Weber has sold over five million Q grills since the line was introduced in 2004. The Q is an extremely popular grill for several reasons. One, it’s got good looks and fits well with most backyards (a grill doesn’t have to look like a spaceship or be painted orange). Two, it’s easy to use and maintain–some grills require an engineering degree to work on. Three, it’s versatile–it can be set up as a grill, indirect cooker with grill plates for hot and cool cooking surfaces, or even as a smoker.
Weber makes several models in the Q lineup: Original Q (the entry-level model), Classic , Deluxe, Premium, and the Q 1000. We haven’t tested all of them–we’ve only reviewed the original and classic models. Today we’re going to talk about how the newer premium and Q 1000 compare with these earlier ones.
Weber’s marketing has been confusing customers by using two different names for essentially the same grill: “Q 1000” and “Premium 1000.” The main difference between the two is that the Premium 1000 has some stainless-steel parts, such as handles and cooking grates, while the Q 1000 is all black.
Let’s Start by Comparing Their Features:
Note that the Q 1000 is only available in the one-burner model, while the Premium 1000 is available as a 1-, 2-, or 3-burner.
The grills look pretty similar on the outside although I think they’ve given the tuck point of the Q 1000 more taper than it has on either of our two vintage Q grills.
Inside, there are some notable differences. The cooking grates of the Q 1000 have more space between them than either classic or premium models, so they may distribute heat more evenly on small fires . However, since the grate is thinner than on our other two grills, it could warp with the heat of a serious fire.
The cooking grates are also placed higher up in the grill, so they’re easier to reach when you’ve got a chunk of meat on them. The cooking grates are thicker than those of the Premium 1000 , which should make them more durable, but if your goal is to decrease flareups (which is the wrong objective in my opinion), there’s not much difference between them.
I like that they’ve added an extra cooking grate, which allows you to place hot charcoal on one side and food on the other. This will speed up grilling times–you can cook your main course while your starter cooks without having to wait for the grill to preheat.
If you’re the type of person who wants lots of fancy features, you’ll like that there are three separate knobs on the Q 1000–one for each burner and one for the lid (the Classic and Premium only have two knobs). This is useful if you want to control different areas separately–for example, you can turn the left and right burners to high and leave the middle one off so that your meat doesn’t flare up while you’re searing it.
What’s even better is that this three-knob system also gives you direct control over each burner for low, slow cooking, because by turning just one knob to a very low setting, the other two burners will also automatically turn down. This feature is extremely useful for smoking meats and maintaining a low temperature. It’s almost impossible to do this on earlier models because they have just two knobs that control all three areas at once.
The lid of the Q 1000 has an adjustable vent that really helps minimize flareups when you’re cooking greasy meats like ribs or burgers. It’s not as effective as the lid of the Premium 1000 , which has an extra metal bar that can be raised or lowered to increase or decrease airflow into the grill–but still, neither is much good at preventing flareups (see my article on this subject here ).
The Q 1000 comes with a handy temperature gauge. This will help you gauge how hot your grill is so you won’t be shocked by the flareups that occur if your meat touches the heat source directly, or if it’s too far from the heat.
The Premium 1000 , on the other hand, has more of a built-in table–it doesn’t have legs like the Q 1000 . This is good if you want to set the grill up on a flat surface, or prop it up on something (like bricks).
The cooking grates of the Premium 1000 are also spaced further apart than those of the Q 1000 , so there’s more space for large cuts of meat. Since they’re heavier than those of the Q 1000 , however, they may warp more easily.
The lid of the Premium 1000 is similar to that of the Q 1000 ‘s, but it has an extra bar that can be raised or lowered to increase airflow into the grill. This really helps reduce flareups when you’re cooking greasy foods like chicken wings or steaks–it’s almost as good as the lid of the Q 1000 .
Of course, you could say that it has a built-in table–you can flip up the grill grates and use it to cook things on. You also have better space between the cooking grates because they’re spaced further apart. But to me these are not really compelling reasons to buy the Premium 1000 over the Q 1000 . I would save some money and get the Q 1000 instead.
Why Should I Choose the Weber Q series Over Other Models?
Weber is a respected name in the grilling industry, and I appreciate that they offer a variety of sizes in their portable line. They’re also known for creating innovative, durable products.
I like the three-burner system on this model, which gives you complete control over each burner. You can use them all to power up the heat or turn down just one knob to keep things cooking at a steady temperature. Plus I like that there are separate knobs for the lid and for each burner–this makes it easier to maintain separate temperatures.
The Q series also has a built-in temperature gauge, which can be useful if you need to know how hot your grill is so that you don’t risk burning the food by touching it to the heat source or cooking it at too high a temperature. I also like the sturdy lid with an adjustable vent–it’s a good way to reduce flareups.
The Weber Q 1000 is a portable gas grill that’s perfect for those who want to cook at home but don’t have a lot of room. If you’re looking for a small, basic grill with three burners and a temperature gauge, this model will do the trick.
I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below. Thanks for reading!