The Weber Q-300 gas grill is very similar to the Weber Q-320 (*Est. $380). Both bolt to Weber's Q cart (*Est. $90 when sold separately, but included with the Q-300) and both use a 20-pound propane tank (not included). Both grills also have two stainless steel burners with a total output of 21,700 BTU, and a primary cooking area of 393 square inches. There are, however, a few differences: The Q-300 has a push-button ignition instead of the Q-320's electric ignition, and the Q-300 doesn't have a warming rack.
On the plus side, the Q-300 draws customer praise for its sturdy construction. Consumers also rave about Weber's customer service and readily available replacement parts. We found only a smattering of complaints; a few users wish the Q-300 gas grill imparted the taste of a charcoal grill, and one says that the shape tends to catch grease, which can cause a fire (this seems to be an isolated issue.) User opinions are also somewhat divided about how easy it is to clean the porcelain-coated, cast-iron grilling grates, but most say it's not too hard. If you want a truly portable grill, the Weber Go-Anywhere Gas Grill (Est. $60) weighs just 14 pounds.
The most thorough review of the Weber Q-300 -- and the only expert review we found -- was from Derrick Riches, the About.com guide to barbecues and grilling. We also found plenty of enthusiastic user reviews from Amazon.com, GrillsDirect.com and AceHardware.com to round out the picture of how this grill performs.
Derrick Riches, the About.com guide to barbecues and grilling, names the Weber Q-300 the best small grill. Riches points out that although the Q-300's cart folds down, it's "really designed for the person who wants a real grill but needs something smaller than the standard freestanding unit." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Weber Q 300 Gas Grill, Derrick Riches
Nearly 150 users give the Q-300 an average score of 4.5 stars. Several reviewers say they own or had previously used cheaper grills, and now use the Weber exclusively because its quality is so good. Others praise Weber's customer service and the fact that they continue to stock parts for discontinued models. "When you need a part in 10 years it will be available," one owner writes.
Review: Weber 426001 Q 300 Propane Gas Barbecue, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than two dozen owners review the Weber Q-300, giving it an average rating of 4.6 stars. Most say it's easy to use and to assemble, and that it's great for couples or small gatherings, but they wish it had the taste of a charcoal grill.
Review: Weber Q 300 Gas Grill, Contributors to GrillsDirect.com
More than 20 customers give the Q-300 a 4.8 star rating. They say it grills quickly and is easy to use, and really don't have anything negative to say; the one complaint we found was that the igniter sometimes takes a few tries to start.
Review: Weber Q 300 Grill (426001), Contributors to AceHardware.com