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Top three best charcoal barbecues

By Manette Kaisershot

If you love the smokey flavour of food cooked on a charcoal barbecue then you're in luck; we've rounded up our favourite three to make choosing the right charcoal grill for you easy as 1-2-3. 

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Top three charcoal barbecues

We take our grilling really seriously. Every barbecue we review has been sent through a series of strict lab testing to see how easy it is to build, move and use. We then light up each grill to see how they are to use and have an expert chef assess the cooking ability of each grill. 

Here we recommend the grills that cook up the most succulent, well cooked fare; no matter which of the three you choose, you'll easily cook delicious food.

Lowest price (in stock) £239.99
Which? score 83%
Reviewed Mar 2016
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This charcoal barbecue is a premium kettle barbecue designed to cook for up to eight people. It comes with lots of the high-spec features that you get in high-end barbecues, with a price-tag to match. But do these features really enhance the cooking experience? We put this charcoal barbecue to the test to find out.

Typical price £129.00
Which? score 80%
Reviewed Mar 2016
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With a porcelain-coated grill and hood, wooden side shelves, warming rack and ash collector, this grill offers some top-notch features that could help you cater for four to six people. But are these enough to make it a Best Buy charcoal barbecue or does the food it cooks leave something to be desired?

Typical price £170.00
Which? score 79%
Reviewed Mar 2016
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This charcoal barbecue is an entry-level, large charcoal kettle barbecue from premium brand, which is designed to cook for up to eight people. It includes many of the high-spec features, such as the one-touch cleaning system. But do these features really work? Read our full test results to find out.

And one barbecue to avoid

This grill might not be to everyone's tastes, and while it isn't a bad model, you'd be better off with one of our top three recommended barbecues. 

Lowest price (in stock) £210.00
Which? score 64%
Reviewed Apr 2018
Type of barbecue:
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Fat drip tray or ash collector:
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Temperature gauge:
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This charcoal barbecue conjures up visions of an American-style barbecue. The large cooking surface and adjustable charcoal tray make this grill both versatile and great for feeding a big group of guests. We've tested and reviewed this grill to see if it was able to cook up a delicious barbecued meal. And while it was pretty good at grill it may not be for eveyone's tatses. Read on to find out why.

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We test thousands of products every year, from electric toothbrushes to cars. When testing barbecues in our lab, we assess far more than just how quickly and effectively they cook.

We assemble them first, looking at how well built and sturdy they are, as well as checking out how easy each barbecue is to move and store. Once they are lit, we see how long they take to warm up, how easy they are to use and how well they cook, before finishing up with the tricky business of getting them clean again.

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