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13 August 2021

Top five best gas barbecues

We line up the top five highest-scoring gas grills to make it easy to find the best gas-powered barbecue for your garden.
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The best gas barbecues are thoughtfully made, have all the features you need and, most of all, let you cook up fabulous barbecue food that’s guaranteed to impress family and friends.

The worst gas grills don’t cook food evenly at all and give you bland flavours that lack any authentic barbecue taste.

We’ve picked our top five gas barbecues from our expert lab tests in the table below. We also list the grills you shouldn’t waste your money on.


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Best gas barbecues

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  • 84%
    £734.65

    This Best Buy barbecue is an excellent choice for inexperienced barbecue chefs because it's easy to get good results from. It has a high-quality finish and cooks tasty barbecue food. It's powerful enough to grill and roast food quickly and evenly, and its top-spec features make it extremely simple to use.

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  • 83%
    £629.00

    We struggled to find fault with this brilliant gas barbecue. Our expert chef rated its cooking ability five stars out of five, praising the food’s perfect charring and mouth-watering succulence. It’s simple to use, too, with a quick heating time, easy-to-control heat and practical design.

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  • 78%
    £299.99

    This small and compact two-burner barbecue that would fit nicely in a small garden. It's simple and full of high-spec features, but how well does it cook? We've tested and reviewed this gas grill to discover what it's like to use. Read our review to see if it's for you.

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  • 76%
    £585.00

    This gas barbecue’s fantastic cooking ability, high build quality and easy-to-use design make it a top pick. It has three burners and comes with some handy features, including a cupboard, fold-down side shelves and sear plates, which make it easier to control the heat.

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None of these gas grills jumping out at you? Take a look at our full range of barbecue reviews.

Gas barbecues to avoid

Our tests have uncovered some disappointing gas barbecues - and not all of them are cheap to buy. Make sure to check out the lowest-scoring gas barbecues below to avoid making an expensive mistake:

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  • 53%
    £300.00

    This is a sturdy, well-built barbecue that's easy to use and reaches temperature quickly. However, that's about where the good points end. It's unpleasant to look at, does a terrible job of cooking food, and the grill bars are so far apart it's very easy to accidentally drop food through them. One to avoid.

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  • 52%
    £149.93

    This 2-Burner gas barbecue costs under £200. You might be tempted, as it is less expensive than some competitor's 2-burner grills, but it won't cook your food to perfection. We've tested and reviewed this gas barbecue to see how it fared against the competition. Login to reveal all.

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  • 36%
    £170.00

    This is one of the worst gas barbecues we've ever tested. Numerous flare ups make it difficult to cook on, it dries out meat as it's so slow, and it's a nightmare to clean when you're done. It feels cheap and flimsy too, plus it takes an hour to assemble. Definitely one to avoid.

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Useful gas barbecue features

Here are three of the most useful features to look for when buying a new charcoal barbecue:

  • Fat drip tray - this stops your burners from flaring up when fat drips fall onto the grill, and are removable to make your barbecue much easier to clean.
  • Side burner - an extra little burner away from the main grill that can be used to heat pots and pans.
  • Griddle - a flat cooking surface usually at the side of the grilling area that can be used to sauté, braise or fry your food.

For expert advice on choosing your ideal grill, check out our barbecues buying guide. We've also recently tested a range of barbecue tongs, so we can recommend the best barbecue tongs