Best gas BBQ of 2024 in the UK - 9 tried and tested BBQs for this summer

Looking for one of the best gas BBQs? These are the ones we've reviewed and approved at Ideal Home

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The list in brief ↴
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Best overall: Weber Spirit II
2. Best budget: Cadac Citi Chef 40
3. Best 2 burner: Everdure Force 2
4. Best grill: Broil King Monarch 320 BBQ
5. Best family-sized: Char-Broil All-Star
6. Best Weber: Weber Q3200
7. Best 3 burner: Char-Broil 140736
8. Best with side burner: Vonhaus 4+1 Burner
9. Best portable: Napoleon Phantom
How we tested
FAQs

Find the right grill for you with our guide to the very best gas BBQs, which range from affordable picks which are simple to use to more technical, spacious models. 

You're already one step closer to a stress-free summer of al-fresco dining if you've settled on a top-rated gas BBQ, which in many cases can be as simple to use as a gas hob. 

Or, if you're still deciding between a charcoal, gas, electric or hybrid grill, then our extensive guide to the best BBQs out there can guide you in the right direction. 

These top-rated buys have all been reviewed by us, most of them during Ideal Home's dedicated BBQ testing day, so that you know you're getting a certifiably excellent grill. With these gas BBQs, your next outdoor cooking session is shaping up to be better than ever.

Best gas BBQ - the quick list

Best gas BBQ overall

Weber Spirit II E-310 gas barbecueproduct badge

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Best gas BBQ

Specifications

Fuel: Gas
Cooking area (diameter): 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 the spec you want. 

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 show-stopping as the Everdure Force (which comes in at #3), 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 come with a much larger price tag.  

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

Best budget gas BBQ

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Best budget gas BBQ

Specifications

Number of burners: 1
Cooking area (diameter): 38cm
Weight : 12kg
RRP: £199.99

Reasons to buy

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Compatible with a range of gas supplies
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Stylish design
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Easy to move around
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Heats up fast
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Plenty of optional accessories

Reasons to avoid

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Initial setup is fiddly
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Too small for very large gatherings
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Gas connection has to be ordered separately

If, like us, you're not looking to totally break the bank on your next gas BBQ, then the Cadac Citi Chef 40 is a wonderfully affordable option. In our at-home tests, our reviewer Helen (who has exceptionally high BBQ standards), thought it was the perfect alternative to oversized models, with enough space and power to cater to smaller outdoor cooking occasions. 

Its simplicity (with just one burner) is part of what makes it so great, and it's suitable for patios and terraces too. The design is stylish enough to rival much more expensive options, and there's an incredibly good range of accessories if you're a budding outdoor chef – we're talking paella pans and a stone to turn it into one of the best pizza ovens too. 

Using this BBQ couldn't be easier (even if the assembly is a little tiresome), with the automatic ignition making cooking as simple as using a gas hob. It took just five minutes for the Cadac Citi to be ready for Helen to use, which means you can BBQ in enough time before a Great British downpour begins. The meat Helen cooked on this BBQ was succulent and well-done, with not a hint of dryness. 

We think the Cadac Citi Chef 40 FS BBQ is a perfect compromise between budget-friendliness and quality, with so much to offer to smaller to medium-sized homes. 

Our Cadac Citi Chef 40 FS BBQ review has the full details.

Best 2 burner gas BBQ

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Best 2 burner gas BBQ

Specifications

Number of burners: 2
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

Gas BBQs are known for their convenience, but that doesn't mean that they have to be drab. The Everdure Force is the most stunning gas BBQ out there in our opinion (with Heston Blumenthal's stamp of approval on it too), and it produced showstopping results in our tests for equal measure.

Our main takeaway after testing was that this BBQ was packed with serious power. It took just 3 minutes and 14 seconds to get up to 250 degrees Celsius, and retained heat beautifully, meaning that it mastered our rotisserie chicken test like no other BBQ. You get two burners for your money here, with ample space for hosting a large garden party affair. There's space for 24 small burgers at a time if you're so inclined, we checked.

The design of the Everdure Force captivated the entire Ideal Home team on our BBQ testing day, with the striking pop of colour on the lid matching perfectly with the clean lines look of the rest of the BBQ (our favourite colourways are blue and orange). The small details are picture-perfect too, including the flush taps and a built-in thermometer. 

You might be able to tell that we love this BBQ, but we don't feel the same way about the price, which is steep at £749.00 (RRP). It's a real investment buy, with the quality that we're certain would last, but it misses out on the top spot here due to lack of affordability. 

OurEverdure Force Gas BBQ review has the full details.

Best gas BBQ grill

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The best American style gas BBQ

Specifications

Number of burners : 3
Cooking area (diameter): 55cm x 38 cm
Weight: 46.4 kg
RRP: £568.99

Reasons to buy

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Supreme gas-cooking performance
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Excellent build quality
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‘Flav-R-Wave’ components and hood deliver a smoky BBQ flavour
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Extremely simple to use
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Drip tray safely collects cooking oil and grease

Reasons to avoid

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Complicated assembly
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Some users may struggle for storage space

The Monarch 320 is not a small BBQ, with a fairly big footprint. It does look the part though, with the markings of an all-American style grill. Though we found the set-up of this grill to be a little testing, it's a classic option if you want that real smoky taste to your BBQ food. 

The quality cast iron grills are great for getting that chargrilled look, and the Flav-R-Wave system does a phenomenal job at helping to circulate smoke and vapour through the cookbox, which gives the aforementioned excellent signature taste.

If you do want to avoid a long assembly time, or you're short on space, this probably isn't the BBQ for you, as it arrived on a large pallet and took several hours of set-up time to finally get right. 

Our Broil King Monarch 320 BBQ review has the full details.

Best gas BBQ for families

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Best gas BBQ for families

Specifications

Number of burners: 1
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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We think that this Char-Broil BBQ is at a good price point for what it can offer, and you can often find it for way less than its £489.99 RRP. It's compact, high-performing, and ideal for family use in the summertime. If you don't want to wait an age for your BBQ to be ready, the quick heat-up times here will be a lifesaver. 

And just because it only has one burner doesn't mean that you're restricted from hosting a garden soiree. In our tests, it took just ten minutes to heat up, and it's a breeze to cook with. We'd recommend batch cooking ahead and using the two handy side tables to balance your salads and sides on, rather than splashing out hundreds of pounds on a larger BBQ that you might not get much use out of during the rest of the year. 

During our tests, this BBQ aced our rotisserie chicken test, with succulent results and space on the accompanying 'keep warm' shelves for burgers and sausages too.  It's safe for us to say that, while it might take a few uses to get the hang of cooking on this BBQ, it's well 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, which we found goes further than you might imagine on a BBQ testing day. 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 Weber gas BBQ

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Best Weber gas BBQ

Specifications

Number of burners: 2
Cooking area (diameter) : 45cm
Weight : 37.6kg
RRP: £649.99

Reasons to buy

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Gas is quick to light, clean burning and a reliable heat source for hassle-free grilling
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Compact build good for smaller gardens
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Large wheels make it easy to move
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Quick assembly in under an hour

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks style
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Build feels plasticky and a little cheap for the price
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Takes a while to get up to temperature compared to other options
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Not much grease protection for the burners

Get high-quality grilling results without the laborious build process with the Weber Q3200, which was by far the easiest gas BBQ to set up during our BBQ testing day. The process was so straightforward and should take you less than an hour. That means that your journey to flipping burgers will be nice and short so that you can have more time in the sunshine. 

We know it's not the prettiest of the bunch, or the most powerful, but it's quietly capable and has next to nothing complicated about it. To us, that's worth plenty. Lighting the BBQ was as easy as pressing a button, and the cooking results we got were all of a high standard. There was a slight delay with heat-up time, which is definitely something to bear in mind if you're a little impatient, but for the price, it's a great two-burner BBQ. 

For the price, we know that whoever invests in this BBQ is going to be serious about their outdoor cooking, which is why it's a great choice if you love to entertain. It's the BBQ with the largest grilling area from the Weber Q collection, and can serve up 14 good-sized burgers at a time, a fact we can attest to after our testing process.

Our Weber Q3200 Gas BBQ review has the full details.

Best 3 burner gas BBQ

Char-Broil BBQ

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Best 3 burner gas BBQ

Specifications

Number of burners : 3
Cooking area : 2737cm2
Weight : 56kg
RRP: £699.99

Reasons to buy

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Three burners and infrared cooking
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Lots of space for prep and warming
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Huge American style grill

Reasons to avoid

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Very tricky and time-consuming to build
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Quality was disappointing

This is a truly kitted-out gas BBQ, with ample space for your burger buns, salad and condiments, and the grilling power to cater to a garden full of people. It's probably not the most accessible BBQ for the casual user, with a long build time and a big price tag, but all of the foods we cooked on this Char-Broil came out well. 

Space-wise, on the grill itself, this BBQ has three burners, which makes it perfect for indirect cooking. Add to that a side shelf and an infrared side burner too, and you have a world of choice when it comes to your next grilling session. It's got a warming rack too, so that your burger buns are optimally warm for serving up. 

If you're keen to invest in a CharBroil, then we'd recommend the Professional 3400 S if you're a seasoned pro looking to take on a new challenge. It has a seriously tricky build process and getting a handle on the controls was a bit of a learning curve for us, but if it's an all-American grill with the capacity to cater to a huge crowd, you can't go wrong. 

Our Char-Broil Professional 3400 S BBQ review has the full details.

Best gas BBQ with side burner

VonHaus BBQ

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Best gas BBQ with side burners

Specifications

Number of burners: 5
Cooking area (diameter): 62 x 35cm plus a 57 x 14cm warming rack
Weight : 21kg
RRP: £249.99

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive for its size
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Sturdy grill plates
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Warming rack
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Intuitive to use
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All grill parts removable for cleaning

Reasons to avoid

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Tricky to assemble
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Some parts feel flimsy
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Gas bottle can’t sit on shelf

Our expert reviewer Helen had a little trouble when setting this BBQ up, as some of the parts weren't as sturdy as she would've liked. However, once it was up, she found this very spacious BBQ from VonHaus a grilling success on the whole, with space to grill up good for the whole family. 

She crammed many burgers and sausages onto the grilling space, and used the side burner with great success, even cooking up a full English outside during one test. It saved Helen from running between the kitchen and BBQ when entertaining – something that'll go a long way if you're hosting this summer. 

The ease of using this BBQ was also fantastic, and with all of the space available to her, Helen found it easy to create hot and cold zones to streamline the cooking process. And let’s not forget the price, this big BBQ is an affordable option which gets it a big thumbs up from us as a brilliant bargain buy. But do note that the price doesn’t include the gas connection hose and regulator – this will set you back a further £20.

Our VonHaus 4 +1 Burner Gas BBQ review has the full details.

Best portable gas BBQ

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Best portable gas BBQ

Specifications

Number of burners : 2
Cooking area : 54cm x 37 cm
Weight : 23 kg
RRP: £499.99

Reasons to buy

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Fantastically easy-to-store
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Very good gas grilling performance
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Family-sized cooking surface
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Simple, reliable operation

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks some of the smoky flavour provided by certain competitors
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Some users may require more food prep space

It's got a somewhat intimidating name, but in simpler terms, the Napoleon TravelQ Phantom PRO285X is one of the most convenient gas BBQs we've tried. The design (that of a folding scissor stand) means that carting it around your garden or hiding it away for the winter couldn't be easier, and the wheels on this BBQ are very capable of holding its sizable weight. 

Better still, the components inside the barbecue – including the cast iron cooking grids – are also unusually convenient to handle and clean. The actual cooking isn't bad too, with the space, heat, and quick start-up times to make BBQing a straightforward affair. 

Our Napoleon TravelQ Phantom PRO285X review has the full details.

How we tested these BBQs

As per our testing protocol at Ideal Home, we're serious about trying the products that we recommend to you hands-on so that you know you can trust our guidance. For that reason, we've tested every single BBQ you can find in this guide, with more reviews on the way to add even more options to your search. 

When we test a BBQ we take into account the assembly process, how well it cooks both large and small cuts of meat and veggies, and the user experience from quality of build to durability. Also, we never forget the price tags of BBQs, as we know value for money is more important now than ever.

As part of our commitment to evaluating different BBQs to establish which one really is the best, we also tried out a range of grills within this guide during a testing excursion in the Somerset countryside. There we could compare first-hand the quality, build-time, and grilling capabilities of each BBQ, and rate them when it came to design elements too. Other BBQs in this list have been tested by our team in their homes, to get the experience that you would have if you purchased one of these grills for yourself. 

It's worth us noting that some of the BBQs in this guide were also tested in the last few years, meaning they've received years of use and have proven themselves to be very rust-resistant and long-lasting. 

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Molly Cleary

Molly is the Ecommerce Editor for Ideal Home and a certified Customer Advisor when it comes to BBQs – gas, charcoal and electric. Part of the process for being an Advisor was getting stuck in during a BBQ testing trip, where the team built, used and then scrubbed a number of grills over two days. She oversees BBQ content at Ideal Home, which means she's always on the lookout for the next grill that'll suit your garden.

She built and tested the Everdure Force, which is one of the best cooking products she's ever tried, as well as the CharBroil Professional 3400 S BBQ, which was a little more challenging in terms of building and grilling.

Is there a BBQ you'd love to see us try at Ideal Home before you buy? Email Molly at molly.cleary@futurenet.com to request a review.

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Helen McCue

Helen McCue is Ideal Home's expert reviewer, consistently testing out some of the top-rated BBQs out there to let us know which ones are worth their price tag. After completing a Home Economics degree, Helen went on to work for the Good Housekeeping Institute and has been reviewing home appliances ever since. She lives in a small village in Buckinghamshire in the UK.

She tried the Cadac Citi Chef 40 FS Gas BBQ and thought it was a perfect stylish, capable model for small to medium homes.

FAQs

How to buy the best gas BBQ for you

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Quality is king when it comes to securing a gas BBQ, especially if you're making an investment purchase that you want to last for many summers ahead. Dan Cooper, Head Grill Master at Weber, recommends firstly 'examining the 'cook box' of the grill as this houses the important inner workings of any gas barbecue, such as the burner tubes'. 

From there, double-check the materials that make up your gas grill. Dan adds that 'opting for a gas barbecue with cast iron cooking grates helps to create fantastic residual heat, so whether you're making some juicy steaks or vegetable dishes, your food will get that wonderful colouration from the high-heat surface'. 

A BBQ that takes an age to heat up probably isn't going to give you the most satisfactory user experience ever and will make your next outdoor cooking session a bit more laborious, so look for models with an easy ignition process. 

If money and size are no object, then 'in this instance buying bigger is usually better', says Dan. 'The more burners you have, the more flexibility when it comes to multi-zone cooking, allowing you to roast, steam or sear all at once'. For those on a budget, making sure that you still have enough of a cooking area to cater to everyone at once is pretty important, so do some research on how many burgers or sausages your prospective grill can fit on, for starters.

Other must-haves according to Dan include a lid, so that you can 'operate the barbecue to cook 'directly' as a grill, or 'indirectly'. 'Indirect' cooking creates an 'oven-like' atmosphere allowing you to roast, bake or smoke'. 

Is a gas BBQ cheaper to run?

As with many investments, like one of the best air fryers, while a gas barbecue can be a hefty purchase to make in the run-up to summer, they can save you money in the long term. 

Dan Cooper, Head Grill Master at Weber, says that 'While a gas barbecue tends to be a larger initial investment than other barbecues, running costs are cheaper than alternatives such as charcoal or wood pellets'. He adds that 'this is mainly because gas canisters last longer and fuel more barbecues, especially for those who use their barbecue sparingly'. 

It's not surprising then, especially given just how user-friendly they are, that this efficiency means gas BBQs are a favourite of outdoor chefs.

What is the lifespan of a gas BBQ?

It's good to be thinking about exactly how long you can expect to hold onto your gas BBQ so that you can work out your cost per summer. Dan Cooper from Weber says that 'Lifespan completely depends on how you use the barbecue, but most gas barbecues are built to last come rain or shine, so with the right care, your barbecue should last years.' 

One way that you can make sure that your BBQ stays strong even if you run into issues? 'Seek out a product with a long warranty' says Sam, 'for added reassurance and quality guarantee.'

Can a gas BBQ be left outside?

Unlike electric alternatives, there should be no danger to leaving your gas BBQ outside when it comes to performance. Of course, there's a higher risk of rust when leaving your BBQ outside, but in essence, it should be fine for your BBQ to stay firm against the elements. Each BBQ tends to have a cover that you can buy if you live in a location that's especially prone to adverse weather.

Do you close a gas BBQ when cooking?

The classic image that springs to mind with cooking outdoors is of flipping burgers leisurely on an open BBQ. But if you want to achieve the best results on a gas BBQ, you might want to think about spending more time with the lid shut on your purchase. 

'We would absolutely advise that you should cook on a barbecue with the lid down', says Dan Cooper, Head Grill Master at Weber. He adds 'This keeps flavour in the cook box and prevents flare-ups caused by excess fat and oxygen. Keeping the lid down also helps food cook through efficiently.' Good to know for your next BBQ session. 

Molly Cleary
Kitchen Appliances Editor

Molly is Ideal Home’s Kitchen Appliances Editor and an all-around baking and cooking enthusiast. She joined the team in September 2022 as an Ecommerce Editor after working across Real Homes, Homes & Gardens and Livingetc. She's been reviewing products for 4 years and now specialises in weighing up kitchen essentials' pros and cons, from air fryers to bean-to-cup coffee machines. 

She's always been a keen reader, so after graduating from the University of Exeter in 2020 she was thrilled to find a way to write as a full-time job. Nowadays, she spends her days at home or the Ideal Home test facility trying out new kitchen innovations to see if they’re worth a space on your worktop. Her most beloved and hard-working appliance is her Sage coffee machine though she also takes the title of Ideal Home’s in-house air fryer expert after writing about them religiously over the past few years.

When she's not thinking or writing about kitchen appliances, she loves getting around London exploring new places, going for a dip at the Ladies’ Pond and consuming every bit of pop culture she can get her hands on.