When you think grilling you think Weber Grills. That’s just a fact of life Jack. Weber has been the symbol of quality and dependable grills since 1952. The Weber Q1200 series of portable grills now comes in a rainbow of colors for you to choose from. Recently the Busted Wallet team was given the opportunity to review the sleek Black on Black Q1200 along with a stand to go with it which we’ve been vigorously testing over the last month and our stomachs cannot take anymore. So without further ado let the meat parade begin! I’ll be your Grand Marshall.

Weber Q1200 Review

11401240_10153075492318422_9050684798713111242_nKey Features:

  • 7 new colors to choose from
  • 189 square inch cooking surface
  • 8,500 BTU burner
  • 5 year warranty
  • Porcelain enameled, cast-iron cooking grates
  • Built-in thermometer
  • Cast aluminum body construction
  • Two folding side work tables
Weber Q1200 Review Breakdown

Assembly:

Assembly of the Q1200 from opening the box took me less than 20 minutes. I could easily shave that time down to 15 minutes if I became a pro grill assembler. Instructions provided were straight forward and you only need a screwdriver to slap this bad boy together, including the stand! All the pieces were light enough to put together all on my own.

Design:

IMG_2180Weber does not disappoint with the design and construction of the Q series of grills. You can tell this grill is made to last and Weber backs that up with their 5 year warranty which guarantees you against rust for five years. Most of the competition in this size of grill offers a 1-3 year warranty.

What’s really cool about the Q1200 is the seven color choices Weber offers. The colors offered are Green, Orange, Black, Purple, Blue, Fuchsia, and Titanium. These color options will allow you to subtly say to your fellow campers at your campground, “Yeah, I’ve got swagger. Yes…I…do. Now wear your envy and jealousy on your sleeve so I can bask in it as you walk by my campsite.” The one slight negative I do have to offer is that the shape of the grill is not very packing friendly. Weber could step up their game in that arena. If you camp like we do, every nook and cranny of you vehicle is crammed tight with gear so a more stackable shape of the grill would be nice.

The size of the grill fully open is 24.6″x40.9″x20.5″. The electronic ignition is an easy to use push button that fires the burner up easily. Also, the burner control allows you to dial in the precise level of heat your precious entree demands. The built-in thermometer is a really excellent feature along with the side fold out work tables which are upgrades over the Q1000. The nice thing about the Q series of Weber grills is that if the Q1000 or Q1200 is too small for your needs you can step up to the Q2000 or the big bad Q3200 grills to satisfy your needs.

Performance:

The Weber Q1200’s performance is quite remarkable compared to other portable propane grills I’ve used in the past. The 189 square inch cooking area is ample for a party of two or we even grilled enough dogs and brats up to the cottage for six people. The stainless steel burner is designed for even heat distribution as it’s configured in a loop around the grill box unlike most other grills that are configured in a straight line down the middle of the grill box. This is all great but can it sear? Yes it can! The porcelain enameled cast-iron grill grates retain heat well to enable you to get that picture perfect sear every time. We also could easily get the grill up to 500 degrees without issue. Now for the meat parade you’ve been waiting for.

q1200 grill

Over the last month we grilled chicken breasts, LOTS of brats and hot dogs, burgers, polish sausage (said in a Chris Farley Chicago Bears accent), as well as pork tenderloin.  This grill performs as well as some full size grills I have used so would I not only recommend this grill for camping I would use it if you have a small family. Our household only has two people in it and I would use this as our only grill without hesitation.

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2013_10_10_20_36_27_Q1200_Thermometer_Feature 2013_10_10_20_38_13_Q1200_FoldOutTables_Feature 2013_10_10_20_38_46_Q1400_CatchPan_Feature Burner Control electric ignition

Value:

The Q1200 retails for $199.00 and if you want the portable stand it will set you back $69.99.  This is a portable grill with the performance of a full sized grill. You can find more modestly priced portable grills but they will not perform like the Weber Q1200 and of course they won’t have the stylish color choices either. To summarize, this grill gets two thumbs up!

Buy Now: $199 or to learn more, go to: Weber.com

Weber Q1200 - Grill Review
If you're in the market for a portable grill perfect for camping, tailgating or small parties in the backyard, you have to check out the Q1200. This grill will impress any level of griller and we highly recommend it.
Design9.8
Style9.7
Performance9.8
Portability9
Warranty9.6
The Good:
  • Stylish color choices
  • Even heat over cooking surface
  • Durable construction
The Not so Good:
  • Packability could be better
9.6Overall Score

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Working most of my life in and around the construction industry from residential to commercial let's just say I know not to hold a nail for someone else to pound, and I guess some other stuff too. I'm excited to help the Busted Wallet team test and review all things construction and home improvement related as well as what may make the everyday man's life easier or better. I hope you enjoy my bad jokes and find what I have to say helpful!

7 Responses

  1. Tom Monaweck

    Nice review grill dude! A very nice grill for the money indeed, I agree. I have not tried the larger grills yet. The Q2000 has a slightly larger grill area than the Q1200 is the only difference I see. The Q3200 is larger still but has 2 burners instead of just one and a more robust grill stand you can get for it as well.

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  2. zeebanaybuh

    All that stuff and you never tested it on steaks? That is the acid test for any grill – can it properly sear the outside while leaving a desirably pink/red interior? Any grill can do chicken and brats, given enough time. Burgers are not an adequate substitute.

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  3. Linda

    I just purchased the Q1200. I had some older green Coleman 16.4 oz propane canisters laying around. I made several attempts to connect one to the grill. Can’t do it – no room. The leg of the grill is squarely in the way. I ended up getting a couple of the Bernzomatic blue propane canisters. I wanted something portable for cooking a burger or steak on after a good motorcycle ride.
    Is there any difference in the circumference of the green Bernzomatic canisters and the older green Coleman brands?

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    • Tom Monaweck

      Hi Linda,

      I have used propane cans from Ace Hardware, Coleman, and Bernzomatic on the Q1200. All are 16.4 ounce and 1.02 pound cans with no problem. They are all the same size. If you are using the longer propane canisters typically used for torches I can see that would not work or fit. I will say the Bernzomatic cans I’ve used are dark green in color not blue.

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  4. Kim J.

    Thank you for a very nice review. Is this grill still recommendable, or do you prefer another one now since its a few years back you wrote this?
    Best regards Kim

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