Weber Q 240 Electric Grill Review
It's got an three-pronged tail, but it still performs well.
The $279 Weber Q 240 is a small grill that's fueled by electricity, but it's not named after a retired boxer, you can't use it inside and it's not portable. Well, at least not without a big ol' generator to keep it going. Though this electric grill might seem like a glorified panini-maker, it's actually a very solid performer that gives people who live in residences restricted against charcoal and gas grilling a chance to enjoy a taste of summer.
Design, Features, & Usability
A space saver.
Though the Weber Q 240 is certainly on the small side as far as grills are concerned, it has a 280 square inch cooking surface, giving it an excellent patio-to-burger ratio. As a space-saver that's only about a foot tall—26 inches with the lid open—there's no trays for plates or hooks for grill tools. At the back there's a removable grease catch pan, and the cast iron grates are enameled for easier upkeep.
The strong lab results might not tell the whole story.
This is one of the few cases where numbers really struggle to tell the whole story. While it took a good fifteen minutes for the grill to heat up enough for a high searing temperature, the grill was able to deliver exceptionally uniform heat, thanks to the heating element's ample coverage. When it came to even heating, it fell somewhere between discrete gas burners and a well-raked field of charcoal. But regardless of performance, an electric grill will lack the flavors that gas or charcoal can impart. We can't be the judge of taste, so we'll leave that up to you.
Excellent flameless performance in a small package.
It's a fair assumption that people considering electric do so due to necessity; homeowners' associations being as strict as they often are. Though the Weber Q 240 won't deliver flame flavor—charcoal enthusiasts say gas can't either—it sure can grill evenly without the annoying hot spots gas burners can produce. Unlike panini makers and other grill stop-gaps, it actually cooks like a traditional grill. So whether you just want to save space or are trying to find a loophole in the neighborhood's no-grilling policy, this will get the job well done. Or rare, if that's what you prefer.
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