Weber Charcoal BBQ Comparison Review | Weber Compact vs Premium vs Mastertouch

Published : 10/08/2016 12:36:15
Categories : Weber BBQ Product Reviews & Demos

Weber Charcoal BBQ Comparison Review | Weber Compact vs Original vs Premium vs Master-Touch BBQ

Weber Charcoal BBQ Review

CHOOSING THE RIGHT WEBER CHARCOAL BARBECUE FOR YOU

Tuck into an authentic barbecue taste with Weber's collection of charcoal models. The iconic designs feature quality materials, handy thermometers and innovative cleaning systems to make it easier than ever to get grilling.  ONLY ONE ORIGINAL Weber’s founder, George Stephen, invented the World’s first kettle bbq. The innovative and meticulously designed kettle makes it possible to barbecue just about anything in the comfort of your garden.  The Weber charcoal barbecue range is varied there's a barbecue to suit everyone and every occasion with portables, standard garden and larger specialist models available.

We often get asked what are the differences between the Weber Charcoal barbecues, so in today's blog we are going to be comparing the Weber Compact BBQ, Weber Original Kettle 57cm BBQWeber Original Kettle Premium 57cm BBQ and the Weber Master-Touch GBS 57cm BBQ.


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Weber Compact BBQWeber Original Kettle BBQ

Weber Compact vs Weber Original Kettle BBQ

The Weber® Compact charcoal barbecue is extremely durable, easy to clean and perfect for anyone short on storage space. The Weber compact model comes in two sizes, 47cm and 57cm.

The Weber Original Kettle BBQ is an iconic Weber®, this best selling Original Kettle™ 57 cm barbecue is a real classic.  With a greater lid depth means you can roast larger joints of meat on your barbecue using the indirect cooking method.

Weber Compact vs Original BBQ - Lid Thermometer

The differences between the Weber Compact and the Weber Original BBQ (apart from the size differences) are that the Weber Original Kettle has:-

  • One-Touch cleaning system - A rust-resistant aluminium ash catcher lifts out for easy ash disposal and cleaning,
  • A lid thermometer - With the lid mounted thermometer you can check the temperature inside the barbecue easily without lifting the lid,
  • Two charcoal divider rails - Use these dividers to help arrange your coal, making it easier to control temperatures and set up hot and cold zones.

Weber Compact 47cm
Weber Compact 57cmWeber Original Kettle 57cm
Porcelain-enamelled bowl & lid
YESYESYES
2 Weather-proof handles, lid handle has heat shieldYESYESYES
3 Weather-proof handles, lid handle has heat shield
Triple-Plated Cooking Grate
YESYESYES
Triple-Plated Hinged Cooking Grate
Triple-Plated Hinged Gourmet BBQ System Cooking Grate
Rust-proof aluminium lid ventYESYESYES
Rust-proof aluminium lid vent with heat resistant plastic handle
Rust-proof aluminium ash catcherYESYES
Aluminised steel One-Touch Cleaning SystemYES
Stainless Steel One-Touch Cleaning System & ash catcher
Lid Thermometer
YES
2 Charcoal RailsYES
2 Weber Char-Baskets Fuel Holders
Crack proof all weather wheelsYESYESYES
All weather wheels with kettle logo
All weather rubber wheels with kettle logo
Tuck-Away Lid Holder
Integrated tool holder on handle.
ColoursBlackBlackBlack
Cooking Area cm2173525522552
# People Cooks For688
Dimensions (H x W x D)80 x 53 x 5695 x 58 x 6699 x 59 x 66

Weber Original Kettle BBQWeber Original Kettle Premium BBQ

Weber Original Kettle BBQ vs Weber Original Kettle Premium BBQ

The iconic Weber® Original Kettle™ Premium kettle barbecue will inspire envy in your fellow barbecuers. Not only does it come with the One-Touch® easy cleaning system but it also comes with a hinged triple-plated grate making it simple to add extra fuel and inbuilt thermometer.

Weber Original BBQ vs Weber Premium BBQ - Ash Catcher

The differences between the Weber Original Kettle and the Weber Original Kettle Premium BBQ are that the Premium Kettle has:-

  • Taller cooking height - The premium kettle raises the height of the bbq bowl and therefore the cooking grate for easier operation at a comfortable height.
  • 3 Weather-proof handles - the lid handle has heat shield and the side handles have an integrated tool holder.
  • Triple plated hinged cooking grate - Making it super simple to add extra fuel and wood chunks.
  • Stainless Steel One-Touch Cleaning System & Removeable Ash Pan - The unique stainless steel One-Touch® cleaning system makes emptying your ash bowl clean, quick and simple.
  • Larger all weather wheels with kettle logo
  • Rust-proof aluminium lid vent with heat resistant plastic handle - Allows easier and safer adjustment of the vent providing proper airflow for perfect barbecuing.

Weber Original Kettle 57cmWeber Original Kettle Premium 57cm
Porcelain-enamelled bowl & lid
YESYES
2 Weather-proof handles, lid handle has heat shieldYES
3 Weather-proof handles, lid handle has heat shieldYES
Triple-Plated Cooking Grate
YES
Triple-Plated Hinged Cooking GrateYES
Triple-Plated Hinged Gourmet BBQ System Cooking Grate
Rust-proof aluminium lid ventYES
Rust-proof aluminium lid vent with heat resistant plastic handleYES
Rust-proof aluminium ash catcher
Aluminised steel One-Touch Cleaning SystemYES
Stainless Steel One-Touch Cleaning System & ash catcherYES
Lid Thermometer
YESYES
2 Charcoal RailsYESYES
2 Weber Char-Baskets Fuel Holders
Crack proof all weather wheelsYES
All weather wheels with kettle logo
YES
All weather rubber wheels with kettle logo
Tuck-Away Lid Holder
Integrated tool holder on handle.YES
ColoursBlackBlack
Cooking Area cm225522552
# People Cooks For88
Dimensions (H x W x D)99 x 59 x 66109 x 63 x 74

Weber Original Kettle Premium BBQWeber MasterTouch GBS BBQ

Weber Original Kettle Premium BBQ vs Weber MasterTouch GBS BBQ

Open up a world of opportunity with the new Weber Master-Touch GBS BBQ!  With all the great features of the Original Kettle™ Premium® the Master-Touch® GBS® also comes complete with Tuck-Away™ lid holder allowing you to use it as a windshield.

The Gourmet BBQ System grate allows you to add a number of accessories such as wok, griddle and sear grate to increase the range of dishes you can cook (accessories available separately).  Opening up a world of cooking opportunities, the GBS cooking grate includes a removable centre section which can be easily interchanged with any one of the GBS accessories .  But i hear you say... What is the Weber Gourmet BBQ System?

The Weber MasterTouch BBQ is available in 5 colours - Black, Slate, Spring Green, Crimson and Smoke.

Weber Premium vs Weber MasterTouch bbq - Tuck away lid

Weber Premium vs Weber MasterTouch bbq - Gourmet BBQ System

The differences between the Weber Original Kettle Premium and the Weber Master-Touch GBS BBQ are that the MasterTouch has:-

  • Triple-Plated Hinged Gourmet BBQ System Cooking Grate - allows you to add a number of accessories such as wok, griddle and sear grate, to name a few.
  • Tuck-Away™ lid holder - To easily hold the lid at 90 degrees while you tend to the bbq, also allowing you to use it as a windshield!
  • 2 x Weber Char-Baskets Fuel Holders - That can be rearranged dependent on cooking method, such a handy addition.
  • All weather rubber wheels with kettle logo - Better quality wheels for easy wheeling around your patio.
Weber Original Kettle Premium 57cmWeber MasterTouch GBS 57cm
Porcelain-enamelled bowl & lid
YESYES
2 Weather-proof handles, lid handle has heat shieldYES
3 Weather-proof handles, lid handle has heat shieldYES
Triple-Plated Cooking Grate
Triple-Plated Hinged Cooking GrateYES
Triple-Plated Hinged Gourmet BBQ System Cooking GrateYES
Rust-proof aluminium lid vent
Rust-proof aluminium lid vent with heat resistant plastic handleYESYES
Rust-proof aluminium ash catcher
Aluminised steel One-Touch Cleaning System
Stainless Steel One-Touch Cleaning System & ash catcherYESYES
Lid Thermometer
YESYES
2 Charcoal RailsYES
2 Weber Char-Baskets Fuel Holders
YES
Crack proof all weather wheels
All weather wheels with kettle logo
YES
All weather rubber wheels with kettle logoYES
Tuck-Away Lid Holder
YES
Integrated tool holder on handle.YESYES
ColoursBlackBlack, Slate, Spring Green, Crimson, Smoke
Cooking Area cm225522552
# People Cooks For88
Dimensions (H x W x D)109 x 63 x 74109 x 63 x 74

Full comparision of features Weber Compact, Weber Original, Weber Premium and Weber MasterTouch BBQs

Ok so lets get down to the nitty gritty and put these iconic barbecues side by side and see what they've got to offer you.

Weber Compact 47cm
Weber Compact 57cmWeber Original Kettle 57cmWeber Original Kettle Premium 57cmWeber MasterTouch GBS 57cm
Porcelain-enamelled bowl & lid
YESYESYESYESYES
2 Weather-proof handles, lid handle has heat shieldYESYESYESYES
3 Weather-proof handles, lid handle has heat shieldYES
Triple-Plated Cooking Grate
YESYESYES
Triple-Plated Hinged Cooking GrateYES
Triple-Plated Hinged Gourmet BBQ System Cooking GrateYES
Rust-proof aluminium lid ventYESYESYES
Rust-proof aluminium lid vent with heat resistant plastic handleYESYES
Rust-proof aluminium ash catcherYESYES
Aluminised steel One-Touch Cleaning SystemYES
Stainless Steel One-Touch Cleaning System & ash catcherYESYES
Lid Thermometer
YESYESYES
2 Charcoal RailsYESYES
2 Weber Char-Baskets Fuel Holders
YES
Crack proof all weather wheelsYESYESYES
All weather wheels with kettle logo
YES
All weather rubber wheels with kettle logoYES
Tuck-Away Lid Holder
YES
Integrated tool holder on handle.YESYES
ColoursBlackBlackBlackBlackBlack, Slate, Spring Green, Crimson, Smoke
Cooking Area cm217352552255225522552
# People Cooks For68888
Dimensions (H x W x D)80 x 53 x 5695 x 58 x 6699 x 59 x 66109 x 63 x 74109 x 63 x 74

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Buying a Weber Charcoal barbecue is an investment, as Weber provide a limited guarantee of up to 10 years you can be assured that in the unlikely event that something goes wrong you have the backup of Weber's fantastic customer service, along with our family business.

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