Weber Q2400 Electric Grill Review
Folks, the Weber Q2400 Grill is the best there is. If there is a Rolls Royce of electric grills, it is the Weber Q2400 Grill. All the bells and whistles are here: quality construction, plenty of grill space, and a dependable heating element. If there could be a perfect electric grill, this would be it.
What’s the catch then? Well, the Weber Q2400 Grill is expensive. Expect to pay nearly $300 for this beauty. Is it worth it? That depends on you. Cost versus quality is the great divide in reviews. You get what you pay for.
In this review I will do my best to lay out what makes the Weber Q2400 such a special grill. The Pros of this grill really do make it stand out. However, it does have a few faults. By review’s end, I will attempt to balance quality versus value for the Weber.
Quality, Quality, Quality: A Fantastic Grill
- Weber Grills are made in America. It shows, it truly shows. The Weber Q2400 Electric Grill feels like a piece of industrial craftsmanship. The heavy porcelain cast iron build of this grill can withstand the elements and the test of time. All parts of the grill make sense, nothing seems oddly placed. Expect your Weber Electric Grill to last for years on end.
Feels Like the True Grilling Experience
- If a serious grill master ever comes over to my house, and sees a cheaper electric grill model, I am not going to hear the end of it. Grill purists will maintain that fire is required to actually BBQ. That may be true, but the Weber Q2400 Electric Grill provides such an authentic experience that it feels just natural. Sure, it is electric, but this Weber grill feels manly. From the look of this grill, to the quality of its build, and the taste it delivers to the meat all makes for a great grilling experience. You’ll never feel ashamed about the Weber, it is a point of pride to have a piece of American industrial craftsmanship.
Simple and Straightforward Assembly
- You can get this grill built in less than thirty minutes. The grill is lightweight and requires hardly any technical competency. Just unpack the grill and begin assembly. One person can put this grill together without any problem.
No Hotspots, No Charcoal Issues, and No Propane Tanks
- Inconsistency is one of the biggest annoyances when it comes to grilling. We live in the age of microwaves and prepared meals. Making a minor mistake in the grilling process can result in a terrible experience of undercooked meat, or a disappointing meal of overcooked meats. Sure, grilling is a science and an art form. If you don’t want to deal with issues that are stupidly infuriating, electric grills are such a quick workaround. The all-around great quality of the Weber Q2400 Electric Grill will erase any and all problems typically associated with bad grilling experiences.
Real Grill Marks, Real Flavor
- The Weber Q2400 Electric Grill is not a glorified George Foreman or some kind of griddle. This is a real grill. You’ll be cooking at temperatures above 300°F. Your meats will come out with grill marks that can be a nice brown color, or that lovely black that shows your meat has been grilled. Also, if you want an added smoky flavor, throw some smoker woodchips onto your grilling grates. The woodchips will burn up and release smoke into your grill. Plenty of that smoky flavor and aroma will transfer to whatever it is you are grilling.
Feed a Family of Four
- The 280-Square Inches of Cooking Space will feel spacious compared to the far more compact electric grills on the market. Don’t look at the 280 number and think it is small. You’ll be able to grill four huge steaks on this grill with space to spare. Chicken, burgers, hotdogs, fish, ribs, and more can all be cooked on this grill to feed one hungry family.
Entertain Friends at Home or at Tailgates
- If all you want to do is cook burgers or dogs, this grill can be a great tool for entertaining. Once again, 280-square inches is not a tiny amount of space. You’ll be limited to about ten burgers at any one time, but that should be plenty for a small to medium size get-together. Even if you have more folks over, just run two rounds of grilling. The Weber heats up quickly, and electricity is super cheap.
Great for Patios and Apartments
- Plenty of wooden patios should not be home to a charcoal or gas grill. Almost all apartment complexes forbid charcoal and gas grilling. What’s a guy to do? Get an electric grill. The Weber Electric Grill will give you all the benefits of a grill – easy cooking, grilled flavors, great to entertain with, and is manly. If space is an issue, the Weber Electric Grill has one small footprint and should be able to fit onto any patio without issue.
- Cleaning the grilling grate is a simple affair. I would recommend letting your grill cool down, and then wiping the grilling grate and the inside of the grill with damp paper towels. Warm soapy water is best. If your grilling grill is really getting nasty, remove it and soak it in warm soapy water over night, then scrub it down. The drip pan of this Weber Grill is ingenious. Too many electric grills fail in this department. Not the Weber, it is specifically made for using disposable drippings containers that can last a whole grilling season. Grease and fat flows efficiently down to the drip pan.
Long-term Cost Savings
- Propane and charcoal cost a whole lot of money for serious grilling fanatics. Hundreds of dollars a year could easily be sunk into propane costs, lighter fluid, and charcoal briquettes. Electricity costs next to nothing in comparison. While the Weber may have a high initial price tag, your long-run savings are going to pay off in the end. The Weber is designed to last.
Lack of Built-in Thermometer
- Call it a lack of an extra convenience, but I really believe all electric grills should be extra precise. Without a built-in thermometer, you are going to need your own in order to have absolutely perfect results. I would suggest investing in a digital thermometer if you currently lack one.
Power Cord Too Short
- You will only have 6 feet of power cord with the Weber Electric Grill. For me this is enough, but it is a close call. Weber specifically recommends not using an extension cord due to concerns about an electrical fire coming up. Better safe than sorry in my book. The Weber Portable Stand helps with this problem, but be sure to plan accordingly.
Don’t Use this Indoors
- Weber doesn’t advertise the Weber Q2400 as an indoor grill. Nevertheless, the temptation to cook indoors always exists with electric grills. Don’t do it! If you cook indoors, the Weber will produce so much smoke that it may set off your fire alarm. Even if your fire alarm doesn’t go off, your home is now going to smell like smoke. Keep the grill outdoors, it can withstand the elements.
Cost: Top of the Line
- The biggest hurdle for all shoppers will be the cost. Is the $300 truly worth the price? At the end of the day, it depends. If you are one of those people that like purchasing a quality American product once, and not having to deal with Chinese made junk that breaks down, then the Weber Q2400 Grill is right up your alley. Electric grills are all similar to each other, so the results you’ll get from a $300 electric grill won’t be 3 times better than a $100 electric grill.
Weber Q2400 Electric Grill versus Similar Models
Consider the George Foreman Electric Grill
- The George Foreman Electric Grill is over $200 cheaper than the Weber Q2400 Grill. You get what you pay for. The George Foreman Electric Grill is made of far cheaper parts, including plastic components. Expect the Weber Grill to last for many years, at least five or more. The George Foreman may last for two or three at best. Even though the George Foreman is lacking compared to the Weber Grill, it still sears meat well and delivers delicious results.
- Read Our Full Review of the George Foreman Electric Grill
Want an Indoor Grill?
Check out the Delonghi Perfecto Electric Grill
- Cooking indoors with the Weber Electric Grill would be foolish. It produces far too much smoke to be used safely. The Delonghi Perfecto Grill has no problem with excessive smoke being produced. If you need a grill to cook indoors during the cooler months, the Delonghi makes a solid choice. Keep it noted though, the Delonghi is far less authentic than the Weber Electric Grill.
Value for the Money?
- Yes, you will be paying an arm and a leg for this electric grill. However, if you want the best electric grill currently on the market, go with the Weber Q2400 Electric Grill. The quality build of the Weber is what I most love. This grill will last for a long time, and save money over the years thanks to the affordability of electric power. Weber sears meats just like the best of charcoal and gas grills. For anyone needing an electric grill due to living in apartment or having a wooden patio, this is the grill to buy. Overall, the Weber Q2400 Electric Grill receives 5 out of 5 stars.
Where to Buy?
Amazon – Weber Q2400 Electric Grill