Is the new Weber Original Kettle Premium barbecue worth buying?Our first look verdict on new charcoal barbecue

30 May 2015

Weber original kettle premium bbq

Weber's Original Kettle Premium barbecue is an enhanced version of the Original Kettle

Weber claims that its new Original Kettle Premium kettle barbecue will inspire envy in your fellow barbecuers, so we asked a Which? researcher to try it out and give her verdict on whether it lives it up to its promise.

The new Original Kettle Premium is a remodelled version of the iconic One Touch Premium Charcoal Barbecue for 2015. 

It's similar to the Weber Original Kettle (formerly the One Touch Original Charcoal Barbecue), but with a few key enhancements. 

At £180, it's the most expensive charcoal barbecue we've reviewed - so is it worth the investment?

Head over to our to get our verdict.

Weber Original Kettle Premium barbecue

The Original Kettle Premium comes with an impressive-sounding list of features designed to make it easier to cook, clean and store away. 

With a 57cm grill, there's a fair amount of cooking space so you can comfortably barbecue a few different foods at once without overcrowding.

The in-built thermometer has been strategically repositioned so that when barbecuing with indirect heat (the charcoal is moved to the side, so is not directly under the food) it should still be able to provide an accurate reading.

The grill is hinged in three places around the edge, so charcoal can be added without disrupting any food that's being cooked. 

Heat-proof handle

A heat-proof handle on top of the lid promises to keep hands safe from burns when checking on food. The lid hooks - used to hang the lid on - have been moved to increase access to the cooking grate when the lid is not being used. 

Beneath the bowl sits an aluminium ash collector which encompasses Weber's patented 'One Touch' cleaning system - a built-in lever which, when pushed from side to side, sweeps ash out from the base of the barbecue and into the bin. 

The handles at either side of the barbecue bowl have integrated tool hooks which, along with a shelf which rests between the legs at the base of the barbecue, make it easier to store cooking utensils that aren't being used.

Read more about the Weber barbecues we've tested.

Charcoal or gas barbecues - which are best?

If you're a traditionalist, a charcoal barbecue is the way to go to ensure you get that distinctive, smokey-barbecue flavour. Food becomes infused with a chargrilled-taste when fat and juices from cooking food drip down onto hot coals.

Charcoal barbecues are typically cheaper than gas models, and are easier to assemble and store due to their smaller size. However, they can also be slow to heat, not to mention harder to light.

Adjusting the temperature is simpler with a gas barbecue, making it more likely that you'll end up with food which is evenly cooked all the way through. 

To see all of the gas and charcoal barbecues we've tested, including models from Weber, Outback and Landmann, and find out which topped our rigorous tests, head to our barbecue reviews. 

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