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Last updated: 16 July 2021
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A good barbecue is a must-have in the Aussie backyard (or balcony). We lab test and review gas, electric and charcoal barbecues to find the best performers that are also easy to use and clean.

Stuck on what type or size you need? Our barbecue buying guide will help you decide, while our how we test article explains our testing rigour.

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Our test covers electric and gas barbecues (including those that run on natural gas), and small and portable models through to large models. We have also reviewed the Weber Smokefire EX4 pellet grill.

Our expert testers fire up every barbecue to find the models that:

  • are best at cooking food evenly
  • are easiest to clean
  • have a flame diffuser to control flare ups
  • are the most fuel-efficient.

Our interactive comparison tool gives you good and bad points for each model, we tell you the running cost of each barbecue over five years, and our Recommended list will help you quickly see which models come out on top.

Note: Our gallery photos are of the actual models we test, so they may show signs of mild use.

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    Recommended retail or typical price as of December 2020.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 130 and 2500

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    Fuel type

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    Gas, charcoal or electric.

      Category

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      Suitability based on size and features.

        Cooking performance score

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        The scores for evenness of temperature (cooking steak), evenness with high fat (sausages), low temperature cooking (marinated chicken wings) and roasting a chicken are weighted equally.

        enter value/s in increments of i between 39 and 98

        Ease of use score

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        Made up of cooking (40%), mobility (20%), using the controls (20%) and cleaning (20%).

        enter value/s in increments of i between 42 and 78

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        • Owner satisfaction score
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        • Running cost (5 years)
        • Overall score
        • Cooking performance score
        • Ease of use score
        • Evenness score
        • Evenness with high fat cooking score
        • Low temperature score
        • Roasting score
        • Cleaning score
        • External temperatures after 60min (°C, controls / handle / hood / side tables)
        • Gas consumption (kg/hr)
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Comments
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        • Model
        • Availability
        • Fuel type
        • Price
        • Category
        • Warming rack
        • Reversible cooking plate
        • Number of burners
        • Side burner
        • Back burner for rotisserie
        • Viewing window
        • Side tray / folding
        • Storage cupboard
        • Natural gas option
        • Hotplate
        • Char-grill
        • Hotplate / grill material
        • Flame diffuser material
        • Burner material
        • Ignition type
        • Dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
        • Weight (kg)
        • Total cooking area (m2)
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