Portable gas grills are especially popular with consumers who like tailgating or camping and are also useful for cooks with little outdoor space. Among the portable gas grills on the market, we found that the Coleman RoadTrip LXE (Est. $150) earns very good ratings in owner reviews.
As its name suggests, the model is designed for easy transport, as it folds up when not in use, resembling a small suitcase on wheels. It has cast-iron grates, a cooking surface of 285 square inches and a powerful heat output of 20,000 Btu. Most users say it's also easy to clean, but a few disagree, saying grease builds up or pools in the bottom, posing a risk of flare-ups. Others point out that cleaning is easier if you line the bottom with foil, which doesn't affect performance.
Owners like that the RoadTrip can prepare everything from morning coffee and pancakes to a steak dinner, with many noting that they purchased the griddle (Est. $25) and the stove grate (Est. $20) as add-ons. The pullout shelves and built-in hooks for utensils also earn praise for their usefulness.
In our previous report on grills, the Weber Q-220 was our top choice in the portable grill category, but it has since been discontinued by the manufacturer. The only portable gas grill currently offered by Weber is the Go-Anywhere Gas Grill (Est. $60). It was a close runner up to the Q-220 in our previous report, but in 2014 it was re-worked by the manufacturer and the new model gets such poor reviews for quality and performance that we were not able to recommend it in this report.
Weber also makes tabletop gas grills in what they call their Q-Series, and it includes four models. Technically, these are not portable grills, but several in the series are smaller than traditional grills and some reviewers say they use them as portable grills. This is a relatively new product line because it's also been recently revamped, and reviews are mixed. We found one positive expert test that we believe referred to an older model of a grill in the Q-Series. Owners are not impressed. Until Weber works some of the kinks out of its portable-grill product line, we suggest you stick with the Coleman. We will keep an eye on this product line and see if Weber improves its quality control; if so, you can expect to see Weber back on top in a future report.