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Last updated: 08 December 2021
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A good barbecue is a must-have in the Aussie backyard (or balcony). Our test covers electric, gas (including those that run on natural gas) and charcoal barbecues to find the best performers that are also easy to use and clean. 

We test small and portable models through to large models, and have also reviewed the Weber Smokefire EX4 pellet grill.

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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 and 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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    Fuel type

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    Gas, charcoal or electric? Gas (natural gas or LPG) is the most common fuel in Australia, with its instant heat source and adjustable temperatures making barbecuing simple. There are also pellet smokers, which use special hardwood pellets as fuel and infuse your food with a smoky flavour.

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      Suitability based on size and features. Portable barbecues are perfect for travel or smaller balconies, small barbecues are larger than a travel barbecue but small enough to suit balconies, and large barbecues are suitable for backyards and if you entertain often.

        Cooking performance score

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

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        Ease of use score

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        This score is made up of cooking (40%), mobility (20%), using the controls (20%) and cleaning (20%).

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        • Brand reliability score
        • Owner satisfaction score
        • Running cost over 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
        • Fuel type
        • Price
        • 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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