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Cheap BBQ alert: this £30 grill is the must-have buy for the summer

Shopping for a cheap BBQ this Bank Holiday weekend? It might be too wet and chilly to use it today, but you could bag yourself this bargain and up your garden party hosting game in time for the warmer weather to come...

Cheap BBQ deal from Wilko
(Image credit: Wilko)

Looking for the best cheap BBQ deal? We don't blame you. Why spend a fortune on an expensive BBQ right now when we're about to suffer potentially the coldest Bank Holiday weekend on record, according to BBC weather forecaster Simon King? 

Last year, the temperatures reached 29ºC during the Bank Holiday. This year, we're looking at top temperatures of nearly a third of that figure. So while we'd usually use this first May Bank Holiday to sort out the garden for summer and buy the best barbecue our budgets allow, bagging a bargain cheap barbecue, if only as a stop gap, seems like a wise move. 

So, we took to the shops (not literally, we did our usual forensic research online) to find this year's best cheap barbecue. At present, Wilko look to be stealing the show in the outdoor cooking department with a decent quality, super cheap BBQ that costs just £30. So popular has the new kettle grill (opens in new tab) been, in fact, that sales of it have risen by 623 per cent in the last month. So, if you want one, you might need to be quick because it looks like it's going to be a sell out product. 

Other BBQs that are looking to be hot this summer are compact models with portable BBQs (opens in new tab),  barrel BBQs (opens in new tab) and  tabletop BBQs (opens in new tab) making it into Amazon's Best Sellers this week. There's even a BBQ grill (opens in new tab) that you can dismantle and stick in a bag. Clearly this summer we are less into those cumbersome BBQs that are bigger than most ovens and would rather buy a cheap BBQ that we can actually fit on our garden or patio...

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Hebe joined the Real Homes team in early 2018 as Staff Writer before moving to the Livingetc team in 2021 where she took on a role as Digital Editor. She loves boho and 70's style and is a big fan of Instagram as a source of interiors inspiration. When she isn't writing about interiors, she is renovating her own spaces – be it wallpapering a hallway, painting kitchen cupboards or converting a van.