Updated 11 Nov 2016

Weber

Family Q (Q3100AU)

Snapshot: The Weber Family Q (Q3100AU) patio (deck) barbecue has a medium-sized cooking area but no side burner. How well does it cook?

Family Q (Q3100AU)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$949

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Test results

Overall score
88
Steak
?/10
Sausages
?/10
Chicken wings
?/10
Whole chicken
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Excellent steak cooking.
  • Excellent sausage cooking.
  • Excellent chicken wing cooking.
  • Excellent at roasting a whole chicken.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Easy to use.

But

  • No side burner.
  • No warming rack.
  • No hood thermometer.

How we test

The overall score is made up of cooking performance (60%) and ease of use (40%). Our performance assessment is weighted equally between these 4 tests:

Steak cooked on the grill for six to eight minutes each side with all burners on full.
Sausages grilled on a medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes each side with the entire cooking surface covered and the hood closed (unless the manufacturer states otherwise).
Marinated chicken wings cooked on the hotplate over a low heat, for about 10 minutes each side.
Whole chicken roasted (if possible on the barbecue) with the outder burners on high and inner burners on low, and the hood closed.

Top-scoring barbecues cooked everything evenly throughout, resulting in consistently tender and juicy meat. This also meant the barbecue’s temperature was easy to control, and its heat was evenly distributed across the cooking surface.

Ease of use scores comprise general ease of cooking (40%) mobility (20%), controls (20%) and cleaning (20%).

Price is from an October 2016 survey and excludes freight for online purchases.

Key data

More test results (/10)

Cleaning
7.0

Model

Avg price
$949
Type
Patio/deck

Specifications

Running time (hrs:mins)
20:00
H x W x D
110 x 146 x 57cm
Cooking area
0.28m²
Main burners
2
Weight (kg)
-

Features

Side burner
×
Warming rack
×
Domed hood
Side trays
Folding side trays

Materials

BBQ body
aluminium
Hood
aluminium
Trolley/stand
plastic
Cooking surface
porcelain enamel cast iron
Burners
stainless steel
Flame diffusers
n/a

More Info

Notes

The Weber Q3200 is similar to the Q3100 but only available at Weber specialist dealers. The built-in Q3600 is also expected to perform similarly.

Availability

-

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