There are five different versions of the Weber Q grill. All of these grills work great and beat the pants off of any other small gas grill you will find. However, of the five Weber Qs available, there are only two that I recommend to my friends.
Most people who are looking at the Weber Qs fall into two categories:
- People who want a portable gas grill for their rv, tailgating, camping, etc.
- People who want a small gas grill that doesn’t take up much space on their patio.
If you want a portable gas grill then buy the Weber Q 1200.
Why buy the Weber Q 1200 and not the Weber Q 1000?
There are three differences between the 1000 and 1200 (ignition, lid thermometer, side tables). The most important difference is the inclusion of side tables on the Weber Q 1200. Side tables might not seem like a big deal but I swear you won’t believe how much you will end up using them!
The side tables on the Weber Q 1200 are sturdy. The side tables are strong enough to support a dinner plate loaded with burgers and are a great place to put your utensils. When the grill is not in use the side tables can fold up and be stored inside the grill so the storage footprint is the exact same as the Weber Q 1000.
Side tables, side tables, side tables! They will be your best friend.
Another reason I like the Q 1200 over the Q 1000 is the lid thermometer. When it comes to setting the right temperature for the grill the thermometer is pretty useless. However, the lid thermometer is PERFECT for letting you know when you have run out of propane.
The Weber Q 1200 is designed to run off of the small disposable propane bottles. You will typically get 5-6 hours of grilling time per bottle and can keep the bottle attached between uses.
It is not uncommon for the propane bottle to run dry in the middle of a grilling session. If you were grilling on a Q 1200 you would see the temperature drop on the lid thermometer and know you needed to change bottles. If you were grilling on the Q 1000 you would be running blind.
Why buy the Weber Q 1200 and not the Weber Q 2200?
The Q 2200 is basically the same grill as the Q 1200 but has about 30% more grilling area.
While buying a larger grill might sound like a good idea let me try to talk you out of it. Although the Q1200 is the smaller of the two grills it is still plenty large enough to grill burgers for six people at a time.
In addition, buying a larger grill defeats the purpose of trying to find something small and portable.
Although this isn’t that big of a deal, the Weber Q 2200 is only available in Titanium while the Weber Q 1200 is available in 8 different colors. If you want to add some flair and a splash of color to your grilling adventures then the Weber Q 1200 has you covered.
The Weber Q 1200 costs about $200 with free shipping from Amazon. They are great grills that last. The Weber Q 1200 is more expensive than off brand grills but paying for quality has never been a mistake.
Click the link below to check out the reviews for this grill (overwhelmingly positive) and see the different color options that are available.
If you want a small grill for your patio then buy the Weber Q 3200.
The perfect small grill for you patio is the Weber Q 3200.
The Q 3200 is the largest of the Weber Qs, comes with an integrated cart and is designed to use a full size propane tank. The Q 3200 has two burners and offers much more grilling flexibility compared to the Q 1000 and Q 2000 grills.
If you buy one of the 1000 or 2000 series grill for use on your deck then one of the first things you will end up doing is buying the regulator adapter that allows you to use a full size propane tank instead of a disposable propane bottle. You will also spend a lot of time trying to make it “fit” onto a table since it doesn’t come supported on a cart.
Skip the hassle and just buy the grill that will meet all of your needs straight out of the box.
If you are looking for a small Weber grill for your patio then you might also be looking at the Weber Spirit 210. The Spirit 210 costs about as much as the Q 3200, has a similar footprint, etc.
Please realize that when you buy the Q 3200 then you are purchasing the top of the line product in the Q series. If you buy the Weber Spirit 210 then you will be buying the bottom of the line in the traditional gas grills.
The Spirit 210 is designed to be Weber’s answer to the cheap Brinkmann and Charbroil grills you find at the Big Box stores. In my opinion, the Weber Spirit 210 is an investment in cheap manufacturing disappointment.
Besides, the Weber Q 3200 just looks so much sharper than the boxy looking Spirit! Do your own research and get whatever grill is right for you. I suspect you will end up coming to the same conclusion as me.