Get Your Grill On: Barbecue Buying Guide

May 24, 2021

Are you barbecue ready? If you’re not quite sure where to start and feeling a little scorched by all the choice, we’ve got just the thing. Our barbecue buying guide is here to help you choose the right one for your home and ensure you won’t get your fingers burned.

What Are the Different Types of Barbecue?


  • Gas barbecues offer convenience, flexibility and are ready to fire up in moments
  • They also offer great heat regulation, so you can have more control over how and what you cook and some also have multiple burners
  • Less portable due to their larger size, however table top versions are available in smaller sizes
  • You’ll have to invest in gas to get your barbecue cooking. You’ll be able to purchase propane, butane or ‘patio gas’ from your local garden center or camping shop


  • Ultra-portable and great for camping or taking to the beach
  • Charcoal barbecues are slow starters so you’ll have to plan ahead – you’ll need to light the barbecue around 40 minutes before you think about cooking
  • Cooks from heat glowing from the embers – great for giving food that classic barbecued appearance and taste
  • Cleaning can get more complicated due to ashes
  • Choosing a barbecue with a lid and air vents will help to control the temperature as the heat reduces if no new air can get in and will rise when the vents are opened

Grill Types

  • Chrome-plated grills are smart-looking but need extra care when cleaning after use
  • Stainless steel grills are the easiest to clean and maintain and are more durable than chrome-plated types
  • Cast iron grills hold heat really well. It’s recommended you wipe it with cooking oil before and after use to prevent any rusting

What Size Do You Need?

Choosing what size will meet your needs is important. Whilst you may host a large family barbecue once a year, take time to consider what size will meet your needs more often. Barbecue cooking areas are measured in square centimeters (cm²). From mini portable styles to larger station designs, there are a wide range of barbecues available to suit your space.

As a rough guide:

1-4 People 6-8 People 8+ People
Up to 1800cm² 2000cm²-2500cm² Over 2500cm²

What Else Do You Need?

Now you've got your barbecue, we’d recommend investing in a quality tool set. This usually includes tongs, a fork, and a spatula and it’ll ensure you can take on even the meatiest of tasks. Avoid burnt hands and dirty clothes by protecting yourself with gloves and an apron. Don't forget to cover your barbecue to keep it safe from the elements, no one wants a rusty barbecue, right?