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Weber Q-200

*Est. $200
Reviewed
May 2012
by ConsumerSearch
Weber Q-200

Pros
  • Durable
  • Porcelain-enameled, cast-iron grates
  • Easy to use
  • Large cooking area
Cons
  • Single burner
  • Expensive for a portable
  • Heavy

The portable Weber Q-200 gas grill uses the same porcelain-coated cast-iron cooking grates found on Weber's full-sized gas grills. The Q-200's body and lid are constructed of strong cast aluminum with a handy removable catch pan. Reviewers say you can fit about nine burgers on its 280-square-inch grate, and it cooks food evenly. Two flip-out side tables add a bit of work space, and you can buy a Weber rolling cart (*Est. $50) for stand-up cooking. Although the Weber Q-200 is nominally a portable grill, one expert reviewer notes that at 42 pounds, the Q-200 is too heavy to carry long distances. If you'd like a grill small enough to carry in one hand that still performs well, experts recommend the 14-pound Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Grill (Est. $60), which folds up like a toolbox when not in use.

We found the best reviews of the Weber Q-200 portable gas grill at ConsumerReports.org and About.com. (Although About.com reviews the Q-220, it is similar enough to the Q-200 for the review to apply to both portable grills). An abundance of user reviews at Amazon.com are more informative than the write-up at ConsumerGuide.com; Epinions.com offers a number of user reviews as well.

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

More than two dozen small or portable grills are among the 100-plus models reviewed by ConsumerReports.org. Editors test grills for even heating, features, durability and ease of use, and rank the models in an easy-to-read chart. The Weber Q-200 and Q-220 are among those included in the latest ratings chart.

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

2. About.com

About.com's barbecues and grilling guide gives the Weber Q-220 a perfect score and says it is "a master of design." The Q-220 is identical to the Q-200, except that it adds electronic ignition and a thermometer for about $30 more. Riches notes that these grills are too heavy to carry for long distances, but says they are otherwise nearly perfect.

Review: Weber Q 220 Portable Grill, Derrick Riches

3. Amazon.com

More than 100 owners weight in on their experience with the Weber Q-200, giving it an average rating of 4 stars. A few say that the Q-200 doesn't get hot enough, especially in cold weather, and several caution against trying to use it with a refillable 20-pound propane tank. Most, however, are pleased with their Q-200. One reviewer, who's had the Weber Q-200 for more than four years, writes that "The Weber Q is my all time favorite grill."

Review: Weber Q 200 Portable Propane Grill, Silver Series, Contributors to Amazon.com

4. Epinions.com

More than 40 owners post reviews of their Weber Q-220 portable grill here. Most of the reviews are a few years old, but since the grill has remained the same over that time they're still relevant. The average rating is 4 out of 5 stars, and most comments are quite positive. A few people complain of problems, mainly with the regulator.

Review: Reviews of Weber Q-220, Contributors to Epinions.com

5. ConsumerGuide.com

ConsumerGuide.com reviews 20 grills, awarding Best Buy or Budget Buy status to eight models. The Weber Q-200 is listed as a Budget Buy, although editors note some difficulty in aligning the threads when attaching the fuel tank.

Review: Expert Review: Weber Q 200 Gas Grill 396002, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, April 25, 2008

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