Best BBQ in the UK 2024 – the top 10 electric, charcoal and gas barbecues tested by us

The very best BBQs around, as reviewed and approved by the discerning Ideal Home team

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The list in brief
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Best gas: Weber Spirit
2. Best charcoal: Weber Kettle
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Best electric: Weber Lumin
4. Best affordable gas: Char-Broil All-Star
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Best design: Everdure Force 2
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Best small: George Foreman
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Best egg: Kamado Joe II
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Best small egg: Tower Kamado
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Best hybrid: Outback Meteor
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Best luxury: Big Green Egg
How we test

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It's never too early in the year to shop for the best BBQ. Even if you're not planning on using your BBQ any time soon, by investing now you'll be prepped and primed for when alfresco dining is a more tempting thought.

Whether you're looking for one of the best gas BBQs or a do-it-all hybrid barbecue, the team at Ideal Home is here to make your life easier by having narrowed down the countless options out there to present you with 12 of the very best barbecues to invest in.

When reviewing each of these barbecues (several of which we tested in unison) we considered everything from how long they took to build to each one's cooking ability. What's more, we haven't forgotten about each barbecue's price: there's something for all budgets just below, whether you have sub £200 to spend or £1,000+.

Keep scrolling to see top choices from brands such as Weber, Char-Broil, Everdure, Kamado Joe, Big Green Egg and Traeger put to test. And if you're kitting out your garden in a big way, then our buying guide on the best pizza ovens will be a valuable resource, packed full of fan favourites.

Quick list

Best gas BBQ

Weber Spirit II E-310 gas barbecueproduct badge

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Best gas BBQ

Specifications

Fuel: Gas
Cooking area : 46cm
Weight : 51.9kg
RRP : £689.00

Reasons to buy

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Affordable 3-burner gas BBQ that offers versatile direct and indirect heat
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Easy to use
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Great performance
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Flavoursome grilling
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Good build quality
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Fairly easy to assemble
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Fairly easy to manouevre thanks to big wheels
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most stylish to look at
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We would have liked the gas canister to be better hidden

What does it take to be the best BBQ on this list? Value for money, cooking power and ease of use - all of which the Weber Spirit II E310 GBS Gas Barbecue has by the bucket load. 

This entry-level buy is perfect for anyone who needs quality but isn't willing to compromise on power. In our tests, it proved itself as a reliable investment from the minute we set it up, and was even a fairly easy BBQ to clean, which goes a long way in the heat of a summer's day. This particular model is part of a wide range from Weber, with prices ranging from £599 to £1299 depending on your desired spec. 

Earning five stars in our review, this three-burner BBQ wowed us with its versatile cooking ability, acing every test we threw it at (including veggies, sausages, burgers, and a whole spatchcock chicken). Importantly, it reached the optimum temperature for grilling with ease and was able to stay at that heat without incident. 

Design-wise, this is a practical-looking BBQ with all of the features to make flipping those burgers considerably easier. Searching for sturdy side tables and space for all of your spatulas and tongs? The Weber Spirit II E310 GBS won't disappoint, with large wheels for repositioning in your garden too. We'll admit, it's not as showstopping as the Everdure Force, but its value for money can't be overstated. For the price, you guarantee three burners, a large cooking space, and performance and quality that usually comes with a much larger price tag.  

Our Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas BBQ review has the full details.

Best charcoal BBQ

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The best charcoal BBQ

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Cooking area : 47 cm diameter
Weight: 13kg
RRP: £250

Reasons to buy

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Also available in a larger size
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Iconic BBQ brand
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Cleaning system for easy ash removal
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Simple but effective charcoal barbecue
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Lid and cooking grate can be hooked to side of barbecue

Reasons to avoid

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Too small for larger families
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Can take time to master the skills of expertly cooking food over charcoal

Simple, well-made, affordable, and high-performing - what more could you want from a charcoal BBQ? The Weber Original Kettle is a classic by every standard, and it's the ideal size for 2-4 people. Weber has been around for decades, with a wealth of experience when it comes to making gold-standard BBQs, and this kettle-style one was invented by the brand itself, and has spawned many an imitation since.

We think you should invest a little more (the RRP is £250, but you can find it for less) on Weber's OG version. Why? Well, because the cheaper imitations don't have the same emphasis on quality, and won't last you as long. Our Deputy Editor Rebecca Knight has had a Weber Original Kettle in her family home for over five years, which means that your initial £250 investment can be thought of as a cost to be spread out across a few years.

Our expert BBQ reviewer Helen, who tried this BBQ describes it as a 'great buy' and thinks that 'it'll suit just about anyone looking for a good quality charcoal barbecue from a brand with an excellent pedigree'. Highlights from Helen's review include the various size options available with the Weber Original Kettle, and the excellent, no-faff cleaning system. While this BBQ loses half a star due to the fact that charcoal can be a bit trickier to handle than gas, it sits so high up in this list thanks to the fact it's a star budget buy. 

Our Weber Original Kettle BBQ review has the full details.

Best electric BBQ

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The best electric BBQ

Specifications

Fuel: Electric
Cooking area: 1166 cm2
Weight : 16.5kg
RRP: £579.00

Reasons to buy

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Ideal for renters and small families
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Unbelievably easy and quick to set up and use
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Cooks from frozen

Reasons to avoid

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Restricted to cooking near an electric outlet
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Not much cooking temperature flexibility
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Doesn't come with stand or cover

This electric BBQ from Weber has the potential to suit so many people, which is just one of the reasons we think it's an excellent buy. First up, it's perfect for those without a garden, who want a BBQ for their balcony or terrace instead (as long as you have a plug socket nearby!). It proved in our at home tests to be unbelievably simple to set up and use - so much so that our reviewer called it 'effectively idiot-proof.' 

Our Deputy Editor Rebecca Knight who reviewed this BBQ thinks families will love it for its convenience and ease of use, with the potential to even use it on a weekday evening for dinners. It's also great for renters, as there's no chance you'll leave scorch marks on your landlord's grass with this one. 

After trying it out at home, Becky thinks that the Lumin is 'as easy to use as your oven', and found it to be packed full of clever features to make it worth the pricey RRP, including accessories that allow you to turn the Lumin into a steamer, smoker or food warmer instead of just your average BBQ. 

The Weber Lumin was good enough to convert Becky into an electric BBQ lover, even if she did initially miss that smokey flavour that comes with charcoal grilling. In this case, the Lumin's ease of use and fantastic versatility meant that it was a standout performer. That teamed with the fact that it's perfect for those who live in cities, or have more constricted outdoor space, means it's a certified Ideal Home favourite.

Our Weber Lumin Electric BBQ review has the full details.

Best affordable gas BBQ

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Best affordable gas BBQ

Specifications

Fuel: Gas
Cooking area: 45cm
Weight: 30kg
RRP: £489.99

Reasons to buy

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Quick to heat up
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Easy to clean
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The ideal size for a small family
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Two fold out trolley shelves (with handy tool hooks)
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Turns out succulent and flavoursome results

Reasons to avoid

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Assembly is painstakingly complicated
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Temperatures can be a bit inconsistent
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Gas is the most convenient type of barbecue for most people, and this one that we tested from Char-Broil sits at a happy price point, plus it offers plenty of features for faff-free cooking. For the majority of us, this compact BBQ offers enough cooking space, and it's ideal for small families. Especially if you (like us) don't really have a spare £500+ to spend on a barbecue right now. Don't forget that you can batch cook for when you've guests over, to save on spending a load on a larger barbecue you only really need a couple of times a year.

Boasting two foldout shelves for storage purposes, the All Star is a great little BBQ to own. It's ready to cook after 10 minutes, and it has a temperature gauge on the hood. Whilst it does have a keep warm shelf, its rounded cooking area does get hottest in the middle so you can use the outer space to slowly cook foods without burning them, such as sausages. We managed to cook an entire chicken on this barbecue. It's safe for us to say that whilst it might take a few uses to get the hang of cooking on this BBQ, it's worth it once you do get the knack figured out.

Assembly is very frustrating and instructions are a pain (just use the app) but once it's done initially, it's done forever. The BBQ offers plenty of storage, including hooks for tools and two foldable shelves for your drink or whatever else to sit. It also has onboard storage for your gas canister, to hide it away. It sits on wheels for easy moving, too. Cleaning couldn't be any easier as you need only fire up the heat for 10 minutes with the lid closed, then you can use the tool included, to scrape food residue off the BBQ ready for next use.

Our Char-Broil All Star gas barbecue review has the full details.

Best BBQ for design

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Best premium BBQ

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Gas
Cooking area: 2440cm2
Weight: 33kg
RRP: £749.00

Reasons to buy

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Near perfect design
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Unbelievably powerful
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Even grilling on an elevated surface
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So simple to set up in an hour or less

Reasons to avoid

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The open bottom half could look better
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No third burner for the price

The Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Force 2 Burner Gas BBQ has Heston's approval, as well as ours, with a stunning performance and unbeatable design earning an easy five-star rating in our review.

It's got lots of home chef-approved elements, such as the ultra-powerful independent burners, and the extra high hood for convection cooking that worked like a dream during our spatchcock chicken test. And when it comes to design, it's safe to say that it was a case of love at first sight thanks to that signature orange (or blue) hood. 

Design points that we absolutely love include the fact that the BBQ can be removed from the stand, making it portable for tabletop use, and all of the perfect finishing details, from the swish metal taps to the fold-down side table. The enamel-coated grates and rust-proof build materials also earned our favour, leaving us feeling that this was really an investment BBQ built to last. 

It narrowly lost out on the top spot and the title of best BBQ due to the fact it's only powered by two burners, which made some of our tests a little more restricted, despite an RRP of £749.00. But the benefits of the Everdure Force far outweigh any setbacks, with an unbelievably fast heat-up time (we managed to get it hot enough in around 4 minutes) and the ability to tackle pretty much any job. It offers super precise heat control thanks to its built-in temperature gauge. You could easily fit two medium chickens on there at one time, and the chicken we did cook, compared with a range of other gas BBQs, was the crispiest by far.

We can't go without saying that this BBQ is a total breeze to build too, taking just one hour and five minutes to do in its entirety. Cleaning isn't a drag either, meaning that you can more easily look after your outdoor investment. In short, if you're looking for an uber-stylish, extremely competent BBQ, and you've got the money to spend, the Everdure Force is absolutely your best bet.

Our Everdure Force Gas BBQ review has the full details.

Best small BBQ

George Foreman On-The-Go Portable Charcoal BarbecueBudget buy badge

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6. George Foreman On-The-Go Portable Charcoal Barbecue

The best small BBQ

Specifications

Gas: Charcoal
Cooking area: 43cm x 29cm
Weight: 4.2KG
RRP: £54.99

Reasons to buy

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Portable
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Easy to clean
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Great for camping
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Affordable price
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Super compact

Reasons to avoid

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You'll need to batch cook for a crowd

This small charcoal BBQ from George Foreman is a great buy for pretty much anyone. It's versatile and extremely portable and therefore easy to store. During testing our Ecommerce Editor also loved how lightweight it was, weighing in at just over 4kg.

Not only that, but it sits at a happy-go-lucky price point, too with an RRP of £54.99. It's a top-notch charcoal barbecue and even though it's small, it can really pack a punch when it comes to both cooking ability and flavour.

With a decent size cooking area considering the size of this BBQ, we used it to cook everything from veggies to small pieces of meat and burgers and sausages. Whilst it's not smart or app-connected, it is great for anyone looking for a fuss-free charcoal BBQ at a decent price tag. 

You can sit it atop a table in your garden so as not to take up any more floor space, and it's the perfect size for popping an easy-light charcoal bag in if you hate the fuss of lighting. While you can fit a fair few burgers on it at once, we found during testing that you might have to batch cook for a larger group. In short: don't let its size put you off.

Best egg BBQ

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The best large charcoal BBQ

Specifications

Fuel: Charcoal
Cooking area: 46cm
Weight : 105kg
RRP: £1,529.00

Reasons to buy

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Its design will impress anyone who sees it
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Adds a stylish focal point to the patio
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It's very fun to use
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Versatile cooking – use as a grill, smoker, and outdoor oven
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The Series II airlift lid hinge is a great addition

Reasons to avoid

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An investment
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VERY heavy to move and assemble
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You will smell of smoke after charcoal grilling

Make no mistake, we know that the Kamado Joe Classic Joe Grill Series II is a huge investment - it's a purchase that even the biggest BBQ enthusiast wouldn't make lightly. But for your money, you get a seriously impressive outdoor centrepiece - this is truly a BBQ that will steal the show at any gathering in your garden for years to come. 

As well as being the most equipped charcoal BBQ out there, the Kamado Joe can also be used as a grill, smoker, and even an outdoor oven, so that all of your garden party needs are covered. Performance-wise, we were blown away by the Kamado Joe's ability, with delicious chargrilled burgers and sausages. The smokey taste it created was second to none. Yes, it's a little more labour-intensive to get going than a gas choice, but the results are so worth it, especially if you love the act of BBQing itself. 

And it would be remiss to not mention the design here, which is easily the favourite to rival the other super stylish choice on this list, the Everdure Force. We'll admit the Kamado Joe is heavy (at 104kg), but the Series II airlift design is a clever way to bring the bulk down, and the ceramic body really is a thing of wonder. It regulates and retains heat incredibly well, and we'd challenge anyone not to fall in love with the red exterior. Can you tell we're big fans?

Our Kamado Joe Classic Joe Grill Series II review has the full details.

Best small egg BBQ

Kamado Maxi Ceramic Charcoal BBQ cut out imageproduct badge

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Best small charcoal BBQ

Specifications

Type of BBQ: Charcoal
Cooking area: 23.5cm
Weight: 30kg
RRP: £349.99

Reasons to buy

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Smart sleek design
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Compact in size and easy to store
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Comes with a waterproof protective cover
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Great for couples and smaller families
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Perfect for petite garden spaces
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Can use to bake, cook, sere or smoke
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Can't cook too much at one time
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Extremely heavy
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Will need more than one person to move
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On the pricier side

If you're hoping to invest in a Kamado BBQ, then we can't recommend the one from Tower anymore. We tested it and rated it 4.5-stars out of 5, and we think it's a great buy for small to medium-size families, or if you want a BBQ that's not going to take up too much of your patio space. This one is compact in size yet anything but in features. It's ideal for all-size gardens, from balconies to large spaces and even a terrace.

Use this high-quality Kamado-style BBQ to sear, grill or bake anything from meat to fish and veggies. We think it's great for anyone looking for a sturdy barbecue that will last a lifetime. Its heavy construction screams durability, whilst it sits on a table to use up less floor space. Though its cooking space isn't the largest, you can use it to batch cook food as it retains heat incredibly well. It also boasts a built-in temperature gauge to make cooking easy. It can fit around 6 burgers and 6 sausages, cooking at the same time.

You can leave this BBQ outside year-round, and you might have to because it's so heavy. It comes with a cloth cover though and it has handles. There's also no denying that it doesn't look great, and it comes in your choice of black or green. Cleaning it couldn't be easier, thanks to its compact size grates.

Our Tower Kamado Maxi Charcoal BBQ review has the full details. 

Best hybrid BBQ

Outback Meteor 4-Burner Hybrid Gas & Charcoal BBQproduct badge

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