Choosing Between Char-Broil Portable Gas Grills and Weber Go Anywhere Portable Gas Grills
Portable gas grills: two American classics
If you are thinking of buying a portable gas grill to use on the beach or for a picnic in the country, there are many different types and brands or portable gas grills to choose from. However, two of the most popular grills have been around for many years. They are “classics” that have proven themselves in many outdoor party events where a barbecue grill is an essential piece of equipment.
These portable gas grills are:
Weber Go Anywhere gas grill
Char-broil gas table grill
At first glance, these two grills don’t look that different, so which one do you choose? Is one of them significantly different from the other?
While no comparison that doesn’t set out to run these two grills head-to-head will be perfect, this article will help you choose the most suitable grill for your barbecue parties.
Factors to consider
Whenever it is proposed to select a new grill, there are at least three important factors to consider:
Overall construction – how well it is made and the materials used
Operation: how well it works in action
Maintenance: how easy it is to clean and maintain
Price and popularity
I will now compare the Weber Go Anywhere Gas Grill and the Char-Broil Tabletop Gas Grill in each of these titles.
Both grills are made of coated stainless steel to prevent rust from forming. The Weber Go Anywhere grill weighs 15 lbs. against 10 pounds. of the Broil-King grill, suggesting that Weber may have used slightly superior materials in the manufacturing.
However, the Weber grill is taller (14 inches) than the Broil-King (10 inches). This difference in height will obviously contribute to a difference in weight. Both grills have folding legs that close over the lid for travel.
The fact that the Weber grill is much taller may also explain why some Char-Broil customers found it a bit difficult to work with the tabletop grill in windy conditions, while this doesn’t seem to be a problem for the Weber Go customers. Grill anywhere. But I’m just guessing here.
Both grills have handles on each side for easy portability, but the Weber’s larger insulated handles will certainly make it easier to move the grill around in hot weather (perhaps in a more sheltered location!).
Both grills use 16 oz. disposable propane cylinders, but both Weber and Char-Broil provide adapter hoses so grills can be attached to 20 lbs. propane cylinders if necessary. Both grills also have push button gas ignition and gas regulators.
The cooking grates for each grill are of different sizes. The Char-Broil grating is larger (187 square inches) than the Weber (160 square inches). Although this size difference is not great, it can be important if you have more than four people at your barbecue party.
Both grills also have flavoring systems. A good flavoring system will minimize flare-ups and enhance the flavor of cooked meat, fish, or vegetables. It does this by vaporizing food juices that would otherwise fall to the bottom of the combustion chamber. The vapors produced permeate the food that is cooked and improve its flavor.
There isn’t much of a difference in the BTU ratings of the two grills. The Weber grill runs at around 10,000 BTUs and the Char-Broil grill at around 12,000 BTUs. In theory this means that it should be faster to grill food on the Char-Broil than on the Weber.
Reviews from Amazon customers using these two grills expressed overall satisfaction with how both grills worked, but some complained about the time it took to cook food (on both grills!). This is really what you would expect from a grill that’s only 10,000 BTUs compared to 20,000 to 30,000 BTUs from a smaller home gas barbecue grill.
Both grills are cleaned in the same way, scraping ash and food waste from under the burners after the barbecue is done. Neither grill has a “drip pan” under the burners. Many customers use aluminum foil on the bottom of their grills for easy cleaning.
Because both Weber and Char-Broil are established names, it is possible to purchase replacement parts and accessories for these two portable grills. Many other low-cost grills for sale are foreign-imported and replacement services are not available.
Price and popularity
The Weber grill is almost twice as expensive as the Char-Broil grill, so it is perhaps a bit surprising to find that on Amazon’s “best sellers” list, Weber is currently at No. 9 and Char-Broil at the number 56 (but keep in mind that these ratings are dynamic and can change dramatically over the course of a year).
Customer satisfaction levels for these grills are similar, but in line with the number of each grill sold, Weber currently has 320 customer reviews and Char-Broil 32.
As we’ve seen, the Weber Go Anywhere gas grill is the more popular of the two grills, but it’s almost twice as expensive. In terms of specification, there is not much to choose between them, but perhaps you can assume that the Weber Grill will last longer. This is a pretty reasonable assumption, but if you read Amazon customer reviews, you will find Char-Broil customers still using their grills after 5 years (many people throw away cheap grills after 3 years because they have rusted and crumbled ). ).
The Char-Broil Tabletop Gas Grill is a bit more compact and perhaps has a bit more power (that is, a higher heat rating), but overall there isn’t much to choose between them. With barbecue grills, as with many other products, brand preference can guide your choice rather than other factors.