Best barbecue 2021: top BBQs from Weber, Char-Broil and more

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Prepare for a summer of entertaining with the best barbecue of 2021. Now more than ever, it’s so important to make the most of your garden. That means breakfast, lunch and dinner in the garden, whenever the weather allows it! We’ve rounded up some of the very best barbecues you can buy right now from the likes of Weber, Char-Broil, Campingaz and Kamado Joe, as well as some options you can pick up at your local Argos or John Lewis and Partners. 

Even if the sun’s not shining, it’s worth investing in the best BBQ for when it does emerge. Some of these barbecues are back-ordered and come with a bit of a wait, so it’s best to order now if you want your new barbecue to be ready and assembled in time for a summer spent with friends and family, and of course, delicious BBQ food.

Below you will find our comprehensive guide of the best barbecues you can buy, divided by type. Some prefer a simple charocal kettle grill for that classic smokey flavour and simple operation, whereas others prefer an American-style gas grill with all the trimmings. This includes fun extras such as warming racks, large grilling areas and even side burners. Of course, you can also take a look at our guide to the best gas barbecues for the complete rundown. Otherwise, for the best barbecues of 2021, keep reading for our top picks of gas, electric, hybrid and charcoal barbecues for every home. 

The best BBQs you can buy right now…

What type of barbecue is best? 

The best barbecues of 2021 by type

Charcoal barbecues

Charcoal barbecues give that traditional smokey flavour, and they’re also some of the more affordable options. You don’t need to hook these barbecues up to any supply of fuel, so they’re great for taking with you on your travels. 

Gas barbecues 

Gas barbecues offer the convenience of easy and instant ignition, and allow you to control the temperature of your grill for that perfectly juicy steak and no burnt kebabs.

Hybrid barbecues

A hybrid combines both, which can offer a great versatility for those who like to switch it up. Some have different burners for gas and charcoal, while others allow you to pick a fuel type and utilise the entirety of the barbecue. 

Best charcoal barbecues 2021

Perhaps it’s the rugged and almost primitive nature that makes cooking on a charcoal BBQ such a treat. Gas options have risen dramatically in popularity over the past few years but if you are after that authentic smokey taste then you cannot beat a charcoal BBQ. From the pocket-friendly open grills to the outright extravagant American-style smokers, we round up the best charcoal BBQ’s to suit every budget

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Rösle

Best barbecue for beginners

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Rösle

Best barbecue for beginners

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Rösle

Best barbecue for beginners

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1. Rösle 25001 Number 1 F50 AIR Kettle Grill

Best barbecue for beginners: this charcoal barbecue couldn’t be easier to use

Specifications

Type: Charcoal

Dimensions: L86 x W62 x H48cm

Colours: Black

Reasons to buy

+Practical hinge lid+Rubber wheels to provide a sturdy base and for ease of movement+High quality performance+Durable kettle grill+Comfortable working height and large grill surface 

Reasons to avoid

It’s not the cheapest The kettle design lacks larger grilling areas

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Everyone has to start somewhere when it comes to barbecuing and the Rösle 25001 Number 1 F50 AIR Kettle Grill is a good place to start. With its easy to use ventilation system and built in ash removal container, the Rösle will have you flipping burgers in no time. Unlike other kettle grills, the Rösle comes with a practical hinged lid which means there is never the need to remove it, just flip it back and feast.

It comes partly pre-assembled to make it easy and fast to set up and once it’s going you’re not on your own. The simple AIR control system can be used at the turn of a knob.

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Weber One Touch

Best charcoal barbecue

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Weber One Touch

Best charcoal barbecue

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Weber One Touch

Best charcoal barbecue

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2. Weber One Touch E4710

Best charcoal barbecue: the classic charcoal barbecue

Specifications

Type: Charcoal

Dimensions: L118.1 x W71.1 x H121.9cm

Colours: Blaze red

Reasons to buy

+Reasonably priced+Ash catcher included+Lightweight+All-weather wheels+Tool hooks in-built

Reasons to avoid

A smaller optionOnly one burner

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The traditional kettle charcoal barbecue is a classic for a reason. Take this one from Weber on the go with its tripod design and two rear wheels. 

For smaller families or small spaces, you’ll find this barbecue more than capable of catering to your every need this summer. It’s not the largest you can buy, but it maxes out on cooking space for the overall size with a 47cm diameter kettle. 

Available for around £200, we recommend the Weber One Touch E4710 for those who want a tried and trusted brand barbecue without the high price tag. 

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Kamado Joe bbq

Best kamado charcoal barbecue

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Kamado Joe bbq

Best kamado charcoal barbecue

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Kamado BBQ

Best kamado charcoal barbecue

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3. Kamado Joe KJ23RHC Classic II Charcoal Grill

Best kamado charcoal barbecue: ideal for serious outdoor cooking enthusiasts

Specifications

Type: Charcoal

Dimensions: L118.1 x W71.1 x H121.9cm

Colours: Blaze red

Reasons to buy

+Perfect for smoking from 225F all the way to searing at 750F.+Patented Ash Drawer – with a slide-out drawer, cleanup is easy. +Locking wheels for ease of movement.

Reasons to avoid

It’s an expensive optionAt 85kg it’s a hefty barbecue that’s not designed for travelling

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The Kamado Joe KJ23RHC Classic II Charcoal Grill really is for BBQ enthusiasts that mean business. It may come with a hefty price tag but the Kamado Joe provides the ultimate barbecuing experience – from low and slow to rapid roast, it does it all. 

This charcoal barbecue has a multi-level half-moon cooking system to revolutionise your BBQ experience by allowing you the space to cook different foods in different styles at different temperatures—all at the same time.

It comes in a striking blaze red colour and the ash drawer makes it easy to remove ash when cleaning. 

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BergHOFF – Leo Carbon Steel Outdoor Tabletop BBQ

Best travel charcoal barbecue

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BergHOFF – Leo Carbon Steel Outdoor Tabletop BBQ

Best travel charcoal barbecue

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BergHOFF – Leo Carbon Steel Outdoor Tabletop BBQ

Best travel charcoal barbecue

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4. Berghoff Tabletop Bbq

Best travel charcoal barbecue: designed for outdoor adventures

Specifications

Type: Charcoal

Dimensions: L35 x W35 x H22 centimetres

Colours: Black and white

Reasons to buy

+Sleek lightweight portable design with removable silicone carry handle+Grill on the go+Cork lid that doubles up as a heatproof mat+Sturdy drum design made from carbon steel+Clip on handle+Choice of two chic colours

Reasons to avoid

Limited use in the gardenExpensive for its size

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Take camp cooking to a whole new level with the BergHOFF portable barbeque. This miniature charcoal grilling machine may not pack as much of a punch in terms of grill space as its big brothers and sisters but it can really hold its own when it comes to portable outdoor cooking – in fact it is at the top of its class. 

Complete with a removable soft silicone carry strap and cork lid that doubles up as a heatproof mat, this perfectly portable BBQ is ready to go on any adventure. 

Whether you’re heading off for a relaxing day on the beach or a picnic in the park, the BergHOFF portable BBQ will become your favourite cooking companion.

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SMOKEY MOUNTAIN COOKER SERIES

Best slow barbecue

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SMOKEY MOUNTAIN COOKER SERIES

Best slow barbecue

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SMOKEY MOUNTAIN COOKER SERIES

Best slow barbecue

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5. Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker

Best slow barbecue: ideal for fans of American low and slow barbecuing

Specifications

Type: Charcoal

Dimensions: H79.8 X W37.4 X D37.4cm

Colours: Black

Reasons to buy

+Available in 3 sizes+Integrated water pan and charring+Sleek bullet design+Tiered cooking area large enough to smoke-cook ribs and brisket at the same time+Built to last and comes with a 10 year warranty

Reasons to avoid

Small grill size for the overall frame 

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Fans of classic American barbeque know that it is all about the smoke when it comes to adding flavour to your food. The Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smoker is perfect for rustling up stacks of smoked goodness – whether it’s succulent salmon, tender pulled pork or delicious smoked cheese, the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker is your new best friend. 

Not only does this stylish piece of kit add that classic smokey American flavour, it also comes in 3 sizes to suit your space and four rust-resistant aluminium dampers to help control airflow within the cooking chamber. This tried and true BBQ includes a built in water pan to help you regulate the temperature as well as two stacking grates giving you plenty of room to create a real Southern feast. 

Adding coal or maple wood to the charcoal chamber is made easy with a sturdy aluminium fuel door and the bars are close enough together to stop the crumbling coals or wood from falling through.

Cooking with gas

Gas barbecues are some of the best barbecues you can buy. They have easy ignition and all you need to do is hook them up to a bottle of gas to get the party started. No fiddly firelighting required! Typically these BBQs can be found in the states, where people love their convenience and have large enough gardens to accommodate the often generous size. If that sounds like you, opt for gas! 

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Weber Spirit E-215

Best gas option

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Weber Spirit E-215

Best gas option

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Weber Spirit E-215

Best gas option

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1. Weber Spirit E-215

Best gas option: a two-burner gas BBQ from a top brand

Specifications

Type: Gas

Size: H115.6 x W127 x D61cm

Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

+Ignition is easy +Neat storage solutions+Easy to store

Reasons to avoid

No side burner

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We like the rust-proof lid and portable frame that comes with the Weber Spirit Classic E-210. It doesn’t take up too much space but has a decent cooking space (nearly 3000cm squared) for the whole family.

It also comes on wheels, making it more portable still. The side racks can fold down but it doesn’t come with a side burner. The side shelves do have hooks for cooking accessories such as spatulas. Weber’s signature “flavourizers” also feature. They’re designed to add an extra kick of that classic smokey barbecue flavour to your meals. 

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barbecue

Best small gas BBQ

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Best small gas BBQ

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Best small gas BBQ

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2. Char-Broil All-Star 120 B-GAS

Best small gas BBQ: convenient and portable

Specifications

Type: Gas

Size: H110xW101xL64.6cm

Colours: Black

Reasons to buy

+Detachable from its base for tabletop use+Lighter than most+Side shelves fold away+Designed for balconies 

Reasons to avoid

Not the largest cooking areaThe frame is on the flimsy side

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Electric ignition makes the Char-Broil All-Star 120 B-GAS easy to use, and it comes on a portable frame on four casters. This barbecue can also be taken out of the stand and placed on a tabletop, making it even more portable.

According to Char-Broil this BBQ was designed for balconies and small gardens. Its cooking area is 46cm in diameter which isn’t huge, but it’s certainly big enough for a few steaks.

Other thoughtful touches include the lid, which has an in-built thermometer, and the TRU-Infrared cooking system which claims to cut back on flare-ups and wasted gas. 

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Outback barbecue

Best budget gas barbecue

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Outback barbecue

Best budget gas barbecue

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Outback Excel Onyx 2-Burner

Best budget gas barbecue

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3. Outback Excel Onyx 2-Burner Gas Trolley BBQ

Best budget gas barbecue: gas cooking at a relatively low price

Specifications

Type: Gas

Dimensions: H103 x W119.5 x D56.5cm

Colours: Black

Reasons to buy

+Portable+Side burner+Bottom storage shelf+Hooks for tool storage

Reasons to avoid

On the small side

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Gas cooking is very convenient, so the Outback Excel Onyx 2-Burner is a great budget-friendly way of getting in on the action. It’s got a 50 x 36cm cooking area that can handle up to 15 burgers at once, and the lid has an in-built thermometer for easy use.

The grill is porcelain-coated wire, which is hardy and easy to clean. It’s also got a side burner which is great for knocking up side dishes while you barbecue the main meal. 

With a warming rack and attachments for all your cooking tools, this barbecue really packs in a lot for the price. 

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Very 6-Burner Gas BBQ with Side Burner

Best large gas BBQ for the money

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Very 6-Burner Gas BBQ with Side Burner

Best large gas BBQ for the money

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Very 6-Burner Gas BBQ with Side Burner

Best large gas BBQ for the money

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4. 6-Burner Gas BBQ with Side Burner

Best large gas BBQ for the money: who says a large grill has to be expensive?

Specifications

Type: Gas

Size: L55xW118xH97 cm

Colour: Grey

Reasons to buy

+Cooks up a feast+Lightweight frame+Six burners at a low price

Reasons to avoid

Large space requirements

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This generously sized barbecue has six burners and even a side burner. There’s a warming rack inside the hood for keeping those burgers warm while you work on the rest of the meal, and each burner can be ignited independently. 

The BBQ also comes with two large wheels, designed to make transportation easier than ever. 

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best barbecue Campingaz Attitude 2100 LX

Best portable gas BBQ

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best barbecue Campingaz Attitude 2100 LX

Best portable gas BBQ

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best barbecue Campingaz Attitude 2100 LX

Best portable gas BBQ

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5. Campingaz Attitude 2100 LX

Best portable gas BBQ: take this option on family camping trips

Specifications

Type: Gas

Dimensions: 65 x 52 x 36

Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

+Two burners+Generous cooking area+Easy to store+Great for travels

Reasons to avoid

Not large enough for feasting

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If you’re looking for a family-sized portable BBQ, the Campingaz Attitude 2100 LX may be just the ticket. Thanks to its built-in carry handles, the BBQ is easy to transport, but it still has 58 x 36 cm of cooking space.

With all the convenience of a gas BBQ but not the same space requirements, this is a top choice for those who like to travel. 

Best hybrid barbecues 2021

Can’t choose between the best charcoal barbecue or a gas alternative? Why not pick both. The best hybrid barbecues are surprisingly affordable given their versatility, and some even come with two cooking zones so you can operate different fuel types simultaneously. 

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Char-Broil gas2coal

Best premium hybrid barbecue

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Char-Broil gas2coal

Best premium hybrid barbecue

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Char-Broil gas2coal

Best premium hybrid barbecue

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1. Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill

Best premium hybrid barbecue: our tried and tested top hybrid grill

Specifications

Type: Hybrid

Dimensions: 62.5 x 134.4 x 120.7cm

Colour: Black

Reasons to buy

+Side burner+Charocal tray is designed to prevent flare-ups+Warming rack

Reasons to avoid

Arms can’t be taken down for storage

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Designed to run entirely on either gas or coal, you can switch out the Char-Broil Gas2Coal Hybrid Grill based on the dish you’re cooking or simply your mood. 

The warming rack keeps food warm and can toast burner buns while you work on the main event, and there are two side arms (one with a side burner) to support you as you go. 

Ignition is convenient and electronic, and the charcoal tray makes it easy to clean and switch out the type of fuel you use. 

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GoodHome Rockwell Black Charcoal & gas Hybrid barbecue

Best hybrid barbecue

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GoodHome Rockwell Black Charcoal & gas Hybrid barbecue

Best hybrid barbecue

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GoodHome Rockwell Black Charcoal & gas Hybrid barbecue

Best hybrid barbecue

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2. Rockwell Gas & Charcoal Hybrid Barbecue

Best hybrid barbecue: for those who want a versatile option

Specifications

Type: Gas and charcoal

Dimensions: L58.5 x W135.5 x H109.8cm

Colours: Black

Reasons to buy

+Large cooking area+Dual fuel – charcoal & gas option.+Integrated storage and warming rack.+All grills are dishwasher safe

Reasons to avoid

BulkyNot the prettiest

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For devout charcoal barbequers the idea of incorporating gas may be sacrilege but if you sit on the fence when it comes to gas or charcoal cooking then this is the BBQ for you. 

It has a large cooking surface on both sides which makes it perfect for entertaining and has an attached bottle opener to crack open a cold one whilst cooking up a storm.

This unique hybrid offers the best of both worlds – charcoal for an authentic smokey taste and gas for easy-to-adjust heat. The best part? Both methods can be used at the same time; so whilst your cajun spice chicken is cooking on the coals, your veggie sausages can be sizzling on the gas. Win-win.

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Premium Dual Fuel

Best large hybrid barbecue

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Premium Dual Fuel

Best large hybrid barbecue

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Best large hybrid barbecue

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3. Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ

Best large hybrid barbecue: for entertaining or extravagant meals

Specifications

Type: Hybrid

Dimensions: H116, W139, D59cm

Colours: Black

Reasons to buy

+Cook with charcoal and gas+Different cooking areas can run simultaneously+Large and great for entertaining

Reasons to avoid

Looks are lackingAssembly takes time

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Given its immense size, the Argos Premium Dual Fuel Charcoal & Gas Combi BBQ is very affordable. It’s a bit lacking in the looks department, with a minimal frame and a side arm jutting out, but there’s loads of room for storage and a range of convenient features. 

You can use the left burner for gas and right for charcoal, or run them simultaneously for the added convenience of cooking two types of meat at the same time. The front shelf is designed to hold condiments and oil for added ease of use. 

How to choose the best barbecue

The best BBQs you can buy right now…

Portability

Some barbecues are designed to be taken on the go. Whether you want to take it camping or simply make storage easier, opting for a lightweight barbecue with wheels or a removable base will make this easier.

Price

The best barbecue could cost as much as £1,000. Sometimes you’ll pay even more for a professional-level option from a top brand like Weber or Kamado Joe. They can come in for under £100 though, so there really is a barbecue out there for every budget. 

Size

Cooking for a crowd? The more burners the merrier when it comes to entertaining. This will allow you to cook various dishes at once and cater to large groups all at the same time. Some come with warming shelves so you can still serve everything simultaneously, and others have side burners to prepare sauces and dips while you cook. 

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