If you live in a condo or an apartment, where gas or charcoal grilling is not allowed, using electric grills may be your only option for outdoor cooking. The Weber Q1400 Electric Grill is what you need.
Electric grills have significantly improved over the years. In fact, when it comes to ease of use and cleanup, these units rival their charcoal and gas counterparts.
Weber Q1400 Electric Grill Review
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The Weber Q1400 Electric Grill is a new, updated version of the Weber Q140 Electric Grill. The changes in the new model are mostly aesthetic; updated handles, knobs, etc. This grill is praised as being perfect for small spaces.
The Weber Q1400 is a portable electric grill that plugs into the standard home outlet. This grill is perfect for those living in condos, apartments, or any place with gas and charcoal restrictions.
The unit’s cooking area is 189 square inches, spread over two grills. Each grill measures 8.5″ x 12.5″. The grill’s interior is large enough to cook a whole chicken and still have some extra room. The grill perfectly fits on top of the u
This electric grill includes features a cast aluminum lid and body, and two porcelain-enameled cast iron cooking grates. The unit heats up quickly and evenly and grills delicious foods. You cannot tell the difference in taste of foods made by this grill and propane or charcoal grills.
However, for a more smoky flavour, you can place a small aluminum cup with wet hickory chips or apple wood below the grates. Alternatively, place a smoke box over the heating element.
The Weber Q1400 Electric Grill is light and can be easily transported (f in an RV or motorhome, tailgating, etc). The grill weighs about 5 pounds.
The Weber Q1400 Electric Grill is an outdoor-only electric grill that creates a fair amount of smoke. Therefore, you shouldn’t use it inside the home. Ideally, you want to have the unit in your patio.
This versatile unit can cook marinated chicken breast, hanger stake, veggie shish kebabs, and more for a BBQ party. The unit cooks great-tasting food. You’ll love the cast iron cooking grates of the unit. These grates provide sear marks on everything you grill.
However, the food does not have that 100% smoky flavor you will get from a charcoal grill.
What We Like
- It heats quickly and evenly
- Easy to clean
- Grilled foods taste similar to those grilled in gas or charcoal grills
With the lid on, the Weber Q1400 Electric Grill heats up and cooks in no time. The even heat emanating from the grates sears meat quickly and efficiently, just the way you like it.
It is not advisable to wash the cast iron grates in the dishwasher. The soap could damage the seasoned surface and cause rust. However, hand cleaning the grates is simple and straightforward. You simply need to soak them in the sink and then wipe clean with a sponge. Do not use harsh brushes or scouring pads on the grates.
The taste of food grilled on the Weber Q1400 Electric Grill is similar to that of foods grilled on traditional gas and charcoal grills.
What We Don’t Like
- The cooking area is small
- The cart is sold separately
Compared to some of the best electric grills on the market, the cooking surface is quite small. With this electric grill, there is space to cook for 3 to 4 people. When grilling for more people, you may need more than one cooking ‘shift’. Therefore, if you plan to host large gatherings, you might want to look for a different electric grill
If you have storage issues or your homeowner or condo association rules forbid using charcoal and propane in the house, this portable electric grill would be great for you. The unit grills food that tastes just like meat cooked the traditional way.
Overall, the Weber Q1400 Electric Grill impressed us. The appliance is easy to assemble and clean. There are a couple of areas where we wished the company did more. For example, it would have been better if the Weber 6557 Q Portable Cart was sold together with the grill. However, this is not a deal breaker.