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The Ultimate BBQ Buying Guide

Which Weber BBQ Should I Buy?


We’ve come a long way since our beginnings, but our original kettle series remains one of our most popular and well-loved barbecues even to this day. Though unsurprisingly, over half a century since its invention, you’ll now find the Weber barbecue range has expanded dramatically and now provides gas grills, smokers, electric grills and portable grills to barbecue lovers everywhere.

Our huge selection of barbecues are designed to fulfil a whole host of different requirements but that can sometimes make knowing exactly which of our barbecues to choose from quite difficult.

In this ultimate BBQ buying guide, we’ll take you through some of the Weber models from across our ranges so that you can get a taste of what these barbecues can do and who they’re best suited to so you can find the perfect Weber grill to suit your needs.

Types of BBQ

When deciding which Weber barbecue to buy, first consider whether you would like to invest in a charcoal grill, an electric or a gas barbecue. Each has its pros and cons and there tends to be debate over which is better, with many people firmly believing that one is better than the other!

Charcoal BBQ

A charcoal barbecue is versatile, allowing you to cook super-high or way-down low. However, you’ll need dedication and patience to get the best and most flavourful results!


Gas barbecues are convenient, efficient and ready-in-a-flash. If you want to be able to cook outside with relative ease, they do the job, allowing you to get cooking with the flick of a switch, also giving you more control over the heat of the grill as if you would if you were cooking on the hob. 

Electric BBQ

Electric barbecues are ideal for use on terraces and balconies where a traditional open flame barbecue may not be safe. This type of barbecue is powered by electricity, so it needs to be plugged into a socket for it to work. So if you want to buy a barbecue to take into the park, you may be better off with a gas or charcoal BBQ.

Wood pellet BBQ

A wood fire pellet grill helps you grill food easily and with less smoke. It is quite like a convection oven, which cooks food evenly. 

This is a great option if you’re interested in playing around more with smoky flavours, although some people may prefer the more straight forward option of a gas or charcoal barbecue to cook their food.

Which BBQ to buy?

So, now you’ve decided how you want your food to be cooked, we’ll delve a little deeper into some of the models within each of the gas, electric and charcoal ranges to see which of the barbecues you want to cook your BBQ food on. 

Weber Charcoal BBQs

For charcoal BBQ enthusiasts, Weber stock a variety of charcoal grills that make an ideal choice when choosing a barbecue. This range offers something for everyone, from our original kettle series to the performer series so let’s take a look at some examples of our bestsellers.

Master-Touch Series

What can it do?

One of our best selling charcoal bbqs is theMaster Touch GBS Premium Charcoal Barbecue. This barbecue comes with the 3 in 1 capability of barbecuing, grilling and smoking (not sure of the difference? Read our blog) this barbecue can do it all. Complete with a GBS sear grate included so you can enjoy sizzling steaks and beautiful roast chicken thanks to the perfect conditions provided by this barbecue series.

Who is this best for?

Ideal Home has described the Master Touch as one of the best BBQs of 2021, explaining how “Weber has shown how it earned the crown as king of the kettle charcoal barbeques”. We recommend trying out this model if you want to experience what a charcoal BBQ should be like.

This is best for those who want the control and quality expected from gas, but with all the smoky flavour you’d want from charcoal. This barbecue also takes up less space than others so is ideal if you want to fit this into a smaller outdoor space or already have another barbecue.

Smokey Mountain Cooker Series

What can it do?

A great choice for a barbecue on the go and taking it low-and-slow wherever you end up. This is a great option for a small weber barbecue - it is large enough to barbecue an entire roast yet compact enough to fit in the boot of your car. This small but mighty barbecue is capable of many things. It includes an internally suspended water pan that functions as a heat regulator and also a moisture generator, which means it's very easy to keep the temperature in the 'smoke zone' for hours at a time. 

This yields slowly cooked, juicy meat. The Weber Smokey Mountain also features a door for refuelling during long cooks, a large lid thermometer, and dual-level cooking grates to give you the maximum cooking capacity.

​Who is it best for?

Available in three sizes, this is perfect if you want to take a barbecue with you on your adventures and you’re interested in smoking food such as freshly caught fish whilst you are out exploring the lakes and mountains the world has to offer! So if you love the great outdoors and you love great food - the Smokey Mountain is a great option for you.

If you need something smaller than this model, why not take a look at the Go-Anywhere Charcoal Barbecue, which is compact enough to take absolutely anywhere?

Our full range of charcoal barbecues offer something for everyone - use the ‘compare’ tool on our website to pinpoint the different specifications between models.

Weber Gas Grill Models

All our gas barbecues are built to the highest of standards using stainless steel. Not only do they look great but you’ll get the best cooking experience too. If you’re one for entertaining or have lots of mouths to feed - a gas barbecue is the answer. 

Genesis® II Series E-315 GBS Gas Barbecue

The Genesis® II Series is breathtakingly good. If you really want to impress your guests and be the ultimate host, then look no further than this range with a large number of barbecues to choose from, you’ll struggle to find a barbecue from this series that can’t do everything you could want and more.

There’s no need to compromise when it comes to design, technology and high-class quality. On top, we offer a 10-year warranty for all parts of the barbecue — and a lifetime of customer support.

What can it do?

The Genesis® II Series E-315 GBS Gas Barbecue is an exclusive world-class barbecuing engine. It boasts three powerful burners that are guaranteed to ignite every time, and iGrill 3 smart technology compatibility. 

This impressive grill can do everything you need it to. If you want to have sausages, burgers, vegetables and other food all cooking at once, then this is a great choice, because there’s enough room for you to cook a whole host of things all at the same time.

Although you can still smoke your food using gas barbecues, it is harder to do than if you were to use a charcoal barbecue or a wood pellet grill.  

Who is it best for?

This is perfect if you consider yourself a bit of a chef and like to have BBQ garden parties where you feed your guests and delight at them eating your home-cooked food! Equally, if you want the simplicity of quickly turning your BBQ on and not having to wait for coals to warm up, then this is a great option for you.

Spirit Classic E-220 Gas Barbecue

TheSpirit series of gas barbecues range in size and price, but come in at a lower cost than their Genesis® counterparts. The range was designed to encourage and kick-start peoples’ love of gas grilling. 

What can it do?

The Spirit E-220 gas barbecue is designed for easy usage and efficient barbecuing. It also has the added benefit of a side burner, which is perfect for making gravies, sauces and juices.

This model has two burners, so you can cook direct or indirect across the two heat sources. We love the unique Flavourizer Bars which produce steam and smoke from your food juices, creating the all-important, and much sought after barbecue flavour.

Who is it best for? 

This is an ideal barbecue for BBQ beginners/intermediates that may be making the transition from charcoal to gas grilling. This good looking, stylish barbecue is functional, easy to use and requires little effort to get it up and running. 

It is also less bulky than other barbecues from the gas range, so is suited well to slightly smaller families or gardens.

Our full range of gas barbecues offer something for everyone - use the ‘compare’ tool on our website to pinpoint the different specifications between models.

Weber Electric BBQs

Using an electric BBQ doesn’t mean you have to compromise on flavour. We’ve come a long way in terms of grilling on electric barbecues and ours, in particular, have everything you need to produce beautiful, authentic feasts that you and your guests will love.

Pulse 1000 Barbecue

What can it do?

The Pulse 1000 takes convenience to a new level. With industry-leading, electronic temperature control that automatically adjusts to ensure consistent heat throughout the grill and an integrated iGrill thermometer that connects to an app on your smartphone, notifying you when your food is done. 

Who is it best for?

If you live on a balcony or for other safety reasons are unable to use smoke or flames to cook food then this barbecue is ideal. There is less space on the grill when compared to some of our gas barbecues, but there’s still plenty of room to feed a few housemates, or a small family all at once.

Because this needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet, it’s not suitable for every occasion.

View our full range of Weber electric barbecues.

Weber Wood Pellet BBQ

The wood pellet barbecue can best be described as a large charcoal barbecue but instead of charcoal, you use firewood of your choice.

What can it do?

The SmokeFire model delivers exceptional wood-fired flavour, no matter what you have a taste for. Its 95-315°C temperature range gives it the versatility to sear, smoke, bake, and everything in between.

Whether you’re craving a juicy steak, BBQ ribs, pulled pork, pizza, burgers, or dessert, it’s the only barbecue you need to do it all.

​Who is it best for?

Pellet barbecues are designed to give you the ultimate smoky flavour. It is therefore primarily a barbecue for the smoky fanatics among us. If barbecuing is really your passion, then this might be something for you in your endeavours to be a master smoker.

If you aren’t as passionate about the low and slow smoking process and using woodchips to create flavour, then a gas or charcoal barbecue is simpler to use and quicker to cook on.

View our full range of Weber wood-fired pellet barbecues here.

Which BBQ to buy?

So there you have it. A look at some of our most popular barbecues from across the entire range.  If you’re still not sure what barbecue to buy, then we’ll recap what we covered in the guide.

If you like the authentic smoky barbecue flavour and if smouldering coals bring out that real sentimental feeling, then perhaps the traditional charcoal barbecue is the best option for you.

Do you even want to take it a step further and become a master smoker? Then choose a special smoker or pellet barbecue

If you don't care too much about the smoke, but more about ease of use, then a gas barbecuemight be a better option.

Finally, if you only have limited space in your garden or on your balcony in the city, an electric barbecue could suit you and your requirements better.

Buy a BBQ - Summary

The most extensive range of Weber barbecues can be found here on our website. So, have fun browsing our professional-grade barbecues and remember to use the ‘compare’ feature when looking at different barbecues so you can see all of the specifications of each barbecue compared side by side, then when you have chosen your favorite barbecue, be prepared to be wowed!