easy to move around.
  • Hood thermometer is fairly accurate.
  • A good cookbook comes with the barbeque.

Bad points

  • You’ll need your own tools to assemble.
  • Failed BBQ stability test.
  • Side tables and control panel are stainless steel which requires some extra effort to keep clean.
  • You’ll need to remove the food warmer to have good open access to food.
  • No handles on the side table, uncomfortable to grip and the side tables do not fold down.
  • Hood becomes dangerously hot.  

Downunder 2 Burner G2HDPC

Price: $349 Downunder 2 Burner G2HDPC

Good points

  • Equal second best overall.
  • Best for ease of use.
  • Excellent result for cooking steaks.
  • Very good result for cooking sausages and roasting a chicken.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Hood thermometer is fairly accurate.
  • Very easy to move around.
  • Very good controls.
  • Easy to clean.  

Bad points

  • The front panel becomes dangerously hot with hood open.
  • No side panels to protect food and burners from drafts.
  • Hood can become dangerously hot.

 

Profiles - the rest

Gasmate CB2-002-D

Gasmate CB2-002-D

Price: $559

Good Points

  • Very good cooking performance.
  • Very easy to move around.
  • Very good controls.
  • Easy to assemble.
  • Reversible cooking plate.

Bad points

  • Hood tends to direct smoke into your face.
  • Hood and control panel is stainless steel which requires extra effort to clean.
  • Hood can become dangerously hot.
  • Thermometer is not accurate.

JACKEROO Dockside Duo JACKEROO Dockside Duo

Price: $199

Good Points

  • Excellent result for roasting a chicken and cooking marinated chicken wings.
  • Excellent for ease of use, cooking/general use.
  • Gas bottle easy to fit, no lifting.
  • Cheapest BBQ tested.
  • Relatively light weight.
  • Reversible cooking plate.

Bad points

  • Poor result for cooking steak
  • Only borderline for mobility: one side has to be lifted and you can only take small steps to move.
  • Piezo manual button requires pressure to press.
  • Small fat tray, need to clean after each use.
  • Fat and grease can drip onto control panel during cooking with the hood closed.
  • Complicated to assemble.
  • Thermometer is not accurate.
  • Hood can become dangerously hot.

Weber 57cm One-Touch Kettle with Gas Kit

Price: $399 Weber 57cm One-Touch Kettle with Gas Kit

Good Points

  • Excellent result for roasting a chicken and cooking marinated chicken wings.
  • Gas bottle easy to fit, no lifting.
  • Comprehensive cookbook supplied for kettle cooking.

Bad Points

  • Poor result for cooking steak.
  • No side panels to protect food and burner from drafts.
  • BBQ is positioned at a low height.
  • No warming rack.
  • No thermometer in hood.
  • No hotplate only wire char-grill plate.
  •  Lighting BBQ can be awkward: need to light with a match.
  • Large wire char-grill plate difficult to clean.
  • Hood becomes dangerously hot.

Grandhall Neil Perry T-Grill

Price: $999Grandhall Neil Perry T-Grill

Good Points

  • Excellent result for roasting chicken.
  • Very good result for cooking steaks.
  • Easy to clean exterior.
  • Very easy to assemble, most parts assembled already.
  • Hood does not become hot

Bad Points

  • Hood is very heavy to lift.
  • Side tables do not fold down.
  • Very poor mobility cannot move sideways.
  • Controls positioned under front panel: need to stoop slightly to use.
  • Most expensive model tested.
  • No hotplate, only char-grill plate.
  • No thermometer in hood.

Sunbeam Kettle King HG6600B

Price: $280 Sunbeam Kettle King HG6600B

Good Points

  • Less smoke produced during cooking.
  • Easy to assemble.

Bad Points

  • Worst overall performer.
  • Poor result for cooking steak.
  • No side panels: BBQ plate is completely exposed when hood is removed.
  • Stand is top heavy.
  • Food can easily slide off hotplate when manipulating food.
  • Power cord is fairly short.
  • Small labelling on controls.
  • Hotplate and fat tray need to be cleaned in hot soapy water after each use.
  • Can be awkward to fit hotplate into a domestic sink.
  • No side trays, only small tray under BBQ.
  • Small cooking area.
  • Hood can become dangerously hot.
 

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