Weber Q 3200 Portable Grill Reviews and Ratings

by | Jul 20, 2020

 

Weber Q3200

The Weber Q 3200 portable grill is one of Weber’s best sellers. It is the updated version of their Q320, a very popular model.  The Weber Q 3200 is available in both a liquid propane and a natural gas version.  Because the Weber Q 3200 is billed as a portable unit, we find that the liquid propane version is a more popular seller.  As a result, that’s the version we focus on in our ratings.  Weber has been making grills for five decades, the granddaddy of barbecues. And they’re still cooking, still innovating and coming up with advanced models and accessories. Their motto is “By grillers, for grillers.”

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Here is a look at the Weber Q 3200 from a user’s point of view to help you decide if this is the right model for you. There is an overall summary of its features, then a look at what people like about it and what they don’t.

From Amazon.com:
Five stars

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Number of Reviews: 363 (as of July 20, 2020)
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From Home Depot:
Five stars
Overall Rating: 4.7/5
Number of Reviews: 680 (as of July 20, 2020)
95% of customers recommend this grill.
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Weber Q 3200 in a Nutshell

The Q 3200 Liquid Propane Grill has two burners made of stainless steel that produce 21,700 BTU an hour. This is enough to heat 393 square inches of cooking space. It operates off a 20-pound propane tank, which is not included. The Q3200 also comes in a natural gas version. The cost for the NG version runs about $20 more than the LP version.  In addition:

  • The grates are cast iron with porcelain-enamel coating. The body and lid are made of cast aluminum. It is mounted on a wheeled cart for ease of movement.
  • The split grates make it easy to use it for a combination of foods, both grate and griddle, at the same time. The griddle is sold separately.
  • The burner valve uses infinite control and will lock in at the temperature you specify. Starting is easy, just push a button with the electronic ignition.
  • It has a warming rack, built in thermometer and a grill handle light. To organize tools, there are three hooks and a place to stow the warming rack. The propane tank is secured on a bracket in back.

This is the new redesign of the Q320, which has been discontinued. Here’s how the Weber Q 3200 is different than the Q 320:

  • More ergonomic side handles
  • New front and rear cradles
  • New larger fold-down side tables with better rigidity
Weber Q 3200 lid open
Q 3200 Open with Dinner

 

Weber Q 3200 Grease Tray
Convenient Grease Tray

 

Picture of the Weber Q3200
Q 3200 Closed

 

Best Features of the Weber Q 3200

Six features stand out on the Weber Q 3200:

  • The push button ignition means turning it on is a snap.
  • Porcelain enameled iron cooking grates heat evenly and are easy to clean.
  • The aluminum hood is lightweight.
  • The side tables provide extra room while cooking and can be dropped down to take up less room when you are finished.
  • The large cooking surface means you can cook a lot of food at once.
  • The optional griddle is handy makes it versatile; for example, if you want to cook bacon for breakfast.

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What Users Like and Dislike About the Weber Q 3200 – The Reviews

From Amazon.com:
Five stars

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Number of Reviews: 363 (as of July 20, 2020)
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From Home Depot:
Five stars
Overall Rating: 4.7/5
Number of Reviews: 680 (as of July 20, 2020)
95% of customers recommend this grill.
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Users Particularly Liked:

  • The Q3200 gets high marks, especially when it comes to cleanup, temperature control and size.
  • Cooks love the porcelain cooking grids because they are easy to clean. The entire unit is made for quick cleanup.
  • Users also like the fact that the grates heat quickly and uniformly and the grill has few flare ups. Once you set the temperature, it heats up rapidly.
  • It works well for all types of meat and vegetables.
  • The cooking surface is large relative to the size of the unit. It can cook meat and vegetables for six quickly and conveniently.
  • It can be used for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The optional griddle gets rave reviews. One advantage is that if you bacon and eggs outside, you don’t have to worry about bacon grease in the house.
  • It can easily handle a large mound of home fries. Burgers, hot dogs and steaks cook quickly and are juicy. The unit sears food evenly and speedily.
  • It can be used to slow-cook ribs, briskets and whole chickens. It is perfect for roasting, even a 20-lb. turkey comes out cooked to perfection. If you like to smoke food, it has a handy smoke tube.

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What Users Don’t Like

  • One major drawback is the fact that it has no flavor bar like the larger Weber grills, and offers no option for using lava rock or briquettes. This is a problem for those who like using them.
  • Though it comes on a sturdy cart with wheels, it is heavy and fairly large, making it what one user called “semi-portable.” The warming rack is handy but it would be nice if it were larger.
  • It’s a bit of a challenge to assemble. Some people find the instructions less than crystal clear. It takes about 1.5 hours to assemble.

Is the Weber Q 3200 Right For You?

Who Is It Right For?

  • If you live in an apartment, it is an excellent size. If you don’t like a lot of cleanup, this is a good model for you.
  • If you use your grill often, this is a good choice because it is easy to turn on, easy to clean. This also makes it convenient if you are grilling for just one or two people.
  • If you routinely grill for six or more, the big cooking surface makes this a handy model to get.
  • If aesthetics are important to you, this is a good choice. The overall design is sleek. And the food comes out looking attractive.

Not Right For?

  • If you don’t have the space, patience or ability to assemble it, you might have problems when it arrives. One way around this is to pay Amazon to put it together for you and ship it complete, for an additional fee.
  • If flavor bars, briquettes and lava rock are important parts of your grilling routine, this is not the right model for you.
  • If you need to move the grill around a lot and you don’t have much room, this may not be the best choice. It is considered semi-portable and is heavy, though it does have wheels on its cart.

Overall the Weber Q3200 Liquid Propane Grill gets high marks from users. It looks sleek and is easy to start and to clean. It cooks a wide range of food quickly and evenly.

Weber Q 3200 Specifications

Cooking System

  • Stainless steel burner(s): 2
  • Main burners: BTU-per-hour input: 21,700
  • Infinite control burner valve(s)
  • Electronic ignition system
  • Hose and regulator for 20-lb LP tank

Cooking Area

  • Primary cooking area (square inches): 393
  • Warming rack area (square inches): 69
  • Total cooking area (square inches): 468

Construction

  • Cast aluminum lid and body
  • Glass-reinforced nylon frame
  • Two removable folding work tables
  • Removable catch pan
  • Built-in lid thermometer

Color/Item

  • Painted, cast aluminum lid finish

Dimensions (lid open, tables out)

  • Height (inches): 55.5
  • Width (inches): 50.2
  • Depth (inches): 30


Matt Fay

Matt Fay

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When not geeking on websites, I can be found running or riding trails, cooking, or just enjoying down time with my family. I love training - running, cycling, and lifting. What I like far more though, is smoking/grilling and eating. I run to eat.

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