WEBER Q1200 review – Summary and overview of this amazing portable grill
There’s nothing quite like a good barbecue outdoors. The sound and smell of sizzling meat (and/or veggies) can really make your day. Yes, barbecuing is one of those life’s little pleasures. Read this WEBER Q1200 review and you’ll see how it’s something that takes us back to nature, letting us enjoy fruits of our labor. Of course, you can just try to set up a fire outside with a metal grate over it and try to cook your meat caveman-style, but there’s a much easier way. Namely, using a barbecue grill.
If you don’t already own a barbecue grill, it’s high time that you get one. But which grill to choose? Big or small? Gas or Electric? Expensive or budget-friendly? All these choices can make your head feel dizzy. But fear not, because we’re here to help you. Together, we’ll take a look at Weber Q1200, see what it has to offer and why you should (or shouldn’t) get it. So, without any further ado, let’s dive into the world of barbecue grills and how Weber Q1200 fits into it.
Meet Weber Q1200 with our review
Just what is this grill? Well, for starters, Weber Q1200 is a fairly compact, portable gas grill. It comes in a wide selection of colors, so you can express your individuality. That’s certainly not something that all people will care about, but it’s nice to know that you have some options.
As its name implies, the Q 1200 is part of Weber’s Q series. It features compact grills that can do the job just as good as the big ones. Of course, with smaller size, you have some compromises, but unless you’re planning to constantly host barbecue parties with 20+ people, this grill could be the right choice for you.
There’s another reason why many people would consider a smaller grill. Namely, the limited outdoor space. If you have a small patio, or you just have a balcony in your apartment, then a big barbecue grill is out of the question. But you don’t have to sacrifice grilling just because of limited space, which is exactly what Weber had in mind with this model.
Looking at the Q 1200, one of the first things you’re going to notice about it is its design, which we could describe as fairly stylish and modern. It’s not too over the top, but it’s not something we would call boring either. The subtle rounded shapes and curves will add a dash of elegance to any outdoor space or even a balcony, if you have such living situation. Either way, Weber Q1200 is not your boring everyday grill, that’s for sure.
The color is definitely something that stands out about this model. Weber has prepared a selection of 8 colors for this grill, which refers to the color of the lid. You can have this part in those 8 different colors, while the rest of the grill is in your typical black color.
And speaking of them, here’s what you can get with the Q 1200:
And as if that wasn’t enough, there are more customized options as well. Namely, if you shop for this grill through places like Amazon, you’ll find some pretty cool customized grills. These bear the name and logos of famous universities, which looks quite effective. For example, you can get a Weber Q1200 in University of Wisconsin Red, University of Texas Orange, or Auburn University Blue, among others. This is perfect for those college parties, and a great way to show your loyalty to your university, if you’re into that sort of thing. Just bear in mind that these customized versions will be more expensive than the regular models, but more about that later.
Okay, so enough about the design and colors – let’s move on to the more technical side in this Weber Q1200 review, and that’s the specifications. After all, what good is a pretty grill if it’s not up for the task when it comes to grilling? Well, you’ll be happy to know that this model has a stainless steel burner that produces 8500 BTU-per-hour, so that should be plenty for all your grilling adventures. As long as there’s not a lot of you, that is. Namely, Weber says that this grill serves 2 to 3 people, so if you’re planning to host parties with a lot of folks, they’re just going to have to wait their turn to get their meat and veggies.
When it comes to the cooking area, you have 189 square inches of space to work with, which should be enough to put all of your food. Now, sure, there are a lot of bigger grills on the market, including even from Weber themselves. However, there are some benefits to having a smaller cooking area. Namely, once the lid is in closed position, the area inside will be more evenly hot, giving you a more consistent result. If you have a large cooking area on a grill, and you close the lid, there might be some pockets of colder air. Thus, the food won’t be cooked the same. You might risk burning some food, while undercooking others.
As we’ve already said, this is a gas grill, which means it uses liquid propane. And as such, it features electronic ignition. The setup is fairly easy, and you should have no problems operating this grill at all.
Weber Q1200 is a compact grill, as far as outdoor grills go at least. With its lid open and side tables out, you’re looking at a grill that measures 24.6 inches in height, 40.9 inches in width, and 20.5 inches in depth. On the other hand, when the lid of the grill is closed, that brings the total dimensions to 15 x 40.9 x 16.5 inches.
The size of Weber Q1200 makes it a very balcony-friendly grill, although your neighbors probably won’t appreciate the smell and the smoke. Nevertheless, if you have limited space, the Q 1200 is surely going to fit there and it’s going to look stylish as ever.
You’ll be happy to know that the grill comes fully assembled right out of the box. You won’t have to guess which part goes where and potentially have an unsafe grill, so that’s a plus.
There are a lot of impressive things when it comes to Weber Q1200. Its sturdy construction and quality materials certainly are something to convince you to buy one. However, there are other neat touches that Weber has implemented to make this grill the one to get over its competitors. For starters, we have an in-built thermometer, which reads out temperature in both Celsius and Fahrenheit scale. Having a thermometer is a great way to get consistent results, as you don’t have to rely on your gut feeling to know if the grill is hot enough to cook or not.
Another cool feature of the Q 1200 are the folding side tables, where you can store your food and/or your cooking accessories. This is actually what sets this model apart from the Q 1000, as the latter doesn’t have these tables included.
When you’re grilling, you need a place to gather all the grease and fat that has been accumulating from the meat. You’ll be happy to know that Weber included a catch pan to get all that grease. And of course, as you would expect, the pan itself is removable, so disposing of the grease and cleaning the pan is easy and straightforward.
The lid and the body of this grill have cast aluminum, which gives this model a sturdy, yet light construction. The grill itself actually weighs 30 pounds (around 13 kilograms), which is not exactly feather-light. But it is light enough so that you can easily carry it around and move it to different places. It can even fit in a car, reasonably easy, we would say.
While the light aluminum is in the lid, when it comes to cooking grates, Weber opted for something sturdier. Namely, the cooking grates feature heavy-duty cast iron, which should endure even the hottest of flames. Furthermore, they are porcelain-enameled, which not only looks good, but it adds a level of protection. Also, that makes them easier to clean. The grates themselves are far enough apart, so the food will cook quickly, giving you nice searing marks.
Another material that Weber used in the construction of the grill is nylon, which sounds a bit odd when you think about it. But it’s not the nylon you’re probably thinking of – it’s glass-reinforced nylon, a special high-tech material that was used for the construction of the grill’s frame. This material is also one of the reasons for this grill’s sturdy, yet light construction and we’re happy that’s the case.
Using Weber Q1200 – reviews
Using a gas grill might be intimidating to some people, but Weber made it quite user-friendly for this model. The process is fairly simple.
- The first step is, obviously, to place the grill in the desired spot, making sure there’s enough open space around you.
- Next, you need to attach the disposable liquid propane cylinder to the special attachment point on the grill. Alternatively, you can attach a full-size propane cylinder using a gas hose grill. It’s important to note that this hose is not included with the grill itself, so if you’re planning to use a full-size propane cylinder, make sure to buy the hose if you don’t happen to have one already.
- After you’ve attached your source of gas, you need to turn the gas on to ‘High’ using the burner valve, which Weber calls ‘Infinite Control Burner Valve’. You’ll find the burner valve on the right side of the grill.
- On the left side of the grill, you’ll find the ignition button. Simply press it right after you’ve released the gas, and you should be getting a nice flame.
One thing to keep in mind is that the ignition button is of electric type. It uses 2 AAA batteries, so make sure to always keep some charged batteries with you, so you wouldn’t have any problems with the ignition.
The folding tables and the thermometer aren’t the only things you can have with this grill. There is a whole range of accessories that Weber has prepared for this model. However, bear in mind that those are optional and they do come at a price. So if you want to have everything, it will quickly add up to the total price. Let’s see what you can have with this grill:
- Premium Tool Set ($19.99). If you want some quality results, you need to have some quality tools. And luckily for you, Weber offers a set that includes a spatula and locking tongs. Their compact size means that you can easily take them with you to, say, camping, or picnics. While the price may seem a bit steep for a set of just 2 tools, they are sturdy and well-built, so they should last you a long time. The spatula and the tongs are made of stainless steel, and they are both dishwasher-safe.
- Griddle ($39.99). What’s cool about Weber Q1200 is that you can actually take out the cooking grates. And this is not only handy for cleaning. You can also replace one of them with a special griddle attachment. With this, you can cook foods like eggs or pancakes that would otherwise be impossible on the regular grate. Thanks to its double-sided surface, using this griddle will be a breeze. You will get quality results with top-notch heat retention. The griddle itself is made of porcelain-enameled cast-iron, just like the grates. One thing you should know about this attachment is that it’s not dishwasher-safe, so be sure to hand-wash it only.
- Weber Q Grill Light ($27.99). This is one of those accessories that you might not think you even needed at all, but it can bring your grilling experience up to a new level. This is a small, but powerful LED light. It attaches to any of the grills from the Q series and it illuminates the grates, and thus the food. While it doesn’t sound important, having proper lighting, especially when it’s dark outdoors, can help you better figure out if the food is done cooking or not. The light uses 3 AAA batteries, which you get with the light. Also, you’ll be happy to know that the light is weather-resistant, so don’t worry about the occasional rain or such.
- Portable Cart ($69.99). Probably one of the most important accessories, and something most customers will choose. Since the grill itself is compact, it sits pretty low. Therefore, you would have to prop it up using any kind of structure. But why not go on the safe side and get the portable cart? This accessory is for the Q 1000 and Q 2000 series of grills, and it’s designed to give you the optimal grilling height. The grill itself easily locks into the cart, thanks to the multiple locking points. And since it has a set of wheels, you can easily move the cart wherever you prefer. Furthermore, the cart can fold down, even while the grill is attached, giving you an added level of versatility. Finally, we have a built-in wire transport handle, making this accessory even more convenient.
- Premium Grill Cover (14.99). Since your Weber Q1200 is probably going to be sitting outside all of the time, you’re going to need something to protect it from the elements. And for that purpose, Weber has a cover, which they call a Premium Grill Cover. We’re not exactly sure what makes it so premium, but it is pretty sturdy and should protect the grill with no problems. The materials itself is breathable and water-resistant, and thanks to the UV inhibitors in the fabric, it won’t fade over time. The installation is easy – just use the provided fastening straps, and your Q 1200 will be protected from the elements.
Cleaning Weber Q1200 – review and how to
One of the most important things with any grill, aside from cooking, is cleaning. Weber has made it quite easy to clean this grill, thanks to the removable cooking grates. Once you’ve removed them, this gives you access to the inside part of the grill, where all the nasty stuff is going to accumulate.
And speaking of nasty stuff, the first thing you will want to do is to get rid of the grease deposits – the ones that have formed in the inside part of the grill. For this, you’re going to need a spatula, which you can use to simply scrape off any excess grease into the grease collection pan. Next, take a wire brush and use it to clean any dirt on the burner. The same tool is useful for cleaning the grates as well. Put back the grates, turn on the grill, and wait a little bit. After about 10 minutes, scrape any excess dirt or grease on the grates using a wire brush. After the grill has cooled down sufficiently, use a damp cloth to wipe the grates.
Pros & Cons
At first sight, reviewing Weber Q1200 made us think that it has a lot going for it. First, let’s focus on the positives:
- Good construction with quality materials
- Compact size
- Folding tables
- Good performance
As far as the negative aspect goes, one of the cons is that it won’t fed a lot of people, at least not at once. You’re quite limited in the size of the cooking area, so if you like big, roomy grills, you’re probably going to have a hard time adjusting to this one. Another thing that might be negative is that you don’t get a gas hose if you want to use your own gas cylinder. Keep that in mind when purchasing a new grill.
Aside from being compact, stylish and sturdy, Weber Q1200 is also fairly inexpensive, with its price tag of $219. You can even get it for cheaper at selected retailers and online shopping sites such as Amazon, where you can get it for $199.
These prices refer to the standard color choice. If you want to have the more customized university colors, this will set you back more. Namely, these cost around $320, which is a considerable difference. However, if you wish to stand out with your grill, you might feel the price hike is not that big of a deal.
What Do the Reviews Say?
If you’re wondering what other users have to say about Weber Q1200, you’ll be happy to know that the overwhelming majority of user reviews for this product are positive. Some users even say that it replaced their bigger grills. The reviews note how relatively clean it is, as it doesn’t use charcoal, and it can get to 500o F, giving great cooking results. Overall, the reviews agree that, despite its compact size, the grill offers good performance that doesn’t compromise because of the dimensions.
After this long Weber Q1200 review process, we think it is an excellent compact grill that can give you all the satisfaction of grilling even if you have a small patio, or if you live in an apartment building, and you’re lacking a yard. Either way, this model will certainly do a good job, and thanks to its wide range of accessories, you’ll have fun time grilling your favorite meats and veggies. One of the accessories to definitely consider is the cart, which will make it much easier to grill.
One thing to keep in mind when it comes to this grill is that you won’t be able to cook a lot at once. Weber says it serves 2-3 people, but of course, you can grill for more, if they can wait a little bit. But if you’re specifically going for small, then the Q 1200 could be the right choice for you.