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Weber Q-100

*Est. $150
Reviewed
May 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Weber Q-100

Pros
  • Heats quickly
  • Durable
  • Porcelain-enameled, cast-iron grate
  • 24/7 customer service
Cons
  • No built-in thermometer
  • Better for tailgating than camping
  • Some regulator problems

The Weber Q-100 is advertised as a portable grill, but at 30 pounds it's a better fit for tailgating or as a small patio unit rather than for camping (where you might need to carry it a fair distance).

Experts and user reviewers agree that the Weber Q-100 is built to last, except perhaps for the fuel regulator (we found a handful of complaints from consumers saying that this part didn't work correctly and had to be replaced; sometimes the replacements failed quickly, too).

In general, however, the Q-100 has an excellent reputation for durability; one expert gives it a perfect 5-star rating, describing it as an "excellently constructed little gas grill." Experts say this grill's 8,500-BTU, stainless-steel burner performs well at high temperatures -- it reaches searing temperature in just 5 minutes -- but another gives the Q-100 below-average marks for convenience, although it's not clear why.

Users say that the Q-100's porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grate cooks food quickly and evenly. They also praise its durability; "I have no doubt that this product will outlive me," writes one. The Q-100 has 189 square inches of cooking area. If you'd like a truly portable grill that's small enough to carry in one hand, the Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Grill (Est. $60) weighs just 14 pounds and has 160 square inches of cooking space.

ConsumerReports.org includes the Weber Q-100 in its latest round of testing, which involves more than 100 gas grills of various sizes and configurations. Derrick Riches, About.com's guide to barbecues and grilling, is an excellent source of insider information about grills. The Q-100 also appears in a brief review from Men's Journal, and we found useful customer reviews at Amazon.com and Walmart.com

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

The Weber Q-100 was among more than two dozen small or portable gas grills included in Consumer Reports' latest round of testing. Each grill was rated on several factors, including cooking performance and convenience.

Review: Gas Grills, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, April 2012

2. About.com

Derrick Riches, the About.com guide to barbecues and grilling, gives the Weber Q 100 a 5-star rating. He says this "excellently constructed little gas grill" is large enough to cook up several steaks at once, but notes that it's expensive and heavy for the size. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)

Review: Weber Q 100, Derrick Riches

3. Men's Journal

The Weber Q-100 receives a score of 8 out of 10 in this roundup of portable grills. The editors report that it reached searing temperature in just five minutes, although it was the heaviest grill in the test.

Review: Grills to Go, Editors of Men's Journal, August 2011

4. Amazon.com

About 250 Amazon.com customers give the Q-100 and average rating of 4.5 stars. "This is a nice portable unit that doesn't sacrifice much on performance," says one reviewer.

Review: Weber 386002 Q 100 Portable Propane Gas Grill, Contributors to Amazon.com

5. Walmart.com

More than 30 contributors to Walmart.com give the Weber Q-100 a near-perfect rating, and 94 percent of them would recommend this grill to a friend. "It is well built and cleans up easily," writes on reviewer. The closest thing we could find to criticism was a comment that the grill is "kinda pricey," but another reviewer comments that the Q-100 is "Well worth the price! (and then some!)"

Review: Weber Q100 8,500 BTU Single Burner Portable Gas Grill, Black, Contributors to Walmart.com

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