It may not be pretty or fancy, but if you're looking for a capable portable gas grill, the Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Grill is worth considering. Both professionals and consumers say it's a consistent performer that sets up handily, grills a wide range of foods, has sufficient cooking space, and requires very little maintenance. Basic, yes, but consistent performance at a good price leads to great satisfaction, according to many.
Even, consistent cooking. "Crank it up high with the lid closed, and you get very consistent heat," one user says, adding that this accounts for its good performance. Another says, "It cooks better than ANY grill I've ever used -- full-size or not." To be sure, one user regrets that food "doesn't quite taste as good" as what a mesquite-fired kettle grill delivers, and one maintains that it doesn't get hot enough to sear steaks; nevertheless, most are entirely pleased with what this grill serves up.
Simple and low-maintenance. Reviewers say the Go-Anywhere Gas Grill is easy to assemble, use and clean. About.com's grilling editor, Derrick Riches, says it's small and lightweight; one user adds that it requires "little or no maintenance, other than dumping the ashes occasionally." And Slate.com's Jude Stewart says it has a generous cooking space for a portable model.
Several reviewers however, say the igniter doesn't always work, although many say they simply light the unit with a match; and some report rusting over time, but add that for the price, they expect to buy a new model every five years anyway.
A portable designed for safe use. Reviewers appreciate this portable Weber's electronic igniter, which they say makes for safer cooking (keep in mind, however, that several reviewers report problems with the electronic lighter). The stay-cool handles are also considered a plus. On the other hand, one user observes "a bit of a burst of fire" when the grill ignites, adding, "I think it's safe enough… I hope." The product manual instructs owners to check for gas leaks, avoid transporting the grill with a propane canister attached, and remove the lid before igniting.
Sturdy and durable. The Go-Anywhere Gas Grill is considered durable, with one owner noting that its porcelain coating is significantly better than a painted finish. Another anticipates that the grill will have "a long life." Nevertheless, a few owners say the model rusts over time, although several reviewers say they wouldn't expect a portable grill at this price to last more than a few years anyway.
The owners' manual recommends dismantling the unit and washing it thoroughly each year. The grill has a warranty of 10 years on the bowl, lid and handle; one year on the grate, burner, and Flavorizer bar; and five years on everything else.
More than 350 users post reviews of the Go-Anywhere to Amazon.com, awarding it an average rating of 4.2 stars out of 5. Most say it cooks very well and is easy to use, although some report rusting and some note problems getting the grill to start or get hot.
Review: Weber 1520 Propane Gas Go-Anywhere Grill, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of July 2013
Grilling guide Derrick Riches praises the Go-Anywhere's convenient size, durable construction and ability to heat quickly, but he warns that the igniter is prone to failure. He doesn't describe how he tests the model, but his bio specifies extensive experience evaluating grills.
Review: Weber Propane Gas Go Anywhere Portable Grill Model# 1520, Derrick Riches, Not dated
The Go-Anywhere Gas Grill garners more than 50 reviews on Walmart.com, earning an average rating of 4.5 stars out of 5. Most users say it cooks well, is durable and assembles easily, although some say the igniter stops working and a few say it doesn't get hot enough.
Review: Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Grill, Black, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of July 2013
Jude Stewart and friends test seven portable grills for taste, convenience and performance. The Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Grill is one of three grills to earn high scores, with Stewart complimenting its construction and "generous" cooking surface but noting that the igniter does not work.
Review: Fired Up: Which Portable Grill Cranks Up the Heat?, Jude Stewart, June 5, 2007