Bank Holiday season is BBQ season, and that's a fact. But which BBQs are the very best? With so many brands and models to consider, choosing a barbecue can be as confusing as buying a car, especially when you haven't had one in your garden before (BBQ not car).
If you are after a BBQ and feel a bit at sea when you browse 'barbecues' on the internet, rejoice: your search is over. These three BBQs are the top-rated models you can buy this summer. Top-rated by us. Top-rated by Which?. Need we say more? Maybe we do: if you don't fancy these, check out our pick of the best of the rest best barbecues 2019...
1. Best Gas BBQ: the Everdure FORCE 2 Burner Gas BBQ by heston blumenthal
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This gas BBQ comes with an endorsement from none other than Heston Blumental, and that counts for something. The compact and good-looking Everdure Force 2 Gas BBQ (opens in new tab) looks deceptively slender: it is, in fact, a real powerhouse when it comes to outdoor cooking. For one, it heats up almost instantly, ready to cook in under five minutes. The extra high hood makes it perfect for convection cooking (think juicy chicken or turkey), and the large cooking area makes it very comfortable to use.
For more great models, check out our buyer's guide to the best gas BBQs.
2. Best Charcoal BBQ: the Weber Master-Touch Premium E5770 Charcoal Gourmet System BBQ
Weber are legendary in the world of BBQs, and the Master-Touch Premium E5770 (opens in new tab)does not disappoint. It's packed full of high-spec details that make for a pleasurable and easy cooking experience. From the built-in thermometer to the rust-resistant ash catcher that makes ash disposal a breeze, it's the charcoal BBQ that comes with none of the associated mess or uneven results lesser models can produce. The porcelain lid of the E5770 allows for an even distribution of heat, so you don't have to worry about your meat not cooking through properly. And the special grate can accommodate a wok or griddle, meaning that you can cook lots more than just meat. A charcoal winner.
For more great models, visit our buyer's guide to the best charcoal BBQs.
3. Best portable BBQ: the Kamado Joe Junior Grill
If you like your BBQ to be on the smaller side, but want all the high-tech features of a larger barbecue, the Kamado Joe Junior Grill (opens in new tab) is for you. What makes this BBQ really stand out is its versatility: the clever ceramic construction allows for a wide range of cooking styles, from cooking very quickly at very high heat to slow roasting at very low heat. And at only 31 kilograms, it's perfectly portable.
For more portable models, check out our buyer's guide to the best portable BBQs.
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