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Weber Baby Q Q1000 vs Q1200: What’s the Difference?

The Q1000 and Q1200 are both compact and portable, making them ideal for travelling, picnics, and camping.

The Weber Q1000 and Q1200 are two of Australia’s favourite portable BBQs.

They’re similar in many ways, but there are also important differences between them that you should consider when making your decision.

In this article, we’ll cover the key differences between these two models so you can make your selection with confidence.

Key Takeaways

The Weber Q1000 and Q1200 are similar in most aspects, with each having a single stainless steel burner that produces the same amount of heat.

They both also have enamelled cast iron grills and a cooking area measuring 1200 cm².

The key differences between the Weber Q1000 and Q1200 are as follows:

  • The Q1000 uses a push-button piezo igniter, while the Q1200 is equipped with a premium electronic ignition.
  • The Q1200 has a built-in lid thermometer.
  • The Q1200 has a slightly higher dome (15 cm vs 13 cm cooking height).
  • Both models are available in titanium or black, while the Q1200 also comes in red.

Weber Q1000

Weber Baby Q Q1000 | BBQs and Outdoor Dining

Weber Q1200

weber q1200 | BBQs and Outdoor Dining

Key similarities

Compact and portable

The Q1000 and Q1200 are both compact and portable, making them ideal for travelling, picnics, and camping. Weber calls the Baby Q the “ideal travelling and camping barbecue”.

The Baby Q is also a great choice for those who want an easy-to-use barbecue that doesn’t take up much space on their deck or patio.

Number of burners

Both of the Weber Q BBQs have a single stainless steel burner which delivers a heat output of 9 MJ (8,500 BTU).

They both also have a cooking area measuring 1200 cm².

Enamelled cast iron grills

The Weber Baby Q and Baby Q Premium both feature enamel-coated cast iron grills.

These grills are easier to clean, help with heat retention, and distribute heat evenly.

Removable Catch Pan

All Weber Q BBQs have a removable catch tray, into which grease is directed during cooking. This makes for easy cleaning and maintenance.

Key differences

Ignition

The Q1000 uses a push-button piezo igniter, while the Q1200 is equipped with an electronic ignition, also known as a spark generator.

Because they don’t need their own power source, piezo starters are popular in gas appliances.

Electronic ignitions are activated by the application of electricity from a battery, and they’re found on many high-end grills.

While an electronic ignition is generally considered to be more reliable, it does come with the downside that the battery needs to be replaced periodically (1 x AAA battery).

Thermometer

One of the most noticeable differences between the Weber Baby Q Premium and the standard model is the built-in lid thermometer.

A built-in thermometer is a very useful tool for cooking meat, as it allows you to closely monitor the internal temperature of the BBQ when the lid is down.

This is probably the biggest factor that sways people to opt for the Q1200 over the Q1000.

Size

These two BBQs are fairly similar in overall size and they both have an 1200 cm² cooking area.

However, the Q1200 has a slightly higher dome, with a cooking height of 15 cm, compared with 13 cm on the Q1000.

The Baby Q Premium’s higher dome provides more space for roasting with the lid down than with the standard model.

Colours

Both models are available in titanium or black, while the Premium model also comes in red.

Availability

The Weber Baby Q is sold through national retailers and can be purchased online from places like Amazon and BCF.

Until recently, people have found it a bit more difficult to get their hands on the Q1200, as it was only sold through Weber Specialist Dealers and Weber Stores.

However, you can now purchase the premium model online from Weber’s Amazon store.

Comparison table

NameWeber Baby QWeber Baby Q Premium
ModelQ1000Q1200
GrillsEnamelled Cast IronEnamelled Cast Iron
Removable catch panYesYes
Push button ignitionYesYes
Ignition typePush-button piezo igniterElectronic igniter
Stainless steel burner tubesYesYes
Number of burners11
Burner power9 MJ (8,500 BTU)9 MJ (8,500 BTU)
Cooking area1200 cm²1200 cm²
Lid ThermometerNoYes
Side tables00
Size (open)59.7cm H x 68.6cm W x 52.1cm D62cm H x 69cm W x 52cm D
Size (closed)36.9cm H x 68.6cm W x 42cm D39cm H x 69cm W x 42cm D
Cooking height13 cm15 cm
ColoursTitanium, BlackTitanium, Black, Red

Weber Q1000

Weber Baby Q Q1000 | BBQs and Outdoor Dining

Weber Q1200

weber q1200 | BBQs and Outdoor Dining

Making your selection

Weber Baby Q BBQs are among the most popular in the country for caravans, camping, and beach days.

Both grills have all of the features that make the Weber Q range so popular: they’re easy to use and reliable, deliver consistent cooking temperatures, and feature high-quality components.

In terms of choosing between the Q1000 and Q1200, there are only a few things that are likely to sway you one way or the other.

The biggest difference that will sway most people is the built-in lid thermometer. It’s not essential, but many users find it to be a helpful feature, especially for the lid-down cooking style that Webers are designed for.

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Steve Kropp

Based in Melbourne, Steve's passion is vegetable gardening, and he’s been writing about it for almost 5 years. He also loves all things DIY and is always looking for a new project. When not working on his own garden projects or blogging, Steve enjoys spending time with his family, cooking meals with produce harvested from his garden, and coaching his son’s footy team.

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