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We’ve just found the best gas barbecue of 2019

We haven't come across many gas barbecues as good as this one. Read on to find out what makes it so special.

We’ve just found the best gas barbecue of 2019

Gas barbecues are often viewed as the convenient way to barbecue, and for some models this means a compromise on taste. But our latest testing has uncovered one that ticks both boxes.

It aced our tests, outshining all the other gas barbecues we tested this year. In fact, it’s the best gas model we’ve tested since 2016.

Why we made it a Best Buy

It scored a whopping 83% overall, making it one of the highest-scoring gas barbecues we’ve tested. Here’s what impressed us:

Its cooking ability is second to none

This barbecue did brilliantly in our taste test, with our expert chef rating it five stars across the board. It gives food a nice char and a delicious smoky flavour.

It makes barbecuing hassle-free

Its simple ignition, speedy heat-up time and easy-to-control temperature all help to make this barbecue a joy to use. We gave it top marks for ease of cleaning, too.

Recently tested gas barbecues

We’ve just put four gas barbecues through our rigorous testing. One of them excelled and is a Best Buy, and one was such a letdown that we’re recommending you steer well clear of it.

Char-Broil All-Star BBQ, £380

It might be small, but this compact model is definitely not lacking in features.  It comes complete with a warming rack, fold-down storage shelves, tool hooks and a temperature gauge. Read our Char-Broil All-Star BBQ review to find out whether it impressed us.

Heston Blumenthal Everdure Force 2-Burner Gas BBQ, £599

This stylish barbecue comes with cast-iron cooking plates, a hinged hood, a built-in thermometer and a fold-down side table. But at £600, it’s an expensive option. See whether it lived up to its premium price in our Heston Blumenthal Force review.

Outback Excel Onyx, £159

For a budget barbecue, this model is generous with features. As well as a warming rack, temperature gauge and storage shelves, you get a side burner for heating through accompaniments such as sauces. See what we made of it in our Outback Excel Onyx review.

Weber Spirit II E-210 GBS, £469

This Weber gas barbecue includes stainless-steel shelves, tool hooks and a warming rack. It even has flavouriser bars to help you achieve smoky barbecue perfection. Find out if it’s worth investing in by reading our Weber Spirit II E-210 GBS review.

Top tips for cooking on a gas barbecue

Follow our tips to help you make the most of your gas barbecue:

  • Use lava rocks or flavouriser bars in your barbecue to give food a smokier flavour.
  • If your food has different cooking times, rest cooked food on warming racks while you finish off the rest on the grill.
  • You can roast food on your barbecue by closing the hood, which will trap the air inside and make it work like an oven.
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